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Introduce yourself!
W:
My name is Whitney Rene and I currently live in Chicago.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
W:
I’ve been natural for about 8 or 9 years and it was really by accident. We moved to Illinois and I started going to a new stylist that would do anything I asked. The combination of being young and having a person not really care for my hair was a disaster. At the time, I was getting relaxers regularly and insisted on blonde highlights. I always flat ironed, never deep conditioned, and needless to say, my hair started breaking off. Very upset, I stopped going to her. My sister and I started doing each other’s relaxers at home. Since we weren’t going to the salon anymore, there was more time between relaxers and I realized that I could straighten my “new growth” with the flat iron just as if I had a relaxer. So I stopped getting them. The rest is history, but I still remember the first time I saw a full coil at the nape of my neck. I ran downstairs yelling “OMG Nikki look, my hair is CURLY!” =)

How would you describe your texture?
W:
I have so many different textures and curl patterns, but if I had to I would say it’s predominantly 3b/3c. The right side of my hair has a stronger wave into curl pattern while the left side has always been a looser wave into almost straight ends. I thought it was heat damage, but it has been like that since I’ve been natural no matter how short/long my hair is.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
W:
I try to make my hair decisions based on the weather. I live near the lake so even on not so hot days there’s still a certain amount of moisture in the air ready and willing to attack my style. Flat twists are my best friends. It has proven to be the most predictable style for my hair besides wearing it straight. The first day of my twist outs are a little too defined, but by day 3/4 it is a perfect combination of frizz and curls.

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What does wash day look like for you?
W:
My wash days vary depending on how I plan to style my hair. I rotate the products I use because I feel like my hair gets used to them after a while. For curly hair, I wash with As I Am Coconut CoWash and condition with Olive Oil Hair Masque. My hair tends to be dry, but these products do a great job restoring and maintaining the moisture. I cover with a plastic cap and sit under the dryer for about 20 minutes before rinsing with cold water. This seals my cuticle and leaves my hair ridiculously shiny. I detangle with Kinky Curly Knot Today and a Denman brush to prepare my hair for flat twists. I use the Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Smooth-n-Hold Pudding on each twist for hold and definition.

If it’s a straight hair wash day, I pretreat my hair/scalp with a combination of essential oils. I use a sulfate shampoo to remove any build up–the Organix Moroccan Argan Oil line is my favorite and smells great! I deep condition (45 minutes under heat) with Biolage Ultra-Hydrating Balm. I’ve been on about a 4 month break from protein treatments because it started to make my hair very stiff, dull and lifeless. I use the Kinky Curly Knot Today and Denman for detangling before I put my hair in four banded ponytails. This stretches my hair while I sit under the dryer until my hair is about 80% dry. I use a handheld dryer and concentration nozzle to dry the rest of my hair. I hold the ends of my hair (continuing to stretch it) and concentrate the dryer on the roots or other sections that may not be dry. I do not comb/brush my hair while I’m drying it. From there I’m ready to straighten.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
W:
I’m a sucker for a top bun or the braided headband look. If I’m really low on time and headed out I sometimes cheat and add a few curls in with a curling wand just to touch up my hair. This is very rare because I have certainly learned my lesson with using curling wands.

How do you combat shrinkage?
W:
I stretch my hair with banded ponytails if I’m going for a looser (and more voluminous) style. The concentration nozzle is also my friend. I can pull the roots out and use the heat to keep it in place. This helps create a shape when I need a haircut.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
W:
The left side of my hair is drastically less curly than the right. I pay close attention to focus on this area when applying moisturizing products. I also put a few twists or braids on that side if I’m doing a wash and go to create a more uniform look.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
W:
Use the Curly Girl Method when washing/rinsing conditioner, and always use a heavy moisturizing conditioner.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
W:
Too much protein and trying to beat humidity–it will always win.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
W:
You can find my sister and I on our YouTube channel–Miix Mii and also Instagram–@whitney_rene.

Meosha

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

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Shannon Griffin

OMG its nice to finally see someone with hair just like mine. The left side of my hair is also looser in texture than the right I always look like I’m wearing a bob if I don’t stretch out my hair
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Robyn aware

Her hair doesn’t look so much like yours but there are plenty of 3b/c naturalistas 🙂

kitso

You have amazingly beautiful, well taken care of hair

WhitneyRene

Thank you!!

Alicia

Love it lady!!!

Aaliyah

LoL on the 2nd paragraph!
Luv her hair it is very nice.

WhitneyRene

lol thanks!

Artrice

I have natural wavy/curly hair and I have no idea where to start! I want to wear my hair naturally curly but I’m afraid I will look ridiculous. I just don’t know where to start with products, how to figure out my hair pattern, how to style it, etc. Are there salons in Chicago where I live that can educate me? Websites I can look at? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!!!

Dotty

Look at Naturallycurly.com and curlynikki.com for info on hair types, care and curls.

Candy

Good question! I need some salons too! Chicago has to have some natural hair salons!

Meosha

Huetiful Salon of the Huetiful Hair Steamer company just opened in Chicago. They are located 3428 S. King Drive, Chicago, IL 60618.

Charm White

Thank God for this website. It keeps me inspired and motivated on my journey. These girls are all stunning!!!

Teetee

She said the left side of her hair is looser curl that could be heat damage that’s the first thing that happens. Watch out beautiful hair though

cacey

dang yall always be on the prowl for heat damage. some people naturally have looser textures in dif areas of their heads.

Em

Nah, not really. I have the same issue and I don’t use heat. For me my left side has a looser pattern than my right side. It grows out of my head like that…lol.

WhitneyRene

Thanks ladies! Yea my hair texture has always been that way too..I’m very aware of heat damage and try to stay away from heat for the most part. The photos here are from a large span of time.

mlank64

Mines too…never use heat except for deep conditioning under a steamer. Still one side hangs a bit more looser than the other.

mlank64

I love her hair and style. What a beauty!!

WhitneyRene

thank you thank you!!

elsa

beautiful hair and woman.

Lebra Davis

Beautiful hair. Love it. I use coconut oil and Cantu Shea butter for leave in conditioner.
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WhitneyRene

Thanks for reading my feature hun!

Marcy

Beautiful hair!!

WhitneyRene

Thank u!! <3

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Candy

I live chicago too, so I know what she means by “living by the lake”! I work downtown, so it’s so hard to keep a new style, even flat ironing! It’s sucks! Thanks for the tips! I am going to try some of these, to combat this weather! Thx to Whitney, I can say “Bring it on Chicago!!”
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Naturallyslim23

Hey I’m from Chicago too. And I def understand the struggle. I def learned a lot from her post as well Moshe should do a meet and greet.

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