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HairCrush: Korrie Kelley

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Describe yourself in 100 words or less.
Hi! My name is Korrie Kelley from Korrie’s Korner, and I LOVE natural hair! I am a wife of 13 years to my childhood sweetheart, and we have two handsome sons ages 9 & 7. I absolutely love having a family. It doesn’t matter what we do, just as long as we are all together. Korrie Kelley

How long have you been natural and why did you chose to go natural?
I have been natural now for 2 years and 4 months. It is the best thing that I have ever done concerning my hair! My cousin did the BC, deciding to go natural, and watching her hair start to grow out inspired me. I let go of the creamy crack about a month later and never looked back:)

Did you transition or big chop?
I wasn’t as brave as my cousin, so I decided to transition. Korrie Kelley

How did others (family, friends, colleagues) react to your decision to go natural? What was your response to them? How do they feel now?
At first I didn’t get a lot of support, but thank goodness my husband, who had begged me for 10 years to go natural, was my biggest cheerleader!! He loves it! Of course my Mom and bestfriend were very supporting as well. Now, everyone loves it! I guess once people got over the shock of my non relaxed hair, they starting accepting it. I didn’t really care if they accepted it or not! I liked it and that’s all that mattered:)

What is/was your biggest hair challenge/obstacle and how have you dealt with it?
It used to be during the transition time growing out those relaxed ends. It was tough dealing with two different textures. The two different text. responded to humidity differently. Now my biggest obstacle is having the patience as my hair is growing longer..SHRINKAGE!!!

What do you love most about your natural hair and/or about being natural?
What I love now is how versatile my hair is. I can alot more things with it that I couldn’t do before. I feel like I am finally free to be me! I have this huge accessory that I can rock now!!!

What is your current regimen?
Here lately I have been doing a lot of experimenting for my page, but the majority of what I do right now are twist outs. I was the wash and go queen, but I started having trouble with my hair getting really knotted up. So I started the twist outs again to help with keeping the tangles out. I co-wash once a week with either Tresseme naturals or here recently I’ve been using the As I Am coconut cleansing co-wash.. I Love it! Then I apply my leave in either KCKnot Today, Shea moisture curl and style milk or the SM hair smoothie. As i am twisting, I’m sealing my ends with sweet almond oil. For my wash and go’s I love Kinky Curly products!!!PhotoGrid_1381601854342

What is the product “you cant live without”?
Conditioner…and I love the BeeMine coconut cream bee hold curling butter!

What is your “go to” style?
When my husband lets me get away with this style, (he loves it in a low, romantic looking ponytail), I love to wear a high pineapple with a swoop bang pinned back on the side. See picture of both ways.2013-09-21_08-40-58_862540693_602164296493867_1977857196_n

How often do you cut/trim your hair? How do you cut it (salon, DIY, straight, curly, in twists)? If you go to a salon, would you recommend it (if yes, please feel free to give the name and location to help other naturals in your area!).
I trim as needed, but usually it’s every 6 months. I trim my hair in twists. The Salon I use for my color is K Salon and Spa. My childhood friend works there and is awesome in coloring. She loves to play in my hair. She calls it her dream hair! IMG_1865

Do you have a “hair inspiration”? If so who?
I love Jess (Mahogany Curls). When I first went natural I watched tons of her videos. They really helped me learn a lot!

Where can we find you online?
Right now I am on Instagram @korrieskorner, and I also have a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Korries-Korner/591992204177743. I am in the process of getting a Youtube video up and down the road a blog.

What advice would you give someone who is contemplating going natural and/or becoming discouraged with their natural journey?
Go for it! Be patient and to give your hair lots of love. It’s not about whether or not you have “good” hair. We all have good hair! Everyone is different and that is what I love. Be unique. Embrace your “youness”.

Anything else that you’d like to add?
Thank you so much for asking me to do this! You are such a haircrush! It is an honor:)

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My Natural Hair Journey

My Natural Hair Journey

By The Naturalista Chronicles

I’ve been through some major ups and downs with my hair!  I’ve had my high points where I’d be swinging my hair like I was in a Pantene Pro-V commercial, and a few low points that brought me to tears. Yes – I was in tears after removing braids and ending up with a knotted mess.  Two of my Besties attempted to detangle my hair but it was a wrap.  I combed out 1/3 of my hair then reached for the scissors and chopped off the rest of the dreaded hair.  I cried for days after that fiasco!  (Ohhh the college memories…sigh) Whew!  Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s get down to the knitty gritty…

My hair’s been relaxed most of my life.  I got my first relaxer when I was about 10 and from that point on I dealt with a lot of chemical burn, some breakage and stunted growth.  I was a hands-on type of girl; I started relaxing and styling my own hair when I was a pre-teen.  I rocked it all – the bob, the short cut, the bangs, the asymmetrical cut and my all time favorite…the infamous duby wrap. (I still LOVE this style and it will always be one of my favs.)

