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Introduce yourself!
K:
Hi. My name is Kristina, and I’m a college sophomore from Georgia.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
K:
I’ve been natural since December 23rd 2012, so a little over 7 months. While I’ve never had a relaxer before, I suffered from extreme heat damage due to constant straightening. When I went off to college, I decided to get braids for two months. Once I took my braids out, I saw all of my new growth, and was amazed. I had never seen my natural hair texture since I was about 5. When I came home for Christmas break, I decided I wanted to get my hair straightened. But as I looked in the mirror, I saw how dead my hair looked. Then in the spur of the moment, I took my mom’s scissors and started chopping off my hair. At that point, I didn’t even care. I had no attachment to it anymore. So I decided after 20 minutes of chopping to go to a barber shop that day, and get the rest cut off. It was such a great experience.

How would you describe your texture?
K:
I know my hair would definitely be in the type 4 category, but I don’t focus on hair typing too much. My hair is thick overall, but each individual strand is pretty thin. In the front of my hair, my curls are a little looser. My hair also gets dry pretty easily.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
K:
After I wash my hair, I twist it using Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie. It smells amazing, and it’s really moisturizing. After wearing my twists for a day or two, I take the twists out. I use a pick, and steam from the shower to make my hair bigger throughout the week because I don’t really like a defined look. To moisturize throughout the week, I just use water, olive oil, and Shea Moisture’s Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque.

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What does wash day look like for you?
K:
I wash my hair usually every Sunday. I start of by pre-pooing and finger detangling using Extra Virgin Olive Oil. After that, I separate my hair into 4 sections. I have to shampoo, or clarify my hair every week, or else my scalp starts itching, and I get dandruff. For shampoo I use As I Am Coconut Co Wash, but I’ve just started trying Shea Moisture’s Moisture Retention Shampoo. If I have a lot of buildup, I’ll clarify with Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar and water. My conditioner changes very often, but I rotate between Herbal Essences Hello Hydration, Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition, Aussie Moist, Suave, and Vo5. I keep my conditioners pretty cheap because I use a lot. Once I get out of the shower, I apply Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Leave-In Conditioning Cream, and I seal with Olive Oil.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
K:
Since my hair isn’t that long yet, I’m pretty limited with the ways I can style it. However, my favorite go-to style is usually a fro-hawk, or I like to pin my hair back on both sides and add a flower, or bow.

How do you combat shrinkage?
K:
I don’t. I embrace it. I think shrinkage is one of the things that is so great about our hair. It makes it even more versatile!

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
K:
The edges of my hair always get the driest, so it’s always a constant struggle to keep them moisturized. Also, a lot of naturals don’t trim their hair, but I do. I don’t do it that often, but I’ve noticed a difference in the health of my hair.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
K:
Finding a good leave-in/moisturizer. 2. Not washing your hair too much.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
K:
Using a lot of gel products. 2. Worrying about shrinkage. My hair is way too kinky for me to be concerned about that!

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
K:
Yeah. You can follow me on Instagram at Kristina_agb. I also have a YouTube channel where I go more in depth about my hair: youtube.com/theafroina.

Meosha

Just another lover of natural hair and expression.
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48 Comments on "Kristina // Natural Hair Style Icon"

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alt-K

Very cute face and hair! Love it! Your hair looks a lot like my own when it’s not loc’d.

Jacky

Beautiful girl with beautiful hair

Carla

Beautiful girl and beautiful hair! You better work those headbands and flowers, lol. I seriously need to get some myself 🙂

shelikes

u have a nice fresh innocent soft look. i like ur afro, especially with the big flower. some of these girls on here r so made up and fake looking even with natural hair, its hard for me to make it through all of their photos, but i went through yours twice and felt a sense of pride in ur afro and smile afterwards each time. stay true.

Lee

yay! I went natural in Nov 2012. glad to see a fellow newbie. it gets a little depressing always seeing naturals on here that have been growing their hair for years :/
best of luck on your journey!

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Intelligence and simplicity – easy to understand how you think.

Felicia

Cute styles but the hair looks too dry but then again some people’s hair just looks very dry even after lots of moisture

cacey

like mine. mine looks dry ALWAYS unless it’s dripping wet. dryness is not a bad thing. not saying hers is, but in general, it’s only bad if it’s the source behind breakage. her hair looks awesome.

Kristina

I’m sorry that you feel that way. But no, my hair is not dry.

Mar

this is very very rude. if you have nothing nice (or constructive i might add) to say, say nothing at all.

Tori

yay!! fellow college curlie~ 😀

Gigi

Aww, she’s so cute!

Deb

UNDEFINED NATURAL HAIR FTW!

