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Intro­duce your­self!
G:
My name is Gin­ny, also known as Fro­girl­Gin­ny. I am from Lon­don, but I am half Eng­lish and half Zim­bab­wean. I love Africa and I express this love in my style, my nat­u­ral hair, and my per­son­al­i­ty.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
G:
I have rocked this mane freely and hap­pi­ly since August 2009. It wasn’t until three years lat­er when I began to feel com­fort­able with hav­ing wild hair. I had been relax­ing my hair since I was around four because my Mum could not comb through it with­out me cry­ing or scream­ing. Flip­ping through old pic­tures I saw this beau­ti­ful hair I used to have, so after days of nag­ging my Mum to help me; she advised the big chop.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
G:
I have a mix­ture of dif­fer­ent curl pat­terns. One of the things I love about my hair. The front of it has 4a and 3c curls where­as the top of my head has 3a and 2c curls, and the back/bottom 3b. My hair is very big and thick, so detan­gling it is very tir­ing because there is so much hair for my fin­gers to go through. When my hair is wet, it appears to be very thin and flat, but once it’s dry it does its own thing!

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
G:
I have stopped using sham­poos and now co-wash or use Deva Curl No Poo. I have noticed a big dif­fer­ence as my hair feels more hydrat­ed and mois­turised. I deep con­di­tion using Shea Mois­ture Restora­tive Con­di­tion­er and I con­di­tion with Deva Curl One Con­di­tion. It all depends on what I feel my hair needs on wash day. Since I wash my hair once every 7/10 days, con­di­tion­ing is impor­tant to keep it mois­turised, oth­er­wise it will resem­ble a mop by day 4. In the win­ter I add olive oil to my deep con­di­tion­er just so my hair is extra pro­tect­ed. I then style my hair with Mixed Chicks Leave-In Con­di­tion­er. I have used it for two years now and it is amaz­ing! I also use Shea Mois­ture Curl Enhanc­ing Smooth­ie and some­times I do the twist­ing method if I have the ener­gy! Every morn­ing I spray my hair with Deva Curl Set It Free Mois­ture Lock or apply some coconut oil.

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What does wash day look like for you?
G:
Wash day is always on a day which I am not going out on, as if I am going out I have to dif­fuse it so I do not get sick, and the results from dif­fus­ing aren’t as nice as nat­u­ral­ly air dry­ing. I wash with Deva Curl No-Poo, fin­ger detan­gle with Deva Curl One Con­di­tion, then I add Shea Mois­ture Restora­tive Con­di­tion­er just to give it all those oils full of good­ness! I do not tow­el dry, so I have to suf­fer with my hair drip­ping every­where. I claw the Mixed Chicks Leave-In Con­di­tion­er through in four sec­tions then I scrunch in the Shea Mois­ture Curl Enhanc­ing Smooth­ie. Last­ly I tip my head upside down, shake, and leave it. I do not touch my hair when it is wet as this cre­ates frizz.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
G:
My favourite go to hair­style is either my hair tied in a big bun or I pin the side and add my big African ear­rings. My eas­i­est hair­style is my Afro. It doesn’t give me bad or gloomy days. I just take it out of the pineap­ple style every morn­ing, shake and fluff, then pick it with an Afro comb. That’s it!

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
G:
I do not have a prob­lem with shrink­age. If you do not get it then it is a sign your hair is dam­aged, as it’s a good thing for your curls to be defined. I prefer hav­ing healthy hair than long hair, so it’s not some­thing I wor­ry about. But if peo­ple do want to have longer hair then pick­ing it with an Afro comb helps, as it gives you shape but also adds an effect of longer hair.

