Emilie // 4B Natural Hair Style Icon

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Introduce yourself!
E:
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?
E:
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?
E:
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.
E:
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.

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What does wash day look like for you?
E:
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.
E:
I just wear my afro with a thin wrap and a flower.

How do you combat shrinkage?
E:
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?
E:
I try to take care of my ends the best I can.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
E:
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?
E:
I don’t often flat iron my hair.

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

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  • jungfrau1010

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

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    • Kayla

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

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      • jungfrau1010

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

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        • stace

          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.

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          • Nooni

            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.

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          • AC

            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.

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    • kb

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

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  • Cherry

    Awesome hair!

    You kinda look like Maya Rudolph.

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    • Foxyemi

      A lot of people tells me that :-)

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  • JustLeavingaComment

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

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    • Iva

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

      Anyway, you and your are c’est magnifique!

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      • Foxyemi

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

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      • jjac401

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

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  • TWA4now

    Beautiful and well said!

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  • Netta

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

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    • Foxyemi

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

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  • eve-audrey

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

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    • Foxyemi

      Merci :-)

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  • http://www.cheapschoolcurlies.tumblr.com Courtney Hicks

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

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  • Rinahe

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

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    • jungfrau1010

      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.

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      • http://None 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.

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        • Foxyemi

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

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          • Foxyemi

            Sorry, the last one below on the right.

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          • jungfrau1010

            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 you consider your hair 4b. To answer your question, my type 4 curls are smaller and not large enough to cup each other to form large clumps like yours and my sister’s seem to do (for example in that pic you said is representative of your hair). The 2012 BGLH natural hair style icon comes to mind – (Crystal featured in October 2012) as having similar size curls and hair texture characteristics as yours however, you know your own hair best. I am truly sorry for any discomfort I may have caused you.

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        • sb

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

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          • MCB

            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.

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          • Rinahe

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

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  • J

    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. :)

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  • http://missglamtastic.blogspot.com MrsGlam

    Beautiful hair, and fierce style!

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  • http://www.behance.net/rachelnatalierawlins Rachel

    Your hair is beautiful, I love it!

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  • Marie

    Cameroon represent!!! Love ur hair :)

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  • neochasez

    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!

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  • Foxyemi

    @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.

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  • chikodili

    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!

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  • chikodili

    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

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  • Phoxxie

    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.

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  • http://Swanofdreamers.blogspot.com Shell

    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.

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