Posts tagged ‘versatility’

Tressumé: Keturah Ariel Nailah Bobo

 

NameKeturah Ariel Nailah Bobo

Keturah Ariel Bobo

                                                    Location: Columbus, Ohio                                                                                           

Found this AMAZING lady on my usual Instagram flow, and let me tell y’all! Girl got some bomb ass skills with the art!

Y’all gotta check out her Tressumé, to learn about this talented young lady.

How long have you been natural?

I have been natural for a little over two yearsketurahart

Did you transition or do the Big Chop?

I transitioned for 6months and then did the big chop, although I cut parts of it along the way.

Why did you choose that route?  

I have always had a lot of hair, and so wearing my hair short was a little frightening. Plus, I have a big head, so I didn’t think rocking a short cut would be cute.

How long did you transition?

6 months , cutting bangs first then so on and so forth.

What inspired you to have natural hair?

I was working at the Columbus Museum of Art under the contemporary art curator. She probably was my biggest hair inspiration, because she was a professional woman of color with gorgeous natural hair working in an institution where no one looks like her.

What has kept you motivated to remain natural?

I LOVE the versatility of being natural. I love wearing various textures of curls, but I also love to wear it straight from time to time. Basically, I was tired of looking like the same person everyday, being natural gave me freedom.

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

Crème of Nature Conditioning Shampoo and Knot Today by Kinky Curly. My hair has the tendency to become a tangled hot mess and these products both make my hair soft and easy to detangle.

What is your favorite way to wear your hair?

girl1Right now I have been trying the bantu knot outs which, so far I love velocity.

What do you love about your natural hair?

I feel more myself than I felt before. It’s an amazing feeling.

What do you dislike about it?

I have a hard time controlling my hair to stay in particular styles, especially in humidity.  Sometimes the unruly behavior works for me, in humidity it’s almost always against me.

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

Just do it, you will love it. Every act of change has a transitional period. Tough it out, put your eyes on the prize, and your back to the wind. It’s an amazing bond, the one a black girl creates with her hair, especially when perhaps her whole life she’s been told that who she is naturally, isn’t beautiful.

Comments: Please check out my art. With the response that I have been receiving about the paintings, I realized there’s a market for natural hair art. It’s about embracing who you are. It’s beautiful, and I want to continue to be apart of this movement. More art is on it’s way!

www.keturahariel.com

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Find me on any social media site: keturahAriel

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Check out a little slideshow of the rest of Keturah’s dope work. This is RAW talent and I am IMPRESSED! She created my future chiren y’all. LOL! Peep the hair on these lovely kids.

Tressumé: Tessa Kagbala

While checking out the daily posts by CurlBox on instagram I came across this amazing woman who was sporting her fro ever so fiercely. I couldn’t pass up an interview with the girl behind the fro, so I got to it and I’m sharing her story with you!! Check it out!

Name: Tessa Kagbala

Location: Hell’s Kitchen via Brooklyn


How long have you been natural?
I have been natural for about 11 years, but I started the process 12 years ago. I caved in during the first year and put a kiddie perm in my hair. Afterwards I was so mad with myself for allowing my fundamental darkness win.

Did you transition or do the Big Chop? I transitioned, I cut the perm off bit by bit once I saw that my hair was growing.

Why did you choose that route?
I always had long hair, and I didn’t want to cut it all off just to go natural. Everyone told me that I would have to cut it all off in order to get my curls back. I used that negativity as my fuel, and to prove them wrong.

How long did you transition? Gee it took a while I want to say a couple of years, but I don’t remember exactly, it was so long ago. I wore my hair in protective styles, which helped my hair grow, and before I would take them out I would cut some more of my processed ends off. I was so happy when I was able to cut off the last piece of straight hair off! By that time my hair was naturally past my shoulders, and I think that is why it took so long. I didn’t want my hair to be short.

