Natural Hair Blog Feature – Ms. P.A.

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Say Hello to an Absolutely Beautiful Naturalista!

Here is her Natural Hair Story, do enjoy My Queens,

1) Please introduce your amazing self.

A:  My name is P.A., and I’m literally from all over.  I was born in Nigeria, lived in over 13 countries before the age of 10, but spent the majority of that time in England.  I currently live in Texas.  My natural hair is a mixture of 3c, 4a, 4b, and 4c—so I simply that to “Kinky, Curly, Coily”.

2) Did you Transition, Big Chop, Both or Natural from Birth?

A: I transitioned long-term for just under two years.  

3) How long have you been natural?

A: My last relaxer was on May 4, 2013 (yay!) and I cut off all the relaxed ends by February 22, 2015.

4) What made you return natural?

A: My choice to go natural was a practical one—relaxers ate through my scalp and left it bleeding with sores. Since I actually like my scalp, I decided that not using relaxers was in my best interest. 

5) How hard or easy was your first year of being natural?

A: My first year of transitioning was spent mostly in protective styles (my favorite is crochet braids).  Honestly, the most challenging thing was perception—perception of myself and other’s perception of me.  When you get used to a certain look (my mother put relaxers in my hair at the age of 8), you associate a part of yourself with that look.  It was a daunting thing to have to imagine myself without what I considered my “norm.”  Plus, since I’m an attorney, I worried that people would make disparaging remarks about my hair at the office.

6) What helped you the most, to remain natural?

A: At first, necessity. Like I said above, I stopped using relaxers because of the damage it did to my scalp.  There really was no other alternative.  But after a while, I realized that I liked my natural hair.  I started to grow impatient with the straight stringy ends and cut them off before my full two-year goal lol.

7) Your 3 favorite products and why? A:

  1. Coconut Oil (because, really, who isn’t koo-koo for coconut? Lol)
  2. Shea Butter (best sealant ever)
  3. A Number of SheaMoisture Products (is that cheating?? I couldn’t pick just one!)

8) What do you love about your unique tresses?

A: The versatility and how manageable it actually is.  I’ve finally mastered the art of the wash and go for my many textures, and I’ve become quite good at crochet braids when my hair needs a break.

9) What is your least favorite task when dealing with your natural hair?

A: Um…detangling—like you had to ask!

10) How do you inspire other girls to return natural?

A: I try to show various manageable and beautiful ways to wear our hair in its natural state and share those ideas on my blog and social media. 

 

 11) So far in your journey, what is your favorite hair style? 

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A: I’d have to say the wash and go.

Relaxed Beauty 

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Natural Beauty  – Hair Style Galore

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Natural Beauty  – Beautiful
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Natural Beauty in Every Facet
 

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😀 This post shows us the Beauty of our Natural Hair and to Love, Care and Treasure our Tresses  😀

Thank you Loves for reading, many thank yous Dear PA and thank you for your patience, Enjoy the Day 😀

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Natural Hair Blog Feature – Ms. Ginger

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Our following guest is Lovely Ginger!

Gorgeous Naturalista with beautiful curls!!!!

Here is her Natural Hair Story, do enjoy Ladies,

1) Please introduce your amazing self.

A: I’m Ginger 33 born and raised in Albuquerque, NM. I love hanging out with my family, reading, watching too much TV and youtube videos. I’m a practicing licensed massage therapist and, I’m trying to be a blogger.

2) Did you Transition, Big Chop, Both or Natural from Birth?

A: I transitioned for about 7 months and then had my sister ( who is a hair stylist) do the chopping.

3) How long have you been natural?

A: I stopped relaxing in September of 2013 and chopped sometime around  April of 2013. So, almost 2 ½ years.

4) What made you return natural?

A: I was tired of those scalp burns! I spent 24 years putting those chemicals on my head and I was just tired of it. I saw so many gorgeous heads of kinky, coily hair and I loved it. I realized it was time.

5) How hard or easy was your first year of being natural?

A: I found it surprisingly easy. I was lucky to have so many different resources. I work in salon full of curly hair experts, plus youtube and the blogisphere had so much to offer.

6) What helped you the most, to remain natural?

A: I’d say my hair! For the first time in my entire life I liked my hair. It was a new and amazing feeling.

7) Your 3 favorite products and why? A:

  1. Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Shampoo. It gets my hair clean without stripping it and making it dry.
  2. Organix Keratin Oil Conditioner. It is the best thing I’ve found to detangle with, lets my fingers slip right through easily.
  3. Avocado Oil, I use this as a heat protectant, scalp moisturizer, and an ingredient when I deep condition.

8) What do you love about your unique tresses?

A: The versatility I have. I feel like I can do a million different things with my hair now. I’m slowly trying to incorporate new and different styles into my routine.

