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Introduce yourself!
T:
Tann Parker, raised in California, residing in Brooklyn.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
T:
The reason I started to wear my hair in its natural texture isn’t this moving, inspirational story… my blower dryer broke and I couldn’t do my normal hair regimen. I decided to try out wearing my hair natural and have been since May 18, 2012.

How would you describe your texture?
T:
My hair is about 3c/4a. It can be a lot to deal with at times. I’ve always had a lot of hair, so detangling is the longest process. It does make it a lot easier with my hair being finer, or else detangling would be a nightmare. I am prone to shrinkage a lot quicker though, which means I have to always re-stretch before going to bed.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
T:
When I first started out wearing my hair natural I was a lot more experimental with my styling because I needed to find what worked best for me, but now I’m a lot busier with school and work, so I need something fast. Now my styling regimen is braiding my hair before bed and letting it out before I leave the house. This way I don’t need to use as many products in my hair, just something to moisturize every other day. Coconut oil is a very good friend of mine!

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What does wash day look like for you?
T:
I wash my hair every other two weeks with a couple of wash methods. I have my co-wash, where I just wet my hair fully and put in leave-in conditioner after, my full wash day, which is where I will use shampoo, and I am excited to share that I will be testing out an Apple Cider Vinegar wash very soon!

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
T:
I will always live and breath by the braid out. If I wanna get fancy I will pull out the bantu knots.

How do you combat shrinkage?
T:
We are still in a battle and it keeps getting the upper hand on me. But I can restore my length by doing a nice tight braid out at night.

Tell us about your hair color?
T:
I do dye my own hair and will continue to do so, but I have switched to a dye that works better with natural hair. I now use the Shea Moisture line of dyes. Previously I was a steady user of SoftSheen-Carson. I went from ‘Vivacious Red’ to “Red Hot Rhythm’. Using that hair dye I felt a layer of coating on my hair that weighted it down. I could only do it about twice a year.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
T:
I’ve always had dandruff, so keeping my hair moisturized is key. Also, detangling is always hard work that I must spend a couple of hours doing if I want to get my hair 100% detangled…(and that has only been done once on account of I was getting my hair done in twists).

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
T:
DO always braid or twist hair every night. DO not overuse hair products.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
T:
DON’T sleep on hair without anything protecting it. You can wake up from a nap lookin all kinds of crazy with a lopsided fro! DON’T let people touch the fro…there could be loose shed hairs in there and it will be awkward when they end up in the other person’s hand…

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
T:
IG: tann_par_
Tumblr: http://only-tann.tumblr.com/

Meosha

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

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19 Comments on "Tann // 3C/4A Natural Hair Style Icon"

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Edidiong

Looks 4c.

wow

very nice fro

Antoinette Stewart

Too fresh! I’m a Southern Cali girl residing in Queens… Spending most of my time in Brooklyn!
Not to be a creep or anything but it would be cool to bump into you one day!

Youngin girl

Beautiful head of kinks. 8 and 15 are adorable. Your dye fits your face shape.

Starr

You’re a very gorgeous girl and I love your skin. Your hair is gorgeous as well but it isn’t 3c. Embrace your true hair type (if you’re into hair tying).

BeUtifullyhuman

That baby bike pic is to die for. LOL! Great hair!

Jeannette R (Nana)
I’m happy for you to have the courage to wear your own hair in it’s natural state. The fact remains, it’s not an easy thing to do especially for job interviews, 1st time meetings with certain individuals, appointments and other occasions where first-time impressions are important. You look comfortably great but that does not mean it’s easy to wear or to face certain people at certain times in your life. At least you are honest about your feelings and maintenance. You are admitting to what you feel your texture is. How can someone dispute your claim when they are not… Read more »
Le Nubian

I love her hair, but I don’t see 3C at all. And this isn’t my first time seeing girls on here say they’re 3c and they arent. What is so wrong with classifying your hair in the 4 category? It saddens me. It’s almost like when kinky haired girls being product junkies to get curls like heyfranhey. Embrace you. 4 hair is just as beautiful.

Kaila P

Maybe she judged it when it was wet, I’ve seen people wiht 3c 4a curls when wet and when dry with 4b/c hair especially if it’s blowdried or stretched

Stace

they should have the hair icons include a photo of their hair wet and a photo of it air dried/unmanipulated.

Nina

Yeah, I always saw my hair as a 3C/4A because when it’s wet, it doesn’t have the hang that I see in 4-classifications. When it dries without manipulation, I have ringlets about the diameter of my pinky. When I braid at night like the girl in the article, it looks 4A in the morning.

I don’t think anyone means to offend others by saying 3C. It’s just how our hair looks at times.

Courtney

I don’t think typing your hair while wet is all that reliable. I mean, there are type 3 and type 2 girls whose hair looks straight when wet. Does that mean they have type 1 hair?

anonymous

Thank you, thank you!!! I’m so tired of 4b/c girls categorizing their hair as 3C, as if having kinkier hair is undesirable. And now you have 4c naturals like Jouelzy wearing weaves and going off on people for not watching her channel and placating to curlier naturals. Self-hatred is still alive in the natural hair community…even with so many us declaring self-acceptance after going natural! SMH!!

Ola

OMG does it matter? Jesus, it’s just hair. Gorgeous hair nonetheless.

UK natural

Nice hair color! I use dyed kinky curly clip in extensions as I’m scared of the damage I might get from dying my own hair.

Finn

Your hair is gorgeous my dear!

Elle

Great photos! And a gorgeous face to go with those loose, gorgeous locks.

alice

Massive fro! I love the hair.

Alisa

Love her hair and fro!

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