Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey. 
Hi! my name is Miosha and I’m from Miramar, Florida

How long have you been natural? Have you always embraced your curls?
I have been natural since April 2011. I did not initially embrace my curls because I couldn’t find the right products to agree with my hair.

Who motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper& why?
My motivation to transition came about because I was in a phase in my life where I was trying to find myself. My marriage was coming to an end and I was caring for my son who has cerebral palsy which is a full time job within itself. Life during that particular time was really stressful.  I needed a change and I just wanted to embrace who I really was. I think I transitioned for all of three months lol. Then one day I decided I didn’t want to transition anymore so I went to the salon and had them to cut it all off. It was a very emotional and liberating experience for me and I have no regrets
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How would you describe your hair?
My hair is very thick and coarse. Over the years I’ve learned that my hair loves water and curls up like crazy when wet so my go to style is usually a wash and go.

What do you love most about your hair?
I love the versatility. My tapered cut is my go to style, but I’ve rocked all kinds of color with it and I can wear my cut as a fro, twist out or wash and go.

What has been the most memorable part of your journey?Has it been easy or difficult or both?!
The most memorable part of my journey is being free and just plain ol fierce!! Trust me I went through alot of trial and error during my journey but I enjoyed the process. I love my hair, I love who I have become during this journey.

What are (or were) some of your favorite transitioning hairstyles or current dos’?
My current fave hair dos’ is my wash and go. Occasionally I will rock a twist out.

What have your experiences been as a ‘natural.’ Any memorable reactions from family or others?
I get stopped all the time about my hair. They usually stop to compliment, ask what products do I use or are looking for a stylist who specializes in natural hair.


What is your hair regimen (including fav products)?
I wash my hair with Kinky Curly Come Clean shampoo every two weeks to give my hair and scalp a good cleaning from all the product build up. Between that time I cowash every two to three days with the Matrix Biolage cleansing conditioner for curly hair (I love this stuff!!). I also do a deep conditioning treatment at least twice a week with the Ouidad Curl Recovery Extreme Meltdown Mask.. This is a must have in my regimen especially with me having color treated hair. For my wash and gos’ I use the Kinky Curly Curling custard as well as the Kinky Curly Knot today as a leave in I like to use avocado oil to seal in moisture. For my twistouts I use As I am Twist defining cream with a little Eco styler gel for extra hold.

What are some of your favorite natural hair websites,YouTuber’s, or blogs?
My fave naturals to watch on You Tube are askProy, Miss Ken K, Abi’s Hair NL and Beauty Cutright just to name a few.

Anything you want the readers to know? Inspirational words?
My advice for readers would be to understand that your journey is for you. Don’t let anyone’s opinion about what you chose to do with YOUR hair affect your decisions. Be you, love you and do it well.


Where can people find you for more information?
Im on Instagram as Naturaldivaa


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 us a little about yourself.
Hi, my name is Brigite. I’m from the Cape Verde Islands. It is an island off of the west coast of Africa! The best place in the entire world. I was born there. Now I reside in little old Boston.

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How long have you been natural?
I have been natural (relaxer free) since about 2011. However, I was addicted to the straightener like many other naturals. I did not begin to embrace my curls until December 2014, the year prior I had chopped off all my bra-strap length hair to start off due to excessive heat damage. I kept straightening it for a year after I cut it off, leaving me with heat damage once again. In December 2014, I decided it was time to let the straighteners go. That is when I decided it was time to stop straightening my hair and let it be in its natural state. It’s funny because most naturals struggled with letting the relaxers go, with me it was the straightener. The relaxer was easy to let go of.

What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper& why?
I did both, I big chopped my heat damage in 2013 and continued to straighten it. In 2014 I decided to transition from my heat damage once again. Then on thanksgiving 2015 I cut off the remainder of the little heat damage I had.


How would you describe your hair?
My hair is very THICK. I have a head full of thick hair. Very kinky. I would say 4a/4b. It’s very curly and has a mind of its own but I love it for what it is!

What do you love most about your hair?
I love how kinky my hair is. I’ve always loved kinky hair. I also love how fast my hair grows. I love knowing that not everyone around me has hair like me, and I can stand out in a crowd simply because of my natural hair.

