*Pre­pared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1Me­Nat­u­ral­ly

Intro­duce your­self!
G:
My name is GG Renee and I live in the D.C. area. I’m orig­i­nal­ly from the Burgh.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­ur­al?
G:
A cou­ple rea­sons. I was tired of hav­ing flat hair. I’d always loved big hair, but relax­ers took all the life out of it. It was long, but it didn’t do much. Also, I was going through a lot of tur­moil in my per­son­al life, and I want­ed my hair to reflect that I was going through a change. It was real­ly a very spir­i­tu­al and free­ing process for me. I’ve been nat­ur­al for a lit­tle over three years. I was a long-term tran­si­tion­er for about three years before that. I wish I’d gone nat­ur­al years ago.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
G:
I’m not great at hair typ­ing, but I know it can be help­ful when try­ing to learn from each oth­er. My guess would be that the front and back of my hair are 3C and the middle/crown of my hair is 4A. My strands are pret­ty fine but I have a lot of them, which makes my hair over­all very dense. It’s also very dry and thirsty and loves to drink water and oil.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the month.
G:
I’ve gone through many reg­i­mens and they change with the sea­sons and with the length of my hair and my moods. I’m a work­ing mom with three kids and a side hus­tle, so the hair­style I rock the most is the curly top knot. Unless it’s a spe­cial occa­sion, I always shoot for low manip­u­la­tion. With my fine strands and the length of my hair, detan­gling can be an absolute night­mare if my hair is allowed to go too wild for too long. I moist­en it and pro­tect it every night and I’m very pro­tec­tive of my ends.

As far as styling prod­ucts go, I keep it sim­ple. When braid­ing or twist­ing or even bun­ning my hair, I sim­ply spray it with a mois­tur­iz­ing spray (Jane Carter Revi­tal­iz­ing Spray or Shea Mois­ture Hold & Shine) then mois­tur­ize with some­thing creamy (Bee Mine Lus­cious Mois­tur­iz­er) or some­thing but­tery (Shea Radi­ance Mois­tur­iz­ing Hair But­ter) depend­ing on what my hair is telling me it needs.

What does wash day look like for you?
G:
I wash my hair with sham­poo at least twice a month and on the off week I usu­al­ly do a co wash. My usu­al process includes deep con­di­tion­ing first (Aubrey Organ­ics GPB Pro­tein Con­di­tion­er or Aubrey Organ­ics Hon­ey­suck­le Rose), then sham­poo (Crème of Nature Argan Oil Sham­poo), then oil rinse with extra vir­gin olive oil, then con­di­tion­er rinse (Tre­semme Nat­u­rals Mois­tur­iz­ing Con­di­tion­er, which also hap­pens to be my favorite co-wash con­di­tion­er).

After all this, I usu­al­ly sep­a­rate my hair into about 8 – 10 sec­tions and apply a leave-in (Kinky Kurly Knot Today or Gio­van­ni Direct Leave In) then seal with some­thing thick like (SheaR­a­di­ance Mois­ture Rich Hair But­ter) and corn­row it and twirl the ends around my fin­gers. I let it dry thor­ough­ly. When it’s all said and done and I’ve tak­en the braids out, I either wear the curly top knot or where it down. It will be pret­ty tame the first day. Then it will swell and become less defined over the next few days.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
G:
Def­i­nite­ly the curly top knot. It just always works. No mat­ter what my hair is doing, I can pull my hair up to the top of my head and make myself look pulled togeth­er.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
G:
I have no prob­lem with blow dry­ing my hair before styling. I’m just gen­tle about it and keep it in mod­er­a­tion. I will some­times pull my hair back in a low bun when it’s still wet and brush it down so that it’s very smooth and tie it with a scarf. When it’s left this way to dry, the roots dry straight.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
G:
My crown and my ends because they get frizzy and dry so eas­i­ly. I have to baby them or they rebel.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
G:
Do stretch your ends with a roller and keep them trimmed to avoid split­ting and knots. Do mois­tur­ize your hair every night. No excus­es.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
G:
Don’t over mois­tur­ize it. I know I said that mois­ture is a “do”, but you have to find the right amount. Also, don’t wear it down all the time. Find one or two fun pro­tec­tive styles that give your hair a chance to be left alone.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
G:
Blog: www.TheWriteCurlDiary.com
Tum­blr: www.ggrenee-xo.tumblr.com
Insta­gram, Twit­ter and Pin­ter­est: @TheWriteCurl

