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Tiffany

What is your name and your profession?

Tiffany Kearns and I am a full time student at Hampton University.

Why did you go natural?

I went natural for the health of my hair and the versatility.

How long have you been natural and when did you BC?

I have been natural now for 7 months, my big chop was October 15, 2013.

What are your staple products and hairstyles?

I love to use Carl’s daughter black…

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Kadainer

What is your name and your profession?

My name is Kadainer (Kay) and I work in retail in NYC.

Why did you go natural?

Honestly, I used to relax my hair once a year myself, then I started getting lazy.  So, I woke up one day and decided to stop relaxing my hair… but I continue to straighten it. I was also prone to severe headaches, and I was convinced that the relaxer had something to do with them.

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Angela

What is your name and your profession?
My name is Angela Miller and I am a Research Assistant at Texas Children’s Hospital.

Why did you go natural?
I decided to go natural because one of my line sisters who is natural actually did Bantu knots in her hair one night and showed me how to do them on my permed hair. I fell in love with the texture/pattern. So, I actually began pretending like I was…

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4b natural hair

What is your name and your profession?
Hello to all of you beautiful Curlies out there! My name is Marley, also known as MsThickHair. I’m currently attending college to become a Registered Nurse; although, sometimes I think that I should be a professional hairstylist because I’ve loved styling or playing with hair since I was a kid. I even use to try to style my dolls’ hair too.

Why did you go natural?
To be honest, I didn’t know what “going natural” or “transitioning” meant when I first started in the end of May of 2010. One week after my June 10th high school graduation in Florida, I was on my way to spend a little over a year with one of my elder sisters in Oklahoma. Before I went, I realized that my Mum would no longer be around to perm my hair for me and my sister did not feel comfortable doing it. At the same time, I knew I had only a certain amount of money saved up and that it would cost me less if I stopped buying relaxers. So that’s when I decided to cut the relaxers out of my budget and out of my life. Looking back now, I didn’t know how to take care of my relaxed hair anyway; it was breaking off and seemed to have shortened from chest length to chin length.

I had box braids in from the end of May until September and I would always re-braid them with the same hair. Wow, that’s about 4 months! By then, I had been living with my sister since June 17th. In September my sister came while I was re-braiding again and as she played with my new growth, she said, “Hey, Marley. Why don’t you just go natural.” What is this “natural” of which you speak?! She informed me that it’s, “When you stop getting perms and cut the relaxed ends off.” I immediately agreed and later that night, I proceeded to unravel my braids one at a time. I carefully cut off the broken, split, and heat damaged hair at the line of demarcation. When my sister came back from work, she saw my disheveled, 4 inch Afro and said, “What did you do?!” I cautiously replied, “I cut my hair off like you said.” She laughed and said, “I thought you’d transition and cut it off slowly.” How was I suppose to know? Ha ha I was so naive. Oh well, too late now, right?

How long have you been natural and when did you BC?
I’ve been natural for over 4 years; since the end of May 2010. I big chopped in September of 2010. Unfortunately, the nice lady I went to to clean up the rest of the stringy bits seemed to have cut off about 2-3 inches out of 4 inches of perfectly good natural hair! (I’m still mad about that.)

What are your staple products and hairstyles?
Right now, my staple products are coconut oil, 100% ivory Shea butter from Green Planet Organics, my fluffy whipped Shea butter and coconut oil, Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Fortifying Shampoo and Conditioner, and I’ve somewhat recently introduced a new combo which involves rice and coconut, but it’s a secret right now. I’ll reveal it later in a video.

What are your natural hair goals?

The most important goal for me is to maintain healthy hair. On my 4th year natural hair anniversary in May, I reached waist length (WL). Yay! My next goal is hip length (HL) and my ultimate goal is to reach classic length (CL)/below my butt. After that, I’ll let it grow to the floor or at least to my ankles. However long it wants to grow, I’ll let it.

How do you keep your hair intact overnight?
Both of my pillows have satin pillowcases. I always place the shiny part of my satin scarves against my hair. If I have my hair in twists or braids, I usually put them into a ponytail and tie a satin scarf around my head allowing the excess of the scarf to cover the ponytail to reduce frizz. If I’m wearing a braid out, twist out, or flat twist out, I either 1) put my hair into a pineapple with a hair tie, 2) put my hair into one or two ponytails, 3) ditch the hair tie and make a pineapple with my scarf, allowing my hair to stand up and fall forward, or 4) ditch everything, sleep on my satin pillows only, and hope for the best.

