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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.

Ola

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

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!!

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

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?

Stace

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

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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