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Tressumé: Quianna Taylor

 

Name: Quianna Taylor


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Location: Washington, DC  

Met this lovely lady while on one of my excursions to DC and I was drawn to her hair. Isn’t it just amazing; peep the hair clip below! Might wanna check her out.

                                                                                           

 

How long have you been natural?

I have been natural for almost seven years.Natural Hair Pic 4

Did you transition or do the Big Chop?   Why did you choose that route?

I have done both.  When I initially went natural I transitioned.  I wore a lot of weaves and cornrows and other protective styles and gradually cut back the damaged relaxed off.   I made sure that I kept my hair moisturized and my scalp healthy and took my weaves out every four to five weeks to wash and condition my hair.   I did this for about 2 years.  But like a lot of women, I was used to processing and manipulating my hair in some kind of way.  After I stopped relaxing, I  became addicted to color, which can alter your hair’s natural texture.  I probably did more damage to my hair  with color, than the relaxer, looking back at it.  But I continued to grow it out.  Then about a two years ago I was having a very stressful time in my life.  I wasn’t honoring my hair and body the way I needed to.  I wasn’t eating in a balanced or regular way and it was taking a visible and tangible toll on my hair.  It started breaking off and thinning out out.  November 2011 I decided I needed a change.  I woke up and took a shower and washed my hair.  When I got out, I grabbed some scissors and cut it all off.  And honestly I had never felt so free as a natural woman.  I had nothing to hide behind or conform to.

What inspired you to have natural hair?

I unintentionally went natural.  I got a bad perm that gave me a really bad burn on my scalp.  As a result I decided that I would not relax my hair for about six months to a year.  Around this same time I was growing and redefining what I thought beauty meant and how that idea of beauty related to how I see myself.  At that time I decided to begin embrace who I  am, and a large part of that was embracing my natural hair Natural Hair Pic 2texture.  Now I see natural hair everywhere and I think it is all beautiful.

What has kept you motivated to remain natural?

For me, this is one of the easiest ways to remain true to heritage and honor them, while honoring myself.  I am a mix of African American, Jewish, Irish, Cherokee, and Creole.  My genetic makeup is very diverse and multifaceted.    My hair is a made up of many textures, and each different texture is a part of who I am.

What are two(2) natural hair products that you just can’t live without? Why?

Crème of Nature Conditioner with Argan Oil because I co-wash and condition my hair with it.  And Olive Oil because it’s awesome as a moisturizer and a sealant.  But my new favorite products are Elasta QP Olive Oil & Mango Butter Moisturizer and Elasta QP Olive Oil & Mango Butter Curl Definer.  I apply these to wet hair and flat twist.  Let my hair air dry overnight and remove.  My hair is moisturized and set for about 5-6 days, which is fantastic!

What is your favorite way to wear your hair?

I love flat twist outs.  That is my go to hair style because they are quick and easy to maintain.

What do you love about your natural hair?

It is 100% me.  Even on bad hair days.

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Sometimes it just will not cooperate.  Oh…and I can’t wear low ponytails anymore.  It requires too much time and gel.  (BTW I Love Ecostyler)

What tip(s) would you recommend to someone who wants to become natural, is transitioning, or needs advice about natural hair?

Be patient and kind to your hair.  Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.  Don’t color excessively.  And lastly get your hands in there, get to know your hair and just have fun.

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Embracing my natural hair has opened my eyes to embracing culture more fully.  I created a line ethnic inspired jewelry called Soul & Substance (www.soulandsubstance.etsy.com).  My items are inspired by and take their cues from tribal jewelry.

Unhappy Hair

After coming back from Belize and trying to sun kiss my hair, my hair was so unhappy. She wasn’t bouncy any more, she had no definition, neither was she responding to anything I applied.

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So I decided to do another ACV Rinse to restore my hair’s moisture and make her happy again!! You can check out how I do my vinegar rinse in my DC Chillin’ post.

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She was happier and much more bouncier. 🙂 Yeahhh!! After rinsing out my hair with cool water I applied some Shea Butter to seal in the moisture.

