Tell us a little about yourself and your hair journey.
My name is Lauren McCray. I’m 26 year and from North Carolina. I’m a proud new mommy of a bouncing 4 month old baby boy named Grayson Gabriel. He’s truly my pride and joy. I work with special needs children. I love to sing and read when I have the time.

How long have you been natural?
I’ve been relaxer free since 2008 and fully natural since June 2009, when I did my big chop.

What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper& why?
I decided to go natural while I was in college. I began to notice more and more people embracing the natural hair journey and decided that I wanted to experience it for myself. I’ve always had really healthy hair, even when relaxed, so the decision was solely based on my desire to do so and not because of damaged hair. I was a transitioner turned big chopper. I transitioned for 8 months before finally big chopping in June 2009.


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by Cathy at YuccaRoots

Coined by the ever-so diverse Dominican community, the term “pelo malo,” translates into bad hair, kinky hair, unmanageable hair, or hair that does not resemble Barbie or Ken’s. Ever since I came out of my mother’s womb, I was destined to have pelo malo. When little girls have pelo malo, their hair does not 'grow fast'. On the contrary, it sprouts gradually resembling a germinating pinto bean. At a young age, I did not fully understand the journey I was going to embark on. As I began to grow; my hair did too.

Back in the day when the mullet was popping and the Aqua Net was spraying, my “mami,” would style my hair using 3 techniques. “La cola,” or the tail was my mami’s favorite style for little me. She would use the hard bristled brush and really grip all the curls with it, so I would have one cola at the top and one cola at the bottom. Each cola or ponytail would have to be perfectly parallel to the the other no matter what or my mom would start over. Sigh, because when I was young having my hair styled was painful; literally.

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Rayven Adams- 'I Felt Basic.' So I went natural!




Tell us a little about yourself and your hair journey.
My name is Rayven Adams. I’m from Foley, Alabama

How long have you been natural? Have you always embraced your curls?
I’ve been natural for 2 years and 2 months. I immediately embraced my curls .

What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper& why?
I big chopped on October 15, 2012. I felt basic. I always wore sew-ins, but I wanted to do something that I’d never done before.


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Tell us a little about yourself and your hair journey.
My name is Brittany (@mrspennycandy on IG). I am 27 years old, a mother of 2 beautiful kids, a stepmother to 1, and I have been married for 8 years. I have been natural since 2005 and I am so happy that I did. My mother gave me my first relaxer at age 7 because I was severely “tender headed”. It didn’t work because every time I had to get a touch up, there were tears and I would run to the sink to rinse that stuff out! I’m so glad those days are over!

How long have you been natural? Have you always embraced your curls?
I stopped relaxing in 2005, but I didn’t start wearing my hair in its natural state until 2011. My mother would always encourage me to wear my hair curly, but I was so used to flat ironing. She showed me articles and a bunch of pictures of other beautiful naturals on curlynikki.com and I became obsessed. I never imagined that natural hair could be so beautiful. I used to think my natural hair was ugly because it wasn’t the long silky type, but over time I realized that I just didn’t understand how to care for it. All it needed was some TLC.


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Lena Jones is Naturally Glam!




Tell us a little about yourself and your hair journey.
My name is Lena Jones. I was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. I recently graduated from Middle Tennessee State University. I got my first and last real perm in the 8th grade for my sisters wedding in Hawaii. I wish I had never gotten it, but I wanted my hair LAID for the wedding and to not frizz up. After growing my perm out, in high school I got highlights and had to bleach my hair for the color to take. BIG mistake! My hair broke off. I let that grow out. I still wanted color so the next couple of years, I would box color my hair. Another BIG mistake! I’m just hard headed! My hair was dry and lifeless. In may 2013, I decided to start a healthy hair journey.

How long have you been natural? Have you always embraced your curls?
I couldn’t tell you the number of years I’ve been natural because I have been off and on since the 8th grade, but I am happy to be natural now!


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Tameika Gregory is Naturally Glam!




Tell us a little about yourself and your hair journey.
My name is Tameika Gregory from Greenville, NC. I am the owner of ReZilient Creations.  I've also been employed with Vidant Medical Center for 10 years. I am an East Carolina University Alumni with dual degrees in Health Information Management and Health Service Management. I am also a University of Phoenix Alumni with a Master's in Health Administration. I have three children; 2 girls and one boy. They are 11,10, and 8 months.  I also have a wonderful husband.

How long have you been natural?
I have been natural for 2.5 years and I'm never looking back to the creamy crack.

 
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Michelle is Naturally Glam!




Tell us a little about yourself and your hair journey.
Hola, my name is Michelle and I am a newlywed living in Houston, Texas. I just graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. My father is Liberian and my mother is half Mexican and half Chinese, so I am multiracial and I am fluent in Spanish. I recently started a YouTube channel (NaturallyChea) where I will be spilling all of my hair secrets and tips, and try to inspire other naturally curly girls to embrace their manes.

