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She Inspired Me- Natural Hair Role Models

By January 27th, 202178 Comments


  • Roxanne says:

    Three of my friends in college inspired me to go natural. Seeing how healthy and versatile their hair was really made me consider taking that step. Especially since I was getting really bored with my relaxed hair.

  • Anonymous says:

    Najahface from Youtube!!!!!Back in the day she inspired me and other natural ladys on youtube like rustic beauty oh yea and the lady fromt the tyer perry movie who had the AWESOME twists πŸ™‚

  • CurlySha says:

    My friends Stormy and Ashley and this very site inspired me to go natural! Hands down :))

  • CashmereKinks says:

    my best friend, taylor who has a gorgeous head of naturally blonde curls (down. her. back.)… she convinced me fro or curls that my natural hair would be beautiful on me. I'm glad she did.

  • mysskay says:

    Initially I had been natural for 6 years, but I never wore my hair out. I saw a feature on Curly Chronicles (Autumn from YT) one day which led me to find the rest of the online natural community and decided to start wearing my hair out…the rest is history

  • SaBrina says:

    Here is some natural hair porn for you guys, just flat ironed her hair again, and it is gorgeous. She is waistlength and then some, enjoy ladies, because natural hair does grow and being black shows that you can still have it.

  • Jillian says:

    I don't say this with pride, but I inspired myself! I always looked at my childhood pics, and was amazed at my hair. I loved my long, thick, and curly hair. Thats what I wanted again. So I decided to stop the creamy crack and go back to the basics!

  • Anonymous says:

    The first time I saw Freddie on A Different World when I was little. I wanted hair like hers so bad. Big and curly, however I had no choices in my hair plans.
    Then, my diva friend's mother in law. We all went to breakfast one day and MIL came in with this gorgeous twist out.

  • hyspin says:

    NO one I just didn't like perms in they burned, left scabs which also mated hair to my scalp and the hair dress at the time used to say my skin too sensitive and my hair is too resistant, plus something about her started rubbing me the wrong way. So unintentionally I went natural, I just stopped perming and started wearing weaves and after a while some braids as well.

    Eventually one day during a tough economy and a new hairstylist I made the change. After getting my hair blown out to do neat cornrows for next weave, two of the other stylist said to me "your hair is actually long, why don't you where it as it is, just get it permed". Well I wasn't going to perm my hair, but it got me thinking that my hair was long enough to probably wear it as is (without weave). Because in the end I just want long hair that I can say is my own. So I did a little experimenting and started to figure things out for myself with one initial down fall. With the help of youtube and web forums I decided to continue on the journy especially since my hair seemed to be less like to break off as it did in the past (from before perms that is).

  • Anonymous says:

    Teri LaFlesh! Cant wait till I have kinky-curls to my butt! LOL

  • Coilykinks says:

    I was inspired by my daughters beautiful thick hair. I was determined not to use a relaxer on her hair so I had to learn how to manage her hair and after researching online what products works best for her natural hair, I was convinced that going natural would be benficial for us both.

  • Freda says:

    My mother has been natural most of my life. I wrestled at times with whether I liked her TWA or not but she always looked good. I always said I would go natural when I was 50 but one year I asked myself why not now? I also had two beautiful friends and classmates (Yannick & Hayley) who were natural and I loved their hair. Yannick was so excited and encouraging when I told her my plan to go natural.

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  • Anonymous says:

    T' Keyah Crystal Keymah!!!

  • Porchia says:

    My first hair inspiration was a relative of mine that is about the same age as my mother. I told her when I was 11 that I wanted my hair natural like hers. She asked if I thought my mom would allow me to do it. I replied "When I'm older, she can't stop me." And she in fact, didn't stop me. πŸ™‚

  • Jamila Reddy says:

    My dad! πŸ™‚

  • Eboni says:

    It was several things for me… My 1st idea of natural BEAUTIFUL curly hair was mixed girls. loose curls flowing thru the air… lol… But reality hit me when I was visiting my best friend and I saw her mother's hair… And I was in awe she has hair like me and I'm not mixed and damn that looks GREAT. My mind set truely changed at that moment. A few commemts from my BFF saying how good I would look as a natural (while she put in my LAST relaxer) After moving to CA and being in the Navy the choice was easy for me to go natural… And now I'm all set to BC in January (even though deep down I wanna do it now) so I wanna say thanks Momma Dearest and my BFF Kia

  • honeybrown1976 says:

    When my mom gave her support, I knew I could do it. So, I'm transitioning! Yay, Mom!

