Naturals To Know

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Ronnie Tyler

Ronnie Tyler - Black and Married With Kids




Ronnie Tyler is co-founder of BlackandMarriedWithKids.com, the largest independent African-American marriage and parenting site on the web. BAMWK has attracted over 5 million readers in 5 short years and has been featured on various media outlets, including Essence Magazine, Parenting Magazine, and The Washington Post. As a wife, business owner, and mother of four, Ronnie juggles many priorities. Keep reading to find out when she decided to stop relaxing, how she gets the most out of her natural styles, and why BMWK is not just for married people.

 

How long have you been natural? What made you decide to take the leap?

I’ve been natural a little over two years now. I felt like my hair was thinning so I kept it short. I had resorted to wearing a (hair weave) track in the front so I could swoop it over [to hide my edges]. One day I was like, maybe I should try going natural and maybe my hair would thicken up. [I thought] maybe I just had too many relaxers.

And it worked. At first I said I’m not doing the big chop. I didn’t think that would look good, so I just stayed away from the hair dresser. Big mistake. I didn’t get my ends clipped or anything. The first time I went to the hairdresser my hair was breaking off at the new growth and it was really damaged.

So she cut my hair and flat ironed it. I had no idea I had just had the big chop. She had it all spiky and cute. But then a week later my naturalness just burst through the flat iron. When I first washed it I didn’t know what to do with it. I wasn’t upset but it just didn’t register with me that it was going to be all new growth and no relaxer.

 Ronnie Tyler

As a mom and a business owner, what is your hair routine like? Are there any products that you particularly love?

I wash my hair every 4-5 days. I really just do twist out styles. I like the Shea Moisture shampoos and conditioners. I get with something and I stick with it. On certain days I’ll use Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Moisturizing Conditioner and wash my hair with that.

So I wash, condition, use a leave-in conditioner and use Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Curl Defining Creme to create my twists. I found a video online for three-strand twits and I’m loving that now instead of two-strand twists. They last a little bit longer.

I found different things to do to make my twist out last. I’ll wear it out, and then I’ll pin it up on one side one day. And then maybe three days later I’ll have all of the back up and just the front out. And then when I feel like the curls don’t look right any longer I’ll wash it again and twist it again.

 Lamar and Ronnie Tyler

Tell us about Black and Married With Kids. How did that get started?

My husband Lamar and I started BlackAndMarriedWithKids.com back in December 2007. We started it out of our desire to promote more positive images of marriage, particularly in the African-American community. It was a passion that we both felt passionate about. Since we were both writing on the blog it had to be something we were both interested in. And it just took off from there.

 

What can we expect on BMWK? And is it only for married people?

BMWK provides articles that inform, inspire, uplift, and encourage black couples and those in various stages of relationships (single, dating, engaged, etc.). We discuss parenting from the African-American perspective, dealing with all the challenges and joys of raising happy, healthy, beautiful brown babies.

BMWK is not just married couples. It’s for anyone who desires to be in healthy relationships. And we have content on the site specifically for singles.

 

What advice would you give to a new natural or someone thinking of going natural?

Find a professional hairdresser or stylists that can clip your ends and treat your hair from time to time.  The biggest mistake I made when I went natural was skipping my trims.

 Rnnie Tyler of Black and Married With Kids

Connect with Ronnie online at BlackandMarriedWithkids.com. You can also follow her on Pinterest and Instagram, like her on Twitter and Facebook, and circle her on Google+.

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Tiffany Walker-Mejia

Tiffany, braids, caesar

1 How long have you been a natural? Did you transition? If so, how?

I have been a natural for about 6 years now. I transitioned when my daughter was almost a year old. I was tired of trying to figure out to do with my hair so I did the big chop and have been natural every since.

 

2 Describe your hair in three words.

Funky, fun, and free.

 

3 How are you currently wearing your hair? What is your hair routine? What products do you use?

Currently I am wearing twist braids with the sides of my hair shaved low.

My weekly routine is very simple. Once a week I do a simple wash using a spray bottle with a mixture of water and Fantasia Tea Tree Natural Shampoo sprayed throughout my twists. Then I use Mixed Chicks Leave In Conditioner and Organic Root Stimulator Coconut Oil for the scalp and style it.

Tiffany with braids and a mohawk

4 Name one thing that you learned about your hair after becoming a natural.

I learned that there are sooooo many options to wearing your hair natural besides straight. Being natural is a lifestyle and a huge sense of freedom!

 

5 Tell us more about your business, Kreative Korner Daycare.

I am a licensed child care provider for Kreative Korner Daycare. Our home-based child care “prepared environment” is child-centered, family-oriented, warm, organized, appealing, and stimulating in order to help children develop creativity, problem solving skills, critical thinking, and time-management skills. In this way, children learn to be aware of and respectful of their surroundings and of each other in order to develop as fulfilled persons and to make a positive contribution to society.

 

6 Where else can we find you online?

You can find me on my website: Kreative Korner Daycare,
on Instagram: positiff_has_evolved,
and on Facebook: Kreative Korner Daycare.

 

7 A final word of advice for new naturals?

Embrace the beauty of being natural. Embrace every pattern of your curl, kink, braid, twist, and dread. Embrace every transition and stage on your natural journey. Embrace being naturally beautiful!

Tiffany with short, natural, wavy hair

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Trudy

Trudy of 4c Hair Chick in twists

How long have you been a natural? Did you transition?

I have been a natural since July 2011. I tried to transition but one night my relaxed hair got in a fight with my natural hair and I had no choice but to cut off the relaxed hair :)

 

What is your hair routine?

Sundays I wash my hair. Monday – Friday I wear it in a protective style, and on Saturdays I let it out to play. Sunday I start the process over again.

 

Do you have particular products you swear by?

Shea Moisture Coconut Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie, Qhemet Biologics Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee and ATON Natty Cupuacu and Rhassoul Deep Conditioner.

Trudy of 4c Hair Chick with TWA

Describe your natural hair in three words.

Black, beautiful, and fun.

 

What inspired you to start your website, 4c Hair Chick?

At the time I went natural it was hard to find women in media with hair like mine. I started 4c Hair Chick to give tightly curled naturals a platform. A place where we are celebrated, a place to find out about other vloggers and bloggers with tightly curled hair, and a place where, above all, we could fellowship and be inspired by one another.

 

Where can fans connect with you online?

You can find me on my website, 4c Hair Chick,
on Facebook,
and on Instagram.

 

Any advice for new naturals?

It’s OK if you try something and it doesn’t turn out like the video or the picture. The journey requires trial and error. In time and with practice you’ll learn your hair.

Trudy of 4c Hair Chick with afro puff

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pRoy

pRoy of Steel Feather Lace Elephant, frohawk

1 How long have you been a natural? Did you transition? If so, how?

I have been 100% natural for 5 years this month. Wow, I didn’t really notice that until now. I transitioned starting in late 2007 and used styles such as roller sets and twist sets but mainly weaves and Senegalese twists.

 

2 Describe your hair in three words.

Untamed yet beautiful.

 

3 How are you currently wearing your hair? What is your hair routine? What products do you use?

I am currently wearing my hair out in its natural state – no weave, a tad bit of color. My hair routine is simple: I wash, condition, and deep condition weekly. I seal in moisture with the LOC method (liquid, oil, cream) and style my hair however I see fit.

