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Naturalista Jamellia

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My name is Jamellia McFarlane but friends call me Millie. I was born in Queens New York but raise in Florida. I’m 27 and a social worker. I have been natural since Nov 2011- so 6yrs.

I returned natural because I had shaved the side of my hair and wanted to start over. I was doing weaves, but my hair was so uneven and had damaged ends, I needed a fresh start.

 

 

If someone is thinking about returning natural I would say to them that we should have never left but everybody has their own journey. When I was growing up, I was a box braids baby because I had thick hair, was tender headed, and my mom didn’t know what to do with my hair because I would always cry when it was time for it to be done. Side note, my mom has dreads currently. But anyways, eventually I begged her to perm it. Yea perms made my hair kind of manageable but also lifeless because it damages the curl pattern. Plus, if I knew how to take care of my natural hair, stopped looking at other cultures hair, and wishing/trying to reach their hair goals, my hair would be so different. Shoot I should have just locked up anyways because I was wearing braids all the time but that wasn’t my mindset, so then I became dependent on weaves until my big chop in 2011.

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I feel as black women we are creative, and weaves are as a craft to us, but we shouldn’t be so wrapped up or dependent on it that if we don’t have it, we don’t feel beautiful. Our hair DOES GROW, it just needs some patience, less expectations, as well as sun, water, and oil. We have the definition of beautiful hair.

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P.s if I would have locked my hair when I was younger, it would have been down my back by now. Probably would had higher self-esteem because my hair was a low point of me. But I’m happy where I am now, and this hair journey I’ve been on. I wouldn’t change it for anything. In 2 yrs., my hair has grown tremendously with locks. I’ve found a way to finally care it by patience, self-acceptance, and love.

 

 

I’m always down for new oils but my go to’s are Coconut oil, Jamaican black castor oil, tea tree, and water lol.

My favorite hairstyle is half up and half down.

 

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Facebook: Jamellia Millie Mcfarlane

Ig: jahsmindgarden
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Naturalista Sola

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Hi, my name is Sola, and I am a mom of two girls, ages twelve and nine. We love all things natural hair and share that passion on our YouTube channel, DiscoveringNatural. When we are not making videos, we love to spend time as a family, traveling and also cooking.

I have been natural since November 2012.

My oldest was relaxed when she was younger because I didn’t understand how to care for her hair. So after I transitioned her, I decided to stop relaxing my hair so as to be a role model to my two daughters and to show how beautiful we are with our God-given hair.

 

My advice to someone who wants to return to their natural hair is to firstly make sure you are doing it for the right reasons. Do your research. Understand that your hair will not look like every other naturals’ hair. It will be your own unique hair and it will be beautiful. You will have days where you are not in love with your hair, those are the days where you should open yourself up to learning about your hair.

 

 Some of my favorite products:
  1. Shampoo: Sheamoisture Jamaican black castor oil shampoo. Deep conditioner: Aussie Moist 3 minutes 3x
  2. Leave in: Sheamoisture restorative conditioner
  3. Moisturizer: Eden bodyworks curl defining cream
  4. Styler: Eco Styler Black castor and flaxseed oil gel

My favorite natural go to style is twists with my own hair.

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You can find all our natural hair tips on our YouTube channel : http://YouTube.com/DiscoveringNatural
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Naturalista Ola

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My name is Ola, twenty four years old, Nigerian studying and living in Germany. I’ve been natural for three years. Before deciding to go fully natural though, I was always switching between low cuts and growing my hair out only to cut it off again. I have an androgynous identity on the gender spectrum so growing up and having to conform to the beauty standard for girls in my birth country was really hard on me. I was buying expensive wigs and changing hairstyles every month. Instead, I preferred to wear a low cut.

 

 I started growing my hair out again in 2014 after chopping it off earlier and didn’t know what to do with it… so on a particular day, I went on YouTube and stumbled upon black youtubers with natural growing hair. Well, I was amazed and taken back at what my natural hair could do, the curls, twist outs etc. I wanted hair like that so I decided to never cut my hair and instead grow it out.

 

 I must say this that hair for us in Africa was never a political issue as compared to USA Europe with the compulsory conformity to white standard imposed on black bodies etc. Conformity to Western standard of beauty was more subtle as a result of the influence of western norms and media gibberish on our perception of bodies and beauty. It wasn’t quite easy to see a young girl with her natural hair except for some of our mothers who we considered old-fashioned anyway. The rest of the girls who grew their natural hair were the religious ones who did it for religious reasons. We didn’t wanna look like them of course, we wanted to look pretty, so as soon as we could, we applied chemicals on our hair, bought wigs and flaunted different styles of hair.

 

 So ja I was shocked when I saw on YouTube girls who were very beautiful with full head of afro, all twisted out and curls. I wanted that. What we simply lacked was representations and education. I sat to gulp them all, very excited about what the future had for me. Before this, I was always very self-conscious about beauty standards etc. Well these beautiful representations gave me wings to fly. I did the different styles I watched on YouTube with my hair, I looked at myself and began to see a different image, a beautiful self-confident one. I began to get very comfortable in my skin, and stopped wishing for straight hairs.

 

 Fast forward to 2016, I decided to convert my afro into locs… so now I have locs and this is absolutely the best decision I have ever made. Ja I loved my afro but I don’t miss it either. I’m the simple one style kinda person who doesn’t care too much about switch ups and all. I also love the fact that I can wake up and in seconds step outta the house. My locs gave me the freedom that my afro never did. I remember my friends telling me wtf Ola you spend lots of time on your hair, because of course I had to twist my hair into three to four strands before sleeping and then untwist them every morning to comb out. I loved and enjoyed every bit of it because it’s my hair and I won’t have it any other way, but I love my locs more. I’m more comfortable in my body with my locs. I even stopped using makeup because I really do look in the mirror and say wow I’m beautifully made. My locs gave me that perspective and I’m forever grateful.

