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Intro­duce your­self!
F:
My Name is Fit­gi Saint-Louis and I am from Long Island, New York. I cur­rent­ly live in the city.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
F:
While in col­lege I start­ed look­ing for ways to give my relaxed hair vol­ume. I start­ing using dif­fer­ent prod­ucts and dry­ing tech­niques to cre­ate waves and curls. I used to relax my hair 2–3 times a year and want­ed a new look. Relax­ing my hair only to strug­gle mak­ing it curly was coun­ter­pro­duc­tive so I start­ed grow­ing out my hair only trim­ming the ends when need­ed. It was a fun process and I had one of my best friends tran­si­tion­ing at the same time, which was help­ful. I’ve had nat­u­ral hair now for 5 years!

How would you describe your tex­ture?
F:
My hair is even­ly one tex­ture between 3C and 4A. I have fine strands, how­ev­er my hair is dense. My wash and go is tight and curly, but as days pass the curls start to fall. One night of twists will com­plete­ly change my look the fol­low­ing day. Wind and humid­i­ty make my hair huge – think Chaka Khan in the 80’s huge.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
F:
Over the course of a mon­th I first have my hair in twists after a wash, then I let my wavy hair out. Once it los­es shape I go to my updos. I used to use a lot of hair ties, which start­ed break­ing my hair in the front, so I switched to only bob­by pins to cre­ate dif­fer­ent styles. In the sum­mer, updos keeps my neck free to air and in the win­ter they work as a hat. I’ve been chal­leng­ing myself to cre­ate a new updo every day. For dance class for exam­ple, I have four twists I put into a bun.

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What does wash day look like for you?
F:
I detan­gle my hair with either Organ­ic Root Stim­u­la­tor Olive Oil Mois­tur­iz­ing Hair Lotion, Shea Mois­ture Deep Treat­ment Masque, or organ­ic coconut oil with some water and a wide tooth comb. If it’s not too late I then wash my hair right after. I use the Shea Mois­ture Raw Shea But­ter Mois­ture Reten­tion Sham­poo to wash then twist my hair into 8–16 sec­tions using the Curl Enhanc­ing Smooth­ie. I then let it air dry. Some­times if my hair is not too tan­gled I will detan­gle in the show­er. If I have a dance per­for­mance or want to change it up I’ll blow dry my hair. I just pur­chased a CHI Hand Shot Ceram­ic Hair Dry­er, which helps me fin­ish in an hour. I real­ly like it, except when the both­er­some comb attach­ment falls off.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
F:
My favorite easy style is a twist­ed updo. I pull all my ends above my head then turn the edges and pin to my scalp with 4–6 pins. The same tech­nique can make a dif­fer­ent style depend­ing on the way I turn and where I place the ends. I love it!

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
F:
I like to embrace shrink­age. I like the ver­sa­til­i­ty of my hair being able to be above and below shoul­der length. It seems like mag­ic to some peo­ple and I enjoy their excite­ment.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
F:
My hair can go from soft, shiny and curly to dry and limp quick­ly. I have to con­stant­ly keep it mois­tur­ized with my go to prod­ucts. I also keep my hair in twists at night to help with the dry­ness.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
F:
Keep it mois­tur­ized and have fun with the ver­sa­til­i­ty. There are so many pos­si­bil­i­ties.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
F:
Try not to use too much heat and don’t attempt to comb out curls with­out some pro­duct and water. Save your­self the pain.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
F:
Check out my Insta­gram @GiveThemHair. I also have a Tum­blr blog with dif­fer­ent updo styles that is cur­rent­ly under con­struc­tion at GiveThemHair.com.

Meosha

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

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30 Comments on "Fitgi // 3C/4A Natural Hair Style Icon"

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Michele

You’re updo’s are fab­u­lous! You are giv­ing some hair girl” Love it!

