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Naturalista Stephanie

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Hi Naturalistas! My name is Stephanie aka Keep_kicking_it_naturally on social media and this is my second time returning to my natural hair roots. I first started my hair journey back in 2007 when I just wanted to grow my hair after joining an online hair group.

I was relaxed and the idea of stretching my relaxers and using minimal heat to achieve length without damaging my hair appealed to me.  Then as I was stretching my hair, I fell back in love with my texture. I’ve always loved my natural hair but once I was relaxed, I just figured I would just have to deal with relaxed hair forever and would have to do roller sets if I wanted curls. I became pretty good at doing roller sets.  The idea of big chopping to get back to my natural texture was such a foreign idea to me, but at last I gave it a try, although it was short lived.  I wasn’t quite ready, confident in myself and nowhere as knowledgeable about hair as I am today.

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After a few high heat blowouts, bleached hair, weird comments from people, and so many other trial and errors; I relaxed my hair again. Only to hate it more!  I started my second natural hair journey July 1, 2013 and I have no plans of turning back. I amaze myself at how dedicated I am to my natural hair journey.  

I will tell anyone who is considering going natural to give it a chance. There is so much support out here to help you along the way.  You may like it, hate it, or love it.  You’ll never know until you try. There are challenges so be prepared for bad hair days—I’ve had plenty being relaxed and natural.  But the experience of caring for and maintaining your natural, your crown of glory, is very rewarding. 

I don’t have too many favorite products but my hair loves Shea butter, olive oil, Jamaican black castor oil and Eco style gel.  I purchase Suave Tropical Coconut Shampoo and Conditioner regularly for my wash day and lately I like Cantu Curling Cream. 

Right now, I couldn’t survive the work week without a good twist or braid out. It works for me because it last for the entire week until the next wash day. In the summer time I love doing wash and go—so I’m really ready for summer!

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Naturalista Joanne

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Hi, my name is Joanne Guiste and I am a naturalista from the Nature Island of the Caribbean, Dominica. I have been natural for just over two years.  I did my big chop on October 7, 2014.
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The main reason was for the health of my hair.  I had started experiencing excessive shedding and lots of pimples in my scalp which brought on pain, more shedding and tears. Going back natural was in an effort to get back my hair to the healthy state it once was and to grow it to be as thick as it was before I started relaxing.

 

My advice to someone who wants to return natural is to do it because it’s something you want to do and not because everyone else is doing it.  When I decided to go back natural I had not realised that there was so much hype about the ” natural hair movement” because I went back natural for me.  So in choosing to return to natural don’t get caught up in all the “science” that is associated with taking care of your hair.. the journey will not be easy but love your hair for what it is and learn your hair so that you know and understand what it needs… and always remember “health before length”.. healthy hair will grow.

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Some products that I use are the Shea moisture brand of products and currently I am using the Jamaican Black Castor Oil line.  I use my home made Shea and cocoa butter cream, as well as home made castor and coconut oils.  I use other oils such as jojoba, olive and vitamin E.  I use a local brand called Ny’s naturals and Eco styler olive oil gel for styling.

 

If I had to chose a favorite natural hairstyle I would have to say twists… Because I have the option to make small or medium sized or even large twists and wear them in pin up styles or loose… and what I love about twists is when you take them out it becomes a new style that can further be transformed into a number of other styles.

 

Some natural hair tips!
– remember your hair is unique to you so learn it and love it for what it is
– water is your best friend and not just on your strands but for inside as well.. be sure to drink lots of water
– eating healthy ensures your body is healthy which in turn extends to the health of your hair
– and just have fun with your hair…. you will be amazed the styles you come up with by just experimenting and having fun with your hair

 

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YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter all as her online presence @MumNatural

Visit her blog at www.mumnatural.com

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Naturalista Nataya

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Hi my name is NaTaya!! I’m thirty-one years old and mother to a handsome seven year old. I currently live in Starkville, MS. I enjoy reading and writing. I’m pretty laid back and my natural hair reflects that. I have currently been natural for about five years. Big chopped on June 2, 2012 after transitioning for seven months. My last relaxer was Oct 2011.

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I inadvertently returned natural, lol, after moving to Houston. I could not find a stylist like the one I’d left in MS.. I didn’t trust everyone to take care of my hair but at the same time I was completely damaging my hair trying to relax it on a schedule. I had had enough, lol.

If you had asked me years ago I wouldn’t have dreamed that I’d be here now. I absolutely love it. So versatile and just beautiful.

If you are wanting to return natural, my advice to you would be to learn YOUR hair! That’s the best advice. Its a process. There will be days where you’ll want to scream and the creamy crack will look so good. But stay the course. Its worth it in the end.

My new favorite product line right now is the As I Am line. My hair takes so well to it. Also Jamaican Black castor oil, Shea Moisture’s Jamaican Black leave in, Garnier Fruitis leave in, Herbal Essence, coconut oil and many more…these products work well so far for my 4c hair.

I absolutely love twist outs, braid outs, blow outs..anything outs lol those are my go to styles.

My hair tips are moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Enjoy the process..leave your hair alone sometimes. It needs breaks just like you. Join natural hair forums, follow people on YouTube and research. Make it your own.

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Naturalista Tia

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Hi, my name is Tia. I’m a 37 year old mother of two. I live in Greenville SC but Baltimore will always be my hometown. I have been natural for the last 16 years.

 

My reason for returning back to natural is because I was unhappy with my hair. I felt like it didn’t fit my personality. My sister is a hair stylist so I’ve had just about every hairstyle from short cuts, to weave, to braids. Tried them all with my relaxed hair. I decided to try no chemicals so I got it cut short and let it grow out and been loving it ever since.

 

If you are wanting to return natural, you have to have an open mind and be in love with your natural self and not anyone else’s natural self. Everyone’s texture is different so I always hear people complain or be disappointed that their texture is too loose or too tight and they see all these pictures of other people’s curls and expect that.

 

I also advice you to learn your hair. Learn the texture, the porosity, the thickness. This will help with choosing the right styles and products for your hair.

 



 
With my hair being loc’d now I don’t use too many products. I shampoo with Dr. Bronners Peppermint Castile Soap. I also oil my scalp with a homemade mix of jojoba oil, avocado oil and tea tree oil and spray it daily with rosemary and sage infused water.

 

My favorite go to style when it was loose is a wash n go on my short tapered cut. Quick and easy.
Right now I am semi free forming my tapered cut so I just spray, shake and go.
Connect with Tia on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sweethoneybrown1/

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