 

 My advice for anyone trying to go natural is, it’s your hair. You cannot be comfortable if you don’t accept yourself. You would always look at others and the comparison will never end. Beauty is a state, both internal and external, it is what you think of yourself when you look into the mirror. Do not let society define you because what society does best is reduce our body into sites for the production and display of power, carve us into pieces of jellyfish forever needy of validation. The problem isn’t our difference, the problem is the interpretation and perception of our differences and how we are narrated as not good enough. That’s always the way society works. The one who has the power is able to wield it in whichever way and narrate the story to suit him. So, do not let society own you, own yourself, shine so bright it dims the one who tries to stifle you.

 

 I’m actually not a product person, I’m too lazy to sit and go on a quest for hair products so I basically just use simple shampoos and moisturizer with coconut oil. Coconut oil I’d say has been one of my consistent product. Now that I’m locd, I use Avalon organics Zitronen shampoo and coconut oil to oil my scalp after every wash. And I semi free form so I don’t retwist and all. Simple and light-hearted… I am more than happy to finally have to grow my hair just like white people. I constantly say, why should mine be different, you leave yours in your own way, I leave mine in my own way. It’s not even up for discussion. It isn’t something we are supposed to sit and have a discourse on, going natural or not, but since history has made it so. Then ja we gotta keep talking about it and also show our kids undiluted images so they love and embrace every part of their black bodies unapologetically.

 

 My favorite natural go to style is just letting my locs grow full all over my head. I love the full natural locs than retwisting regularly to give them a defined look. So, I let my locs do whatever they wanna do. All I do is separate the roots after every wash and continue with living life.

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Naturalista Jacqueline

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My name is Jacqueline and I’m 35 years old. I big chopped and went natural in 2009 and I locked my hair in 2011.

I returned natural because I was tired of damaging my hair with perms and my Saturdays being spent all day in the salon.

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Some advice that I would tell someone who wants to return natural is to go for it! I think it’s a beautiful thing. You have to be stand firm on what you want to do because people will try to discourage you from doing it.

I’m a big fan of Shea Moisture products. I also like Dr. Bronner Peppermint Castile soap and Juices and Berries leave in conditioner.

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I love my locs curly. I usually use pipe cleaners or curl rods.

I believe less is more! I wash my locs once a month and I retwist every other month. I’m not a product junkie, I found a regimen that I and I stuck with it. I’m loving this natural hair movement, don’t be afraid to join us🙂.

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I hosted a workshop in 2015 in Vidalia, GA and I was able to link up with  the owner of this product line -her name is Sabrina Newby. She agreed to attend my workshop and speak. She brought her products with her and we were able to learn more about her and her products.

I was able to get some of her products and couldn’t wait to give them a try. She was very knowledgeable of overall health of the body and hair care.

I tried her products and fell in love!

In this video my locs are shorter but I can chop up the growth of my hair to the great products that I have been using and of course the love that I have for them. Bougie Natural product line is an absolute favorite of mine!

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Crochets Styling Options

I have always incorporated protective styles into my natural hair care regimen. Since I have been on my lock journey, I have only done one protective style and that only lasted a weekend. Many people were wondering how I was able to rock this style on top of locks. Heck, I didn’t even know it was possible to wear another style when locking. Somehow (being me) I wanted to put that to the test and I did a crochet.

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Protective crochet wig made by me

I received a lot of compliments about my hair but boy did I have some people confused. See my locks are not like the neat locks that many people think of. My locs are semi free form. This means that I do not retwist them often. I wash and separate. I have retwisted maybe three to four times in ten months.

I managed to pull this style off. I loved it but I missed my locks after three days. I know I am not the only natural who misses their hair while it is put up.

Protective styling really gives you a break from having to style your hair daily and gives you a different look. What women doesn’t like to change it up sometimes, whether it be with their clothing, makeup or hair?

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Crochet protective style

I felt fierce rocking the crochet wig but I felt hot too. I can chop that up to how hot the weather has been. Some days I am so hot I contemplate chopping my hair off. My husband says “let your locks grow Bae”. He knows I love the clippers, in particular, the tapered cut. I even remember telling my husband that I felt like the hair was messing with my ability to hear clearly. It was all on my ears. It isn’t like I haven’t had long hair before but I think I have gotten use to my hair (and it’s shrinkage) not being on my ears as much as the weave was.

When I was loose natural the crochet style was my go too. I didn’t wear box braids, sew in’s etc. I would install “Marley Hair” and wear it in a variety of styles. I would style it in a braid out, twist out, roller set or just wear it kinky and big. I also began to do other people’s hair in this protective style.

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Crochet styles I wore when I was loose natural.

I still do others’ hair in a crochet and now they have so many different styling options. There is hair that is already twisted, braided, wavy, crinkly, straight, curly and more.

The crochet is a great way to just take a break from having to style your hair daily and it doesn’t take as much time to do as getting individual kinky twists, box braids, etc. Crochet’s are great for children, teens and adults.

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Some of the many crochet styles that I have done for others.

Many people in my area didn’t know that I could do a crochet until they saw my posts about my hair and I actually had them fooled into thinking that my crochet installment was my real hair. I would do leave outs around my edges and parts and blend. I believe that your weaves should look as natural has possible.

I was contacted by a lady, who was suffering from hair loss in the top of her head, and she also had a TWA (teeny weeny afro). She was starting a new job and wanted to do something other than wear a wig. I had no idea how I was going to go about doing a crochet style (that she requested) but I did it! I was able to give her full coverage and she thanked me. It pulled at my heart strings to see the new pep in her step once she saw herself in the mirror. Confidence is what I like!

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