Everyone’s submissions were wonderful, which made it very challenging to pick just one. My top 2 choices were Natasha S. Houston and Desyray Keizer. My vote goes to Natasha S. Houston. Natasha hit the nail on the head when she said, “When we have a damaged internal perception of ourselves, we are prone to endure painful external situations. This stems far beyond matters of just hair.” She also had some very uplifting, funny and a couple of hit-close-to-home photos that many can relate to. Great job Natasha!
This week’s challange was exciting for me because I am a Natural Hair Care Stylist, but I must say I was very disappointed. As beautiful and versatile as our natural hair is, I certainly thought I would see much more creativity with the styles. Every style that was done this week were basic styles that I see all the time….and don’t get me wrong there is nothing wrong with this, but this is a competition so basis is not good enough. This shoot was suppose to be about the hair style and I don’t think any of the models really captured that. With that said, the two styles that I thought were most creative was that of KALA and NEFERTITI. In the running is RESHONDA as well.
KALA – Your style was beautiful yet simple to accomplish. However, the instructions were not as detailed as they should have been. For example you mention how to do the three rolls/buns in the back but left out how to acheive the bump on the top. It would have been nice to see more angles of the style as well.
NEFERTITI – Your style was creative and the most original I’ve seen in the competition because you used your own hair as an accessory. However, I feel like I couldn’t really see the beauty of the style. And I didn’t see any instructions on how to accomplish that look.
RESHONDA – Although I didn’t think your style was very creative, your hair look fabulous. As beautiful as your hair looked just as it was, you definitely could have shown different ways to style it. Your instructions were detailed and easy to follow. Your photos were great and I thought they really captured the nature of this shoot.
My choice for winner is RESHONDA
My choice for elimination is JUSTYCE CHAVEZ
ReShonda– The green hat goes beautifully with your skin tone. Your hair is gorgeous! In regards to the photos with the hat, those images are substandard compared to the beads/shells necklace. I can see you TRIED to sell the hat but the lack of enthusiasm is clear in those photos especially the 1st and 4th photos and I’m distracted by the wrinkled outfit in photo #3. The necklace on the other hand, Yes I want it! I immediately thought of a scene Diana Ross did in Mahogany 😀 Like you said, it’s gorgeous.
Challenge 1 was a very hard challenge to portray pictorially. All of the models showcased healthy, beautiful hair and polished pictures. What sets the Next Natural Model apart is her ability to express the challenge through her pictures as well as through her words! With this challenge, I had 3 very quick top selections that I believe did a good job of showing the challenge and/or showcased polished pictures that I can see in a magazine spread. My advice to all the models is to really dig into the challenge, be creative in your approach and in your hair styling, and really think about the finished look! You must always showcase a polished and ready for the runway or the magazine spread look! Good luck ladies!
Top selection: My top selection for week 1 is
This was the hardest challenge to date. All the ladies brought their A game and definitely stepped it up for this challenge. All of the pictures showed creativity, individuality, and LOVELY natural textures! One thing that I would have liked from all of the ladies is a picture that showed them creating the style! Thinking in terms of a magazine article and how-to instructions, we need those in between shots to give us a gauge that we are doing it right! I was also missing pictures of the back of the hair. That lets me know what I can expect when doing it myself. Can I make it look like yours? Are the backs polished? This would help me to know if I can achieve this look on my own at home using the tutorial!
My top choice this week is Natasha: Natasha gave great instructions, and showed how you can be creative with short hair. She thought about the finished look with accessories and makeup that was FLAWLESS.
Although I think both Natasha and Jalita captured this challenge with their photos, my choice winner for Challenge 1 is Carlie M! Although her photos were not as creative, I think she really captured the essence of what it really means to go and stay natural when she said “The only difference is I now love my hair. It would appear that my love and self confidence are what people are reacting to and mirroring. If you walk around ashamed of your hair, people will mirror your self-doubt. If you wear it proud and love it, they will shower you with love and positive reaction. The main ingredient is YOU.” And she has NO chemicals in her hair, ie relaxer, color, etc. I often get asked as a professional natural hair care stylist;
My picks for this week were ReShonda and Chassity. My pick for elimination was Justyce.
Chassity- All of your shots were beautiful. Loved the hair, makeup, clothes.
Reshonda- There wasn’t a shot that I didn’t love. I loved the vibrant colors you wore in both clothing and make up. Great job! I wish you’d been a little more detailed with your instructions (for example, how many twists did you put in?)
Carlie- I love how you always seem to throw something unique into the mix. The picture where you were picking the products off the tree was great. However, I so wish you would’ve picked a flower that was visible in your hair.
Jalita- I like the colors you chose and I like the creative style, but I couldn’t see it as well as I liked. I also don’t feel that your instructions were very clear.
Kala – Very chic style and lovely makeup and color choices. The instructions had me lost, however.
Natasha-I liked the feel of your photos, your hairstyle, instructions, and color choices. I do think there was too many bushes/plants in your backgrounds. They overpowered you.
Nefertiti- Your style was definitely among the most creative and your instructions very detailed. You were also good about showing different angles of the style. I do think you also had too many bushes/plants in the background. It was hard for me to focus on you. But your pictures gave me an earthy, natural feel.
Justyce- The style you showcased was ok, but I didn’t like really the accessories you chose. I don’t think the lei complimented the style very well at all.
Desyray- You’re a beautiful woman and your locs looked lovely but I don’t think this camera/lighting really reflected that fully. I also think that you might’ve gotten a little more creative with your styling. Curly locs are a nice style but I would’ve loved to see you go a step further with them.