*Pre­pared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1Me­Nat­u­ral­ly

Intro­duce your­self!
My name is Chanell Nicole and I’m from Miami, Flori­da.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
I went nat­u­ral because con­stant relax­ing caused an aller­gic reac­tion all over my scalp and start­ed to spread to my face. I cut off my per­med hair in August 2007 and start­ed grow­ing it out in Octo­ber 2007. I have been nat­u­ral now for 5 years.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
My tex­ture is 3c + 4a. My strands are coarse and my hair is loose­ly packed. Not real­ly dense. At the roots, it’s very thick thanks to pre­na­tal vit­a­mins. The col­ored parts are a lit­tle thin­ner since they have been processed. Most days, my hair is frizzy due to the South Flori­da humid­i­ty. I don’t fight it. The more humid­i­ty, the bet­ter. Unless I’m try­ing to main­tain a ban­tu knot out.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
Over the course of a mon­th my styling choic­es vary. My go-to style is a twistout. Though, most recent­ly I’ve been wear­ing a braid­out to define my roots a lit­tle bet­ter. I wash with mois­tur­iz­ing sham­poo once a mon­th and dan­druff sham­poo as need­ed (my scalp has been dry since I entered my sec­ond trimester of preg­nan­cy). I deep con­di­tion twice a mon­th and co-wash every oth­er day when I wear my hair in a faux bun. When the mood strikes, I’ll wear two strand twists but it takes me about three-five hours to com­plete my entire head. Once I take down my two-strand twists, I wear a twistout for a few days and pre-poo using hon­ey and olive oil before wash­ing and deep con­di­tion­ing. Depend­ing on the weath­er, I also twist dry hair with shea but­ter.

For per­fect twistouts and ban­tu knot outs, I swear by Entwine prod­ucts! I use the Crème Jelle Styler, Exo­tique But­ter Cream Hydra­tor, and Total Per­fec­tion Argan Oil. I always have shea but­ter on hand to retwist my twistouts/braidouts. My sta­ple wash day prod­ucts include: Shea Mois­ture – Mois­ture Reten­tion Sham­poo, L’Oreal Ever Pure Sul­fate-Free Col­or Care Sys­tem Mois­ture Sham­poo and Con­di­tion­er, Herbal Essence Hel­lo Hydra­tion Con­di­tion­er (for co-wash­es) Hon­ey and Extra Vir­gin Olive Oil (pre-poo).

What does wash day look like for you?
On a wash day, I spray my hair with water and detan­gle with a wide tooth comb. Some days, when I don’t have a lot of time, I detan­gle with a hand­ful of con­di­tion­er and wet my hair under run­ning water. I wash my scalp first, clean­ing any buildup. I don’t use much sham­poo on my actu­al hair. After my hair has rinsed clean, I apply con­di­tion­er and let it sit, some­times overnight. I rin­se with warm water then cold water. I blot my hair dry with a cot­ton t-shirt and apply a moisturizer/leave in and seal with argan oil. To dry, I put my hair in about 6 big twists.

Tell us about your hair col­or?
I had my hair col­ored on a whim going into 2012. So on Decem­ber 31, 2012, I was in the salon get­ting my hair col­ored. It has not been touched up as of yet. I don’t plan on col­or­ing it again. It start­ed out as a chest­nut brown base with gold­en high­lights. The styl­ist used a mix of col­ors and did free style high­light­ing. Col­or­ing my hair has loos­ened the curl pat­tern a bit.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
When I don’t have a lot of styling time I usu­al­ly wear my hair out, free. If I want to look pulled togeth­er, I’ll wear a faux bun.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
Shrink­age has nev­er real­ly been an issue for me. My hair has nev­er been tight­ly wound. If I want to stretch my hair a bit, I will plait it dry or pull it back in a low bun, or up in a tight pony­tail.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
The col­ored por­tion of my hair is a prob­lem area. I must be sure to mois­tur­ize it or I will expe­ri­ence break­age.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
Do’s? Hmmm. I don’t fol­low any rules or a reg­i­men, but I would say mois­ture, mois­ture, mois­ture. It helps with curl pat­tern def­i­n­i­tion.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
Don’ts? Don’t use exces­sive heat or you may lose your curl pat­tern.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
Sure. I blog spo­rad­i­cal­ly at http://sepiasays.com and I am devel­op­ing a lifestyle site at www.chanellnicole.com. Check me out!