Products that I have on rotation right now include Giovanni Direct Leave-In, Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, shea butter, aloe vera gel, and good ole H2O. That’s pretty much it. I will occasionally switch up stylers, though.

pRoy of Steel Feather Lace Elephant, natural hair updo

4 Name one thing that you learned about your hair after becoming a natural.

After becoming natural I realized how versatile my hair is. She can be straight, curly, braided – whatever. I love it.
5 Tell us more about your business, People of COLORS?

People of COLORS (Creativity and Originality. Lovers of Real Style.) is an online magazine/image consulting firm that specializes in helping individuals channel their own style identity. We provide services such as wardrobe editing, personal shopping, and much more. You can check us out at www.peopleofcolors.com. And while you’re there you can catch up on the latest issue of People of COLORS.

 

6 Where else can we find you online?

You can find me on my blog: Steel Feather. Lace Elephant.,
on Instagram: askpRoy,
on YouTube,
on Facebook,
and on Twitter: @askpRoy.

I also have an e-book entitled “A Natural’s Truth: Just Love Your Hair” that gives you insight on my natural journey, natural advice, and various hairstyles. It’s completely free! You can download it via my website on any of your electronic devices and on iTunes (for iPad only).

 

7 A final word of advice for new naturals?

Embrace YOUR hair and never compare yourself to anyone else. God only makes UNIQUE masterpieces so regard yourself as such and never less than that, got it?

pRoy of Steel Feather Lace Elephant, afro

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Adey

Adey1, Adey's Natural Hair Tips

1 How long have you been a natural? Did you transition? If so, how?

I stopped chemically straightening my hair back in 2001. I transitioned by letting my natural hair grow out and regularly cutting the straight ends of my hair over time until all the relaxed part of my hair was gone.

 

2 Describe your hair in three words.

Thick, versatile, and resilient.

 

3 How are you currently wearing your hair? What is your hair routine? What products do you use?

I usually wear my hair in a braid out or a pulled up braid out. Before washing, I pre-poo my hair with a mix of coconut milk, conditioner and castor oil. If my scalp is dry, I also do a scalp treatment with a mix of jojoba oil and tea tree oil. I usually wash my hair with liquid castile soap but I sometimes use vegetable glycerine soap or Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle shampoo. The conditioner I currently use is Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle conditioner.

I like using a mixture of jojoba, coconut, argan, and castor oils after washing my hair. To help detangle my hair, I recently started using a mix of water and apple cider vinegar, which works great for me. I like using all-natural hair and body products as much as possible. I rarely use commercial hair products but if I had to pick one, it would definitely be SheaMoisture. Part of my routine is regularly getting my hair trimmed every three to four months.

Adey3, Adey's Natural Hair Tips

4 Name one thing that you learned about your hair after becoming a natural.

I learned that diet influences the condition of hair probably more than anything else.

 

5 Where else can we find you online?

Like Adey’s Natural Hair Tips on Facebook
Tweet @adeystips on Twitter
Follow @adeystips on Instagram

 

6 A final word of advice for new naturals?

My advice for new naturals would be to learn to appreciate their particular hair without comparing it to others’ and to understand that every head of hair is different. What works for one person may not necessarily work for another. It’s important to have patience and to focus on the health of the hair rather than length and to enjoy the process of transitioning to natural hair at every length.

I have found that it’s not necessary to buy a lot of expensive commercial hair products to care for natural hair. I personally believe that all-natural products are the best for natural hair. But God created all of us to be unique, so we all have to find which products work best for us. That is part of the adventure of the natural hair journey.

Adey2, Adey's Natural Hair Tips

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Vashti

Vashti3, The HodgePodge Files

1 How long have you been a natural? Did you transition? If so, how?

I big chopped in August 2009. I had stopped relaxing my hair three months prior, but at that time I didn’t know it was called transitioning :) Once I big chopped, I cut off most of my new growth and started fresh with about 1/4 inch of hair.

 

2 Describe your hair in three words.

Cottony, springy, unique.

 

3 How are you currently wearing your hair? What is your hair routine? What products do you use?

For the past 3 weeks, I’ve been wearing kinky twists. When I’m not protective styling (I tweak my regimen slightly then), I cleanse/co-wash my hair and deep condition weekly. I clarify my hair no more than twice each month.

I use bentonite clay or a Bobeam shampoo bar to clarify. Some of my other favorite products include Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque (as a styler), Qhemet Biologics Amla & Olive Heavy Cream, and Darcy’s Botanicals Pumpkin Seed Curl Moisturizing Conditioner. I tend to rotate my products, but I’m consistent with the routine.

Vashti2, The HodgePodge Files

4 Name one thing that you learned about your hair after becoming a natural.

The importance and value of weekly/regular deep conditioning. I honestly didn’t pay much attention to deep conditioning when I was relaxed. If I wasn’t at the salon, I just grabbed any conditioner and slapped it on. Now I know better.

 

5 Where else can we find you online?

Check out my blog, The HodgePodge Files
Like my Facebook page, The HodgePodge Files
Subscribe to my YouTube channel, VeePeeJay’s Hair Adventures
Let’s hang in my Meetup group, Bella Glam Natural
Follow me on Instagram @veepeejay

 

6 A final word of advice for new naturals?

Your hair is amazing and beautiful. No matter its length treat it that way. Enjoy each stage, employ best practices based on your hair’s characteristic and needs, and have FUN!

Vashti, The HodgePodge Files

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Allison

Allison Natural Necklace

1 How long have you been a natural? Did you transition? If so, how?

I went natural back in 1996 or 1997 I believe. It’s been so long that I’m not sure about the year. I transitioned for about 9 or 10 months with roller sets and twist-outs. I would use tiny perm rods on the ends of my twists to help to disguise the straight ends. I also trimmed off a little relaxed hair every month.

 

2 Describe your hair in three words.

Dense, nappy, and fabulous.

 

3 How are you currently wearing your hair? What is your hair routine? What products do you use?

I normally wear my hair one of three ways: in a big fro, a twist-out, or a bun/updo. My routine is pretty simple. I shampoo and deep condition weekly. Right now I’m in love with KeraCare Dry & Itchy Scalp shampoo and conditioner. I shampoo once, towel dry, apply the conditioner, put on a plastic cap, and sit under the dryer for 30 minutes while I read a book.

After I rinse out the conditioner I use clamps to separate my hair into large sections. I squirt water on each section from my spray bottle, apply Moroccan oil, comb and brush through each section. I then put each section into a two strand twist. I don’t spend much time twisting my hair. I normally put it in 10-15 giant twists on wash day.

Finally, I allow my hair to air dry overnight and style it the next morning. Sometimes I brush it out into a big fro, but most of the time I throw it up into some sort of updo. Depending on the weather down here in Miami I may add a little gel or something.

Allison Blowout Afro

4 Name one thing that you learned about your hair after becoming a natural.

If you leave your hair alone, then you get to keep more of it on top of your head.

 

5 Where else can we find you online?

My blog is A Fashion Slave.
You can also check out My Fotki album, although I don’t update it much anymore.

