*Pre­pared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1Me­Nat­u­ral­ly

Intro­duce your­self!
N:
My name is Nneka (every­one calls me Nika). I was born in Jamaica, and I am cur­rent­ly liv­ing in White Plains, NY hop­ing to make my move into the big city in a few years.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
N:
One day I real­ized, hey you wear weaves every day, min­ute and sec­ond. Since my hair was always hid­den, it was sil­ly to waste mon­ey relax­ing it every mon­th. Who knew then, that I would end up on this fan­tas­tic jour­ney. Nat­u­ral hair has changed the way I see many things like beau­ty, health, and even patience. Before going nat­u­ral, patience wasn’t my strong suit. How­ev­er, between wait­ing on my hair to grow, or the long detan­gling and wash ses­sions, I have now found patience I didn’t know I had! Nat­u­ral hair has even changed my own per­cep­tions of beau­ty. I’m not proud to say my views were skewed. Now I see beau­ty in peo­ple that don’t fit the mass media’s per­cep­tion of accept­able.

I’ve been nat­u­ral close to three years now. One and a half of that time I wast­ed doing all the wrong things. How I wish I could have a sort of do over, know­ing all the things I do now. In the begin­ning of my jour­ney, I focused my whole world around nat­u­ral hair. Take my word and don’t over do it, because I was sure­ly obsessed! After a while the new­ness wears off and then you will fig­ure out if you are on this jour­ney for the long run. I’m glad to say I am!

How would you describe your tex­ture?
N:
I am 4c all the way, but only recent­ly proud of it! From very ear­ly on my hair was char­ac­ter­ized as “dif­fi­cult”. Through­out my child­hood many combs, bar­rettes, and blow dry­er attach­ments have bro­ken in my strands. I rinsed my hair in vain twice, and nev­er saw any sign of a col­or deposit. I’ve always had the “plea­sure”, of hav­ing the Super strength perm used in my hair, most of my life. If you didn’t know they made super, then you may not feel my pain.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
N:
I make a con­science effort to keep my hair in a pro­tec­tive style at least six months out of the year. I do var­i­ous styles of box braids, yarn braids, and twists. The oth­er six months I do low manip­u­la­tion styles Mon — Fri, then on the week­ends I do a twist out of some kind.

What does wash day look like for you?
N:
I wish I knew in the begin­ning that more didn’t nec­es­sar­i­ly mean bet­ter. I used to spend all of Sat­ur­day mix­ing con­coc­tions, detan­gling and twist­ing. Now a days I can be fin­ished under two hours, some­times even less. I wash my hair in plaits. I keep my hair in plaits while I do the whole rou­tine. I install the plaits, pre poo (the plaits), wash (the plaits), rin­se (the plaits), and then deep con­di­tion (the plaits). Next I rin­se again, spray my I Love My Fro black tea leave in, and then use a creamy mois­tur­iz­er to seal it in. Once a mon­th I clar­i­fy my hair. When I do that, my hair is not in plaits. I clar­i­fy with my Noth­ing But sham­poo, or a ben­tonite clay mix.

Reg­u­lar Sham­poo: Neu­tro­ge­na Triple Mois­ture
Clar­i­fy­ing Sham­poo: Noth­ing But Clar­i­fy­ing Sham­poo
Deep Con­di­tion­er: I use all of them, just add some hon­ey and olive oil to it.
Mois­tur­iz­ing Spray: Nat­u­ral Roxx
Leave in Con­di­tion­er: I Love My Fro Black Tea or Gio­van­ni Direct
Mois­tur­iz­er: I Love My Fro Shea But­ter Whip

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
N:
My go-to hair­style is an updo. I just grab my Nat­u­ral Roxx mois­tur­iz­ing spray, a hand full of hair pins, and then tuck, roll and pin.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
N:
I don’t real­ly try to com­bat shrink­age any­more; I embrace it. If I tried to com­bat it, I imag­ine that would be a nev­er end­ing bat­tle. At this stage of my jour­ney I allow my hair to do what it wants.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
N:
Right now I am pay­ing close atten­tion to my nape area, and edges. Nei­ther of the­se areas retain much length. A while back I did a five mon­th Jamaican Black Cas­tor oil chal­lenge, but had no suc­cess. Now I’m on to anoth­er pos­si­ble solu­tion.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
N:
Do keep your hands out of your hair as much as you pos­si­bly can. Our hair type suf­fers when manip­u­lat­ed too often. Also know that con­di­tion­ers of all kinds (deep, leave in, and rin­se out) are your best friends.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
N:
Don’t go to sleep with­out pro­tect­ing your hair. Also don’t be afraid to step out the box. You don’t have to fol­low every nat­u­ral hair rule/tip. For more than a year I fol­lowed the “rule” of detan­gling my hair with con­di­tion­er, oil, and a wide tooth comb. Imag­ine my sur­prise when I real­ized (by acci­dent), I lose less hair when I detan­gle my hair bone dry, with oils and just my fin­gers.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
N:
I can always be found at www.darkerthanbrown.com, where I doc­u­ment my per­son­al hair journey/struggle.

