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My Hair, My Story: Maicurls

Maicurls How did you transition and what was your transition style?

I transitioned for almost a year and would trim a little bit of my ends

Transitioning in 2009

Transitioning in 2009

every month. My transitioning “style” really was no style! I did not know what I was doing during my transition especially at the start so I either had my hair in a bun, ponytail or a wash-n-go. I did not know about blending my two textures together so I was walking around with different textured hair. It wasn’t pretty.

Why did you decide to go natural?

Long story short, I got sick of the whole relaxing process. I was tired of my extremely damaged hair, the scalp burns and hair that would either barely graze my shoulders or just reach a little below before snapping off. I have to admit I was not taking care of my hair and I was also using commercial hair dyes (a lot!) My sister had stopped relaxing her hair before I did and had followed me to relax her hair. When I saw how healthy her hair looked that was it! My last relaxer was around mid-2009 and I transitioned to about mid-2010. After going back natural

I also decided to stop using dyes in 2011 because I did not want to deal with chemicals and touchups on my roots.

• When was your first perm?

I was about 12 when I started doing my own hair (before that my mother and even father would style my fluffy afro). When I started styling my own hair I really started to bug my mother about getting my hair relaxed. I wanted the same kind of hair as my friends. I went to an international school and a lot of my friends were Europeans with “straight flowy hair”. My mum finally gave in when I was 14 because she got sick of me begging for a relaxer.

• What are your hair goals? (short term & long term)

I just want healthy hair and with that comes growth. So I want healthy hair that grows. I also want to grow out my layers.

• What was/is the biggest challenge you face with your hair?

2 years Natural

2 years Natural

Single strand knots!!! They are so annoying! My hair can really shrink up and it is not necessarily the fact that my hair shrinks that bothers me but the way my hair likes to coil up on itself.

Detangling really becomes an issue if I am not diligent with my hair and I can sometimes have

3 single strand knots on one piece of hair! I try to keep my hair stretched whenever I can as thishelps keep them at bay.

• What’s the craziest thing you ever done to you hair? (permed/natural or otherwise)

I am not all that “adventurous” with my hair I like to keep it simple and stick to what I know but

I have made silly mistakes. One of them was to wait way too long to detangle my hair. I kept co-
washing it and not really detangling. The result? Super, no uber super knotty hair. That was not fun! Another mistake was to rinse out a DIY Protein Deep Conditioner which contained eggs with warm water! The result? Boiled egg white bits in my hair! I had to rinse my hair out again a few times to get all the bits of egg out. That was not fun either!

• What are your staple products?

In 2013 I decided to try and incorporate as many natural DIY

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products into my routine as I could so I have basically been using mostly all DIY products for my hair. My main constant products are Almond Oil, Grapeseed Oil and Coconut Oil. Up until recently I have been using Corine DeFarme Conditioner to co-wash, as part of my DIY Deep Conditioner and my DIY Leave-ins. I am now experimenting with TRESemme Naturals Conditioner. I also love water, Rosewater and Flaxseed Gel and glycerins

• What is your advice to women who are considering going natural?

Do it! Go for it but give yourself the time to get to know your hair. Be patient, gentle, don’t stress and don’t give up! At first I expected my hair to miraculously turn into a head full of lovely bouncy curls overnight but learnt in order to grow my hair in a healthy way I needed to nurture, protect, understand and love my hair. Do your research and communicate with others.Blogs, forums, YouTube etc are all full of information. You are not alone you just need to be prepared. Also learn to love YOUR hair…we can sometimes get caught up on how beautiful someone elses hair looks and it is alright to admire someones hair but envy and admiration are two different things. Love your hair no matter what kind of curls you have. I keep on finding out new things about my hair even after all this time of being natural. There are so many innovative and creative people online who are just a click away and I love learning new things with and through them!

You can find me on:

Blog: http://maicurls.wordpress.com

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Maicurls

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/maicurls/

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My Hair. My Story: Brittany

412277_10150869804277286_420440100_oHow did you transition and what was your transition style?

