Carol // 3C Natural Hair Style Icon


Introduce yourself!
Carol K, I’m from the big apple!

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
So many reasons. But one of the biggest reasons was because I would go to the salon every single Friday evening and I always dreaded having to sit under the hooded dryer and then having to have my hair blow-dried and scalp burned. Enough was enough…so I was like, “relaxers…y’all have got to go!” 8-1-2010 I would say was the day that I told myself NO MORE RELAXERS. The first year, I spent transitioning. So, August 1st 2011 I cut off all of my relaxed ends. I have been natural for two years.

How would you describe your texture?
I don’t categorize my hair. My “natural” pattern is weird. If I had to choose a texture I would say 3B/3C ish. My strands are extremely dense.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
When I started my “natural hair journey” I tried EVERYTHING! I mean IT ALL…from eggs to baking soda. From my experience of trial and error, I know now that less is more. I don’t use shampoo at all in my hair. I learned it just doesn’t work for me. Sulfate free or not. With that said, my styling regimen is very simple. I wash my hair once a week, usually on Mondays with Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Conditioner and Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner. Throughout the week I spritz my hair with water and aloe vera juice DAILY. Depending on how I’m feeling I’ll seal my ends with extra virgin olive oil, or to give my strands a little extra love and I’ll use my Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie to moisturize my hair. I am also loving the Curls Whipped Cream as a great moisturizer. One of the two I’ll use about twice a week.


What does wash day look like for you?
Since I usually have my hair out for most of the week, the day before wash day I detangle my hair with coconut oil and avocado oil. I massage my scalp and sleep with this overnight. On the actual wash day I first use the Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Conditioner and wash as if it is shampoo by massaging my scalp and ensuring that the oils are being washed away. I follow with the Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner for a “deeper clean”. After that process, I deep condition with either Curls Curl Ecstasy Hair Tea Deep Conditioner or the Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Restorative Masque. After rinsing out the DC, for a leave in my #1 is the Giovanni Direct Leave-In Conditioner. That’s about it! Lol.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
Let’s see. Wild and crazy fro of course!

How do you combat shrinkage?
Personally, I don’t usually mind the shrinkage at all. However if you do, a pick never hurt anybody! Flat twists and braid outs work well too.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
That would have to be my nape area. Because I live in NYC, you’ll never catch me without a scarf around my neck in the winter. I don’t do many “protective styles”, so naturally the scarf clings on to my strands. For that, I am always paying special attention to that area by oiling it REGULARLY.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
Water! And of course less products that weigh down your already heavy hair.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
Rat tooth combs. Dry combing. Frigid temperatures.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
You can find me on and CarolKayy on Instagram.



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


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24 thoughts on “Carol // 3C Natural Hair Style Icon

  1. WOW!!!! Im in LOVE with your hair… And your gorgeous. You most definitely resemble Tiana Taylor (lol i’m sure you’ve heard that). Im pray that at two years I have as much hair as you. #Inspiration

  2. Your hair is amazing!! May I ask where you purchased your glasses that your wearing the facebook pic of you in “Black girl with Long hair” I have been searching for a similar pair.. no luck:(

  3. I started to write down everything you used on your hair because.. your. hair. is. just. that. gourgeous.

    But then I remembered that it won’t help!!

    • Awe. Dedication and diligence is the key.. I’m starting a “natural hair series” on my YT channel, that might help you. I’ll go into detail about finding products that work best for you.

  4. In ancient civilizations, women’s hair was often elaborately and carefully dressed in special ways. Women coloured their hair, curled it, and pinned it up in a variety of ways. They set their hair in waves and curls using wet clay, which they dried in the sun and then combed out, or else by using a jelly made of quince seeds soaked in water, or curling tongs and curling irons of various kinds.

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