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Intro­duce your­self!
C:
My name is Cenithia, but every­one calls me Cee. I’m from New Jer­sey, but I cur­rent­ly live in New York City for col­lege.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
C:
I’ve been nat­u­ral my whole life. My mom didn’t want to do any­thing to my hair with­out my per­mis­sion, so I had a fro until I was five and then I asked to get locs. I had locs for sev­en years by the time I was twelve and I got real­ly tired of them. So I impul­sive­ly chopped my locs off and switched to loose nat­u­ral hair. Sad­ly I had no idea what I was doing and I picked my hair out far too much. Any length that I acquired wasn’t retained and my hair was break­ing. So even though I’ve tech­ni­cal­ly been loose nat­u­ral for five years, I’ve only been knowl­edge­able and pay­ing atten­tion to my hair for three years.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
C:
My hair is about five dif­fer­ent tex­tures, so I don’t iden­ti­fy with one. But it does range from 3c to 4c. It also has a lot of sin­gle strand knots and fairy knots and shed­ding. I have nor­mal strands with high den­si­ty hair, but at the crown the strands are fin­er.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
C:
I use Gio­van­ni Direct Leave-In and Naptural85’s oil mix­ture for all of my styles. I only do twist outs once a mon­th because my hair gets tan­gled more in twists than in braids. Braid outs are my go to style just because they keep my hair detan­gled, stretched, and big. I wash my hair once a week and detan­gle my hair twice a week. Once when I wash and once when I re-mois­tur­ize.

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What does wash day look like for you?
C:
My wash day rou­tine is very long and annoy­ing and I just dis­cov­ered I have a heat cap so that should save me a bit of time. The night before wash day I fin­ger detan­gle my hair so it’ll be eas­ier to han­dle in the morn­ing. Then the next day, I load up my hair with my deep con­di­tion­ing mix­ture. I do a mois­tur­iz­ing dc one week and a pro­tein treat­ment the next week. For my mois­tur­iz­ing dc I use Organix Con­di­tion­er Nour­ish­ing Coconut Milk and unre­fined coconut oil. For the pro­tein treat­ment I use VO5 Shea Cash­mere Con­di­tion­er and Can­tu Hair Lotion. I dc my hair for 30–40 min­utes and then I rin­se. My scalp gets real­ly dry and I get some buildup so I wash my hair with tea tree oil castile soap. I let my hair dry a bit and then I style. My rou­tine usu­al­ly takes around 3 or 4 hours.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
C:
If my hair is still in braids or twists, then I’ll just use a scarf to cre­ate a head-wrap style. If my hair is already styled from the day before (i.e. a braid out or twist out) then I wear it big. I’m not real­ly about that tuck and pin life.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
C:
My hair shrinks a lot (may­be 50–75% shrink­age?). I fight shrink­age two ways. First, when­ev­er I fresh­ly twist or braid my hair, I always pin the sec­tions to oppo­site sides of my head to stretch them. Sec­ond, when I’m deal­ing with 2nd day or 3rd day hair, I like to pull my hair back into a pony­tail and do the band­ing method over night. I’m kind of obsessed with fight­ing shrink­age so I like my hair to be stretched at all times.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
C:
I would say that my whole head is a bit of a prob­lem area, but more specif­i­cal­ly my crown and my ends need a lit­tle extra atten­tion. My crown tends to be the loos­est curl pat­tern and the fin­er strands, so I have to be more gen­tle with that area. My ends dry out very quick­ly and knot very eas­i­ly, so I always make sure they’re detan­gled and mois­tur­ized.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
C:
My hair can get awful­ly dry so deep con­di­tion­ing week­ly is a must. And leave-in con­di­tion­er makes my hair real­ly soft and easy to detan­gle.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
C:
My hair knots very eas­i­ly so pro­tec­tive styles and gels are my worst ene­my.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
C:
Yeah! My insta­gram is cece­fro and my tum­blr url is white­girl­fresh­hh (iron­i­cal­ly of course).

Meosha

Just anoth­er lover of nat­u­ral hair and expres­sion.
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I have a 3c as well and tangles/knots are the worst. I get what I call web­knots. 8–12 strands webbed togeth­er and I have to pull it apart. And my hair is super dry it devours mois­ture. I found, as gross as it is, that my hair loves sweat; work­outs and steam­rooms at the gym make my hair super hap­py.

tblues

Your hair is absolute­ly beau­ti­ful btw. I’m just won­der­ing though, I thought pro­tec­tive styles were good for 4C hair. I would think that wear­ing in a braid­out to cause it to tan­gle more…at least that’s the way it is for my tight­ly coiled 4c hair.

Pat

Love­ly hair!!!!!! I can’t wait till my hair gets long like this but I have dam­age from henna/ break­age and I’m try­ing to grow that out too :( pray for me

Mona

love­ly pics and hair, thanks for shar­ing!

Jax

I seri­ous­ly just had a hair­gasm after look­ing at your pics. Beau­ti­ful hair!

Anonymous

Final­ly some­one that doesn’t have an answer like “I embrace my shrink­age” “I love it” and so on. Don’t get me wrong there’s noth­ing wrong with that but for me this arti­cle is the first arti­cle I can relate to when it comes to shrink­age!
And wow your hair is beau­ti­ful! / Euro­pean read­er.

