Kanga // 4C Natural Hair Style Icon

*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

  • MJay

    Where are the rest of the photos?

  • Mjay

    I just realized how old this article is. I haven’t been on this site in a while. Why are there so many old articles on the homepage?