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Intro­duce your­self!
C:
My name is Chelsea Boatey. I’m from Ghana, West Africa, but I live in Min­neso­ta.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
C:
I’ve been nat­u­ral since 2011. Actu­al­ly, I had real­ly short nat­u­ral hair but I decid­ed to grow it out in 2011, so I didn’t exact­ly “big chop”. My big sis­ter went nat­u­ral after high school and it looked real­ly great on her. I couldn’t believe how beau­ti­ful she looked with a fro, so that moti­vat­ed me to go nat­u­ral as well.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
C:
I’m new to the whole tex­ture craze, but I think my hair is 4b and 4c. It’s very loose in the front and thick at the back.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
C:
I’m an updo freak! Twist outs bare­ly work for me. I load a huge amount of mois­tur­iz­er in my hair at the begin­ning of the week so I don’t have to dur­ing the week. I like to work with semi-dry hair, so I don’t ever spritz my hair because my hair shrinks imme­di­ate­ly. Updos are fast and easy so I don’t spend hours styling my hair before work or school. All I use is Edge Con­trol and a Joico Hair­spray for that strong hold.

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What does wash day look like for you?
C:
I always have to pre­pare myself men­tal­ly for wash­ing my hair a week before I do. I don’t use sham­poo my hair. I use only Organix hair prod­ucts. I sec­tion my hair into 4. I use the Repair­ing Awa­puhi Gin­ger Con­di­tion­er to con­di­tion my hair 45 min­utes to an hour. Then I detan­gle with a wide tooth comb. After cow­ash­ing I apply the Renew­ing Moroc­can Argan Oil Intense Mois­tur­iz­ing Treat­ment and I allow it to air dry.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
C:
I comb the sides of my hair down and hold it in a lit­tle pony at the back and leave the mid­dle out. I apply my Joico Hair­spray to give it a firm hold and tuck it in with a bob­by pin.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
C:
I absolute­ly hate shrink­age! Any­time a drop of water touch­es my hair it shrinks. I usu­al­ly use a hot comb to stretch it out or I blow it dry.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
C:
Being in the mod­el­ing busi­ness, my hair has been dyed three times. It left my hair a lit­tle dam­aged, so I always try to treat my hair so it’s stronger. Also I have uneven length. The front is super long and the back is short.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
C:
Always twist hair when semi wet. Use either shea but­ter or Eco Styler Gel to lock the twists.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
C:
Make sure your hair is dry before tak­ing out your twists. Wash and go’s nev­er work for my hair…so sad.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
C:
http://rock-my-boatey.tumblr.com/

Meosha

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

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43 Comments on "Chelsea // 4B/C Natural Hair Style Icon"

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Kisha

Hair and wom­an too pret­ty!????????????

thembelihle

She got the same hair type as me, absolute­ly gor­geous.

Kan

Beau­ti­ful girl and awe­some pho­tos!!

Chelsea
Wow I thought this web­site was meant to pro­mote the nat­u­ral hair com­mu­ni­ty. I’d rather you com­ment on the hair which is the only rea­son I was fea­tured on here. Please leave my phys­i­cal beau­ty and the “fash­ion indus­try” out of this. I don’t care about a “red blood­ed white man’s” def­i­n­i­tion of beau­ty or what they look for in wom­en. If that’s your per­spec­tive in life then you have self esteem issues. I don’t live to make oth­ers like me or not. Beau­ty is skin deep, it’s your unique­ness and abil­i­ty to car­ry your­self as a queen(which all wom­en… Read more »
lafricanista

Don’t let oth­er people’s inse­cu­ri­ties and false sense of enti­tle­ment (to say what­ev­er unwar­rant­ed, patent­ly false things they want in a bid to be ‘hon­est’) get to you. You — and your hair and your face and your style and your per­son­al­i­ty — are absolute­ly gor­geous <3

elle

Hon­ey, you are gor­geous!! All of you–from top to bot­tom.
Twirl. Fab­u­lous. Twirl :)

Tee tee

She has hair like me. Ekkkkk i like it!
#geek­ing right now

annie

I don’t under­stand why some peo­ple are say­ing she’s “aver­age look­ing”.. She’s gor­geous!! Admit it..plain n sim­ple..

Tee tee

Thank you!

Kestrel

She’s gor­geous! I’m an updo fanat­ic myself! High pony­tails and top-knots will be the death of me. I think her length issue comes from that. I used to have the same prob­lem: too much ten­sion on the back from being pulled up so high toward the front. Won’t give up the updos but I start­ed loos­en­ing the back up and let­ting it sort of poof so it didn’t pull as much and that real­ly helped.

