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TELL ALL Featuring CortnieElizabeth

Tell us a little about yourself and your hair journey. I run my business full-time. I’ve been designing and selling handbags for Love,Cortnie for 4 years now. Originally wanting to be a Physical Therapist I graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2006. I completely switched gears afterward and went to fashion school in LA at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) where I received my second degree. After working in retail for 10 years, I wanted more. It wasn’t until I was in between jobs in 2011 that I learned how to sew. I didn’t know it at the time, but that changed everything. My hobby-turned-business was born. My hair journey is on a new course. I’ve had my hair permed since Middle School. I started perming my own hair in college and I would do one every 6-8 weeks. That’s a lot of perms. It’s always been long and it’s always been healthy. I never used a lot of heat. It wasn’t until recently that I decided to go natural.

 How long have you been natural? I put the last perm in my hair in February of this year.

 What motivated you to go natural? I moved to Miami in January. The humidity out here is no joke. I had traveled here almost every other month for the last 3+ years (long-distance relationship & we’re now newly married!), so I knew about the heat/humidity from being here. I learned that trying to wear my hair straight was pretty much pointless. So I figured that if I struggled to wear my hair straight, why keep perming my hair? So I stopped. It’s been a learning experience, but let me tell you how great it is to not have to worry about my hair falling/frizzing or whether it’s going to rain or not. Basically no worries!

 Were you afraid to express your natural side? Why? Not really. I was doing it to make life easier even though I’m not sure if it did. Well, it made it easier in the sense that I no longer have to worry about humidity, but now it’s things like detangling. Wow. Now that is serious!

How would you describe your hair? It’s actually interesting. I found that even my permed ends are curly. I’ve known this for a while, but the curl is more distinct now that I no longer perm my hair or use heat. It’s thick, but manageable. The new growth and permed textures blend pretty well.

 Did you take the transitional route or did you do the BIG CHOP and why? Definitely transitioned. As mentioned in the last response, the new growth and permed textures blend pretty well, so I felt no need to make the cut. I thought about it recently though. Since February I’ve gotten just over 4 inches of new growth. I’m so excited for my hair to grow out to the length it is now.

What were some of your favorite transitional hairstyles? I’m still transitioning, but my main hair style is just a wash and go pulled up into what I call a poof. I’ve been experimenting with perm rods, flexi rods and bantu knots. I like to switch it up from time to time.

What are your favorite hair products? I use coconut oil a lot and even on my skin. Cantu’s Shea Butter is great and Palmer’s Deep Conditioning Protein Pack does wonders for my hair.

 Who are some of your favorite natural hair YouTube Vloggers? I watched a few ladies on YouTube, but don’t watch often enough. I follow a few on Instagram: CoolCalmCurly, Naturally_Curla and FluffCoif are some. They give a lot of great tips and tutorials.

 Where can people find more information about you? You can check out my website at You’ll find an About page where you can read more about how I got started. From there you can also check out my blog where I’ve been blogging for 6 years.

 Any motivational or inspiring words for our readers? If there’s something you’ve been dreaming about doing, do it! You’ll never know how successful you can be at something until you try it, right? Don’t let fear keep you from succeeding. You’ll regret it.


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