 

6 A final word of advice for new naturals?

This first bit of advice is for those naturals who plan to style their own hair after they transition. I’m not a fan of transitioning with extensions, weaves, or a flat iron because you will need this time to get used to your kinks or curls. If you rely on weaves during your transition period, then you may have a rough time when you finally decide to wear your own hair in its kinky state. I often get emails and text messages from panicked women who just took out their weave and have no idea what to do.

I also believe that going natural isn’t an automatic reason to fire your hair stylist. There is a lot of great information online, but none of it can compare to the advice from a licensed professional. A great natural hair stylist can keep your hair looking fab.

Don’t go nuts with hair color and straightening. Your natural hair texture may not come back after you use heat or color. Using heat and color is a crap shoot because there are so many factors that come into play. I will use my own hair as en example. My hair is almost bra strap length. The hair at the ends takes longer to kink up after I wear it straight for a week because the ends are older than the roots. I had an experience with heat damage back in 2003. I used a flat iron on my hair after I used permanent color and my naps did not return, so I did big chop number two.

Finally, have some fun with your hair. Right now the online natural hair community is going bonkers with protective styling. Protective styles are cool, but you can wear your hair out from time to time. It won’t kill you.

Allison Curly Fro

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Coilybella

Coilybella afro

1 How long have you been a natural? Did you transition? If so, how?

I have been natural for six years. I transitioned for a year with braid extensions. Prior to going natural, I wore weaves and was never seen with my natural hair. I was inspired by my hubby to go natural. The timing was perfect as I was expecting my first child and did not want to use chemicals in my hair. Moreover, I was just tired of wearing weaves.

 

2 Describe your hair in three words.

Delicate, fine, and natural.

 

3 How are you currently wearing your hair? What is your hair routine? What products do you use?

I have been “enslaved” to protective styles and want freedom now. I kept my hair in protective styles as it is hard to retain length with my hair. In order for my hair to retain length, I have to be very careful handling it. I can tell you that has not always been the case. I have been wearing twist outs lately as I am trying a new regimen.

I co-wash my hair every week and clarify my hair with bentonite clay
once a month. Sometimes, depending on the state of my hair, I substitute co-washing with shampooing, using a non-sulfate shampoo.

I always apply a leave-in conditioner and have stopped sealing with oils as they wear my hair down. I use products that have a low pH to seal my cuticles.

I usually put my hair in about twenty twists using some kind of holding product and let the twists dry completely before I unravel them. I re-twist at night using a light moisturizer (water and aloe vera juice).

I love Shea Moisture products. The Yucca line for fine hair carries a few products that my hair loves. I use their growth milk as a leave-in conditioner and their treatment mask as a deep conditioner.

Coilybella mini twists

4 Name one thing that you learned about your hair after becoming a natural.

Having natural hair does not mean that your hair is thick.

 

5 Where else can we find you online?

My blog, Coilybella
The Coilybella YouTube channel

 

6 A final word of advice for new naturals?
Do not compare your hair with others’. Remember it’s a journey. Love your hair for what it is. Learn what it loves and how it should be treated. Be very patient and don’t be uptight…..have fun with your hair!

Coilybella second day hair

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Alma Ruddock

natural-hair-braid-out

1 How long have you been a natural? Did you transition? If so, how?

I’ve been natural now for just under 5 years. My last relaxer was in July of 2008. I transitioned for 18 months before doing the BC. Mostly I wore braids during my transition and flat ironed occasionally.

 

2 Describe your hair in three words.

Kinky, curly, shrinky. (Is that even a word?)

 

3 How are you currently wearing your hair? What is your hair routine? What products do you use?

I generally wear my hair either in a stretched braid out or flat ironed and more recently in a controlled shrinkage style using a braid and curl. I have always preferred to wear my hair down but I do occasionally wear buns and ponytails, especially when length retention is high on my list of priorities.

When I was growing my hair out, I was protective styling about 40-50% of the time, usually with weaves, extension braids or jut mini braids with my own hair.

This year however, I have decided to extend my wash day to every two weeks. This is to reduce my detangling sessions and retain length as I don’t intend to do much protective styling this year. I want to enjoy my hair now that I have reached my initial goal length.

It took me a whole year to reign in my product jukie-sm but there are a few products that I go back to time and time again:

Elvive Full Restore 5 Masque, KeraPRO conditioner, TRESemme Naturals conditioner, Curls Unleashed sulfate-free shampoo, Redken Antisnap leave-in, Aphogee Two-Step Protein Treatment, Curls Unleashed leave-in conditioner, henna, and copious amounts of coconut oil.

Waist-length-natural-hair-December-2012

 

4 Name one thing that you learned about your hair after becoming a natural.
My hair absolutely needs protein to retain length. I thought that I would rarely use protein once I went natural but I was totally wrong.

 

5 Where else can we find you online?

Lots of places! I own and edit BlackHairInformation.com where we dispense advice to women looking to grow their hair long. I do my personal hair blogging at CurlyCurvy.com

 

6 A final word of advice for new naturals?

You are now in possession of the most versatile hair on earth! So don’t get yourself stuck in a styling rut. There is no hair so thick or so different that it can’t be molded into all those gorgeous styles you see on blogs and YouTube. It all comes down to technique which takes time and patience to get right. Hang in there.

Alma Ruddock natural hair

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Ariane (Air-re-in)

Click here to visit Ariane on Facebook

 

1 How long have you been a natural? Did you transition? If so, how?
I have been natural for 5 years. I did a big chop in 2007 to rid my hair of relaxer. For three years I wore dreadlocks, and then I was able to pick out my dreadlocks and transition to free flowing natural hair.


2 Describe your hair in three words.

 

Kinky, full, and versatile.

 

 

3 How are you currently wearing your hair? What is your hair routine? What products do you use?
Currently I am wearing my hair in a lot of protective styles like two-strand twists, finger coils, and if I feel like breaking away from protective styling I do Wash n Go’s using Kinky-Curly Custard.

My hair routine is very low on manipulation. I twist or braid my hair, wear this style for 1 1/2 or 2 weeks, co-wash my hair (if it has product buildup then I shampoo), and then start the process all over again. I try to fit in deep conditioning sessions twice a month, and now that I have seen the benefits of protein treatments I will be doing them once a month as well.

My favorite products are Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque, Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Shampoo, Kinky-Curly Custard, Aphogee Protein Treatment (this really put some bounce back into my hair), and Bio Infusion Olive Oil Conditioner.

 

Click here to visit Ariane on Twitter

 

4 Name one thing that you learned about your hair after becoming a natural.
My hair really doesn’t like a lot of fuss which is why I stick to protective styling. The mid section of my hair requires extra protection. I have a kinky texture throughout my hair, but I definitely find the middle part of my hair to be extra kinky, which means it is easy for it to get matted and acquire breakage.
To deal with this I give this section extra moisture and I never sleep without a protective style of some sort. Whether that means pineappling (if I am lazy) or twisting my hair, I never ever go to bed without doing this or I will pay for it with breakage and matted hair.
5 Where else can we find you online?

 

 


6 A final word of advice for new naturals?
Try to stay away from constant manipulation. It puts too much stress on your hair. When you leave your hair alone it flourishes. Our hair is very delicate. The more you stress it by using combs, brushes, and heat styling tools like blow dryers, the weaker it becomes. Balance protein and moisture along with protective styling and you will really see a difference in your hair.