Meosha

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

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24 Comments on "GG Renee // 3C/4A Natural Hair Style Icon"

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Have you con­sid­ered adding some social book­mark­ing links to these blogs. At the extreme­ly least for twit­ter.

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I have also been con­sid­er­ing the com­pa­ra­ble aspect myself late­ly. Glad to see some­body on the same wave­length! Good arti­cle.

Tamara

Im look­ing for you on insta­gram and when I type in the name you gave above, noth­ing comes up.

Shirley

GG RENEE,
Can you tell me WHICH Kel­ly does your trim­mings? There are TWO Kelly’s at the shop and I called, but did­nt know WHICH one is YOUR Styl­ist.
Would you email me at the address list­ed at your ear­li­est con­vience? THANK YOU.…SHIRLEY

Channing

OOO I love me some GG! Didn’t know she was feau­red on here! Love it!

TashaT

Your hair is gor­geous… and you’ve unseat­ed CurlyNik­ki as my hair crush!

Allison

So beau­ti­ful! I vis­it your blog reg­u­lar­ly; it’s one of my favorites. Although I’ve nev­er left a com­ment on any of the posts, I real­ly val­ue what you share. You’re an excel­lent writer too!

GG Renee

Awww, thanks Alli­son! Well, it’s very nice to “meet” you. I real­ly appre­ci­ate you read­ing my blog :)

DeeKaramel1

Beau­ti­ful!

GG Renee

Thanks every­one for the nice com­ments. This is one of my “most favoritest” hair blogs so it’s def­i­nite­ly a treat to be fea­tured here. :)

DreamGirl

Your hair’s very pret­ty but man I hate my 4c hair. Its soo hard to manage,dry and dull I’m soo over it. *reach­es for relax­er*

GG Renee

Hang in there! At the end of the day, if you do decide to go back to relax­ing, at least you’ll know you gave nat­ur­al hair a try.

Trini

Gor­geous hair. I also real­ly enjoy and look for­ward to your week­ly fea­ture on CN. Your words are always so time­ly.

GG Renee

Thanks for the kind words :) Much appre­ci­at­ed. I’m glad those week­ly posts are help­ful.

Michelle

love­ly :)

keisha

great inter­view! all the time i’ve been read­ing your blog i didn’t know you were in dc. do you trim your own hair or go some­where to get it trimmed? i’m hor­ri­ble at trim­ming my hair and won­dered if you knew some­one.

GG Renee

Thanks! The lady who trims my hair does a great job and she always does what I ask her to do and not what she wants, which is very impor­tant to me. Her name is Kel­ly and she works at a shop called Xscape Hair Stu­dio. But the catch is, the shop is in Bal­ti­more — in the Owings Mills area.

Shirley

CORRECTION: You just got Kel­ly TWO new cus­tomers. I’m near Bal­ti­more and NEED some­one who will TRIM with­out cut­ting all my hair off!!!.
THANK YOU!!!

Lyshebaaaa

OWINGS MILLS?! You just got Kel­ly a new cus­tomer…
Thanks for shar­ing-your hair advice and your hair dress­er

Zanthe

Lol I let out an excla­ma­tion when I saw that bee­hive!

Lauren

Absolute­ly BEAUTIFUL!

Pat

Gor­geous!

Cia

Love­ly hair! So thick and full!

loshon

Just beau­ti­ful!

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