Meosha

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

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51 Comments on "Nneka // 4C Natural Hair Style Icon"

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Neisha

I love your blog. I hate my 4c hair, I have done all the wrong things in the past 3 years I went nat­u­ral. so far I only have up to 6 inch­es and it makes me sad. I tried the braids all this time and I decid­ed that I was going to embrace my hair and learn more about it. So thank you for shar­ing.
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TRACY

I do believe that 4c hair can grow as long as pos­si­ble, you just need to know how to take care of it.

Nnena

Love your hair rou­tine! I am using sim­i­lar process and am final­ly find­ing a rou­tine I am get­ting more com­fort­able with.

cacey

i love nnekas hair. i don’t know what kind of prob­lems she be hav­ing with it, but it sure looks great to me!

Ololly

I’m 4c and not yet proud, I am on the verge of texlax­ing, i do not have the time to man­age this hair, but i love it, and wish i could leave it out more often- pro­tec­tive styles get bor­ing and itchy in this harsh west african cli­mate. Feel free to encour­age me.. :(

Michelle
I remem­ber Super relax­er and cry­ing, so much cry­ing even when my hair was short, felt like my scalp was on FIRE!!! My scalp was real­ly sen­si­tive so it nev­er stayed in long enough to ‘break down’ the strands and the hair­dresser would always com­plain that I don’t have the patience to be beau­ti­ful — WOW!!! Then I appar­ent­ly for­got what that was like in 2011 and start­ed get­ting my hair tex­turised, on the bright side the hair­dresser was only using reg­u­lar BUT my hair did the same thing it did when it was relaxed — grow to neck-length and start­ed… Read more »
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[…] Nneka!! First, sor­ry it took me a mon­th to get this up lady!! Sec­ond, I saw your Nat­u­ral Hair Style Icon sto­ry on BGLH a lit­tle while ago!!! Awe­some!! You looked gor­geous! Third, I just checked out the recent […]

Tee

Hi my name is Wan­da from newark Nj and my hair break off a lot in clogs. Alsoi can’t get my edges to grow but I have a good lenght of hair on my head but my biggest prob­lem is break­age. Real bad I don’t know what to use for my hair. My hair is course and thick. Do u have any tips for me I keep braids in and kinky twist I want to wear my nat­u­ral hair but it look bad any sug­ges­tion

Efa

Omg ur close to me!!!! Mont­clair nj! But do you deep con­di­tion? And use a leave in? My best friend has dense defined 4c hair and she loves Aussie moist and herbal essence hel­lo hydra­tion . She also uses the can­tu nat­u­rals hair lotion it’s real­ly good and coconut oil and Shea but­ter to seal also check out Giovanni’s direct leave in its real­ly good!!!! Hope this helps

Chic Noir

Gor­geous thick healthy hair.

Mrs.Martin

Love, love, love…your hair! Its so big and cush­iony : )

Mocha

Big up Jamaica…lol.…ur hair is beau­ti­ful

Sheree

big ups nneka! i fol­low ur blog cos we’re hair twins and becos ur blog is #thetruth :) i’m real­ly hap­py to see you fea­tured on bglh you’re hair inspir­ing :D

Caramelcurls

Gor­geous, lush hair–love it!

Creatividual

Yay Nneka! Great fea­ture. :D

merry

pret­ty.

Kanin

Pret­ty, thick head of hair! I’ve bro­ken a comb or two and sent a dry­er comb attach­ment fly­ing to the floor. It just “be’s that way some­times.” Lol.

willow

I love see­ing fel­low 4C peeps being fea­tured! gor­geous hair

Keshia

Great hair!! I’m hap­py to see more diver­si­ty on the site

shelikes

I am skin­ny like you and have had just as much crit­i­cism about my size as about my thick, nap­py, hair. Took forever for me to fig­ure out how to love both. Love the exam­ple you set.

eve-audrey

wow!

Marcia

Beau­ti­ful hair and lady!!

anastasia

Nneka,so hap­py you’ve been cho­sen as a style icon! I adore your blog, your hon­esty, and I think you and your hair are absolute­ly gor­geous!

Aly

Anoth­er 4C girl here too! I def­i­nite­ly laughed when I read about your hair break­ing all those tools and clips. Many blowdry­er combs and reg­u­lar combs have fal­l­en vic­tim to my hair as well!

Yayer
I have hor­ri­ble mem­o­ries of peo­ple say­ing ‘your hair is too tough’ as they dragged those small­er toothed combs through my hair and the teeth would relent and snap off. I also had those cir­cu­lar clips with the teeth on them and when­ev­er I would go to school with them in, they would strain under the pres­sure and pop open like a fat man loos­en­ing his belt and all of my hair would come undone. They used to end up with bro­ken teeth too. Banana clips could not hold my hair either and my Wahl blowdry­er comb attach­ment is just… Read more »
sonia

Some tru­ly flat­ter­ing updos on this icon.

