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Intro­duce your­self!
P:
My Name is Priscil­la and I am from the city that nev­er sleeps! New York City

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­ur­al?
P:
Grow­ing up in the Domini­can cul­ture, we as women are not taught to embrace our nat­ur­al hair. If your hair is not straight and silky it is most like­ly con­sid­ered to be “bad hair” and that wet­ting your hair too much would cause dam­age, which was why I always had my hair blow-dried. Also being that my moth­er was a beau­ti­cian she always had my hair blow-dried even as a kid. It is now that I am just meet­ing my real nat­ur­al tex­ture. The fact that I grew up in a Hair Salon envi­ron­ment I was fas­ci­nat­ed even as a child at how chem­i­cal relax­ers instant­ly made your hair straight and I want­ed one so bad. I con­vinced my mom to relax my hair and I was hooked on the creamy crack for about 10 years. 

With a com­bi­na­tion of break­age, heat dam­age and exces­sive­ly dying my hair through­out the years, my hair even­tu­al­ly start­ed to fall off. It was beyond over processed. I wore weaves/extensions and it made my hair even worse. I hon­est­ly thought I would nev­er get my hair back until I start­ed doing research and became obsessed with nat­ur­al hair, (this site being one of the most influ­en­tial to my jour­ney as well). All in all it was extreme­ly lib­er­at­ing for me to go nat­ur­al and just be me. Now it’s the health­i­est it has ever been and it’s a big part of me. I just made my year mark in Feb­ru­ary, so I’ve been nat­ur­al about 1 year and 3 months now.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
P:
My hair is a mix of 3c, and at the crown it is more of a 4a tex­ture. The mid­dle of my hair is coars­er and the back of my hair (the kitchen) as they say is fin­er. In the front it is more of a loose curl pat­tern.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the month.
P:
I real­ly like doing twist outs and exper­i­ment­ing with dif­fer­ent styling tech­niques. On a day to day basis I usu­al­ly wear my hair up. I also do a lot of braid outs, or a roller set (air dried) for ver­sa­til­i­ty. When I do wash and gos I do not add much prod­uct, I just fin­ger rake a but­ter, or a leave-in (LUV Naturals/Camille Rose Nat­u­rals) and squeeze the excess with a tee shirt. But my favorite of them all is the fro of course.

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What does wash day look like for you?
P:
I fin­ger detan­gle using Spec­trum Unre­fined Coconut Oil, co-wash week­ly using As I Am Coconut CoW­ash, Aubrey Organ­ics Con­di­tion­er, or Shea Mois­ture Con­di­tion­er (I like to switch it up over time), then I use either LUV Nat­u­rals Leave-in, Camille Rose Nat­u­rals But­ter, or Dark and Love­ly Au Nat­u­rale Coil Mois­tur­iz­ing Souf­flé. To seal I use a bit of cas­tor oil or coconut oil. Some­times I like to cre­ate a con­coc­tion like (kim­may­tube) and just mix a but­ter with oils as a leave-in. when I have 2nd or 3rd day hair I real­ly like Belle But­ters Shea and Matcha Green Tea But­ter. It is incred­i­bly mois­tur­iz­ing for my hair. I also deep con­di­tion once a week using the Hueti­ful Hair Steam­er.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
P:
The infa­mous fro, or I’ll just sport a bun.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
P:
I have learned to just embrace it, but when I do want extra length I will do a braid out or just stretch my hair out with oth­er meth­ods like hair band­ing or pulling your hair into a pony­tail, which will stretch it out as well.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
P:
Since I have two hair tex­tures, the crown of my hair requires more mois­ture than the rest of my hair. It also tan­gles faster. Also those fairy knots are a pain!

