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What's Your Story...

Thu, 04/15/2010 - 8:00AM by NaturallyJustMe 0 Comments -

This "What Your Story" is coming from YouTube's own, Naptural85.

This lovely Au Natural lady, has a gorgeous set of curls and an array of YouTube videos on some of the cutest hairstyles, and some great homemade product recipes. I encourage each of you, if you haven't already, to drop by her YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/Naptural85) and watch, rate, and subscribe.

I had the opportunity to ask her some questions, and this my friends is her story...

When did you first decide to go natural and what was your motivation to do so?

"I first decided to go natural a little over two years ago. I slowly started to hate getting my hair relaxed because it always looked so limp and lifeless and reeked of fried hair. I started wearing my hair curly and dreading the next relaxer. I would just wash my hair, scrunch it, and pouf it out, and that's how I liked it! Then I decided that I was through with relaxing (after much encouragement from my boyfriend, now my husband) and decided to turn to Youtube for inspiration. I found myself glued to the screen watching countless hair journeys and tutorials, and I was hooked. I knew this was my destiny and I embraced it fully!"

What were some of the initial responses that you received from family, friends, co-workers?

"My mom nearly had a heart attack. I think I saw a slight tear in her left eye... hahaha, no joke though, she didn't get it at first. She was like "Whitney, are you sure? Are you sure? What about job interviews...?" She was just looking out for me, but I told her that I was doing this no matter what, and I explained why. When it came time to BC, she refused, I had to give her an ultimatum..."either you cut my hair, or I will..."she decided to help me out and cut it; she wasn't happy, but supported my decision. After putting some water on it and watching it curl up she became more supportive, and after it started growing, she really became supportive! She loves my hair now and loves supporting my natural videos. My friends thought it was cool; they liked the new look. They liked touching it and pulling the coils out to have them spring back again! And I was definitely the only natural in the office, so I got a lot of compliments after I finally freed my hair from the braids and showed myself. I was nervous at first, but after two weeks it wasn't anything new. And I got a lot of looks from strangers walking down the street, in stores, or in the mall...and I liked that! In the crowd of thousands of straight haired people, I was the only one with big, glossy, crazy curls, and people had no choice but to look because it was unique. They had never seen hair like mine, or an African American woman accepting her natural hair quite like I was, and that made me proud to have the stares. And when running across another African American natural (which is rare where I'm from in Massachusetts) we give each other a smile, and a nod. We both know what that means...a non-verbal fist in the air."

What advice would you give to a newbie of transitioner?

"I would definitely tell them not to give up, be strong, listen to your heart, and do your research. When you are first transitioning and all you really know is permed hair, the thought of natural hair can be really scary. But if you do your research, check out the free information on blogs like this one and on Youtube, you'll be armed with enough information to have you BC-ing in no time! Also, not everyone will agree with your decision. People close to you, who have a huge impact on the choices you make might be whispering discouraging things in your ear, but don't listen to them, listen to your heart and what you want. Know why you want to be natural, remind yourself of the ultimate goal everyday, stay focused, and you WILL have the hair that you long for, and you will be proud that you stuck with it. Oh, and moisturize...lolol!"

Who are some of your natural inspirations and why?

"Oh wow! I loooove CurlyChronicles! Her upbeat spirit and kind personality had me glued to the screen when I was first transitioning. She is such a sweet person and her knowledge is invaluable. I also loved that she was just so nonchalant about her hair. She only showed what she actually knew about her own personal hair care and didn't try and do things that she wasn't comfortable with, so there was a sense of honesty in her videos that I really liked. I also really like BlackOnyx77! She is a cool girl and is also very sweet! She has a lot of great tips regarding hair care as well, I especially like her patented "Hair Toothbrush," lol...no, it's not patented, but it was a great idea that I use sometimes to smooth down my baby hair. I like BeautifulBrwnBabyDol as well. She has a lot of great tutorials for hairstyles as well as inspiration videos. LexiWithTheCurls was one of the first women I saw on Youtube and I fell in love with her hair...I especially loved her Miss Jessie's Tutorials, Fabulous! And last but not least, the infamous taren916. She is the bomb! Her hair is crazy beautiful, and her videos are so informative. I love her video about the cool head wrap she found online, her makeup video, where she showed the quick smokey eye using only eyeliner (I use that tip quite frequently), and she has some really great inspirational, “Reveal and Release” videos coming up that I really enjoy as well."

What 3 products are currently in heavy rotation for you?

