Intro­duce your­self!
My name is Emi­lie Petkovic. My mum is from Cameroon and my father is from Ser­bia, but I was born and raised in France. I live near Paris. I am a class­room assis­tant in a mid­dle school. Before that I was a pro­fes­sion­al vol­ley­ball play­er.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
I cut my hair short for the first time in 1999 when I was 16. I began to grow out my afro in 2002. I was fed up with my relaxed hair and I want­ed some­thing easy because of my sport. I had short hair for 3 years, but dur­ing 2007–2009 I did what we call in french a “curly”. It dam­aged my hair a lot, and I want­ed my afro back. So, I cut my hair again. Since then I have changed my hair col­or and worn braids when my hair was long enough. I have learned to accept my hair the way it is.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
I think that I’m 4b. My hair tan­gles very fast, has high den­si­ty and it grows quite fast.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
I always use a very mois­tur­iz­ing sham­poo for dry hair. I real­ly love Klo­rane Sham­poo with desert date, or man­go. I’m always try­ing to choose some­thing with shea but­ter, argan, avo­cado, man­go or coconut oil. I must use an anti-dan­druff sham­poo some­times like Head & Shoul­ders. It depends on the peri­od. For con­di­tion­ing, I use Gar­nier Ultra Doux with avo­cado oil and shea but­ter. I wash my hair once or twice a week max­i­mum. Last sum­mer I began to use coconut oil and I must say that it is very good for my hair, which is very dry. I also like monoi oil, which smells very good. I just use the­se prod­ucts to mois­tur­ize my hair, espe­cial­ly my ends. Twice a mon­th, and espe­cial­ly after braids or swim­ming in the sea, I make some masks for my hair with shea but­ter that my friend brings back from Africa. I real­ly love my afro, but I also love to change my hair­style with braids. Braids are very use­ful in the win­ter or sum­mer. In the win­ter they pro­tect my hair from being so dry. I also love to put acces­sories in my afro, like flow­ers or wax wrap. 


What does wash day look like for you?
I wash my hair first with my Klo­rane sham­poo. Then I put con­di­tion­er in and I detan­gle my hair. It takes a min­i­mum of 45 min­utes. I detan­gle my hair once a mon­th max­i­mum. Oth­er­wise, I wash my hair as usu­al. Some­times I apply a mask like the Body Shop Rain­forest Mois­ture mask for dry hair. 

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
I just wear my afro with a thin wrap and a flow­er.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
Shrink­age is not a big prob­lem for me. I keep my hair stretched some­times, but it real­ly depends on how I want my hair to be.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
I try to take care of my ends the best I can.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
I mois­tur­ize my hair dai­ly or every two days with oil. I also always apply a coconut oil mask at night to my hair after it has been in braids. Then, I let my hair breath for a min­i­mum of a mon­th by just wash­ing and mois­tur­iz­ing it.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
I don’t often flat iron my hair.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
On Insta­gram: foxyemi


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

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I love your hair Emile!It is sim­i­lar to my own hair. (I guess that makes us hair twins.) I also wear flow­ers in my hair too espe­cial­ly in Spring and Sum­mer.


I always say that the curl typ­ing sys­tem will be our demise. Here goes again, peo­ple argu­ing over what this woman’s curl type is. SERIOUSLY? Why though? Every arti­cle I click on on every sin­gle nat­u­ral hair web­site, peo­ple are argu­ing over hair type. I think its the dumb­est thing ever. How about we boy­cott the hair typ­ing sys­tem hm? I’ve already start­ed. The only hair type I have is kinky curly. Nap­py! Thats it.


PPl con­stant­ly con­fuse me with this hair type though.…I con­sid­er it to be 4b which is what mine is, it looks exact­ly like hers


OMG! i final­ly see some­one (even though its thru the inter­net) with my same hair tex­ture, n it looks pret­ty much exact. my moth­er is a mixed wom­an with thick wavy hair and my father is nige­ri­an with fine course hair. i have many yrs to go still before my hair can reach that length! Beau­ti­ful!


@jungfrau. Dont apol­o­gize please it’s not a kind of fight for me. I just want­ed to show you how is my hair. I mean when it is not untan­gled ;-) just after wash­ing it.


I’m always so hap­py to see a style icon rep­re­sent­ing a place oth­er than the U.S. (I was born & raised in the U.S., but I’m the child of immi­grants and present­ly live in Cen­tral Europe) because it show­cas­es the plu­ral­i­ty of kinky/curly/coily hair. That being said, the first thing that came to mind when I saw her pho­tos is that she looks like she could be Maya Rudolph’s sis­ter!


