*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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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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