Click here to visit Ariane on Black Naps

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~L

Click here to visit ~L on Natural Review


1 How long have you been a natural? Did you transition? If so, how?

I had my last relaxer in 1999. I didn’t really have a plan. I wore extensions for awhile. Then I did my big chop in November of 2000 and started locs. I big chopped again in 2005. I’ve had loose hair since then.



2 Describe your hair in three words.

Puffy, soft, and fun.

 

3 How are you currently wearing your hair? What is your hair routine? What products do you use?

I am currently wearing my hair in a short tapered cut. Short in the back, more on top. I love it. It’s been so long since I had short hair. I forgot how much simpler it can be.

Since I cut it, I’ve just been wearing it in a wash and go. Right now, I am using a lot of different products (for product review purposes) including my homemade ones.

Click here to visit ~L on Facebook

4 Name one thing that you learned about your hair after becoming a natural.

I learned that my hair could be very strong and healthy.

 

5 Where else can we find you online?


6 A final word of advice for new naturals?

Have fun with your hair. I see a lot of new naturals stressing out about their hair because it isn’t the texture they want or the length that they want. Let that go. Enjoy YOUR hair.

 

Click here to follow ~L on Twitter


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Masha Davis

 Click here to visit Masha's Therapeutic Massage

1 How long have you been a natural? Did you transition? If so, how?

I got my last relaxer in February of 2005. A few weeks later, my hair began to shed horribly. I started looking for websites about going natural and found Nappturality. I had planned on transitioning for a year but I chopped it all off in July 2005–spur of the moment decision. In March of 2007, I started my locs.



2 Describe your hair in three words.

Healthy, rebellious, and liberating.

 

3 What is your hair routine? What products do you use?

My hair has been locked for over 5 years now. My hair routine is quite simple:

I wash every 2 weeks with Suave Clarifying Shampoo. I then do a hot oil treatment with Extra Virgin Olive Oil from my kitchen. Sometimes I do a light retwist on my damp hair just to keep my roots separated. Then, I let them air dry.

I spritz almost daily with plain ol’ water and I sometimes follow that up with a light oil. I do an ACV rinse occasionally, but that’s it. I don’t use any other products.

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4 Name one thing that you learned about your hair after becoming a natural.

I learned that simple is better. I feel a lot of people think they have to use a ton of products to keep their hair soft and healthy. To me, it’s just the opposite.

I used shampoo, conditioner, and one moisturizer when my hair was loose. I did lots of twistouts and other styles. Now I see women using four or more products in an effort to achieve curl definition. In my opinion, that’s just too much. I say, keep it simple.

 

5 Tell us about your business, Masha’s Therapeutic Massage.

I am a licensed massage therapist in Illinois. I travel to my clients’ homes and businesses to do therapeutic massage for office health fairs, spa parties, baby showers, bridal showers, etc. My website is http://masha.massagetherapy.com/.

 

6 Where else can we find you online?




7 A final word of advice for new naturals?

Focus on the health of your hair instead of length. Short healthy hair is far better than long damaged hair. If it needs to be trimmed, trim it. It grows. :-)

 

Click here to like Masha's Therapeutic Massage on Facebook


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ChakaKhanian

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1 How long have you been a natural? Did you transition? If so, how?

March made 3 years natural for me. I transitioned for 5 months, then I big chopped.



2 Describe your hair in three words.

Frizzy, curly, creative.

 

3 What is your hair routine? What products do you use?

Right now, my hair’s in two strand twists. Since it’s getting longer, I have been back wearing my hair in braidouts. Here are my current routine and products:

I wash / condition with Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Oil products. To shampoo, I dilute a capful of the Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Oil Shampoo in a spray bottle. I shake the mixture, then apply to soaking wet hair.

My mainstay hair products include Kinky Curly’s Knot Today (for the hair strands), My Asha’s Heavenly Hair Creme (for the hair strands), and Nature’s Blessing Pomade (for the scalp).

To freshen bed head, I use a herbal tea mixture of blue malva, horsetail andlavender. I make it by using a coffee maker. To keep this mixture longer, I mix it with 1/8 of vitamin e oil and 1/4 of Elasta QP’s H2 leave-in conditioner and shake well.

I also started back using Elasta QP Breakage Control Serum due to the indirect heat damage I’ve suffered.

 

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4 Name one thing that you learned about your hair after becoming a natural.

I learned that natural hair is resilient and that it can be surprising at times.

 

5 Where else can we find you online?


6 A final word of advice for new naturals?

Have fun and know that frustration may occur, but it will fade once you understand your natural hair more.

 

ChakaKhanian

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Jon Harris

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1 How long have you been a dread? What influenced your decision? What does being a dread mean to you?

I have been dreaded for about 2 years and 2 months. This is my 2nd time locking my hair since I had to cut it for school.

At first I was influenced by learning about the background on them. The more I learned, the more I was dedicated to getting them.

To me  they mean I am placing a value on myself high enough that I express who I am even if the society that I live in doesn’t accept it at times. Dreading is a journey into finding myself.



2 Describe your hair in three words.

Natty, freeformed, & thick.

 

3 What is your hair routine? What products do you use?

My hair routine is really just washing it once every two weeks and oiling my scalp. As for products I usually use Jamaican Mango & Lime Shampoo and Organic Root Stimulator Hair Lotion. I also let my dreads air dry.

 Click here to visit Jon on Twitter

4 Tell us a bit about your business.

I am a digital designer (web, graphics). I do graphics for music artists, autors, etc.

 

5 Where else can we find you online?


6 A final word of advice for new dreadss?

If you’re planning to dread your hair or just started, be patient and don’t worry too much about it. The only thing you should worry about is keeping it cleaned and your scalp oiled. Everything else is not important unless you work, then do what you need to do to it lol.

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Martina

Click here to visit BridezillaMartina on YouTube

1 How long have you been natural? Did you transition? And if so, how?

My last relaxer was on June 7th, 2010. I had healthy relaxed hair and decided to transition to natural so I could experience my God-given texture. I knew a long term transition would be best for me because I didn’t want to chop all of my hair off all at once. My initial plan was to transition for 12 months, but I big chopped on April 1st, 2011, at 10 months post relaxer instead.

The transition was full of ups and downs but it got easier after the six month mark. The toughest part was managing two textures at one time. I tried braid outs and etc, but those didn’t really look right because the roots would be really curly and then the relaxed hair wasn’t as curly. I then decided bunning, high ponytails, and wearing lace front wigs were best for me. I also flat ironed my hair some in the beginning of my transition.



2 Describe your hair in three words.

I would describe my hair as cottony, curly, and cute! It’s also superrrrr thick.

 

3 How are you currently wearing your hair? What is your hair routine? What products do you use?

I have been a wash and go girl from day one. I wash and go every day. I don’t use any products that contain silicones and sulfates because I practice the curly girl method. This method works wonders for my hair. It is always moist and feels so healthy. As far as my routine goes, I do the following:

I finger comb my hair daily in the shower while it’s drenched in is conditioner. I use an actual comb (wide tooth) maybe once or twice a month to detangle my hair in the shower. Other than that, I simply use my fingers. This works well for me.

