filter by category
August 21, 2011

On the Couch with Naptural85


by Natural Dancer of The Frizzness!


I've been EXCITED, EXCITED, EXCITED about today's natural interview to say the very least! When going natural emerged as merely a thought in my terribly inquisitive mind, I came across a video from this young lady posted on You Tube. I found her to be stunning, articulate, informative and......interesting. Before long, my studious eyes took to a state of rebellion , as I'd sat to watch ALL of her videos in a single swoop - some more than once (don't judge me, ha ha)! Six months into my journey (post BC), I can seriously say that I still rely on her videos (and blog) for jaw-dropping hairstyles/technique, sound advice, a good laugh & easy commentary making you feel like you're relaxing in the living room with a great friend. Let's get down to Frizzness w/Whit, the adorable natural beauty known to her fans as Naptural85!

Natural Dancer: You have inspired so many hopeful women (including myself) through your YouTube videos! Those who adore your personality & wisdom are truly excited with anticipation as they wait on your next cyber-release! Tell us about your amazing YouTube journey & how it’s changed your life:

How long have you been rocking your frizzness?

Naptural85: Haha, thank you! I've been rocking my frizzness for 3 years now; time is definitely flying!

Did you desire a second date following your BC/End of transition, or did you make reservations for a party of ONE?

Oh, yeaaa, I made reservations for a party of one, Lol! In the beginning I wasn't ready to wear my short hair, so I had my mom braid it back up with extension braids until I was ready to take them out. About one or two months later, I had to remove my braids because my curly hair was rejecting them and they kept falling out! When they fell out in the office, and then at the gym, I knew it was time to accept my fate!

So I took the braids out, felt extremely awkward for about two weeks, and then all of a sudden snapped out of it and began loving my curls! I think I just needed the time to get used to how I really looked... it was definitely a growing experience for me!

Natural Hair doesn't define who you are BUT.....

... [AND] it definitely makes a statement that I won't be put in a box. I think that people judge you when they see your natural hair and think that you're "DIVA-licious" or about to say "cool cat", "daddio", and snap your fingers and such. There's nothing wrong with that, it's just not me.

I think in this day and age, we are going to be able to seriously bust those stereotypes to pieces because so many women are going natural now. We all have different reasons why and different personalities, so I'm hoping that the stigma of natural hair defining our personalities and mindsets gets thrown out the window. Yes, it's about self-acceptance and self-growth, but the key word is "SELF" and everyone's "SELF" is different.

What was the moment of epiphany in your journey?

About two weeks after I took out my extension braids, got over feeling awkward with my short hair and the people staring at me, and just said "forget it,"... my life changed. That was when I finally felt free. Before then, I chose to define myself by what others thought of me; I looked outside myself for acceptance. Well, cutting off your hair will slap that mindset right out of you because people look at you like you're crazy, lol! There comes a point when you just can't take caring about what people think anymore and you just SNAP, but in a GOOD way. It's a "... well, if they won't accept me, I'll accept me because I'm all I have..." type of moment and you begin to love yourself entirely without a care in the world about what anyone thinks of you. That's the "Natural Hair Epiphany."

Because natural manes are so unpredictable, how do you combat feeling defeated on days when your crown seems less than stellar (based your OWN criteria)?

Lol, oh man, I hate those days! It's usually right before it's time to wash my hair because I get lazy; It's tangled, bushy, and dry. I either throw it back in a bun, or hop in the shower to refresh and throw in a ponytail; it's an easy fix. I don't feel like I'm looking my best, so it definitely effects me, but that's just the name of the game... everyone has bad hair days!

It's probably a good thing though, because it makes me want to wash and style my hair quickly so I don't have to feel bad anymore! Natural hair is so funny because as good as it can look, it can also look just as bad if you let it go for like four days... it's so fickle.

Do random people attempt to lay hands in your mane?

Lol, I've never had complete strangers try and touch my hair. I've had people whom I've just met like an hour before try and touch it, but not complete strangers. They at least introduce themselves first before reaching in for the grab.

Do you find your mane becoming the grand topic of conversation?

Yea, it's always the "go-to" discussion. Once the conversation starts to fade, it's the "... ohh, your hair..." [insert smile and head tilt]...

CONFIDENCE CHECK: Has natural hair allowed you to dance as if no one is watching, or has your aurora remain unfazed since your relaxed days?