I transitioned for about three months and I did a lot twists and deep conditioning treatments.  My style was the twist out and flexi rods were my friend. I decided to do the big chop so I could start with something fresh and easy!

Why did you decide to go natural?

I was sick of not having any life in my hair and spending 100 dollars a pop to perm it. My hair was never as healthy as I wanted it to be so I got on YouTube and saw videos on Natural Hair and I was hooked. And plus it would be weird to perm my hair and tell my daughter to stay natural.

When was your first perm?

I believe I was 8 or 9. My mom permed it for a pageant. I was a tomboy and I didn’t really cared what really happened to my hair.

What are your hair goals? (short term & long term)

Short term: is to be able to do more styles. Long term: To have the biggest fro in world.

What was/is the biggest challenge you face with your hair?

Detangling is the worst and it is something I absolutely hate doing.

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I had bright pink hair in college. Thank God no one took pictures or wanted to take picture of that.

What are your staple products?

Aunt Jackie’s products, Aussie’s 3 Minute Miracle, WonderCurl products and Shea Moisture for washing and conditioning my hair.

What is your advice to women who are considering going natural?

Do it for you and don’t worry about what others would think. If you have a guy or family members who have an opinion about it, remind them that it is your hair not theirs. Also don’t think paying 40 dollars for product can give you the best head of hair out there sometimes the cheaper products work just as well, if not better.

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My Hair.My Story: Kimba

  • How did you transition and what was your transition style?

I transitioned from December 2009 until October 31, 2010.  I finally Big Chopped on October 31, 2010 because I was not getting anywhere with transitioning.  My style during the transitioning period was usually a wash and go and that’s part of the reason why I wasn’t getting anywhere. 

  • Why did you decide to go natural?

I was always natural at heart.  I was previously natural over 9 years ago—my senior year of college—but because of some pressures—I fell back into relaxed hair until I decided to start my natural hair journey again. I was tired of loosing my hair to chemicals and heat styling.  I knew once my bra strap length hair reverted to shoulder, it was time for a change.

  • When was your first perm?

I don’t even remember.  All I know was, I was in late elementary school…5th grade maybe.  At that time, I enjoyed going to the beauty salon.  I loved the conversations, the people there…When I was growing up, the thing that I remember more than the burn of the relaxer was the older women speaking French in the beauty salon when they didn’t want you to know what they were saying.  I don’t remember when I got my first perm, but I do remember sitting down and enjoying the experience—with the exception of the feeling on my scalp. 

  • What are your hair goals? (short term & long term)

I have short and long term goals of having the healthiest hair possible.  I would like for my hair to grow back to it’s bra strap length.  I would also like to get more thickness in my fine hair. 

  • What was/is the biggest challenge you face with your hair?

Not following a routine all of the time.  I go strong for two to three weeks, and then I fall off track.  I’ve finally found a routine that I can stick to and I am trying to see how long that will last.  Everything else is fine with my hair.  Just giving it some TLC has shown a complete difference than when I was relaxed and abusing heat styling. 

  • What’s the craziest thing you ever done to you hair? (permed/natural or otherwise)

I dyed my own hair red from a box…and I didn’t know what I was doing…and I recently relaxed my hair not too long before!  That was the begining of the downfall of my relaxed hair.  I am still shocked I was not bald after that experiment. 

  • What are your staple products?

Nourish and Shine from Jane Carter Solution, Avocado & Honey Whipped Hair Puddin’ by Isabis Naturals,  Nourish & Grow Scalp Serum by Isabis Naturals, Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar, Avalon Organics Nourishing Lavender Conditioner

  • What is your advice to women who are considering going natural?

Patience, open-mindedness, and knowledge will help you in your natural journey.  Not everyone will think your hair is beautiful, your hair may not grow as fast as someone else’s, you may have terrible hair days…but keep vigilant, be patient, have an open mind and use all of your resources such as books, the internet and other naturals.  If you practice these characteristics, your natural journey will be rewarding and you will achieve the hair that you desire. 

