Feature Friday

FEATURE FRIDAY: KESIA CLAYSIE

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1. Tell us about yourself.
 Hello Girls, I live in the Caribbean with my family and work part-time. For the longest time, could not get my relaxed hair to grow past my shoulders, was super thin and unhealthy so after some time, decided to return natural and will never looked back. Love it, my hair is longer and healthier than ever and am happy.image

2. How long have you been natural and what made you decide to go natural?
Have been natural now for 2 years 4 months. Decided to return natural because I simply did not know how to take care of my own hair, she would never grow and could never achieve a style I wanted without my stylist. After being inspired by my aunt, and with support from the rest of my family, decided to go for it.
3. Have you always embraced your natural hair texture?
 
Not at all, did not even consider going natural because did not know anything about my own natural hair. Always had my hair relaxed every 4 months so never really knew anything about my natural texture until I started to transition, did that for 4 months, got impatient so decided to BC on February 28, 2012.
4. How would you describe your hair?
She has personality and is alive!!! My texture is 4C, very kinky, coily, zigly zagly. Length is 11″ to 12″. In the back, is more tightly coiled and in the front, is looser coils. She loves water, Tresemme & Aussie Moist conditioners, creams, oils of any kind, prefers to be left alone 90% of the time in protective styles.
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5. What is your natural hair regimen?
Wash Days are very 2 to 3 weeks, finger-detangle with VO5 Conditioner & Oil, then do 15-20 large braids, wash with ACV mix and do a tea rinse, let her air dry for about 15 minutes, on to my protective style, 2 Strand Twists, apply my conditioner mix and oil to seal in moisture. Do treatments when needed.
6. What products can’t you live without?
Water is absolutely one of them, Tresemme, Aussie Moist or VO5 Conditioner, Olive & Coconut Oil, scrunchies and my satin cap!!! As long as I have the above am ok. As time goes on, am trying to simplify my hair regimen, once I find what works, I stick to that. Ooh, of course, my fingers, they are my combs 😀
7. How do you retain length and maintain the health of your hair?
The best thing I can say is consistency, try my best to always keep tresses moisturized, wear a satin cap when sleeping, every single night, do treatments every 2 to 3 months. I use zero heat and keep her in protective styles 3 weeks, then rest for 1 week. If my hair does not like a product, will not use again.
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8. What lessons have you learned during your natural hair journey?
I have learned to appreciate and love my natural hair, how to take care of her and see that natural hair is not only amazing but extremely versatile in every way. I am amazed at other Naturalistas, how they take such great care if their own tresses and support ones going through a hard time, sweet community 😀
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9. Is there any advice you would like to give to fellow textured ladies?
 Please keep rocking your lovely tresses, whenever you see a natural girl, smile and compliment her about her lovely hair, trust me, you will make her day. Love your hair, she is unique and your crown of glory so smile and wear your crown girls. Wear your hair the way you choose to, it is yours so have a blast dolls!
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10. Where can we find you?
 You can find me at my blog on WordPress at: http://islandkynks.wordpress.com/Feel free to come by and check it out. If you have any questions, please post a comment or send me an email to: zion_areli@yahoo.com. Thank you for reading ladies and many thanks to Jai Nicole for featuring me.

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Thank you Kesia!!!

Feature Friday: Sharlene

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1. Tell me about yourself.

My name is Sharlene and I am from Louisiana.

2.How long have you been natural and what made you decide to go natural?

I was a slow transitioner. I grew my hair out for 2 1/2 years wearing protective styles such as braids, weaves, and braidouts. I chose to grow my hair out instead of doing the big chop solely because I wasn’t brave enough to do so. During my transition stage I experimented a lot with my hair because I had to learn how to work the 2 textures helped me start to discover what works best for my hair.

3. Have you always embraced your natural hair texture?

I can truly say I grew to love my texture. When I started my journey going back natural, very few were doing so there was a lot of trial and error with my hair but that made me appreciate the journey so much more but I definitely had those “WTF mornings” with my hair. Once I learned how to treat my hair properly and learned what works best for my hair; I began to appreciate it a lot more and experiment with different products and styles I am still learning.

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4. How would you describe your hair?

My hair is SUPER THICK, with every curl pattern imaginable.

5. What is your natural hair regimen?

I cowash weekly, shampoo when needed (ex. if I have a lot of buildup from working out), deep conditioning twice a month or more depending on what my hair needs because sometimes my hair is super dry. During the week my hair is almost always in some type of braid (French braid or goddess braid) or bun for work. Braids are just so low maintenance and an easy style, which also cuts down on my time when getting ready in the morning. I use the Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner and Hello Hydration interchangeably when I co wash. The leave-in Kinky Curly Knot Today: Leave-In/Detangler is my Holy Grail. I absolutely love how it makes my hair feel and it makes it so much easier to detangle. When I deep condition I use the Shea Moisture Deep Conditioning Masque and I’ll perform my hot oil treatements with Olive oil to add moisture when my hair needs a little more TLC. My favorite oils to use are coconut oil and jojoba oil. I use the jojoba oil more on m when my ends and the coconut oil when I do my scalp massages or just to refresh my hair from an old style. And lastly, for my braid and twist outs I use either Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie or the Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioner. I love how both of these products give my hair definition and leave my hair nourished.

