Tiffany is a YouTuber known as SpiralsAndLife that vlogs about life, family and natural hair. I had the pleasure of reconnecting with her at the recent Afrolicious Hair Affair Expo in Los Angeles when I asked her for an interview so here it is!
How long have you been natural?
I gave up the relaxer in 1999. For ten years I was addicted to my flat iron. I considered myself a 'straight natural'. In 2009, I chose to embrace my curls.
What made you decide to go natural?
I was browsing YouTube for different styles I could try on my straight hair. After a few tutorials I came across a few curly haired ladies that changed my world. TiffanyDarlyn, Taren Guy and MlleCafeAuLait are amongst the many!
How long did you transition or big chop?
I transitioned for a year. I then decided to chop off about 10 inches and was left with a shoulder length blunt cut.
What was your families’ / friend’s reaction to you going natural?
At the time of going relaxer free, it wasn't a big deal because I was still ironing. But the reaction after going curly was mixed. I was embraced, congratulated and shamed.
What have you discovered about yourself and your hair since you’ve gone natural? Anything surprise you?
I've discovered that embracing my natural texture has made me more carefree!! Of course I still pay attention to details, but now I don't care what others think about them. I was totally surprised by that!!
Since you have a daughter do you think it is important that she be daughter?
I think it's very important my daughter remain natural. I hope to be an example to her in all aspects of life. Teaching her to care for her curls is a small part of the 'Love Yourself ' mentality I hope to instill.
What would you say to someone that is considering going natural?
Go for it!! You can always go back to relaxers. You may even realize that you don't need the full strength or you can go a few more weeks between processes. But you'll never know until you give your hair what it needs. A break!! For me, that's what being natural is. A break from constant styling, appliances and worry.
What are your hair goals for the next 6 months to year?
I'd like to cut off the rest of my bleached ends and finally be able to retain some length. I've been inspired to experiment more with hairstyles too. Styling is my weakness, and nothing ever "looks good". I'm also looking forward to happy, healthy hair!!
How did you get started making YouTube videos?
Being a stay at home mom isn't soap operas and Bon Bon's. I never had any "Tiffany" time and started to neglect myself. After browsing YouTube and not seeing many women with my texture, I decided to share my journey with the world!! ☺
How did you become Our Lady Lourdes?
I needed to create a log in in order to comment on a video. It seemed everyone was naming their channel something they were interested in. I'm a Catholic Christian. I chose Our Lady Lourdes to show my love of the Virgin Mary. Although I will forever cherish my start up name, I've become SpiralsAndLife now on YouTube.
Where can we connect with you online?
YouTube - www.youtube.com/user/OurLadyLourdes
Instagram - instagram.com/ourladylourdes
Blog - bebasicboutit.blogspot.com
Thank you, Tiffany for letting us in on your natural hair journey! If you have any questions or comments please leave them in the comments below.