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Intro­duce your­self!
E:
My name is Dominique. I was born in New York, I have lived in Cal­i­for­nia, Mem­phis, and as of right now I am cur­rent­ly resid­ing in Lit­tle Rock, Arkansas.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­ur­al?
E:
I have actu­al­ly been nat­ur­al all of my life (except for this short peri­od that I had a short Mohawk.) That was in 2008 by the way. NOW the plot thick­ens. LOL. I was actu­al­ly one of the nat­u­rals that wore my hair straight (flat ironed, pressed etc.) except for some­times when I didn’t have time I would rock a curly puff. It was heat dam­aged, espe­cial­ly in the front and being that I real­ly didn’t KNOW my hair, I thought that it was just the tex­ture of it. So in 2008, after the perm and Mohawk, I just got tired of the style and start­ed grow­ing it back out. I had no clue what tran­si­tion­ing was, but I was cer­tain­ly doing it. In the sum­mer of 2009 I was wash­ing my hair one day and when I went to look in the mir­ror, I fell in love with the curls of my hair. When I looked at my ends how­ev­er, the rem­nants of perm were still there. To get rid of the sheer ugli­ness I took some scis­sors and clipped away. The rest is HAIR­sto­ry.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
E:
My hair tex­ture when I wash it is 3c around the major­i­ty of my head and toward the cen­ter it would have to be 4a. My hair is real­ly tricky with the coarse or fine ques­tion, I would have to say mid­way between both points because of the way it response so eas­i­ly to styling…And it is as DENSE as it gets lol! I mean when I wash my hair (if I don’t have it in braids) it feels like a hel­met of water is on my head lol!

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the month.
E:
My styling reg­i­men over the course of a month is real­ly sim­ple being that I am not the adven­tur­ous type when it comes to styles. Usu­al­ly, I will rock a braid out and keep it mov­ing. When the braid out gets old, I do a dry braid out and spray water over my head and throw on a satin cap. When I wake up, my hair is much big­ger (which is ALWAYS a plus in my book) and the curls are still defined but loos­er. Dur­ing work­outs I put it in a loose puff, and at work some­times I put it in a donut bun. The prod­ucts I love right now are any­thing Shea Mois­ture, PURE shea but­ter, and my home­made hair oil (tea tree, olive, grape­seed, coconut and jojo­ba oil all mixed togeth­er). I try to detan­gle with a wide tooth comb once a week. This process is slow because I am VERY care­ful not to rush and risk dam­ag­ing my hair by comb­ing too hard. I wash my hair typ­i­cal­ly once a month, but I judge that based on the con­di­tion of my hair. If it’s itchy, then it’s time for a wash. 

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What does wash day look like for you?
E:
I cow­ash my hair with a real­ly light con­di­tion­er (most­ly the .98 cent Suave) just to get the dirt out. Then I go back with a much thick­er con­di­tion­er (cur­rent­ly Aussie Moist). I throw a few plas­tic bags and a foil cap over my head and go to bed. I wake up, rinse, and off to the styling. I am actu­al­ly going to exper­i­ment with an apple cider vine­gar and mud wash to see what is best for my hair. I will keep you post­ed!

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
E:
My favorite style is a loose puff with a cute scarf around the edges to hide the evil under­neath. I try to not pull my hair back so much these days for my edges sake. I also LOVE hats!

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
E:
If I want a big full braid out right after wash­ing and don’t want to wait for my braid out to get old, I just blow dry my hair on the COOL set­ting and go back and braid her up. The goal isn’t to straight­en but to stretch. I use the comb attach­ment to aid in the detan­gling.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
E:
LAAAAAWD these ends!!! My ends have a ten­den­cy to be dry and try to mul­ti­ply (split) on me. I have learned so much in this process, so that prob­lem is great­ly being con­trolled. My length is a tes­ta­ment to it (thank ya Lord).

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
E:
1. Mois­tur­ize!! I can­not say that enough. I have learned my les­son with that one. 2. Pay Atten­tion to your hair because it will def­i­nite­ly tell you if you’re doing some­thing wrong.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
E:
1. Don’t col­or it! That’s just for my hair and the goals I am try­ing to reach. It’s beau­ti­ful to look at, but my hair isn’t hav­ing it lol. 2. Don’t do too many pulled back styles. Your edges will thank you. Your hair is meant to be free. LET IT LOOSE!

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
E:
I do have a YouTube chan­nel that I have been neglect­ing late­ly, but I will be start­ing that back up in the next cou­ple of weeks. It’s Alluri­a1. Also fol­low me on Insta­gram! Ms_Nixon! See you soon! :)

Meosha

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

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36 Comments on "Dominique // 3C/4A Natural Hair Style Icon"

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wanda renee

Pret­ty girl with pret­ty hair.

Natalya
I’m just start­ing my tran­si­tion­ing process real­ly didn’t know what it meant at first. Ive been nat­ur­al from I was born, then I found a fiesty me & permed it right about my sec­ond year in Junior High, any­way I’m start­ing over because I usu­al­ly used a lot of heat on my hair whether it be flat iron or blow dry­er. Also I was­nt going to the hair dress­er as much as was rec­om­mend, so comb­ing it I notice it break­ing off in abun­dance had me scared. So I decid­ed to slow down on all of it includ­ing the perm.… Read more »
Sarita

My warn­ing to any­one with African-tex­tured hair who sug­gests using apple cider vine­gar on it: DO NOT!!! PLEASE!! I did in 2006. Result: I lost my beau­ti­ful long thick hair. I had to wear a weave and a series of wigs for near­ly two years. My hair is back, but I will nev­er try an exper­i­ment like that with­out first con­sult­ing my beau­ty advi­sor.

KP

Inter­est­ing. What is African-tex­tured hair?

