CURLYFEATURE – MEET Alana

CURLYFEATURE – MEET Alana

My name is Alana but I prefer to be called Poe. Poe is short for Poetree and from my name, I am a poet. I represent and support anything natural for it is true health for the mind, body, and soul. I accept myself exactly how I am, and so, I am able to be completely natural in the way I always wished to be. FRO is much more than hair but the ultimate acceptance of YOUR definition of beauty in all shapes and forms. In my youth, I never permed or relaxed my hair, however, I was not shy to dyes and heat. My mother, a Native American, Panamanian and African American mix, had beautiful 4C hair where as my 3C hair couldn't compare; my biological Puerto Rican father had the blame in that. Nevertheless, I didn't have the confidence or knowledge to care for my waist length hair while in middle and high school. I cut my knots out of my hair, I...
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CURLYFEATURE – MEET Nicole

CURLYFEATURE – MEET Nicole

Hey Curlies!! My name is Nicole, I decided to transition to natural. I cut off my relaxed ends in March of 2013. I went natural because I was tired of the expense that came with a relaxer. To me, my relaxed hair was so thin and I've always had a dry itchy scalp. So, my main goal was to have thicker and healthier hair. When I first went natural, I straightened my hair and wore weaves a lot. I really had no clue about different natural styles. I have 3 tips for maintaining my curls. First, minimum or NO HEAT. I haven't flat ironed my hair in a little over a year. I definitely see a huge difference in my hair and I can tell that my hair is growing. Also, it is much more fuller. I only blow dry my hair when I'm preparing for a protective style. Second, deep condition weekly. This helps to keep my hair well moisturized...
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CURLYFEATURE – MEET Jemima

CURLYFEATURE – MEET Jemima

Hello beautiful curlies!!! My name is Jemima but I'm also known as "Limitlessbloom" because I believe in continuous self development from the inside out. I've been natural for nearly 6 years now and my number 1 motivation was my love for big hair. My relaxed hair never relaxed properly due to my sensitive scalp so my hair was able to retain most of its natural texture. I started styling my hair into bantu knots and afros, however because my hair was damaged from the relaxers, it began to break. I took that opportunity to do the big chop in Dec 2010 as I knew I was too impatient to transition and I haven't looked back since.  My number 1 rule for maintaining my curls is to not be afraid of using water. I find water to be an excellent moisturiser for my hair and weekly protective styles.Before styling, I spritz my hair with a mixture of rose water and tap water. I...
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CURLYFEATURE – MEET Betsy

CURLYFEATURE – MEET Betsy

I’ll start off by saying being “natural,” was one of the best things I’ve committed to since my last perm in 2012. I did not always love my hair texture, as a matter of fact, I despised it. My coils were untameable. I was addicted to the “ creamy crack” for  so long that I would perm my hair every two weeks. To the extent, thatI had no regard to protect my roots because my vantage point of beauty was distorted. After realizing this, I sat down to weigh out my options. “ What will people think of me?” “Will I look less attractive?” [Photo taken in 2012] Later on the CREAMY CRACK became a huge expense that I no longer wanted to entertain. At this point, I was ready for a change. So, then my natural hair journey began. It went well for a couple months but I soon got sucked into weaves and perms yet again. To be honest, as...
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CURLYFEATURE – MEET Briana

CURLYFEATURE – MEET Briana

Hey Curlfriends! My name is Bree, and I've been without a relaxer for eight years, but I decided to finally start my natural journey heat-free last year. I've never rocked a short look, so at first I decided to transition. After being frustrated with a line of demarcation between my new growth and heat damage, I decided to big chop in February 2016. Best. Decision. EVER.   I've always had long, relaxed hair since the age of 6. I never knew I had curls! I'm so excited to see so much growth in such short time. When I first cut my hair off, I wore braids, Marley twists, wigs, and lace frontals. I've tried all kinds of styles, because I wasn't ready to wear my TWA. I just got married in September, and the struggle for a wedding hairstyle was real... However, in this day and age, you can have any style you want without even revealing your real tresses. I'm a big product junkie! My...
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CURLYFEATURE – MEET Crystal

