by Michelle Thames of HappilyEverNatural.com

 Yes, it’s true I cut my natural hair, and I am so happy that I did! I began my natural hair journey in 2009. I transitioned for 24 months and I would say I was “fully” natural by 2011, when I cut the remaining relaxer from my hair. My hair thrived, it was healthy and super long. Many said my hair was “goals” for them.

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Fast forward to 2014, I had my first child and my hair was nearly waist length and very thick. I was so happy with my hair and I absolutely loved it. But unfortunately, that all changed nearly a year and a half after giving birth to my daughter. My hair was damaged, brittle, and breaking off. It just wasn’t how it used to be at all.

Having long hair means nothing if it’s unhealthy.

If you have been following me you know that I have been posting all about my postpartum hair loss, and how I had to learn to care for my hair all over again after having my baby. I also talked about how I wasn’t feeling my natural hair. So, I decided it was time for a major change.

I am turning 30 on September 25th of this month and I wanted a fresh start. What better way to begin this new chapter in life than with a fresh hair cut. This natural hair journey is really a journey because I promise you guys, I am STILL on that “journey” LOL! Everyday I am learning new ways to care for my hair through all the changes I have experienced. We all go through changes in life, and change is not always bad. Since my haircut I feel so refreshed and renewed, like I pressed the reset button I just can’t explain it. I am very happy with my choice to cut my hair and I can’t wait to see it flourish once again! Cheers to a new start!! #Flirty30





 by Michelle Thames of HappilyEverNatural.com

 Yes, it’s true I cut my natural hair, and I am so happy that I did! I began my natural hair journey in 2009. I transitioned for 24 months and I would say I was “fully” natural by 2011, when I cut the remaining relaxer from my hair. My hair thrived, it was healthy and super long. Many said my hair was “goals” for them.

2011

2014

Continue!>>>


Fast forward to 2014, I had my first child and my hair was nearly waist length and very thick. I was so happy with my hair and I absolutely loved it. But unfortunately, that all changed nearly a year and a half after giving birth to my daughter. My hair was damaged, brittle, and breaking off. It just wasn’t how it used to be at all.

Having long hair means nothing if it’s unhealthy.

If you have been following me you know that I have been posting all about my postpartum hair loss, and how I had to learn to care for my hair all over again after having my baby. I also talked about how I wasn’t feeling my natural hair. So, I decided it was time for a major change.

I am turning 30 on September 25th of this month and I wanted a fresh start. What better way to begin this new chapter in life than with a fresh hair cut. This natural hair journey is really a journey because I promise you guys, I am STILL on that “journey” LOL! Everyday I am learning new ways to care for my hair through all the changes I have experienced. We all go through changes in life, and change is not always bad. Since my haircut I feel so refreshed and renewed, like I pressed the reset button I just can’t explain it. I am very happy with my choice to cut my hair and I can’t wait to see it flourish once again! Cheers to a new start!! #Flirty30





Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey. (Name, where you’re from, etc)
My name is Jessica and I’m Haitian -American. I am a certified makeup artist and owner of Beauty By Ms Jesse LLC.  I do any and all kinds of makeup from beauty and fashion to special effects. As far as my hair journey, it really started when I stopped straightening my hair in December 2013. I realized I had heat damage to my natural hair and wanted my curly hair back. I did a transitional chop on November 12 2014.

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How long have you been natural? Have you always embraced your curls?
I have been natural all of my life. My mom perms her own hair but was always against doing it to me. I also never wanted one and was never into it. I already loved my hair but I never saw it in its curly state unless I was getting it washed by my mother or having it washed and getting it blown out.


What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper& why?
What motivated me to transition is the fact that the amount of heat that I have used on my hair and the fact that the hair salons I was accustomed to going to never used a heat protectant on my hair. I did so when I did my own hair but became lazy and couldn’t spend an entire day styling my hair. So as I went to the Dominican salons more and more I didn’t realize that I was causing damage since it appeared so healthy. So as I am a big YouTube viewer and I do my own videos, I came across these videos of women who said that they had heat damage and showed images of what it looked like and how they over came it. During this exact time I was doing one month of a blow out and 2 months of just washing and wearing my hair out. Till I noticed a girls hair in her video looked the same as my hair looked then. So it jogged memories of a few times in college my freshman year where I would wear my hair out after a wash and let it get as big as it wanted to. I also noticed that it didn’t curl up as much or get as big. That’s when I realized I too have heat damage. So I decided to transition to get my real curls back and not the heat damaged version. I transitioned because a big chop was not my style since I love long hair and always had long hair. So super short to almost bald was not something I was going to do. I grew my hair out for a year and then decided to cut it.

