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?



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.




Jana'e Holmes blogs about natural hair and plus size fashion on her blog Natural Kinky Curly and plans natural hair events, meetups and demonstrations as 1/8 of the Ladies of Untamed.





How long have you been natural?

I've been natural since February 4, 2011, so I'll be celebrating my 3 year Natural Anniversary in February 2014. I can't believe it's been 3 years already.

What made you decide to go natural?

About a year before I officially went natural I had been dealing with a lot of breakage. I tried everything to get my hair healthy again. From going to the salon at least 2-3 times a month, I wore braids and weaves but my hair just wouldn't grow. One side of my hair was healthier than the other but I just couldn't get it under control. I actually didn't know about the vast natural hair community at the time and didn't have a clue what the Big Chop was, but I knew that I had to make change. I think after years of getting my hair relaxed, my hair decided it was time for something different. After work on February 4, 2011 I stopped by a barber shop and asked for my hair to be completely cut off to remove all of the relaxed hair, thus my Big Chop.

Did you big chop or transition?

I felt that I had to big chop because my hair was so damaged. It was scary but it was one the best decisions that I made for my hair.



What was your families’ / friend’s reaction to you going natural?

It's funny, I really thought that I would have support from my friends and family, but everyone wasn't very happy with my decision and few people said some hurtful things. My husband was my champion! He has had locs for a while and wanted me to get them too, so when he saw that I cut my hair, he was super excited and supported me. My coworkers were more supportive than my family and friends which was completely opposite of what I thought would happen. I just knew that when I walked into work on Monday morning that I would get stares and questions, but no. Nothing but support from my work family.




What have you discovered about yourself and your hair since you've gone natural? Anything surprise you?

When I first did the big chop, my first discovery was that I could no longer hide behind my hair. It was gone and there was nothing that I could do about it. So, it helped to bring me out of my shell. I discovered a new confidence that had been hiding for so long. I felt amazing with my low hair cut and knew that it was the beginning of a new me. In the beginning, I was learning so much about my hair because I had been getting relaxers for so long that I didn't know my true texture. That's when I went online and notice that there was a huge natural hair community and gained so much knowledge and tips on how to care for and style my TWA (Teeny Weeny Afro). 

How did you get start blogging?

I started blogging because I wanted a platform to document my natural hair journey. I also thought that it would be a great way to share my experience with my family and friends so they could see that going natural is a beautiful journey. I also noticed that there were not a lot of blogs and vlogs with natural hair that had my same texture and I knew that I wasn't alone so being able to reach woman with a true 4C texture or very kinky coily hair was my mission. I had a great response because so many women had my texture and didn't know what or how to care for their hair and my blog spoke directly to them.  How long have you been natural?



What would you say to someone that is considering going natural?

I would tell them that it's been the best decision that I've made for my hair. In the 3 years since going natural, my hair is healthy, strong and hasn't been the length that it is since I was about 4 years old, which is when I started getting relaxers. Working with your natural hair is a process, but it's so rewarding because you will see health and growth, it's also better for your health wise because you are no longer putting chemicals in your hair. 

What are your hair goals for the next 6 months to year?

My goals are to keep my hair healthy by properly caring for my texture. I plan to trim within 6 months and use protective styling to keep my ends as healthy as possible. I'm all about healthy hair and not necessarily length. I think that if you care for your hair and focus on health, then the growth will come. 

Please tell us about your Ladies of Untamed?

The Untamed Hair Tour is a group of 8 women all with natural hair, but each with a different texture and experiences to share with the public. We each have our backgrounds that we bring to the table as well. The ladies range from Entrepreneurs, Chefs, Fashion Stylists, Marketing, film production, event planning and business. We host a range of events such as Natural Hair Demonstrations and meetups, styling workshops, business and marketing workshops/seminars, and event planning. Be sure to check us out at www.fabvab.com/untamedtour for tour updates!




What are your current goals for your blog?