Jacky

Love­ly head of hair

Monisola
Thank the lord for a true 4c on this site! I swear, it can be down right dis­cour­ag­ing to see peo­ple who say they have been nat­u­ral for less time than me but with longer hair/hair that hangs more. It has caused me a lot of stress. I keep think­ing I am doing some­thing wrong/have weak/bad hair. But this wom­an has love­ly hair and has been nat­u­ral for about the same time as me and her hair is about the same length. You know BGLH, i think this site was start­ed to show­case images of nat­u­ral sis­ters so all nat­u­ral… Read more »
EG

Urban­bush­babes (Cipri­ana), black­izbeau­ti­ful, Ser­a2544 are just a few beau­ti­ful type 4 sis­ters who come to mind. The nat­u­ral hair jour­ney is not always easy, but it will remain hard if you don’t learn to enjoy it every step of the way. Hang in there, you are not alone.

Yayer
Mon­iso­la, you need to bal­ance your nat­u­ral hair view­ing and slow­ly tip the scale to look­ing at more peo­ple who share your hair type. Watch­ing 4as and 3cs will not help you with ideas for your own hair and it sounds like you are plac­ing unre­al­is­tic expec­ta­tions on your hair too. No one should be suf­fer­ing stress over com­par­ing their hair to some­one else’s. I also think I start­ed to under­stand my hair much more by try­ing to solve my prob­lems I.e dry­ness= oil rins­ing, styling = learn­ing to do pin ups and flat twists. While Anne’s com­ment was a… Read more »
anastasia

+100

You will get there Mon­iso­la, you will!!! =)

Anne

It is no one else’s job to make you feel bet­ter about your­self. Stop wait­ing for peo­ple to cater to you and cater to your­self.

Venus

AMEN!! +1,000! I enjoy see­ing ALL types of hair types includ­ing those that aren’t like mine… Ive only seen some­one w my hair type may­be twice in the almost 3 years I’ve been nat­u­ral. The fact that it caus­es you stress I think is an indi­ca­tion of a much deep­er issue. Stop com­par­ing your­self to oth­ers and find beau­ty with­in your­self and it won’t mat­ter how many 4c’s you see. It’s starts from the inside. Not hair blogs

A. Jane

Her hair is absolute­ly gor­geous and her SKIN!!! Her skin looks smooth enough to swim in! What do you use on it?

Yayer

Yay a 4C — love­ly hair, more please!

Penelope

Your blog is one of my book­marked pages! I check it every day along with BGLH :P

herlucidsKy

What a head full of beau­ti­ful hair. It looks so lush and full of life.

Steppa

Love­ly hair, but more impor­tant­ly, what do you use on your skin, face and body. It is gor­geous and glowy!

JENNID

I’ve been fol­low­ing her blog late­ly. What a sur­prise to see her fea­tured here! Lol at her tip to just add hon­ey and olive oil to all con­di­tion­ers. I dis­cov­ered that like 5 years ago and went nuts. Its true any con­di­tion­er can be made bet­ter with those two ingre­di­ents.

Ballerina Girl

Stun­ning hair! It’s so good to see a 4c through and through fea­tured on this page.
I’m still tran­si­tion­ing and have about 4inch­es of nat­u­ral hair and 4 inch­es of Brazil­ian blow dry at the ends of my hair.
I cant believe how thick and spongy and awe­some my nat­u­ral hair is! I love it! I can’t wait till mine gets longer.
Thanks for the pic­tures, they are inspi­ra­tional, I gonna try a few of those styles soon.

Tia

I dis­coverd her blog a few weeks ago and I love it. I’m also in awe with her hair.

Ashley

Love the blog Dark­er than Brown. Glad to see Nneka fea­tured on BGLH!

Anne

Nneka is so pret­ty with gor­geous hair. I need a tuto­ri­al on how she did pic #13. I am style chal­lenged, but real­ly into updos at the moment.

DreamGirl

Woooohoooo my hair twin is being fea­tured. Girl I love your hair,its fierce,love the blog too-very hon­est. Keep up the good work,quick ques­tion how do you get your hair shiny?

Purpleone

Thanks Nneka for being a hair icon and for being hon­est. It’s nice when peo­ple have just always loved but I had sim­i­lar expe­ri­ences with you (being blamed for destroy­ing attach­ments and combs).

My baby sis­ter has 4c hair and I’m try­ing to show her how won­der­ful her nat­u­ral hair is, but my mom keeps threat­en­ing to relax it. :(

CherishBomb

That’s what my par­ents (most­ly my dad) did with my younger sis­ters. now their hair is break­ing, par­tic­u­lar­ly my youngest sis­ter, all because they didn’t want to, nor knew how to deal with their thick, long hair and trust the styl­ists blind­ly.

StarNonymous

Gor­geous hair, gor­geous skin, gor­geous girl! It’s nice to see more coarse curlies being fea­tured.

Beth

I agree! It’s very encour­ag­ing. Although it appears to me that her hair is fine, not coarse…with tight curls? Some­one cor­rect me if I’m wrong. Only rea­son I’m say­ing this is because I swear I have the same den­si­ty and my strands look sim­i­lar, except I don’t have the same curl pat­tern. Any­way, I love her updos! They’re so ele­gant.

anastasia

Amen!

cb

+1
I tried get­ting to your blog, but hav­ing dif­fi­cul­ties, are you chang­ing the out­look of it? or the web­page itself?

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