Introduce yourself!
I’m Casey Chatman, originally from sunny southern California, however as of this year I’m making New York City my official home! I’m also a psychology student at St Johns University.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
I chose to return my hair to its natural state as a direct result of my loss of interest in the time it took to perm my hair. I did not want to go back to the store to purchase a box of hair perm so I kept putting it off, forcing me to work with the texture I currently had at that time (waves as a result of the perm with curly ringlets that were my naturally textured roots growing in). 4 years later and I still have not returned to the store to purchase that box of hair perm and I DON’T PLAN ON IT!

How would you describe your texture?
I’m not quite certain of my texture – pertaining to a number and letter, however others on my Instagram have described my hair as combination 3b/3c. You tell me if that’s accurate! 🙂

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
My style regimen is quite simple. I wash my hair every week or every 5 days, sometimes with shampoo, sometimes with just conditioner. I don’t necessarily focus on step-by-step/day-by-day guidelines, as I have not given myself any. My main concern is moisture! My hair tends to be brittle when dry and to avoid breakage I use humectants daily to keep my hair soft, non-greasy, bouncy, lustrous and most importantly moisturized! The products I am currently using are products that I have found beneficial and taken a liking to. These products consist of: Suave Humectant Moisture Conditioner, GBP Conditioner, aPHogee Moisture Renewal Leave in Conditioner, Shea Moisture Styling Milk and Organix Tea Tree Shampoo.

The rationale behind my regimen, or lack thereof is partly because I am often traveling to different climates, so I allow for different needs to be met for each climate and atmosphere I find myself in. I make decisions on how my hair is for that particular day and have found meeting my hair’s needs day-to-day rather than what is convenient and systematic, is more beneficial for my hair. I limit my styling to either a bun or a puff. If I’m feeling a bit more ambitious I’ll do my rope twist up-do. I very rarely if at all wear my hair down/out/free in public. During my transition I wore by hair straight and flat ironed 70% of the time. The other 30 percent I wore it in wash and goes despite of the texture variances from the permed ends to the curly roots.


What does wash day look like for you?
Wash day for me consists of Organix Tea Tree Shampoo along with Suave Humectant Conditioner used as a leave in. I use a comb in the shower to detangle. When I leave the shower, I add more Suave Humectant Conditioner, along with aPhogee Moisture Renewal, and I finger detangle. When that is all said and done I add Shea Moisture Styling Milk to any area that appears frizzy. Air dry and voila! (Seems like a lot of product, but my hair absorbs like a sponge).

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
3 words. Bun or puff.

How do you combat shrinkage?
I don’t. Shrinkage = curls. If my hair didn’t have shrinkage it would be straight. What’s the point of combating my hair’s natural state. Embrace the curl.

Tell us about your hair color?
I always dye my own hair. My current hair color is due in part to the bright Crayola red color my hair was just a little over a year ago. It still has that red tinge despite of my dying it black over and over again. A few months ago I dyed it brown and added some blonde pieces in it. The roots have grown in black (my natural color) and I’ve kind of let it rock. In the near future I’m adding more blonde bits to it in the hopes of evening the color out more.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
1) Moisture 2) Wide-Tooth-Comb shower detangling while drenched in conditioner

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
1) Protein treatments (oddly increases breakage even with proper moisture) 2) Strictly finger detangling

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
I have 2 Instagrams:
My Personal IG: CaseyChatman
My Hair’s IG: Curly_Casey


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

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love your hair and did it el like it took forever to grow.

sexy face

do you know how to spell its not el its feel.


love your hair, how long is it now? And did it feel like it took forever to grow?


she is extraordnarily beautiful and her hair is equally beautiful. it makes you wonder why she would ever perm it in the first place. Those ringlets are just too cute to straighten. kinda reminds me of Chili from TLC.


Omg….. Please be gay…. Damn 😉

sexy face

wow she pretty but you don’t have to go that far I mean unless your gay. are you?


Lol, why yes, yes I am 🙂


Her curls and hairline is like mine and there is very little that I do to my hair other than using Wen cleanser/conditioner and olive oil and sometime a hair butter for a sleek ponytail.

I don’t believe in investing in a lot of products, because my hair does not need all of that. don’t think anyone’s hair needs too many products.


You’re really cute and pretty. You’re very lucky.


LOVE her hair, but more importantly… Those eyebrows are the business!!! Yes honey! And I’m loving the cateye liner too!

Just so you know..


The blondish highlights look nice but that red hair was so cute too!


STJ alumni! *whoop whoop* This girl is gorgeous and so is her hair

cynthia J

Gorgeous, beautiful young lady. Love the curls


Beautiful face and hair!


Wow girl you are simply stunning! Gorgeous hair!

kinky Canuck

simply beautiful


Love her face and beautiful hair. Welcome to NYC!!!


Gorgeous hair, beautiful face.


She’s so pretty!


omgosh!!! she is too pretty! i wish i looked like that! too pretty 🙂


Dear Geri,
We’re not meant to be carbon copies (I date myself, lol). Play up your best features and you’ll be just fine 🙂


Love your philosophy: “I make decisions on how my hair is for that particular day and have found meeting my hair’s needs day-to-day rather than what is convenient and systematic, is more beneficial for my hair.”


Such a beauty and such gorgeous curls.


What do you color your hair with?


I color my hair with L’oreal HI-COLOR for highlights paired with a 30 vol cream developer.


Absolutely beautiful!!


Pretty girl pretty hair 🙂


Natural beauty!


We are St. Johns’s… my daughter is a student there also!!
Stunning hair also, question how did you get all your stuff to school from California??!?


The only thing I took with me from California were my clothes. 2 suit cases i had full of fall clothes going into the fall season. I left my fall clothes at st johns, then for christmas break I went back home to california with an empty suit case and brought back some summer/lighter clothes for when spring time came around. Everything else i purchased in new york (tv/fridge/microwave/bed sheets/other dorm items etc). 🙂


Thanks for replying, I always wondered who students move across country…. good luck with your studies 🙂


lovely! i love the pictures of her with red hair because i LOVE red hair i think with the right shade it compliments a brown skin. maybe if i’m bold enough one day i’ll dye my hair red!

Antoinette Stewart

Im a student at St Johns as well! Im also President of an org on campus Crown & Glory Society thats all about embracing whats naturally you! Check us out or
We would love to see you attend one of our events! You are beautiful!


I’d love that, when is the next meeting? lol

Antoinette Stewart

Sidenote: I just noticed your from Cali too, Im from Ontario (Southern California – San Bernadino County)

We are trying to squeeze our last meeting in sometime next week 🙂 Ill keep you updated!


your hair and you are totally beautiful. and i like your different stylings.


Thank you! 🙂


I love her hair! I like shea moisture styling milk too as a daily styling product. I love that its not too heavy and keeps my hair soft. I use it with my nightly baggy method & I get awesome hydrated curls every morning!


Pretty! Blasian??


Blasian, yes. I’m black and filipina 🙂


oh my god! that’s why the first time i saw your pictures i immediately thought you look like the singer cassie she’s black and filipina too! has anyone ever told you you look like her?


That’s what I thought too.

I love her hair, but can we take a second to also appreciate those eyebrows! They are working me out!!


Girl, yes! The eyebrows were the first thing I noticed! lol 🙂


Thank you! Brows are important to me/ grooming wise lol


I like the way the blond weaves in. It looks like your natural color and works the highlights well.


Girllll you and your hair absolutely gawjus! Good thing that perm is still sitting on the shelf with 4 years of dust on top lol


Thank you! and yes I’m glad that box of perm is still there. It can stay there lol