*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

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Introduce yourself!
K:
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?
K:
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?
K:
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.
K:
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.

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What does wash day look like for you?
K:
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.
K:
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?
K:
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?
K:
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?
K:
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?
K:
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?
K:
Yes, on http://princesseakan.blogspot.fr.

Meosha

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

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111 Comments on "Kanga // 4C Natural Hair Style Icon"

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Becky

Wow her hair is bangin! This is inspiring for a girl like me who is also 4C, and only a couple months into my natural hair journey. I hope my hair can look like that in 5 years too!

Kanga

Thanks you Sis !! <3 . low manipulation is THE key!!

jjac401

WOW! What a beautiful full head of gorgeous hair!

Kanga

Thans you so much. Love.

kb1908

It awesome to see 4C natural, while love uniform curls of 3s , I equally enjoy seeing the ferocity and the awesomeness of a kinky 4C! I think her hair is striking.

Kanga

Yeah! Thanks you. i understand what you mean I love wild hair!

kb

Hi Kanga, I do love big hair! What makes your hair striking to me is the texture and the fullness. I think we don’t often appreciate the different textures that we have as black women have. I appreciate yours 🙂

eve-audrey

a fellow afro-french girl yay! we have similar hair and regimen that’s amazing! de quelle région de france tu viens? you’re amazing 🙂

Kanga

Thank you !^^ Je suis vis en Ile-de-france

Yocheved

Wow, so, so inspiring. I have hair that is a very similar texture but it “won’t grow” and it’s been so frustrating. I’m going to try your regimen, I like that it is completely natural, and see what happens!! Thank you!

nasie

I absolutely love your hair! I have the same texture and I just don’t know how to control it. I swear if I had seen this post 2 days ago, I would not have gotten this weave which i hate with passion. I struggle alot with shrinkage and was wondering how you deal with it. I am at my wits end and don’t want to loc my hair because of it.

DreamGirl

Dear BGLH,may you please feature more fine haired naturals,its very discouraging when all you see are thick haired naturals. Keep up the good work

DreamGirl

I love me some 4c hair,I can’t wait to get to that length!my hair isn’t as bulky as yours but I’m using castor oil to thicken it up. Wow your hair is gorgeous!!

Amma

Found my hair twin! Yay! I’ve been considering doing African threading & this has confirmed. Great styling regime!

Kanga

Hi!! I’m glad to be featured in BGWLH because we need to see that black hair is beautiful with various textures and routines. Really unique.

Efuru

Such a gorgeous head of hair! Very informative too!

Kanga

Thank you!

Jojo

She’s blessed that head full of hair.

When I read this line “My curls are very tight, 4C or something like that” I totally “heard” it in her french accent. Her blog looks cool (although I don’t understand what it says.)

Orihime11

I just switched to using google chrome instead of my old trusty internet explorer. And it actually gave me the option to translate her blog from French to English! I was so excited like I discovered a new toy lol. Try it out 😀

Kanga

Aha ! Thank u girls. So sorry , i can’t translate all my blog for the moment . Glad to know that you can translate it with google options.

Newbie

Sighhh, absolutely gorgeous head hair on that lady. I’m going to check out African threading and see if that’s something I need to add to my repetouire (sp).

Coffey

Love, love, LOVE! Great feature.

Daphyne

I love this hair and I love her as an icon! When I lived in Kenya, the women would tell me their hair wouldn’t grow because it was “real” African hair. I love that this gorgeous woman from the continent with goo-goobs of beautiful hair blows that theory out of the water!

Kanga

Ignorance is the problem… because most of african women don’t even know how to detangle correctly natural hair. That’s why i can’t stop to share my experience with my sisters and stop the misinformation about kinky hair.

Erica

I always get excited when BGLH features a 4C natural!! It gives me hope of achieving great length! Her hair is healthy and beautiful, rock on 4C’s!!

Kanga

Thank you! Having 4C natural hair is not a problem to achieve a great length.All you have to keep in mind is that low manipulation and moisture are the best things to do to retain some length.

Mahalia

Look at all that beautiful hair I just love thick hair FineHairProblems

keisha

Beautiful hair! When u wear buns do you take it down to moisturize daily?

Kanga

Thank you! I always moisture my hair twice a week even when i wear buns or any kind of hairstyle.

Mika

I am so in love with her hair! Simply beautiful!

Kanga

Thank you Mika!

gigi

I plan to google this one for sure, but could somebody go over what ‘African Threading’ is? [like from a first-hand experience] my tangles might appreciate that… lol

Khanyi

Hey African threading is the wool used to knit jerseys, you just part the size you want to straighten at a time and then from the bottom tie around the thread. We hardly(almost) never use heay for straightening in Africa plus it really stretches the best. If I don’t have thread I use cut up strips of sheer stockings lol yes they work too.

Linda
At gigi, African threading is a heatless stretching method that has been used in Africa for centuries. It can also be used as a great protective style. If my memory is correct BGHL had a post about it last year. It is also called yarn wrapping when you use one to several threads of yarn to wrap around your hair. When the threads are closely and tightely wrapped together around a piece of hair, the result can be mistaken for a lock. The difference is only the end of the thread that is usually burnt. You can also separate the… Read more »
Sunflower

African threading!! Such a good idea. My mum used to do that on me when I was a kid. I live your hair. Defiantly incorporating that tip into my regimen ????

Kanga

Thank you girl! You should do it on your hair. My mom used to di that on me when i was relaxed to ensure the manageability of my new growth.

Sophia

Im just too filled with animosity right now! Those ponytails are killing me! You look AMAZING. I need prayer

Kanga

Thank you girl, all you need is patience and protective styling. ^^

SJ

Nice to see some fellow fine haired naturals! Beautiful head of hair.

Kanga

Hi! Thank you!

Caramelcurls

Absolutely gorgeous, lush hair that looks incredibly healthy. Love it! My texture is similar to yours and I wouldn’t trade it in for the world. I ADORE the variety that type 4 hair gives!

Kanga

Awww… thank you. Our hair is so unique!

mlank64

Love them buns!

Kanga

Thank you ^^

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