Hairspiration! : Kelli

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Hello naturalistas!!!

My name is Kelli, I’m a full time student & lifestyle blogger and Naturalista.

Traveling the world is my passion so live in a different state almost every year!

But originally I’m from Philadelphia, the land of the brotherly love <3.

When did you go natural and how did you do it?

I went natural about 3 years ago by transitioning. Then recently I did the Big Chop. I decided to big chop because at one point of my natural journey, I attempted to grow dreadlocks. This dried out my ends and made my hair very damaged. A couple months later I decided to cut my hair being that it felt damaged. Not really sure if it was or not honestly but appearance wise, I decided I really needed a change. I wanted a new look to represent a new me. New and Improved that is !

Tell us about your hair! 🙂

I refer to my hair as “She”:

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She’s truly amazing! Having 2 different textures, It’s sometimes hard for me to determine what my hair needs because the middle will be dry but the front isn’t. So sometime it’s very tricky to treat my hair, but it always works out!

Having very very very dense hair is biggest struggle but biggest benefit I have with my hair. Having dense hair makes manageability very hard at times but very beautiful at the same time! With low porosity, having 2 textures makes it difficult to moisturize my hair especially in cold climates but as of now, I have a fro-hawk keeping it moisturized and it isn’t as troubling, yet!

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How do you take care of your hair?

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I use natural hair products and oils (black castor, avocado, coconut). But I use products that are made organically as well. I read the ingredients on all the products  I use in my hair. If a product has something I can’t peruse or have never heard of, I refuse to use it. I stay far away from unnecessary chemicals. Right now I’m trying Kyra’s Shea Melodies, which is a natural skin and hair moisturizer. Most of the time I use the Rejuvenation Butter Cream after co-washing with As I Am.

Using the locking method I start by oil washing my hair with castor oil or coconut oil. After letting it sit for about 15-20 minutes I let copious amounts of water absorb into my hair. Then I apply As I Am Co-wash, letting that sit for about 5 minutes. Finally I let the water run through my hair draining it of all the excess oil and co-wash. De-tangling is never an issue for me at this stage, but i do finger comb through my hair instead of using a comb, while water is still running through my hair to insure minimal breakage.

After washing, I simply pat the left over water from my hair (I never dry with heat) I then apply a little castor oil or avocado, Hot Six oil, or Vitamin E oil in my hair to add a little more moisture to it so that when it dries it wont be super dry. I then apply As I Am Leave in conditioner or the Kyra’s Rejuvenation Butter Cream to seal in the moisture. Then I add some Eco-Styler Gel to hold my curls in place through out the day, This takes away from frizz. Being that I wear my hair naturally curly I then blow myself a kiss in the mirror and walk away for a little to let my hair air dry ! :*

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How do you wear your hair?

On a daily basis I wear my hair in a curly frohawk. I will admit that when I go to work sometimes I straighten my hair but I can’t leave it straight for more then 3 days. After 3 days she (my hair) starts to scream for water. I then go back to my frohawk.

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Honestly I do feel that the fight to change the perception of natural hair is very real in not only the the work place, but in the world. It’s the fight for natural hair equality. It’s perceived that if someone has a smoother hair texture naturally, that its accepted in the work place. Meanwhile if someone has a denser and thicker hair texture/ type then it appears as if that person “did not do their hair”. This is not the way it’s supposed to be.

If one hair texture is accepted, then all shall be accepted by the time BUE:lifesyle is done!

What’s your favourite hair style?

My favorite hair style is the Afro, I love wearing an Afro because it is natural hair in its natural form without any “taming”. the Afro is a symbol of strength, unity and nature; resembling a tree, the tree of life, especially for women.

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 Do you Protective style?

Protective styling for me would be Box braids and Senegalese twists. I feel that leaving hair alone for a while is always good, though extensions do add extra weight and can dry out some hair textures. It’s up to the person to keep their hair moisturised no matter the style.

What inspired you to go natural?

Honestly, going natural wasn’t a conscious decision for me. One random summer about 3 years ago I decided to just slow down applying relaxers to my hair. Then I started to notice that when my new growth was straightened it was just as straight as my relaxed hair. Eventually this led to me not getting relaxers at all. I decided “What was the point”?

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Being that I grew up getting monthly relaxers I figured that the texture that was growing from my head at this point was tainted by the years of relaxer chemicals in my scalp. I soon found that the hair that was growing was truly my hair texture. It was soft, curly and strong. It felt amazing eventually I found out there was a name for what I had decided to do for the health of my hair, “Transitioning” .

