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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CURLYFEATURE – MEET Dominique

CURLYFEATURE – MEET Dominique

Hey beauties, My name is Dominique, this is my second time going natural and doing my big chop. The first time I decided to do my big chop my hair was in very bad condition from relaxers and hair dye. I was natural for exactly a year and then put another relaxer in my hair which was a huge mistake. So I did big cop #2 because I missed my curls so much. And just having healthy natural hair in general. As of now I've been natural for 1 year and 2 months. I love being natural so much. It's given me a new kind of confidence that I didn't have before. I'm constantly trying new hairstyles on my hair and watching YouTube tutorials lol. But my go to style is two strand twist out. My hair loves it and it makes my hair retain length and hold moisture. It's amazing all the things you can do with your hair. My rule...
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CURLYFEATURE – MEET Yolanda

CURLYFEATURE – MEET Yolanda

Hello! My name is Yolanda B. I am a Web Design student and Mom. I decided to cut off all of my perm at the beginning of my pregnancy in 2011 due to damage from harsh chemicals however, after my big chop I continued to wear weaves. I pretty much never showed my natural hair and continued to damage it by not caring for it and flat ironing my "leave out" to blend. It was not until recently, about 2 years ago that I decided to go cold turkey and big chop once more. I gave up weaves, my blow dryer, and straight styles. So, I have really only been ACTIVELY natural for 2 years and it has been a wonderful experience.   What motivated me to make the committed transition was that I wanted to feel beautiful on the outside and comfortable with who I was. I was tired of not wanting to leave the house if my weave wasn't done, spending...
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CURLYFEATURE – MEET  Destiny

CURLYFEATURE – MEET Destiny

Hi curlfriends! I'm Destiny. I've been natural since May of 2013. Years before, I remember telling my mom (a hairstylist) that I really wanted an afro. She told me that I would have to cut all my hair off and I just wasn't up for that. Some time went by and I started seeing more and more natural hair videos on YouTube. Lo and behold, I discovered transitioning! I was so excited to learn that I didn't have to chop all my hair off to have a fro! I had my last relaxer September of 2012 and never looked back. My original plan was to transition for two years, but I couldn't wait and cut off my relaxed ends months later. I had been getting relaxers since I was four years old, so I had no idea what my "real" hair looked like, but when I saw it I fell in love! I want to encourage everyone to be chemical free. Kick the...
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CURLYFEATURE – Meet Naqua

CURLYFEATURE – Meet Naqua

Hi! My name is Naqua. Im a licensed cosmetologist and I have a 3 year old daughter. I did my big chop a little over a year ago. It's literally the best decision I could have made . Once I was able to figure out my routine and how to manage and define my curls , it was so liberating and easy to manage my hair . This was not an easy journey though . I remember going through the transition faze not really knowing what that meant . So even though I hadn't relaxed my hair for several years I was still straightening the crap out of it lol. This of course caused heat damage . All I wanted was wash and go hair but my wash and go did not look good at all . Then I discovered all the  protective styles . So I was doing twist outs and perm rod sets , but this was very time...
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CURLYFEATURE – MEET ALEXIS MOORE

CURLYFEATURE – MEET ALEXIS MOORE

My natural hair story. I went natural because there was no other way for me to go... My natural hair journey really began in the summer of 2015 when I decided to go three months with no heat. Even though I was already off the creamy crack for close to ten years; it didn't matter; I was addicted to heat (Wash-blow dry-straighten) so the damage was already done. My no heat challenge was only suppose to last for ninety days. After doing three months so easily I said to myself why not go three more months and I did it. During those six months I did protective styling via wigs. I took my time and watched various videos on how to care for my natural hair. Unfortunately, I had a ton of heat damage in my hair. I decided to put myself on a strict hair care regime. I used the Aphogee Two-Step recovery treatment twice, once in November and once in December of...
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