NaturalJael interview: Goes natural to set an example for daughter.

How did you transition and what was your transition style?

I transitioned by keeping my hair flat ironed. I have to admit, I knew nothing about heat damage at the time. So, flat ironing was my choice. I would have my hair flat ironed monthly. My sister used a flat iron that had temperature control settings other than “hella hot” – LOL. She used a low setting. I didn’t realize it at the time, but the low temperature did not completely straighten my hair. It did blend my two textures, helping to prevent breakage at the line of demarcation, until I was ready to big chop.

Why did you decide to go natural?

It was because of my daughter, that I began my transition. I watched her hair morph into lifeless strands from relaxers. There were no balding spots or sores – just limp, lifeless hair. I made the decision not to relax her hair and to keep it braided. I now know this was the start of her transition.

After a year with braids, she started to wear her natural texture and that is when the teasing began. Kids can be so cruel and the constant teasing from the other kids devastated my daughter.

As a parent, one of the hardest responsibilities that come with the job is to see your child hurting. Now comes the time to pick up the pieces. All of the teasing and name-calling was because her hair did not look like their hair – anymore.

I constantly told her that she was smart and beautiful, not just beautiful on the outside, but a beautiful person. I explained, as best I could, that God made us perfect. Our hair is exactly how it is suppose to be. If He wanted us to have straight hair, He would have given it to us. But He didn’t. So be happy with what you have.

There I was with long flowing relaxed hair, giving encouragement to my daughter – who was natural with short tightly coiled hair.

That did not make me feel good.

As a parent, there are two things that I have to remind myself of: children will usually do as you do and hardly ever do what you say.

I feel like I should be the best example for my children – if not me, then who?

Now, feeling extremely hypocritical, I came to a pivotal point and a decision needed to be made. Either I stay relaxed and relax her hair again or she stays natural and I transition. Now, four years into my natural hair journey, I have no regrets.

When was your first perm?

I would say that my first relaxer was probably eighth or ninth grade. Until sixth grade, my hair was pressed and curled. I had my first jheri curl when I was in the sixth grade. I kept the curl until the eighth grade. I refused to go to high school with braces and a jheri curl. LOL!

What are your hair goals? (short term & long term)

My short term hair goal is to eat a balanced diet and exercise more. My long term goal is to grow and maintain at least middle backflower with headband length natural hair.

What was/is the biggest challenge you face with your hair?

Up until my personal 15 week challenge, I would have said, nothing. But now, as I am seven weeks into my 15 week challenge, I would definitely say eating healthy and working out five days a week.

What’s the craziest thing you ever done to you hair? (permed/natural or otherwise)

During my eighth grade year, I shaved my natural hair into an asymmetrical fade. I also think I was probably the first person in my school to wear the chimp bumps all over my head with rubber bands. LOL!

What are your staple products?

Currently, Hydrathermal Natural has my complete attention. Their products are really working for me and living up to their claim.

What is your advice to women who are considering going natural?

My advice to women that are considering going natural are to take 7 simple steps:

  1. Know exactly why you are going natural and wanting to wear your natural hair.
  2. Have a plan that will guide you through your transition.
  3. Set goals to help you stay focused and take action to keep your plan real.
  4. Become a life learner of natural hair.
  5. Make a commitment to keep an open mind about your natural hair.
  6. Create a regimen and make it a priority, make it important.
  7. Be patient. I know this is easier said than done, but it will help keep anxiety down.

Don’t fret, your hair is growing.

links to where people can keep up with your journey

Blog: Natural Hair Community

Twitter: www.twitter.com/naturaljael

Facebook: www.facebook.com/naturalhaircommunity

Titi Branch of Miss Jessie’s states Older women pioneered the natural hair movement

miko and tit branch, miko and titiTia Williams of Essence.com interviewed Miko and Titi Branch the sister CEO duo of powerful hair care brand Miss Jessie’s on her Shake your Beauty segment.

In the 4 minute interview Miko and Titi discuss their revolutionary natural hair product Curly Pudding,  natural hair pet peeves, and changing the image of textured hair.