How do you maintain length?
To maintain length, I use water as my first line of defence against dryness, breaks and splits. I make sure to lock that moisture in with an oil. I also use the No Pain Rule when styling my hair. If it hurts, I stop immediately and tweak my approach. I hate regular combs and even wide toothed combs because they always manage to rip and snap my hair, so I use the Tangle Teezer Original. I’m glad Shaun Pulfrey’s created that beautiful comb because without it, my hair would seriously be one big dread lock.

I put my hair into protective styles such as braids and twists and I try to keep them in for at least two weeks at a time. I like to stay away from extensions, weaves, and dyes. The only time I detangle is during a hairstyle and never while washing, otherwise I’d have to rush through it to conserve water. I mainly style my hair while it’s wet. As a leave-in with slip when styling, I use either my conditioner, coconut oil, or my whipped Shea butter and coconut oil. Every time I style my hair, I use the Search and Destroy Method to get rid of those annoying single strand knots (SSK’s). If I come across a multi-strand knot, I gently pull on each strand individually to try to undo the knot. The only time that I cut my hair is when I directly cut off split ends or SSK’s; I don’t even do an annual trim. Lastly, if I’m in a room with a ceiling fan, I tend to put my satin scarf on to avoid premature and extreme dry-out of my hair.

Name 1 reason you went natural and why you love being natural.
I went natural because I needed to save money at the time. Some people might say that going natural still costs money and yes, it does, but my yearly cost of hair products while natural is about $65 per year as opposed to when I had relaxed hair, which cost almost $200 a year. That may not be a lot for some people, but a difference of $135 is a lot to me.

The reason why I stay natural and love being natural is because I fell in love with those cute, little, deep chocolate colored 4c, 4b, 3c spirals on my head after I washed my hair for the first time as a natural. They were so springy and shiny, I couldn’t resist having hand-in-hair syndrome. I genuinely love my curls and my natural hair journey has taught me a lot about myself and about other people too. It has opened the door for me to grow into a young woman in a different way than I had expected to. I have learned how to be more confident in myself, which was something that I never had before. I feel like being natural has allowed me to stop hiding behind the me that simply wasn’t ME. No more conforming and no more hoping and wishing for super long hair because I know I’m gonna grow it. It has allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and say, “Here I am! I laugh loudly, my body has curves, my hair is big and curly, and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. I love me the way I am.” I thank God for my natural hair and thank you to all of those who have and are supporting me. Thank you all for reading my story.

Where else can we find you on the net?

You can find me most frequently on my YouTube channel here as MsThickHair and my Instagram is @msthickhair. My twitter is @msthickhair, and here is my Google+ page.

4B Natural Hair Journey | Marley What is your name and your profession? Hello to all of you beautiful Curlies out there! My name is Marley, also known as MsThickHair.
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The BLO BlowDry Bar Experience

The BLO BlowDry Bar Experience

blo blowdry bar review

I have a hard time letting people in my hair. When I say a hard time, I mean A REALLY HARD TIME.

I don’t just mean I don’t want anyone in my hair, I mean I don’t like to have other hands in my hair.

Well it just so happens that I have been seeing blow dry bars popping up around the city and just in general and I got a little curious.

A blowdry bar is a salon that you can go to get a…

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CurlKit Review

If you have subscribe to my youtube channel, you will see that I have gotten into the habit of doing CurlKit Reviews.

If you don’t know what it is, here is a little bit about it

We want members to find the products and brands that work best for their individual needs while having a bit of fun experimenting along the way!

Curlkit
Each month, you’ll receive a selection of 6-9 samples that we’ve…

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3c natural hair

What is your name and your profession?
Crystal Chachere, chemo pharmacy technician

Why did you go natural?
I’ve been natural on an off most of my life. I’ve never really thought about it a lot. I’d get a relaxer, get tired of it and let it grow out. When I moved back home to New Orleans from Milwaukee in 2009, I had REALLY forgot how bad N.O. humidity was lol! Flat ironing just wasn’t working so in July 13, 2010 I decided to relax again. I remember that exact date because this went soooooo wrong! No big deal right? Wrong! I picked up a box of a “kiddie perm” and I left it in for only 10 or so minutes. I don’t know WHAT was wrong with this relaxer but I was sooooo damaged. It took ALL the texture out of my hair smh. I nursed my hair back to health as much as I could. But that was it! At that point I decided no more chemicals! For a while I was just letting it grow out and cutting it little by little to remove the damage. I found http://www.Hairlista.com while looking online one day and decided to take better care of my hair and that started my healthy natural hair journey.

How long have you been natural and when did you BC?
I transitioned from July 2010 until November 10, 2011. I really just got tired of dealing with the different textures and I was experiencing a bit of breakage at the “line of demarcation” so I decided to just do it! My hair was almost WL at that point and I chopped up to about NL. I didn’t do the TWA stage. Sometimes I wish I had. I’ve been completely natural (besides color) for 2 1/2 years now.