Naijah

Hey chelsea can you tell me what mod­el­ing agen­cy your involved in? I mod­elled for two Years but stopped but I would love to dtart mod­el­ling again!

Sharon

Aver­age face but beau­ti­ful hair!!! Fash­ion is alright too.

Tee tee

Hha­ha­ha­ha­ha

Wow, it must have been painful for you to say the girl has great hair and a great / stun­ning sense of style. You just had to throw in that you thought her face aver­age. Spe­cial.
And i think she is stun­ning, face and all. She has mod­el quirks (she’d fit in cam­den or carn­aby street)and ought to fol­low it on. You nev­er know!

Colalover
Well I didn’t mean it to be rude. But when I read it back it wasn’t too nice of me to say. I apol­o­gize. I actu­al­ly didn’t know she was real­ly on here talk­ing to us. I thought she was some ran­dom mod­el plucked out of a mag­a­zine and I was like, “oh she ain’t alla that” Now that I know she’s real, I take my com­ment back. She’s brave and brav­ery is always beau­ti­ful. Akso, I’m kind of tired of this whole false image thing where we are told if we look like a mod­el, then we are auto­mat­i­cal­ly… Read more »
chelsea
Wow I thought this web­site was meant to pro­mote the nat­u­ral hair com­mu­ni­ty. I’d rather you com­ment on the hair which is the only rea­son I was fea­tured on here. Please leave my phys­i­cal beau­ty and the “fash­ion indus­try” out of this. I don’t care about a “red blood­ed white man’s” def­i­n­i­tion of beau­ty or what they look for in wom­en. If that’s your per­spec­tive in life then you have self esteem issues. I don’t live to make oth­ers like me or not. Beau­ty is skin deep, it’s your unique­ness and abil­i­ty to car­ry your­self as a queen(which all wom­en… Read more »
Ms D

What a back­hand­ed com­pli­ment

Tabatha

Well your hair looks great.

TINA SMITH

HOTCOMB AT THE DROP OF WATER???

Jax

You com­bined two sen­tences and com­plete­ly mis­in­ter­pret­ed what she wrote. Wouldn’t expect any­thing less from the infa­mous pes­simist, TINA SMITH.

nellboogie

Speech­less!!! Nat­u­ral hair Stun­ner!!!!!

Rain

Fab­u­lous!

Stace

Great hair sto­ry, sim­ple and hon­est.

Mahoganyface

Yessss! Chelsea, you are serv­ing me my life right now! Absolute­ly stun­ning, sis! Love your hair and your style! Ghana, turn up!

Caramelcurls

Ummm, you are gor­geous, you and your hair! #that­sall ;0)

Colalover

Your beau­ty is more on the inside. You may be aver­age look­ing, but your beau­ty shi­nes from with­in.

Gabby

Colalover & TINA SMITH — do every­one on this site a favor and nev­er come back to com­ment again.

colalover

I’ll com­ment now! Is she a tran­ny? I think it’s cool if she is one. :-)

Maria V.

She ain’t all that! Just kid­ding, yes she is. I’m jeal­ous! Lol

Dabney

She is Gor­geous! I love her hair and style! Way to go on this one BGLH!

pookie

BEAU. TI. FUL. wom­an. love the hair in the sec­ond pic.

kemz

Wow! Her hair is the bomb along with her fash­ion sense!

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Nene

Ghana stand up!!!! You look fab sis! #proudghana­ian

Abena

YAY! I screamed when I read you are from Ghana!!! You are gor­geous! YES!!! I love your hair!

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Loving my Natural Hair

So pret­ty :)…

Skyler

such pret­ty girl and i love her sense of style ( espe­cial­ly that fly swim­suit I want one!) :D

Gina

OMG! Hair twin!!!

Asana

You are so beau­ti­ful girly! When I saw your pic­ture float­ing around tum­blr I knew you were Ghana­ian. Love pho­tos and Hair! Go Ghana!!!

http://www.whatshetaughther.blogspot.com

keisha

beau­ti­ful wom­an and hair!

Redseouls

What a beau­ti­ful wom­an!!

quietchild

Love her com­mit­ment to doing updos and it’s inter­est­ing that she tries not to wet/damp style. I believe if you want stretched styles as a 4c you have to be care­ful about your water/spray usage and yet my hair is so thirsty that it needs spray to be ade­quate­ly mois­turised. Any­way 4Cs who are this cre­ative with their hair inspire me to try.

Tee tee

My hair gets dry quick­ly too, so i need to spray in the week, even though i do at the start. I have low poros­i­ty 4c (though i think it is more 4z lol) hair and i need to keep it as mois­turised as pos­si­ble. This also inspires me too.

Coconut + Cream

YES YES YESSSSS CHELSEA!

You’re super gor­geous

Ghana stand up!

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