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 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  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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