What are your staple products and hairstyles?
I recently fell in strong like with Pantene Truly Naturals Cowash Cleansing Conditioner. I don’t use shampoo but maybe 1-2 times a month, only when I start to feel like I have some build up. Aphogee Deep Moisture shampoo has been my go-to since I can remember. I think we all have a product or two that we’ve held on to since our relaxed days lol. I don’t have a favorite deep conditioner yet. I think for most naturals that’s a never ending quest! I do like GVP Conditioning Balm from Sally’s. It’s their generic version of Biolage Conditioning Balm. I’ve used both and I can’t tell much of a difference. They even smell pretty similar. I’ve tried a few high end products and leave ins. None really that my hair LOVED. My hair has thrived with me using Aussie Moist. I’ve used that since day one really. I have tried and liked most Organix conditioners. My hair seems to love using a regular conditioner as a leave in (I know I know, they weren’t designed for that lol) I use mostly natural oils as sealants. Avocado, macadamia nut, sweet almond and grapeseed oil are my favorites. I’ve never used any stylers. I’m more into BIG hair so I don’t really care a lot about definition or taming my hair. I’m not very particular about ingredients. I’m a “bad natural” and my hair likes silicones. I do limit the amount of products that contain mineral oil but I still have a few. My hair doesn’t seem to dry out or become damaged from using these things so, “if it ain’t broke” I don’t fix it. As far as styles, I’m so hair lazy lol. I’m a wash & go type of girl. I do blow my hair out pretty often. I’ll used medium heat on my blow dryer. When I do, I use Tresemme’s heat protectant spray. Then I’ll flat twist it to give it a bit of a wave. That’s when I’m going for Chaka! I’ve never been a BIG protective styler. I will braid my hair up and wear wigs from time to time to give myself a break. I don’t flat iron my hair very often. Maybe 3 times a year.

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What are your natural hair goals?
Well my hair is pretty healthy at this point. We curlies all suffer from dryness I believe. So to keep my hair as moisturized as possible has been my main goal. Length has become a real goal of mine as well. I recently made it to past BSL so length wasn’t really a goal until the “TRIM”. It’s very true that you shouldn’t get your hair cut while it’s straightened. However I find it hard to find a place that specializes in cutting natural hair so I usually get a trim while it’s straight. Hey I said I was a bad natural lol! Anyway, this was a person I was unfamiliar with. She had natural hair so I trusted her. I told her I was natural and exactly how much I wanted trimmed. That didn’t happen. She cut my hair back up to shorter than BSL. She cut so many uneven layers in my hair but I couldn’t really tell until I washed my hair again and saw how misshapen it was. I decided to cut a few inches off. It’s now back up to APL at it’s longest layers. It was a pretty hard decision but I love the shape it is now!

How do you keep your hair intact overnight?
I usually pull my hair up in a pineapple if it’s a wash & go. If I’ve blown it out, I’ll flat twist it at night. I always sleep on a satin pillowcase. The bonnet doesn’t work when it’s in a wash and go because my hair gets BIG.

How do you maintain length?

I try to only detangle or manipulate my hair while it’s wet and full of conditioner. I use mostly wide toothed combs while I detangle. Moisture is very important. I’d like to protective style more but like I said, I’m just hair lazy.

Name 1 reason you went natural and why you love being natural.
Just one reason! Lol Hmmmmm, I really wanted to nurse my hair back to health and I was afraid of damaging my hair again as I did with that last relaxer.

Why I love being natural?
I LOVE my curls! I love not having to run from the rain anymore. I love having big messy hair and I’m not scared of frizz anymore. I love how versatile our hair is. We can do so much. I love that I can be free with my hair. I LOVE my hair!

Where else can we find you on the net?
You can find me on Instagram at CreolePocahontas, twitter at @CreolePocahonas, Hairlista.com (CurlHeadCreoleGirl) and I’m on Facebook in the New Orleans Naturals group as well.

3C Natural Hair Journey| New Orleans Natural Crystal aka @CreolePocahonas What is your name and your profession? Crystal Chachere, chemo pharmacy technician Why did you go natural?
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"Women Who Wear Weaves Will Only To Be Used For Sex"

“Women Who Wear Weaves Will Only To Be Used For Sex”

women with weaves have low self esteem

Oh……oh ok… I never knew.

This is one of those times where I really have to voice my opnion.

I am not a weave wearer. I tried to wear a weave and I just didn’t like it. I felt like it was way too much hair on my head. BUT LISTEN… I have never, never EVER thought, when I looked at a woman who wore weave, that “A man can’t POSSIBLY take her serious and consider her to be wife material because she…

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4c natural hair

What is your name and your profession?
I am Jasmine Chevonne Howard and I am a recent graduate from Sam Houston State University.

