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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Beau­ti­ful face and hair!

cynthia J

Gor­geous, beau­ti­ful young lady. Love the curls


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


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


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..


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


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.


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 :)


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.


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


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.