Natural-ness in: Arizona

It’s been a while since we’ve had a submission for Naturalness in the States! So I’m pleased to have Miss Afrodite of the Grand Canyon State start it off again with a great submission and stunning hair!  She’s the first to represent the state of Arizona.  Meet Miss Afrodite!!

 Name:

Keyera (Miss Afrodite) Mitchell

 What state are you representing?
Arizona

 How long have you been natural?
20 Years

 What’s the natural scene like in your area?
The natural scene is slowly becoming a trend. More women are getting
tired of wearing weaves and spending tons of money on the expenses,
and are now looking for ways to rock the beautiful, luscious curls
that God gave them.

 Additional comments regarding your natural hair:
I love being natural it is freeing and I feel like a Curly Goddess.
Being a Curly Girl in a Straight World is very rewarding!

 Web, blog, youtube or fotki link:
https://www.youtube.com/user/shesastarra

Would you like to “Rep Your State”?

If so, please fill out the form here:Natural-ness in the States. Don’t forget to send pictures! I will be glad to accept more than one entry from the same state. Let’s see what state will be represented the most!

States featured so far include Arizona (1), Florida (4), California (2), Tennessee (2), Mississippi (4), North Carolina (1), Delaware (1), South Carolina (1) , Georgia (1), Texas (3), New Mexico (1), Missouri (1), Oklahoma (1), Ohio (1),  Louisiana (1), Minnesota (2) and Virginia (5).

Note: The number in parentheses next to each state represents the number of times that state has been featured.

Natural-ness in: Minnesota

I am in love with this submission from the Gopher State! Please meet Keelii and the Curly Girls Around The World Crew!

Name:
Keelii

What state are you representing?
Minnesota

How long have you been natural?
fully natural 1 year! ( I transitioned)

What’s the natural scene like in your area?
Emerging! Minnesota’s natural hair curlmmunity is bursting at the
seams. More and more naturals are finding their way to each other
sparking meetups, symposiums, conferences and more!

Additional comments regarding your natural hair:
I love being natural! It’s so freeing!

Web, blog, youtube or fotki link:
curlygirlsaroundtheworld.blogspot.com

Would you like to “Rep Your State”?

If so, please fill out the form here:Natural-ness in the States. Don’t forget to send pictures! I will be glad to accept more than one entry from the same state. Let’s see what state will be represented the most!

States featured so far include Florida (4), California (2), Tennessee (2), Mississippi (4), North Carolina (1), Delaware (1), South Carolina (1) , Georgia (1), Texas (3), New Mexico (1), Missouri (1), Oklahoma (1), Ohio (1),  Louisiana (1), Minnesota (2) and Virginia (5).

Note: The number in parentheses next to each state represents the number of times that state has been featured.

Natural-ness in: California

I’ll always be a Cali girl in my heart, so I’m pleased to present a  former classmate and friend of mine that I’ve known since I was a tiny 3rd grader.  I am so pleased to present Myesha, representing the Golden State. By the way, she’s also the first of hopefully many to be featured, showing off a set of gorgeous locks (or insta-dreads, as she calls them). Please give her a warm welcome:

Name:
Myesha

 

State:
California

 

How long have you been natural?
2007

 

What’s the natural scene like in your area?
The natural scene is alive and kickin in the Bay Area. Many people I know rock their natural hair and it’s common to see sister locks or dreads. People have even started throwing natural hair parties. They discuss products, styles, the transition process, etc. Some will have all natural products available for purchase.

 

Seeing friends who made the transition helped me decide to stick with it.  It’s nice to be able to swap hair stories with girlfriends.

About my locks:
I am absolutely in love with my locks. Definitely the best hair decision at this point in my life. I didn’t want to go through the waiting process, so I got insta-dreads, as I call them.  Since I work in a corporate environment, I like to keep them styled in an updo or wavy.

 

I was always hesitant to get locks since they are permanent, but once a friend with dread locks told me about the different styles she wore and the freedom it gave her I was totally hooked. I have gotten more compliments with my dreads than all other hairstyles combined.

