*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 to… 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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