C: My name is Chelsea Boatey. I’m from Ghana, West Africa, but I live in Minnesota.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
C: I’ve been natural since 2011. Actually, I had really short natural hair but I decided to grow it out in 2011, so I didn’t exactly “big chop”. My big sister went natural after high school and it looked really great on her. I couldn’t believe how beautiful she looked with a fro, so that motivated me to go natural as well.
How would you describe your texture?
C: I’m new to the whole texture craze, but I think my hair is 4b and 4c. It’s very loose in the front and thick at the back.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
C: I’m an updo freak! Twist outs barely work for me. I load a huge amount of moisturizer in my hair at the beginning of the week so I don’t have to during the week. I like to work with semi-dry hair, so I don’t ever spritz my hair because my hair shrinks immediately. Updos are fast and easy so I don’t spend hours styling my hair before work or school. All I use is Edge Control and a Joico Hairspray for that strong hold.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
C: I comb the sides of my hair down and hold it in a little pony at the back and leave the middle out. I apply my Joico Hairspray to give it a firm hold and tuck it in with a bobby pin.
How do you combat shrinkage?
C: I absolutely hate shrinkage! Anytime a drop of water touches my hair it shrinks. I usually use a hot comb to stretch it out or I blow it dry.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
C: Being in the modeling business, my hair has been dyed three times. It left my hair a little damaged, so I always try to treat my hair so it’s stronger. Also I have uneven length. The front is super long and the back is short.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
C: Always twist hair when semi wet. Use either shea butter or Eco Styler Gel to lock the twists.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
C: Make sure your hair is dry before taking out your twists. Wash and go’s never work for my hair…so sad.