What inspired you to have natural hair?
I remember one day I was going through my photo album and I saw all these pics of me when I was younger with beautiful curls. At that point I had been relaxing my hair for about 10 years. Can you believe I didn’t even remember what it was like to have curly hair, something deep inside me missed having curls. As I reflected I was heart broken that I had asked my mom to put a perm in my hair. I can’t say that she never warned me! When I was a teen I hated my hair, for years I would just wear it in a bun, and damaged it by coloring it all the time. I was trying to keep up with the Joneses and I couldn’t take it any more, I just wanted to be free to express myself. Everyone opposed me becoming natural; my boyfriend even broke up with me! I guess was to forward thinking chuckle. Deep in my soul I knew I was doing the right thing. 11 years later I am so happy to see women take the steps to embrace the hair that they were blessed with.

What has kept you motivated to remain natural?
When I started to transition, the pictures of me when I was younger were my inspiration, and also hearing my mom say “You use to have such nice soft curls.” If I had depended on anything else I would of caved in and gone back down chemical road. None of my peers were attempting to grow out their hair, and as my mane grew people just looked at me crazy!
Now, being natural is more that just my hair, it is a lifestyle. I’ve become more aware of the causes I make to maintain a natural lifestyle and I am still learning what that mean for me and my family. I’m so inspired by all these lovely ladies that have blog, vlog, with information about health and hair, there is such an amazing community of support! We just need to continue to unite!

What are two(2) natural hair products that you just can’t live without? Why? I looooove coconut oil and Shea butter. I always make sure I have these two items in stock. They both keep my hair very soft. I use them, along with my gel, for styling and as my everyday moisturizer. I recently started using Karen’s Body beautiful. Her line is amazing and she has created so many aids for the hair, she is really into educating woman about proper hair care.

What is your favorite way to wear your hair? I LIVE in the double strand twist. I feel like this style helps my hair to grow. Depending on my mood I make then really small, or fairly big. I usually braid the root, then I twist the ends, that way the root is a little bit tighter. I can go almost a month in this style, because I can manipulate it into many other styles

What do you love about your natural hair? I love how versatile my hair is! I can wear it straight, up do’s tight curls, braids, afro depending on my mood or season. When it was relaxed I couldn’t create as many styles. I also love that my hair is always evolving so I am constantly learning more about it as the years go by.

What do you dislike about it?
Ummmm….. what is there to dislike. I feel blessed, even if it may take me longer to do my hair than most, or I even though I get very hot when it’s in a fro. I love my hair, and wouldn’t change it for the world!!

What tip(s) would you recommend to someone who wants to become natural, is transitioning, or needs advice about natural hair? You must first love and respect your hair (and self), before anyone else can. Have confidence that your hair will grow to you determined length, it will get there before you know it!! Be conscious of the products that you use on your mane, just because it says organic, doesn’t mean it really is. Experiment! There are so many resources out on the web that provide recipes for natural hair products, use ‘em. It’s all about trial and error, because your texture may be different than the next woman, not everything will work for you but you wont find out unless you try. You don’t need to do a big chop n order to become natural; as your hair grows you curl pattern will evolve. Enjoy the process it, you may discover something else about yourself!

Comments: You can follow me on instagram ( for the time being) @_afronista

Tressumé: Larissa Tonfack

Name: Larissa Tonfack

Location: New York

I am a FASHION & BEAUTY lover, Model, and Entrepreneur.

How long have you been natural?
I have been natural for almost 3 years but I did a second big chop a few weeks ago.

Did you transition or do the Big Chop?
I transitioned for 3 months then did the BC.

Why did you choose that route?
I chose that route because I was curious to see myself with a head full of kinks and coils. I had never experienced it before so I decided to take the plunge and do it.

How long did you transition?
I transitioned for about 3 months.

What inspired you to have natural hair?
Curiosity! lol. My older sister and a good friend of mine went natural and I told them I couldn’t give up on relaxer plus my hair was growing. However, I started to get bored and I decided that I would try and since then I have been natural. I guess once you go natural, you don’t go back.