 

Would you like to “Rep Your State”?

If so, please fill out the form here:Natural-ness in the States. Don’t forget to send pictures! I will be glad to accept more than one entry from the same state. Let’s see what state will be represented the most!

States featured so far include Florida (4), California (2), Tennessee (2), Mississippi (4), North Carolina (1), Delaware (1), South Carolina (1) , Georgia (1), Texas (3), New Mexico (1), Missouri (1), Oklahoma (1), Ohio (1),  Louisiana (1), Minnesota (1) and Virginia (5).

Note: The number in parentheses next to each state represents the number of times that state has been featured.

Natural-ness in: Florida

Glad to have the Sunshine State back in rotation!  Check out Viola, who sent in her brand new BC pictures.  Love your beautiful TWA Viola!

Name:
Viola

What state are you representing?
florida

How long have you been natural?
9months

What’s the natural scene like in your area?
Not that many

Additional comments regarding your natural hair:
I just did the BC last week and I love it.

Would you like to “Rep Your State”?

If so, please fill out the form here:Natural-ness in the States. Don’t forget to send pictures! I will be glad to accept more than one entry from the same state. Let’s see what state will be represented the most!

States featured so far include Florida (4), California (1), Tennessee (2), Mississippi (4), North Carolina (1), Delaware (1), South Carolina (1) , Georgia (1), Texas (3), New Mexico (1), Missouri (1), Oklahoma (1), Ohio (1),  Louisiana (1), Minnesota (1) and Virginia (5).

Note: The number in parentheses next to each state represents the number of times that state has been featured.

Natural-ness in: Mississippi

Sometimes I receive really good submissions, but the sender does not attach pictures for whatever reason.  I received the submission below a few weeks ago and I’ve been waiting for pictures, but have not heard back.  I really like her answers, so I decided to post it anyway.  I did not to add her name, in case she changed her mind about being featured. Please check out Miss C’s replies below from the Magnolia State. (Note: If this is your submission, it’s not too late to add your name and pictures)

Name:
Miss C

What state are you representing?
Mississippi

How long have you been natural?
10 years

What’s the natural scene like in your area?
I’m starting to see alot more natural sistas here than I use to see
when I first went natural. But I noticed that for alot of them, being
natural is just a phase here in Jackson. I would like to see more
women wearing natural hair longer periods of time or better yet
FOREVER 🙂

Additional comments regarding your natural hair:
I have worn my hair in a big afro thru out the years, but my favorite
style has been a twa. Right now im wearing a twa, but I miss my afro,
so im growing it back out, hopefully permanently this time.

Would you like to “Rep Your State”?

If so, please fill out the form here:Natural-ness in the States. Don’t forget to send pictures! I will be glad to accept more than one entry from the same state. Let’s see what state will be represented the most!

States featured so far include Florida (3), California (1), Tennessee (2), Mississippi (4), North Carolina (1), Delaware (1), South Carolina (1) , Georgia (1), Texas (3), New Mexico (1), Missouri (1), Oklahoma (1), Ohio (1),  Louisiana (1), Minnesota (1) and Virginia (5).

Note: The number in parentheses next to each state represents the number of times that state has been featured.

Natural-ness in: Minnesota

I guess this is the week for firsts! Please welcome our first lovely feature from the Gopher State, Amera:

Name:
Amera

What state are you representing?
Saint Paul, Minnesota

How long have you been natural?
1 year

What’s the natural scene like in your area?
not a lot of natural sisters but yep bothers with locs and all or
sisters keep there hair under cover under weaves wigs and braids its
ok to do that for awhile but not all the time if you have natural hair
i think let it grow and flow wit the wind

Additional comments regarding your natural hair:
i always knew i had a natural curl pattern but i permed it to get
that silky look i wore it curly anyways rod sets braid-outs but i did
not take care of it i had that myth in my head water makes it
more(nappy) more unmanageable don’t wash it then it will grow now i take
care of my hair my hair loves water i wash it every 7to10days deep
condition it wear a silk scarf to bed only comb it when i have
conditioner in it when its moisture in it never when its dry i keep it
moist water oils and creams

Web, blog, youtube or fotki link:
lovelyamera on youtube

Would you like to “Rep Your State”?