So, let me make this clear for the Hair Police (they deep in these streets…LOL), I have no hang ups or issues with the creamy crack and those who choose to indulge in it! I see healthy beautiful relaxed hair daily.  Heck, when I was relaxed my hair was LAID, but it was not at its healthiest state and the continuous manipulation, heat and relaxing caused my hair to become extremely thin, weak and break a lot.  Because my hair was constantly breaking it would not grow past my shoulders – once it hit that point it would break and I’d have to cut it.

My relaxed hair…

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I was fed up with my relaxed hair.  I began researching the basics of how to achieve and maintain healthy hair.  I decided to start stretching my relaxers (relaxing my hair every 2-3 months rather than every 6 weeks), incorporating oils and moisturizer’s in my daily hair routine, deep conditioning my hair weekly and cutting back on the use of daily heat.  My hair began to thicken up considerably and its overall health definitely improved.  After a while I decided to cut out the relaxers all together and my hair was reaping major benefits.  At this point I was transitioning from relaxed to natural hair.  I transitioned for 16 months and wore my hair in buns, roller sets, flexi-rod sets and occasionally rocked a Dominican blowout.

My transitioning hair…

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In February of 2012 I had reached my limit with my transitioning hair.  Maintaining two different hair textures (several inches of new growth and several inches of relaxed hair) was becoming a little much and I was falling in love with the thickness and texture of my new growth.  I honestly could not recall my experiences with my natural hair texture as a child because it had been so long since I’d seen it!  I absolutely loved how thick, strong and coily my hair was.  The super thin, stringy, relaxed ends were not the bizness!  I pulled out my hair scissors and began chopping.

The end result…

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The experience was beyond liberating, but I immediately felt a sense of discomfort.  I was not used to rocking short, natural hair. Point.Blank.Period! I immediately went to work and began styling my hair and rocking my go to hairstyle…flexirods.  After much trial and error with hair products, styling techniques and hair care tricks I found a hair care regimen that works great for my natural hair.  I’ve seen major growth and the overall health of my hair has improved tremendously.  I also got a lot more comfortable with rocking my hair in its natural state – the kinks, curls and coils.  After all, it is what I was born with and meant to rock.  Why not learn it, love it and embrace it!

My natural hair…

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Now my motto is The Bigger The Better!  I am obsessed with big, healthy, natural hair.  I’m in the process of achieving that huge, curly, crazy, disrespectful fro! Lol

Ladies, ladies, ladies…Google and Youtube are your best friends when it comes to learning about YOUR hair.  What works for me and some other naturals may not work for you.  Be patient, consistent and prepared to have your good days and your bad days.  Your natural hair journey is what you make it!

Stay tuned for more natural hair posts about my hair care regimen, products, and style tutorials.

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Blog Guest: Kimberly Green!

Describe yourself in 100 words or less.
I’m a full time college student with a fluctuating budget, mood and regimen to boot 😀
How long have you been natural and why did you chose to go natural?
I’ve been natural for 13 months and 19 days (I BC’d on 3 September 2011). I decided to go natural mostly out of curiousity. I hadn’t seen my hair since I was 9, and I couldn’t remember the texture of it. I wondered if I could wear my hair without a relaxer, and what it’d look like. So I made it my 2011 New Year’s resolution. But, I didn’t know where to start, so I got a relaxer on 8 January 2011. However, I was doing research for a chemistry project, and one of the ingredients I looked up inadvertently led me to a natural hair website (TightlyCurly.com), and thus began my journey.

Did you transition or big chop?
I kind of did both. I planned to transition for two years, but after eight months, I was so frustrated with my texture that I just chopped it off. I had about 4-5 inches of hair stretched when I chopped.

How did others (family, friends, colleagues) react to your decision to go natural? What was your response to them? How do they feel now?
My mom was reluctant to let me do it, because she told me that I had “nappy” hair, needed a relaxer, and wouldn’t have hair that looked like a “mixed girl’s” hair. My friends thought I was crazy, my extended family thought that I was insane and teased me. The only support I had was my sister. I’m not a very (verbally) outspoken person most of the time, so I just kept quiet, cried myself to sleep some nights, and just continued to do what I needed to do. Now that I have some length, I’ve shut 99.99% of them up. My hair went from the middle of my hair to below collar bone length in a bit more than a year, and it looks healthy and is continuing to grow. Nobody thought that I would make it this far, and now most of them admire my hair. My friends do get annoying at times because they try to give me advice, but for the most part, I don’t receive flak for my decision any longer.