  • Anonymous says:

    erykah badu, one of the girls from the group total even though now I know it probally was a texturizer.

  • vetty says:

    I kind of went natural by accident; after my prom, I just wanted to stop relaxing because my hair was getting ridiculously thin. However, I think my college roommate, and current one actually, have subconsciously had an impact because they're both natural; I always thought they were bold for wearing their hair as such.

  • Alisa says:

    -starting college
    -studying abroad for a year
    -one extremely bad perm with lots of burns

    All led me to asking why I depended on someone else to do my hair…9 months in and I love it just as much as I did on day 1 of the TWA πŸ™‚

  • naturallytee says:

    My boyfriend inspired me to go natural . I was really surprised when he brought the idea up to me . He is supporting me right now as I rock my TWA ! He loves it !

  • Anonymous says:

    Jill Scott from when I was little seeing her video " Long Walk",chrisell stubbs,teyanna taylor & my friend shuana

  • Anonymous says:

    I used to go to this natural hair salon to get braid extensions. All the women in there had beautiful natural hair and I'd watch them do natural styles (locs, two strand twists, etc)

    I was natural but I'd never worn my own hair out but I learned a lot from them and got confidence that way.

  • Anonymous says:

    my mom has been natural for almost 20 years. i decided to begin transitioning because my hair was breaking off badly, and i wanted my hair to look and feel like my hers! Now we have even more in common!

  • Anonymous says:

    One day while combing my hair I notice a one inch patch of hair had broken off, it was less than a half inch long. I was mortified. My hair would fall out on a regular basis but i thought it was normal. My mom suggested to go natural again so I did. 7 months so far, now my mom is going natural to.

  • Tasha says:

    A friend of mine that I saw at work for about a year before we actually even talked. I admired her hair from afar. I remember thinking her twist out was weave but I dared not ask. Once we got to know each other after a cordial greeting in the break room, we began talking about life and other things and eventually hair came up. She had been natural for 20 years. She had the twist out down to a science. I had no idea then that it was called a twist out. But it was beautiful. Long story short, she was the one that helped me to see my hair as truly God given. I thank God for her.

  • NaturalSinceBirth says:


    After seeing her curly pudding video, my life changed. πŸ™‚

  • b. says:

    Just to add to what SaBrina said about Afrobella, she's posted about it on her YouTube page. The entire situation is a mess and I feel for her.

    My inspiration was my aunt and God. She looked/looks so free and beautiful. When she tried to teach me to swim as a child, I couldn't learn b/c I was trying to keep my hair dry (at the age of six!!!!!). Meanwhile, she was all in the water. πŸ™‚

    I say God, b/c part of my process of learning to love how He made me was loving the hair He gave me. For some, it was just a style choice but my BC came at the time as part of my self-reckoning. My hair is both a style choice and a larger acceptance thing for me personally now. Even after 12 years back to natural, I still smile and giggle at the sight of my hair. Love my hair!

  • SaBrina says:

    I just let my hair start to grow back after having it in a short afro, because I didn't feel like wanting anymore chemicals via textizer, perms in it anymore. So I just went natural and it has done my hair alot of good and such. My hair grows really quick anyway, however I'm currently having to baby my side hair because of to tightly done on it. But my hair is looking really good, though the shrinkage is a bitch. Currently rocking my 4b/c hair and loving it through the good and bad.

  • SaBrina says:

    I just wanted to let those of you that may venture over to Afrobella at times, that the site is currently been hacked by someone else. It will now state the site is now unsafe to view, so please be careful when going to the site.

  • MzFluffyLady says:

    My white coworker πŸ™‚ Every other 2 weeks I had my hair straightened, and a new weave. My hair was breaking off badly so I decided i was going to spend my life in weaves. One day she just asked me, why do black girls always wear weaves and she proceeded to name alot of girls she knew and all were hiding their hair. That afternoon I went by a good friend of mine who was just starting to grow locs and tell her CUT IT OFF!!!. TALK ABOUT FREEDOM!!!!! With less than an inch of hair I went to work the next day feeling brand new. Now the Law firm I work in is predominately white, so i was ready to defend my choice to rock my kinks. But as I came in everyone was like, You are beautiful, I love your cut and your curls. Surprisingly it was my black friends that were the most negative. I embraces my heritage and my curls and I have been Nappily Ever After!!!!