My blog has evolved over the years to not only include natural hair, but we also talk about fashion within the plus size community as well as beauty tips. I want to continue to grow and reach audiences world wide. My blog will also be a platform to bring women together to give back to the community. 

I want to host a Naturally Curly Kinky Volunteer day, where women from across the globe will volunteer in their local area wearing the NCK Signature Tee (coming soon) and post pictures so we can encourage everyone to give back to your local community. If we all did something to give back, can you imagine the difference we could make?    

I also plan to use the blog to promote local Natural Hair meetups in the Los Angeles area to bring all of these local naturals together. Since I've entered the fashion blog world, I'm planning to travel and cover fashion events across the globe. I have big dreams for Naturally Curly Kinky and I try to take a step closer to fulfilling those dreams each and everyday.



Where can we connect with you online?

You can find me all over the social media scene, check me out at: 

Blog: www.naturallycurlykinky.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/naturallycurlykinky
Twitter: www.twitter.com/CurlyKinky
Instagram: www.instagram.com/naturallycurlykinky
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/curlykinkygirl



Thank you to Jana'e for taking the time to interview with us. If you have any questions or comments for her please leave them in the comments below.


I met this week's interviewee, Ms. JGray by attending one of her Curly Cartel events. Besides being very nice she has a great head of hair so I had to interview her about her natural hair journey.






How long have you been natural?

My story is a bit different from the rest. I have always been natural. I've never had a perm or any major heat damage. I just never knew, or better yet understood the beauty in my natural hair so I covered it up with society…aka a weave.

What made you decide to go natural?

I woke up one day and just thought to myself that I wanted to think I was beautiful and not rely on someone else’s affirmations. I never was a fan of a weave but because the world said it made me beautiful I believed it. I guess I just grew into who I truly was.

Did you big chop or transition?

I transitioned. When I stopped pressing my hair and wearing a weave I would wear a high bun often. Every few weeks I would find myself trimming any pieces of my hair that did not curl. My hair is still uneven to this day, but when your hair is healthy it being uneven is the least of your concerns, lol.



What was your families’ / friend’s reaction to you going natural?

Surprisingly coming from a family of women who wears weaves everyone embraced and loved my hair in its natural state. A think every women in my family tried to wear their hair natural hair at some point during my journey. My boyfriend was huge support in my transition. He would remind me how beautiful I was everyday and would actually encourage me to rock my high bun during my transitioning period.

What have you discovered about yourself and your hair since you've gone natural? Anything surprise you?

I had no idea I carried so much of my grandmother’s (she is Creole) genes when it came to my hair. Although it’s much thicker than hers my curls are super defined and manageable. I can get away with a water bottle and coconut oil any day. I love my hair so much now that I understand it. I have grown so much as a women. It takes courage and high self esteem to love things about your self that the masses don’t like or agree with. It’s been 15 months on my journey and I believe I learn something new about who I am everyday.

What would you say to someone that is considering going natural?

Go for it….if and only if you are being true to who you are. This isn't the latest trend. 




What are your hair goals for the next 6 months to year?

Now that my hair is at the healthiest state I can remember it ever being in I am going to challenge my self to retain 3 inches of length in the next 6 months. I’ll be posting my results on social media.

We always seem to hear of natural hair events across the rest of the country but it seems events have been slow to come to CA. How do you feel the Los Angeles natural hair scene is progressing?

Yaaaas! This is so true and one of the main reason my co-founder and I created the Curly Cartel. I honestly believe when Hollywood fully accepts Naturals so will all of California. 

What is the concept behind the Curly Cartel and how did you come up with it?

The Curly Cartel was created as a body of empowerment to encourage women to embrace their natural beauty. We challenge women to let go of the societal norms, allowing them to focus on their uniqueness, embracing their individuality.  We are building a community to be a dynamic force in supporting, growing and celebrating a natural lifestyle.

What are your current goals for the Curly Cartel?