Val

I was think­ing the same thing! lol

Val

@ anon

cb

@anonymous do you hate your shrink­age? from what I read major­i­ty of type 4 nat­u­rals dis­like their shrinkage…she is the norm…for peo­ple you LOVE their shrink­age they are the minor­i­ty of type 4.…

Anonymous

At the moment it’s not my best friend so I don’t hate it but I don’t love it either. I’m just telling it how I see it that was why I com­ment­ed in the first place.

DreamGirl

This hair is too cute! I have 4c hair and my hair just doesn’t shine,can any­one please help and give a solu­tion. I slather on oil sheen and I end up with crunchy greasy hair and oil drip­ping down my neck :-/

lninas

@DreamGirl.…I used to have the same prob­lem, my hair would be oily but crunchy. I start using Omni Quick Grow Treat­ment and my hair stays soft and mois­tur­ized. I have 4C type hair.

lninas

@ DreamGirl.…I use to have the same prob­lem, my hair would be very oily but yet crunchy!! I start using Omni Quick Grow Herbal Treat­ments. My hair stays soft and mois­tur­ized now

stal

may­be try lay­ing down the cuti­cle with a apple cider vine­gar rin­se or my per­son­al favorite aloe vera…it did won­ders for my dull dry hair..its sooo shiny now!

Toni

Beau­ti­ful hair and you are sooooo pret­ty. I am tran­si­tion­ing and I wish that my hair will have this type of shine.

For the Love of Curls

Super cute face and hair. I just read oil rins­ing is a good way to keep hair mois­tur­ized and fight fairy knots.

Treece

Not sur­prised by Tina Smith’s com­ment. She rarely has any­thing good to say. Clear­ly, it’s dif­fi­cult for some to read sar­casm… Read­ing is fun­da­men­tal.

Any­way, I love how thick her hair is and that she shows (like oth­ers) that you can retain length with­out pro­tec­tive styles.

Mika

She is just adorable. I love the close up pics of her hair. So pret­ty!

Eboni

Ahhh!! Cee’s gor­geous hair makes me want to comb out my starter locs and rock my fro again! haha! lol…though seri­ous­ly I think after a cou­ple years of my locs I’ll even­tu­al­ly cut them out. 

Gor­geous hair tex­tures, sheen, & per­son­al­i­ty of course!

graycheline

I wish that I could go nat­u­ral but I have a skin dis­ease called lupus.
Any­way, You look great in those pic­tures.

G

PrettyLawyer

I have lupus also (which is an autoim­mune dis­ease; not a skin dis­ease) and it would actu­al­ly ben­e­fit your health to stop chem­i­cal­ly pro­cess­ing your hair and go nat­u­ral. I’ve been nat­u­ral for 3.5 yrs and it has been a won­der­ful jour­ney. Any­way, saw your com­ment and felt com­pelled to respond. I wish you noth­ing but the best and I hope you’ve found a good rheuma­tol­o­gist. God bless!

Dezine

I don’t under­stand? Does this con­di­tion cause hair loss?

Toni

It can cause hair loss but it seems as though the dis­con­tin­u­a­tion of chem­i­cals and oth­er healthy hair prac­tices should improve this prob­lem. May­be the doc could chime in on this ?

E.P.

My moth­er passed away from com­pli­ca­tions from lupus and her best friend has it and also a col­lege criend of mine. Some­times the hair loss is per­ma­nent even if the per­son is not cur­rent­ly show­ing signs of lupus. Rogaine helped my mother’s friend and my col­lege friend got shots of I believe cor­ti­sone in her scalp to help com­bat hair loss. You were right about reduc­ing the amount harm­ful chem­i­cals. Lupus can affect any part of the body from the skin/hair to the brain.

Toni

* unhealthy hair­care prac­tices

yasmin

Lupus its a immu­ni­ty con­di­tions, not a skin prob­lem. But if you want to go nat­u­ral just do it.

KoilyK

Lupus can affect all organs includ­ing skin. As a physi­cian, I have looked after many patients with SLE.

Nomski

Love her hair!

TINA SMITH

WHY IS HOW DO YOU COMBAT SHRINKAGE A QUSESTION? HER PROBLEM AREA IS HER WHOLE HEAD????????????? LMAO OH PLEASE CAN WE DO BETTER

breanne

Why aren’t you fea­tured, TINA?

Dezine

Don’t wor­ry about this user. I’ve seen her on mul­ti­ple hair sites, typ­ing in caps and spout­ing igno­rance all in an attempt for a lit­tle atten­tion. The only thing you can do it pray for peo­ple like this and keep mov­ing.

Karen

I noticed she also said her whole head is a problem.…with fairy knots, sor­ry it sounds like the tights 4c hair ever…lol…sorry she said it!

Efa

I’m sor­ry but … What? Like what are u try­ing to say what u typed didn’t make sense.

EFA

umm excuse you this is my best friend and umm its a lit­tle thing called sar­casm and dry humor but i guess you dont know what that is since you are an inter­net troll… so u should total­ly go some­where cause this is not fly­ing under my watch

Jax

Tina clear­ly needs a hug. ‘Eey­ore the troll’ rears her head quite often and it’s always some BS com­ments.

Nooni

I thought the whole head thing wsa hilar­i­ous! Some­times I feel that way! I thought it was just a joke.

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