I shampoo my hair every other week (or less) with Shea Moisture Shampoo (it is sulfate free). I do not shampoo often because I prefer co-washing instead. Since I use organic products that are free of silicones and etc, I am able to get my hair clean with co-washing alone. For those of you who are new to the natural hair community, co-washing is when you wash your hair with conditioner instead of actual shampoo.

Most conditioners have enough cleansing ingredients to cleanse the hair without stripping it of moisture. Many shampoos contain a high level of sulfates that can strip your hair and leave it very dry. Therefore, I co-wash daily with either Suave Naturals Coconut Conditioner or Giovanni Smooth as Silk Deep Conditioner. My hair is clean and likes the moisture.

Additionally, I do hot oil treatments with Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) when needed. I will also sometimes add EVOO to my other conditioners, put on a plastic cap and sit under the hooded hair dryer for around thirty minutes for a deep treatment. I then rinse that out and move on to styling my hair.

As for my styling routine, I first apply some leave-in conditioner (either Giovanni Direct Leave In Conditioner or Kinky-Curly Knot Today). I then seal my hair with some Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (EVCO). After that I apply a gel to help keep the frizz to a minimum. I only use alcohol free gel. My favorites are Eco Styler Olive Oil GelKinky-Curly Curling Custard, and IC Fantasia. After applying all of my products I normally just put my hair up in a puff. However, I do wear it down every now and then.

Click here to visit BridezillaMarty on Twitter

4 Name one thing that you learned about your hair after becoming a natural.

I have learned that natural hair isn’t hard to take care of at all. You simply have to learn what works for your hair. Also, natural hair is so diverse! There are so many types of curls, textures, and etc. I wish people would stop putting us in a box. Our hair is capable of so many great things, and I love that.

I think there is this perception that our hair has limited styling options and etc. But really I’ve discovered quite the opposite. I can have curly hair one day, flat ironed hair the next, and then do braids, braid outs, twist outs and etc. The possibilities are endless! And thanks to shrinkage, I can have short hair in it’s curly state and armpit length hair when it is flat ironed. I like to call it “magic hair” lol.

5 Where else can we find you online?

Youtube: www.youtube.com/BridezillaMartina

My Blog: www.verykinkygirl.com



6 A final word of advice for new naturals?

I think the important thing to do is get to know your hair. Find out your hair type (porosity, density, texture, strand size and etc) because that will help determine what works best for your hair. You can’t always go by what works for others because we are all different. It will take a lot of trial and error, but that is all a part of the journey.

Also, patience is key. Sometimes I have to remind myself of this as well lol. Hair doesn’t grow down your back overnight, so if you desire length, just know it will come with time.

And lastly, don’t let anyone else make you feel bad about your decision to go natural. Some people might have a negative response to your decision, but just brush their negativity off. Focus on your journey and ignore those who don’t understand it.

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Lisa Irby

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1 How long have you been natural? Did you transition? And if so, how?

I’ve been natural for 7 months. I transitioned for 18 months. I was actually texturizing my hair prior to my transition so my hair was not completely straight. I believe that helped with the long-term transition. Having said that I would not recommend texturizing your hair. I chose that option because I was too afraid to go fully natural. But my hair was worse off with the texturizer so I decided to go completely natural.



2 Describe your hair in three words.

Thick, cottony and “holds well” (meaning it holds rod sets and twist outs very well).

 

3 How are you currently wearing your hair? What is your hair routine? What products do you use?

I am wearing it in small two strand twists — my go-to style. I usually wear the twists for 1 1/2 to 2 weeks and then rock a twist out for another week. I’ve learned to keep my scalp itch and flake-free by doing a tea tree oil/jojoba oil mixture on my scalp right before I shampoo.

For twists I use either Organics Root Stimulator Lock and Twist Gel or Taliah Waajid Lock it Up. Every 3-4 days I will lightly moisturize my hair with jojoba oil.

I use too many products to name, but the above are my staples since I wear a lot of twists and twist outs.

 

4 Name one thing that you learned about your hair after becoming a natural.

I learned how much easier my hair retains length because I don’t use any heat on my hair anymore and the manipulation is minimal.

 Click to visit Lisa Irby on 2CreateAWebsite

5 Where else can we find you online?

I have a full-time online business that teaches people how to create their own websites and make money online. You can find my site at http://www.2createawebsite.com.


6 A final word of advice for new naturals?

Learn to embrace YOUR hair. It’s easy to get caught up in someone else’s texture. But the faster you learn to embrace what your hair does naturally, the easier the journey will be. And finally, enjoy the versatility that natural hair brings!

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Laura Wise

 Click here to visit Laura's blog, Elle Wise

1 How long have you been natural? Did you transition? And if so, how?

I’ve always tried different things with my hair for as long as I can remember. Color, cut, weave, curly, straight…I try to keep it interesting. My senior year of high school, my stylist told me that I was over-processing my hair. She gave me the ultimatum of letting go of my color or letting go of my perm. I decided to trade in my perm for a press.

When I went off to college and saw all of the gorgeous women and their gorgeous natural hair, I knew I had made the right decision. During my first semester I transitioned with a sew-in. When I went to the salon to take my sew-in out, I was devastated to see that my hair had completely locked up and I had to cut it all off!

I pressed my hair for the remainder of college. After moving to LA I decided to wear my hair natural 100% of the time, and it’s been amazing :-)

I’ve been natural for six years now.


2 Describe your hair in three words.

Crazy, sexy, cool…and easy.

 

3 How are you currently wearing your hair? What is your hair routine? What products do you use?

I’m currently wearing my hair in a twist-out.

I wash my hair about every 3 weeks. I alternate between washing with shampoo and co-washing. I usually always deep condition before every wash for at least 3 hours (or up to 12 hrs).

I then wash, condition and detangle my hair.

Next, I remove some of the water from my hair with a t-shirt (I read once that this is better for your hair than the terrycloth from a towel). I then like to rub in a homemade oil while my hair is damp.

I then section off a piece of hair, drench it with leave in conditioner and styling product, and twist to the end. I always let my hair dry over night, so making sure I have enough time is key!

My favorite products include:

Oils:
Olive oil w/ 10 drops of lavender essential
Vitika Coconut oil

Shampoos:
Suave Shae Butter and Almond Shampoo
KeraCare Hydrating Detangling Shampoo
Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo

Conditioners:
Suave Shea Butter and Almond Conditioner
Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner
Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner

Leave-ins:
Paul Mitchell The Conditioner
Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship Leave-in

Heavy Moisturizers:
Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie
Qhemet Biologics Alma & Olive Heavy Cream
Oyin Handmade Whipped Pudding
Miss Jessie’s Baby Buttercreme

Styling Products:
Miss Jessie’s Curly Pudding
Eco Styler Gel- Olive Oil (green)

And I’m always looking for new things to add!

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4 Name one thing that you learned about your hair after becoming a natural.

I learned and accepted the fact that my hair is my hair. I learned that my hair does not grow out of my head in small, well-defined ringlets, as I thought it would before going natural. I learned that my texture has a certain frizz to it. I’ve learned which products work best with my hair, but most importantly I’ve mastered the craft of working with the hair growing out of this head.

