*Pre­pared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1Me­Nat­u­ral­ly

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Intro­duce your­self!
E:
My name is Caleisha and I’m most recent­ly from Huntsville, Alaba­ma.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
E:
I always had the desire in the back of my mind to stop per­ming my hair, but I guess I was too chick­en to actu­al­ly com­mit. I final­ly big chopped towards the end of my junior year of col­lege after I’d been feel­ing like I real­ly need­ed a change. It was prob­a­bly the most “dar­ing” thing I’ve done. I still remem­ber watch­ing all the hair fall and see­ing that I only had about ¾ inch­es of hair left. I’m glad I did it; I feel like after get­ting rid of all that hair I had to be ‘more’ Caleisha. It was like there was noth­ing to hide behind any­more. I’ve been nat­u­ral for…about 6 years. 4 years loc’d and 2 years loose.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
E:
It’s a mix­ture of 4B and 4C I think. The top and sides are more 4B and the back is def­i­nite­ly 4C. My hair is THICK with thick strands…very rarely can you actu­al­ly see the curl pat­tern.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
E:
I’m ter­ri­ble at styling, so if you have tips I’d absolute­ly love them, lol. My styling reg­i­men con­sists of sim­ple pro­tec­tive styles (twists, plaits, and buns). I nor­mal­ly default to chunky twists because they’re easy and super low main­te­nance. (I think hav­ing locs for so long kin­da spoiled me.) In the morn­ing, I damp­en the twists in the show­er and let them soak up the steam. My dai­ly oil right now is the Milk & Olive Oil 3-Lay­er Growth Oil which I put on my ends. When I’m not super busy, I’ll take down my twists after may­be a week and a half to detangle/retwist them. Occa­sion­al­ly, I’ll do twist-out afros and I love them, but they’re a bit too lib­er­al for the con­ser­v­a­tive peo­ple I work with. *le’sigh* Every so often (like may­be every 2 months or so) I’ll get my hair pressed out and trimmed.

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What does wash day look like for you?
E:
Wash­ing is an all day event, or a bro­ken-up-over-a-few-days event. I gen­er­al­ly wash once a mon­th, unless my scalp gets angry then I’ll up it to every oth­er week. Typ­i­cal­ly I’ll wash my hair with Can­tu Cream Sham­poo and some­times if I feel like it’s par­tic­u­lar­ly dirty I’ll wash it with Dr. Bronner’s Pep­per­mint Soap. I nor­mal­ly keep my hair in twists while wash­ing, though I’ll occa­sion­al­ly take them out one at a time if I need to real­ly get at my scalp. I con­di­tion with Herbal Essences Hel­lo Hydra­tion. After let­ting the con­di­tion­er sit, I’ll rin­se and shake my hair out (a habit from my loc days) and tow­el dry. Then I detan­gle each twist with either a wide tooth comb or a tan­gle teaser, and retwist, spritz­ing with a mix of water and Kinky Curly Knot Today. Nor­mal­ly I’ll oil my scalp with a home­made mix (tea tree, olive oil, rose­mary oil, pep­per­mint oil, and coconut oil) and put shea but­ter on my ends. Recent­ly I’ve start­ed using a whipped shea but­ter I made with the same oils as above, plus some vit­a­m­in E and jojoba. So far my hair likes it. Last­ly, I spray my roots and ends with Milk & Olive Oil Leave-in Con­di­tion­er. When I’m done, I put on my bon­net because it’s like­ly some ungod­ly hour of the night.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
E:
My go to “style” is a set of chunky twists, which I’ll put in a bun, or pull half up into a pony­tail and leave the rest down. If I’m super lazy, I’ll pop on one of my cro­chet tams and call it a day. 

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
E:
Since I don’t wear my hair stretched out much, shrink­age isn’t real­ly a prob­lem.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
E:
My scalp has a ter­ri­ble ten­den­cy to get real­ly dry and flaky. When this hap­pens, I have to increase my wash­ings and use an oil mix that is pri­mar­i­ly tea tree oil.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
E:
1- Use oils like Tea Tree and Coconut. 2- Keep it “watered.” Water is my hair’s best friend.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
E:
1- NEVER wash it loose! I learned my lesson the first time I made that mistake…I was detan­gling for HOURS! Nev­er again. 2- Don’t leave twists in for too long. My hair is prone to want to loc.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
E:
apt-203.blogspot.com

Meosha

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

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20 Comments on "Caleisha // 4A/B Natural Hair Style Icon"

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Youngin girl

You have the total pack­age. Hi, Alaba­ma!