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
P:
Mois­tur­iz­ing dai­ly and sleep­ing on a satin pil­low.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
P:
Not mois­tur­iz­ing or using heat. I am cur­rent­ly under­go­ing a no heat regime since I went nat­ur­al.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
P:
Insta­gram: Shinestruck

Meosha

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

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49 Comments on "Priscilla // 3C/4A Natural Hair Style Icon"

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Rhonda

I final­ly found some­one I can relate too! The hair clos­er to my scalp is 4a (besides my kitchen) while the rest is clos­er to 3C but the front has more of a loose curl. Hav­ing all these dif­fer­ent tex­tures can be a headache so I’m still in the process of learn­ing what prod­ucts works for me and what does not.

Priscilla

omg yes guurl! le strug­gle lol . Thats exact­ly how my tex­ture is too. What prod­ucts are you using now?

Rhonda

As of right now, I pre-poo with Coconut Oil then wash with Moroc­can Oil Hydrat­ing Sham­poo and Con­di­tion­er. For my wash-n-go I cow­ash with As I Am Co-wash and make my own DC of Extra Vir­gin Oil Oil and Hon­ey. I just tried the Shea Mois­ture Deep Treat­ment Masque and Curl Boost­ing Jel­ly for a twist out. It was a FAIL. What do you rec­om­mend for a good con­di­tion and leave-in con­di­tion?

Rhonda

*con­di­tion­er

Rhonda

Do you have any tips for tak­ing care of dyed hair? I plan on dying my hair red­dish soon. I know col­or can take its toll on hair.

Priscilla

I real­ly like organic/natural leave in’s. For leave in’s I rec­om­mend kinky curly’s knot today, LuvNat­u­rals Love me and leave me in, or Koils by Nature Leave in. Those have been my sta­ples con­sis­tent­ly. For a reg­u­lar con­di­tion­er, I just start­ed using Aussie Moist 3 min mir­a­cle, has lots of slip! If you want some­thing organ­ic, I rec­om­mend Aubrey Organ­ics — White Camel­lia Con­di­tion­er. Hope that helps! :)

dana
Seriously…you are my hair twin!!! thank God in heav­en. Usu­al­ly the tuto­ri­als I find online are girls with most­ly all 3b/3c (los­er curly hair) or all 4a(tighter curly). I’m not mixed, but for some rea­son it has been hard to find oth­er African Amer­i­cans (I know you’re Domini­can) with my mixed hair tex­ture type online. I do have a mixed her­itage, but I don’t think any­one would con­fuse me with any oth­er eth­nic­i­ty. Any­way- I’m just super excit­ed to find hair like mine! My hair gets super puffy after work outs (real­ly fuzzy around the edges) I don’t want the… Read more »
Priscilla
Hi Dana! omg so sor­ry just see­ing this! I sooo know what you mean, when I first start­ed my jour­ney it was so frus­trat­ing bc I couldn’t find any­one with my hair tex­ture either :( but as for work­ing out, I would sug­gest wear­ing a tight ban­dana or like a head band for your edges. Updo’s and braid­ed styles are per­fect as well. Also what are you using to cleanse your hair with? The ingre­di­ents may play a fac­tor with that. Also make sure you lock in mois­ture after you cleanse, the LCO method is awe­some for lock­ing in mois­ture… Read more »
dana

I post­ed a pic above of what my hair looks like after a work­out. No curl pat­tern . The pho­to below is my hair out of the shower…[imgcomment image[/img]

Abi

There is no way a 3C or 4A, it’s prob­a­bly more a 3A and 3B — these curls are lose as heck!

Charis

I’ve final­ly found my hair twin!!!! I’m so excit­ed! My hair is short­er than yours but I’m a 3C/4A nat­ur­al too. I want my hair long & gor­geous like yours. Do you have a YouTube chan­nel??

