*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 :-D

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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