Tell us about your hair col­or?
G:
My nat­u­ral hair colour is a dark brown, how­ev­er I want­ed light brown high­lights just to jazz it up. I put light brown dye on dif­fer­ent strands of my hair around eight months ago, giv­ing an effect of being a more nat­u­ral hair colour. I used Dark & Love­ly hair dye, as it isn’t as dam­ag­ing as oth­er dyes. It did not have an effect on my hair besides the expect­ed colour and I always deep con­di­tion my hair and trim after dying just to pro­tect it again­st dam­age.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
G:
Strange­ly as this part is always pro­tect­ed by the pineap­ple method, the back of my hair tends to be more “rough” than the rest of my hair, so I have to add a lit­tle more pro­duct to it than the rest.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
G:
Mois­ture, mois­ture and more mois­ture. If I did not mois­turise my hair I would have split ends and knots, so it is vital that I put coconut oil on my scalp once every three to four days, or apply a mois­ture spray every morn­ing.

Def­i­nite­ly a good trim helps with your shape and growth. I am my own hair­dresser so it’s so easy for me to snip when I know some ends need to go, but for oth­ers it is so impor­tant to find a styl­ist that will lis­ten to your needs and also think for the future of your hair.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
G:
Heat always leaves my hair look­ing dull or it com­plete­ly changes the look of my curls, so I am on a one-year heat ban! It has been 6 months so far and it is mak­ing a huge dif­fer­ence.

Sleep­ing with a nor­mal pil­low­case dries out my hair so bad­ly, so I have to sleep with a sat­in pil­low­case!

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
G:
Insta­gram — @frogirlginny
Twit­ter — @frogirlginny
Tum­blr — http://frogirlginny.tumblr.com/
YouTube — http://www.youtube.com/frogirlginny

Meosha

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

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19 Comments on "Ginny // Multi-Texture Style Icon"

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Dawne

Absolute­ly love your hair! You look beau­ti­ful! I am grow­ing out my hair also so with curls it is at the nap of my neck and pull out the curls it’s to my shoul­ders. hope the prod­ucts you use are avail­able in the states

Zivaah Darling

love­ly, I would love to see more 2C/3A hair types, like mines.. its such a pain try­ing to get the frizz out

Youngin girl

Wild, big hair is the deal.

Caramelcurls

How cute is she?! I love her hair– so health­ly look­ing and lush.

JenniD

That is the biggest fro hawk I’ve seen lol. Nice. How many hair pins did you have to use? Enjoyed your inter­view. Always nice to hear from our kinky curly ladies from across the pond.

making waves

So cute! Love the hair and style

geri

i wish i could trav­el more. i have no idea why i just typed that. any­way, your style is sick, hun and obvi­ous­ly you’re a beau­ti­ful work of cre­ation.

Dee*

She has some beau­ti­ful hair :)

BGLH–We need more fea­tures of wom­en with low­er den­si­ties.

Natasha

As a fel­low Zim­bab­wean, it’s good to see some­one who embraces their mul­ti-her­itage with pride and no hes­i­ta­tion. Spe­cial shout out to South­ern Africans!

Ginny Pettitt

Thank you so much every­one for your kind words! I appre­ci­ate it all. As for all infor­ma­tion about hair dye it is on my blog on this page http://frogirlginny.weebly.com/1/post/2014/04/my-hair-colour-story.html

Khanyi

From a full Zim­bo to a Half Zim­bo lol, you have gor­geous hair and a beau­ti­ful face ..Zim rep­re­sent­ing Yeeyi!!!

Dionne

Beau­ti­ful hair,complexion and every­thing.

Mona

A fel­low Zim­bo in Lon­don. Yay! You look gor­geous dar­ling!

Yvette M

Is it bad that I’m excit­ed that she’s half Zim­bab­wean? I love her hair, and the col­or is amaz­ing. It’s real­ly great to see some­one else from South­ern Africa make it as a fea­ture here

Mona

Nyasha, from Zim made a cou­ple or so months back. Look her up on the Style Icons. Anoth­er gor­geous head of hair.

Mona

meant to say *made it*

Amma Mama

Love­ly and that baby pic­ture is so adorable!

kweenie

What Dark and Love­ly shade did you use? I love the col­or!

Irene

you are love­ly and tru­ely gor­geous Gin­ny

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