Mercy

Nice, thick hair! You look great!

Nadja

Oh jeez u guys n this arti­cle jus saved my hair! I hve a 4b n 4c tex­ture also but hve no idea how to man­age it at this length. Kept won­der­ing why comb­ing out was caus­in so much break­age. And my hair tends to loc eas­i­ly also.Thought my hair was unhealthy. I c that her hair is coloured, i want to colour mine but scared.
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Can u guys help with, which styles oth­er than twist outs can i do at this length.

Didi Bowden

Huntsville, shout out! Lol I have a lot of respect for you and your nat­u­ral hair because in truth, the peo­ple here are ridicu­lous­ly con­ser­v­a­tive and nat­u­ral hair is slow­ly mak­ing its way to accep­tance around here. *applauds*

Sheree Usher

This is my home girl… I was able to watch her go through her tran­si­tion.… I’m so proud of her .… I was able to learn a lot from her and her hair rou­ti­nes and con­coc­tions. This year I’m mak­ing a vow to take bet­ter care of my nat­u­ral hair… She is my inspi­ra­tion! Love you Cali!
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JENNID
@ J, The sys­tem is flawed. 4b/c hair is often used by folks to say that their hair is “thick” aka super nap­py. Some peo­ple like the sys­tem because it sup­pose to help you find prod­ucts and rou­ti­nes. I use to think that it did help, but now I know it pret­ty much tells you noth­ing except that somebody’s hair is more or less nap­py than mine. If the sys­tem is work­ing for you great. I can no more fol­low a fel­low 4b/c rou­tine than she can fol­low mine because our pref­er­ences and cri­te­ria for great hair are dif­fer­ent. I… Read more »
J

Is it me or does thick hair or strand auto­mat­i­cal­ly equal 4 type tex­ture?

As far as i know 4C was not part of the orig­i­nal typ­ing system,correct me if i am wrong.

I con­sid­er my hair kinky tex­tured but am so con­fused by how the 4 tex­tures vary sooo much. If we are to use a sys­tem to iden­ti­fy hair shouldn’t it be more con­sis­tent? There must be a com­mon denon­i­ma­torn to say that tex­ture is 3C or 4a as opposed to just using pic­tures.

No mal­ice intend­ed jus a thought. :) Nice hair by the way.

BraunSugar

All of that hair!!! I love it!

P

NICE!!!
Did you comb your locks out?

Caleisha

Yeah, I picked/combed them out using a den­tal pick and a comb. I saw a few vids on youtube show­ing a rat­tail comb being used, but the den­tal pick was eas­ier and ripped at my hair much less. I had 180 mature locs and it took me about 5 weeks to do my whole head.

Mika

Yay for Alaba­ma being rep­re­sent­ed. Tuscaloosa here! That pic­ture in the very mid­dle is so cute. I love the twists on her also. So full and thick!

Toya

Beau­ti­ful hair. I always enjoy seein­gother peo­ple who have sim­ple hair rou­ti­nes.

Amma Mama

Beaut­ful!
Her twists are so nice and full.

Rochelle

I love your hair in the 3rd and 4th pic­tures. Your locs look love­ly as well! I wish I could wear a fro’. I used to comb it out ALL of the time, but I used to get break­age all of the time too. Lol. So now I’m lim­it­ing the num­ber of times I pick or blowout my hair :(

Sarah Grant

Yeeaaa Caleisha! I lost my mind the oth­er night and decid­ed to wash my hair “out”, not in twists, like I nor­mal­ly do.…..yup, I was detan­gling and SNIPPING off knots for 2 hours.…smh

anastasia

Great hair!!

LAPEN47

LOVE THE WAVE PATTERN
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fluffy-in-flight

I thought that I was the only one. My hair too has a ten­den­cy to loc I have to do some kind of upkeep dai­ly or I have a big prob­lem on my hands.

samantha

I like the sim­plic­i­ty of your rou­tine. I also have 4c hair and find that chunky two strand twists are eas­ier to main­tain.

keisha

super cute! al rep­re­sent!!! I’m from mobile and it’s not too often i see al wom­en on here! beau­ti­ful hair and wom­an!

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