Sunday, November 20, 2011

Curlyhead Cuties Spotlight w/ Amy Fields


NK: Whats your name and where are you from?
Amy: Amy Fields. I'm from New Orleans.

NK: Tell me something about you?
Amy: I'm 26. I'm mixed with black and white. Married with 2 kids.

NK: When did your natural hair journey begin and what influenced your decision to brave down that path?
Amy: My jounrney began 5 years ago. I decided to stop relaxing. Waited a year, then BC'd. No influence really. I just didn't agree with forcing my hair to permanently be something it's not.

NK: What is your regimen?
Amy: My regimen is very very simple. I do my hair once a week using conditioner only. (I don't use towels, I use t-shirts) I section into fours, detangle while soaking wet and with loads of conditioner. I diffuse on low heat  and low setting. Then I gently tug with my fingers if I want to add volume.

NK: What products and tools do you use?
Amy: Herbal Essences conditioner (the purple bottle because it smells awesome!). A modified Denman brush (I took a few rows of bristles out). Butterfly clips. Olive oil on my ends in the winter. A bit of IC Fantasia Gel only on the parts of my hair that's exposed to the elements (air, sofa, my hands, lol) to help control frizz.

NK: Do you feel there is enough information for naturals?
Amy: YES, now. When I first went natural I couldn't find much. However, now there's all kinds of helpful info with websites, blogsites, and the wonderful YouTube!

NK: What has helped you in your healthy hair journey? Websites, forums etc
Amy: tightlycurly.com and the curly girl method.

NK: How do you think your natural hair affects the way others view you?
Amy: I think if gives off a sense of awareness. It says that I don't have to look like YOU! I've been told that it exudes confidence.

NK: How has this journey impacted your perception of yourself?
Amy: I feel like this is the true me. About a month after I BC'd I remember being in a public restroom at a restaurant and having to do a double take in the mirror after I glanced. I didn't recognize myself! I walked closer to the mirror, grinned and said (out loud, but not too loud) "Hello Amy, welcome. It's nice to meet you." Weird I know, but I felt like I had been hiding myself all those years. Like I was trying to be someone I wasn't....but now anymore because this is me.


NK: What do you love the most about your curls?
Amy: I love everything about my curls. I love that they're unique....I love that they're MINE!

NK: Any advice for newly naturals just starting the journey?
Amy: YES!!! Being natural is not easy. Having a relaxer was a breeze compared to this. When you're first starting out it's really easy to get discouraged, stick with it though. YouTube is the best, but be sure to find someone who has hair similar to YOURS. Everything won't work for everybody. Mind your ends, tie your hair up EVERY NIGHT with something satin or silk. Love your hair and be gentle with it. Don't rip it apart just because you found a knot.

NK: Any natural hair idols and why did you choose them?
Amy: Teri from tightlycurly.com. She's so knowledgeable and her hair is sooooo long!

NK: Do you have a signature or go to style?
Amy: Of coarse. My signature/go to style is wearing  my bangs.  I love bangs on natural hair!

NK: Where can we find you (blogs, websites, twitter, etc)
Amy: On Twitter, @curlygurl85

Monday, November 14, 2011

Curlyhead Cuties Spotlight w/ Steffie Julia




NK: Whats your name where are you from?
SJ: My name is Steffie, i'm from South Florida.

NK: Tell me something about you?
SJ: I am a college student majoring in Nursing, I love all things beauty related and hope to have my own nail bar one day.

When did your natural hair journey begin and what influenced your decision to brave down that path?
 It began Sept. 2010, I honestly can’t recall what influenced my decision, but I know the thought came over me on one of those nocturnal nights where I couldn’t sleep. Lol.  But it was the best decision I made. I made up my mind, told my boyfriend, and haven't changed it since. 

What is your regimen?  
Ha regimen, what’s that?! I am a free spirit when it comes to my hair, I wash it when it needs to be washed (most likely always on a Sunday) and I follow up with a deep conditioner and then style.

What products and tools do you use?
 The products I use mainly are Shea Moisture Shampoo and Herbal Essence Hello Hydration. Lately I have been doing wash n gos. My go to product for that style is Eco Styler Gel; and  lastly Oyin Handmade Burnt Sugar Bomade and their Hair Dew.  As for tools I use the “all mighty” Denman Brush and the also “holy grail” Tangle Teezer, along with a wide tooth comb.

Do you feel there is enough information for naturals?
Yes, of course! I mean I’m sure there is always more to learn because there is always a new discovery within the natural hair community. But if you have a question it can definitely be answered!

What has helped you in your healthy hair journey? Websites, forums etc
Oh my! YouTube being number one in my book! Along with YouTube I have found Curlynikki.com , bglhonline.com , thegoodhairblog.com , moptopmaven.com .

How do you think your natural hair affects the way others view you?
Aghh such a good question! I can say that I always get the “I love your hair, I tried to go to natural but I can’t” and I will explain that it’s very simple! I have inspired a few people at my job to go natural. 

How has this journey impacted your perception of yourself? 
Not only do I watch what I put in my hair, I watch what I ingest also, I’m eating a lot healthier, and have lost a few pounds along the way. My style has changed also, I am more open to styles and patterned fabric that I normally would have never been attracted to. This journey has allowed me to completely step out of my comfort zone and be my full self!

What do you love the most about your curls?
The versatility! I could be straight today, curly tomorrow, afro the next day. Plus I have always wanted curly hair even in my relaxed days, but never even knew I had them growing out of my own scalp. 

Any advice for newly naturals just starting their journey?
Do your research and find a positive support system because your going to need someone to be there when you are frustrated and need  to vent. Don’t think that just because a product works for someone it’s also going to work for you, that may not always be the case. 

Any natural hair idols and why did you choose them?
Tracee Ellis Ross| have you seen her hair?! ohhh gosh!

Do you have a signature or go to style?

My puffs, they are my go style always. My family always finds me in a crowd by my puff. lol


Feel free to check Steffie out at the sites below: 
Twitter| @SteffieJulia