Vivian McCollum is Naturally Glam!



Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey.
Hi!  My name is Vivian McCollum. I was born in NY, but I’ve moved a lot due to my parents various travel habits. Right now I reside in Philadelphia. My hair journey has been a roller coaster ride due to self-esteem issues that came with learning to love my hair in its natural state and understanding that my fro is okay and nothing to be ashamed of.

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Ashley- "I am NOT my hair!"




Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey. (Name, where you’re from, etc)
Cape Verdean made, my name is Ashley and I’m from the smallest state on the map :] I’m currently trying to get a degree to be a X-ray radiologist.

How long have you been natural? Have you always embraced your curls?
I’ve been natural all my life, practically. There was a period from age 8 until about 12 where my mom would relax my hair because it was so thick and she couldn’t handle doing it. But after age 12 I never got another relaxer. Have I always embraced my curls? I’ll say no, because when I was younger my mom never let me do my hair the way I wanted and it was always in braids. So until I got older and got to do my own hair, I never even knew I had this amazing curly fro on my head!
 

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#HennaQueen- MamaNaturalista's Story

So since I'm currently #Bollywoodin' (the land o' henna), I thought it only appropriate to discuss how naturals are using it for healthy hair! Shout out to my friend, MamaNaturalista, for organizing this awesome series and don't forget to enter the hennasooq giveaway! I hope you enjoy her story!


Marisol Correa is the Editor-In-Chief of MamaNaturalista.com. A world traveler, she currently resides in Washington, DC - where she was also born and raised. She is a married mother of 4 kids; a seventeen year old son, seven year old daughter and 5 year old twins (fraternal boy and girl). She also holds the position of Event Coordinator at Four Brothers, LLC and is an actor whose (most recent) roles are currently airing on TV! 

How long have you been natural?

I’ve been natural for almost 4 years now!!!

Did you big chop or transition?

I did both, I transitioned for 6 months… after unexpected heat damage during my transition; I did my 1st Big Chop in June 2011. I also did a 2nd Big Chop in July 2011 and cut my hair which was about 6 inches at the time down to 1/2 inch. My hair & I have been through some ISH. Ha, ha!!!

When did you first learn about henna?

I first learned about henna through CurlyNikki.com, of course… it’s the place for ‘All Things Henna’. #SeriouslyTho  


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Mariah- 'It's Your Hair' #OwnIt




Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey.
My name is Mariah and I’m from a small city located in northeast Ohio. I am multiracial – mixed with black, Puerto Rican, and white. I’m 21 and attending college for nursing. I have been wearing my hair in its natural state for almost 2 years. I guess you could say I transitioned from heat damage, although I still have some left near the ends of my hair. The more I wore my hair naturally curly, the more I noticed my natural curl pattern beginning to come back.

How long have you been natural?
I have been natural my entire life but began wearing my hair in its natural state since December 2011.


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On the Couch with LeKyndra- "Love it, rock it, respect it!'


My name is LeKyndra and I’m from Missouri. I am a recent college grad, Mass Communications major. I work in a studio at a TV Station and at a Radio Station.

How long have you been natural?
I’ve been natural since March 2013, I would get perms every month (once I think about it that was way too much) then I went to even 3, to every 4, to every 6 months.

What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper & why?
I dyed my hair and because I was a basketball player and in college, I really didn’t properly take care of my hair, so it broke off. My mom cut my hair and I never looked back. I had about a inch and a half of hair due to me only getting perms every 6 months.


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On the Couch with Danielle- "I decided to see how long I could go without a relaxer."



Tell us about yourself and your hair journey.
My name’s Danielle Stewart, newly Danielle Jackson from NYC. My blogging name is Dani-DK.com and that comes from nick names that my friends and family have called me over the years.

How long have you been natural? Have you always embraced your curls?
I’ve been natural for 4 years and prior to 2010 I’d been relaxing since I was 12 years old. Embracing my curls came as a decision I made after experiencing a lot of breakage from coloring and relaxing my hair too frequently.


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Gael- "I am done over-complicating my hair situation."


Describe your hair (fine or coarse, thin or thick, highly porous, low, etc.)