How would you describe your hair?
If you want to get into hair type I’ll say my hair is 3a some 3b and 3c. However I don’t go by that anymore. Now I just say my hair is mostly wavy with some spiral curls at the base of my head and hairline.

What do you love most about your hair?
The versatility, the rate at which it grows, the fact that it is my hair and no ones hair is quite like it.

What has been the most memorable part of your journey?Has it been easy or difficult or both?!
The beginning was easy since I could do braid outs and the styles would stick and last and get big and beautiful. But after that big cut I couldn’t do the braid outs because they didn’t work. So I ended up getting Senegalese twists for the summer months to give myself a break from trying to figure out how to style it. As I grew my hair out I became really impatient and decided on a whim to cut a test patch at the nape of my head. That way I could see how my hair would be. When I cut off all the damage I had to adjust to really short hair and that was a big set back. The more it grew the better I felt and the easier my hair became to style. It’s been a year and 5 months now and my hair is almost as long as before I started cutting off the damage.

What are (or were) some of your favorite transitioning hairstyles or current dos’
Braid outs were my fave. I change the sizes and get a different look everytime. Cornrows when I have the time. High buns after a fresh wash and I don’t want to deal with it. Using soft pillow curlers not that my hair is shorter to get all my hair into a uniform curl. Now that I have no damage I stick to wash and gos or some sort of bun on lazy days.

What have your experiences been as a ‘natural.’ Any memorable reactions from family or others?
Nothing really since I was always natural. They're just a bit interested into the fact that I use more natural products on my hair. They didn’t like when it was super short but now that it’s grown out they love it.



What is your hair regimen (including fav products)?
I use the Shea moisture line religiously. Their coconut and hibiscus line of shampoo, conditioner, curl enhancing smoothie are all my favs. Kinky curly knot today is my go to leave in. As I am smoothing jelly and the curls blueberry bliss curl control jelly. I also love Camille rose naturals coconut penetrating treatment. My regimen is simple, I shampoo and condition then deep condition once a week. And three days later I’ll cowash with the same conditioner to refresh and moisturize my hair.

What are some of your favorite natural hair websites,YouTuber’s, or blogs?
The green beauty products channel on YouTube.


Anything you want the readers to know? Inspirational words?
This is a journey and not a race. When it’s right for you to do it you will make the decision. I just wanted healthy hair so I made it happen and I’m so glad I did. There is another side over the wall that is transitioning and if I could do it so can you.

Where can people find you for more information?
You can find my on my website. www.BeautyByMsJesse.com
Instagram: YouTube: BeautyByMsJesse



by Cree Brown

In 2010, when I started my natural hair journey, I was at the gym and a curlfriend recommended I try SheaMoisture products because the ingredients were better than what I was using. From 2010 until late 2015, SheaMoisture was all that I used. I had SheaMoisture erythang. But, in November 2015, I noticed what I believed to be a change in their product’s consistency, more specifically with the Curl Enhancing Smoothie. I was in panic mode because the consistency was so off I was afraid to use it. I had no idea what to do. The ends of my hair were becoming increasingly drier, and every bit of growth was being trimmed off because my ends were so dry and damaged. I had to do something, but what?...

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I had been in a relationship with SheaMoisture for most of the five years of my natural journey and the thought of changing hair products was overwhelming, but I knew something had to be done. I had to make the decision to choose my hair’s health over product loyalty. From November 2015 to March of 2016, I, aka Poor Little Much Afraid (a character in Hinds Feet on High Places, by H. Hurnard), decided to try different brands of styling products. Although that seems simple enough it was a huge deal for me. When I’m committed I am committed.