What has been the most memorable part of your journey?Has it been easy or difficult or both?!
The most memorable part of my journey is discovering curls I once thought I didn’t have. Another memorable aspect of my journey is inspiring other women simply because of my hair. Many come to me with questions about their hair and that makes me so happy knowing they trust my opinion enough to take it into consideration.

What were some of your favorite transitioning hairstyles?
My absolute favorite transitioning styles were a braid out with perm rods on the ends. I also loved twist outs.

What have your experiences been as a ‘natural?’ Any memorable reactions from family or others?
Yes, some negative comments such as “I wish your hair was straight” my grandmother always tells me even now “go do your hair” when really my hair is in its natural state, but eventually everyone learned to like it or accept it.

What is your hair regimen?
I remember when I was transitioning I would do too much with my hair and too often. Now, I allow it to do its own thing and wash it when it needs to be washed without a specific day or anything. I’ll either cowash or use shampoo if I have a lot of buildup. I’ll then deep condition with a very moisturizing deep conditioner for 30 minutes to an hour. After detangling my hair and washing off the deep conditioner I will proceed with my wash and go which lasts days.


What are some of your favorite natural hair websites,YouTuber’s, or blogs?
I love Yolanda Renee’s YouTube channel, I think the content is very different and versatile. Curly Nikki is one of my favorite websites.

How is dating while natural?
Dating while natural is amazing. I’ve had my boyfriend Erick throughout this entire journey who loves my hair just as much as me if not more. He always motivated me to embrace my hair. It’s funny because whenever I have a protective style for too long he will say something like “ok I’m ready for the fro now” which I find so funny. It is always good to have someone support your natural hair. Also remember ladies that if he doesn’t love your natural hair, then he doesn’t love you for who you truly are.

Anything you want the readers to know? Inspirational words?
I want the readers to know that being natural is one of the best things to happen to me. I feel great knowing I am embracing my Afrocentric features. It also feels great knowing in a room full of people you will stand out because of your natural hair, having curly hair is something not everyone is blessed to have and we should embrace our uniqueness not conceal it with a relaxer or perm.

Where can people find you for more information?
My Instagram is Brigiteeeee (5 E’s) and snapchat: BrigiteBryant



Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey. 
My name is Maiya Jackson. I’m from Bridgeport, CT. I’m a 22 year old female who started my natural hair journey on September 12, 2014. I remember telling my mother the week before that I wanted to do the big chop because I wanted all of my hair back. She thought I wasn’t serious because I always ended up cutting my hair. Growing up I had a lion’s mane. Kids used to put sand in my hair in the playground and pull on it. One day I woke up feeling like a different person. I needed a fresh start and I wanted to start with MY hair. Throughout my high school experience I’ve had many different hairstyles. Shaved sides, mushroom cut, Rihanna cut, braids, ponytails, highlights. I’ve done it all. I felt it was time for a change. So why not try the natural hair journey and grow all of my hair back. I was determined, dedicated and motivated to have beautiful healthy hair. I didn’t know all of the work I had to do to get to where I am now. As I look back on how far I’ve come, I can truly say every good and bad hair day was worth it. Every stage is different and may be difficult for some but I’m telling you to stick it out because you’ll be in love with the end results. You can always cut it and try again. It’s just hair, right?

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How long have you been natural? Have you always embraced your curls?
I’ve been natural for 2 years now. I never embraced my natural hair. As a young girl, my mother always took care of my hair and she always kept it styled in braids with the colorful bows or bantu knots.

What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper & why?
Two years after I graduated high school, I felt I needed a major change in my life. Having a hard time figuring out what that change should be and when that change would come, I tried everything from switching up my wardrobe to increasing my vocabulary. Lol one day I woke up and decided the change I needed was to grow my hair out from the beginning. Knowing what I needed to do, I told my mother about how that would make me feel and change my perspective; she said she was okay with it. The next week I asked my older sister to take me to the barbershop. Once there, I told the barber to cut everything off. At first, he was hesitant but I told him it was okay because that was something I wanted to do and it was best for me. That day changed my life for the better.