 

5. Tell us a bit about your business, Elle Wise Consulting.

Elle Wise Consulting is really just fusing my passion and my skills into an entity that can help others achieve the image they seek. I work as a part-time wardrobe consultant and marketing strategist. Whether working with a young entrepreneur construing her wardrobe or helping the small start-up brand their vision, I help people keep their brand fresh and relevant.

 

6 Where else can we find you online?

Everywhere! Well almost everywhere:

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Pinterest
Polyvore
Elle Wise
Inastgram @ellewisedotcom

 

7 A final word of advice for new naturals?

Love your hair inside and out. Love your curl pattern and love the amount of time it takes to do your hair.  Love it even when you’re mad at it, even when it frizzes up sometimes. Your hair makes a statement! It’s part of who you are. Exude the glory that the natural crown commands.

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Napzfaya

Click to visit Napzfaya on YouTube

1 How long have you been natural? Did you transition? And if so, how?

 This go around I’ve been natural 8 years. Nooooooooo transition. I big chopped, the #1 way to go for ME.

 

2 Describe your hair in three words.

Nappy, buckwild, and free.


3 How are you currently wearing your hair? What is your hair routine? What products do you use?

I am currently wearing locs. I have been loced for 2 years and 7 months now.  For my hair routine I shampoo my locs with Taliah Waajid Black Earth Shampoo and let them air dry.

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4 Name one thing that you learned about your hair after becoming a natural.

I learned that I can rock it whatever way I want.


5 Where else can we find you online?

Youtube

@Twitter

 

6 A final word of advice for new naturals?

Rock your hair any way YOU want and do it with confidence.

Napzfaya


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Cerendipity

Click here to visit Cerendipity on Twitter

1 How long have you been natural? Did you transition? And if so, how?

I’ve been natural almost 4 years. I did transition; however, I didn’t know that’s what I was doing. I kept putting my hair in braids and sew-in weaves. I would keep them in for 2-3 months and then cut the straggly ends off whenever I would redo my hair. After a year of doing this I had a head full of natural hair.

 

2 Describe your hair in three words.

Unique, inspiring, thickalicious.


3 How are you currently wearing your hair? What is your hair routine? What products do you use?

I’m currently wearing a raggedy twist-out, lol. My routine varies but my constants are:

  • prepoo
  • shampoo or co-wash
  • leave in
  • style

During the spring/summer I consistently wash-n-go, and during the fall/winter, I wear twists,twist-outs, or protective styles if I can muster up the time needed. I use a lot of products from various lines, but I always keep ayurvedic, clay, and deep treatments in my stash at all times.

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4 Name one thing that you learned about your hair after becoming a natural.

I learned that I really didn’t like myself unless I had straight hair or my hair was flowing past my neck. For years I used my hair as a way to validate my beauty to the world. As a natural I accept me for me, no ifs, ands, or buts.

My hair doesn’t hang or flip, but what it does do is allow the world to see ME before anything else.


5 Where else can we find you online?

A Happy Nappy Affair Blog

Facebook

Twitter

I’m also Cerendipity on NaturallyCurly and Nappturality.

 

6 A final word of advice for new naturals?

Research will be your best friend. Take the time to get to know your hair before venturing out on what’s popular in the natural community. And have fun!

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Jennifer

click here to visit Jenni's boutique

1 How long have you been natural? Did you transition? And if so, how?

I did my own big chop in Oct. of 2005. I hadn’t had a relaxer in over 2 months.  I tried to transition with braids and straw sets, but my patience was thin. I eventually took the scissors and started with the front.  I had less than an inch of hair. I loved my twa. I loc’d my hair for about 1 year & 7 months and then I combed them out. July 2011 will be 1 year without them.

2 Describe your hair in three words.

Strong. Unpredictable. Beautiful.


3 How are you currently wearing your hair? What is your hair routine? What products do you use?

Right now I’m in love with twist outs. I can wear them for up to 2 weeks and then I swoop it over into a side puff when it gets older.  I don’t do much to my hair. I don’t like spending a lot of money on hair products and I usually find something I like and stick to it for a while.  I only shampoo when I absolutely need to. I use Shea It Again hair conditioner by Beautiful Brown Baby Doll and I also use Motions conditioner.

As far butters, I use Elasta QP Olive Oil & Mango Butter moisturizer and Shea-Lovely Intensive Therapy and Leave-in, also by Beautiful Brown Baby Doll. Both leave my hair so soft and moisturized. I will also do a blow-out maybe once a month for certain styles.

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4 Name one thing that you learned about your hair after becoming a natural.

It’s more than just a hairstyle, it’s a lifestyle. You have to be ready to live it or it might not be for you.


5 Where else can we find you online?

Jenni Lovette Jewelry
Tumblr
Twitter

 

6 A final word of advice for new naturals?

You have to be patient. Hair growth is not the same for everyone. Your hair texture is not the same as your friend’s, so try not to compare. Embrace your hair for what it is and work with what you were given. It’s not a contest. Just have fun with your hair and be free.

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Mirah Nirvana

click here to visit mirah's youtube

1 How long have you been natural? Did you transition? And if so, how?

I’ve been natural for over 5 years. I went natural in December 2005. I only transitioned for like a month, if that. I had been consistently cutting my hair since I my last month of high school (May 2005). I went from almost waist length relaxed hair, to shoulder length, to a bob, and then a short Fantasia like cut. After finding Nappturality, and just becoming more “me”, I cut off my hair, rocked a fade for a bit and the rest is history!

 

2 Describe your hair in three words.

Amazing, versatile, and crazy!


3 How are you currently wearing your hair? What is your hair routine? What products do you use?

My hair is currently in a puff. I don’t have much of a routine. I wash when it’s dirty, detangle, and deep condition with homemade Shealoe :-) The only products I use are Suave clarifying shampoo (or V05), V05 conditioner, and my shealoe mix. When I was loced I just used shampoo and an oil and water spritz.

click here for mirah's fotki

 

4 Name one thing that you learned about your hair after becoming a natural.

I learned that my natural hair requires less work and money than my relaxed hair.


5 Where else can we find you online?

Blog
Fotki
Youtube

You can also find me on Nappturality, username Mirah Nirvana.

 

6 A final word of advice for new naturals?

Enjoy every stage of your natural journey. There’s always something special and unique about getting to know your natural hair.


 

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Ms-gg

click here for ms-gg's blog

 

1 How long have you been natural? Did you transition? And if so, how?

I have been natural since September 2006 so a little over four years.  I transitioned for 6 months.  I wore half wigs mainly and I got braids one or two times.

 

2 Describe your hair in three words.

Big, thick and beautiful.


3 How are you currently wearing your hair? What is your hair routine? What products do you use?

I am currently wearing my hair in twists.  I have a fairly simple routine.  I wash and condition my hair with a sulfate free shampoo and Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose conditioner.  After I am done, I usually style my hair in a protective style using Worlds of Curls Curl Activator gel and Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera gel and wear that for about 1-3 weeks.  I take the style down and then repeat.  Pretty simple.