Straight from the motherland!! Ghana

20120822-141732.jpgThese were the final results all dried, moisturized, curly, and coily.

Love your Kinks,

BkAphrodite

That Damn Hair

I recently have been hearing a lot about “The Damn Salon” and was interested in seeing what it was all about. Well let me tell you it is Damn excellence.

Some may or may not have heard of them but here is a quick bio on “The Damn Salon”…

The damn salon is certainly not just your everyday hair salon or braiding parlor. Damn is a beauty movement. We are about hair. We are about make-up. We are about being natural and still high fashion. We are about being conscious and still exciting. We are about being intellectual leaders and teachers, who are intelligent enough to know when to follow. We are about being fierce and DAMN, we have attitude for days but are humble enough to give. We are confident in our art, in our selves, in our goals, in our beliefs and in exactly what God made us to be. We are beautiful to the fullest of our potential and frankly dont give a damn what other people think. Through our art, we aim to inspire and dare you to be beautiful to your fullest potential. Our art is unique and has inspired and attracted women internationally. Our clients fly in religiously to experience our damn services from as far as California, New York, Hawaii, DC, Toronto, Alaska and even Europe. Yes that may seem farfetched, but once you’ve had damn experience, you too would travel to be damned.

Source: TheDamnSalon.com

The Damn Salon is located in Georgia but they share all of that greatness with us. They host what is called A Taste of Damn where they give you a little taste of the salon. You too can get DAMNED! If your looking for a protective style for that natural hair then head on over to TheDamnSalon.com to find out how you can take the next step to get a Taste of Damn.

“Taste of Damn” Locations

Washington DC June 23-24, 2012

Philadelphia June 26-27, 2012

New York June 29-30, 2012

Tressumé: Tino’I

Name: Tino’I

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Location: DC

How long have you been natural?
I went natural my senior year at Spelman College which was in the fall of 2007; so almost 5 years.
Did you always have dreads or did you transition?
I definitely transitioned which was definitely a journey. In September 2007 I decided to get a short hair cut. When I went to the hair dresser she gave me a short stylish cut and a perm (my last perm). As my hair was growing back I decided not to get anymore perms and that I would just let my hair grow naturally. I would wear 2 strand twist very frequently so I decided to loc my hair so I wouldn’t have to re-do my twists weekly. The first place that started my locs didn’t do good job, the parts were sloppy and big. So I decided I would comb them out and that maybe locs weren’t for me. A couple months later I got a texturizer to “loosen” my natural curls however it just straightened it. To make a long story shorter I was back at square one for this “natural” process and I decided to do the BIG CHOP January 2010 and loc my hair one month later (February 25, 2010).
Why did you choose that route?
In the beginning I transitioned because I wasn’t sure if I really wanted to be natural. I didn’t know what type of hair laid underneath the years and years of perms I received. And lastly because I really didn’t know what to do with natural hair so I figured I’d ease into it and learn my hair along the way.
What inspired you to have locs?
My Spelman sister Audrey did the Big Chop and loc’d her hair our sophomore year in undergrad and I watched her hair transition daily and I absolutely loved it. I would always tell her that one day I was going to get locs and her response would jokingly be “No don’t do it…you got good hair [laughing]”. Also one my favorite male cousins loc’d his hair and I also had the opportunity to watch his process and I finally said “ok I’m going to did this”.
What has kept you motivated to remain with your locs?
Like I stated earlier this is my second time around with the loc-ing process. The first go-round I wasn’t motivated at all. I was very worried that they would not turn out the way I pictured them so I combed them out. This time around I stay motivated honestly because I don’t want to go through the Big Chop phase again.
What are two (2) natural hair products that you just can’t live without? Why?
Honestly, I haven’t found two products that I just can’t live without I’m still in the process of finding something that works, however I always you Jamaican Mango Lime products for my loc maintenance, and I have begun to do what’s called an apple cider vinegar rinse. If anyone has any suggestions I’m definitely open for some.
What is your favorite way to wear your hair?
My favorite way to wear my hair right now is in a plain Jane ponytail. I have only been growing my locs for 2 years and 3 months, I can still remember the days where I could not get a ponytail, and I would always say “ugh I can’t wait until I can get a ponytail”. And now that I have one (and a long one at that) it’s like a loc milestone has reached and I’m very proud of my ponytail.
What do you love about your natural hair?
I love that many times I can just wake up and go I don’t have to allocate a lot of time for my hair. Naturally my hair is like 3 different colors (I recently dyed a section of my hair blonde) and I love the way the colors fall within my locs. Most of all I love being a part of the natural community, I’m always advocating for natural hair.
What do you dislike about it?
Sometimes the buildup in my locs causes my face to break out something I never experienced during puberty. I guess it’s a part of the product trial and error phase. I’m trying to find a product that is light on the hair but will hold my locs.
What tip(s) would you recommend to someone who wants to become natural, is transitioning, or needs advice about natural hair?
Do research on the natural hair salon before opting to use them. Your hair should be treated as precious as the rest of your body. Lastly be PATIENT!!
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DC Chillin’

