Feb 2014

Intro­duce your­self!
C:
My name is Christi­na Patrice, and I’m from Los Ange­les, Cal­i­for­nia – born and raised!

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
C:
I’ve had nat­u­ral hair pret­ty much all my life. The only time I ever had a relax­er was when I was around 6 or 7. But grow­ing up, I always had my hair pressed bone straight by my grand­ma or mom. In high school, I was at the shop every mon­th, get­ting a fresh press and curl, and I kept this going through col­lege (except I bought my own flat iron because pay­ing a hair­dresser on a col­lege stu­dent bud­get was NOT hap­pen­ing). I con­tin­ued to rock my straight hair after grad­u­a­tion in 2008, and it con­tin­ued to thrive. In 2011, I took a new job that was a lot more demand­ing and stress­ful, so I began pay­ing less and less atten­tion to the health of my hair. It grew, but the ends would split so bad­ly that I would have to trim what­ev­er new growth I had. Between Decem­ber 2011 and Jan­u­ary 2012, it began shed­ding and break­ing a lot more when­ev­er I washed or flat ironed it. My once long and thick hair was now incred­i­bly thin and life­less. After doing tons of research, I decid­ed to try var­i­ous treat­ments – from hen­na and oat flour (don’t ask, a total fail), to prod­ucts promis­ing to repair, thick­en, and restore hair. None of them worked (except the hen­na, but for oth­er rea­sons), and ulti­mate­ly in late Feb­ru­ary of 2012 I was forced to con­front the real­i­ty that I had severe­ly heat dam­aged my hair, and if I ever want­ed it to be thick, full and healthy again, I would need to give up the flat iron.

In Feb­ru­ary, I did more research on what I would need to do to take my hair from a life­less mess to gor­geous and thick. I found Kala of The KG Lifestyle, and real­ized that I com­plete­ly iden­ti­fied with every­thing she said – all her frus­tra­tions, styling woes, and more. In fact, it was her no-heat chal­lenge that inspired me to go with­out heat in March of 2012. After my first 3 months, I real­ized what I was doing was tran­si­tion­ing to nat­u­ral hair. After see­ing so much of my hair’s thick­ness and health return in such a short amount of time, I decid­ed to keep going. I made a rule with myself that I was only going to straight­en my hair once every 3 months, safe­ly. After 21 months, I decid­ed to chop my ends at the Devachan Salon (click here for my account of that expe­ri­ence), and I haven’t looked back since. I orig­i­nal­ly went nat­u­ral just to get my thick and healthy hair back, but my hair is thick­er today than it ever has been, and I don’t anx­ious­ly await my next straight­en­ing like I used to. I love the ver­sa­til­i­ty, health, and appeal of my nat­u­ral hair. I get more com­pli­ments on my hair now that I’m wear­ing it nat­u­ral than I did when it was straight!

March of 2013 marks what would have been a com­plete 2 years of tran­si­tion­ing to nat­u­ral hair. I offi­cial­ly began my tran­si­tion from heat dam­age in March of 2012, and at the same time I re-launched my blog. I chopped the rest of my heat dam­age on Decem­ber 5th, 2013 just 3 months shy of 2 years tran­si­tion­ing! So tech­ni­cal­ly, I’ve been 100% nat­u­ral for 3 months.

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How would you describe your tex­ture?
C:
I don’t typ­i­cal­ly ascribe to tex­ture typ­ing, but it is help­ful in some cas­es. I def­i­nite­ly have mul­ti­ple tex­tures across my head. I’d say for the most part it is 3c, with a lit­tle bit of 3b on the back lay­ers of my hair (par­tic­u­lar­ly on the left side). The right side of my hair has a clear curl, while the left in the back has a looser wave. My crown has tighter curls, and the front of my hair has a tight wave to it (a def­i­nite S, no curl in sight). My hair is def­i­nite­ly thick, with a medi­um-high den­si­ty. It is some­what coarse in the crown.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
C:
Dur­ing my tran­si­tion, I exper­i­ment­ed lots with tex­ture blend­ing styles like straw sets, ban­tu knot-outs, twist and curls, and sat­in strip braid­outs. The sat­in strip braid­out was def­i­nite­ly my go-to style because it gave me a super-tex­tured look to the point where you couldn’t even see my heat dam­age. I have a video tuto­ri­al on my sat­in strip braid­out, which can be seen here. To achieve this style, I always used a pro­duct like EcoStyler Olive Oil Gel (the green one), and a mois­tur­iz­er like Curls Whipped Cream that would blend with the gel with­out leav­ing white buildup and clumps.