How long have you been natural? Have you always embraced your curls?
I’ve never permed my hair, but I did suffer from extreme heat damage from straightening my hair everyday during high school. I always loved my curly hair, but I didn’t know how to deal with it. As I mentioned above, my mother is not black so she didn’t really know how to care for or style my hair. I didn’t embrace my natural hair texture until I got to college. That’s where I learned how to manage and care for my hair properly by watching YouTube videos.


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Ebony is Naturally Glam!

 

Tell me a little about yourself:Hello, my name is Ebony. I am a 31 year old Army wife and mother of two. I’m originally from Atlanta, Georgia, but thanks to the military, I have been traveling all over the world for the last 10 years.

How long have you been natural?
I went natural in 2010.

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Jessica C is Naturally Glam!




Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey.
My name is Jessica Campbell. I’m twenty years old and I am from Detroit, Michigan. I am also a junior at Central Michigan University, studying Psychology and youth/ family studies. For most of my life I grew up in a Jamaican household with my grandmother and brother.

How long have you been natural? Have you always embraced your curls?
I’ve been consciously natural for four years now. I took the step to really embrace my natural hair in 2010. My hair had been severely damaged from years of flat ironing and relaxing my hair. My hair was getting shorter and shorter as time went on, and that’s when I realized I was in need of a change and that I needed to give up my flat iron, the source of most of my hair problems. I also read up on hair forums about natural hair and soon after, began experimenting with natural hairstyles myself.


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Struggling with Transitioning to Natural Hair?

 by Amanda

The main reason people struggle to transition is because of their expectations, not their hair. Transitioning hair requires extremely low manipulation and proper moisture and protein balance. The line of demarcation is vulnerable to break when it is not properly moisturized, strengthened, and handled too frequently. Most successful long-term transitioners have a bare bones regimen. They sacrifice frequent styling for length retention. So what is a long-term transitioning? I consider long-term transitioning anywhere from 1.5-2.5 years. Anything past that time frame is probably a new head of hair that likely to break along the length of the virgin hair, if the relaxed hair is not cut off. Here are the observations, tips, and commitments I encourage you to accept if you want to be a successful long-term transitioner.




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Quinn from the Netherlands- On the Couch





Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey.
My name is Quinta, but people call me Quinn. I’m 25 years old and a proud mommy of a 5 year old daughter. I’m from Amsterdam, yes the Netherlands. Originally my parents are from Surinam, a country in South America.

How long have you been natural? Have you always embraced your curls?
I have been “creamy crack-free” since the age of 14/15. After that, I started to use the infamous flat iron and experimented with colors, so in my eyes I wasn’t officially natural. Somewhere in 2012, I started to experiment with my natural curl pattern, but because it didn’t look the way I wanted, I fell off again and went back to the flat iron. In 2013, I was so fed up with the way my hair felt and looked that I had reached a turning point. I didn’t always love my curls because when it dried up, it was huge and poofy. Back then, I only liked my hair when it was wet and I saw those curls. Right now, I’m loving my hair so much that sometimes even my boyfriend can’t touch it! I’m all about the bigger the hair, the better! And I really don’t mind frizz.


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On the Couch with Gwen- 'Own Your Kinks...'


Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey.
My name is Gwen Poe. I am a natural hair and fashion blogger (The Fabmrs Life). I am also co-owner of Big Lion Software, a website design and marketing firm that caters to small businesses and non-profit organizations. I am from Wilmington, Delaware.

How long have you been natural? Have you always embraced your curls?
I have been natural for a little less than a year. Initially, I did not embrace my curls. I saw so many YouTube videos and Instagram pics of women with natural hair and was discouraged because my hair did not look the way the way I imagined it. I foolishly thought that if I used the exact same products or techniques as some other naturals, that my hair would look the same way. I was very close to ending my journey because I did not realize the amount of effort it took to properly care for my hair. Moreover, I had expectations for my hair that were unrealistic. However, I came across an Youtube video from one of my favorite Vloggers, Jouelzy, who gave some excellent advice. That advice was to follow people that had your similar hair texture and embrace your texture no matter how kinky or curly it may be. From that point on, I didn’t care about what everyone else’s hair looked like. I embraced every part of my hair from the shrinkage to the curls. It’s all mine and it’s unique just like me.


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Renice is Naturally Glam!


Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey.
My name is Renice, most people know me as Neci. I am from Nashville, TN, but I currently reside in Georgia.

How long have you been natural?
I have been natural for about 6 years. After my first year I thought I wanted relaxed hair again, so I went to my beautician and begged for her to do it. She did, and barely 1 month later, I cut my own hair off again.

