*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

Introduce yourself!
Hi I’m Christyanna and I am from Queen City, Charlotte, NC!

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
I decided to go natural because I looked at my sisters’ beautiful curls and said, “I would really like to have that.” That’ s really it. No dramatic hair falling out or setting on fire, perm story here. I have been natural for the past six years, but I didn’t actually start taking care of my hair until the past 3 years.

How would you describe your texture?
I would like to say that my hair is mixed with 3b and 3c curls. I think my hair is on the more coarse side, but also fine at the same time. There is no doubt that my hair is dense.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
Over the course of a month I have had my hair wrapped up in a wig underneath hats and in protective twists. I have been doing this to keep my hair protected from the harsh cold air of the winter. Because I am a missionary I don’t have time to do a lot with my hair, therefore I just wet my hair and seal it with coconut water and go! Other than that I use VO5 conditioner and One n’ Only’s Argan Conditioning Curl Cream. I’m trying to train myself to not be a product junky so I keep my products to a minimum.

What does wash day look like for you?
I only wash my hair about once a month to 2 months. The time between then I do a lot of co-washing. Wash days are very long for me! I first detangle my hair with my fingers. Then I wash my hair with Organix Sulfate free Shampoo. After that, if I have the time, I do a hot oil treatment, throw in some conditioner and style my hair as usual with a protective style.

How do you combat shrinkage?
I don’t really have problems with shrinkage. My hair doesn’t shrink at a point that I don’t like.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
The front of my hair seems to be very fragile and more prone to breakage. Thus, I take extra time detangling and styling.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
DO use lots of conditioner! It does wonders for my hair. DO keep your hair in twists! Your hair really retains it!

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
DON’T do bantu knots! All hair is different and mine just can’t seem to handle bantu knots. It just pulls on my hair so I’d rather not do it. DON’T keep twists in for over 2 weeks because they will want to start a dreading process!

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
Oh Sure! http://yannifabulous.tumblr.com and I’m on the Black Girl Long Hair Forum too –> Christyanna Whittaker


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

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16 Comments on "Christyanna // 3C/B Natural Hair Style Icon"

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Youngin girl

I like the featured picture of you when you bended over. The dress is a ray of sunshine.


you have lovely hair

Brittany Graves

You said you are a missionary! I am interested to hear a little bit more about this. I am interested in missionary work, and would love to hear some great stories if you’re willing to share.


Hey Brittany!
I’m glad to know that you’re interested in missionary work. God has blessed me the opportunity to travel the world, and share with people the love of God and I’m only 19! If you wanna hear some cool stories, message me on my page and I can tell you great stories!

Jo Somebody

Lovely hair! And this might seem a bit weird, but I love the way your hair almost seems to obscure your vision! I *think* what I’m trying to say is that I admire the shape of your hair.
Is it cut that way or just the way it falls naturally?


Awesome to see someone representing my hometown (nothing but love for the QC 🙂 )

Your curls are absolutely lovely, and I can’t wait to see how mine turn out!

Think you might have tips for maintaining curls in the hot, sweltering summers we have?


The second picture looks like one of those Visit (insert 24/7 sunshine island) ads! Her hair is lovely and this has to be the simplest regimen ever posted here.

Annie L.

Wow! That is one gorgeously stacked do! And the brushed out afro is the fluffiest and prettiest I’ve ever seen, also love the lush ringlets she created in the photo with the black fascinator. These photos will be bookmarked, great interview and low-maintenance routine and beautiful woman.

PS: The lovely sun dress, H&M? F21? Looks very familiar from years ago….


thank you! I actually got the dress from Ross 10.99 🙂


” I just wet my hair and seal it with coconut water and go!”

Tell me more about this coconut water. I’m wondering did she mean coconut oil + h20 or coconut water that some folks drink?? Anyone use coco water in their regimen? TIA


Am thinking she meant to say coconut oil because if she applied just coco water it would of evaporated right? Hmmn i am curious if you could use it as a moisturizer tho…but i dnt think ill try it cuz bugs will probably be partying in my hair lol


haha yea! I actually meant to say coconut oil, guys. Sorry about that.


Gorgeous hair and very familiar! I think I may have went to elementary school with her! I’d never forget such a different name or familiar face.


Lovely hair!


She’s so pretty and her hair is just lovely!!


Beautiful and very care free!