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 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 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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CURLYFEATURE – MEET Brittane

CURLYFEATURE – MEET Brittane

Moisture is key when it comes to maintaining my curls. That usually means deep conditioning at least twice a month. Sometimes I'll use store bought, but I love making my own using avocado, eggs, honey, and banana. Occasional water only rinsing in between styles and sealing with coconut oil has also helped keep my hair hydrated.  I had super heat/chemically damaged hair and knew the only way to regrow it was to stop flat ironing and focus on the overall health of my hair. It was not easy, it took a lot of trial and error and hours of watching youtube tutorials to finally get a hang of it. I unknowingly transitioned for about a year slowly cutting off the damage. Once I saw those full, juicy curls I was hooked! I was natural my entire childhood, but as I got to high school I began flat ironing almost daily all through college. Once I graduated college I had a friend give me a box...
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CURLYFEATURE – MEET Kaitlan Flowers

CURLYFEATURE – MEET Kaitlan Flowers

Deep condition! I haven't had a trim in a year and I definitely believe it's because I deep condition regularly. I was curious to see what my curls looked like. I eventually realized how damaged and unhealthy my hair was so I made a choice to love what God gave me and make sure I paid attention to it. I've technically been natural all my life but I ALWAYS straightened my hair so I never knew that my curls even existed. I had serious heat damage. On top of my heat damage, I tried to go blonde and my hair became BONE STRAIGHT and Oh so dry! It was awful. After a year of trying to grow that out I became frustrated and just chopped it all off. Best decision I've ever made! I grew to love my unadulterated curls and kinks. Now I just do my best to make sure it's healthy! Instagram: @kaaiit_thegreat Snapchat: @kaaiit_thegreat Twitter: @kaaiit_thegreat Youtube: Kaaiit_theGreat https://youtu.be/-6saIOJRozE...
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