Naturals To Know: 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

Meet new naturals.


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9 Responses so far.

  1. Zainab 1 says:

    Great post! I know coilybella she’s a fellow awesome natural with a great blog and channel. I agree coilybella , It is a journey and one to be enjoyed!

    Thanks to both of you for posting and sharing. Take care!

  2. tinuke says:

    Thanks kay!!!!
    It’s been a while since I have been featured. I want you to know that I appreciate being considered.

  3. I sub to Coilybella’s YT channel. She has the most beautiful bone structure !

  4. zoraida says:

    Coilybella is beautiful and stunning. I’ve recently subscribed to her blog, after coming across her by accident. I have fine hair, too, so it’s great to hear about someone with similar stories. I loved her mini twist styles. I wear my hair in mini twists, and have found a way to look after them, and keep them in for 4 weeks or so, and retain length (They’re currently nearing bra strap length. I love Coilybella’s insightful blogs and ideas, and her photos, too. A real inspiration!

  5. ruth blackmore says:

    what to use to make my locks soft?

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