The most  interesting piece I found of the interview is when Titi Branch declares that the older woman pioneered the natural hair movement due to frustration with chemical relaxer damage.

Check out the interview below.

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My Hair,My Story: Chakecia

How did you transition and what was your transition style?
I transitioned with braids. At the time I didn’t consider myself “transitioning” because I never saw myself wearing my hair curly. There were NO naturals in my city and I knew absolutely nothing about caring for my hair in its natural state.
Why did you decide to go natural?
I stopped relaxing my hair in 2007 because my Aunt said I should. I knew she didn’t have a relaxer and she pressed her hair ever 2 weeks and it was healthy, so why not?After beginning research on healthy hair practices in 2009 and seeing other naturals rock their fros I began to see the beauty in my natural hair and wanted to explore it.
When was your first perm?
psshhh! before i could remember. I believe my mom texturized my hair when I was 3 or 4
What are your hair goals? (short term & long term)
Goals…?? I just want healthy hair… and if it ends up at my waist I won’t complain (=
What was/is the biggest challenge you face with your hair?
Putting on a brave face for those who don’t understand was probably my biggest challenge. Even when I wasn’t confident about my hair I had to pretend I was so others didn’t think they could break me. Those comments hurt sometimes so developing a thinker skin was definitely a must.
What’s the craziest thing you ever done to you hair? (permed/natural or otherwise)
I don’t do crazy things really. I’ve colored it though and its been a process! I love it now but it took some adjusting.
What are your staple products?
Hawaiian Silky 14-in-1 Miracle Worker as my leave in, DevaCurl One condition. I’m loving the DevaCurl line right now but I’m still testing things out.
What is your advice to women who are considering going natural?
RESEARCH! It’s so important that you don’t just take someone’s word for it. Try it out yourself see how you like it and come to your own conclusions.
You can find me at http://MiiSSkECiia.com !!

My Hair. My Story :Tamikca

How did you transition and what was your transition style?
I pretty much did the twist and curl technique I learn from www.curlynikki.com

short natural hairWhy did you decide to go natural?
I had been texturizing my hair for like a year and a half using mild relaxer. I didn’t really like the way my hair was more straight then curly so I wanted to go to a professional supply store and buy the proper product hoping that it wouldn’t have the same effect as the mild relaxer. After stumbling upon youtube and discovering all of the info available for natural hair it put me more at ease to transition. The straw that broke the camels back was my oldest daughter had a great deal of breakage because she had to swim twice a week. I had to end up cutting off all of her relaxer as she was just starting 8th grade. I didn’t want my baby to go thru it alone so I decided to do my big chop two weeks after her.

When was your first perm?curly  hair
I got my first relaxer when I was 12 and I’m 32 now!
What are your hair goals? (short term & long term)
At this point I really just want my hair as healthy as possible…. BUT my long term goal is to grow my hair out to my butt while it is curly!!!
What was/is the biggest challenge you face with your hair?
As my hair gets longer the biggest challenge for me is detangling.
What’s the craziest thing you ever done to you hair? (permed/natural or otherwise)
The craziest thing I ever did was while I was relaxed was shave my head on one side and my hubby would put cute little designs in it.
What are your staple products?
Kinky Curly Knot today is one of my favorite products and the only thing that I’ve been consistent with since I big chopped.
What is your advice to women who are considering going natural?

Do it! Don’t spend your life worried about how being you will affect anybody else but you. I feel so much more confident, and sexy! If any of that is lacking from your spirit then take the plunge.

