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UNC Chapel Hill’s S.T.R.A.N.D.S.

By January 27th, 202115 Comments

Hola Chicas!

Last night, I had the pleasure of meeting and speaking to the naturally curly divas of UNC Chapel Hill. The group, S.T.R.A.N.D.S. — Students Transitioning, Relaxed and Naturals Developing Self-Awareness, was started by Laura Harker and four other students. They are currently working on their ‘official status’ and plan to join the ranks of UNC’s Student Organizations in the fall. Yesterday, we had trivia (with tons of giveaways from my closet), I shared my hair story, and answered lots of interesting questions. The ladies were gorgeous– all hair textures and lengths were represented… there was even a curly baby! It was truly a refreshing experience being surrounded by a group of such young, educated, and motivated curlies. The support group plans to meet monthly and discuss self-maintenance, products, styling, transitioning, and self-esteem/body image. Thanks for letting me be apart!

The Lovely Exec Board

UNC Chapel Hill's S.T.R.A.N.D.S.

Lots and lots of curly heads!

UNC Chapel Hill's S.T.R.A.N.D.S.UNC Chapel Hill's S.T.R.A.N.D.S.

UNC Chapel Hill's S.T.R.A.N.D.S.One of the curlies, Jamila Reddy, launched a blog and has become the natural guru on campus! Check it out when you get a moment– Her friend Reid (hi Reid!) shared, ‘she would haaaaate me for bragging on her, but she puts a TON of energy into it, and it really has become a sort-of beacon for the natural girls of UNC. Mila has become the campus authority!’
So if you’re a college student, no matter the campus, maybe Jamila can help you maintain your fly while keeping frugal!

From the outside looking in, it appears that the naturals are running campus? Y’all make me so proud *tear*!
My hair yesterday–

UNC Chapel Hill's S.T.R.A.N.D.S.UNC Chapel Hill's S.T.R.A.N.D.S.
A two day old Twist-n-Curl. I used DevaCare One and Devacurl Set it Free to style (old faithfuls!). I set the ends on flexirods for extra bounce. At night, I’ve been sleeping with it out. I’m on day 3 now!!!


  • Rhonda says:

    are you guys still active?

  • Aitza B | Petitely Packaged says:

    I can't believe I missed this article. I'm not a UNC (Go Duke!) but this is a great program, UNC just gained some brownie points in my book. Job well done to all the UNC curlies.

  • Camille Cates says:

    Go Heels! I'm an alum ('07) and went natural after my freshman year. Back then, we naturalistas just leaned on blogs and loose interaction with another for advice/tips/support. I'm still in the area and loosely connected with the university; I am SOOOO proud of these ladies!! Nikki, thanks for stopping by to share with them. I can't wait to meet you one day.

  • justme says:

    Go Tarheels!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Very nice ladies. Love hearing positive things from my hometown!

  • smlittle08 says:

    Where was this group when I was there???? LOL

  • Anonymous says:

    dang I wish they would have something like that at my school : ( Nikki u know u dont need to be on the ground with that baby bump.

  • Anonymous says:

    Im so happy you mentioned collegecurlies! I go to school in WA and collegecurlies was the first site I found while looking for information on natural hair!

  • Anonymous says:

    LOL, who's the random guy in the back? Did he join to pick up curly women?

  • MsCrystal says:

    Awwwww yay Nikki for visiting the ladies of my Alma Mater!!!!! That group wasn't there 2 years ago…yay for progression.

  • Anonymous says:

    OMG I wanna go to UNC Chapel Hill! I'm gonna check out their programs ASAP! lol

  • Robyn says:

    This is wonderful! Go girls!!! Why, Oh Why wasn't something like this around during my college years!?!? We were too busy doing "microwave ponytails"!…Hilarious!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    I Love this! I subscribed to & have been reading CollegeCurlies for the past hour & a half … LOL
    Thanks so much for featuring this. As a transitioning college student, frugal is # 1 !! :)

  • CurlyLee says:

    yayyyy I go to Duke and I was supposed to come but I had too much homework :-(
    but I'm happy the event went well, my friend Precious helped organize it!

  • beautywithcurls says:

    The UNC Curlies Organization Sounds Wonderful!

    Your Hair Is Looking Good!

  • MahoganyCurls says:

    Yay! That is awesome! So happy to read something like this! Woot-woot for 3 day hair!

    Sidenote: I see that baby bump! Looking good girlie!

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