Priscilla

ahh just see­ing this!, yes I do it’s youtube.com/ImShinestruck :)

Prakash
Thanks for com­ment­ing, Ray. Unless there are oth­er saicifgnint changes, I would still buy Elvis On Tour for the rea­sons you men­tioned even if this rumor turns out to be true. Let’s hope it’s not.Still, if the rumor proves to be true, I would have to seri­ous­ly ques­tion the wis­dom of who­ev­er made that deci­sion. It would be one thing to replace John­ny B. Goode, that would be bad enough but to replace it with a mediocre ver­sion of Don’t Be Cru­el that suf­fers from a hatch­et edit job? It would show a They just didn’t care approach, and I… Read more »
Antina Howard

OMG!!! You took the words right out of my mouth Charis!! I am a 3c/4a nat­ur­al as well and need all the point­ers I can get. Priscil­la your hair ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!!

D.K.

Wow, you’re gor­geous! Love the hair, make-up and the length reten­tion! Also love how with every girl that stands up for them­selves and goes nat­ur­al, we heap on a loud shout of encour­age­ment for oth­ers to step out­side of their com­fort-zone and try it. Go ahead, girl! Work that right!

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Sammie

I love her hair! I fol­low her on Insta­gram :)

jjac401

Sim­ply GORGEOUS lady with GORGEOUS hair!

shamenth

so pret­ty love you hair

Bernice

I’ve want to go nat­ur­al so bad I get relax­ers I’m Domini­can but every­one says if I stop perming my hair it will break

Nicauri
I’m domini­can. I went nat­ur­al in 2008. It has been an amaz­ing expe­ri­ence. My fam­i­ly, friends and styl­ist were telling me not to do it now my mom, who is super con­ser­v­a­tive, tells me how much she loves my curly fro. Every time I’ve thought of going back she would con­vince me not to. Your hair like­ly will not break. Mine didn’t. Dur­ing the grow out months and maybe years I would sug­gest cut­ting a nice chunk of hair every 2–3 months. I nev­er did a big chop. My hair stayed shoul­der length. You’re going to love it as long… Read more »
Jesudunni

I’ve got the same hair tex­ture as yours since I went nat­ur­al, only short­er, I use to dis­like my hair, well not any more. Thanks.

dara

Omg, i fol­low her on insta­gram! She is so beau­ti­ful and her hair is just wow!! Love her!

Marcia

Love the hair­styles! If I could style my hair like this, I would pos­si­bly go nat­ur­al! Can you still do reg­u­lar roller­sets with nat­ur­al hair? That’s one of the things I do like about relax­ers that you can roller­set. Can you still do reg­u­lar sets, I’m not talk­ing about spi­ral sets, but just reg­u­lar roller­set­ting on nat­ur­al hair? If you have, please share, because that might help me to make the deci­sion to pos­si­bly go nat­ur­al in the future!

Priscilla

Hi Mar­sha,

of course you can :) one of the things about nat­ur­al hair is its ver­sa­til­i­ty, I am cur­rent­ly under­go­ing a no heat regime and that is one of the meth­ods I use to stretch out my curls or when I want my hair straight. I use a roller set but I let it air dry and then slick the edges by doing a (doo­bie) which is wrap­ping my hair all around. you can also use heat but very spar­ring­ly and make sure to use a heat pro­tec­tant. Hope that helps :)

Mona

Love the bun look with the eye make­up!! Love the col­ored fro also.

Priscilla

Thanks Doll :)

Mika

So beau­ti­ful! Love the fro.

Priscilla

thanks! :)

D.P.

You’re gor­geous! I love how big and loopy you curls fall

Caramelcurls

Gor­geous girl with hair to match—muy boni­ta!!

Dallas

I love the ver­sa­til­i­ty your hair seems to have.

Priscilla

thank you :) :)

Sheila Attah

Absolute­ly stun­ning. Love & Fros xx

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Gor­geous!!!

Hansy

As a fel­low Domini­can with a beau­ti­cian mom I com­plete­ly under­stand where you are com­ing from. As I was read­ing your sto­ry, I was like waoo we had the same expe­ri­ences. I am glad to see oth­er Domini­cans embrace nat­ur­al hair. You should open a youtube chan­nel in Span­ish. It would be very help­ful since there is so much info out there in Eng­lish and so lit­tle in Span­ish. I would do it but my hair is not long enough (just 6 months tran­si­tion). BTW Love your hair and your pics!