Aside from the illustrious events, I hope to add a 501 c3 sector to the organization and start a mentoring program for younger women who are struggling with self acceptance and self esteem. There are so many reasons and ways society tells our youth they aren't beautiful, I feel it’s time for someone to tell them the opposite.




Where can we connect with you online?

I can be reached on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @MsJGray or my website www.iie-pr.com. I love to chat and connect so reach out! 



Thank you, Ms. JGray for the great interview! 
We're (meaning For the Love of Curls and Naturealessence) are back again with another giveaway to thank you, our subscribers for your loyal support! This giveaway will feature our Fall Favorites. I am loving a few things thus far for Fall and I wanted to share them with you so that you can enjoy them too.

My Fall favorites include shampoo, conditioner, hair milk and oil from the Eden Bodyworks Jojoba Monoi line and Blackberry Cotton Candy Artisan Soap, Honeyed Green Tea & Hibiscus Toning Moisturizer, Green Tea & Hibiscus Black Castor Oil, Hazelnut Latte Coffee Butter, Lavender Verbena Brightening Deodorant Creme from Cream and Coco.



Naturealessence Fall Favorites are bundled together and include:

Almond oil
 Rose Water
 Henna

&

For wash day:

Aunt Jackies Knot on my watch
Obia Natural's Shampoo Bar
Tresemme Naturals conditioner



BONUS ROUND!!! We are also hosting a giveaway on Instagram. Find us: @naturealessence & @4theloveofcurls to enter :)




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This week's Interview with a Curly features makeup artist and YouTube vlogger, Ckey Beauty.


How long have you been natural? 

I have been natural for over 18 years, but I started my healthy hair journey in September of 2011

What made you decide to go natural?

 I started my journey because I noticed how damaged my hair was from lack of maintenance especially during the time I wore weaves.

Did you big chop or transition? 

I transitioned, I never did the big chop





What was your families’ / friend’s reaction to you going natural? 

When I decided to no longer wear weaves and stay away from the flat iron so much, they most definitely doubted my commitment. I also received comments such as “ you look more glamorous and luxurious with your weaves, I have to get used to this”.

How do you feel about shrinkage since you were used to long flowing hair for long?

I HATE shrinkage with a passion lol

What have you discovered about yourself and your hair since you've gone natural? Anything surprise you?

 I have discovered that my hair isn’t as bad and hard to manage as I thought it was. My curls have most definitely surprised me, I didn’t know they were in there lol.



How did you get started making YouTube videos? 

I watched YouTube for over a year before I decided to get in front of the camera. I realized I learned so much about my hair and makeup through trial and error, as well as watching others. Therefore, I wanted to help people like I was helped. I just wanted to give back.

What would you say to someone that is considering going natural? 

Go for it, you may fall in love with your hair, but be consistent and take time to learn your hair. Also, be prepared because your hair is just that YOUR HAIR not any one else’s, so it may respond to products differently and that’s ok 

What are your hair goals for the next 6 months to year? 

I would love to be full bsl (bra strap length)

When did you fall in love with makeup and how long have you been a makeup artist? 

I fell in love with makeup in 2008 and I have been a professional makeup artist since about 2010. I got tired of trying to find a makeup artist every time I needed my face beat lol. I started purchasing products, watching videos, and practicing on friends and family and there you have it!



What are your current goals for your channel / blog? 

The goal for my channel is to Encourage, Educate, Engage, and Empower women. I want women to know that they are beautiful. I love makeup of course, but I want to unlock the inner beauty of all I come in contact with.



Where can we connect with you online? 

YouTube - www.youtube.com/ckey001 
Facebook - www.facebook.com/ckeybeauty 
Instagram - @ckey_beauty 
Twitter - @ckeybeauty


"I hope you enjoyed this interview as much as I did. If you have any questions for Ckey please comment below and be sure to check back every Friday for the next Interview with a Curly."


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