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What is your name and where are you from?
G: My name is Grace Lyn­ne, and I’m from LA.

Did you tran­si­tion or big chop? Share your nat­u­ral hair jour­ney with us! 
G: I tran­si­tioned. I had straight hair most­ly through­out high school. Luck­i­ly I nev­er per­med it. I always knew straight hair wasn’t for me. The amount of main­te­nance I did to phys­i­cal­ly alter my hair was ridicu­lous. I would curl it every morn­ing so it wouldn’t be bone straight, I nev­er could spon­ta­neous­ly swim, I had to avoid the rain, and I would nev­er real­ly work out all for the fear of sweat­ing out hair. I still remem­ber when a just lit­tle bit of kinky hair start­ed to grow, I would run to that good ole’ hot comb. At one point I felt like I was in a cage, and that if I had to avoid all the­se basic things just for my hair, then may­be straight hair wasn’t worth it. One day I had enough, and my fresh­man year in col­lege I binge-watched nat­u­ral hair videos on YouTube and decid­ed to take my jour­ney. It was rough that first year – being fresh out of high school and try­ing to accept my hair tex­ture that I tried to alter my whole life – but gosh, it was worth it.

Going nat­u­ral was the begin­ning of a spir­i­tu­al jour­ney to myself. Ever since I’ve gone nat­u­ral there has nev­er been a bad hair day, or a day where I felt unat­trac­tive. I believe our hair is tru­ly mag­ic.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
G: My hair is very thick, dense, and coarse. I don’t know the exact type, but I do know it’s in the 4’s some­where. My hair is real­ly thick in the front and mid­dle, but kind of thin in the back.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th, and the ratio­nale behind your var­i­ous styling deci­sions.
G: I stick to Shea Mois­ture prod­ucts, because they are afford­able and work real­ly well, plus they are always at Tar­get. Coconut oil is my friend, and Gio­van­ni Direct Leave-In works nice. I try to keep it sim­ple with prod­ucts; less is more. As long as there is mois­ture, I’m good to go.

What does wash day look like for you?
G: I hon­est­ly only wash my hair about once a mon­th. I don’t feel the need to do it any more than that. I wash my hair with warm water, and then rin­se it with cold. I use Shea Mois­ture African Black Soap Sham­poo, and then deep con­di­tion it with Aussie.

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Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
G: My favorite hair­style will always be the high bun/ponytail thing I do. It is sim­ple, easy to do, and a cute every­day hair­style. I call it my Cindy Lou hair­style (the lit­tle girl from the Grinch).

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
G: I think the most mag­i­cal think about our hair is its abil­i­ty to shrink, and expand. Some days I don’t care about shrink­age, and I will wear it in a short fro. But if I care to stretch it for main­te­nance rea­sons, I will do a twist out and then stretch the twists to the oth­er side of my head with a bob­by pin. Then I’ll put on a sat­in wrap, go to bed, and take out the twists in the morn­ing.

What are some of your prob­lem areas that require extra care and atten­tion?
G: My hair is super dry so mois­ture, mois­ture, mois­ture!  It hon­est­ly makes a huge dif­fer­ence. Dry­ness caus­es more tan­gles, and break­age. And my ends! I didn’t real­ize how much care your ends need until I went to a nat­u­ral hair salon, and the styl­ist almost lost her mind when saw how bad my ends were. Get­ting my ends trimmed no more than twice a year is what works for me. My styl­ist cut off like 2 inch­es, and it has forever changed my life. Detan­gling is so much eas­ier, and my hair stays mois­tur­ized for much longer. I would rec­om­mend every nat­u­ral to at least go to a salon once a year to get a check up.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
G: Mois­ture and not too much pro­duct!

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
G: Trim­ming my hair myself (nev­er again), and not hav­ing a prop­er detan­gling rou­tine

Is there a blog/webpage or social media account where we can find you?
G: Yes, I am an artist as well. You can find me on insta­gram: bygrace­lyn­ne, tum­blr: bygrace­lyn­ne, and you can check out my work if you’d like: www.bygracelynne.com.

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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Dee

Her hair is gor­geous!

LaNeshe @Nesheaholic.com

Love her hair!

kxlot79

Lus­cious hair! ????

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