What is/was your biggest hair challenge/obstacle and how have you dealt with it?
My biggest hair challenge has been consistency! I have no problem keeping my hair clean, detangled, moisturised, etc. but keeping up a regular regimen is my problem! I have to wash weekly due to my scalp, but oftentimes I get so busy studying and doing other things that I don’t finish the rest of my regimen. It’s quite frustrating, but I’m working on it. The biggest obstacle has been my self-image. In the beginning days of me being natural, I was often discouraged because it seemed like people hated my hair and guys would ignore me. As I’ve grown and matured in the Lord (and in my hair journey), I’ve gained a better perspective of myself and my hair, and I notice less and less what people think about my curly tresses.

What do you love most about your natural hair and/or about being natural?
I love the flexibility! I can wear my hair curly, straight, picked out in a giant ‘fro, blown out, twisted out, braided out, henna’ed, dyed…any way I feel like! I didn’t have that freedom or luxury when I had relaxed hair. And I enjoy being able to walk in the rain with my hair out and not freaking out about the moisture 😀

What is your current regimen?
Ugh. This is what’s been kicking my butt. But, here’s what I’ve been doing for the past few weeks (this is only for fall and winter, btdubs. This would be way too oily for my hair in the spring and summer):
1) Pre-poo/DC overnight with Aussie Miraculously Smooth Conditioner, Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Deeeeep Moisturising Conditioner or (a recent favorite) Nubian Heritage EVOO & Moringa Repair & Extend Treatment Masque. Cover with plastic cap/bag. Rinse out thoroughly in the AM with warm water.
2) Cleanse scalp with Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk Shampoo or (a recent buy) Paula’s Choice All Over Hair & Body Shampoo. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
3) Condition & finger detangle with Herbal Essences Honey, I’m Strong Strengthening Conditioner (LOVE this!) or Suave Professionals Almond + Shea Butter Moisturising Conditioner (amazing slip!); rinse out with cool/cold water.
4) Moisturise with Nuance Raw Honey Color Protect Conditioner or Nubian Heritage Repair & Extend Detangling Leave-In Conditioner and seal with Nature’s Way Pure Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.
5) Install 35-50 two-strand twists, adding more Nuance and EVCO to each twist as needed.
That’s it! I’m doing the twists because I have very fine strands, and they do better when they’re protected instead of out in the dry autumn air. I stretch them at night by banding them, and in the morning, I either release them and go, or pull the back section into a little ponytail and do a pompadour or twist on the front. It’s very low maintenance, and perfect for me during the semester when I have limited style time in the mornings.

What is the product “you cant live without”?
My coconut oil! Specifically, the Nature’s Way brand because it’s extra creamy and actually smells like coconuts 😀 My hair loves coconut oil; I can use it as a prepoo, leave in, and styler (of sorts), and it just works wonders. It’s amazing!

What is your “go to” style (share a picture of it, if you have one!)?
Two-strand twists! I always seem to be wearing them and trying to find new ways to style them lol.
How often do you cut/trim your hair? How do you cut it (salon, DIY, straight, curly, in twists)? If you go to a salon, would you recommend it (if yes, please feel free to give the name and location to help other naturals in your area!).
I don’t make a habit of trimming my hair on the regular. I’ve only trimmed it once since my BC, and that was just to get rid of some ridiculously straight ends that looked suspiciously like my relaxed hair (they weren’t; the hair in that section just grew in less curly). I did it myself with a pair of trimming shears from Target.

Do you have a “hair inspiration”? If so who?
Lots of people! I love Shelli from Hairscapades, and some of my favorite YTers are: Naptural85, LongHairDontCareLLC, MahoganyCurls, HairCrush, waterlily716, gflowers02 and LongHairDontCare2011.

Where can we find you online?
I’m a pretty active user on the CurlyNikki forums; my username there is CurlyChemist94, and I have a blog there as well. I’m not on the magical FB or Twitter, unfortunately. I don’t currently have a YT account, but I will be starting one in 2013! It’ll be in Spanish; mostly because I haven’t found very many curly hair tutorials in that language. So stay tuned for that! 🙂

What advice would you give someone who is contemplating going natural and/or becoming discouraged with their natural journey?
To the contemplator: Relax! I cannot emphasize that enough. In the beginning, it’s so easy to become overwhelmed with all of the information being thrown at you and to become a PJ (product junkie) in the process. But take a deep breath, step away from the Google search button, and try not to obsess and stress over the coily, curly, kinky or wavy strands on your head 🙂 To the discouraged: Take a step back! Oftentimes we become discouraged when our wash days get too long, our hair isn’t behaving or looking the way we feel it ought to, or styles won’t come out right. Try going back to the basics (like the L.O.C./L.C.O. method) to keep your sanity 🙂

Anything else that you’d like to add?
I love your blog! Especially the daily devotionals; they’re so encouraging 🙂

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