Fabulous Featured Natural!
Join me in welcoming this Summer's first featured Natural, Debronique Ellis! I know you want to know more so, without much further ado...
Length Check | Pre-Chop!
The photos speak for themselves! Taken on 4th August 2012 length check!
Now for a peek at my hair post-Chop!
Featured Natural | Flame-haired Natural Diva
The picture speaks for itself! lovely natural beauty who is daring and bold with her hair!
More pictures here!
Who's that Girl? | Featured Natural...Coming soon!
Coming soon is a natural buddy of mine who loves to share the good news....
we can grow longer stronger hair. Amen!
See you later!
This lovely natural lady has been natural all her life! She was sitting out on a Sunday afternoon with her two lovely children. Her lovely corkscrew curls perfectly highlight her natural beauty. Bonus: her little girl is also a "Lola". Amazing all round!
Be featured | Interviews on LolasCurls.com
If you would like to be featured on LolasCurls.com, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Subject line: Feature on LolasCurls.com.
Simply choose one of the question sets below and attach 5 pictures of yourself (with your fave hair styles).
♥♥Featured Natural Questions: ♥♥
· How long have you been natural and how long was your transition?
· Why did you decide to go natural?
· How have your friends and family reacted to the “natural” you?
· How long have you been on your healthy hair journey?
· Do you think your decision to take better care of your hair has changed you in any way?
· What are you favourite: Shampoos, Conditioners, Leave-ins and Oils!
· Walk us through your regime for styling and caring for your hair.
· Any tips for ladies starting on their hair journeys?
♥♥For the Long Haul: long-term transitioners ♥♥
· Are you natural or transitioning? If transitioning, from relaxed, texlaxed, texturized?
· What is your hair type?
· What made you decide to transition and why long-term?
· How long did/are you planning to transition for?
· Did/do you have a goal length for ending your transition?
· Any naturals who inspired you during your transition?
· What is/was your signature transitioning style?
· What are your top three hair products and why?
· Any techniques you’ve found invaluable during your transition? Do share!
· How did/are your family/friends reacting to your transitioning?
· Any words of wisdom for ladies, who are transitioning or considering it?
♥♥New Natural Profile♥♥
♥♥Healthy Hair Journey ♥♥
Featured Natural: IvyCharlaine
A treat for ladies natural, transitioning or just fans of lovely healthy hair!
A Youtube natural that is making waves with her hair as well as her beautiful jewelry line.
Here she is!
How long have you been natural?
I've been fully natural (relaxer-free) since around 2002. I had my last relaxer in 2000. However, I flat-ironed/scorched my hair straight regularly and rarely wore it curly in it's natural state.
Did you transition long-term or take the plunge and BC?
I basically was transitioning from severe heat and dye damage. My hair would barely curl at all. My transition was about 13 months. I didn't do the BC I just cut off a few inches of damaged/straight ends every couple of months until I got it all. I still have random straight ends that I just snip off myself when I see it.
Why did you decide to go natural?
I saw some videos on youtube with some beautiful curly heads and I started seeing woman out and about with bouncy, shiny, healthy curls and I said wow I want that. I was tired of flat ironing my hair every other week and being scared to go out in the rain or avoiding the beach (due to the humidity). I forgot what my natural texture was and I was curious to see how I would look.
How have your friends and family reacted to the “natural” you?
At first, when I was transitioning no one really said anything (I guess they didn't want to hurt my feelings lol) because it really wasn't that cute. But now my family and friends love my curls. They are amazed at the transformation. I sometimes get stopped in the streets and people ask me if I have a roller set or what kind of weave I'm wearing. I take it as a compliment though. I love my hair now!
How long have you been on your healthy hair journey? (I know this is different from the decision to go natural for many women, myself included)
I started my journey in October 2009, so it's been about 17-18 months. My hair has come a loooooooong way since then.
What made you decide to treat your hair with more care?
Well, I wanted it to be as healthy as possible. it's so important to be aware of the things you put in and on your body, and how it can affect you in the short and long term. My goal now is for length retention. I would love to have mid-back curly hair. Long locks like a modern day Rapunzel haha.
Do you think your decision to take better care of your hair has changed you in any way?
Yes, I feel like it's given me more confidence and I love how my hair causes me to not look like everyone else. It has a mind of it's own. I don't obsess on my hair being perfect and sleek and frizz-free any more. My hair is wild, fun, big and free and I LOVE it. I'm not scared of the rain or beach anymore!!
Now on to the fun stuff! For the budding - and recovering - product junkies...
What are you favourite: Shampoos, Conditioners, Leave-ins and Oils!