What has kept you motivated to remain natural?
My boyfriend. He reminds me everyday how he loves my hair natural and doesn’t want me to go back to relaxers!

What are two(2) natural hair products that you just can’t live without? Why?
Only 2? It is hard because I am a product junkie. lol.
1.Water. My hair get thirsty so easily but once I give it water, it feels hydrated and it is more manageable.
2.Shikakai bar soap. Cleanses my hair yet keeps in the moisture.

What is your favorite way to wear your hair?
My favorite way to wear my hair was in a high bun but since I did a second big chop I rock a braid out all the time.

What do you love about your natural hair?
Its Versatility! oh boy! I can rock so many styles when my hair is natural. I can even have it straight ( not too often though!) and still come back to my kinks. However, when my hair was relaxed , I could never go back to my kinks for some fierce twist/braid out or a FRO!

What do you dislike?
Nothing

What tip(s) would you recommend to someone who wants to become natural, is transitioning, or needs advice about natural hair?
One size does not fit all. What works for me might not work for you. It is all about trials and errors. If you are having difficulties with your natural hair, do some research. There are plenty of great youtubers, blogs, and website that can assist you in achieving your hair goal.

Comments:
You can find me at :
https://twitter.com/#!/LarissaTonfack

Be sure to also check out Larissa on People.com as a Winner of the PEOPLE’s Real Beauty Contest. Can you say Gorgeous! Natural Hair is growing in the media ladies and gents.

Love your Kinks,
BkAphrodite

I don’t need that “wet and wavy”, my waves come NATURALLY!

With permed hair, I saw numerous friends almost always getting that “wet and wavy” weave. Nine times out of ten they just had to have it. Who wouldn’t like being able to have curly hair when wet, and straight hair the next day. Now, I never was the weave type, but I too just had to have it. It was just something about being able to have such versatile hair on my head. So I purchased my first “wet and wavy” weave, it costs me about $150, but I just knew I needed it. Let’s not forget, there’s a price to install that thing too!! Lucky for me I had a cousin that knew how to install weaves.

I wore it straight for a couple of days, had an event to go to, so I figured hey why not flaunt my “wet and wavy” look. I knew I had to find a way to blend the straight permed hair, and my new “wet and wavy”, so I braided the part of my hair that was left out. When it came time for the unleashing of what I thought would be beautifully blended 12″ curls flowing down my back, I was DISAPPOINTED! What I expected, came out looking like a wannabe curly look with my hair, and beautiful curls just below that. So I had to find a quick way to make it work. I just pinned it up without the desired “wet and wavy” look, but just a hot mess look!

Long after this fiasco(maybe about a 1 1/2 years), I decided that I would research this whole “natural hair” movement that was going on. Though, I still believed that black hair was “nappy”; I sure as hell couldn’t achieve curly,wavy hair because I wasn’t one of those with “good hair” or I wasn’t “mixed”(even though a large population of the world is mixed with more than one race). After much research I discovered that all of this is indeed NOT FACTUAL!

I came across many natural hair blogs Curlynikki.com and Youtubers like Naptural85 & KimmayTube and they definitely helped change all of those thoughts. Their numerous posts, and videos showed me that natural hair is awesome. Hence, I began my journey to natural hair, as a transitioner. I have been transitioning for 11 months and I just LOVE the Kinks and Coils coming in.

So why is as African-American women we desire that “European straight” look? Why do we continue to believe that our hair is “nappy”? Why are we going out and purchasing these expensive weaves that pull at our edges, and destroy our precious strands?

Girl, Go Natural! It doesn’t cost you lots of money or your precious strands. You’ll have that Kinky, Coily, Curly look whenever you please. Oh, and if you just have to have that straight look once in a while, you can do that too.

Embrace your own Versatility!!!

Until next time….

Love,
BkAphrodite