February Ipsy Glam Bag


I hate to call people out but sometimes they persuade you to do things you wouldn't have done without their influence. So yes, I was lured into signing up for the Ipsy Glam Bag by my curlfriend NaturallyCurlyQ. In person and in her videos she kept raving about how much she loved her monthly Ipsy subscription so I had no choice but to sign up!

The Ipsy Glam Bag is the creation of YouTube mega video creator Michelle Phan. For just $10 a month (which includes shipping) you receive 4 - 5 deluxe sample beauty products in a collectible bag mailed to you. If after trying the products you want to order full size products discount codes are provided. With that said this is the first month I have received a bag and here's my February Ipsy Glam Bag reveal...

  


Charmaine Daudu known to her fans as Charmsie is another natural hair cutie I found on Instagram. Her natural hair journey is unique because she has been natural all her life but has just started appreciating her lovely curls in the last couple of years. Enjoy her natural hair journey below!



How long have you been natural? 

I have been natural all of my life, however, I didn't always know my true texture because I used the wrong products for my hair and I tied my hair back or over processed it with hair dye and straightening for many years. I would say the last 2 years have been a transition to knowing my true texture and how to really rock and appreciate my curls.

Did you big chop or transition? 

I cut most of my hair off about a year and a half ago. I picked up some scissors one night and cut off a lot of my bleached blonde hair and started re-growing healthier hair.

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

I have decided to grow my hair out. I always tend to keep my hair slightly shorter than my shoulders so I want to actually grow it out to see if I like it long. I told myself if I grow it out and decide it's not for me, I will probably keep it shoulder length or shorter for good!

What kind of videos can we expect to find on your YouTube channel? 

I have a variety of videos from hair care to fashion and beauty and a bit of life advice in between!



This week's interviewee LaToya Codner is affectionately known to her YouTube fans as Toyaboo. I've been a subscriber to her channel for a few years and I had the pleasure of meeting her at her recent LA meetup when she moved to California. I hope you enjoy her natural hair journey as much as I did!


How long have you been natural? 

I’ve been natural for a little over 3 years.

What made you decide to go natural?

It bothered me that myself and so many others around me had so much shame about our hair texture.  When I was in high school I wore hazel contacts and told everyone that it was my real eye color.  After a while I realized I was beginning to think I was only attractive with them on. That was the day I took them out and showed the whole school my real eye color. Brown. I made a promise to myself that I would never do that again.  Once I realized I was doing the same thing with my hair, the relaxer had to go.

How long did you transition or big chop?

I transitioned for 8 months and then big chopped.  The big chop was my favorite part of my journey so far.

Relaxed and Big Chop

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

Oh my goodness. My mother was worried about my career and my ex boyfriend was worried about my attractiveness, but my friends were encouraging.  They could care less if I had straight hair or not. 

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

Going natural has helped me pin point my strength.  I’ve had a lot of success and blessings in my adult life, but most of those successes came only after someone ELSE believed in me. Someone else told me to do something or try something “out of the box.” Going natural was my own decision. It was one of the first things I ever did without getting approval from someone else.  I swear, after I chopped off my relaxer, I thought, “That wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Okay, what’s next?” It was almost as if going natural was an initiation into real womanhood for me.  Since then, I’ve only gotten better at making decisions for myself and following my gut. In this sense, it has actually brought me closer to God.  That was a surprise. It made me aware that if I keep my faith, I can achieve anything.  Even if it all started with my hair.

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

Go for it. Relaxers and flat irons will always be there should you want to return.  My guess is if you give being natural a true shot, you’ll fall in love.  I’ve found a whole new appreciation for my hair and face. Yes, my FACE! If you end up in the type 4 hair category like me, there will be no hair hanging in your face to hide under. It shrinks and grows toward the sky! My hair has built my confidence and has helped me figure out what truly matters to me.  It has changed my perception of beauty as well as others. Now THAT’S power. It’s okay to be afraid, I was. But fear is just a bunch of “what ifs”. So, just do it already!

