*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally


Introduce yourself!
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?
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?
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.
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.


What does wash day look like for you?
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.
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?
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?
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?
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?
My hair knots very easily so protective styles and gels are my worst enemy.

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


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

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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.


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.


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


lovely pics and hair, thanks for sharing!


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


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.


I was thinking the same thing! lol


@ anon


@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….


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.


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 :-/


@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.


@ 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


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!


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.


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.


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


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!


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



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!


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


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 ?


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.


* unhealthy haircare practices


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


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


Love her hair!




Why aren’t you featured, TINA?


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.


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!


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


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


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


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