CURLYFEATURE – MEET Crystal

Hey everyone! My name is Crystal Shaw and I transitioned to natural 2x. In fact the first time I began transitioning I didn't know that there was a "natural hair movement" so to speak. I was in college and I was tired of relaxing my hair so I just decided to stop (I'm very spontaneous sometimes). During this time I went on YouTube and came across videos from all of the gurus and was like "Whoa I want my hair to do that!" My mom told me that it wouldn't, and since then  I've spent my time proving her wrong lol. During my first transition I ended up getting one of those "magical keratin  treatments" that is supposed to let you wear your hair straight AND curly *insert sarcasm and side eye here* . To make a long story short, it basically texturized my hair. After realizing what was happening I started to transition ALL the way over again and now I...
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CURLYFEATURE – MEET Ikeoluwa

CURLYFEATURE – MEET Ikeoluwa

Hi lovely curlistas! My name is Ikeoluwa A. (EK for short) I am a Material Science Engineering masters student at University of California, Irvine. Also I am Nigerian with a 4c hair type. I grew up in Nigeria believing that hair perming was the best way to manage my kind of hair texture. At about 20 years old, after having countless of perm mishaps, and finally getting my hair healthier by reducing the amount of times I perm my hair yearly, I decided to go natural. I decided to transition in the year 2011, and I failed woefully. I couldn't maintain two different textures. I permed my hair again after after 8 months of transitioning. In 2012, I decided to do the big chop. Since then, I have been loving and learning my hair everyday. One of the reasons I decided to be more open about my hair and encourage others is because I want people to understand that 4C hair...
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CURLYFEATURE – MEET Samia

CURLYFEATURE – MEET Samia

I'm an eighties baby and have been natural for most of my life. It's so surreal now to have all these products tailored specifically for naturally curly hair because hunny child the struggle was real for me back then! I chemically straightened my hair for about 5 years before making the decision to go back natural. But even then I was under the misconception that I could do anything to my hair because it was natural. It was dyed every color under the sun, flat ironed, braided.... you name it, I did it! My curl pattern changed so many times! It was not until Dec 2013 when I did another semi big chop because of heat damage, that I decided to stay away from heat and it has been the best decision I could ever make for my hair! My advice and number 1 rule for curl maintenance to anyone would be to Keep It Simple!! I do my wash day...
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CURLYFEATURE – MEET Rachella

CURLYFEATURE – MEET Rachella

Hi everyone! My name is Rachella but I am also known as "fro mama" as I am mother to a beautiful daughter and have a baby boy due in February. I first went natural in April 2014 after damaging my hair through heat and colouring to the point where my hair actually snapped off just above my shoulders. It was then that I decided that I needed to show my hair love and care to make it healthy again. I found myself constantly depressed that my hair didn't seem to be growing although I was taking such good care of it. I made the decision to embrace what I have and to stop comparing myself to others, it was only once I started to love my short hair and not focus on growth that I started to notice a huge change in my hair. My curl pattern had gone from waves to tight curls and my short shoulder length hair was now...
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CURLYFEATURE – MEET Brittany

CURLYFEATURE – MEET Brittany

Hello my curlyfriendsssss  ☺ My name is Brittany and I decided to go natural in 2015. I’m a YouTube fanatic so I would always look on YouTube for videos about weave and make up all the time. As I watching these videos, I came across videos of natural hair YouTubers, and I fell in looooooove. Around late 2014, my hair began to break off from sew ins and not taking care of my hair. I cut my hair into a pixie cut in October of 2014. After this cut, my hair grew tremendously. So I began to think, now is a good time to begin transitioning. I began to fall in love with my curls and there was no turning back because crack is whack, lol. April 26, 2015 was my last relaxer. I transitioned for a little less than a year. During the summer, I would wear rod sets or have protective styles such sew ins and braids. From watching naturalistas...
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