Category Archives: Season 4

Natasha: Celebrating Culture

Natasha: Celebrating Culture

This week’s challenge involved the styling and modeling of a headwrap. My choice of wearing the headwrap resulted in the style that is pictured in each of my photos. The style displayed was accomplished by the covering of the head and twisting the excess material into a layered side bun. Although I have worn head wraps before, it is not something that I do often. This challenge actually causes me to want to change that.

I am really looking forward to exploring the avenue of hair and head accessories. In years past, I would wear them frequently. I remember a time, when I had a wrap in just about every color you could think of. I would limit myself to only wearing them when I felt that I was having one of those days, where my hair and I could not seem to get along. I am not really been the one to cover my head much. Part of that reasoning being that I’ve always though my head was small and that it would seem to overtake the size of my head. As we were told that we would be celebrating cultural through this challenge, I must say that there’s a unique feeling of beauty that I perceived from this week’s mission. I felt so strong and regal. I am now ready to further explore the avenue of hair and head accessories on a more consistent basis.

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Desyray – A great choice for soft locks

Desyray – A great choice for soft locks

desyray for Going Natural hair care ProductsI am a huge fan of conditioning. I feel that conditioning your hair is one of the most vital steps in hair care. Even though I have dread locks I still feel that I must condition my hair. Dread Locks are still suseptible to breakage just as loose hair is. I also like for my dreads to feel soft. I wash my dreads every two weeks to keep them both clean and healthy.

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Strong & Proud: The Maroon Women of Suriname

Strong & Proud: The Maroon Women of Suriname

When approaching this challenge I really thought about what it would be like to live in Suriname as a Maroon woman. To be completely honest I hadn’t previously been aware of Suriname and needed to do some research to learn about the Maroons there. After my research I was so moved by their struggle  and even more impressed by the Maroon women. The Maroons of Suriname are apart of the African Diaspora, descendants of enslaved Africans, so I felt a historical connection as an African-American. They fought and won their freedom from the Dutch in 1975, however the women still did not have many rights.

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Head wraps! Justyce Chavez

Head wraps! Justyce Chavez

Growing up as a young African American woman in today’s society has not being easy. From being made to feel inferior to others because of my darker skin tone and kinkier hair texture, to not being afforded the same opportunities as some of my peers because of where I come from. Thinking back to how far we as people have come since Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech just makes me want to continue striving to make a difference in the world by being proud of who I am and showing other African Americans that they too have something to be proud of. Dr. King was a very strong man and has left an everlasting impact on humanity.

Through daily struggles I know a lot of us take for granted the path activist like Rosa Parks, Dr. King and even Malcolm X has laid for us. Martin Luther King day means so much to me because it is a day to stop and realize how far we’ve come and how we need to continue to strive to make sure the work of those before us continues on. This is another reason I’m very thrilled about being apart of America’s Next Natural Hair Model to show everyone its okay to be proud of who they are.

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Chassity Maroon Woman Salute

Chassity Maroon Woman Salute

I Am Woman!

African American History Month coupled with this challenge provides us with the privilege of paying homage to some of our ancestors. The Maroon people are a triumphant and powerful people that have persevered, and still they rejoice and celebrate life. I can relate to their verve and appreciation of the gift of life.

My recent research has taught me that like the Maroon women of Suriname, my heart,and it’s ability to feel and emote what I am passionate about,is integral to my day to day. Passion when properly channeled,can fuel awesome efforts in ones life.

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Nefertiti on Challenge 2

Nefertiti on Challenge 2

In years past, I only relied on headwraps as a way to remedy an unfortunate hairdo.  But, once I began to look for more options to add to my protective styling repertoire, I realized that headwraps and turbans were so much more than a “last resort.”  Indeed, I now look to a wrap as one of my first resorts!  Friends and family can attest that I am officially obsessed with headwraps.

I love the way they look.  I love they way I feel, when I wear one.  And, I love how they really make me stand out in a crowd.  When I wear a wrap, I feel as though I am wearing a crown.  I experiment with the way I achieve my different styles of headwraps constantly, freestyling my way through, and allowing the scarf or fabric to tell me where it should go.  For this reason, my wraps never are– and never can be– exactly the same way twice (much to my own frustration when I really nail a great look, and don’t know how to recreate it).

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Natasha – A Tropical Twist

Natasha – A Tropical Twist

Natasha Housten for Going NaturalWith challenge 3, the style that I chose to display is the twisted knot set, with a tropical twist. Shorter hair can sometimes leave us feeling as though we have less options in styling diversity. This causes a need to be creative. With shorter hair, this is where hair accessories and creativity come into play. This is a style that even those of us with short hair can wear.

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ReShonda Parker on Challenge 2

ReShonda Parker on Challenge 2

For this challenge, i wanted to talk about Martin Luther King Jr., and what his life meant to me. To me, he represented so much more than a dream for equality and a call for brotherhood. He represented freedom and taught us that there were no limitations under God. He tried to teach us that it didn’t matter the color of our skin or our background, we are one in the same. He stood up for what he believed in and wasn’t afraid to speak his mind or encourage people of all nationalities to embrace each other.

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