  • KeetaRay says:

    A bunch of different people I didn't know. Lol Seriously. I always admired natural hair but never thought I could (crazy, right?). The more I saw it when I was out, the more I loved it and I just decided it was time to stop being afraid and do what I want to do with MY hair.

  • Chantel says:

    This girl that went to my high school and was at least 2 classes ahead of me at the time was the only female with natural hair. She had such an original style of dress and a cute asymmetrical cut. I wish I would've complimented her but I didn't wanna come off as weird lol. But I always knew I wanted to see what my real hair looked like its just my mom wouldn't let me. If I had known any better I would've just bc'd myself seeing as how I did my own hair then too anyway πŸ˜‰

  • DrChuck24 says:

    To be quite honest, I was sick of perms. It made my hair lose its volume and thickness. Plus it is way cheaper for me, being that I am a full time grad student, I just do not have the time or money to be in a shop for 2 hours…

    Some ladies on youtube also inspired me like Kimmaytube and NikkieMae2003…

  • Anonymous says:

    lauryn hill!!! from her fugees days before the dreds

  • Kristen says:

    No one. I kind of did it by accident while wearing weaves and decided that this would be the best option for my hair.

  • kitka82 says:

    My 3 year old babygirl has silky "3c" tresses that I would never dreeeam of relaxing. I've been thinking about how I can best represent self-esteem and confidence to her. I want her to be strong, and to realize her inner and outer beauty. So I decided that the best thing for ME was to stop relaxing my own hair and love the hair that I have, thick kinks and all.

  • loving Me says:

    I didnt have the money to keep up my halle berry cut and include a tip, for perm cut and a black rinse. So I said F-get it! Now im going broke buying shea butter and conditioners! LOL!

  • Anonymous says:

    My daughter who is now 4 years old. After promising myself that I would never relax her hair I had an aha moment: "Why would I continue to relax mine?" And that was it! I have been chemical-free for almost 1 year.

  • steph302 says:

    Ice T. Really. Every time I saw him on tv I would think "Why relax your hair if you don't have to?" Then one day I was like, "Well, why do I do it?" After that the relaxed hair on my head just started to look ridiculous. But I guess my NATURAL inspiration was a picture of Sophie Okonedo at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival. Gorgeous.

  • Anonymous says:

    This site and A friend told me about thie site while we were discussing hair. I logged on and never looked back, just decided never to relax my hair again.

  • Anonymous says:

    Moving to the SF Bay Area in 2000. Seeing so many beautifully coily professionals and students (both male and female) in the streets, classrooms and offices inspired me to let go of the preconceptions that I could only feel comfortable with straight, permed hair. I cut my hair and have never looked back since.


  • Unknown says:

    My wonderful, sweet, loving, caring, understanding boyfriend πŸ™‚ I was struggling with thinning hair in my crown and scalp inflamation. Although I have never had a perm or other chemical treatment, I was killing my hair with heat. He just said, why don't you stop straightening it?? Just let it be natural and free! So, I did and haven't looked back. Eventhough he liked my straight, flatironed hair, he LOOOOVES my curls and I DO TOO! Who knew? Thanks, baby πŸ™‚

  • Kim says:

    A few things. I was inspired by mom who had lost her hair with chemo treatments. When it grew in it looked so pretty. So it gave me courage to cut it off. Also, loved my elementary pix with puffs. πŸ™‚ (Melanizm's fotki was amazing as well.)

  • Jay-Jay says:

    I got inspired by a friend who was natural and she got me hooked onto another hair site. It was perfect timing because my hair on my left nape area was terribly broke off and not taking a relaxer anymore. Plus I was only getting a relaxer 3 to 4 times a year anyway. So why not try and do the major stretch.

  • Anonymous says:

    My thinning hairline and the continuous burns from even the so called sensitive scalp relaxers. Shout out to Affirm sensitive scalp. Ohh and thanks Jazz for the recognition. To all my "curlfriends" in the words of the infamous Tupac keep yur head up! People are watching and taking notice….

