*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

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Introduce yourself!
K:
My name is Kanisha and I was born and bred in the “Big D” Dallas, Texas. Been here all my life!

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
K:
Funny story…My 11 year old daughter (now 14 yrs.) had been saying she wanted to stop getting relaxers for years (she hated chemical burns), but I just could not imagine MY head without one. At the time we were relaxing every 4 weeks, so my compromise was to stretch our relaxers out 6 weeks. 6 weeks became 8 weeks…8 weeks became 12 weeks, until I was convinced there was absolutely NO reason for us to relax EVER AGAIN!! I fell in love with my natural hair and big chopped after 6 months. I had my last relaxer June 2009 and big chopped 6 months later on December 18, 2009. December 2012 marks my 3 year nappiversary!!! Yay me!

How would you describe your texture?
K:
I would describe my texture as mostly 3c (front, crown and nape) and 4a/4b behind each ear. My mane has a consistent curl throughout, but slightly wavy in the crown. I’d say my strands are fine, with little frizz or tangling if left alone, and extremely thick (even when I was relaxed).

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
K:
My regimen is pretty simple. I rock wash and go’s or high buns 80 % of the time in the warm months (which are March – early November in Dallas) and in the cooler months I’ll rock mini twists, twist outs, up-do’s and flat iron / straight styles. With every single look I use THE SAME products…the products below work great for me, so I stick with them.

I co-wash with Suave Humectant rinse-out Conditioner each day. While soaking wet, I add Giovanni Direct or Blue Magic Mango Lime Leave-in Conditioner and allow it to air dry. Throw a head band on with a lil’ Eco Styler Gel around the edges and that’s my wash and go. For a simple work look I’ll pull it up into a high bun, for a funky / edgy look maybe twist it up and allow to dry, for a twist out, or for a super fancy look, I’ll blow dry and flat iron for straight styles (using Smooth and Shine heat protectants, as well).

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What does wash day look like for you?
K:
I have a no hassle approach by shampooing / deep conditioning as needed, which is usually once every month or so. While my hair is soaking wet, parted in four sections, I apply Cream of Nature Argan Oil sulfate-free Shampoo section by section, finger detangling as I go. After rinsing, I apply Organic Roots Stimulator Olive Oil Replenishing Pak Deep Conditioner, thoroughly detangle with a paddle brush, leave in under a plastic cap for an hour or so, rinse and style as usual.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
K:
My go-to style is hands down a high bun. It’s cute, classy, and simple at the same time.

How do you combat shrinkage?
K:
I’ve learned to embrace shrinkage…natural hair is so versatile. If I want to show length, there are always twist-outs, blow-outs, or flat iron / straight looks…take your pick.

Tell us about your hair color?
K:
To achieve my desired shade of red, I first lifted my dark hair using Dark and Lovely’s Luminous Blonde, then mixed 3 semi-permanent hues (VIA Copper Penny, Bright Red, and Dark Cherry) which gave me, what I’d describe as an autumn red. I absolutely love it and will go a little brighter in Spring / Summer.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
K:
My hair texture behind my ears on each side is all kinds of unruly…it sucks up moisture, shrinks, frizzes so bad and the curl pattern is very tight, so I have to do a bit more to make sure I give that area a bit more TLC.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
K:
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!!! Handle with care and detangle from tip to root!

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
K:
Comb or brush dry hair. Attempt a twist out without allowing hair to dry 100%.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
K:
Yes, I have found so much inspiration via social networks! I can be found on Youtube and Instagram under the moniker KReNae4Christ and on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Kurlfriendz-Konnection/145648842183296

Meosha

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

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26 Comments on "Kanisha // Multi-Texture Style Icon"

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Mrs.Martin

I’d rock out every single style you have posted in this interview…your dimples are incredible.

Charisma

Very nice hair!
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Mika

She is so very pretty! I love everything about her hair too!! And her regime is simple and obviously working.

Godpsent

Can I just say that I love these profiles. I am a locked natural, but if I were transitioning or looking for style/regimen help, I would live on here. And when people ask me about going natural, I always refer them here!

keisha

Beautiful lady and lucious hair!

Alexis

I as well love you hair Kanisha! It is the same texture as my hair and about the same color. I can’t wait until my hair gets that length lol. My hair seems like it has been on stuck and I know it has something to do with heat damage from flat ironing it a lot. Have you ever had heat damage or breakage from your color and if so what products do you use on a daily basis? I also see that you co-wash your hair everyday. Don’t it bleed out your color?

Kanisha
I only flat iron my hair a few times a year, and when I do I am very cautious…I overload on heat protectants and moisture, so I have not suffered from heat damage. I will say that the color has made my hair a little drier, but not to the point of breakage. Co-washing does cause my red to bleed and dull much quicker than it should, but beacause the color is a rinse, I’m able to refresh it, without damaging my hair. If breakage is a problem, my suggestion would be less heat, more moisture and protective styles….that seems… Read more »
AC

Gorgeous!

Off topic: I love that you don’t have to click on each individual picture anymore…”ain’t nobody got time for that”.

ta ney-ney

Her hair is beautiful just found her on instagram !

DollFace

Great hair!

@Melanie, the pictures do appear to be stretched. The new format is not working well in my opinion. I do hope they go back to the old one.

melanie

beautiful hair and skin, love the color as well!
on another note, has anyone else noticed all of the pics on the site look stretched or something ever since they changed the format? or is that just my computer lol

For the Love of Curls

Love, love, love your hair and can’t believe you ever relaxed! And your skin is beautiful.

ChakaKhanian

Beautiful, lush hair and I AM SO LOVING THE COLOR! I used to color my hair with Dark -n- Lovely’s Red Hot Mary, but I could never obtain the red tint I desired.

Kanisha

Wow…thank you…i absolutely love your hair…I’ve followed you on youtube for a while…you are my hair crush! *blushing*

Sassy24

gorgeous

Kanisha

Thank you!

Jamzie

Firstly, u r absolutely gorgeous!! Secondly ur hair and hairstyles are everything! Thirdly, love ur makeup skills in these pics! Oh, and cute dimples! Ok, I’m done gushing lol

Kanisha

Thank you so much, Jamzie!

Trecia

The hair colour idea is on point! instead of bleach – go blond then apply semi-permanent colour…awesome….!

Caramelcurl

Kanisha and her hair are gorgeous, and her hair looks so healthy! I like to stick with the same products as well. My motto is “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” lol

Arian

I love her hair…but I want to know her skin regimen as well. Lovely voluminous skin!

KARAJ

Great interview, love the hair color!!!

Kayla

I’m glad there was a question about hair color. Her color is very interesting.

anastasia

Beautiful!

JENNID

Very nice interview! You don’t look old enough to have a 14 year old lol. The hair, the routine is simply fabulous. So simple and basic. I like the variety of styles as well. Side note who knew blue magic made a leave in? Is that grease or is that an actual creamy leave in?

Kanisha

Thank you so much! The Blue Magic product is an actual Leave-in Conditioner. It is very inexpensive and works better than other products I have tried.

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