Natural Hair Icon: Christelle Blanche

Photo Cred: @genstreetstyle

Tell us about yourself:
My name is Christelle Blanche. Originally born in Dominican Republic and as a military brat I traveled all over the world from ages 2-8, then my family moved to Fayetteville, North Carolina and that was where I was raised. I graduated high school a year early then moved to Charlotte to study fashion at the Art Institute. After realizing how boring NC was, I decided to move to Miami and transfer to the Art Institute there. I have been in Miami for about 3 years now finishing up my bachelors in the arts while doing freelance modeling. I loveee the beach which is why I know it will be hard to leave Miami to pursuit bigger dreams in NYC.

How long have you been natural? And why?
Because I moved to Miami and the humidity would not allow me to have my straight for more than 3 minutes I had to chop my hair and start wearing my hair curly. I had so much chemicals in my hair that when I would try to wear my hair curly it would come out looking stringy and just unhealthy so that’s why I decided to cut my hair. It wasn’t a huge chop but it was pretty big for me.

Photo Cred:@p.rarri

How would you describe your hair?
My hair is veryyy thick and coarse, that’s that Dominican in me lol. My hair goes from 3c to 4a. Certain parts of my hair are very soft and then other parts are not. I have loose curls and I have tight curls my hair is all over the place lol.

Photo Cred:@uhhmazing1

What is your hair regimen (including fav products)?
I have gone through so many different products that I do not even remember which ones worked and which ones didn’t but I can say that I have been using the Shea Moisture brand for some months and I absolutely love it! It is perfect for my thick curls. I use their shampoo, conditioner, and hair milk.

Have you always liked your natural hair? If not, how did you come to embrace it?
I didn’t always love it, my natural hair only because I never knew what products to use and I also did not like the length. I felt like a little boy lol. Once I got the right products and my natural hair went from stringy curls to bouncy curls it was a wrap!

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require extra care and attention?
Oh my god the middle of my hair is the WORST! Its just like a patch on top of my hair that I have to put extra product in it in order for it to not look frizzy and dry.

Photo Cred: @ftwtn

What are your staple hair styles?
I either wear my hair with a split down the middle, to the side or literally like an afro.

What have your experiences been as a ‘natural.’ Any memorable reactions from family or others?
I get a lot of attention from guys. I mean not like I don’t regardless — hehe — but they just love naturally curly hair! I also have gotten a lot of jobs through my hair working with different beauty companies including Corioliss, Ouidad and Miss Jessie’s.

Photo Cred: @genstreetstyle

What is your hair goal?
The only issue I have with my hair now is that I want it to grow. It is at my shoulders but I have some pieces that are longer in the front than the back. So my hair goal is to grow it out past my shoulders.

Anything else you would like the readers to know? Inspirational words?
If you are someone who is thinking about going natural please research what types of hair you have first. There are some girls who go natural and their hair doesn’t grow as quick as anticipated or it just doesn’t grow back the same but then a majority of the women who go natural end up loving their hair. Research is very important in this process. I also encourage trying new products. Different products produce different results, you never know what you get until you try!

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
IG: @miss.stelle
Twitter: @cocochristelle

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