The process of going natural has definitely helped me figure out who I am without the outside smoke and mirrors. I'm definitely more comfortable in my own skin because I don't feel like I'm trying to be anything or anyone else, I just am me.

Share some secrets leading to a fabulous, happy, HEALTHY mane...promise we WILL tell!

That's hilarious... Secrets to a fabulous, happy mane? Water. Keep your hair moisturized! That is it! Do whatever you need to do to keep that water in your strands and you'll be fine.

What was the WORST mistake you’ve made along the way?

When I had kinky twists in the beginning of my journey, I twisted the front a bit too tight and experienced some breakage. That was a minor setback, but I definitely learned not to twist too tightly.

What advice can you bless new, transitioning or frustrated kinky curly queens with?

If you're frustrated, put your hair in a style where you don't have to play with it at all. For example, extensions, twists, braids, etc... that you can keep in for months at a time. That way, you're not worrying about it. Your journey should be fun, if it's something you're not enjoying, your experience will not be a positive one, which could result in a negative attitude towards your hair... that's not something you're looking for, I'm sure! So do whatever it is that you need to do to make yourself happy.

What natural experiments put the glam in your crown? Which ones ended up filed under Campaign EPIC FAIL?

Haa!!! Lol, Perm rods all over my head = EPIC FAILURE... yea, it was like a curly fro on steroids... (that one's filed in the "Never to be uploaded on Youtube" folder)

As for glam in my crown, I lOVE the bantu knots!

What's the most fabulous part of your journey to frizzness?

My increase in self-acceptance, love, and confidence is definitely the most fabulous part. I don't have to hide my curls every 6 weeks with chemicals. It's all me, and if you don't like it, #pshhh
oh well!

Outside of your gorgeous mane, what inspires you?


I love crafts... really anything having to do with arts and crafts I can get lost in for days! Reading, drawing, decorating, writing, exercising; I'm all over the place! I guess I just enjoy creating in all it's aspects.

How can our beautiful readers find you on the web?

They ARE beautiful! I see you there reading with your gorgeous mane! Go girl! Lol!
Well, you can find me at http://www.youtube.com/naptural85 and http://youtube.com/dearnaptural85!

Many thanks & blessings for getting down to frizzness!

Thank you so much for the feature!

49 Chime in!:

LaMaraVilla said...

lover her hair and videos, but how many times can one person say lol . . .

Anonymous said...

Love me some Whit!!

Anonymous said...

LOVE!

Thanks for featuring Naptural85. Her vids are always very informative and best of all quick! Truly the best natural hair videos on youtube.

kinkycurlyhair said...

Very smart and professional. Love her!

TMS said...

Whit is absolutely the best hands down! I appreciate the fact that she is thorough yet quick in her YT demonstrations. I've been using her twisting techniques and product recommendations with great success.

When washing my hair, I use Terressentials Lavender hair wash and twists with Shea butter. As a result, I’ve noticed less single strand knots (SSK) and my twists no longer tangle at the ends when I'm unraveling them for a twist out. In addition, my hair stays moisturized all week!

FYI - My hair texture is 4 B/C (heavy on the C side)

Braelynn said...

Great interview...Um, I don't think she actually SAID LOL, those were just the times that she laughed...(laughed out loud??)

kinkyhairednerd said...

Love her! Amazing hair and personality.

Annabel said...

I love her! Her YT videos have helped me so much during my transition. They are highly informative and right to the point!

sparkspop said...

Thx for the interview! Love her vids. I just had my "confidence check" recently at a friend's grad party. I danced til I dropped. Lol. It was wonderful and I was cute! Lol

Jeannette said...

I love this youtuber and her hair!

Urbandoggs said...

Wow, love this. So helpful. Just found your site and really like it!

MrsWardy88 said...

Oh yeah! Naptural is one of my favorite Go-To Curl Girls, and she's all over the web now. :)

Afrinaturality said...

Whit is amazing. I have learnt so much about how to handle my hair by watching her YouTube videos. Love her!

mel048 said...

Love her YouTube vid's ...has helped me a lot over the last year and half

Jen S. said...

I LOVEEEE her!!

jen
http://blankwhiteframes.blogspot.com

Lisa said...

Love me some Naptural85 :)

Anonymous said...

I don't think she actually said LOL. It was obvously a face-to-face interview. ANYWAYS.. ADORE HER! ADORE HER! ADORE HER!

Mz. love said...