You recently moved to California. What prompted the move? How’s LA treating you?

Yes, I just moved from Chicago! I came here to continue pursuing acting. Most of my work has been on stage and I want to break into film acting. What better place than Los Angeles, right?! So far LA has been very good to me. I’ve gotten a chance to meet some really good people out here so far. I know LA has a bad reputation for “fake people”, but you can find that anywhere. I choose to stay positive and surround myself with people whom I click with.  I’m loving it so far.



How did you get started making YouTube videos?

Up until 2009 I simply used Youtube to watch music videos. One day I was searching for a Rihanna video and a makeup tutorial by Kandee Johnson popped up. I was hooked!  At the time I was in Graduate school in South Carolina, so the internet was my escape from work. One day, I decided to flick on my webcam and…here we are today.

What kind of videos can we expect to find on your channel?

On ToyabooTresses I do a lot of natural hair tutorials with sprinkles of makeup and fashion. On ToyabooView I focus on vlogging my adventures as an actress and fitness.

What are your current goals for your channel / blog? 

This is easy. My goal for my channel hasn’t ever changed. I hope to continue to inspired other women and men let go of negative inhibitions that tell us that we aren’t enough. Inhibitions that stop us from striving for the greatness that lies inside of us. We are a phenomenal race that can do just about anything our hearts desire.  A person’s purpose is not a secret, we were all born with deep rooted desires—going after them is part of your purpose! Whether through hair, makeup, or sharing my life, I hope that that message is clear. I do what I do with joy because I believe I’m living in my purpose. My goal is to continue to grow my channel and spread my message.




When you’re not making YouTube videos what can we find you doing?

Acting! Working on monologues, auditions, or in a class.  If I’m not working on my craft directly, you can find me learning from other actors on stage, online, or in the movie theater.  Then there’s eating. I love to eat!



Where can we connect with you online?

You can find me on either one of my Youtube channels. “ToyabooTresses” is where I talk about hair, makeup, and fashion and “ToyabooView” takes you on a more intimate journey of my life. I also keep everyone posted on Instagram: @MsToyaboo and www.MsToyaboo.com.




Feel free to leave any questions or comments for LaToya below.







Kelsey Janae, Lifewithcoco2


This week we welcome Kelsey Janae also known as Lifewithcoco2 to our interview couch. I came across Kelsey and her beautiful curls on Instagram and I knew I had to ask her to share her natural hair journey.


How long have you been natural?

I have been natural for 3.5 years, since February 2010.

What made you decide to go natural?

I decided to go natural because I was inspired by two gorgeous natural ladies, Bre Scullark from ANTM and actress/singer Teyana Taylor. I wanted to have huge hair just like them because I just though it was just so gorgeous!

How long did you transition or big chop?

I transitioned for four months and then big chopped. 



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

My mom hated my short hair. She couldn't understand why in the world I would cut off all my hair. My dad seemed supportive but I later found out that he thought I had lost my mind and was going through something lol. All of my friends loved it and thought I was so bold for doing it and a lot of them say that I inspired them to go natural!

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

I haven't really discovered anything special since going natural I just finally feel like me! 

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

My goals for my hair are to keep it healthy and to grow it at least 6 more inches. 



What are your best tips for a new natural?

My best tips for a new natural is to love your hair and not get caught up in someone else's hair. Its great to admire and be inspired but make sure that it doesn't alter how you feel about yourself.

How did you get started making YouTube videos?

I just decided to start because I was starting to get asked a lot of questions about my hair and wanted to have videos for people to watch to answer all their questions when I'm not able to. 

Your YT and IG accounts are LifewithCoco2. Is Coco your alter ego? Lol

LOL no Coco isn't my alter ego. Coco is just a nickname that I've had since high school.



What kind of videos can we expect to find on your channel?

I have so much planned this year for my channel. I will definitely be doing more hair and beauty videos but I'm also thinking about doing though provoking videos. I want to have a variety of content on my channel.

What are your current goals for your channel?

I want my channel to just be able to help as many people as possible whether its hair and beauty tips or inspiration.