Just anoth­er lover of nat­u­ral hair and expres­sion.
— Style Icon Coor­di­na­tor for BGLH

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25 Comments on "Chanell // 3C/4A Natural Hair Style Icon"

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I think your hair looks great but I don’t see 3c at all. I have 3c hair and It doesn’t look any­thing close to yours or can achieve the type of styles. My hair is way too loose. Great pics



I love the pics… I col­ored my hair once and decid­ed not to do it again, but I under­stand what you mean about chang­ing the curl pat­tern. I love the fact that you use Entwine prod­ucts. I love them. I used them week­ly and I am very excit­ed that they have a sham­poo and con­di­tion­er too. Keep on inspir­ing!


Boss !

Amma Mama

You and your hair are gor­geous.
The pic­ture where you are hold­ing the bag and have the side puff, is famous. I have seen it many times on Tum­blr! :-)

Jo Somebody

The BGLH Icons are always so beau­ti­ful! I love that TWA pho­to, I actu­al­ly though it was a mod­el whose name I can’t recall right now.

Any­way, if your hair real­ly is loose­ly packed then you’ve cer­tain­ly mas­tered the art of mak­ing thin hair look thick and full!



Beau­ti­ful pics! I would love to see a fash­ion post on Chanell — her style is amaz­ing.

I love when nat­u­rals are not afraid to exper­i­ment with hair col­or. One day I hope to be that brave too :-)

John smith

You are look­ing so dash­ing and awe­some in the­se pictures.Especially the first pic­ture is so cute.I love your hair­styles so much .

Hair­cuts 2012


I’m up in the air about the inclu­sion of hair typ­ing again. in the­o­ry it seems to help search for styles for your hair but it’s inclu­sion seems almost arbi­trary since some blog­gers don’t know their hair type.


+1. Chanell’s hair are beyond gor­geous, I LOVE them but I think her advices on styles and hair­care are even more help­ful for 4a/4b ladies (like me).


+1 her hair is gor­geous. With that said, her hair looks very much like mine and I con­sid­er myself 4a/b.
I could be wrong with my hair type, she could be wrong with hers — either way it doesn’t mat­ter. Hair typ­ing is so arbi­trary.

Chanell Nicole
Thanks guys. Just to clar­i­fy, pre-col­or, my hair may have very well been 4a/4b. How­ev­er, since col­or­ing my hair, the tex­ture changed dras­ti­cal­ly (as not­ed above). My curl pat­tern was loos­ened. Also, I often comb my curls out to achieve a puffier look. Based upon the way my hair looks when dry, I, in fact, have 3a and 4b hair.  None of the pic­tures (with the excep­tion of my big chop pho­to), fea­ture me with my hair in its nat­u­ral, unal­tered state.  I find hair typ­ing soooo sil­ly and only used it as a guide because I was asked. I love my… Read more »
Chanell Nicole

*Edit* 3c/4a not 3b 4b

(see how much I care about hair typ­ing?) LOL


You look beau­ti­ful in all the­se pho­tos, but I espe­cial­ly love the one with the TWA and the laugh­ter. Hap­pi­ness is a good look on every­body!


Love your hair ! How do you achieve the look you have on the pic­ture where you wear­ing the black blouse and the black bow?
My tex­ture is sim­i­lar to yours (3c/4a) but real­ly can’t get a decent afro…

Chanell Nicole

I had to do big chunky twists on dry hair that had been in a twistout for a week. It’s just old hair with lots of vol­ume.


So in love with the col­or. Love the big Hair!!!!


Very beau­ti­ful and such a full head of hair. Luv it


Love her hair! That sec­ond pic I’ve seen all over the web over the past few years and use it as inspi­ra­tion. It’s nice to final­ly know the source, thanks for shar­ing!


+1!! I absolute­ly agree! I’ve saved a copy of that pic­ture as well for inspi­ra­tion! And I’ve always won­dered how you made the style; could you please share, Chanell Nicole? :)


Love your hair! And the col­or is fab!


Beau­ti­ful face and beau­ti­ful hair!
Can you tell me a lit­tle about how you achieved that col­or? I’m real­ly look­ing into col­or­ing my hair and see­ing yours has just made me want it more!

Chanell Nicole

Hey, Thanks! I had it done pro­fes­sion­al­ly. I asked for a medi­um brown col­or with high­lights. This its what she came up with. I would advise again­st light­en­ing nat­u­ral hair because it changes the tex­ture. Espe­cial­ly if you want to go blond.


Love­ly, is the pic in the cen­ter that says “head­shot” a wash n go??

Chanell Nicole

It’s a twist out done on dry hair with Shea but­ter and motions foam set­ting lotion.