Kristina // Natural Hair Style Icon

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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.

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  • Dabney

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

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  • Kristina

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

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  • http://! 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!

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  • ema

    loveee it <3

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  • 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

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  • 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!

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  • Deb

    UNDEFINED NATURAL HAIR FTW!

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  • Gigi

    Aww, she’s so cute!

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  • Tori

    yay!! fellow college curlie~ :D

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  • 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

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    • Mar

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

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    • Kristina

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

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    • 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.

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  • 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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  • 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.

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  • http://Modeltheface.tumblr.com Carla

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

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  • Jacky

    Beautiful girl with beautiful hair

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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.

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