I also watch Naptural85 videos on a regular basis. She is very informative and has a great personality. This was a great interview! Thank you!!

PoliBohoGlam said...

OMG, I lover her!
I actually just discovered her videos last night and have been watching them back to back to back to . . . you get it.
She has some of (if not) the best youtube videos on natural hair ever.
I'm trying her bantu knot method this week.
:)

CurlyTonya said...

I was just looking at her videos this weekend. Now that I finally have some hair...BC one year...I need to do something other than a WNG. She has some great videos for type 4 hair.

keisha said...

Great interview! Love her and her vids! Truly an inspiration!

Anonymous said...

LOVE HER!

Naijaprincess said...

Yay!!!! One of my favorite youtubers EVER and Willona's (my hair) hair twin ;o) Love Whitney!

Anonymous said...

ALL I can say is LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE HER. I am a die hard stocker, I mean follower of her utube vids. GREAT personality!!!

KC said...

I've been watching Whitney since her 2nd natural hair video! :D She's helped me through my transition, BC, and maintaining my hair in the present (which is now at collar bone length). Needless to say I LOVE HER TOO(:

Anonymous said...

I loooooove her! She's amazing!!!

Anonymous said...

I really enjoy her videos. Not only are they informative (great music), but I feel as if she's not trying to stage a production, and rather just gets to the point. Her confidence radiates as well, not like a peacock, but more like a swan.

Anonymous said...

Enjoy her videos. God made us and our hair so let's rejoice and be glad about it

Anonymous said...

She is a phenomenal woman.

IcyLillies said...

love her!!! She's amazing and so inspiring!

Carla said...

I LOVE her videos - thanks for the interview!

Anonymous said...

LaMaraVilla, chile you reading too much into this. Enjoy the interview and leave the negativity at home. I LOVE Naptural85. I have turned EVERYONE I know on to her. She has BEAUTIFUL hair and is an inspiration for us lovely 3c/4a/4b sisters who want our hair to be shiny, healthy, and bouncy. Amazing! Thanks CurlyNikki for spotlighting her!

Shaune said...

Love her videos: short, informative her simple routine.. and her hair is gorgeous!!

Anonymous said...

Finally she's here!!! I love her videos; she is my absolute favorite natural on youtube.

Pamela said...

How can you NOT love Naptural85? She's beautiful, knowledgeable, and so down to earth. By far one of my VERY favorite YouTubers out there!

Whisper29 said...

Just love her spirit she is naturally beautiful

African Violet said...

Yeah, she's one of my favorite YTers! Like others have stated, her videos are succinct, yet packed full of wonderful information. She's such an inspiration!

TiAnna Mae said...

Definitely one of my favs. Her hair is gorgeous!

blackcurlsbrowneyes said...

I love her vids, she's my favorite, i wish she would start doing some meet and greets like curlynikki does, that would be awesome

Anonymous said...

i love her...i am glad someone with the same hair as me is finally being featured.

off to make her flax seed gel.

Anonymous said...

Yep, she's one of my go to CG's too...just love her - very informative, creative, and down to earth! :)

kitka82 said...

Naptural85 is my fave hands down. Definitely my hair idol LOL.

skinnypennie said...

Naptural85 is my girl she is cooler than a fan and knows her stuff, I've been trying her hair styles as well as her shea butter mixture which I love.

Anonymous said...

I agree with everyone here - Love Her! I've done her styles and even tried her cooking recipes. The turkey burgers with feta cheese and spinach are a fav! :) Thx for all you do Whit!! :) Happy Holidays

Jasmine said...

LOVE HER!

She has the BEST videos by far on YouTube... at least for my personality. I don't like when people ramble. Naptural85/Whitney is thorough, informative, and endearing at the same time. Her videos are just long enough. She is definitely a natural hair inspiration!

CocoaLuv0626 said...

I just love Whit! Her videos are always funny and inspiring :)

Anonymous said...

Naptural85's videos are THE BEST. I get so many great tips and hairstyles from her. Without that help, I may have gone back to relaxing my hair which would have been the biggest mistake of my life. Waiting out the grow in period is all worth it when it's long, healthy and gorgeous.

LooseLizzie said...

I love this girl!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I love all of her YT videos. They are informative, she's articulate, and straight to the point. Her hairstyles are beautiful, and i've tried most of the products she uses and they all work great on my hair!! I LOVE her!!!!!

Post a Comment

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
From our partners