Miss Mo

Wow, pret­ty girl. You buns and up-dos are every­thing. :)

Melat

Gor­geous head of hair! But what is it with girls being obsessed with hav­ing 3C hair? Your hair def­i­nite­ly belongs in the 4A/4B/4C sec­tion and ain’t noth­ing wrong with that, embrace your tex­ture
:)

Le Nubian
I def­i­nite­ly said this about the last “3c/4a” girl. But peo­ple took that as me shad­ing her. Like the con­no­ta­tion is still that kinky hair or say­ing some­one has kinky hair is an insult which is weird since this is a nat­u­ral hair blog that appre­ci­ates all tex­tures. Good hair is healthy hair. But it’s obvi­ous the nat­u­ral com­mu­ni­ty has some things to work on. Ps, I have 3c hair and I wish I had kinky hair so I could rock a fierce fro that won’t fall flat down the mid­dle lol. Which makes me more upset when ppl won’t come… Read more »
kitso
Could it be that they hon­est­ly believe their hair is 3c/4a? I say this because i real­ly do not know what is my hair type. When i first came across the nat­u­ral hair stuff, i found Ali­cia James and i said to my hus­band, at least she has hair like mine, i think she defines her hair as 4a/4b, not quite sure any­more. Then i saw her wash and gos, her twists, her twists out-no her hair is com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent from mine, my hair does not have a curl pat­tern but at the same time it is very soft and… Read more »
Lovinme

Amen and hal­lelu­jah! When will black wom­en final­ly embrace them­selves and their 4 type hair?? We go nat­u­ral only to attach the 3b/3c type to our names. She is clear­ly in the 4 cat­e­go­ry and is STUNNING! Be proud!!!

Kaila P

Her hair may be in a strecte­hd state in those pic­tures and it might be that her unal­tered curl pat­tern is coily

V.

Yes that’s how my hair is. Curly/coily when wet and when I do a wash and go. And when I stretch it and pick it out it looks like a legit afro. So don’t judge hair­type based on what you see. Because you do not know the per­son. I think some­one sug­gest­ed that the hair­style icons should post a pic­ture of their hair when it’s wet or in a wash and go style. So you can see the “true” tex­ture and there is no con­fu­sion.

Bhamanon

Exact­ly what I was think­ing. Her hair is clear­ly stretched in every pic­ture, so there is no way you can tell what her nat­u­ral curl pat­tern is just from the­se pic­tures. I’ve seen plen­ty of peo­ple with 3c 4a hair that looks like this when stretched out through twist­ing or braid­ing. It looks no dif­fer­ent from 4abc hair when in a stretched state,

Caramelcurls

Pret­ty girl and I love all of those ele­gant updo’s!

Cheyenne Brown

She has nice hair & a good reg­i­men but @ the same time,it look like she uses 2 much heat,because it lookd like some parts of her hair are heat damaged.Cute hair­styles though

Leanna

Love­ly hair, but she looks more like type 4b/c than 3c/4a. What’s with all the hair type con­fu­sion on BGLH recent­ly!? Rarely do we see type 3 ladies think­ing they are type 4. Things that make you go hmm…o_O

Treacle
I total­ly agree. The evi­dence speaks for itself. It’s a sad bi-pro­duct / lega­cy of the nega­tion of african orig­in black beau­ty (fea­tures deemed negro across the globe). Any­one in any doubt? I’d sug­gest a quick watch of some­thing like the recent award-win­ning film “12 Years a Slave” to get just a snap­shot of where so many of us have come from as black peo­ple. That kind of indoc­tri­nat­ed abuse, final­ly lead­ing to self-abuse/dislike and an accep­tance of white supe­ri­or­i­ty pro­pa­gan­da is like a poi­so­nous gar­den weed… The plant may have been pulled up…but it’s insid­i­ous root sys­tem is still… Read more »
chris

Which type of haïr am i, 3c 4a???
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V.

Yes I think so. Looks good!

anonymous

You have most­ly 4a hair with def­i­nite­ly 3c hair mixed in.…

Jacky

Love­ly and i love the cre­ative updos!