Honestly, I don’t know. I tried doing all kinds of research prior to the chop and got overwhelmed with all this scientific information. I mean, I’m pretty sure Angela Davis & Diana Ross didn’t have to know any of this to grow big fros. I know my hair is big & loves moisturizers. I think it’s fine, because I have a lot, but if I put it into twists, it doesn’t look like much. It’s at least 3 different textures on a good day. Most mornings I wake up and I say, okay Q (that’s what I call my hair) we’re gonna rock this style today. And Q says “mmmmnah. I’m gonna do this thing instead", and I just have to go with that. She knows better most of the time.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done to your hair?

I’m such a punk. I haven’t done anything crazy. I mean if you ask people that know me, some might describe my hair as crazy already. I’ve been thinking about dying it for a while, so I guess that’s coming up sometime soon.


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On the Couch with Rhonda


Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey.
My name is Rhonda Ray and I was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. I have a B.A. in Radio, TV and film. I’m a frotographer and I created one of the first Afrocentric web series that starred 4 Natural Hair Actresses called “Afro City”

How long have you been natural? Have you always embraced your coils?
I’ve been natural for 13 years. I haven’t always embraced my coils and I was so excited to get my first perm for my 6th grade graduation.

What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper& why? I went to the barber and told them to chop off all the perm to the new growth, because the perm was starting to break my hair off and irritate my scalp. I had friends perming my hair to save money and they over processed my hair. I left the barber shop with a TWA. Never knew it would grow out so much to where I could have so much fun with up do’s, Twist outs, Braid outs, Afro Puffs and Fros.


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On the Couch with Tori- 'Your hair journey is YOUR journey'



Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey. 
My name is Tori. I am a Jamaican-born natural currently residing in Dallas, TX

How long have you been natural?
I have a little over 4 years of natural hair growth. I transitioned for a year and a half, then big chopped in January 2012.

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On the Couch with Courtney- 'Be friends with your hair...'



Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey.
My name is Courtney, and I’m a freelance journalist/work-at-home mom from Albany, GA. I currently live just outside Atlanta with my husband and our two sons. I decided to let my hair return to its natural state about six years ago.

How long have you been natural?
I had my big chop done June 19, 2009, so I’ve been completely natural for four and a half years.

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Iphie on her Natural Hair- 'I enjoy the sense of... royalty'.



Tell us a little about yourself and your hair journey.
My name is Iphie and some call me Tai, the short version of my middle name. I currently reside in Boston. My free spirit and love of experimenting brought me back to my natural hair. I enjoy the sense of individuality, pride, and royalty that the people I’ve encountered associate it with.

How long have you been natural? Have you always embraced your curls?
I have been natural for 4 years, now. I have always embraced my curls, but my mother was not able to style my hair. I permed it when I was in 8th grade because I could not do hair either.


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Alexandria- "I cut my own hair!"


Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey.
I’m Alexandria, 23, and I’m currently living & working in Louisiana! My hair journey began in 2010 while in beauty school. One of my already natural classmates inspired me to transition and eventually big chop.

How long have you been natural? Have you always embraced your curls?
I have been natural for 4 years! I really started to fall in love with my curls in the weeks after going fully natural.

What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper& why?
I was motivated to transition because my hair would not “grow” past my shoulders with a relaxer. I needed a big change and going natural was my answer. I transitioned for 4 months before big chopping! I couldn’t stand the two textures and honestly, I didn’t feel like dealing with the straight hair anymore. I was ready, so I cut my own hair!

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Phina- 'I feel like I finally see myself."


Tell me about yourself!
My name is Phina. I’m 20 years old and I’m in my final year in college. I live in Limerick, Ireland and I’ve been natural for little over 3 years now.

Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper? What was your journey like?
I transitioned for about 8 months, because I wasn’t allowed to cut all my hair off. You know, dads. When I finally cut my hair off I felt a mix of emotions. On one hand, I was used to cutting my hair as low as most black guys carry their hair. On the other, hand I wasn’t used to the afro that was left behind.


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On the Couch with Kiera- "Do it for you..."

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hi, my name is Kiera Mare’.  I am a 24-year-old pharmaceutical sales representative from Prattville, AL.  I now live all over due to my work schedule.  I have always been natural, but my hair has not always been healthy due to color, flat irons and lack of deep conditioning.

