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Tell us a little about yourself and your hair journey. My name is Ashley; I’m a native New Yorker and creator of Curls Fo’ The Girls. I am truly passionate about the beauty industry and dream of one day being a beauty editor! I didn’t think I would enjoy writing as much as I do, but I love being able to share my tips and experiences with other beauty enthusiasts. My hair is my crown; I have become more intrigued by it since I’ve been natural! I have done 2 big chops and have lightened my hair a few times. Being natural is honestly one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
How long have you been natural? I have been natural for a little over 3 years. I transitioned for 9 months before my first big chop.
What motivated you to go natural? My mom was considering going natural at the time, so I decided to skip my texlax appointments as a way to motivate her. However, I didn’t realize I was also motivating myself in the process. Before my junior year of undergrad ended, a friend visited me and we watched natural hair videos for hours while discussing the possibilities. After seeing so many videos of women embracing their natural hair, it was then that I knew I wanted to go natural. I was in search of big, full hair, but I also wanted healthier hair.
Were you afraid to express your natural side? Why? Yes—and for a few reasons! First, I hadn’t seen my natural texture since I was very young. Even then, my mom did my hair so I honestly didn’t know what to expect. I just remembered that my hair was big and very curly when wet. Secondly, I didn’t know how much work was in front of me. I didn’t think about having to relearn my hair and figure out what would work, and what wouldn’t work, for me. These were all afterthoughts. Lastly, I was scared of how I’d look. I had been wearing my hair in straightened styles since I was in the 4th/5th grade, so seeing my hair in its natural state was going to be a different experience. I automatically expected to see curls once I big chopped and I was sadly mistaken! My hair was very frizzy, and fuzzy, when I first cut it. There wasn’t a curl in sight! LOL
How would you describe your hair? I would describe my hair as kinky-curly. My curls look like corkscrews and some are s-shaped. My curls are usually very defined, but they are prone to frizz. I have color treated curls, so my hair tends to be a little drier than usual, but when properly treated, my curls flourish!
Did you take the transitional route or did you do the BIG CHOP and why? I did a bit of both! I transitioned for 9 months (during my time in undergrad) and I big chopped when I got home for the summer. I transitioned because I didn’t want to take such a giant leap while in school. Plus, I wanted to cut my hair when and where I felt comfortable. When I got home I big chopped because I wanted to be done with the process and I wanted to experience the TWA stage. I hated it the first time around, but mustered up the courage to “big chop” a second time in December 2013.
What were some of your favorite transitional hairstyles? During my transition, I heat styled my hair for the most part. It was the easiest thing for me to do, and I didn’t want to risk trying to style my hair in an unfamiliar way. When I did experiment, I tried braid outs and Bantu knots. Other than that, heat styling was my preferred style.
What are your favorite hair products? This is so hard, but my favorite hair products are:
- Pantene Truly Natural CoWash, Briogeo Be Gentle, Be Kind Avocado + Quinoa CoWash
- Hair rules Curly Whip
- HelloCurlies Buttermilk Moisturizer
I’ve recently tried the DevaCurl Decadence line and Coconut Curl Styler and absolutely love them! My hair looks and feels great after using the products!
Who are some of your favorite natural hair YouTube Vloggers? Some of my favorite natural hair vloggers are MoKnowsHair, NaturalNeiicey, and MahoganyCurls.
Where can people find more information about you? People can find more information about me on my site at CurlsFoTheGirls.com, on Instagram and Twitter @CurlsFoTheGirls, and YouTube.com/CurlsFoTheGirls. I’m also quick to respond to DMs and emails, so send them over if you have any questions!
Any motivational, or inspiring, words for our readers? Don’t be afraid to reach out especially if someone is your hair crush/goal. Also keep in mind that your hair is unique to you, so don’t compare your curls to someone else’s. Be inspired by their journey, but also be mindful that you are on your own journey and you must do what works best for your hair!
Also remember that hair is hair. If you want to color it, color it. If you want to cut it, cut it. Just treat it properly and flourish.