My favorite shampoos are SheaMoisture Moisture retention shampooand Trader Joe's Nourish shampoo. My favorite rinse-out conditioner is Trader Joe's Nourish conditioner. My favorite leave-in conditioner is Kinky Curly Knot Today moisturizing conditioner. My favorite stylers/refreshers are Kinky Curly Curling Custard, ShidaNaturals Moisturizing Curl refresher spray, Olive oil Ecostyler Gel and Coconut oil. I also like MyHoneyChild Olive You deep conditioner.
Walk us through your regime for styling and caring for your hair.
I co-wash my hair once a week (shampoo once a month) and then I rake and smooth in my leave in conditioner. Next, I scrunch in a tiny bit of gel and blot out some water with my flour sack towel. I then diffuse my hair half time right side up and the other half upside down. When it is about 90% dry, I simply scrunch and fluff up my hair and shake my head like a crazy person and then I'm done.
At night, I pineapple my hair and wear a silk bonnet, I also have a silk pillowcase in case my bonnet falls off at night. The next morning, I refresh my hair with some spray and I just shake it and fluff it with my hands and go. I'm obsessed with wash n go's. I'm normally able to get about 4-5 day hair and then after that, I wear my hair in a ponytail/puff until I wash it again. I also deep condition my hair about 1-2 times a month as needed. I wear my heat therapy wrap when I'm deep conditioning.
Any words of wisdom for ladies starting on their hair journeys?
I want to be a role model for those seeking or considering going natural. I have a youtube channel based on natural hair where I do product reviews, tutorials and more. My youtube name is IvyCharlaine if you're interested. Society has taught us that there is a cookie cutter ideal of beauty, and my goal is to change that way of thinking. It's so important to embrace and accept what God has blessed you with. We were all made unique in our own way. I'm not bashing anyone who gets a relaxer or anything like that, I just want you to love yourself and not feel like you have to change in order to be beautiful. There is nothing wrong with enhancing your beauty, but you also need to love who you are. Outer beauty fades over time, but inner beauty shines through until the end of time.
For the Long Haul: HairCrush
Ok, here's a natural whose wonderful head of hair helped me to finally say, "Yep, I'm transitioning long-term!"
She has been amazing at keeping her fotki page updated with tons of hair pics to keep us hoping and she now has a youtube channel: HairCrush
Here she is: ManeChick (Haircrush). Her fotki is here (for more pics)
Are you natural or transitioning?
I am 100% na-tu-ral!
What is your hair type?
4a and 4b.
What made you decide to transition and why long-term?
Something just clicked! I realized as an African American woman my hair was never meant to be straight; I would never fit theEuropean standard of beauty. I was killing my hair with chemical relaxers and decided to leave my hair in its natural state the way God intended it to be.
I transitioned long term because I didn't want to go through a phase of wanting to hide my hair because it was too short and I wanted to give my hair time to grow to a length where I would be comfortable. And I have a big head....lol! A TWA (teeny weeny afro) would not have been hot on me, lol!
How long did you transition for?
I transitioned for 2 years and 3 1/2 months.
Did you have a goal length for ending your transition?
I wanted the hair around the nape of my neck to be at least past my collar bone.
For the Long Haul: Laila-Jean!
A special treat, today! Here's an amazing transitioner, who I found on fotki, but funnily enough is from my side of the pond - the UK! She's a Ghanian Native (next door to my home country, Nigeria) and has bags of style, wonderfully infectious energy and enthusiasm when it comes to her hair. Her youtube channel: Fusion of Cultures is one of my favourites but don't forget her Blog :Honey Molasses and fotki page (for more pictures).
Here she is: Laila-Jean!
Are you natural or transitioning? I’m currently transitioning to natural. I was relaxed for a few years but I’m actually transitioning from a texturizer.
What is your hair type?
I’m not really into hair typing because I personally feel that it’s just another tool used to segregate us as a race. However, I would describe my hair as being very thick with a combination of coily, curly and wavy strands. It’s really soft and absorbs everything! However, it seems to be changing as time goes on, so it might be different once I BC.
For the Long Haul: Chantelly!
This time, I want you ladies to join me in congratulating a new natural who is gracing our pages! Chantelly! This brave lady shares her surprise decision to go natural right through to final chop! Without much further ado......
Are you natural or transitioning?
I am officially rocking 100% natural hair. I did my BC/Mini chop two days before I reached 15 months post on October 26, 2010. I think my hair type would be considered 4a.
What made you decide to transition and why long-term?
Believe it or not, it all started when I wanted to stretch my relaxer for 6 months. Then I remembered that I had done that when I tried to transition a few years ago. I figured if I could make it so 6 months then I could go for a year, and if I make a year than I might as well go natural. That's how I made my decision to go natural.
How long did you plan to transition for?
I decided on transitioning for 2 years but I was happy with the amount of hair I had at 15 months post.
Click "Read More" for more pics of her gorgeous hair and to find more tips for transitioning!
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