Kivvi // 3C Natural Hair Style Icon


Introduce yourself!
My name is Kivvi Rachelle. I’m originally from Louisville, Kentucky and I am currently a Keyholder for A.P.C. (it’s a French clothing brand).

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
I have been natural now for a little over 2 1/2 years. It was a combination of a curiosity, finances, and overall health for my hair. I had been relaxing my hair for so long that I no longer knew what my curl pattern was. Having seen several women wearing their natural hair, I soon became curious about mine. Plus I was tired of putting chemicals in my hair and spending a ridiculous amount of money just to get it straight every two weeks.

How would you describe your texture?
I would say my texture is about a 3C. My hair tends to do what it wants. I’ll do the same styling technique and half the time it comes out different than the last time I did it in that same way. It takes a lot more effort to style my hair because it’s thick and slightly coarse.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
I wash my hair about once a week and co-wash in between sometimes once a week. I try and twist my hair every night, either using flexi-rods or two strand twists into bantu knots. These styles give me the bigger, looser curls that I like sometimes. On wash days I wear my actual natural pattern. And on lazy nights, I don’t twist my hair, so that in the morning I either can just fluff it out or it goes up in an up-do. I usually use Paul Mitchell’s Foaming Pomade, Curls Unleashed Curl Defining Creme, and/or Chi Silk Infusion. I also like to use various natural oils for my scalp and hair.


What does wash day look like for you?
I’m still working out the best shampoo and conditioner for my hair sadly enough (even though it’s been 2 1/2 years)!! Right now I’m using Palmer’s Olive Oil Shampoo and Conditioner. So I’ll shampoo, then condition. I’ll let that sit for about 15 minutes, then rinse. I’ll usually apply a hair mask (Shea Moisture) and let that sit for 30-45 minutes. I rinse, then go about my styling regime.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
My go-to quick hairstyle is the pompadour! It’s my favorite and it only takes 5 minutes for me to do. And it’s a rocking’ look.

How do you combat shrinkage?
I don’t really try to combat shrinkage when I want to wear my natural curl pattern. But when I want looser curls, that’s when I twist my hair at night.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
The middle part of my scalp is the worst! Lol It’s the thickest part and it’s the part that doesn’t want to curl as much.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
I have to, have to, have to put some sort of frizz controlling cream in my hair. I can’t just go product-less. I know they say don’t comb or brush your hair. But that actually works for me and brings out my curl pattern even better.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
Two don’ts – Not oiling my hair regularly and Not styling it at night.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
I have my own website of photos that I’ve taken, styled, and modeled in:

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