'Be you, love you and do it well.'- Miosha



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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"This is a journey and not a race." #CNCurlfriends



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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Cree Brown- 'My Breakthrough Happened When I Became Loyal to My Hair, Not a Brand'



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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Glam Idol, Brigite- "Dating while natural is amazing!"



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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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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Hope is Naturally Glam





Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey.
I am Hope Charisse, I’m 23 years old and I’m from Nebraska.

How long have you been natural? Have you always embraced your curls?
I started getting perms when I was 13. Being as young as I was, I didn’t mind getting perms at the time. I just knew it was easier for my mother to manage my hair that way. As I got older, I realized how beautiful natural hair is and I began to embrace my curls in June of 2012.


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Nadieya- 'Enjoy the ride, learn your hair, learn yourself.'




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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Chloe' Is Naturally GLAM!


Tell me about yourself!
I am a Detroit native who loves all things hair and beauty related. Three years ago I was sick of frying and dying my hair. Excessive heat and color damage led me to take the big chop plunge. A couple of months post big chop I turned on my camera and decided to share my successes and fails with whoever felt like watching! I hope that my appreciation for natural hair and beauty transcends outward appearance and really inspires other women to do what is right for them in all aspects of life.

Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper? What was your journey like?
I was a big chopper all the way. Go big or go home! One morning I woke up and after looking at my stringy heat/color damaged hair, I took scissors to root and went for it! Despite a couple of set backs, my journey so far has been great! I enjoy experimenting with different styles and products. But I have to admit, I miss my twa. It was SO easy.

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Jade Is Naturally Glam!


A little about me.
My name is Jade, and I am 26 years old. I just recently married and completed a Masters degree in school counseling, two accomplishments that I am so proud of! They both were a lot of work. :-/ I live in NJ with my husband and mini poodle puppy, who is like my son for right now

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On Teaching Our Daughters to Embrace Their Natural Hair


Takesha writes:

This was a photoshoot with my daughters and I (ages 6, 22, 21 and my 19 year old stepdaughter). I love doing different themed shoots with them to showcase all of our natural hair looks. Not only is it a memorable bonding experience, but it's also an excellent way to celebrate naturalness.

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Miranda Is Naturally Glam!


My name is Miranda Jaleisa and this is my transition story!

Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
I transitioned for a total of a year and 2 months before I went ahead and big chopped. I have had long hair for as long as I could remember so the idea of me having short hair was not even possible. I have always been someone who was so concerned about length and just recently came to realize that length means nothing if your hair is unhealthy, so I just went for it!

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SHOW AND TELL- FIERCE FRIDAY!

Hola Chicas!

For those of you that are new to CN, Fierce Friday is a way to celebrate our natural hair, displaying our dopest styles and best hair days... for inspiration and motivation. Wanna be featured? All you have to do is upload your favorite pics to Instagram with the tags #FierceFriday and #CurlyNikki. Be sure to share a brief description of the style, where you were headed, why you felt amazing, etc.!

All I ever wanted was everything | SB- first #twistout with this new cut.. #lippie @colourpopcosmetics #rooch @posh_syd

Autumn is Naturally Glam!





Tell me about yourself!
My name is Autumn. I’m 20 years old, I am a Christian, and I am from Chicago.

Have you always embraced your texture?
Nope. I relaxed, flat ironed, and hot combed my hair the first 15 years of my life, and even then I did not like my texture. I had always found it difficult.

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I Big Chopped- Latoya from Kentucky


Tell me about yourself!
My name is Latoya. I am 30 years old. I reside in Kentucky with my daughter and boyfriend. Lover of all natural products and hair.

Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper? What was your journey like?
I transitioned a few times before, but always ended up relaxing my hair. Frustrated and not knowing how to manage the two different textures I ultimately just gave up. It wasn’t until 2012 that I decided it was time, I just walked into a salon and had all but 2 inches cut off. I was practically bald so during that phase I played a lot with wigs and hair extensions until I had some length.

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Demetria is Naturally Glam- 'Men love my hair!'


Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper? What was your journey like?
I have always liked short hair, but I alternate from short to long and from to curly to straight.

Had you always embraced your texture?
No, I wasn’t completely comfortable with wearing my natural hair until about 12 years ago. I have a nice natural curl pattern, so I’m not certain why I was reluctant to wear my hair natural. I think I was addicted to what society dictates as “nice” or “beautiful” hair.

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Asia- "Going to college was the reason I went natural."


Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
I was a long term transitioner. I first began with stretching my relaxers out and then I stopped getting relaxers completely and began my transitioning process. I chose to transition because I wasn't sure the big chop was for me. I was most comfortable with the process of long term transitioning and this allowed me to learn my hair.

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Mikasha is Naturally Glam!


Tell me about yourself!
My name is Mikasha C Wade; I’m a Military Spouse, a mother of 2 boys. I just graduated with my BS in Christian Counseling hoping that one day I can open my own Counseling business in the area of Marriage, Family and Children counseling. I’m a singer and I write poetry. I dance been dancing all my life. My biggest dream is to be on Broad Way and also let me add in I love to cook I would love to have my own cooking show. LOL I’m all over the place. I just love to make people smile and feeding people through food and counseling seems to work. LOL

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NiAmbi Is Naturally Glam!


Tell me about yourself!
My name is NiAmbi` Agent. I’m 22 and a recent graduate of Arizona State University with my degree in Communication, Technology & Society. I’m engaged in my community, from marching for justice to open mics and networking with I Am Root Co. I’m the Media Relations Officer for National Association of Black Journalists on ASU’s campus. My name means “the melody is heard”, so I enjoy singing, songwriting, playing the keys and performing live; there’s much truth in a meaning of a name. Currently, I’m working on branding NiAmbi` Speaks! — a blog that touches on anything and everything to do with society. I’ve interviewed South Carolina hip-hop artist, Jesse Davis; hip-hop activist, Jasiri X; 2007 Super Bowl winning coach, Tony Dungy and singer-songwriter, Ellis Martin - who has written and co-produced Jidenna’s next single, “Some Kind of Way”. I’m brainstorming some other ways to get NiAmbi` Speaks! out there, so I’m excited with what I’ve been able to do so far.

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Anesia Is Naturally Glam!


Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper? What was your journey like?
I was a transitioner. I started my journey after I met my then boyfriend (now husband) in 2010. I actually didn’t even know I was transitioning until I read about it online a year later. All I knew was that my husband loved my natural hair over my straightened hair. From then on my curls have changed so much from the loose damaged curls I had, to the voluminous curls I have today!

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Rachel Is Naturally Glam!


Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper? What was your journey like?
I was a big chopper. I actually big chopped twice, and the journey was hard. The first time was in 2012, and it wasn’t because I was down with the natural hair movement or anything like that. I actually had gotten lazy with my hair and stopped relaxing it for a while. During that period I decided to get senegalese twists to try something different. The senegalese twists were large and heavy and caused even more damage to my weak and fragile hair. When I took them out and washed my hair, my hair literally came out in clumps.

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