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Intro­duce your­self.
K:
Hel­lo! My name is Kami also known as Styled­byKami and I am from Bal­ti­more, Mary­land.

Did you tran­si­tion or big chop? Share your nat­u­ral hair jour­ney with us!
K:
I tran­si­tioned into nat­u­ral and slow­ly chopped off my ends. I like to say that I have been nat­u­ral for a big major­i­ty of my life. I start­ed get­ting perms around the age of 9 and stopped when I was 11, tru­ly because they real­ly didn’t do much for my hair. So from then I start­ed grow­ing my hair out. Still using a lot of heat, I wouldn’t say I tru­ly start­ed to care about the health of my hair until 2008 after grad­u­at­ing high school. I would say that I have been ful­ly nat­u­ral for about 10 years now because even though I stopped get­ting perms in 2001, the perm prob­a­bly ful­ly was out around 2004. I decid­ed to go back to being nat­u­ral when one day I was look­ing through old pho­tos before I start­ed get­ting perms. I saw how beau­ti­ful my hair was, and I want­ed my hair to be like that again so I got seri­ous with tak­ing bet­ter care of my hair — reduc­ing the heat and let­ting it be free.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
K:
I would say that my hair is a mix of 3b 3c and some 4a around my edges. My hair is just a tex­ture all it’s own.  No two curls are alike, which is what I love about it. Also my hair is very thick and I have a lot of it, but my stands are very fine.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th, and the ratio­nale behind your var­i­ous styling deci­sions.
K:
Dur­ing the course of the mon­th I usu­al­ly stick with wash and go’s. This style nev­er fails me and I love the result. It’s some­thing that doesn’t take me long to do and it always come out great. As of right now and for a while my sta­ple prod­ucts have been Can­tu Shea But­ter, Eco Styler Gel, and Shea Mois­ture Curl Enhanc­ing Smooth­ie. This gives me the per­fect wash and go.

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What does wash day look like for you?
K:
Wash is a breeze nowa­days. I pret­ty much cow­ash my hair unless it is deep clean­ing day then I will sham­poo and sur­pris­ing­ly I don’t use super nat­u­ral prod­ucts for this. I stick with Suave Nat­u­rals sham­poo and con­di­tion­er, the trop­i­cal coconut one and my hair loves it. Then I will go in with my Can­tu Shea But­ter and Eco Styler Gel to com­plete my wash and go. Before dif­fus­ing to cut down on heat use and dry­ing time, I will wrap my hair in a tee shirt for and hour or two, or overnight if I’m doing my hair the night before, which is usu­al­ly the case. Then I’ll go in and dif­fuse until dry. I love using the Curls Con­trol Paste for my edges and around my mid­dle part for a slick look.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
K:
My go to hair­style would have to be my pineap­ple updo. If my hair is a cou­ple days old and I don’t want to wear it out I will bring it to the top of my head and just arrange my curls until I’m sat­is­fied, and it works ever time.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
K:
I don’t!! My hair shrinks up a lot and I just embrace it. Luck­i­ly for me it gets longer on its own as my style gets old­er, but I real­ly don’t mind it.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require extra care and atten­tion?
K:
My prob­lem area has always been my crown area. It’s the most thick and the most frizzy. What I have been doing to work with that is spend­ing a lot of time cow­ash­ing and adding more pro­duct to that area. I also apply oils before going to bed to make sure it is mois­tur­ized.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
K:
Two do’s for my tex­ture would have to be wash and go’s and flexi rods my hair always responds well to the­se styles and come out flaw­less!!

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
K:
Two don’ts would have to be 3 strand twists and flat braid outs. For some rea­son the­se styles don’t real­ly give me vol­ume, and don’t last very long. I love big hair and the­se two just don’t do it for me.

Is there a blog/webpage or social media account where we can find you?
K:
Yes!!! I do have a YouTube chan­nel named Styled­bykami , I have a fash­ion blog as well Styled by Kami — Style and beau­ty blog you can also find me on Face­book Insta­gram and Twit­ter all Styled­bykami hope to see you there!! 

Christina Patrice

Born, raised, and liv­ing in Los Ange­les, Christi­na is BGLH’s res­i­dent tran­si­tion­ing expert and pro­duct junkie. In addi­tion to lov­ing all things hair, she is a fit­ness novice and advo­cate of wear­ing san­dals year-round. For more infor­ma­tion on tran­si­tion­ing, nat­u­ral hair, and her own hair jour­ney, vis­it maneobjective.com. Or, if you like pic­tures fol­low Christi­na on Insta­gram @maneobjective.

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20 Comments on "Kami from Baltimore // 3B/3C Natural Hair Style Icon"

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Jen. Miller

Girl, yes! The­se curls are swoon wor­thy!! Kud­dos to you for start­ing your jour­ney ear­ly on too- your hair sto­ry is inspir­ing!

anastasia

Love­ly hair and an absolute cutie!

NapturallyKia

Pret­ty lady. Love the big blowout!

youngin girl

I real­ly like it. You know your hair and what it doesn’t like. Big hair is stun­ning. There’s some­thing about it. I like see­ing big hair being fea­tured every now and then.

Lady Dulayne

West­si­i­i­ide over here! Gor­geous hair, girl!!

Kami

I’m from west too!! Thanks for the love

Darlyn

OMG, me three!

nylse

nat­u­ral girls have the best look­ing eye­brows!!!

Caramelcurls

Gor­geous girl with gor­geous hair and eye­brows!

Kami

Thanks a lot!!! Please check out my YouTube chan­nel for more tips !!

mlank64

Beautiful…love her style

Kami

Blog I meant http://www.styledbykami.blogspoy.com or YouTube/styledbykami

Kami

Thanks so much I have a Vlog and YouTube chan­nel if you want to check it out full of fash­ion and hair post!!

Jacky

Love­ly! Her hair looks so unique.

I have to com­ment on the flat braid outs though. I get a lot of vol­ume when I do a flat braid-out( I call it the corn­row-out ) so I was sur­prised to read that she doesn’t get vol­ume when she does it. 

I guess each head of nat­u­ral hair real­ly is dif­fer­ent from the hair of oth­er nat­u­rals.

Adia

I won­der if she is mak­ing sin­gle braids instead of corn­rows so she gets less vol­ume

Shannon

Wup home­town girl!

Darlyn

B’more rep­re­sent­ing :-)

Kami

Thanks!!! Check out my chan­nel as well I would love for you to see my videos!! YouTube/styledbykami

Danny

Great job keep up the good work! I love it kami!!!!!!!!

Olivia

Ah, anoth­er Mary­land girl!

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