When you’re not making YouTube videos or sharing pics on Instagram what can we find you doing?

I am in my last year of college, I write for a natural hair magazine called Txture that will be launching in fall 2014, I work for a Media and Entertainment company called Dynst as their Director of Beauty and Wellness. I'm in the process of writing a book and I'm also pursuing modeling and acting, so I have a lot on my plate.

Where can we connect with you online?




You can find me :

IG - Instagram.com/lifewithcoco2
YT - Youtube.com/lifewithcoco2 
Twitter - Twitter.com/lifewithcoco2
Blog - Lifewithcoco.tumblr.com



On a whim last week I decided to finger coil my hair. I had never successfully done it myself and my last attempt was almost two years ago. Even with my limited success I still decided to give it another try especially after being influenced by the beautiful results of Mahogany Curls

The results of my efforts are above. It took a little over two hours as my hair is high porosity so it tends to dry very quickly and for some reason my hair likes to unravel in the middle of the coil so I had to redo a few coils. I used Jane Carter Curl Defining Cream, Wrap and Roll Mousse and Nourish and Shine Shea Butter to mix achieve this look.

Even though my hair looked nothing like Mahogany Curls I was happy with the results. The coils lasted four days. Before trying them again though I will try finding someone on YouTube with my texture to see how they do their finger coils.


Have you had a successful finger coil?


Kyma, OneUniqueTrueLady
This week my curlfriend Kyma Monai, also know as OneUniqueTrueLady, stopped by to chat about her natural hair journey. She is a YouTube content creator and a Memphis, TN to California transplant who is enjoying life in the sunshine state.


How long have you been natural?

It will be 4 years on February 17th.

What made you decide to go natural?

I decided to go natural because my hair was badly damaged from experimenting with color. This is also around the time that I got inspired by other YouTubers who were making educational videos about natural hair and healthy hair care.

Did you transition or big chop?

I did the big chop, twice. The first time that I went natural was July 2009, which only lasted about 3 months because I decided to experiment with texturizers.




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

My parents could not understand why I cut all of my hair off. They were always use to me having long hair, so it was a bit of a shock to them. Some of my friends liked it and some of them questioned why would I decide to go natural (mainly my guy friends).

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

I have discovered that I am getting more into jewelry statement pieces. When I wear my hair out, I like to play around with hair accessories and jewelry. I also discovered that my hair loves water and oils. 

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

Go for it! You will thank yourself later! There is so much versatility with natural hair! ;-)




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

My hair goals for the next 6 months are to combat my breakage. I’ve noticed some breakage in the front and back of my head that I would like to get under control. I’m also working on retaining length by practicing a strict hair regimen.

How did you get started making YouTube videos?

I got inspired by other YouTubers on their natural hair journey and I wanted to document my journey to share with the world. My first video was about me preparing to do my 2nd big chop on camera.




What kind of videos can we expect to find on your channel?

You will mostly find videos dealing with hair care and hairstyle tutorials for natural hair. You will also find fashion, beauty and health videos.



What are your current goals for your channel?

My current goals for my channel are to grow my channel to its full potential. There will be something for everyone on my channel. I want to be able to help others as much as I can by sharing knowledge, creating tutorials, and inspiring others on their journey.

When you are not making videos what can we find you doing?

I’m still exploring Los Angeles after living here for over 3 years. I told myself that I will do more fun things and really enjoy the city this year. I’m also working on jewelry pieces for my jewelry line that will debut this year, so stay tuned! 

Where are you originally from and how are you enjoying CA?

I’m originally from Memphis, TN. Moving to California was one of the best decisions that I have ever made. This is the land of opportunity, for sure! I love it here!



Where can we connect with you online?

You can connect with me anytime through these social media sites:

YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/OneUniqueTrulady

Facebook: www.facebook.com/OneUniqueTruLady

Instagram: instagram.com/oneuniquetrulady

Twitter: twitter.com/1UniqueTruLady




If you have any questions or comments for Kyma please leave them in the comment box below.


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