Sherice

Wow girl…your hair is beau­ti­ful. If I’m lucky, I’ll be able to acheive the length and full­ness you have. Keep up the good work!

Angie
Your hair is SOOO beau­ti­ful!!! I love it! I just start­ed my hair jour­ney and my last perm was 03/02/13 so I’m real­ly new to this whole process. My rea­son for going nat­ur­al is due to thin­ning edges although I’ve been spend­ing a small for­tune at the salon. I guess I expect­ed her to care for my hair 100% and that’s just not real­is­tic any­more not to men­tion expen­sive. I aspire to have hair as beau­ti­ful as yours if I can fig­ure my hair out. It’s been years since I’ve seen my nat­ur­al locks so I can’t wait.
Zanjabil

Gor­geous-ness!

Dominique

Thank you! :D!!

Dominique
Yeah I don’t even real­ly do the hair typ­ing chart.… I don’t study the dif­fer­ent types and what box my hair fits into… Sim­ply because the only head I need to under­stand is my own… I may not be 3c or 4a but I looked at the chart and matched up to my hair and those where the two… The chart isn’t rel­e­vant if you KNOW your hair… It’s just human nature to cat­e­go­rize things to bet­ter under­stand it. I don’t cat­e­go­rize my hair because its so much more than a type to me… It’s my way to express my… Read more »
maralondon

Well said!

Candie P

Dominique, I love your hair tips and hair…thanks so much for tak­ing out the time to share :-)

fluffy-in-flight

Hi Dominique, you have a beau­ti­ful head of hair girl; Also loved the inter­view.
BUT It’s just inter­est­ing though how some peo­ple want to tell you what you have. Not only do they hold on to man made labels, but they are deter­mined that peo­ple should go in cer­tain box­es. If the young lady says she is a 3c and 4a, then that’s what she is, no one knows her hair like her.

Carla

Hey Dom­inque! Great inter­view — thank you for shar­ing your tips with us. Ques­tion for you. I’m orig­i­nal­ly from Lit­tle Rock, AR (whoop, whoop), but now I live in the DMV area. My fam­i­ly is still there and my moth­er is cur­rent­ly tran­si­tion­ing to nat­ur­al. With tha said, do you know any nat­ur­al hair­styl­ists or salons that you would recommend.…my moth­er doesn’t nec­es­sary want to do her own hair at this point. Thanks in advance! :)

Dominique
Hey Car­la! Lit­tle Rock WHAT WHAT!! Lol but it’s awe­some that your mom is join­ing the team! I’ve been rack­ing my brain to try and remem­ber any styl­ists.. I do my own hair so I nev­er has use for one. The only woman that u can remem­ber is a woman by the name of Miss Z. She gave me her num­ber some time ago but I nev­er got a chance to call her. I’ve switched phones since then, but she does own a shop and it may help if your mom googled her… So sor­ry about the half answer… I… Read more »
Gabrielle

Love it!!! I’m con­fused how is it NOT her hair type? Lol

Anna Maria

Great hair – but def­i­nite­ly NOT a 3c or 4a!

ja

I agree with Anna m.

Eunice S.

Why peo­ple hat­ing on Anna M. She is actu­al­ly telling the truth and she was not rude about it. Dominique’s hair is not 3C. It doesn’t look more 4b with 4a. Yes by styling it with braid/twist out and curlers it can look 3C, but that is not the nat­ur­al tex­ture. Every­one should own their hair tex­ture, there’s noth­ing wrong with 4b/4c hair and hair tex­ture is only a base to help one fig­ure out what tech­niques work and what do not. Dominique you have beau­ti­ful hair.

shelikes

beau­ti­ful hair

Dominique

Thank you! :)

Jessica

Gor­geous!!

Funmi

Love your hair!
I espe­cial­ly love how much vol­ume you have even when you straight­en it. Gorg!

Dominique

BIG HAIR DON’T CARE!!!! Lol thank you so much! :)

Eboni

Great inter­view!!

“LLAAWWDD these ends!” haha! I feel the same way about my ends too, I have to take extra care of them bad boys. Man I REALLY want to col­or my hair but I’m too con­cerned about dam­age. Eh, any­ways great arti­cle and tips, espe­cial­ly about mois­tur­iz­ing & lis­ten­ing to your hair.

Dominique

Thank you! And yeah I’ve learned my les­son about col­or… I col­ored one small sec­tion of my hair and couldn’t wait for it to grow out! Lol.. My hair goal is waist length and I could be wrong, but I have nev­er seen any­one with col­ored hair that long.. I already know my hair enough to know its not hap­pen­ing lol…

Djanira

Love it!!

Dominique

Thank you so much!! :)

keisha

beau­ti­ful woman and hair!

Dominique

Awwww SHUCKS *kicks a rock* Thank you!!!!

Rae

Love your hair! I have some what the same tex­ture and the same prob­lem, the ENDS… Lol Can you tell me your method of tak­ing care of your ends?

Dominique

What I try and do us just make sure they STAY mois­tur­ized… I like to spray my ends with water and add my oil mix to the ends… This is usu­al­ly done when I’m doing a braid out or head­ed to bed. I make sure to quench that thirst… And anoth­er thing is to watch for split ends!! And when you find them, KILL THEM… Lol don’t try and hold on to it because it just breaks fur­ther up the shaft… I hope that helps… :)

Rae

Yes it does! Thank you sooo much!

jjac401

WOW! Gor­geous full head of beau­ti­ful hair! Thanks for the inter­view.

Dominique

Thank you!!! :D

Bridget J

Con­grat­u­la­tions on your healthy hair jour­ney. Your hair looks amaz­ing!

Dominique

Thank you so much!! It was my first inter­view I was so ner­vous lol.…

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