9) What is your least favorite task when dealing with your natural hair?

A: I think I speak for a lot of us when I say detangling. If I could pay someone to do it for me I would.

10) How do you inspire other girls to return natural?

A: I think it’s a really personal decision that everyone has to think about on their own.  I would just say there is a whole community of us out there that will be there for you if you choose to do it. I think it’s important not to shame those who aren’t  natural, or who return to relaxing.

         

 11) So far in your journey, what is your favorite hair style? 

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A: Curly Bangs! I have always wanted bangs and I never thought they looked right. Now I love wearing them and I love them.

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Natural Beauty  – Various Styles

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My favorite flower is the Gerber daisy. 

“If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.”

Audrey Lorde 

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Ginger Rachelle from Does Your Sister Have Normal Hair?

😀 This post shows us the importance of loving our own unique hair texture and accepting every coil, kink, coil and curl 😀

Thank you Darlings for reading, many thank yous Ms. Ginger for participating and you all have a great Day 😀

Natural Hair Blog Feature – Ms. Ekene

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Our following guest is Beautiful Ekene,

A Jewel from the beautiful Africa, she is here with us.

Here is her Natural Hair Story, do enjoy Lovelies,

1) Please introduce your amazing self.

A: Hello there! My name is Ekene. I’m a Nigerian girl, writing you from Lagos! A lawyer by day (and by night), I am also one half of the hair blog – thekinkandi.com!

2) Did you Transition, Big Chop, Both or Natural from Birth?

A: I did the big chop on May 30, 2012 after transitioning for 8 months. 

3) How long have you been natural?

A: I have been fully natural for 3 years. 

4) What made you return natural?

A: I discovered the amazing natural hair community while searching the Internet for healthy hair tips for my relaxed hair. Before this, I did not know it was an option to wear my hair natural. My eyes were opened. All the textures, the versatility and the styles. Even though I was tired of relaxing my hair, I didn’t know for sure that I would remain natural for ever, but at that point I knew I just HAD to try. 

5) How hard or easy was your first year of being natural?

A: My first year was not too easy or too hard. In my relaxed days, I wasn’t doing anything. I had never even washed my own hair. So it was a new experience, learning about hair, learning about my hair. I wasn’t length focused at all & thanks to one silly uninformed experience at a barbershop, I believe I lost most of the length I grew during my transition! By the end of it though, at least I figured out how my hair likes to be moisturized 🙂

6) What helped you the most, to remain natural?

A: Hmmmm. I think deciding to accept my hair, MY natural for all it is, is what has helped the most. 

7) Your 3 favorite products and why? A:

  1. Shea Moisture Mousse: gives me good definition and its a very light product, so for my hair that takes ages to dry, it’s really wonderful. 
  2. Nothing But Intense Healing Mask: the first DC I tried that really made an impression! And I’ve stuck with it as a staple ever since. 
  3. Hello Hydrationfave for co-washing. It is SO moisturising. Love it, love it!

8) What do you love about your unique tresses?

A: I love my hair. I love how thick she is. How Coily. Honestly, I see God in my hair. Been together for 3 years and I’m still often surprised by new things- the things she can do, how she interacts with the environment. I love that she fascinates me. I love that she feels like me- an expression of my personality!

9) What is your least favorite task when dealing with your natural hair?

A: Bahahaha. Detangling. Though my hair is very dense, my individual strands are very very fine, and they snap easily. I wish I had the patience to detangle my hair in the most suitable way for it.

10) How do you inspire other girls to return natural?

A: Going about my business, wearing my hair natural. It isn’t always “on fleek” lol but I believe that by wearing our kinks, we are definitely inspiring other people to do the same. Showing them that yes, it actually is possible. Breaking down any resistance over time. On my blog, The Kink and I, I share my hair journey in the hope that it inspires, encourages and educates people about the beauty of kinky hair, and ways to care for it! 

         

 11) So far in your journey, what is your favorite hair style? 

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A: I love the Fro! Big stretched Fro. I am yet to discover how to achieve it without breakage though. 🙂 I don’t wear it so often for this reason but even then, when I finally do, I feel like I lose all the hair I spared myself from losing during the months before smh smh! My hair REALLY doesn’t like combs but I won’t listen! I experiment with curly styles but when they don’t work out, Fro straight!

Natural Beauty Various Hairstyles

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Natural Beauty – Styles in Progress

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I’ve actually never seen my favorite flower. I love love tulips.

Maybe one day I’ll be able to visit Amsterdam in the spring and be surrounded by tulips.

I think they are so beautiful! 🙂

😀 This post shows us to love our own tresses, its our own and nobody else’s, so love and take care of your beautiful natural hair 😀

Thank you Darlings for reading, many thank yous Ms. Ekene for participating and you all have a great day!!!!