"Well, I am not much of a product junkie, I'm sort of like a "mad scientist" and really like to make my own concoctions...but for shampoos and conditioners I use the Trader Joes Nourish Spa collection...in one word, AMAZING...that's all I'm going to say. For cremes, I like to mix my own shea butter cremes with a little olive, jojoba, and coconut oil, as well as vitamin E. I will sometimes use a little Miss Jessie's, my favorite is the Baby Butter crème, but once that's used up, I am sticking to my all-natural shea butter. That's pretty much it though; I like to keep it simple!"

If you would like to tell your story, please email me at keasley173@gmail.com.



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What's Your Story....

Thu, 03/25/2010 - 8:26AM by NaturallyJustMe 0 Comments -

This "What's Your Story", is coming from my all time favorite YouTuber/PJ, EmpressRi. Hands down, she has always been one of my personal natural inspirations. I remember the first time that ever heard of her was on Nappturality. I stayed stalking her Fotki and then later her YouTube videos. She has a beautiful head of hair, and a warm and pleasant personality to go with it. She is one of those people that you feel like if you met her in person, you would definitely want to hang out with her. If you haven't yet, I encourage you to check her YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/richeau). She has great vids on styling, and she is the "Product Review Queen". So with that being said, this my friends is her story....

 

When did you first decide to go natural, and what was your motivation to do so?

" 2001, and I promise you it was a snap decision. I saw tons of ladies walking around with natural hair and it made me wonder, "Why can't I do that? Hmph, I'm growing out MY relaxer!"  And I just started transitioning!"

 

What were some of the initial responses that you received from family, friends, co-workers etc.?   

"Well at first, I didn't know how to style my hair and it was thin from heat damage. When I first tried twists, my mother SO gently suggested that they preferred my hair straight, so I kept flat ironing. But when I got tired of that, I just wore it out and incidentally my coworkers at the time loved it. They called me Chaka Khan, cause my hair was REALLY big."

What advice would you give to a newbie or a transitioner?

"Stick with it!! The results are worth it trust me. People are going to say things, be it nice, nasty or indifferent. Just live for YOU."

 

Who are some of your Natural inspirations and why?

" I'd say most people I've met along my journey have been an inspiration to me in one way or another. Seriously! I'm on more than one hair board, and I've learned a lot from ladies of all different backgrounds. But had it not been for my ladies on Nappturality, I don't think I'd have gotten this far."

 

What 3 products are currently in heavy rotation for you?

"DANG, products? HAH! It depends on the look I'm going for, honest! If I'm doing a wash and go, hands down it's curl junkie with a dab of ecostyler on top. Product wise, I NEED the curl fix intense hair treatment, it's a great moisturizing with protein deep treatment that can also be used as a leave in. My hair drinks that stuff up like no one's business! I also mix a dab of the curls in a bottle with ecostyler and use that on top. Now if I'm twisting my hair, then I'll reach for my Qhemet Biologics Amla and Olive heavy cream and Olive and Honey hydrating balm...or Oyin Handmade whipped pudding, shine and define or burnt sugar pomade.

You DO know I'm the Queen of the PJ's and can go on forever about products...right? ;)"

 

If you would like to tell your story, please email me at keasley173@gmail.com.



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What's Your Story....

Thu, 03/04/2010 - 6:38AM by NaturallyJustMe 0 Comments -

This "What's Your Story", is coming from yet another inspirational natural lady, YouTube's own wj539.

Some of you may have heard of her, if you haven't I encourage you to take the time to check out and subscribe to her YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/wj539). What drew me to her, was that our hair types are very similar, and I believe that from a growth and timing perspective we are about at the same point. So with that being said, this my friends is her story....

 

When did you first decide to go natural, and what was your motivation to do so?

"I started relaxing my hair when I was 15 and after two years my hair started to break a lot. It kept getting shorter and shorter. I looked up black hair care on google and came up with the site blackhairmediaforum.com. At first I was always in the relaxed section but one day I decided to check out the natural section in February 2007. I discovered someone’s fotki and spent hours looking at the beautiful pictures of different natural women. Right then and there I decided I would stop relaxing my hair."

What were some of the initial responses that you received from family, friends, co-workers etc.?   

"At the time I was still in school, but all my classmates loved the cut. My mom was sceptical but everyone else in my family loved it. I did have some people ask me why would I cut all my hair off but that’s about it."

What advice would you give to a newbie or a transitioner?

"I didn’t transition for long myself but I would say to moisturize your hair as much as possible. When you are a newbie, join natural forums and youtube to look at pictures and videos, that helped me a lot. Especially those who have negative support in their “real” life. Remember this is journey, there will be good and bad days, so don’t give up."

Who are some of your Natural inspirations and why?

"LeChatRouge on fotki. She is my hair twin and her pictures were the one that really made do the switch to the natural side."

What 3 products are currently in heavy rotation for you? 