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Big Hair .. Big Personality

natural hair with headbandMy big hair has her own thing going on. If she wasn’t attached to me I would think she was someone else.
You see she doesn’t like to be tamed, tugged, or tangled
She loves attention, good ingredients, and a relaxing steam treatment every once in while.
My Big hair is:
a conversation starter
an unspoken statement
my crown and glory

She’s thick in all the right places
Doesn’t take crap from any sub par hair products
and NEVER plays by the rules.
Her only job is to answer questions and look fly while doing so!
She fears nothing except a relaxer and heat damage.
She is
BOLD
and
Bountiful
Healthy
and
Haute
She is
ME personified
twist out, big twist out

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Cherie’s Colored Natural Hair at Urbanbella Salon

Just before Thanksgiving I met up with my new friend Cherie of Nappy Rutz at Urbanbella Salon. Cherie was in need of a change and decided to redeem her Urbanbella gift certificate she won at a natural hair mixer in August for a sassy new color.

Some photos of the beautiful salon

I am in love with this dresser. The salon and store had a shabby chic decor.

the store section of Urbanbella

great all natural products for your natural hair.

Cherie filling out her consultation form.

Cherie was nervous due to a previous coloring session in 2008. A natural hair stylist in Texas double processed her hair in twice in a two week span. This obvious no no made Cherie’s hair break off terribly, resulting in a loss of almost half her length! So needless to say Cherie was on the edge of her seat this go around.

getting her deep conditioner washed out while telling Store Manager Marsha and I the devastating events with her past hair color.

Questions flurried in me and  Cherie’s  mind on all the possible things that could go wrong with color and natural hair, until colorist Ukalie Washington came to save the day! Ukalie was very knowledgeable and patient amidst all of our questions and pondering. Ukalie  taught us some fundamentals on Hair Coloring 101 that reassured Cherie she was in great hands.

The first section of color being applied by Ukalie.

I SEE COLOR!

After all the color was rinsed out Cherie was finger styled using Kinky Curly’s Curling Custard on soaking wet hair. Cherie received two pleasant surprised that day as she had never tried the infamous product.

Finished Result: TA DA!

beautiful medium brown colored waves and curls

Big, Bold, Hair & Earrings! Thanks Urbanbella!

My Hair.My Story: Jonna

Jonna:
How did you transition and what was your transition style?
My transition was very unsuccessful, so I didn’t have a transition style.  My natural hair was so thick in comparison to my relaxed hair, that it would tangle and break whenever I washed my hair.  Most days I couldn’t even part my hair without snap, crack, pop sounds.  So I would just wear it in a bun.  I got my last relaxer July 2008, and I barely made it 6 months before I bc’d in December 2008.
Why did you decide to go natural? I wanted to focus on a more healthy lifestyle all around.  And I saw many natural women wearing such a variety of hair styles, so I wanted to see what my hair could do relaxer-free.
When was your first perm?
I think I was probably 12.
What are your hair goals? (short term & long term)
My short term goal is to incorporate ayurvedic treatments and protective styles into my hair care routine.  My long term goal is to just make my hair as healthy and long as possible and use 100% natural products.
What was/is the biggest challenge you face with your hair?
The biggest challenge I faced initially was learning what my hair could and couldn’t do.  I was watching so many YouTube videos and reading so many blogs, and everything that I tried just didn’t work for me.  But I couldn’t let that discourage me.  The biggest challenge I face now is finding the time and energy to dedicate to my hair.  As my hair gets longer, it takes more time to wash, condition, detangle and style.  So I’m working to come up with a routine and making a schedule to stick to for “hair time”.
What’s the craziest thing you ever done to you hair? (permed/natural or otherwise)
My mom never let me do anything crazy to my hair.  So even when I got “grown” I was still scared to do anything crazy.  BTW – My mom went natural and bc’d in January 2010.
What are your staple products?
Coconut oil, shea butter, aloe vera juice/gel, my homemade tea tree shampoo, african black soap, SheaMoisture Deep Treatment Mask, Curl & Style Milk, Curl Enhancing Smoothie
What is your advice to women who are considering going natural? My advice would be to do lots of research, but at the same time be prepared for your hair and your journey to be unique.  There will be hair envy moments, but don’t let that turn into contempt of your own hair.  Make sure you know your “why” for going natural, because you will have to be secure in that reason in order to combat the negativity that may come from others and from yourself when things don’t go as planned.  And know that it is truly a journey and not a destination, so be patient.