Priscilla
Hi Han­sy, haha it is very refresh­ing to hear that there are oth­ers who were famil­iar with the same expe­ri­ence I had grow­ing up, Isn’t it crazy how we were not taught to embrace this beau­ti­ful mess :) I am actu­al­ly going to start a Youtube chan­nel soon and have nev­er thought about a span­ish chan­nel as well, great idea! I will keep that in mind =D Thanks for your beau­ti­ful com­ments and I am sooo hap­py you are embrac­ing your hair as well good luck on your jour­ney :) PS. length should nev­er be a fac­tor, start that youtube… Read more »
Maressa
Dit­to on the whole Domini­can with a beau­ti­cian mom thing! Here I was, think­ing that I was the only one and how iron­ic that I was doing this with my mother’s back­ground LOL! I nev­er thought I’d go nat­ur­al since my straight hair was long, healthy, and thriv­ing but I real­ly want­ed to do this to dis­cov­er my tex­ture. So far, I’m real­ly learn­ing to love my curls. It does get tough at times with my tex­ture when I have fairy knots as well but it’s a learn­ing process and as I improve each day, I feel more lib­er­at­ed from… Read more »
Priscilla

Hi Mares­sa!

I am soo hap­py that you are embrac­ing your nat­ur­al hair and dis­cov­er­ing your tex­ture as well, and I com­plete­ly agree with you on the learn­ing process, we definet­ly have to lis­ten to our hair and pay atten­tion to what it likes and needs lol. I do also hope more peo­ple in our cul­ture and just women over­all cel­e­brate and embrace their nat­ur­al hair, it is just too beau­ti­ful :) thank you for your com­ment and for the YT sug­ges­tion I will soo check her out =)

mlank64

There is a very love­ly domini­can youtu­ber by the name of sunkissal­ba who has on occa­sion done videos in span­ish. In fact, I think she is in the process of hav­ing a sep­a­rate span­ish chan­nel. She is very inspir­ing and love­ly just like the lady fea­tured above.
It’s iron­ic that cer­tain cul­tures look down on nat­ur­al hair when its been proven dai­ly on youtube and sites like bglh that it is the most beau­ti­ful and ver­sa­tile hair on the plan­et. I’m so glad more women are enbrac­ing their nat­ur­al hair and spread­ing the word.

Kayla

Great idea; you can actu­al­ly start now! There are not enough Span­ish or short nat­ur­al hair YT chan­nels.

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Wow! I real­ly loved your hair, this bun is per­fect. Won­der­ful!!

Antrelise

Hi Priscil­la!! Just won­der­ing what your mom, fam­i­ly, friends think about your hair now. Have any of them decid­ed to embrace their nat­ur­al tex­ture also?

Priscilla
Hi Antrelise, It is fun­ny that you men­tion that because I did have a few friends and fam­i­ly mem­bers who were not to fond of my “big chop” and pref­ered my long straight haired weave look. I would con­stant­ly get the: “oh its cute, but I pre­fer you with long hair”. What­ev­er that meant lol, we have to always keep in mind and remem­ber that we are not defined by our hair, and that hair does not define beau­ty. But with­in time as those same friends and cer­tain fam­i­ly mem­bers adjust­ed, my nat­ur­al hair look start­ed to grow on them… Read more »
A

The fro real­ly suits you! I also love the gigan­tic bun and heavy eye make-up. Beau­ti­ful!

Priscilla

thank you!! :)

Priscilla

thanks!!:)

Tisha

That smoky eye look is gor­geous. I always call heavy eye-mekaup the “Cleopa­tra makeu“p lol

Shug

Love! Just every­thing is love­ly here, fro or bun.

Prscilla

Thank you!! :)

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