  • Anonymous says:

    Bad hair experiences inspired me. In 2001 I had a color that went horribly wrong and my hair started to fall. I cut it off after 3 months and was natural for 8 years until Willie Morrow became my new inspiration by introducing me to the alkaline mineral "no chemical" hair softener. I don't know if it was my lack of knowledge in caring for my hair or the product itself but my hair did not like it. I decided to try a perm again and after 3 months of unhappiness I decided to go natural again. I am 7 months perm free and loving it!

  • Anonymous says:

    My mother and best friend. They went natural nearly a decade ago and it took me that long to gain the confidence and attitude to chop my nearly waist length hair off and pursue the beautiful, natural hair they have. It'll be two years for me in January!

  • Southern Diva says:

    My 15 year old told me that she wanted to stop getting her hair relaxed and "see the real deal". I decided to take the journey with her. Her last relaxer was January '10 and mine was in March. She BC'd in July while I was still transitioning. A month later I did the same because I was jealous of all of her curls. It's been three months since my chop and I wish I had done this years ago.

  • Anonymous says:

    My Hairdresser, bc she kept effin my ish up!!

  • Dania says:

    Pictures of my hair when I was a girl. I had amazing hair and didn't even know it. *tsk tsk tsk*

  • Tee says:

    My fabulous sister in law, cousin, and mother. I tried to go natural in the past but with lack of knowlege I fell back to relaxer. After debating with myself for a few months I decided that if I was going to do it I wanna start from scratch. On a trip to visit my endlaws in VA, I saw that my sister in law had took the plunge and BC. I of course told her how beautiful she looked and that I too wanted to go natural but was apprehensive do to the lack of style options. I was afraid that I would be stuck with a short hair cut and few styling options..The joke was on me as I find that there are wayyy too many styles to choose from. I took the leap and BC in May and I love my hair I just wish I had done it years ago, but no regrets here!! Thanks to and all the other natural ladies all are inspiring!

  • Anonymous says:

    My stylist (at that time) was natural and she was transitioning her teenage daughter, and I asked her "could I do that" she said yes, and I was on my way.

  • Oh La La Chic says:

    Tia and Tamara Mawry, I loved their curls. But you continue to inspire me when I feel like cutting it all off and giving up :)! Thanks!

  • TC says:

    I was inspired by my own childhood photos. πŸ™‚

  • Bitty Boss says:

    Living in Oakland, CA and seeing so many beautiful heads. Thank you Oakland. πŸ˜‰

  • Jazz says:

    My Friend/Coworker.. She decided to longterm transition and at that time I was skeptical. Then she started showing me all of the beautiful heads of hair on Youtube and various pictures and I was sold. My hair hasn't been shoulder length or longer since childhood and it had been over processed for years. I have been natural for a year now and my hair has grown so much and most importantly it is healthy! I am so excited to be experiencing this Hair journey and I am glad that I have a close friend who is on a journey of her own. Everyday when we get to work, we compare notes on products and check out each others hairstyles. We have added another curlfriend to our little hair chats and now we spend more time emailing each other about hair instead of working lol oops.

  • Anonymous says:

    My best friends, Nikki and Rayna, inspired me to go natural. They have been in awe of their hair ever since they laid off the creamy crack, loving the texture and the new found length/thickness. It's been almost 6 mths since I BC'd, and I must say this has been a very difficult journey for me. I am a very simple person, and have never had trouble looking good with my perm exerting very little effort. It's been hard to find styles with my hair length that both me and my husband liked. It's also been difficult living in an area with few peoplf of color and a non-existant natural hair community…lacking services/products in stores, etc. It's also been hard with the few black friends I did meet being very negative about this journey – ("Where's your railroad…you know you look like Harriett Tubman! – I've since had to cut them all loose. It's not easy hearing the negatives when you're still learning to love your new look.) I thank God for best friends, though…my life-lines as I continue this journey – filling me with loads of positive energy and encouragement. I'm also thankful for Curlynikki and the tons of other natural hair blogs/youtube channels that I have blown up over the past 6 mths! Hope everyone has a great rest of the week! πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous says:

    No one inspired me to go natural; I felt going natural or revealing my "own hair" was inspiration in itself especially because i felt it was a part of getting to know the REAL me and learning who I am.

