Intro­duce your­self!
Hi Curlies, my name is Kara and I am from Lon­don!

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­ur­al?
I have been nat­ur­al since birth, but after end­less run-ins with bad hair­dressers and incom­pe­tent advice, I turned to the gurus of nat­ur­al hair on YouTube in 2009. When my hair was straight, it mea­sured at ear length! There is noth­ing wrong with that if that is what you desire, but I was try­ing to grow my hair. I didn’t want 3 inch­es cut off each time I vis­it­ed the hair­dress­er!

How would you describe your tex­ture?
I would describe my tex­ture as being pre­dom­i­nant­ly 4a. I know that there are con­stant dis­putes over hair typ­ing, but I think it is an effec­tive way of describ­ing a tex­ture. It is use­ful in find­ing oth­er nat­u­rals with the same hair type through using a com­mon known lan­guage. When I am search­ing for any­thing to do with my tex­ture of hair, I type 4a, as I want to know what the best prod­ucts are. That, and advice from oth­er 4a nat­u­rals. I believe my strands are fine and medi­um in den­si­ty. I would say my hair isn’t thick, but it is plen­ti­ful — if that makes sense?

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the month.
My styling reg­i­men is super duper easy and twists are my go to hair­style. Small twists, medi­um twists, fat twists I love them all! If my hair isn’t in twists, it is usu­al­ly in a pro­tec­tive style. Both styling options have con­tributed to my length reten­tion so that is why I do them. Also, I have two kids, a full time job and a hub­by, so you know…I ain’t got time for dat! When styling my hair I have to make it quick and easy, but pre­sentable.

Prod­ucts I use to style my hair, but not all at once are: Darcy’s Botan­i­cals Shea But­ter Curl Mois­tur­iz­ing Cream, Aloe Vera Gel, and Komaza Care Cal­i­fia Styling Pud­ding.


What does wash day look like for you?
As my hair has grown a lot, I have had to mod­i­fy my wash day reg­i­men, so there has been quite a bit of tri­al and error recent­ly, but I think I may have final­ly cracked it. At the moment I am dry deep con­di­tion­ing with Bee Mine Avo­ca­do Cream Bal­anced Con­di­tion­er, and I add my own oil mix­ture to this. After this has been on my hair for about an hour, I’ll jump in the show­er and rinse my hair, then cleanse. To cleanse I use Burt’s Bees More Mois­ture Sham­poo with Baobab. After rins­ing the sham­poo, I fin­ger detan­gle my hair in sec­tions using Desert Essence Coconut Con­di­tion­er. I am switch­ing between that and Gio­van­ni Smooth as Silk Deep­er Mois­ture Con­di­tion­er.

Once all of my hair has been thor­ough­ly detan­gled and is all twist­ed up in sec­tions, I rinse all of the con­di­tion­er out with the twists in. I wrap my hair in a t-shirt and leave that on for about 20 min­utes, so my hair is damp when I go to mois­turise after wash­ing. I then add my leave in, Kinky Curly Knot Today, and apply Darcy’s Botan­i­cals Shea But­ter Curl Mois­tur­iz­ing Cream togeth­er with my own oil mix­ture on top of that. I last­ly style into twists. This rou­tine can last up to 3 hours.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
When I do not have a lot of time on my hands and my hair is loose (not in twists) I often go for a pro­tec­tive, ele­gant, low bun look. It is so easy to do I even sur­prise myself.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
I com­bat shrink­age by keep­ing my hair stretched when I am wash­ing my hair, i.e. hav­ing my hair in twists or plaits whilst wash­ing, and after detan­gling re-twist­ing or plait­ing. Per­son­al­ly I like shrink­age, and it works real­ly well with most styling options.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
At the moment my prob­lem area is my tem­ples due to post­na­tal shed­ding. That hair is short­er than the rest and it sticks out, so that can be real­ly annoy­ing.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
Mois­turise reg­u­lar­ly and Detan­gle with care.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
Per­son­al­ly I don’t leave my hair in loose styles often because I can­not deal with the after­math. I also don’t use heat often, but that is just my per­son­al pref­er­ence.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
Most def­i­nite­ly — You can find me at, YouTube: Nat­u­ral­curli­estv, Face­book: Nat­ur­al Curlies, and on Twit­ter and Insta­gram @NaturalCurlies, so yes I’m very social!


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

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Kara Dunn

Yay! Thank you very much.

Brittany Johnson

Love her hair!!! I’m also 4A, being in the mil­i­tary I’m kin­da lim­it­ed to what hair styles I can wear before it’s con­sid­ered “trendy”, I need to fig­ure some­thing out before I cut my hair and rock a twa with some
ecost­ly­er gel lol :)

Kara Dunn

Hey luv, don’t pan­ic there is lots of inspi­ra­tion out there. YouTube was my avenue of inspi­ra­tion and still is. Try being cre­ative with a low bun (chif­fon bun) , recent­ly that has worked for me as I have to look pro­fes­sion­al in my role. Keep going and don’t give up.


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My hair twin, I need her length — cur­rent­ly work­ing on that! Black girls can grow long healthy hair and I LOVE IT!

Mis V in NYC

Your hair looks great! I think nat­ur­al hair is beau­ti­ful when you learn how to prop­er­ly care for it. I am hop­ing to let mine be and let it grow long and healthy. Keep­ing it sim­ple works for me too. I am going to try dry con­di­tion­ing this week­end, which sounds much bet­ter than get­ting in the show­er, wet­ting my hair, then sit­ting around for an hour.