As my tran­si­tion drew closer to the end (after around mon­th 15 or so), I began rely­ing heav­i­ly on wash and go’s, and that is my #1 go-to style that I rock about 90% of the time. It’s pret­ty much a no-fail move for me, and they typ­i­cal­ly last up to 7 days. I’m a seri­ous pro­duct junkie, so I’ll use any num­ber of leave-ins and mois­tur­iz­ers at the base of my wash and go to keep it mois­tur­ized. But as far as stylers and curl defin­ers go, I stick close­ly to a hand­ful of must-haves: TIGI Cat­walk Cur­lesque Curls Rock Ampli­fier, tgin Twist and Define Cream, Soul­tan­i­cals Curl Blaze Hair Glaze and Obia Curl Enhanc­ing Cus­tard.

What does wash day look like for you?
C:
Can I just say that this ques­tion real­ly excites me? I just super sim­pli­fied my wash day, and I am extra pumped about it. My wash day used to be real­ly com­pli­cat­ed (large­ly because I’m a pro­duct junkie), but sim­ple is the name of the game for 2014. I wash my hair about once a week, but I am aim­ing for twice a week because I work out almost every day. I always pre-poo with an oil for about 20 to 30 min­utes before wash­ing – typ­i­cal­ly Extra Vir­gin Coconut Oil, or Red Palm Ker­nel Oil (sus­tain­ably sourced by Nuti­va), or Dar­shana Ayurvedic Oil. Then, I hop in the show­er and let the water run over my hair for about a min­ute. I fol­low that up by sat­u­rat­ing my hair with a cheap and slip­pery con­di­tion­er like Aussie Moist or Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tin­gle to sep­a­rate my hair into sec­tions, detan­gle, and co-wash. If it’s sham­poo time, I’ll pull out my all-time fave, tgin Mois­ture Rich Sul­fate Free Sham­poo. It works like no oth­er, seri­ous­ly! After that, I’ll either deep con­di­tion with ApHogee Curli­fic Tex­ture Treat­ment, Eden Body­Works Jojoba Monoi Deep Con­di­tion­er, Hydrather­ma Nat­u­rals Amino Plus Pro­tein Deep Con­di­tion­er, or tgin Triple Mois­ture Replen­ish­ing Con­di­tion­er. Can you tell I have a thing for deep con­di­tion­ers? I either leave the deep con­di­tion­er on for 10 min­utes or so while show­er­ing, or I hop out and sit under a hood­ed dry­er. It all depends on the amount of time I have. After rins­ing out my deep con­di­tion­er, I go back through­out my hair and apply 2 or 3 pumps of Aussie Moist to each sec­tion, and don’t rin­se it out. It helps keep my hair soft and mois­tur­ized while cut­ting down on frizz.

Once a mon­th I do a con­di­tion­ing hen­na treat­ment to strength­en my hair, and to help with my scalp pso­ri­a­sis. I have a video on how I make my mix here. I do my hen­na treat­ment after wash­ing my hair, but before deep con­di­tion­ing. I usu­al­ly leave it on overnight, and rin­se it out in the morn­ing with a con­di­tion­er like Aussie Moist or Suave Pro­fes­sion­als Almond and Shea But­ter. I fol­low that up with a pro­tein-free deep con­di­tion­ing ses­sion, and then it’s time to style!

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
C:
I hon­est­ly do wash and go’s for that pre­cise rea­son. I pineap­ple with a scarf every night to pre­serve my style and in the morn­ings I am able to refresh quick­ly with my Q-Redew hand-held steam­er, or if my mois­ture is just fine I’ll shake and go. I typ­i­cal­ly “start over” or wash my hair on Fri­days, and will rock my wash and go through that next Thurs­day or Fri­day. But if some­thing hap­pens, and my hair gets out of whack, I’ll do a high bun (admit­ted­ly, those were a lot eas­ier as a tran­si­tion­er), or dou­ble loop an elas­tic head­band and do a low puff pony­tail.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
C:
Because the front half of my hair has so much more tex­ture than the back half, I am always stretch­ing the front half (par­tic­u­lar­ly right in the mid­dle) of my hair. I typ­i­cal­ly do this on day 1 of my wash and go by clip­ping the front of my hair back into an off-the-face style until it is near­ly dry. At night before bed I use the band­ing method on that same area of hair, and put it all into a scarf pineap­ple. By day 2 and 3, my hair is stretched into a big­ger, more full ver­sion of the wash and go I had day 1. I also have a video on that here.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
C:
Def­i­nite­ly my crown. It is a lot more tight­ly curled and coarse than the rest of my hair, and I have to be care­ful to take extra care when han­dling it, espe­cial­ly dur­ing detan­gling.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
C:
Only detan­gle when soak­ing wet and cov­ered with con­di­tion­er, and deep con­di­tion often. Both of those things keep my hair hap­py, healthy, and cut down on break­age.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
C:
Don’t keep pro­tec­tive styles in for more than a week. When­ev­er I do mini or chunky twists or braids, they get fuzzy and begin to unrav­el. I’m def­i­nite­ly jeal­ous of ladies that can pull those looks off for weeks at a time. The sec­ond don’t is sul­fate-free sham­poos that con­tain sodi­um cocoyl isethion­ate. There is noth­ing wrong with this ingre­di­ent per se, but my hair hates it. Any sul­fate-free sham­poo or cleanser with this ingre­di­ent makes my hair feel crunchy and dry. Every. Sin­gle. Time. So I avoid it at all costs!

