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Intro­duce your­self.
C: My name is Chauntal­ia Wise. I am from Atlanta, GA.

Did you tran­si­tion or big chop?
C: I tran­si­tioned for 8 months (March 25, 2013-Dec 3, 2013) and then I did the BC. I chose to go nat­u­ral after I bleached my hair hon­ey blonde Feb­ru­ary 2013 and I began to see it break off. I was on YouTube and came across videos from @naturaleiicey and I fell in love with her hair, its tex­ture, and her curls. I felt that my hair had the same poten­tial and was also full of curls. I begin get­ting perms when I was only 5 years old, so I had nev­er real­ly seen my nat­u­ral tex­ture. I chal­lenged myself to tran­si­tion for one year orig­i­nal­ly, but I became impa­tient and hat­ed the two tex­tures. Before I deployed to Japan, I fig­ured that would be the per­fect time to BC since I wouldn’t see any­one again until my hair was much longer. I have enjoyed my jour­ney. My ulti­mate goal is tail­bone length. So far I have been nat­u­ral for ONE year and SEVEN months. Novem­ber 25th will make one year and eight months.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
C: Hon­est­ly, I do not know the tex­ture of my hair. I tried look­ing into it when I first did the BC but no one tex­ture seems to fit my hair. My hair is not coarse; how­ev­er, it isn’t fine either. My hair has always been very full and thick. It’s extreme­ly curly; my curls are nat­u­ral­ly very defined if I were to put water to my hair.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th, and the ratio­nale behind your var­i­ous styling deci­sions.
C: My styling reg­i­men over the course of a mon­th hon­est­ly may be noth­ing some­times. Lol. This is only because my hair is grow­ing so long. Before I went nat­u­ral I hat­ed wash­ing my hair or get­ting my hair done. Now I will try to wash it every two weeks and I deep con­di­tion every two weeks. I LOVE mois­ture, hence the rea­son I hate putting any type of heat to my hair. I wear a lot of pro­tec­tive hair­styles. So, I may corn­row it straight back, cre­ate an up-do, add braid­ing hair and cre­ate a pro­tec­tive style, or my ulti­mate favorite…BUNS. I use Dr. Miracle’s curl care pro­duct line. I fell in love with his deep con­di­tion­ing packs and began to incor­po­rate his reg­u­lar con­di­tion­er and now his sham­poo. I also use his leave-in con­di­tion­er from the same line.

What does wash day look like for you?
C: Wash day. Lol. This is the longest process. I usu­al­ly start in the morn­ing and it will cur­rent­ly take me up to three to five hours depend­ing on how I style my hair. I always set a day for this and plan to go absolute­ly nowhere so that all of my ded­i­ca­tion is to my hair.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
C: My favor go-to hair­style is a BUN. I do dif­fer­ent cre­ative styles with my buns to jazz them up. I may add a jum­bo braid in the front, put jum­bo twists in the front, do a dou­ble bun, a low bun, or my favorite which is a high, front donut bun.

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How do you com­bat shrink­age?
C: Let’s talk shrink­age! I love it! I grew to love it any­ways. When my hair was short­er I hat­ed it for a lit­tle while, but I wore my hair up so much that I nev­er actu­al­ly dealt with it. Now, my shrink­age is like at the per­fect length if I wore to wear it out, and I just embrace it. I tell myself, “you know how long your hair is and only you know your ulti­mate goal/potential hair length. It won’t be this short forever.”

Tell us about your hair col­or!
C: I have received so many ques­tions on what col­or is my hair, well the answer is, I do not know. Since I’ve been nat­u­ral I have not col­ored my hair; how­ev­er, in the light or sun or in pho­tos it will look brown or red or shades of a red­dish orange. I have no clue why my hair dyed itself but I love it. I plan to cut that off at the end of 2015. The only answer I do have for that ques­tion is that before I went nat­u­ral, I bleached my hair hon­ey blonde as stat­ed before, and may­be my hair is still try­ing to revert back to that col­or. (even though I dyed it jet black right before I went nat­u­ral).

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require extra care and atten­tion?
C: My ends are always going to be my prob­lem area only because that is the secret, for me, to retain length. I DO NOT cut or trim my hair so I have to pay very close atten­tion to my ends. I usu­al­ly try to keep them tucked or put away some­how, that way my ends aren’t exposed to the harsh cli­mates and weath­er changes.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
C: My two do’s are: keep your hair mois­tur­ized and remem­ber low main­te­nance. Leave your hair alone ladies. Don’t try to touch it and change your hair­style dai­ly.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
C:Two don’ts are: HEAT—stay away from it if you want to main­tain your curl pat­tern and avoid heat dam­age. My sec­ond tip is if the hair­style is uncom­fort­able (pulling your roots, irri­tat­ing your scalp) steer clear of it.

Is there a blog/webpage or social media account where we can find you?
C: I am cur­rent­ly work­ing on cre­at­ing a YouTube page, oth­er than that, cur­rent­ly I can be locat­ed on Insta­gram @wilhilmeta2 and I love answer­ing ques­tions!

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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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8 Comments on "Chauntalia from Atlanta // 3C Natural Hair Style Icon"

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shea

Your hair is sim­i­lar to mine don’t real­ly got in one cat­e­go­ry and mul­ti col­or hair that had nev­er been dyed is nat­u­ral. Have you start­ed your you tube chan­nel and if so what name do you go by. Hope­ful­ly my hair will get that length that you’re show­ing now.

Adía

Great hair! I’ll nev­er get over how much hair can shrink

Sangria Singh

OMG. Love it, girl!

Chan

I love your hair and the hair­styles!!!

Kristal @ Beautifully Curled

Beau­ti­ful!

Dee

So beau­ti­ful, I love the updo!

youngin girl

I like pho­tos 4, 6, and 8. Con­grat­u­la­tions on your jour­ney.

Saffron247

Luv the var­i­ous of hair­styles.

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