Love your hair! Nice inter­view.
We are hair twins!


You’re very beau­ti­ful!!!! I absolute love your hair!!! Thanks for shar­ing. I like a more sim­ple approach to nat­ur­al hair care.


Gor­geous hair!


Great hair and face!


When she pret­ty much said she was grown with TWO kids and a HUSBAND my mouth darn near hit the floor, she could be 16! She looks fab­u­lous, with a fab head of hair!


Pret­ty hair. My new hair crush. Run­ning off to find her YouTube chan­nel!!!


This is my hair twin and I am most def­i­nite­ly copy­ing those side twist styles. I also keep it sim­ple (this works for me because I spend less time in my hair, and I get less frus­trat­ed, which leads to me chop­ping it off, and I was noto­ri­ous for doing that).


Gor­geous girl and hair! I agree with your point on hair typing…it’s good to know most­ly for what prod­ucts are best. Any­thing beyond that is irrel­e­vant, I think…


She sooooo pret­ty!!! Gor­geous healthy look­ing hair as well! I love that she keeps her reg­i­men simple–I’m all for that.


Gor­geous! I love her hair and just look at that pret­ty face!


Yay a fel­low Lon­don­er! Your hair is gor­geous!

Ms Vee

Beau­ti­ful woman and a head of love­ly hair to match . Much love ;)


Is it wrong that I am drool­ing over Kara’s hair? So beau­ti­ful! Thank you so much BGLH for shar­ing her.


You are absolute­ly gor­geous hun!! Thor­ough­ly enjoyed your inter­view, your per­son­al­i­ty real­ly came through. Stay blessed and beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral­ista.

-A fel­low Lon­don­er, Sheila x

youngin girl

6 and 13 are cute hairdo’s. I’m speech­less.

Mind of B

That’s my hair type! That’s my hair type RIGHT THERE. :D

That aside, beau­ti­ful hair and amaz­ing styles! I want to try all those buns and updos. Real­ly inspir­ing.


beau­ti­ful hair and woman!! I LOVE your updos cant wait to have that length to do them!


Your hair is won­der­ful, real­ly!
That was exact­ly the moti­va­tion that I need­ed (since I try to grow out my also 4a hair). Thanx a lot!
Greet­ings from Ger­many to the UK :)

btw: I nev­er would have guessed you had 2 kids- you look like a teenag­er..;)

Kara Dunn

Good luck with your jour­ney I am hap­py that I could be your moti­va­tor. I will keep you guess­ing on my age…haha ;-)


Thanx :)
haha :D
All the best to you too! :)


Great length, great hair :)

Ubah Luar

You are absolute­ley gor­geous.
I love the hair­styles and the lenght…!…makes me want to take care of my hair even more.

Kara Dunn

Thank you! Keep going with your hair jour­ney. If you need any tips send me a mes­sage on fb Nat­ur­al Curlies! All the best

Kara Dunn

Thank you every­body for the love­ly com­ments I am so grate­ful xxx


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Hi, I am also from Lon­don. Nice to see a Lon­don nat­ur­al! Your hair is love­ly!


Gosh you’re absolute­ly beau­ti­ful, and so is your hair! The yel­low and orange blouse is sim­ply amaz­ing.….


Both you and your hair are absolute­ly stun­ning. You hair is incred­i­bly thick! Beau­ti­ful pho­tos!


Love her hair, espe­cial­ly the 3rd pic. I’m 4a as well, wasn’t sure before, but now I am after see­ing her hair. Beau­ti­ful lady as well.


*an inspi­ra­tion


you are gor­geous to the max! i mean it… :) what a inspi­ra­tion

Kara Dunn

Thank you! I real­ly appre­ci­ate your com­ment.


Post­na­tal shed­ding? As in shed­ding after you have a baby? Is that nor­mal? I’m due to deliv­er next month. Should I be doing some­thing to pre­vent that?


Yes you will shed big time bc dur­ing most of preg­nan­cy you shed less hair hence why it appears to be thick­er, fuller, grow longer. It’s bc your hair stays in the grow­ing phase through­out preg­nan­cy I guess it’s the estro­gen or the HGH. Your hair may even behave dif­fer­ent­ly post preg­nan­cy as well as the rest of your body. But your body should find it’s rhythm with­in the first year.


Yes, it’s nor­mal. Not every­one will expe­ri­ence it, but it does hap­pen to many new moth­ers. Your hair will shed a bit more than nor­mal for the first few months after birth. You won’t go bald, don’t wor­ry. It sim­ply hap­pens due to the dras­tic change in hor­mone lev­els. It should return to nor­mal by your child’s first birth­day.
It hap­pened with my first child. But not with my sec­ond.


beau­ti­ful hair and styles!


hair just inspired me to com­plete­ly big chop soon­er. out tex­ture is Iden­ti­cal. BEAUTIFUL PICTURES !

Kara Dunn

Thank you! Post a pic on Nat­ur­al Curlies fb page when you do. I would love to see it.


Love her hair! Almost wants to make me take down my locs, but I know that I don’t have the patience or time to care for my loose nat­ur­al hair…oh well, I guess I will admire from afar!