Kanisha // Multi-Texture Style Icon

*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

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Introduce yourself!
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?
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?
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.
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?
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.
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?
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?
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?
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?
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!!! Handle with care and detangle from tip to root!

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
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?
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



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


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