"Giovanni Direct leave-in (great on damp hair)
Shea butter(makes the hair ultra soft)
Castor oil (to seal the ends, I use it for my hot oil treatments sometimes too)"

 

If you would like to tell your story, please email me at keasley173@gmail.com.



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What's Your Story....

Thu, 02/25/2010 - 6:01AM by NaturallyJustMe 0 Comments -

This "What's Your Story" comes from Ms. KittyKat1374, she was such an inspiration to me at the beginning of my natural journey. I love her videos and her hair, she has some great techniques and I encourage you to check out and subscribe to her YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/Kittykat1374) and her Fotki page (http://public.fotki.com/kittykat1374/). This my friends, is her story....

 

When did you first decide to go natural, and what was your motivation to do so?

"I transitioned for 4 weeks and did my BC in June of 2005. I always loved natural hair and wanted to go natural with a long transition, but would get frustrated and relax my hair again. I had worn my hair short before so I just decided to chop it all off and start fresh."

What were some of the initial responses that you received from family, friends, co-workers etc.?   

"Some loved it, others were shocked that I just cut off my shoulder length hair to pretty much nothing."

What advice would you give to a newbie or a transitioner?   

"Be patient and keep it simple. When I first went natural I used so many different products that if I like how my hair looked I could not even remember what I used to make it look that certain way. I also ended up spending so much money on products I never used after one time. There are cheaper styling products out there that work with natural hair. If you do spend money use it on the products that really count and those are your moisturizers( conditioners and leave ins). The moisture is what helps your hair grow and retain length."

Who are some of your Natural inspirations and why?

"Wow. I have so many. When I first went natural I got a lot of good information from Naturallycurly.com. The ladies on the forum made it possible for me to even know how to maintain my natural hair because I was clueless. Off hand I remember Kinkerbelle because that is first time I even heard anyone using Ecostyler. Ladylibra1982 just because her hair is so beautiful. Oh, I must not forget Rachel True and Kelis( before she cut hair hair off, lol)."

What 3 products are currently in heavy rotation for you? 

"You are actually the first to hear this because I actually changed conditioner due to my beloved TIGI moisture maniac being sold out during Christmas time. I am using the PM the detangler right now. I guess things are good because my hair hasn't fallen out. The Detangler actually seems to work well with my second product which is PM the Conditioner. The Conditioner is a leave in. My third is Ecostyler gel krystal. I just started using this version of Ecostyler and I am really liking it a lot. With my three products you pretty much have my hair routine."

 

If you would like to tell your story, please email me at keasley173@gmail.com.

 



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What's Your Story....

Thu, 02/04/2010 - 6:00AM by NaturallyJustMe 0 Comments -

I am always drawing inspiration and information from so many ladies, one such lady is YouTube's own, TheSistaChick (http://www.youtube.com/user/TheSistahChick).

Just to give you a little bit of background on her, she is wife/working mother of 4 and is a self-proclaimed "Natural Hair Junkie". Personally, I find her videos very informative and she has such a pleasant personality. TheSistaChick allowed me the opportunity to ask her a few questions, and this my friends is her story....

 

When did you first decide to go natural, and what was your motivation to do so?

"I decided to go totally natural in 2006.  That was when I did the BC.  Prior to that, even though I was relaxed, i still wore my hair in natural looking styles. My motivation was to finally just be me."

What were some of the initial responses that you received from family, friends, co-workers etc.?   

"The initial response from my family was acceptance.  That's just how my family is.  My friends, however, were a different story.  A lot of them just didn't understand.  I got negative responses and was even accused of "going through something".

What advice would you give to a newbie or a transitioner?   

"My advice would be to have patience, to take your time in getting to know your hair and what it wants and to research on your own and learn whats best for you."

Who are some of your Natural inspirations and why?

"My natural inspirations were my aunts who live in FL.  Its so hot & humid there, i think natural is the only way to go.  We went on a vacation together once and I was loving their natural hair styles & texture and the freedom of it.   My daughter was also an inspiration for me because i found it contradictory to continue relaxing my hair while also beginning to try to teach her to care for her natural hair."

What 3 products are currently in heavy rotation for you? 

"My 3 most fav products that I find it hard to live without??  Drum Roll Please...
 
1. Giovanni Direct Leave In Condish
2. Oyin Honey Hemp Condish
3. Shea Butter (blended)"

Please stop by and check out TheSitahChick's YouTube channel and her blog, The Sistah Cafe (http://thesistahcafe.blogspot.com/).

If you would like to tell your story, please email me at keasley173@gmail.com.

  

 



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What's Your Story....