What city are you from?
I am from the lovely city of Houston, Texas.

Why did you go natural?
I went natural because I wanted healthy hair that I would not get frustrated with. The first part I got, the second part not so much! Lol. When I was relaxed, I had a problem area near my nape that would always break off and cause me to have to cut my hair shorter and shorter even though the rest of my hair was healthy. It got so bad that my relaxed hair broke off and I had maybe 1 inch of natural hair in that particular spot. I had all this hair on my head that I couldn’t style the way I wanted, so at that moment, I decided to make a change.

How long have you been natural and when did you BC?
I have been natural for 11 months now. I stopped getting relaxers in May 2013 once I realized I had little control over my hair breakage and after that, I transitioned for two months. I did the Big Chop July 20th, 2013

What are your staple products and hairstyles?
I only pick out products that have ingredients that work well on my hair like Aloe Vera Gel, Avocado Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Keratin, Wheat proteins, Mango Butter and Shea Butter.

Deep Conditioner: Cantu Shea Butter Leave- In Conditioning Repair Cream or One n only Brazilian Tech Keratin Deep Penetrating Conditioner.

Conditioner: Walgreens Brand Studio 35 Beauty Keratin Conditioner does wonders for my hair and it’s really affordable! It gives my hair slip to detangle, smells great and leaves my hair super soft.

Oils: I tend to lean toward avocado oil or any oiling product that has avocado in it. Coconut oil does not make my hair feel good in raw form but it will accept a diluted version of this oil mixed with others like olive oil, argan oil, jojoba oil, aloe vera, etc.
Moisturizer and detangling: Aloe Vera Gel; it’s versatility makes it great for my hair and skin. I recently started using African Pride Shea Butter Miracle Curl Pudding that retains my moisture like a dream but I haven’t used it long enough to give it many props but in the past, I have gotten consistent good results with Shea Moisture Curl and Style Milk.
Shampoo: I often use Mill Creek Biotin Shampoo available cheap at HEB and GNC. It’s made from all natural and organic ingredients. For co-washing, I use As I Am Cleansing Co-Wash

As far as hairstyles go, I learned from my grandmother who STILL has mid back length hair at 91 years old to keep my hair put away as much as possible. My protective styles vary and sometimes I don’t use them at all but I maintain balance by listening to what my hair wants and needs. I often have on a beenie, a hat, a scarf, or twists or braids to protect my hair. I even ever wigs! If I can’t cover my hair, I rock a puff, fro-hawk, blown-out afro or just wear my twist out or braid out wild and free!

What are your natural hair goals?

First and foremost, my hair goals are to have healthy hair and a healthy scalp. My second goal is to see how much my hair can grow. There is no limit to how much potential my hair has so long as I do my part to keep it healthy. I used to pray to God as a little girl to give me hair all the way down my back and unbeknownst to me, I was being nudged in this direction the whole time.

How do you keep your hair intact overnight?

At night I keep my hair in a bonnet and underneath its styled in twists,braids, or smaller puffs. Sometimes I will group my twists together and band them for stretch. Also night I do pre-poo treatments and REGULAR hair steaming with water or oil.

How do you maintain length?

I maintain length by leaving my hair alone. I believe I retain length by keeping my hair up and away as much as possible. I do this by occasionally wearings wigs, keeping my hair in twists or braids, and regular steaming treatments.

Name 1 reason you went natural and why you love being natural.

One reason I went natural is because I wanted to explore who I am as a person. I got tired of feeling like I was hiding and did not know who I was under my regular sew ins. I felt like I was maintaining a fallacy by always trying to manipulate my appearance with chemicals and fake substances. I felt inferior not being able to get up and face the world naturally.
One reason I love being natural is because as my hair grows, I grow. I am learning everyday how to shift and bend with change. As my hair changes, I learn patience and acceptance, and I learn to love myself unconditionally because I know who I am.

Where else can we find you on the net?

At the moment I can be found on the net via Instagram only. User name @Jasmine_Chevonne.

4C Natural Hair Journey | Jasmine What is your name and your profession? I am Jasmine Chevonne Howard and I am a recent graduate from Sam Houston State University.
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5 Ways Honey Can Boost Your Deep Conditioners

5 Ways Honey Can Boost Your Deep Conditioners

honey for natural hair

Sometimes our hair can get damaged or dried out because of heat styling tools, chemicals or even dyes that we place on it. Even exposing it to cold air and sun might decrease its durability which is why it’s really important to ensure that you use a deep conditioning treatment once in a while. This will help you restore your hair to its natural moisture and state.

Deep conditioning treatments…

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