At the behest of another curlfriend I tried Qhemet Biologics (Aethiopika Hydrate & Twist Butter, Amla & Olive Heavy Cream and the Olive & Honey Hydrating Balm) and suddenly life was filled with unicorns, fairies and rainbows. The Qhemet line has honey, olive oil and castor oil, among some other great ingredients, all of which my hair loves. Now, my hair stays hydrated for nearly a week which hadn’t happened in EVER! My curls keep their definition for days after I take down my braids and it’s the healthiest my hair has ever been.


When applying the products to my hair I mix the Amla & Olive Heavy Cream and the Olive & Honey Hydrating Balm together in my palm and apply to freshly cleansed and sectioned hair, over my leave-in conditioner. The Amla & Olive Heavy Cream is rich, creamy, smooth and smells amazing, like a faint hint of citrus. The Olive & Honey Hydrating Balm also has an amazing citrusy smell and has the consistency of a thick serum. The combination of the two products really smooths my hair. Next, I apply the Aethiopika Hydrate & Twist Butter and seal with an oil mixture of my choice-did I mention my hair loves oil. The Aethiopika has granules that are melted from the warmth of my palms. The granules dissolve more easily if I mix oils with it. Any residual is absorbed into my hair. Then, I install 5 to 7 seven braids and let it dry overnight. The Aethiopika has great hold without drying my hair. I only apply the products once per week on wash-day. I mist with water and may apply a little oil during the week to keep my situation fresh. I have high porosity, fine, type 3c to 4b strands with medium density.

My only complaint about Qhemet Biologics is they don’t have a deep conditioner. The Cocoa Tree Detangleing Ghee can be used as a conditioner, but you leave it in. I prefer a deep conditioner that must be rinsed. Soooo, I’m still searching for a deep conditioner. Any suggestions?



Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey. (Name, where you’re from, etc)
My name is Nadieya Barco. I am from Raleigh, NC. I was born in the little town of Elizabeth City, NC. Also, I attend school at Elizabeth City State University and I am a junior.

How long have you been natural? Have you always embraced your curls?
I have been natural for a little over 3 years. When I was in high school I did not embrace my curls. I had a mohawk and kept it straight, “laid to the Gods”. This resulted in heat damage, but I just considered my pattern to have changed to wavy.


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What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper& why?
I have been both a transitioner and Big Chopper. I wanted to transition because I wanted my curly hair back. I did that and ended up with heat damage which resulted in a big chop. I big chopped because I had a mohawk and wanted a full head of hair.

How would you describe your hair?
I would describe my hair as 3c/4a, frizzy, and free willed.

What do you love most about your hair?
The best thing about my hair is the fact that it is trained. It basically does whatever I want it to do.

What has been the most memorable part of your journey?  Has it been easy or difficult or both?!
The most memorable part was being basically bald headed for months and having no choice but to do wash and gos because it was not long enough to style, bleaching my ends, and finally being able to do a puff. It has been difficult and still is, but it is worth it.

What are (or were) some of your favorite transitioning hairstyles or current dos?
My transitioning style was perm rods and I still do them now that I am natural!

What have your experiences been as a ‘natural.’ Any memorable reactions from family or others?
When I big chopped my mother and father said I looked like a little boy. I was constantly asked WHY I wanted to look like a boy and why my hair was always “dry”.


What is your hair regimen (including fav products)?
Sadly, I can never stick to a regimen, but I swear by TGIN DAILY BUTTER CREAM MOISTURIZER!

What are some of your favorite natural hair websites,YouTuber’s, or blogs?
I love the curlynikki and naturalcurly website. My fav youtubers would have to be TheChicNatural, MoKnowsHair, and askProy

Anything you want the readers to know? Inspirational words?
Never expect a certain curl pattern from your hair, doing this leads to disappointment. Instead, enjoy the ride, learn your hair, and learn yourself.


How do you deal with the backlash of those who do not “like” your hair?
Your natural hair is for YOU. There will be those who do not like, but embrace it. Have confidence, try new styles, and those same haters will be asking how you do it!

Where can people find you for more information?
My instagram is @trillestpsyche. My twitter is @trillestpsyche. My youtube is NarcissisticNaturals And Vlog. My email is [email protected]