In the midst of transitioning over a 1 and half year period it began to get very real. My relaxed hair started to slowly shed away in addition to me cutting my ends frequently. I than started to use Eben Organic hair products to make sure that my natural hair was getting all the nutrients that it needed to stay moisturized. Living in Miami FL at the time my hair never got dry that often but while transitioning my natural hair did frizz from the humidity ( being that i live across from the beach) This made my hair look very obvious that I was “going natural”. My go to hair style was Bantu knots and twist outs. This was the easiest, fastest, and cutest way for me to disguise the two textured hair.

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Eventually my relaxed hair faded away and my hair was all natural ! It was a curly Afro that I loved. I often wore it out in a Afro style because I loved how easy and cute it was. I attracted loads of attention to my natural hair. especially amongst other ethnicities. But what surprised me was the most African American woman would often tell me “You need a relaxer”. This was shocking and something that honestly disgusted me because this was the way all of our hair was. It confused me as to why it was so despised upon the in African American community. This then gave me drive towards BUE:lifestyle which is all about being yourself everyday. Being who you are and accepting the world for what it is, and not what you want or think it should be!

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Do you write a blog or have a twitter or instagram or any other social media you’d like people to connect with you on?

Blog: www.khaammstyle.wordpress.com

Twitter: @khaammstyles

Instagram: buelifestlye

Tumblr: www.khaamm.tumblr.com

(links on side for additional blogs, CLICK AROUND && HAVE FUN !)

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Google+ Khaamm Buelifestlye

Email: kellihammond.kmh [at] gmail [dot] com

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Thanks for sharing, Kelli! Your curls are beautiful and so is your style and bubbly spirit! 🙂

If you’d like to be our hairspiration sometime, leave a comment or email thekinkandi@gmail.com, and I’ll get on it asap! All natural textures and lengths welcome!;)

I was featured by the lovely Bey on her blog last week. Please check it out here 🙂

Love,

AB

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Hairspiration! : Charla

Charla here! I am currently a HR Specialist residing in Richmond, VA. Originally born and raised in Greensboro, NC

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When did you go natural and how did you do it?

I originally decided to go natural in May of 2011. I already had a very short haircut, close cut in the back. I had had my haircut for about 3 years and I just wanted to try something different. I decided to grow my hair out and I just said I would grow it out without using any chemicals.

So I transitioned for 6 months and it was very easy because my hair was already styled in a short cut. By Thanksgiving 2011 I cut off all of the relaxed ends. While I was transitioning and after I would wear my hair in braids, twist, and tracks for the most part. I did this to avoid heat and messing with it all of the time.

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Tell us about your hair

I have honestly never been into “defining my hair grade or type” So I will do my best to describe it. My hair is jet black and very curly. And the shrinkage is real! lol It does what it wants and I am completely okay with that. Currently my hair hits the top of my back when it is straightened.

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How do you take care of your hair?

I guess you would define me as a less is more kind of girl. All of the natural hair products that I have I got from my sister VeCoya who is a product junkie lol. Honestly I do not have a routine for my hair. However I am a stifler of avoiding heat! I am just very very cognisant of protecting my ends and keeping my hair moisturized. I like Taliah Waajid and Jane Carter products as well as African Pride Olive Oil.

I wash my hair about once a week often times doing a cowash.

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How do you wear your hair?

I wear my hair all types of ways twist outs, 2 two strand twist, braid outs, bantu knots, high bun (which is normally how I wear it to work)

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I also wear tracks sometimes.

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I wear my hair in ways that I feel are presentable in any environment.

What inspired you to go natural?

Honestly, throughout my childhood, I did not have a relaxer and my hair was in a very healthy state. I received my first relaxer right before middle school.  From that point forward my hair went through what felt like, a never ending cycle of breaking off and growing back. I never seemed to be able to achieve the length that I once had in my younger years.

I finally decided to just chop all my hair off at the beginning of my sophomore year in college. I kept my hair in a short cut for three years and I loved it! I cut it because I was tired of worrying about achieving length and I simply wanted to reinvent myself. Through having a short hair cut I was able to see that  my hair did in fact grow and at a good rate!

During my finally semester in school I decided to grow my hair out without using any chemicals. My hair was slightly shorter than the first picture that is posted of my short haircut phase. After having my haircut for so long, I just wanted something different. I got my last relaxer in April of 2011. I decided to transition. When I first began transitioning I did a lot of protective styles like finger waves, senegalese twist, box braids and tracks to avoid putting heat on my hair. I received no reactions whatsoever.

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What is your hair to you?

My hair to me is just hair. I take care of my hair the best way I possible can just by simply keeping it moisturized and avoiding heat. I am not obsessed with my hair and “I don’t sit around and watch it grow” as I like to say lol. I feel like I have already wasted too much time doing that for too many years. Having no chemicals in my hair/being natural is just the best option for me personally and my hair is the healthiest it had been in a long time.  I am extremely happy with the results thus far and I am excited to see whats to come!

Do you write a blog or have a twitter or instagram or any other social media you’d like people to connect with you on?