If so, please fill out the form here: Natural-ness in the States. I will be glad to accept more than one entry from the same state. Let’s see what state will be represented the most!

States featured so far include Florida (3), California (1), Tennessee (2), Mississippi (3), North Carolina (1), Delaware (1), South Carolina (1) , Georgia (1), Texas (3), New Mexico (1), Missouri (1), Oklahoma (1), Ohio (1),  Louisiana (1), Minnesota (1) and Virginia (5).

Note: The number in parentheses next to each state represents the number of times that state has been featured.

Natural-ness in: Ohio

I am excited to present our first feature from the Buckeye State!  This puts us at 15 states represented so far. Please welcome Lorie’l and be sure to read her well thought out responses below.  She is truly an inspiration:

Name:
Lorie’l

What state are you representing?
Ohio

How long have you been natural?
1 year and couple of weeks?

What’s the natural scene like in your area?
Right now I’m in Dayton, I don’t consider it to be Natural friendly
lol, I haven’t found a salon that cater to natural hair yet so it kind
of forces you to DIY. I did recently me a group of about 30+ females
in the Dayton area that have a group on FB called “Gem City
Naturalistas
” they do meet ups and have discussions on and off of FB
but I’ll be graduating soon so I won’t fully be able to take advantage
of that.

That being said I’m learning how to do my hair somewhat lol, and I am
still learning how to braid (not quite there but I’m getting better at
it). I will be back in Cleveland for a minute and I know in Cleveland
there are an abundance of hair salons for natural hair so that makes
me feel good. I’m looking forward to receiving a hair consultation,
and having my hair worked on properly!

Additional comments regarding your natural hair:
I didn’t plan on being natural so I don’t have pictures showing my
“Hair Journey” progression. I had a really bad summer last year (still
not quite over it) but I cut my hair b/c I was upset and it was my way
of coping with a loss.

I co wash at least a couple times a week and deep condition every
week. I tend to do twist outs (although I’m slightly convinced it’s
because I don’t leave them in longer than over night, but I can’t
bring myself to walk around with my hair twisted). It ends up in kind
of a messy sort of look; I like the messy look it fits my life.
One thing that has been hard for me to accept is my hair growing
slowly, (I am a victim of shrinkage too lol). My ultimate goal is to
have hair that I don’t have to twist to get length.
After literally 10 months of trying to find something that moisturized
my hair, while keeping it soft, and not being to greasy or harsh I
tried Alikay Naturals by Black Onyx (Vlogger on YouTube and is totally
awesome) and I have been in heaven ever since! It makes my hair feel
soft and it moisturizes the products are natural and organic and my
hair has never felt or looked better!

Would you like to “Rep Your State”?

If so, please fill out the form here: Natural-ness in the States. I will be glad to accept more than one entry from the same state. Let’s see what state will be represented the most! States featured so far include Florida (3), California (1), Tennessee (2), Mississippi (3), North Carolina (1), Delaware (1), South Carolina (1) , Georgia (1), Texas (3), New Mexico (1), Missouri (1), Oklahoma (1), Ohio (1),  Louisiana (1) and Virginia (5).

Note: The number in parentheses next to each state represents the number of times that state has been featured.

Natural-ness in: Mississippi

I am thrilled to present Shaughnessy representing the  Magnolia State.  I believe that she is the first person that we’ve featured that started out with locs, successfully removed the locs and is now sporting her loose hair.  Yes ladies, it can be done!  She sent in both loc’d and loose pictures and she’s beautiful either way! Check her out:


Name:
Shaughnessy

What state are you representing?
Mississippi

How long have you been natural?
over 8 years

What’s the natural scene like in your area?
It’s slowing increasing

Additional comments regarding your natural hair:
I rocked locs for 7.5 years and I picked them out last November (took
6 weeks). Now I’m learning to care for my loose hair and I’m really
enjoying it.