Domonique

Your hair is so much like mine. Beautifully thick, very dense, pretty tight coils but mine is just longer. You seem to manage yours much better. I agree about embracing shrinkage. I feel so much pressure to stretch my hair and show length, instead of being happy with the curly thickness. Kudos to you. Love your style and hair! And you’re so adorable!

kay

I felt like you were kind of telling my story lol…ive been natural all my life as well and had to start over due to heat damage i have to wash my hair every week to combat my dry hair and scalp i get very bad dandruff i cant use any oils though, i haven’t found anything that doesn’t keep my hair from getting those unbearable itchy flakes every 2-3 days so i have to use grease thats the only thing that seems to stay in my hair for a couple more days

ema

loveee it <3

Colalover

Hahaha when I straightened I was not good at getting retouches. I would go out and didn’t care if some curls were showing at all. I guess I never “transitioned” either. I never cared about the kitchen. But anyway I came back, because her face is so unbelievably cute! 🙂 can’t get enough! Love the hair!

Kristina

Thank you so much for the nice and supportive comments everyone! 🙂

Dabney

Hair twinsie! Her hair, as she described it is so similar to mine! Nice to see a shorter hair twin!

Kelcie

She has an innocent smile. What a pretty girl.

Deedemaha

Love your comment on shinkage.
I don’t. I embrace it. I think shrinkage is one of the things that is so great about our hair. It makes it even more versatile!

Now journey begins! Have fun. I sure do.

Ann

You have the most adorable little face ever…like, I just wanna pinch your cheeks or something…lol. So cute! And the hair suits you 😉

TWA4now

Show more people like this! Loving it!

Nappy 4C Rocks

completely agree…absolutely lovely!

Camillia

Very pretty!! And I like all of different styles!

maxine

Correction bullshit,relaxed sisters can’t speak for naturalists…typos lol

maxine

but it’s buckshot by your standards but you can’t speak for relaxed sisters just like they can’t speak to you,personally both require effort and patience plus many don’t get retouched for as many as 6 months if you know how to maintain your regrowth.

K

Just the cutest face ever! Love the hair and the easy-breezy routine.

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Good job!

Maria V.

I love the fact that this young lady was bold enough to chop the hair without transitioning. If I could do it over again I would have gotten a cool fade. That would’ve been so awesome!!! Instead, I’m stuck in my 18th month of transitioning. WOMP WOMP BORRRING! lol.

Melonie

That is a lot of hair for 8 months! Beautiful hair!

Colalover

Wow so cute! 🙂

Lana

You have such beautiful hair. I love it. I feel like I get a sense of your personality without even knowing you because of it. Beautiful beautiful hair.

Asana

Very beautiful! Those statement necklaces are nice.

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Maureen

Lovely!

Iva

So first, you are the cutest-cutie to ever cute. What an adorable face! Second, greetings from the future as you went natural “December 23rd 2013”! 😉

Great hair though!

Meosha

HaHa! Thanks, good eye Iva! I’ve made the edit on behalf of Kristina.

maxine
The world seems unfair for both relaxed and natural sister’s while many relaxed sister are faced with false allegations that they are relaxing to look more European when it could not be further from the truth.many do so because it’s less maintainance and just more easier to manage This site has definitely opened my eyes to how many beautiful sisters love their natural hair and the many different styles you can do..however I feel that being in this European run world ,I feel that natural women get a lack of support from many black men who don’t see the natural… Read more »
khanyi
I hear you LOUD cause even here in Africa(of all places) our Men prefer Weaves and relaxed hair, they will stereotype you as a rebel in Natural hair and I believe we will get there but we have a long way to go, I decided even if the men see me as ugly duckling…I know I’m a Swan in my Natural hair….Sometimes I get discouraged when I step out in my natural hair and the brothers ask me don’t you have money to relax your hair…What?????…My hair is now on Ear length when stretched and I’m loving it…Thanks and love… Read more »
taylor

That “many do relax their hair because it’s less maintenance and just more easier to manage” is a bunch of bull***t and excuses. What they really mean is “Oh im too lazy to do my hair and wash it in sections so im just gonna slap a perm in it” It’s either that or they do dislike their natural hair. Another thing is, I really do think relaxed hair is more high maintenance than natural hair. I mean you have to get touch ups every 6-8 weeks.

Colalover
And it’s ok to be lazy and just slap a perm in it. Some people aren’t into doing their natural hair. And you are right, some black girls just don’t like their hair. Some black girls despise it when other black girls don’t straighten their hair. I prefer natural for the beauty of natural, but that’s just my own taste. I was just never impressed with straight hair. I mean, I like straight hair, but not impressed with it…I never got the obsession and paranoia that some have with getting out every kink, running from rain, not working out all… Read more »
Colalover

You are absolutely right Maxine! Ignore the imature comments, I know I do. B-)

maxine

Lol

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Have a seat in the back, please.

JENNID

Your wash day routine is exactly the same as mine only I use different products. The fro suits you so well. FYI for edges I have recently discovered aloe vera gel( I use trader Joe’s brand) and some oil works well to keep my edges moisturized. I mix just a tab of both in my hand and smooth them onto my edges. Works really well. I do it every other day to keep the dryness at bay.

reese

Pretty, thick hair! Just grab those scissors huh?! Very brave and an inspiration to all of us ladies embracing our natural texture. 🙂

Knotty Natural

What a cutie pie!

khanyi

A real cutie pie

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