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
C:
Yes! In addi­tion to writ­ing for BGLH, I have my own blog at http://www.maneobjective.com. You can also fol­low me on Insta­gram @maneobjective, add me to your cir­cles on Google+ (http://www.google.com/+ChristinaPatrice), sub­scribe to my chan­nel on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/themaneobjective, and like my Face­book page www.facebook.com/maneobjective.

Meosha

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

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14 Comments on "Christina Patrice // 3C Natural Hair Style Icon"

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Necey

Hi Christi­na! Con­grat­u­la­tions!!! I sub­scribe to your blog and absolute­ly love it…I was so sur­prised to see your news! How were you able to keep it a secret? LOL! Thanks for shar­ing your hair with us; its absolute­ly gor­geous!

Cre8ive

Awe­some post! Her posts on BGLH are great and fea­tur­ing her as an Icon gives us a direct account of her regime; I love it. Con­grats Christi­na ;-) your hair looks healthy and hap­py!

Shana

Great arti­cle, great hair, great writer, and now…
“Nat­u­ral Hair Style ICON!!” Con­grat­u­la­tions on your new title! and I love the Dar­shana Pre-Poo treat­ment!! ;)

Prerna

Thanx for this amaz­ing post. You have tried to share almost every­thing in detail. My hair fun­da is always oil­ing my hair before sham­poo, atleast when pos­si­ble.

Babe

Wow this post is so inspir­ing! I’ve been fol­low­ing your blog for a while now since I too have been tran­si­tion­ing from heat dam­age (my 2 year mark is this sum­mer). You are one of my ulti­mate tran­si­tion­ing idols and the info you have pro­vid­ed has lit­er­al­ly saved my hair, despite the fact we have two total­ly dif­fer­ent tex­tures (I have 4b/4c hair I think). Thanks for being so awe­some, you have beau­ti­ful healthy hair and thanks to BGLH for post­ing this :)

Redseouls

I real­ly like your arti­cles! You have love­ly hair! Thanks for shar­ing your sto­ry!

Tena

You said that sodi­um cocoyl isethion­ate makes your hair feel dry, but the tgin sul­fate-free sham­poo that you men­tioned as your fav con­tains that ingre­di­ent. Does it make your hair feel less dry than oth­er sul­fate-free sham­poos?

Christina Patrice
Hi Tena! Thanks for that ques­tion! It does con­tain the ingre­di­ent, but it is much low­er on the list than it is in oth­er sham­poos, which means it’s at a lesser con­cen­tra­tion. The sham­poos that tend to have sodi­um cocoyl isethion­ate at sec­ond or third are the ones that real­ly do my hair in! I’ve noticed that my hair does bet­ter with non-SLS shampoos/cleansers that are based in Sodi­um C14-16 Olefin Sul­fate and oth­er more gen­tle sur­fac­tants — which is what’s at the root of the tgin sham­poo. It def­i­nite­ly doesn’t make my hair feel dry or crunchy in the… Read more »
Tena

Yes it makes per­fect sense! Thanks for respond­ing! Gonna def­i­nite­ly try it now :)

Rocky

Final­ly Meosha!!! I love Christi­na Patrice’s arti­cles, she’s real­ly a beau­ti­ful wom­an and I love her web pres­ence..

Christina Patrice

Rocky, THANK YOU!!!!! That means so much <3

JenniD
Thanks for being super detailed lol. I could total­ly fol­low your reg­i­men with good results as I do a lot of sim­i­lar things except I haven’t entered into the world of Hen­na yet. I too use oils before every wash only mine are more of a tra­di­tion­al warm oil treat­ment with some essen­tial oils. I have also mas­tered the 7 day wash n go for my 4b/c hair. This took a while to per­fect but I think I got it now. Great fea­ture! hap­py to see some more detail behind the wom­an who writes the arti­cles here on BGLH. I… Read more »
Lacey

Care to divul­ge your 4b/4c wash and go secrets? I’m close but would love some advice :)

Christina Patrice

Thank you Jen­niD!!!! I real­ly appre­ci­ate it. When you’re ready to head over into hen­na, let me know! Thank you sooooo much for your sup­port and <3 <3 <3

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