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What is your name and where are you from?
C: Hel­lo my name is Cin­tia & I am from Bal­ti­more Mary­land

Did you tran­si­tion or big chop? Share your nat­ur­al hair jour­ney with us!
C: In 2008 I  made the best deci­sion ever to return nat­ur­al and start my jour­ney. I decid­ed to return nat­ur­al because perms made my hair thin and limp; it had no body, no vol­ume. I was afraid to big chop since I always had long hair. I just couldn’t imag­ine going from a head full of hair to noth­ing, so I decid­ed to slow­ly tran­si­tion cut­ting lit­tle by lit­tle each month until I was ful­ly nat­ur­al. I believe it took 1 year before I was com­plete­ly  nat­ur­al. Dur­ing my tran­si­tion peri­od I cut down on heat to pre­serve my curls. Flexi rods, perm rods, & curl for­m­ers were my best friends dur­ing my tran­si­tion. Insta­gram and all the awe­some nat­ur­al hair pages inspired me and helped me along the way. It wasn’t easy but it was worth it!

How would you describe your tex­ture?
C: My hair tex­ture is 3a/3b mix­ture when my hair is wet. I have a loose curl pat­tern. My hair is fine and dense.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the month, and the ratio­nale behind your var­i­ous styling deci­sions.
C: My favorite style to wear is big  fluffy curls. I achieve my curls using Caru­so Steam Rollers. They are the absolute best. Beau­ti­ful curls in 20 min­utes with­out heat dam­age. My curls last at least 3 weeks as long as they’re in a pineap­ple or rolled with flexi rods every night. All I use to set my curls is Suave hold­ing spray.

What does wash day look like for you?
C: The night before wash day I always mas­sage my scalp with a mix­ture of water, apple cider vine­gar and pep­per­mint oil. .. ahhh, its the best tin­gle ever and my scalp loves it. The next day I wash with Creme of Nature Straight from Eden Sham­poo. Then I deep con­di­tion using The Mane Choice Green Tea and Car­rot deep con­di­tion­er and either sit under my Hueti­ful steam­er or wear my Ther­mal Hair Care Hot Head for 30mins. After deep con­di­tion­ing I use Straight from Eden Leave-in Con­di­tion­er and style as usu­al.

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Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
C: On days when I don’t have a lot of time to style my hair and my curls are in their own lit­tle world (lol), my go-to style is a top bun, puff, or of course my favorite “bad hair day” hat.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
C: We all know shrink­age is not a joke. My hair hangs down my back (mid-back length), but my shrink­age puts me back at shoul­der length. They say it’s a sign of healthy hair so I’m cool with it. But when I want to stretch my hair I either do a blow out or part my hair in four sec­tions while its wet and do four big braids until its dry.

Tell us about your hair col­or!
C: Last year in Sep­tem­ber of 2014 I got a lit­tle bored with my hair col­or. I decid­ed I want­ed to try some­thing dif­fer­ent and vibrant. I didn’t want to spend  $130 at the salon, so I did some research on the col­or I want­ed and what I need­ed to do and use to pre­pare for the process. I decid­ed to go with L’Oreal Hi Col­or for dark hair in the col­or Magen­ta. I picked L’Oreal High Col­or for  dark hair because I learned that I would not have to bleach my hair to achieve my desired col­or. So I prayed about it… lol and went ahead and did it. It came out beau­ti­ful and I didn’t expe­ri­ence any break­age, dry­ness or dam­age.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require extra care and atten­tion?
C: I don’t have any prob­lem areas but because of my col­or I give extra care/attention to my ends by keep­ing them mois­tur­ized to pre­vent break­age and retain length

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
C: Keep it mois­tur­ized and detan­gled.

What are 2 dont’s for your tex­ture?
C: Nev­er go to bed with­out putting my hair in a pineap­ple or wear­ing my bon­net.

Is there a blog/webpage or social media account where we can find you?
C: My Insta­gram name is Cin­ti­a_­Marie .… I’m work­ing on get­ting a YouTube account going so stay tuned!

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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5 Comments on "Cintia from Baltimore // 3A/3B Natural Hair"

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Nique

do we know if she used a devel­op­er along with the col­or when dying her hair??? i just brought this col­or and googled to see if any nat­ur­al hair ladies have used it and now i am see­ing some­thing about using a devel­op­er with the hair col­or

Dee

It’s always great to see a fel­low Bal­ti­more­an being fea­tured here! Her hair is gor­geous.

LaNeshe @Nesheaholic.com

Love­ly! Love the pur­ple col­or.

LaToya

B-more in the house!!! Gor­geous hair! I mean just stun­ning!! I have been think­ing about chang­ing my styles up by incor­po­rat­ing more roller sets and this was just what I need­ed to see! Are the steam rollers you men­tioned expen­sive and where in Bal­ti­more can I find them? Since going back to nat­ur­al it’s hard for me to even think about sit­ting under a hair dry­er and I think those would be per­fect for me.

Dee

You might wan­na call Sally’s Beau­ty Sup­ply to see if they sell them. I usu­al­ly go to the loca­tion at Reis­ter­stown Rd. Plaza but I don’t recall see­ing them there.

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