Took a week to myself away from the hustle and bustle of New York City. I visited the DMV(DC/Maryland/Virgina) area, where I enjoyed good food, drinks, art, and the company of the great people. Here is a sneek at a bit of my Memorial Day week vacay.

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Sushi & Salad from AP Fusion

Art from the Columbia Arts Center

Rita’s 

I cant forget to have Rita’s, this thing is like my ultimate DMV addiction. The world definitely needs more Rita’s.*Ehhem NYC*

While in the DC I got the chance to meet up with fellow natural hair blogger and beauty MamaNaturalista (Check out her Tressume’ if you haven’t already). She was such a doll, we visited Union Station and chatted a bit (about natural hair of course). She even gave me a mini tour of DC (Lol), even though it was TOTALLY unplanned. It was an experience none the less because I would not have had an opportunity to see DC as much as I did with the addition of a small section of Maryland. Thanks MamaNaturalista, you were and amazing host.

Art in the Smithsonian (Was loving the African American Ballerina, who by the way had natural hair braided up)

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While in Maryland I stayed with my aunt who used to be natural and she convinced me to experiment with my hair and finally do a vinegar rinse. I used 1 cup of water to 1 tablespoon of vinegar, applied to my hair an rinsed with cold water(which is also good to refresh your curls). These were my results above and below freshly rinsed with a vinegar and water mixture. After rinsing I applied my Karen’s Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia/Pomegranate Guava Leave in mix.

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I had a great time in the DMV and can’t wait to come back for another visit.I can’t wait to visit again, hopefully I can meet up with the rest of you DMV naturals 🙂

Love your Kinks,

BkAphrodite

DC: NuGrowth Meetup

For all you DC naturalists check out this meetup…..

Curly Nugrowth & Hair Gets Kinky will be hosting a “Nugrowth Meetup” on

Sunday March 18, 2012 at 2pm

The event will take place at T.G.I.Fridays in DC, 2100 Pennsylvania Ave, NW

To RSVP contact: meetups.curlynugrowth.com

Source: Meetup.com

Until next time….

Love,
BkAphrodite

Reconstruct

Transitioning from chemically treated to natural hair is an experience. You have to find the products that are right for you and your hair.

I believe that no two people have the same hair type. Everyone has their own specific curl pattern. Some may even have more than one curl pattern. Instead of becoming the ultimate PJ (Product Junkie) you can figure out what may work for you. Search around the internet to find people who may have similar hair to yours and try out products they use.

One brand that I have been mostly using and I find works for me is Shea Moisture. There products smell good and many have responded positively to them. You can pick up Shea Moisture products at your local Target or Walgreens. They may also be available in other stores. Check out sheamoisture.com

Here is a product that I love and feel can aid transitioners in their introduction to natural hair as well as through out their natural hair life.

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They also have trial boxes! Just in case the product might not be for you.

Until next time…..

Love,
BkAphrodite