  • Anonymous says:

    I have always worn my curls, but i was texlax for the longest…… I recently decide to grow out my relaxer. I was relaxing like two to three times a year, I have not gotten a relaxer in 21 months. I am loving the added thickness of my hair.

  • Dani says:

    My mother. She went to get a TWA and ended up with a bald head, literally. She said she wanted to cry, but instead she told herself it was just hair. I remember seeing her for the first time and feeling jealous. I didn't understand why, but eventually I realized it was because I was to chicken to do what my mom had done. Flash forward to today and I am 6 months into transitioning. Thanks mom!

  • TONYA says:

    My sister inspired me she has been natural for 12 years now and I have been natural for 2 years..I also got inspired by some ladies on youtube…Ms buttahfly and kinkykurlyqeen and prettydimples01..

  • Anonymous says:

    I was just tired of the same boring straight look and wanted my hair full and thick. I wanted something different. My beautician, who is relaxed told me that the only way I can accomplish my new look is to go natural. I took her advice and ran with it. No turning back..


  • Doc says:

    jenteel's fotki πŸ˜‰

  • Monica Wilkerson says:

    My beautiful natural friend Shauntelle was my inspiration and she was the first person I told when I made the decision. She sent me a list of resources and Curly Nikki was one of them. I have been in love with my hair and the site every since!

  • Misst2da2ndthomas says:

    funny story…. saw good hair and was disgusted with myself for putting such harsh chemicals in my hair…after doing much searching I found youtube's Misskrisnew and beautifulbrwnbabydol…they were and still are my inspirations ( ps 9 months natural so far)

  • Anonymous says:

    My husband!!

  • Anonymous says:

    decided i wanted hair when i'm 60. relaxers were reeking havoc on my hair and it was questionable if i was going to have hair. i stopped relaxing in '01 and i finally figured out how to take care of my hair a couple of years ago. relaxers have done their damage but i still have hair πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous says:

    What inspired me to go natural? All the damage, hair loss, and scarring with no chance of regrowth that I saw in so many of us who persist in relaxing. I kept noticing older woman with very thin (or no hair) who had relaxed and heatstyled all of their life. I decided that if blessed with a long life, I wanted to have hair. I went natural ten years ago and havent looked back.

  • Ebcenia says:

    No one inspired me to go natural. I was getting relaxers twice a year for 10 years. In 2009 i said to myself, relaxers are way over-rated, im not going that road anymore. I did not know that i was on my way to my natural journey then. I was getting wash and sets until about April of 2010. Then i went thru some pics of me before i relaxed and saw how beatiful my hair was…i wanted it back so bad…so here i am on this natural journey.

  • curlsntwirls says:

    my mother

  • Meryl Amadea says:

    My boyfriends younger sisters. Their mother never permed their hair and they have extremely beautiful curls. If I happen to eventually become a part of the family, I want to have naturally curly beautiful hair too, and I'm on my way!

  • Queenofthe4s says:

    My great grandmother. She went natural at 85 years old. I'd been thinking about it, but seeing her hair pushed me over the edge πŸ™‚

  • Marilie says:

    LOL @ Jaye! Not even mad at you on that one.

    No one, really. I had gone to a texturizer and wanted to color my hair. Hairdresser said he could not color and texturize…so I grew the texturizer out.

    But I have seen plenty of beautiful heads that made me want to stay natural those first few years. No one in my immediate circle, though.

  • LaMaraVilla says:

    No one. I was a broke college student in 2002 and I needed a low maintenance styling option so I shaved my head . . . Didn't know it was called a "big chop" then lol.

  • Jaye says:

    Jill Scott. I was on a date with an annoying ex (don't judge, free food) and we saw a picture of Jill Scott. He said that he would never be seen in public with a girl who had "nappy hair". I always loved her hair and wanted to change my look. So the next day I BC'd & made it my profile pic. He never called me back. I got free from relaxers and losers all in one 1 day, I was so proud.

  • Unknown says:

    Well, it wasn't a family member. It was a combination of artists/musicians, especially Dionne Farris (Arrested Development). It was so shockingly beautiful to see this woman with the huge voice and almost no hair singing in the Tennessee" video! Does anyone else remember that?

    Also, I had a male friend with gorgeous long locs. He definitely gave me a new perspective on natural hair.

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