I also usually spritz my hair with a homemade spritz during the week as needed.  Those are all the products I use on a normal basis and all I usually do to my hair. I just wake up and go.

click to visit ms-gg's fotki


4 Name one thing that you learned about your hair after becoming a natural.

My hair is beautiful just as it is.  I don’t have to wear it straight for it to be acceptable and beautiful.  Nappy hair is good hair.


5 Where else can we find you online?

FroStoppa
Fotki

 

6 A final word of advice for new naturals?

Enjoy your hair at every stage.  Enjoy it while it is short and enjoy it as you grow it longer.  A lot of times we have dreams of having the biggest, baddest afro and we never take the time out to enjoy the twa because we have long hair dreams.  Enjoy the easy detangling sessions, styling sessions, and everything else.  Love your hair at every stage.


ms-gg

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Shai

Click to visit Shai on YouTube

1 How long have you been natural? Did you transition? And if so, how?

I’ve been natural for about 3 years now. Prior to starting my locs, I was accustomed to perms and having relaxed hair. Consequently, the perms had affected the health of my naturally long hair. Then in March 2008, I’d decided to do the big chop and cut all of the split ends, the breakage, and any traces of the perm off of my head. As a result, I was left with a Michael Jackson afro lol.

Initally, my intention was to cut my hair so that it could regrow and stay healthy. However, I had my heart set on getting locs, which I wanted since high school. Therefore, on June 16, 2008, I started my locs and haven’t looked back since!

2 Describe your hair in three words.

There are many words to describe my locs…but the ones I can think of at the moment are:

-Uniquely defined
-Endless flow of length
-Symbolic

3 How are you currently wearing your hair? What is your hair routine? What products do you use?

Currently, my hair is in locs. I’ve had my locs for about 2 years 6 months. I don’t have a set routine. I pretty much maintain my locs whenever I feel the need to. For the most part, I just semi-freeform. However, when I do take the initiative to maintain my locs, I do either the retwist method or the interlocking method.

The products I use to retwist my locs are either the Ecostyler gel or the Twist ‘n Locs locking formula gel. Also, I use a water/oil mixture as my daily regimen which consists of tea tree oil and olive oil.


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4 Name one thing that you learned about your hair after becoming a natural.

Since locking my hair in 2008, the one thing I’ve learned to embrace my hair in it’s natural form. For years, my perception of natural beauty was manipulated by the “beauty ideals” portrayed in society and the media. As I’ve mentioned previously, I’dwanted locs since I was in high school. But what was holding me back was the fact that my hair is not kinky like many black people (which made it hard for my hair to lock), and how other people would perceive me with locs.

Now when I look at myself and my locs, I feel as though I have made the right decision. Also, I have proven that people with softer hair textures can lock their hair too. I am very content with having my locs!

5 Where else can we find you online?

@YouTube

@Twitter

@Tumblr
6 A final word of advice for new naturals?

If you’re thinking about transitioning, go for it! It’s a beautiful thing! You learn so much about yourself and learn to feel comfortable in your own skin. You start to perceive things differently than you ever did before.

When I started my locs, it became a life-altering experience. It allowed me to dig beneath the surface and see purity beyond the fabrication of manufactured beauty. Don’t become an imitation of societies’ standards of beauty…become your own individual!

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Elle

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1 How long have you been natural? Did you transition? And if so, how?

I’ve been natural for about a year (so excited!). I didn’t really transition – I started to go down that path, but I was HORRIBLE at transitioning styles like twist and braid outs, and bantu knots. My hair would never dry overnight and I would end up sticking it in a ponytail after all that work, so I got mad and cut my hair into a mohawk (cutting the back and sides) with relaxed hair still on the top.

I maintained that style for about four months with trims, then finally cut it all off to even it up. I had about an inch of hair when I did my BC.

2 Describe your hair in three words.

Unpredictable, special, and bright.

3 How are you currently wearing your hair? What is your hair routine? What products do you use?

I usually wear my hair in a wash and go but I have tried a braid out and I liked it, so I’ll do that again.

Although I love playing with and rotating my products, my routine is fairly low maintenance. I do a quick cowash daily, shampoo once a week, and deep condition 1-2x a week. Also, I detangle about every 3-4 days in order to get out shed hair.

Previously, I was staying away from protein, but I just tried a PT and it ROCKED my world, so I’ll be using it monthly.

I have a ton of products but I definitely have found my favorites and holy grails. The best products for me are from Oyin (Honey Hemp, Burnt Sugar Pomade, Hair Dew), Curl Junkie (Curl Queen, Curl Rehab, Daily Fix, Repair Me!, Curls in a Bottle), and Donna Marie (Dream Curling Creme, Super Buttercreme, Cocoa Hemp Buttermilk). Oh, and Kinky Curly Curling Custard (paired with the Honey Hemp it’s awesome for me). I also love 100% aloe vera gel/juice, honey, agave nectar, hemp seed oil, and making my own flax seed gel.

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4 Name one thing that you learned about your hair after becoming a natural.

The importance of WATER based moisture! The entire time I was relaxed I was constantly using oils and oil based products and I was so clueless as to why my hair was getting so dry. My hair loves water to death now; I can’t get enough of it!


5 Where else can we find you online?

My blog, Quest for the Perfect Curl (the perfect curl meaning a head full of healthy natural hair), is where I write about products, hair care, and some ramblings about the natural hair community.

Also, my YouTube channel houses my product reviews and tutorial videos



6 A final word of advice for new naturals?

Research! It is going to take some trial and error for you to find out what works for you, but research ingredients and products based on your texture (fine, medium, coarse) and porosity (low, normal, high).

If you ask someone to give you a hair routine or product list, chances are you are going to be disappointed. Curl pattern, although it’s nice to look at someone who has hair similar to you, doesn’t really matter in the grand scheme of things. I have used plenty of products that women with a looser pattern rave about, but my texture is similar to theirs (usually looser curlies with coarse hair).

I will say one thing – being natural has definitely brought back my fondness for reading!

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Nacole


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1 How long have you been natural? Did you transition? And if so, how?

I’ve been natural since June 2009’ish. Got my Sisterlocks installed in August 2009 with little to NO natural hair and have never looked back. I transitioned and am still doing so with permed ends. I cut them every other 6 months; I see no need to rush the process.


2 Describe your hair in three words.

Wild, Vivacious, Simple


 

3 How are you currently wearing your hair? What is your hair routine? What products do you use?

I wear my hair in curls. Nothing more, nothing less. My hair routine consists of waking up, spraying my scalp with solution, finger combing through my hair and out the door. Hair should be simple, I think anyway. My solution consists of: 1/2 Sisterlocks Moisture Treatment and 1/2 water in a spray bottle daily. I retighten my hair every 5-7 weeks.


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4 Name one thing that you learned about your hair after becoming a natural.

That products aren’t needed. Your hair can survive, product-free and natural and be at peace.


5 Where else can we find you online?
@YouTube
@Facebook
@Twitter
6 A final word of advice for new naturals?

Don’t over think it, it’s just hair. It grows back, mistakes can be made… so experiment and find your look!


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Robyn Johnson

Visit Robyn at robynsnestblog.com


1 How long have you been natural? Did you transition? And if so, how?

I have been natural since July 4, 2010. I transitioned for 9 months before doing the BC. I transitioned with micro-braids initially, then I tried different styles with my transitioning hair. I finally decided wigs and pony tails were going to be my best option… fooling around with those two textures became overwhelming.