How would you describe your hair?
I would describe my hair as kinky/coily. When I started the natural hair journey my hair was extremely curly and dry. I went through $500+ worth of products just to figure out which products worked best for my hair. Once I got to the second stage, I realized my curl pattern changed immensely and it was much easily to handle and care for my hair. Not only was it growing in length but also in thickness. My hair has always been thick but seeing it in such a healthy state was so amazing to me. That showed me that I shouldn’t give up growing out my hair because I had a major goal I wanted to reach. I am now at the third stage of my natural hair journey and this is my favorite stage so far. My hair has so much volume, my curls bounce and my hair is always moisturized. I cannot wait to hit the fourth stage and go from there.

What do you love most about your hair?
What I love most about my hair is the curl pattern and how it cooperates with me. Nowadays I have more good hair days than bad ones. Which is so good because my photos come out how I want them and knowing that my hair is exactly how I pictured it when doing it makes me so happy. I love how everyone I know or everyone who knows me has seen how much it has grown and how beautiful my mane has become.

What has been the most memorable part of your journey? Has it been easy or difficult or both?
The most memorable part of my journey so far has been the big chop. It was such a relief being able to start over.


What are (or were) some of your favorite transitioning hairstyles or current do’s?
My favorite transitioning hairstyle is twists. Has been my favorite style since I was able to have the twists actually stay twisted. Now that my hair is long enough and easier to manage my current favorite is styling my hair in two buns. It’s so easy and I don’t spend that much time doing my hair. Just add water, a little bit of product and be on my way.

What have your experiences been as a ‘natural.’ Any memorable reactions from family or others?
My experiences have been eye opening. Seeing myself grow as a person, seeing my hair grow so fast. Understanding that it’s a journey I need to enjoy. Every minute of it. I love when people tell me how much they love my hair and when people ask for hair tips or which products I use. I. A way I’m helping them out and in a way they’re helping me.

What is your hair regimen (including fav products)?
I have many hair regimens. My summer hair regimen is my favorite. It’s a lot easier doing my hair in the summer. I don’t have to do much and my hair doesn’t dry out as fast. Sometimes I blow my hair out to get the full effect of my fro. The only time I brush or comb my hair is when I need to get knots out of my curls or when I want to twist my hair. Scrunchies without metal are my best friend. I love having my hair up and out of my face. Especially when it’s hot outside. My favorite oils are Tea Tree Oil, Moroccan Oil, Avocado Oil, Almond Oil, Jamaican Black Castor Oil and Olive Oil. A majority of people use Coconut Oil but that doesn’t do anything for my hair except dry it out. I stick with Shea Moisture, As I Am and Carol’s Daughter products. Eco Styler Gel in the yellow jar with the red top is one of my favorite products. Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Hair Oil, Carol’s Daughter Healthy Hair Butter, Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Smoothie, As I Am Smoothing Gel and Curling Jelly Coil and Curl Definer, As I Am CocoSheaWhip.


What are some of your favorite natural hair websites, YouTuber’s, or Blogs?
My favorite natural hair pages on Instagram are MyHairCrush, NaturalChixs (I’m featured on both). My favorite natural hair YouTubers are FusionofCultures, simplybiancaalexa, NaturalNeiicey, Naptural85, and Chime (HairCrush). I don’t have any favorite natural hair websites. When I started my journey I used Pinterest a lot. Just to find hairstyles and what products to try out. I loved seeing pictures of women and how every woman had different hair textures.

Anything you want the readers to know? Inspirational words?
I want people to understand that the natural hair journey isn’t easy. There will be bumps in the road and you’ll have days when you just want to give up trying to grow all of your hair. I’m going to tell anyone who is having trouble or who wants to reconsider trying this journey out, stick with it! The end results will be worth it and you get to see how much your hair grows. Not only that but you always grow as a person. It’s a process but without progress you won’t move forward. Ask questions about products and ways to do your hair. Ask how to deal with heat and cold winter days. Ask ask ask. You learn so much from different people. It’s just an amazing experience. I encourage anyone who feels they need a change to cut their hair. Maybe you need change. Change is always good.



Where can people find you for more information?
You can find me on Instagram (artsmai) Snapchat (minimaiy) and Tumblr (himai) or reach me at my email ([email protected]). Don’t be afraid to find me. I’m very openminded and outgoing. I love networking and meeting new people.