Thu, 01/28/2010 - 9:05AM by NaturallyJustMe 0 Comments -

If you are like me, you have spent hours on YouTube doing your research on hairstyles, products, etc. And in the course of your many searches, you probably have come across videos from ShidaNatural (http://www.youtube.com/user/ShidaNatural). 

For those of you that aren't familiar with her, she is a Natural Hair Care & Styling Consultant, that is constantly educating herself on naturally curly, kinky, coily hair, natural hair health, and products that make our natural hair thrive. ShidaNatural is also the creator of ShidaNatural's Healthy Hair Care Products, co-owner of Kin Hairitage "Good Hair Store, and the creator, owner, and personal consultant of CurlsKinksCoils Natural Hair Care & Styling Consultants.

I had the opportunity to ask her some questions, and this my friends, is her story:

When did you first decide to go natural, and what was your motivation to do so?

"I stopped getting relaxers in 2005 and transitioned for about a year before doing the BC (Big Chop) in 2006. That’s when I finally decided to embrace this gift that God gave me, this head full of Naturally CurlyKinkyCoily hair (and yes, I have all 3). I felt like I was freed from bondage that day I cut off all my relaxed ends. It was such a huge relief & exciting moment to have my hair back in its “all natural” state. This summer / 2010, it will be 4 years being "completely" natural.

Here are the reasons why I decided to transition out of my relaxer and become natural:

  • Tired of my hair breaking off, and I could never reach my hair length goals
  • Loved feel & look of my new growth & wondered how all my hair would look in that state
  • Liked big hair so used curling, crimping & wave irons to get that wavy/curly big hair look
  • Tired of blow drying, curling, flat ironing hair, which contributed to heat damage/breakage
  • Got to point where I wasn’t fond of straight hair anymore
  • Didn’t like the burning of relaxers nor the time it took to put them in & style hair
  • Tired of going to hairdresser and sitting for hours
  • Had to trim hair more often than being natural so really wasn’t reaching my length goals
  • Hated that I couldn’t get my hair wet until it was time to wash it (for sake of saving style)"

What were some of the initial responses that you received from family, friends, co-workers etc.?

"I got a mix of different responses. Most people expressed to me that they love my hair in it's natural state; Some people told me that my natural curly hair fits my fun, outgoing personality, and my Bohemian style; Some asked why don't I get locs; As my hair has gotten longer, many people ask if my hair is a weave or a piece; Very few people suggested that I go back to getting a relaxer (most people who know me know I will never ever go back to relaxing my hair)."

What advice would you give to a newbie or a transitioner?

"Be patient, and listen to your hair. It will let you know what it likes and what it does not like, through trial & error, and education. Educate yourself from the very beginning of your natural hair journey and continue to educate yourself since your hair care needs may change as your hair grows longer, and the condition of your hair may change. This Natural Hair Journey is a Lifetime Journey. Don't waste your time on "miracle" products, but rather, focus on those things (internally & externally) that will "promote" healthy hair growth, in addition to products, techniques, regimens, & styles that are conducive for the "current" condition & state of your hair, and what works for your "own" hair texture, curl type, and personal lifestyle that will help you achieve (and maintain) healthy hair growth, and most importantly, length retention (protecting those ends & preserving the structure of the entire hair strand, preventing split ends & breakage). Remember, what works for one may not work for you (and vice versa). Document & Journal your progress (or lack of), so you can refer back to see what worked and what did not work. Remember this one thing... No one has a great hair day everyday. Most of us Natural Hair YouTubers or Natural Hair Bloggers almost never show our bad hair days to our subscribers & followers, but trust, We do have them!"

Who are some of your Natural inspirations and why?

"Some of my Natural Hair inspirations on YouTube are:

  • kittykat1374... Like me, her favorite style is a wash & go. She has such a simple hair care & styling routine, and her curls are beautiful & very healthy-looking.
  • prettydimples01... She shows some great natural hairstyles. I'm a simple loosed hair wash & go kinda girl, but I admire the time and effort she puts into styling her hair.
  • Taren916... Love the body & volume of her hair."

What 3 products are currently in heavy rotation for you?

  1. VO5 Moisture Milks "strawberries & cream" Conditioner (for my co-washes)
  2. Bed Head Moisture Maniac Conditioner (my favorite moisturizing conditioner) 
  3. ShidaNatural's Moisturizing Spray (for pre-styling & daily moisturizer, keeps my 2-strand twists and my wash & go curls moisturized & soft all day long even into the next day, and alleviates the dry, crunchy feeling I get from styling gels)"

 

Please stop by and visit ShidaNatual's website (http://ShidaNaturals.webs.com), for more info on her product line.

 

If you would like to tell your story, please email me at keasley173@gmail.com.

 



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