Hi, my name is Naturalista!! I did the big chop on 2.27.13 and today is my anniversary of 4 years. I have done the big chop several times before deciding to let it grow and I don’t regret a thing. I must admit that I am a natural hair fanatic and a product junkie. I attend hair shows and sport natural hair t-shirts on a regular.
My motto is what works for me may not work for you so experiment with products or groceries until you find your MOJO!! I love old school products like pink lotion and AmPro styling gel, the newer naturals steer away from these products because of the ingredients but they are not harsh on my tresses and I love them. I am also a WordPress blogger, YouTube Vlogger, Instagrammer, and Facebook guru.
If you are planning on going natural just know it takes perseverance and a strong will to travel this path because natural hair is work. Your hair will not look like the girls on Instagram, YouTube, or Facebook because we were all blessed with different textures.
Don’t try to be like someone else, be you. That is what makes you unique. Embrace your 3b, 3c, 4c whatever you were born with because its apart of you. Never listen to the naysayers because they want to join the natural club but are afraid of the stereotyping. My last tidbit of advice – enjoy the journey and embrace your kinks.
I try to keep my hands out of my hair by wearing a protective style during the week like twists or braids; don’t be afraid of your hair fall in love with it and doing that you will appreciate your hair more.
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My name is Britney Jackson aka ( britneykinkycoils ) on YouTube. I’m a 26-year-old woman making her dreams come true by focusing on the things that matter. I work from home watching daycare kids with my family and working to grow my channel and help other girls and women with their natural hair. Giving out hair tutorials, tips, DIY accessories and more.
I’ve been natural since March 2014. So, I will be 4 years in March of this year. I decided to start my journey over and do a second big chop to get rid of heat damage, color and to grow my hair the same length throughout my journey. This time I’m going to start and end my journey right. I’ll be documenting my growth every day for a full year. Then I’ll share the growth on my channel. I can’t wait.
I decided that my hair needed to grow past my neck and noticed how beautiful natural hair became to me. I was extremely tired of relaxing my hair and felt like I no longer needed to relax my hair because I took a 3-year break from straightening my hair. My hair started to grow and so at this point is when I realized I didn’t need to relax my hair anymore. No more burns throughout my hair. It was the best thing I could have done to save my hair and get it back to its natural state.
For someone who is thinking about returning natural, I would tell them that going back to their natural state is the best choice they can make. Doing this helped my hair grow healthy, thick and long. I can do so many different styles with my natural hair without the fear of breakage, burns on my scalp and just the chance to feel and live free.
My top favorite products would have to be SoftSheen-Carson Care Free Curl Gold Instant Activator, 16 fl oz and SoftSheen Afro Spray. Those two products are amazing at keeping my hair moisturized and it also helped my journey thrive to its full potential.
My favorite style is rocking my afro. No matter the weather, my hair does great when I just let her (my hair) do whatever she wants. My hair just likes to be moisturized and the rest is up to her.
Natural hair tips:
Focus on what products works for you. Don’t attempt to do different styles every other day. Be sure to let your hair thrive and rest often because when you do too much to your hair. Your hair will get weak and start to break off. It’s nice to change it up, but pick a style that your hair enjoys the most and do that more often. Less things you do to your hair, the better chance you have at a healthier hair journey.
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There will come a time, in your transitioning to your natural hair, where you will have to cut off your relaxed ends. For some this is no problem because they are aggravated with dealing with two different textures and for others they are hesitant because they want to keep the length.
Once you do the “big chop” you may notice that the hair remaining if very unruly and dry. No matter what you try to do to it, it just does what it wants to do. Talk about aggravating!
This phase has been titled the scab hair phase in the natural hair community. How did someone come up with this name for it? I honestly don’t know but from my own personal understanding, I feel like it is being compared to a transition or healing of some sort. Why do I say transition? Because you transition through the scab hair phase and eventually reach your “true” natural hair texture.
The hair could be reacting in that way due to long term processing of the hair with a relaxer and chemical damages that could have been made to the scalp/follicles by long term relaxer usage. Although you are not suppose to apply relaxer to the scalp area, it does find its’ way there, especially through the “smoothing” process to make sure the new growth is completely covered.
I say healing because like a scab, it goes through a process before your skin is renewed and the scab falls off.
Does scab hair just fall off?
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Are you experiencing scab hair?
The natural hair community is growing by the masses. Are people returning to their natural hair because it is a trend or for deeper reasons?
In the beginning of my natural hair journey I was going through a transitional period in my life and I was also transitioning from relaxed to natural hair. I didn’t feel like I was doing it because it was a trend per say, I just kind of went for it. The transitioning process that my hair went through reflected my life. I needed to cut off some things, including those relaxed ends that I held on to for dear life. I just simply didn’t want to let it go. One day I did!
Transitioning to my natural hair. I am rocking a braid out (2012).
I sat up late nights trying to learn how to set up a Blog and Youtube channel and although it seems like an easy thing to do, it definitely takes work to constantly record content, edit, post and then respond to the hundreds of questions and comments you will receive. I was so excited when I got my first subscriber and then my one hundredth and now over two thousand.
Big Chop (2013)
I also began styling natural hair and attended beauty school with a goal in mind to specialize in natural hair. In the process of styling natural hair, I then understood that the natural hair journey for some was a fad and for others a true life journey of acceptance of self and spiritual reasons.
No matter what their reasons were for rocking their natural-born kinks, my focus was on helping them to maintain healthy growing hair. Some have decided to return to the “creamy crack” and others are still hanging in there.
Although the natural hair journey may not be a self acceptance or spiritual journey for some, support should always be given.
There are some “Natural Hair Nazis” that are within the natural hair groups throughout social media and some have definitely discouraged African-American women and have taken a toll on their self-esteem. One may not truly be on the journey for the same reasons as you but the thing you have in common is that you are still rocking your natural. You will still face some of the same issues within society. You will still have to care for your hair in similar ways. YOU ARE BOTH NATURAL!
I have been a victim of a natural hair Nazi.
I was scrolling through a natural hair group and noticed someone had made a post about my video post and she was pretty much going off on me. She was calling me stupid and some other choice words and I didn’t comment at all. I just watched the post. She was the only one going in on me. Everyone else was wanting to know where the content shared originated from to learn more and guess what? They became a follower. So why she was snapping on me, the others believed in me. I took it upon myself to look into her social medias and see who she was and why she would respond to my video in that way. I eventually just stopped keeping up with the post. It probably is still floating around the group to this day.
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I would’ve went back and forth to defend myself but I will be going on forever because she is not the only one out there who is negative to other naturals. Why would one down another person because they have a question or simply post “I am about to relax my hair because I am frustrated”? Who knows….This is a self issue that the person has to work on. When we can’t encourage then we are not helping. If all we can do is discourage then we need self-evaluation. Positivity and being uplifting is always the best way to go. If we do not agree with someone’s decision about their hair then we can handle it in a nice manner so that they can be more receptive to our suggestions.
Whether your journey is a fad or not, you are still NATURAL!