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Intro­duce your­self!
C:
Hel­lo-hel­lo :) My name’s Chalise and I’m from New Jer­sey, born and raised.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
C:
I’ve been nat­u­ral since late 2003. I was always inter­est­ed in oth­er people’s nat­u­ral hair but it wasn’t until my first year in col­lege that I became enthralled by the con­cept of let­ting my hair grow out and mak­ing the switch. Stu­dents were rock­ing their curls in dif­fer­ent styles or wore kinky curly exten­sions and it made me won­der about my own curl pat­tern. I decid­ed to skip appoint­ments for touch-ups (it was becom­ing too expen­sive to main­tain) and put my hair in pro­tec­tive styles like braids and buns. Ever since then I’ve been enjoy­ing the free­dom and ver­sa­til­i­ty of being nat­u­ral.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
C:
I’m 4c baby! My strands are very coarse and dense.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
C:
When it comes to hair­styles, I try not to touch my hair as much as pos­si­ble. The key to retain­ing length is pro­tec­tive styling by hid­ing my ends in buns/ponytails or putting my hair in sev­er­al twists and using extensions/wigs. Cas­tor oil, shea but­ter and water are my main go-to prod­ucts for mois­ture and styling. I use a shea but­ter mix­ture the first day of styling my hair and won’t have to reuse it until the fourth or fifth day. In between that time, I use a water con­coc­tion to fresh­en up my thirsty strands. As a styling aid, I use Gum­my Hair Gel or Eco Styler Gel to lay my hair down, or to con­trol my edges. 

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What does wash day look like for you?
C:
Reg­u­lar wash day includes putting my hair in 4 big twists and co-wash­ing with prod­ucts like VO5 Mois­ture Milks Mois­tur­iz­ing Sham­poo and Con­di­tion­er in Straw­ber­ries and Cream, or the VO5 Herbal Escapes Kiwi Lime Clar­i­fy­ing Con­di­tion­er. Then I fol­low up with anoth­er con­di­tion­er like Tre­sem­me Mois­ture Rich Con­di­tion­er and let it sit for 10 min­utes while I detan­gle before rins­ing it out. Once a mon­th I pre-poo with an olive oil treat­ment or amla oil, then I sham­poo with Cre­me of Nature Ultra Mois­tur­iz­ing Sham­poo and deep con­di­tion with either a mayo and olive oil treat­ment, Organ­ic Root Stim­u­la­tor Con­di­tion­er or Queen Helene’s Cho­les­terol Hair Con­di­tion­ing Cream while sit­ting under the Hueti­ful Hair Steam­er; fol­lowed by Tre­sem­me Mois­ture Rich Con­di­tion­er. Then I fin­ish with an apple cider vine­gar rin­se.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
C:
Buns and head wraps are my favorite go to quick styles. I can do either one in less than 3 min­utes and be out the door.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
C:
Stretch­ing my hair by plac­ing it in medi­um sized twists helps me avoid a shrunk­en head of hair.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
C:
The back of my hair caus­es the most con­cern and requires extra care. It’s the thick­est part of my entire head and dries faster than any oth­er area. I resolve this issue by tak­ing my time to detan­gle and ensur­ing it’s prop­er­ly mois­tur­ized.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
C:
Mois­tur­ize my hair every 2–3 days and include scalp mas­sages.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
C:
Avoid using a lot of for­ti­fy­ing pro­tein treat­ments and be patient when detan­gling.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
C:
Yes, I have a YouTube chan­nel for DIYs and nat­u­ral hair­style tuto­ri­als: www.youtube.com/Beesohoney and Insta­gram: BeesO­Honey.

Meosha

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

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Jacky

You are nat­u­ral­ly beau­ti­ful and i love how thick your hair is and how it suits you perfectly,keep rock­ing that gor­geous mane.

Chalise

Aww thank you, tru­ly <3 :)

Saye

Beau­ti­ful hair.

Chalise

Thanks hun ^_^

Rain

Your hair looks great! Won­der­ful to see some­one embrace the ver­sa­til­i­ty of 4c hair, You rocked it, def sub­scrib­ing!

Alexis

How do you avoid frizzi­ness

Reyaunna

Beau­ti­ful hair:)
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