6. How do you retain length and maintain the health of your hair?

I maintain a healthy length by keeping my hair in some type of protective style (French braid, goddess braid, bun, etc.) during the week and keeping my hair moisturized when wearing a style where my hair is out such as a twist out or braid out. I am a big advocate on little to no heat on my hair because I have had severe  heat damage from excessive straightening in the past. I aim to straighten my hair no more than twice a year and during that time I get a trim if needed.

 

 

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7. What lessons have you learned during your natural hair journey?

The best things about being curly are being able to wear my hair any way I please and the styles are still cute. I don’t have to worry about slicking down my edges or worrying about having the perfect bun. Curly hair is so versatile; it gives us all curly girls a way to express our personality and style through our hair.

8. Is there any advice you would like to give to other fellow curly girls?

Be patient, I know that’s said once to many but it’s very true. Embrace your hair at every stage and be creative.

 

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9. Where can we find you?

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/Sharleneyvonne

Instagram: Sharleneyvonner

Blog: http://www.sharleneyvonne.blogspot.com

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FEATURE FRIDAY: ADRIENNE

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1. Tell us about yourself.

My name is Adrienne. I love being active and anything athletically competitive and I LOVE movies, particularly RomCom & Action! I’m not the best at styling my hair but I try, that’s what counts right?!? Also, I’m blessed to be married to my love and new hubby! @malc04

2. How long have you been natural and what made you decide to go natural?

It’s been about 4 years. I noticed my hair was unhealthy, my ends were terrible. I wanted my hair to grow so I figured I had to change something.

3. Have you always embraced your natural texture?

Not always, I sort of went back and forward with it when I was younger. I love my hair now, straight or curly.

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4. How would you describe your hair?

Long & thick, curl pattern is 3b.

5. What is your natural hair regimen?

I typically wear my hair straight. I go to my hair dresser often because I feel more comfortable letting a professional style it rather than flat ironing it myself and potientially damaging it. When I wear my hair curly, I always use Curl Enhancing Smoothie right after washing it and apply mousse to the ends to enhance my curls.

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6. What products can’t you live without?

Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum, Curl Enhancing Smoothie, & mousse

7. How do you retain length and maintain the health of your hair?

I very rarely flat iron (usually twice a month), and when I do, my hair dresser usually does it. I use heat protectant, and I don’t color or highlight.

8. What lessons have you learned during your natural hair journey?

I can live without a relaxer and it’s not nearly as hard to maintain as I thought it would be.

9. Is there any advice you would like to give to to other fellow curly girls?

It’s all about what you want, try out different methods and products (by word of mouth) to find what works best for your hair and what you prefer.

10. Where can we find you? Fb, instagram, twitter, etc..

Twitter: @AMoneySmooth

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Feature Friday: Lizzie

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Hi everyone, this will be my first Feature Friday of many! I am very excited to provide a platform for fellow naturalistas of every texture to share their natural hair stories with everyone! The first Feature Friday is Lizzie from Lafayette, Louisiana, my BEST friend! Her hair is dope and she will tell you all about it! Hope you all enjoy!

1. Tell us about yourself.

My name is Elizabeth, I go by Liz. I love the natural movement! In addition, I love new challenges, and I admire people who are passionate and purposeful in their lives.

2. How long have you been natural and what made you decide to go natural?

I have been natural since after high school. I didn’t really decide to go natural. My mother stopped putting perms, because she was sure that her hair was falling out because of it. For this reason, I stopped as well (8 yrs ago). However, I discovered the Chi iron and wore that out. I didn’t really wear my hair in its “natural state” until I started AmeriCorps (Community Service Program) 3 years ago. I started wearing it this way because I would sweat, and it was hard to maintain straight hair. Also in the program so many girls had textured hair and it was welcoming.

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3. Have you always embraced your natural hair texture?

No, I thought for awhile that my hair was pretty, but it was something that needed to be “done” or straightened in order to be beautiful. That has changed however!

4. How would you describe your hair?

My hair is soft and very curly, a S pattern, it is thin looking when wet and when it’s fully dry, it is thick and bountiful.

5. What is your natural hair regimen?

My hair is colored, so I use sulfate free, color shampoos most of the time. I wash my hair once a week. I condition with regular conditioner for colored hair, and I condition with 3 minute Aussie Moist conditioner, which is warmed with Olive oil. After a while my hair is soaking wet, I apply color protecting serum. After, if I am wearing my hair stretched, I towel dry (I know frizz…but I am not wearing my hair out) and I braid it into 4 braids with just leave in conditioner and then do protective styles (several different buns…etc) for the week.

6. What products can’t you live without?

Curl Enhancing Smoothie

7. How do you retain length and maintain the health of your hair?

I wash my hair once a week, and I do not straighten my hair often.

8. What lessons have you learned during your natural hair journey?

That I love my hair just the way it is, and that when you know what to do, it is easier to manage than straight hair.

9. Is there any advice you would like to give to fellow textured ladies?

Yes, have fun with your hair.

10. Where can we find you?

I can only be reached here! So please hit up Jai if you’re interested in learning more, we should do a video together!

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