How long have you been natural? Have you always embraced your curls?
I have always embraced my curls, but in my early years, I did not know how to manage my hair.

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Alona- "Keeping my hair straight was a priority..."

"I knew it was time when I was watching reruns of "The Walking Dead" and was worried about how I would straighten my hair if there was ever a Zombie apocalypse! Lol... funny, but it showed me my priorities were off. "
Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
I was a long term transitioner.  I transitioned for about 16 months. I had a couple of reasons for this being the better route for me. The two main reasons were: (a) I had not seen my natural texture since I was 13 or 14... I am now 41! I needed to acclimatize myself to my texture and learn how to deal with it so that I wouldn't make a hash of my natural hair. And (b) I had recently started working at a new company, and my role required me to help manage teams. I had to come in and build my brand. Once I decided to go natural, I thought that a big chop would be too drastic of a change. 

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Tiffany Jackson- 'Don't be afraid to try new things!'


My name is Tiffany Jackson. I’m a 23 year old full time college student (majoring in Graphic Design), also working full time. I’m from Maplewood, NJ.

How long have you been natural?
I have been fully natural for a year and two months now.


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On the Couch with Cecelia!



Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hey Dreamer! Me nombre es Cecelia Banks. I was born and raised in North Carolina; where I reside today. My family is from Monrovia, Liberia and migrated to America at a young age. I am a recent college graduate. I graduated from The University of North Carolina at Pembroke with a degree in Exercise Sports Science with a concentration in Health Promotion. I am currently employed as a Health Educator/ Tech. I am also a YouTube Vlogger! Check my channel out —-> DreamNcolor

How long have you been natural?
I have been natural for most of my life but relaxed my hair my freshman year of high school— big mistake. So right now I am on a new hair journey. I have been on this journey for about 3 years now.

Christine- "Big hair was my motivation for transitioning."



Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey. 
My name is Christine Amor. I am a makeup artist and a natural hair blogger from New York. My hair journey had its ups and downs just like any other natural but I’ve learned how my hair works and learned to love it.

How long have you been natural? Have you always embraced your curls?
I’ve been natural for four years, and yes I have always embraced my curls.



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Nika is Naturally Glam!



My name is Nika. I’m from Monroe, Louisiana and I’m currently living in Shreveport, Louisiana.

How long have you been natural?
I started out natural until the age of 10 yrs old. I got my first relaxer at the age of 11 yrs. old. I choose to return back to my natural tresses on September 24, 2011. I didn’t like my relaxed hair because it was very thin. It never held a curl, and it would literally be stuck to my head from chemical burns. I didn’t want to go through that anymore so I chose to transition for 7 months from February 5, 2011 to September 24, 2011, and I did the big chop. I really enjoyed my short natural hair. It was so easy to manage. I just did wash n go’s. I am glad I have more length now because my twist outs last longer than it did when my hair was shorter. I’ve been natural for 2 years now, and I’m enjoying my natural hair journey.


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Tamera's Journey to Natural Hair



I was addicted to the creamy crack. Well... maybe it wasn't an addiction, but it was definitely something I thought would be a part of my life forever.  I mean, I'd been getting them since I was 5!  We are creatures of habit and continue to do what we're taught... It was something I had gotten used to... like brushing my teeth everyday, straight hair had just become a part of who I was.

I remember the "jump start" of the natural hair movement.  It was sometime in between my junior/senior year of college… You know the free spirit Denise Huxtable HBCU experience that all females try to capture.  We want to find ourselves… Maybe switch up our wardrobe… Chop our hair off… Take a few trips to Africa… Yes… I was Denise personified, but I just didn't want to chop off my hair!

I was traumatized at the touch of that first centimeter of "nappy hair" and could not wait to melt that kink away.  Every 4-6 weeks I sat in my beautician's chair faithfully. You see, I had what everybody would call "good hair" even relaxed.  My roller wraps were EVERYTHING!  My curls would fall in place as I gently unwrapped my hair every morning and occasionally I got the, "Is that a wig" question… You see I had no desire to stop getting relaxers… Everybody loved my hair and so did I.

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