Cameroon rep­re­sent!!! Love ur hair :)


Your hair is beau­ti­ful, I love it!


Beau­ti­ful hair, and fierce style!


This is why hair typ­ing has it flaws I am mot again­st it as I know many are helped by have a slight idea but I wish it was more accu­rate.
Thick hair does not equal Type 4 hair. Hair should be judged on poros­i­ty, den­si­ty and strand size,how it feels and shine or sheen. Nice arti­cle. :)


jungfrau1010: If she were dark-skinned would you have said the same thing? I see 4a/b hair here, it’s beau­ti­ful.


Noth­ing to do with her skin col­or. I was sim­ply look­ing at the size of her vis­i­ble curls. There have been plen­ty of wom­en fea­tured on here with lighter skin and who had type 4b hair & vice ver­sa, so I am not sure what your point is.

Just sayin

I don’t know jungfrau1010, I got­ta agree Rina­he on this one. It seems like every time a lighter-skinned female cat­e­go­rizes her hair as a type 4 there’s always back­lash say­ing the icon has a looser tex­ture. As soon as I saw 4b and the pic­ture of her I knew there was gonna be debate. I respect that we prob­a­bly don’t know her hair as well as she does, and I can’t judge from just a few pic­tures but to each it’s own. Just my opin­ion.


I dun­no seems like just say­in’ and Rina­he are pro­ject­ing, there are plen­ty of lighter skin females w/type 4 hair.


I’m a light-skinned wom­an myself–so no pro­jec­tion here. It was an obser­va­tion. That’s all!


Agreed, they are pro­ject­ing. And it’s infu­ri­at­ing when try­ing to dis­cuss hair tex­ture. This is not mea­sur­ing someone’s black­ness so enough already. There are plen­ty of lighter skin females with type 4 hair. Emilie’s hair is 3c/4a.


Here is the pic which shows my hair the best. So what do you think Jungfrau and Just say­in?

Hi Foxyemi, please accept my apolo­gies. I nev­er meant to put you on the spot and cause a debate over your hair. Your hair reminds me of my sister’s & you look like her too. Her hair (and yours) looks just like mine (very thick, kinky, cot­tony) and can do all the neat things mine does, how­ev­er her curl size is larg­er than mine. Her hair is 3c with a tiny patch of 4a in the crown. How­ev­er, I would agree with the­se ladies who say you would know your hair type best and so I defer to you since… Read more »

Sor­ry, the last one below on the right.

Courtney Hicks

I’d real­ly love to be fea­tured on here! How do you?


tu es très belle! beau­ti­ful icon and love­ly hair keep up the good work!


Mer­ci :-)


How can wax wrap be used for your hair? Like a head­band.…? Just won­der­ing.


Yes like a head­band. I use some which are very long


Beau­ti­ful and well said!


…PRETTIER than Maya Rudolph, but I do see the sim­i­lar­i­ty. Love the hair!


I actu­al­ly thought she looked like a lighter skinned Pam Gri­er.

Any­way, you and your are c’est mag­nifique!


Yes, I think she looks very sim­i­lar to Pam Gri­er. I do see why peo­ple would say Maya.


When it’s not Maya Rudolph some peo­ple says Pam Gri­er too :-)


Awe­some hair!

You kin­da look like Maya Rudolph.


A lot of peo­ple tells me that :-)


Gor­geous lady with gor­geous thick hair. Her hair type is prob­a­bly 3c how­ev­er I’ll just say it is “type gor­geous”. Love it.


I agree w/you her hair is gorge, and I would have placed her in 3c’s as well. :)


I think she knows her hair best and its absolute­ly beau­ti­ful.


For her answer, I pre­sume she was not sure. It ain’t that seri­ous to argue about. Her hair is just plain gor­geous.


I can see a bit of the 3C and I can see why she cat­e­go­rized as prob 4a. I feel like some peo­ple have a kinky fuzzy like 3c, and some peo­ple have a silky,shiney like 3c. May­be its a vari­a­tion also, of a com­bi­na­tion of the two.


I agree, i’m not going to argue with any­one about her hair type lol but I can tell from the blow out (I think), her fros, and oth­er styles. Her hair looks sim­i­lar to mine, so i’d say 3c-4a, it’s beau­ti­ful regard­less though.


You have no idea if the curl pat­tern you are see­ing is from a twist out or some­thing like that, so may­be you should just go with what she said. A few pic­tures is hard­ly a good basis for talk­ing about the hair of some­one you don’t know.