Kanga // 4C Natural Hair Style Icon

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*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally


Introduce yourself!
Hey, my name is Kanga. I was born in Ivory Coast 24 years ago and now I live in France.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
I have been natural for 5 years. My mother did my first relaxer treatment at the age of 4 and my hair seemed to be nice and healthy, but my last perm at the age of 18 went wrong. Unfortunately, I lost a lot of hair…I mean…A LOT of hair. I had bra-strap-length hair before and then shoulder length. I was so disappointed, I didn’t know what to do with my alopecia and my short, fragile and unhealthy hair. Finally, I subscribed to a French forum named “Cheveux-Ebêne” dedicated to natural hair, and when I saw the beauty and versatility of our hair I fell in love with it. I chopped all my relaxed hair in 2008 after a year of transition. I decided to loc my hair in 2011 but, I picked them out recently with a comb, conditioner and water. I needed a change!

How would you describe your texture?
My curls are very tight, 4C or something like that. My strands are fine, but my hair is dense.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
My strands are fine and can tangle easily so to avoid that, I do a lot of updos and high buns every week. I rarely let my hair down. I retain length with protective styles and using the baggy method for my ends.


What does wash day look like for you?
I try to use only natural products on my fro because they work perfectly on my hair. The day before wash day, I condition my hair with coconut and jojoba oil and the next morning I shampoo with Dudu Osun African Black Soap twice a week. After that, I rinse my hair with an herbal infusion of ayurvedic powders (amla, bhringaraj, neem etc…). I have a low porosity so I add moisture to my hair with flaxseed or aloe vera gel and seal with murumuru butter. I am a huge fan of peppermint and tea tree on my scalp.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
I wear a high bun 90% of the time. It takes me 2 minutes to do and I tuck the ends of my hair with bobby pins.

How do you combat shrinkage?
African threading is my secret to maintaining stretched and tangle free hair. I divide my hair in 8 sections or more when doing this method. I don’t use any heat on my hair.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
My edges are very fragile since my last relaxer and I have to deal with it even 5 years after. Due to this, I avoid any kind of traction on my scalp.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
Finger detangling, low manipulation and keeping it moisturized and sealed with the L.O.C. method (liquid, oil, cream). In the beginning I used to comb my hair all the time. I wasn’t gentle with my fro. I had breakage and split ends everywhere. I learned that I have to be patient with my hair, especially when I had locs.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
Wash’n’gos are definitely the worst thing to do for my hair! Knots and even single knots everywhere!

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
Yes, on http://princesseakan.blogspot.fr.

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


104 thoughts on “Kanga // 4C Natural Hair Style Icon

  1. Kanga, I love your hair… It is beautiful and so are you… Continue taking care of yourself and stay healthy, it shows you look great…

    That’s the Afrikan baby!!!!!

  2. 4C is my hair type too. I have been transitioning a few months and I can already identify with the knots Kanga refers to. I might try threading to straighten my hair as twists don’t stretch the natural under-growth.
    Beautiful hair Kanga. I can tell you take good care of it.

  3. Your hair looks great. I have 4c as well. Its been a year since I had a relaxer. I actually had been without a relaxer for almost 3 years and wish I had continued doing that if I had the info that I had today to keeping it natural. When I did go without relaxer for 3 years starting in 2005-2008, my hair was past my shoulder after beautiful straighten it out but boy when the humidity got to it. It was poof!! LOL! I am really liking this site. Seeing some of the 4c styles have been a breath of fresh air. I just now have to be very patient. Because some days I just want to relax it or shave it all off cause it gets on my nerves sometimes. God bless! :)

    • Je te remerci!! Je te le souhaite en tout cas, j’essaie de battre moi-même mon propre record en encourageant la rétention de mongueur jusqu’au niveau de la taille, ce serait cool^^

  4. I started transitioning slowly in 2010 but relaxed a bit of the front in 2011 and since then i havent relaxed it. In september 2012 i decided to do the bc and once again in december and ive been managing my hair since then. Trying a few products and doing 2 strand twist for protective styling. Now, my ends are looking worse than ever before and its breaking alot. I’ve tried putting protein in my hair but sitting there for an hour cold blowing my hair for it to harden is just not for me, so i abandoned that. I’m not sure if its due to the weather or not but im so lost on what to do.Please help

  5. My hair is like past 4C I mean tight and knots everywhere! Plus I have a lot of breakage in the back from 18wks of bed rest with my last babe. She’s a year now but not much in way of rebound for my hair. What do you suggest for daily/weekly upkeep? So dont want to relax again but it looks bad!

  6. Girl!! I was just about to get a perm (idk how to rock it ) but seing an Ivorian more over an Akan like me rock it so well girl I changed my mind now u r my role model!!

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  10. :-o Fab-U-lous!!!! How can I keep up with you??? Your Blog is not responding. Its saying it does not exist :-/. I have 4C and my hair is stuck. I am looking for some things to do to get it growing back. This is my 3rd full year of being natural. Trying to link up with more 4-c’s. Thanks for the inspiration …I needed it.


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