Tabitha // 3B/C Natural Hair Style Icon

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Introduce yourself!
T:
My name is Tabitha Lyn Grimaldo and I’m from Dallas, Texas.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
T:
I have been natural pretty much all my life with an exception of a couple years in high school when I tried out a relaxer. My main thing was to stop flat ironing my hair. I grew out my relaxer, but was still flat ironing my hair. My hair was healthy but it wasn’t me, my natural hair is a part of who I am. It represents me.

How would you describe your texture?
T:
3b and 3c – My hair is sort of a fine texture, but I have like maybe five or six strands growing out one hair follicle so I have a lot of hair. My strands in the front are bit looser in curl pattern.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
T:
I try to wash my hair every other day, if not everyday. I deep condition every two or three days. Currently I am using Herbal Essences Shine Collection Brilliance Shampoo and Conditioner and Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner. When I get out of the shower I don’t use any product. I use an old cotton baby blanket to wrap my hair up with and I either let it air dry or I use the blow dryer on cool air, and I blow dry upside down. I use the T3 Featherweight dryer without a diffuser. I’ve tried all sorts of methods. I’ve tried trying to get three day, four day, five day hair, but my hair will not cooperate if I go more than a couple days without drenching it in water. I’ve tried so many products – leave ins, gels, shampoos, conditioners and deep treatments. My hair doesn’t care for protein, or oils or butters. It only likes water.

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What does wash day look like for you?
T:
Wash day is pretty simple, although I have to give myself like a hour and fifteen minutes to do my routine. I just get in the shower, rinse my hair and separate it into two sections, maybe four depending on how tangled it is. I shampoo using Herbal Essences Shine Collection Brilliance Shampoo and I rinse then put in the conditioner. I work on one section at a time. I prefer to finger detangle, but sometimes I use my Tangle Teezer. Once I am finished with a section I clip it up. When I get all the sections detangled I rinse with cool water. Then I wrap my hair in a cotton cloth. I like Herbal Essences products, Biolage, Aussie and Pantene. But just recently I started using shampoo and conditioner again. I tried the water only routine for three months. No shampoo, no conditioner, just water and I quite liked it. I’m thinking about going back to that routine.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
T:
When I don’t have a lot of time I just put it up in a bun, or I take a small section in the front, pin it back with a bobby pin and fluff my hair out a bit.

How do you combat shrinkage?
T:
I have a lot of shrinkage and for the days when I want my hair to show some of its length I just use the blow dryer on warm and stretch the roots. But for the most part I don’t try to fight the shrinkage. I just let my hair do what it wants.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
T:
My problem areas would be my ends. They get dry and tangled if I get lazy and don’t wash and condition my hair frequently. I just have to make sure I don’t go too many days without washing.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
T:
Two do’s for my hair texture are do wash and condition often, and do finger detangle.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
T:
Two don’ts for my hair texture are don’t use a lot of styling products. It will weigh the hair down, and don’t use too many products with protein. It will make the hair hard and unmanageable.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
T:
You can find me at www.youtube.com/user/TheRubytulipn and afrotabi.tumblr.com.

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42 thoughts on “Tabitha // 3B/C Natural Hair Style Icon

  1. She is the first person I have heard say they don’t use butters, and oils and prefers water only. Well whatever it is she is doing to her hair it looks great!!

  2. Beautiful hair! Love that your regimen is so simple. Butters and oils tend to weigh my fine strands down as well, so I use them sparingly.

      • Jaymi, I’ve gasped at almsot all of these photos! You put out such amazing work each and every time! I can’t even pick a favorite at the moment and I’m not sure which one of these beauties I’m going to pin, but I’m pinning something to our Poetic Winter Pinterest board! :)Thanks for joining in the Poetic Winter Photo Challenge. We’ll be moving on to a new theme on Friday – Warmth. Have a great day!

  3. its amazing how much versatility natural hair has. even though your hair is 3b/3c in your fro pics your hair looks like it could be 4b and in some pics it looks like it can be 3a!!!!! you and your hair are gorgeous and i love ur density lol keep up being gorgeous!!!! :)

    • Her hair does belong in the type 3 categorie with fine strands, high density and a cottony like texture. She’s no type 4. Excepr for maybe some 4a areas. People seem to confuse hairtype and hairtexture all the time. Either way, she and her hair are gorgeous!!

      • possibly, but i like what the other person said about the difference between curl type (curl pattern, size) and texture. her texture is more like that which you’d find on type 4 but her actual curl size that by which she is classified as type 3b/c. i have type 3b/c hair, the center of my head in texture being simmilar to how her hair looks on the side. but the rest of my head is more silky. even so, the crown, even though in texture is coarse-feeling and all frizz, the pattern of the strands in that section are still loose curls and even waves.
        a lot of people get those confused. this is how my hair looks when wet with no product and no manipulation or detangling of any sort. the crown section even in this picture is frizzier than the bottom half. when dry with no manipulation, my hair becomes a curly mass of frizz, and it draws up to about two thirds its actual length. the texture changes dramatically. if someone said my hair was type 4 i wouldn’t take offense because ultimately it doesn’t matter, but i just wanted to offer another perspective since the poster and i have what a lot of those with the hair type would dub “chameleon hair”.
        [img]http://blackgirllonghair.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/myhair.jpg[/img]

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