Chinwe from Nigeria // Type 4 Natural Hair Icon

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What is your name and where are you from?
C: Hi!! My name is Chinwe Juliet also known as Igbocurls across social media and I come from Nigeria.

Did you transition or big chop? Share your natural hair journey with us!
C: I transitioned for seven months in the summer of 2011 after a very horrendous relaxer experience. I swore to never relax my hair again but I had no clue how to take care of my natural hair so I began watching YouTube tutorials and reading books on natural hair. Since then, it’s been all about learning and loving my hair. Even though it has not been the smoothest journey, (I’ve had my share of very bad hair days), I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I’ll be celebrating four years of natural hair this summer.

How would you describe your texture?
C: I would say I am in the type 4’s. I can’t pick one because I’ve got different looking curls here and there. But what I do know is that my hair is coarse, very dense, and absorbs a lot of water!

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month, and the rationale behind your various styling decisions.
C: I used to wash my hair every week when I had the time, but now that I am getting busier I wash my hair every two weeks and set it in a protective style until the next wash day. My styling decisions depend on how I feel. I am always keen on trying out new styles or testing out a new product, so every wash day is exciting. For wash and go’s I use Kinky Curly Curling Custard, for twists I use Camille Rose Almond Jai Twisting Butter, and for Braids I use Dr. Miracles Curl Care Leave in with A’Akuba Naturals Lemongrass Hair Butter. I maintain all hairstyles by spritzing my hair and scalp every three days. My two favorites for this are Taliah Waajid Protective Mist Bodifier and Sulfur 8 Braid Spray.

What does wash day look like for you?
C: Wash Day is all about moisture and detangling, and it takes me about three hours depending on what style I would like to set my hair in. Firstly, I pre-poo with extra virgin olive oil, detangle, apply shampoo to my scalp and make medium-sized twists. Following that, I rinse out the shampoo and deep condition with any products I feel like. My current favorites are; Obia Naturals Babassu Deep Conditioner, L’Occitane Repairing Mask, and Body Shop Banana Conditioner. I leave my conditioner in for at least thirty minutes before rinsing it out with cold water and Apple Cider Vinegar. When that’s all done, I follow with my favorite leave-in (Dr. Miracles Curl Care Leave-In), add hair butter, and seal it in with coconut oil or olive oil.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
C: My favorite go to hairstyle depends on where I am going. It can either be my low bun or a French roll. It’s classy and takes less than five minutes to do.

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What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require extra care and attention?
C: In my first year with natural hair, it took me a while to realize I had three different textures on my head. The hair closer to my nape is really kinky-curly and gets SSK’s (single strand knots) very easily, so I have to pay extra attention to that area by preventing it from shrinking too much.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
C: The two P’s: pre-poo and protective styling.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
C: Washing my hair without twisting and detangling first.
Sleeping without a satin scarf!

Is there a blog/webpage or social media account where we can find you?
Blog – igbocurls.com
Tumblr – igbocurls.tumblr.com
Instagram – @igbocurls
YouTube – http://bitly.com/1IDR0ZO
Twitter – @igbocurls
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Igbocurls
Pinterest – http://bit.ly/1cKuujN

Christina Patrice

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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25 thoughts on “Chinwe from Nigeria // Type 4 Natural Hair Icon

  1. Beautiful hair. What;s in the water in Nigeria and Ghana because every hair icon I have seen so far ( and people seen in real life) have amazingnly thick hair.

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