*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.


Just anoth­er lover of nat­u­ral hair and expres­sion.
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Also there’s an extra “e” in her blog url. it’s actu­al­ly http://princessakan.blogspot.fr/


Where are the extra pho­to­sssss? lol Great hair!


Where are the rest of the pho­tos?


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?