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Journey to Natural- Miranda in Melbourne, Australia



Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey.
My name is Miranda (a.k.a The Style Gallivanter). I am a fashion stylist, blogger & photographer based in Melbourne, Australia. N.B. I grew up in the lovely African country of Botswana.

How long have you been natural?
Most of my life. I have only had brief encounters with hair relaxers i.e. Through-out high school, then once when I was in university. The last time I relaxed my hair was about 10 years ago.

What motivated you to go back to natural?
Let’s just say I looove the hair that God gave me and the show-stopping things it can do ;)


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Melodie Miller is Naturally Glam!


 

Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey.
My name is Melodie Miller (@getslimwithmelodie on Instagram) and I am from Delaware. I’m 20 years old and a junior in college, studying education. I love having natural hair because it is so versatile and beautiful. It feels so good to be a part of a community in which African American women embrace their natural hair and wear it proudly.

How long have you been natural? Have you always embraced your curls?
I guess you could say that I’ve been natural my whole life, but I suffer from heat damage. I’ve been transitioning from heat damage for almost 2 years. I had a really hard time embracing my curls. Coming from a predominantly Caucasian area, I often felt pressured to have long, straight hair. I was never comfortable with my natural hair, until I actually learned how to appreciate it. Now, I don’t know how I couldn’t see the beauty in my natural hair before!


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Celeste- 'Never let anyone tell you that you have “bad hair”...'



 
Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey.
My name is Celeste Young. I am 22 years old and I am from Jackson, MS.

How long have you been natural?
I have been fully natural for 7 1/2 months.

What motivated you to go back to natural?
I decided to go natural when I found out that I was going to be a mother to a baby girl! I knew that I didn’t want to relax her hair, so in order for me to do that I had to have experience in taking care of natural hair. I transitioned for a while while wearing twists and weaves and finally big chopped 12/29/12, a few days after my daughter's first birthday. I big chopped because the two textures became overwhelming. I actually did my own big chop, having to do it again a few days later to get it all even. I guess you could call that a Christmas present to myself.

How would you describe your hair?
I would describe my hair as thick, coarse, and tightly curled and coiled. Making my hair type 4 a, b, and c.


Shawnta is Naturally Glam!



Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey.
I am Shawnta Crook, born and raised in Louisville, KY. I’m a HEALTH NUT! I have been natural for three years now.

What motivated you to transition?
It’s really crazy how I was motivated to get my natural hair back. I moved out of my parents’ house, my mom was the one who always did my hair, so I could no longer keep up with my relaxers. I was tired of paying people to do my hair and I started to realize that relaxers were not the answer. I transition and started to wear my curls!  I went to get a Devacurl cut. It was a great experience. She cut off my damage ends. I love my hair more now since the cut, I plan to go back in November or December for one more cut!

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Christian W. is Naturally Glam!



Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey.
My name is Christian Whitehead. My family and closest friends call me Chrissy. I was born and raised in Birmingham, AL. After graduating from The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL, (Roll Tide!) I returned to my hometown where I currently reside. I am a wife and mommy first! My family means everything to me. I have been on my natural hair journey for 4 years as of Christmas Day 2014. I’ve realized now that this journey, for me, is a learning experience and the insight I’ve gained about myself goes far beyond my hair!

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Natalie is Naturally Glam!



Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey.
My name is Natalie and I’m a college student from NY. My healthy hair journey started when I was relaxed about 3 years ago, after suffering from heat damage and excessive styling. My hair was thin and broken off from relying on stylists and not doing anything to take care of it. Since then, I’ve gone from relaxed to tex-laxed to transitioning and I couldn’t be happier with this journey and how far I’ve come.

How long have you been natural? Have you always embraced your curls?
I decided to start my transition journey a few months ago during one of my stretches. I had been relaxing bone straight for about 11 years, then I decided to start tex-laxing, relaxer on hair for less time to just loosen the curl, for a few months and about a year later I started transitioning to natural. I’m 9 months in now and loving it!


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Naturally Glam: Treasure Cooper


Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey.
My name is Treasure Cooper and I am a 24 year old college graduate. I am from a town called Indio in California. I started my hair journey in 2010 because I had damaged it too much. I was constantly dying my hair honey blonde using box dye and straightening it for two years. One day I washed my hair and my curl pattern was completely gone.

How long have you been natural?
I have been natural for 3 years and 3 months.

What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper? Why?
I decided to transition after I realized that my curl pattern was completely gone. I remember feeling sad because my hair looked so dead to me. I would wet it and it would just hang there straight. I would consider myself a transitioner, because I did do a chop to my shoulders and then slowly cut away my hair as every month passed. I was too nervous to cut my hair off really short which prevented me from doing a real big chop. I felt the best way to go natural was for me to do a chop and then trim my hair as more grew until all of the damaged hair was cut away.

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