I can be contacted very easily. Me and my sister have a blog called The Greene Vademecum which you assess by going to greenevdc.com. The definition of vademecum is ‘A handbook or guide that is kept constantly at hand for consultation.’ We are sisters blogging about aspects and areas of life that inspire us. That includes positive vibes, cool spots, fab hair, cute trinkets, music & more! We hope that our blog can serve as an outlet and that our positive words and experiences produce thoughtful and positive actions. Please join us on our blogging adventure 🙂

Instagram: thegreenevademacum

Twitter: greenevademecum

Youtube: greenevdc

Facebook: thegreenevademecum

Email: thegreenevademecum@gmail.com

Thank you, Charla!

If you’d like to be our natural hair inspiration, holler: thekinkandi@gmail.com

Till next time,

Love,

AB

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Hairspiration! : VeCoya

Eku Friday!! 

It’s Friday, and you know how we love Fridays on the blog! 😀

Today, VeCoya is dishing natural hair inspiration!

Introduce you!

Hi I’m VeCoya. I work a 9-5 yay I’m a full blown adult lol. I’m from North Carolina but currently reside in Maryland.

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When did you go natural and how did you do it?

I received my last relaxer in January of 2009. I went the natural route because my hair was breaking off due to excessive heat damage. I was using the flat iron entirely too much, I’m talking almost daily WITHOUT A HEAT PROTECTANT! I was sooooo CLUELESS at the time but hey you live and you learn. Through the transition process, I was surprised and intrigued by my natural curls. Thanks to Youtube videos and natural hair sites like Protecting your Crown and Glory and CurlyNikki, I began to learn how to care for my own hair. I transitioned for a little over a year because I wanted to get to know my new hair and I cut off my relaxed ends in February 2010.

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Tell us about your hair

My hair is complex, I have looser curls on the left side and the right side ALWAYS outgrows the left side despite me cutting it even! It’s wavy in the front and curly in the back. It’s soft, unruly at times, thick, beautiful, sometimes at work I have to sit on my hands in order to stop playing in it but I embrace it all! Perfectly flawed, but I LOVE my hair for that. After all, what on God’s green earth is perfect?

In terms of length its past my shoulders and almost bra strap length (I got about an inch or two left to go).

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How do you take care of your hair?

I co-wash my hair once a week & I deep condition once a month. I rock a lot of protective styles, but in general I try to listen to my hair (when I say listen I mean run my fingers through my hair you can tell a lot about your hair by the way it feels) & I try to treat her right.

I’m a product junkie! It’s so gotten bad that I don’t allow myself to go to the beauty supply store anymore lol. But if I were on a deserted island and could only have two products I would choose Coconut oil and Jane Carter Solution Leave In Revitalizing Conditioner. I use both daily and they are full of fortifying and natural ingredients.

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How do you wear your hair?

I wear my hair in all different sorts of ways. I love variety so I rock it in flexis, straw sets, buns, I braid and twist it back into protective styles. I flat iron it every once in a while. I love that natural hair is so diverse.

I haven’t really come across too many hair styles that I can’t rock. Of course, I’ve had my share of new hairstyles gone wrong, for instance bantu knots & two strand twists. But I’m a firm believer of dusting myself off and trying again whenever my hair doesn’t turn out the way that I intended it to, and that philosophy has not failed me yet.

If I had to choose a favorite style I think it would be the bun though, it’s an easy go to protective style. Plus, my sister showed me this awesome technique to make your bun appear much fuller than it actually is lol.

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Natural Hair Journey.

How did your family and friends react? Do you get any negative comments?

In general I’ve always been relatively happy with my hair. As I stated before my reason for going natural was hair breakage. People will say ignorant things every once and while but at the end of the day I have to be confident with the way that I rock my tresses.

I didn’t go natural for any one person so I refuse to allow their comments to sway how I view myself. My family was super supportive.

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Any challenges?

My current challenge is realizing that the more hair I have, the more patience I need to deal with it lol.

Any last words?

It’s been my experience that natural hair isn’t easier to deal. Rewarding? YES! Time consuming? YES! But easier to deal with than relaxed hair? NO! It takes time and effort to love and care for your hair. But its just like anything else in life you have to take the good with the bad. I love my hair and I’m thankful for it!

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Do you write a blog or have a twitter or instagram or any other social media you’d like people to connect with you on?

Yes, me and my sister blog on wordpress (where we discovered your lovely blog!) called thegreenevademecum.com, we blog about a variety of things but you can bet hair is one of them!

I’m on ig also: @vecoya or @thegreenevademecum

Thanks for the feature love!

Thank youVeCoya for sharing! If you’d like to be our natural hair inspiration some Friday, don’t be shy, please email: thekinkandi@gmail.com. I’d love to share your hair story!

Till next time,

Love,

AB

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