Cass
I have to dis­agree with the com­ments above regard­ing her hair not being 3c/4a. My hair, which is a 3c/4a, looks sim­i­lar to hers when stretched, picked out, or blow out. In a wash and go my 3c hair forms pen­cil sized s-curls and my 4a hair forms slight­ly small­er cork screw curls.The hair typ­ing is about curl pat­terns. To say she’s clear­ly a 4/b or c with­out see­ing her curl pattern(s) and call­ing on her to “embrace” her tex­ture is unfair. To be hon­est, in an Afro state my hair is indis­tin­guish­able from 4b/c hair. What sad­dens me is… Read more »
Kinky me

Ita with ur state­ment, my hair also is 3c 4a. When I wear a wash n go my hair appears limp, and my curls and coils lay down, but when I wear a braid out it total­ly stretch­es out my hair to look big, poofy with a wave to it. So it doesn’t look 3c 4a or b just kind of like a blow out. Point is unless hair is in wng state u can’t real­ly say what tex­ture it appears to be

youngin girl

Those pom­padours and buns are the busi­ness, espe­cial­ly the acces­sorie she adds. I took down my corn­row a few hours ago and I love my braid outs. Unfor­tu­natley, I have to get it washed and per­med for grad­u­a­tion. Cute hair­styles i hope to try some­day.

naya

omg what’s this new obses­sion with try­ing to cor­rect peo­ple about their hair type??? Gosh you can nev­er win with you peo­ple!!!

tamara

Omg…the com­ments about hair types
Cat­e­go­riza­tion is so crazy…it real­ly shows we have fur­ther to go..as far as accept­ing every­one unique­ness. I thought when I tran­si­tioned that i was get­ting closer to “what god intend­ed for me to look like” and tru­ly have appre­ci­a­tion and respect for all wom­en regard­less of hair type who choose to also.However I see in the nat­u­ral hair com­mu­ni­ty peo­ple are still obsessed with “good hair” ‚“bad hair ” syn­drome. I think it just the same or worst than the females who choose to alter their hair tex­ture chem­i­cal­ly.

Savannah

Every­one who says her hair is not 3c/4a needs to check out AuCurls Naturelle on Youtube. Her hair is a coily pat­tern but when she stretch­es it with African thread­ing or band­ing it appears to be a dif­fer­ent tex­ture.
Hair typ­ing can be hard to under­stand, I’m pret­ty sure no one is try­ing to “pass” as anoth­er tex­ture. :)

Stace
This is why I sug­gest­ed they have icons include pics of their hair wet and air dried/un manip­u­lat­ed. That would real­ly help peo­ple to iden­ti­fy with what the icon is say­ing about her hair. Cause hon­est­ly I’ve seen it go the oth­er way, where a girl says she is 4b/c and then I see all the­se pics of this coiled and curly hair; only to find out that is a well done twist out or braid out of some sort.  This icons talks about try­ing to manip­u­late her relaxed hair into being curly then real­iz­ing she can have curly hair by… Read more »
Prettydarkskinnedgirl
Prettydarkskinnedgirl
I don’t know if many icons would be will­ing to allow their wet hair to air dry with no pro­duct or manip­u­la­tion just to show hair type. I know per­son­al­ly that allow­ing my hair to dry loose & with no pro­duct is just beg­ging for a night­mare to try to then style it or detan­gle it even if it’s already detan­gled pri­or! And I’m ten­der-head­ed too– hecks naw! I love y’all but if it were me, I would be unable to can at that sug­ges­tion. May­be show­ing it in a wet state would be good enough but allow­ing it to… Read more »
CurlySue

I think her hair is absolute­ly amaz­ing! She embraces her hair with all of the effort and cre­ativ­i­ty put into each style. I think the fact that peo­ple feel the need to cat­e­go­rize divides our nat­u­ral beau­ty. You go girl! ;)

Chloe

This Hair­styles is a nice hair style for wom­an. In this style wom­an are look­ing so nice.

Najwa

Her hair type is prob­a­bly the clos­est to mine I’ve ever seen when in a dry and stretched state(3c-4b). I have 3c hair in the back, 4a in the mid­dle and a mix of 4a/4b in the front. Every hair type should be embraced, but I don’t think she is wrong by say­ing 3c/4a. Any­way every­one has dif­fer­ent views on hair types, not every cat­e­go­ry has a strict look.

Lavinia Lahrese

Her hair is SO GORGEOUS! I love when BGLH posts fea­tures on wom­en with speci­fic hair types! It makes it so easy to see how oth­ers deal with their par­tic­u­lar hair issues. In my case, I have fine nat­u­ral hair so I would absolute­ly LOVE IT if BGLH would post more fea­tures about fine nat­u­ral hair!

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