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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

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 Comments on "Chinwe from Nigeria // Type 4 Natural Hair Icon"

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Beau­ti­ful hair and lady. I love the thick­ness of it, and it goes so well with her look.

Erinma Chiagozie

igbo kwenu!! lool


It’s so fluffy I’m gonna die! Those are hair goals right there.


Hahahaha…Thank you!!


Thank you! :)

Jennifer A

Her hair is absolute­ly beau­ti­ful!


Thank you very much :)


*heavy breath­ing* YES BEAUTIFUL!

Ms. Vee

Very pret­ty girl. I would have to resist the urge to play in that pret­ty hair.


Haha! Thank You!!


Wow her hair is gor­geous


Thank you!! :)


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.


Haha­ha. Thank you. I doubt it’s the water though.


hair looks great


Thank you!


beau­ti­ful. one of my favourites


Thank you! :D


woooooo go chin­weeee proud of you girl­ll!!!!!!!!


Haha! Thanks love!


Beau­ti­ful girl, beau­ti­ful hair. So cute with the Ban­tu knots. And those twists are spook thick.


:D Thank you very much.


Thank you BGLH, I miss the ICONS


such beau­ti­ful thick tress­es!! I love her bold red lip too :))


Thank you! I have an obses­sion with red lip­sticks.