2 Describe your hair in three words.

Bold, Refreshing and Undeniable!


 

3 How are you currently wearing your hair? What is your hair routine? What products do you use?

I’m so in love with the braid-out right now! I have been wearing braid-outs for almost 2 months now. My hair routine is pretty simple… I co-wash on Friday nights and sleep in my deep conditioner. I rinse the conditioner out on Saturday morning and braid my hair. I usually wear hats over the weekend (it is starting to get cold here) and I unbraid my hair on Monday morning for work. I typically re-braid my hair every night and secure my braids with a silk scarf to preserve the style for the week.

Visit Robyn at robynsnestblog.com

4 Name one thing that you learned about your hair after becoming a natural.

That it is absolutely beautiful and so versatile!


5 Where else can we find you online?
www.robynsnestblog.com.


6 A final word of advice for new naturals?

Have fun with your new head of hair. Play around with different styles and different products. If a style you are attempting fails, it most likely isn’t your hair, but the products you are using!

Visit Robyn at robynsnestblog.com

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Ya-Akua


1 How long have you been natural? Did you transition? And if so, how?

I have been natural for approximately 10 years. When I became pregnant with my first child in 2000, I decided that I would no longer put chemicals onto my head. Based upon research, I was afraid that the chemicals would affect my unborn child. So, during the nine months of my pregnancy, I would simply wash my hair and set it using sponge rollers. Once I gave birth, I cut off all relaxed ends. That began my natural journey.


2 Describe your hair in three words.

The three words that I believe best describe my natural hair are beautiful, unbound and free. My natural hair texture is beautiful simply because this is what I have been blessed with. I describe it as unbound and free because I no longer place restrictions upon my hair. As long as it remains natural, I’m open to whatever styling I see fit at that particular moment in my life. This may be locs, braids, an afro, or completely shaved off. I am happy for my hair to just “Be”!


 

3 How are you currently wearing your hair? What is your hair routine? What products do you use?

Currently, I am wearing my hair in a very low brush cut. Some people would call the style a “ceasar.” My current hair routine includes washing my hair several times a week using warm vanilla sugar shampoo and conditioner. I lightly rub a small amount of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) onto my hair after a wash. Throughout the week, I may use ORS carrot creme to moisturize. I brush my hair in the morning and at night, sleeping while wearing a satin scarf. I clipper cut and trim my own hair once a week.

4 Name one thing that you learned about your hair after becoming a natural.

After becoming natural I learned how beautiful I am and how gorgeous my hair is in its natural state. Before I became natural, I was always concerned that I wouldn’t “look right” without the chemicals. I was scared that people would not accept me within my community and family with natural hair. Now I know that what’s most important is that I accept and love myself for who I truly am. Once I did that, others things fell in line.


5 Where else can we find you online?
Folks can find photos of my hair journey in my Fotki album.


6 A final word of advice for new naturals?

Learn your hair. Explore it. Sit down in front of a mirror and play in your hair. Figure out its likes and dislikes. Your natural journey is so much more fulfilling when your not afraid to try new things and be creative in the process. Most importantly, stay true to your natural self. Blessings!

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Ness

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1 How long have you been natural? Did you transition? And if so, how?

I’ve been natural for 2 years (and counting!) but have been locked for about 20 months. I guess technically I did transition since I had gone a long while without a perm and was only wearing weaves or braids, but on the other hand I wasn’t planning on going all natural when I did it. So I suppose the answer is no lol, but I’m glad that I unintentionally let my natural tresses grow out until the day came when I got the big chop.


2 Describe your hair in three words.

Clean, healthy, beautiful.


3 What is your hair routine? What products do you use?

I’m a freeformer, so all I do to my hair is rinse whenever I’m in the shower, wash once a week (more than that in the hotter months), oil my scalp after a wash, and deep condition every month or two. I spritz my hair daily with water and essential oils to give it moisture.

I make my own products. I use Dr. Bronner’s castille soap as the base for my homemade shampoo, olive oil for both my hair and my body, apple cider vinegar (for clarifying after a wash), fresh herbs to infuse with my acv rinse, and all sorts of essential oils like rosemary, lavender, tea tree oil, sweet orange, etc. Who said that freeforming doesn’t require some maintenance and TLC for your hair? Hehehe.


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4 Name one thing that you learned about your hair after becoming a natural.

I learned the importance of making sure my hair is ALWAYS moisturized. That will mean spritzing my hair every day, perhaps even a rinse as well. Oil may not be so much of a necessity, but it does help for when I want my hair to feel more nourished and less dry.


5 Where else can we find you online?

Check out my blog, “My Locking Journey is Nessisary,” where i talk about my locking journey and other things related to loc hair care and loc issues.

http://nessisary.blogspot.com/


6 A final word of advice for new naturals?

The key to embracing your natural hair is to not stress over every little thing about it, embrace what you got, and just leave it alone and let it be. Find a regime that works for you and don’t model your hair after other naturals (it will just drive you nuts and make you frustrated!). Especially when it comes to locking, don’t fret over it so much. In the long run, locks, and natural hair also, will do what it do.


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Rachel Stewart


1 How long have you been natural? Did you transition? And if so, how?

A little over 20 years.

No transition. I decided one day I wanted to shave it all off…I had very long hair, but I always wanted a bald head…so I bought some clippers and shaved it…I want trying to be natural at that time..I just wanted that hairstyle.


2 Describe your hair in three words.

Well, I have about 4 textures on my head…I guess you could say my hair is crazy, sexy, cool….


 

3 What is your hair routine? What products do you use?

I”m a a minimalist when it comes to hair care, my routine is:
Co-washing 3-4 times a week
I never use shampoo

I use my conditioner as a leave in, I don’t see the need to buy a “leave in” conditioner, ITS JUST CONDITIONER..in a smaller bottle..don’t believe the hype!…use your regular or deep conditioner as a leave in.

I detangle once a week with a shower comb, on the other days I lightly finger detangle in the shower, making sure I always have conditioner in my hair anytime I manipulate my hair.
I air dry and keep it moving.

I don’t wear protective styles or sleep in a scarf.
I don’t use butter or oils, I used too but I found that just using my conditioner as a leave in works better than anything I’ve done.

My only products are:
Garnier Fructis 3 minute undo deep conditioner, I use this for co-washing and as a leave in.
I use apple cider vinegar to clarify once a month or as needed..8 oz of water and one tablespoon of vinegar, pour it over hair in the shower and follow with a deep conditioner.


That’s all I use.  Less is more and I have found that the more you put in your hair the more you gotta wash out..I like my hair to feel light not weighed down with 4 products a day. I think that many naturals pile on products trying to acheive a texture that they dont have instead of appreciating thier
own.



4 Name one thing that you learned about your hair after becoming a natural.

That I dont need 5 products, and better yet I dont need to spend 40$ on ANY hair care product that promises a texture I dont have.


5 Where else can we find you online?

Rachel Stewart Jewelry
MY BLOG
TWITTER
6 A final word of advice for new naturals?

IF you use shampoo….Dilute it or dont use it at all!..your dishes should be squeaky clean..NOT your hair..save the detergent for the kitchen.