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Tressumé: MoNae Mayweather

Name: MoNae Mayweather

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  Location: Brooklyn, NYimage

How long have you been natural?
I’ve been natural for about 1 year & 8 months.

Did you transition or do the Big Chop?
I transitioned.

Why did you choose that route?
I am Timage_1ERRIFIED of short hair! I could not imagine myself with a TWA. Even after I transitioned, I still wasn’t happy with the length, but I got over it.
How long did you transition?
I transitioned for about 7-8 months.

What inspired you to have natural hair?
Well, I’ve been natural most of my life. Nothing was wrong with my hair, I just wanted a different look. After looking on Tumblr and natural hair blogs such as Curly Nikki, I was inspired to love and embrace my curls.

What has kept you motivated to remain natural?image_2
I love how my hair looks and feels! The versatility of being natural is amazing! If I want, I could straighten it and go right back to having my afro that I love!

What are two(2) natural hair products that you just can’t live without? Why?
Shea Moisture Curly Smoothie & Coconut Oil! Shea Moisture products are amazing! They make my hair feel so soft and the smell is awesome! Coconut Oil is my go-to oil because I love the smell and it has helped in my growing process tremendously.

What is your favorite way to wear your hair?
image_3Well, I’m a lazy natural. (LOL) A twist-out afro is usually my go-to look.

What do you love about your natural hair?
I love the thickness and fullness of it.

What do you dislike about it?
Shrinkage!!!! Length is everything to me and almost discouraged me from keeping my hair natural, but I learned to deal with and embrace it.

What tip(s) would you recommend to someone who wants to become natural, is transitioning, or needs advice about natural hair?
PATIENCE IS KEY! I really wanted to transition for 2 years, but I became very anxious! I wish I was more patience, but I learned that patience is key. Also, take TONS of photos. I look back at my photos from when I first cut the perm out and I feel so proud of image_4my hair and the growth!

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I recently created a natural hair blog with my 2 best friends called “Hard Knot Life”! You can check us out on Tumblr @ http://hardknotlifeblog.tumblr.com & our YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/hardknotlife We post photos of our hair & we’ll be doing videos showcasing our different techniques!

Be sure to also check out Monae on photosbynae.com. She is a photographer with some super amazing work and she has some reasonable prices too. If your a Brooklynite, New Yorker, or ever in the area, be sure to have her hook your photos up.

Tressumé: Anita

Name: Anita

Location: Baltimore, Maryland

I found this young lady on Instagram and she has been a fellow Instagrammer for quite some time. Time and time again I see her post pictures of her amazing transition. If I were a longer term transitioner I’d definitely have to go to her for tips. All of her transition styles come out super! Check out her Tressumé.


How long have you been natural?
I am not fully natural at this time.

Did you transition or do the Big Chop?
I am a transitioner.
Why did you choose that route?
I chose to transition for two reason… I believe I do not look good with short hair. Had it once (not on purpose…scissor happy stylist) and vowed never again.  Second reason, my husband had one request as he got used to my new hair.  Do not cut off all of your hair, is what he requested.How long have you been transitioning?I have been transitioning now for 12 months (August 2011 last relaxer).  I plan to transition anywhere between 18 months and 24 months.

What inspired you to have natural hair?
I have had a relaxer in my hair since I was 6 years old.  My mom doesn’t need a relaxer and did not know what to do with all of this thick kinky hair.  I have never seen my natural hair and became curious after seeing so many beautiful naturals.  Even though my relaxed hair grew long it always seemed to stop growing at a certain point and I experienced thinning at the temples.  I also have a very sensitive scalp and the relaxer gave me severe burns and I couldn’t take it anymore.

What has kept you motivated to remain natural?
As my new curls started coming in at first I began feeling like I needed to do something with this thick hair, but after learning so much about how to take care of it and what products to use it became something I began to get excited about.  The longer it got the more I wanted to try new transitioning styles to see what I could do with it next.  I can’t keep one style in (braids) too long because I begin to miss my curls.

What are two(2) natural hair products that you just can’t live without? Why?
This is really hard to come up with only two because I have become a product junkie.  If I had to go with any two, it would be Shea butter mixture (Shea butter, jojoba oil, coconut oil, & vitamin E oil) and Kinky Curly Knot Today.

What is your favorite way to wear your hair?
My favorite hair style is two strand twist out with perm rods on the relaxed ends.  This style is great to work out with and if when it gets old it’s great to pull up into a curly puff.  It really blends the two textures.
What do you love about your natural hair?Since I am not fully natural, I have to say I love the thickness of my hair and my curls.  I love when it’s wet and just fingering through to look at how I have different textures throughout.

What do you dislike about it?
Currently, I can’t say I dislike anything about it.  I can say however, I dislike the relaxed ends that I just can’t part with at the moment.

What tip(s) would you recommend to someone who wants to become natural, is transitioning, or needs advice about natural hair?
Patience, patience, patience.  This is a process.  Even through the transition you will still be figuring things out about your hair.  The more it grows the chances are you may have to change things up a bit.  Try not to fall into the product junkieism (as I have)!! There are so many things to try, so stick with what you know works until it doesn’t work anymore.  Most of all don’t give up to fall into hair typing and when you find out yours isn’t want you expect, be happy with what you have and learn how to take care of it.  There will be those who do not like it and that’s ok, you are doing it for you and not everyone else’s approval.

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Tressumé: BkAphrodite

I have decided to be the first to submit my Tressumé to help empower and help some of you out there.

Though, I did mention my story in my About section, I’ll do it again but this time it’s on my Tressumé(I just love how that sounds!!).

Name: BkAphrodite

Location: New York City

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How long have you been natural?
I am not fully natural as of yet but I feel its right that I consider myself as a natural hair gal.

Did you transition or do the Big Chop?
I am currently transitioning. The last time I had a perm was March 31, 2011. I am not exactly sure when I had the thought of going natural but I do know I had thought about it a multitude of times before that.

Why did you choose that route?
I am AFRAID of short hair!! I rather wait it out and see how comfortable I get with the length of my hair and managing it before I do a Big Chop.

How long have you been transitioning?
I have technically been transitioning since my last perm. Though that is way to close to say that I am transitioning in my opinion. I have been without perm for about 11 months

What inspired you to have natural hair?
I grew up with 5 girl cousins and we were always around to the point were they all are like my sisters. They all have never permed/texturized their hair. They now have beautiful healthy heads of kinks, coils, curls, and spirals.

What has kept you motivated to remain natural?
The fact that I want to have healthy hair, looking back at old pictures and seeing how much more healthier my hair was surprised me. Plus big, bouncy, and coils look so AWESOME!

What are two(2) natural hair products that you just can’t live without? Why?
My Shea Moisture Reconstructive Mask, and my Satin Bonnet. My hair is always moisturized and protected.

What is your favorite way to wear your hair?
I love, love, love, braid outs, plus I figured out a technique to master them.

What do you love about your natural hair?
I love that it is healthy, and it has waves.

What do you dislike about it?
For me as a transitioner, I have to say TANGLES!! I hate tangles.

What tip(s) would you recommend to someone who wants to become natural, is transitioning, or needs advice about natural hair?
Stay motivated, watch YouTube videos, read blogs, speak to someone with natural hair. NEVER GIVE UP(though that’s with anything)!

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Join the community if you haven’t already. It is full of so much positivity, and your older natural hair sisters will always be there to help you out if you need it. (With transitioning you can get the Big Chop itch, it might creep up on you).

Until next time….

Love,
BkAphrodite