Web, blog, youtube or fotki link:
www.honeydippednapps.blogspot.com (loose hair blog)

www.imdippedinhoney.blogspot.com (loc blog)

Would you like to “Rep Your State”?

If so, please fill out the form here: Natural-ness in the States. I will be glad to accept more than one entry from the same state. Let’s see what state will be represented the most! States featured so far include Florida (3), California (1), Tennessee (2), Mississippi (3), North Carolina (1), Delaware (1), South Carolina (1) , Georgia (1), Texas (3), New Mexico (1), Missouri (1), Oklahoma (1), Louisiana (1) and Virginia (5).

Note: The number in parentheses next to each state represents the number of times that state has been featured.

Double Feature: Ayana BC Date April 2010, Repping Louisiana!

Please give a warm welcome to Ayana, our first double feature!  Ayana BCed a little over a year ago and is the first on our site to represent  the Pelican State.  Ayana also included pictures of her big chop process to inspire those who are thinking of doing the “Big Chop”, but are a little hesitant.  Be sure to check out her amazing hair growth!

July 2011

Name:
Ayana

July 2011

Date of Last Relaxer:

December 2009
 

July 2011


Length of Transition:

4 months
 

March 2011

Date of BC (“big chop” – cut the relaxer out of your hair):

April 1, 2010

December 2010

Favorite Style:

Afro Puff

July 2010

Current Routine:

When I wear my hair in a puff I wash once weekly with cream of nature soothing shampoo and  nourishing conditioner. I co-poo every two to three days in between washes. I also use motions leave in conditioner and Sta-Sof-Fro after washing to make my hair softer and easier to comb. Once I complete styling and finish off with Natural Sheen Comb Ease & Oil  Sheen Spray for shine

Big Chop Process: "First cut, almost all natural"

What state are you representing?

Louisiana
 

Big Chop Process: "Just my bang has permed ends"

What’s the natural scene like in your area?

There are a lot of naturals in the area, although there aren’t many salons that specialize in natural hair. I wish there were more events catered toward naturals in the area. 

Additional comments regarding your natural hair:

I love my hair, I am so happy that I made the decision to stop using the “creamy crack”. It started off hard, but I am glad that I continued on my journey to being natural.

Big Chop Process: "Finally no more perm!"

Are you a new natural (1 year or less) who would like to be featured?  If so, click here for more details: New Naturals Showcase

Not a new natural?  That’s OK, click here for into on more ways to be featured: Be A Part of Natural-ness

Natural-ness in: Virginia

The Old Dominion state ruled last week and starts out this week!  Check out our newest beautiful Virginia representation, Tiffany!


Name:
Tiffany

What state are you representing?
Virginia

How long have you been natural?
10 Months

What’s the natural scene like in your area?
In my area, I see naturals sprinkled here and there, but generally in
the DMV area natural hair is booming. I love seeing so many ladies and
gents embrace their natural beauty! =)

Additional comments regarding your natural hair:
I love my natural hair, and showing my friends and family that going
natural isn’t as hard as it seems. So many people think they can’t go
natural simply because of a lack of knowledge. So I’m here to share
all of my knowledge with my loved ones & anyone else who needs it.

Web, blog, youtube or fotki link:
http://www.youtube.com/user/princesstiffany90

Would you like to “Rep Your State”?

Don’t see your state listed below? Be the first to “Rep Your State”, please fill out the form here: Natural-ness in the States. I will be glad to accept more than one entry from the same state. Let’s see what state will be represented the most!

States featured so far include Florida (3), California (1), Tennessee (2), Mississippi (2), North Carolina (1), Delaware (1), South Carolina (1) , Georgia (1), Texas (3), New Mexico (1), Missouri (1), Oklahoma (1), Massachusetts (1), Pennsylvania (1) and Virginia (5).

Note: The number in parentheses next to each state represents the number of times that state has been featured.

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