Category Archives: Season 5

ReShonda My Natural Kynx

ReShonda My Natural Kynx

For Challenge 5, I had the pleasure of trying out products from the Hair Care line Kynx! What I love about this company’s products are that they contain natural ingredients and are specially formulated to care for Natural textures so that we can truly ROCK our hair in any form!

The products also contain Monoi de Tahiti oil which is proven to help soften, moisturize, strengthen, give great shine to and reconstruct dry hair. I used them to create a big, fluffy side puff that was amazingly soft and full of bounce! Each product has a “personality” and my job this challenge was to choose one of the muses to portray!

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Angela

Angela

Angela's Natural Hairstyle
Angela's Natural Hairstyle

The Harlem Renaissance always intrigued me while growing up. Since I am a lover of artistic expression it’s easy to see why. It all started in 1920 when many African Americans participated in the Great Migration from the south in search of greener pastures up north. Harlem, New York became the epicenter for many legendary leaders and prominent figures of our culture today. Who knew this time period would develop a stroke of genius in the music, art, theatre, and literary realm.

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From Frizz to (KUMBA)ya in 30 Minutes Flat

From Frizz to (KUMBA)ya in 30 Minutes Flat

From Frizz to (KUMBA)ya
From Frizz to (KUMBA)ya

As much as I like to look my best, I’m also a very low-maintenance girl. So when I was introduced to the Kumba Out style in this week’s challenge, I was excited to learn a style quick and easy enough for me to jazz things up on a regular basis.  I started out with freshly washed, dry, and typically frizzy hair. I then divided my locks into medium-sized sections and braided them to keep them separate. Following Mireille’s advice, I spread the Going Natural Curl Keeper throughout each section before tightly twirling my strands and tucking the ends into the base. The Curl Keeper made it easy to comb and smooth out each section.

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Jamaican Me Crazy For Mango and Lime!

Jamaican Me Crazy For Mango and Lime!

Natural Hair Updo by Jayme
Natural Hair Updo by Jayme

First of all, I would just like to thank the sponsors of this challenge, Jamaica Mango and Lime, for sending all of us such wonderful products. Wow! Before this competition, I had heard of this brand but never used their products. I thought that they were only for people with dreds. Boy was I wrong. I loved these products especially for my twists. Twists and twist outs have been some of my favorite natural styles to wear because they are so low maintenence and promote length retention.

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Challenge 8: Evolution of the Soul

Challenge 8: Evolution of the Soul

Natural Hairstyle by Farah
Natural Hairstyle by Farah

Image 1: Anxiously Awaiting

After realizing that I would be in America’s Next Natural Model 2013 I was ecstatic but also as I thought about the time commitment anxiety slowly set in. I was in Vermont, which to find photographers willing to help was going to be scarce, my mother who was neater and could of help with hairstyling was miles away, my boyfriend who is the biggest supporter of my natural hair journey and who would do anything he could to help if needed help me take pictures had left college for clinical. Finally to top it off being vice president for the Black Student Union had a great deal of responsibilities coming up because Black History Month and our signature Fashion Show would occur during the same weeks of the challenges.  Slowly I began to think, “What did I get myself into? Should I have waited until I had graduated? Will I honestly be able to handle this at the moment?”

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Kala – Fabulously Unique For Kynx!

Kala – Fabulously Unique For Kynx!

Unique: Being the only one of its kind; unlike anything else. One of my favorite quotes is: “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken”-Oscar Wilde. I embrace my unique qualities and take pride in them. Natural hair is unique. It’s different. It’s beautiful. For this challenge I used the Kynx Hair Care products to keep my braid out moisturized and looking fresh!

When given this challenge it was easy to pick the word that described me the best. I see myself as unique because I can’t imagine myself as an anyone else. In fact, I reject that concept all together. We are all unique in our own right. But some of us along the way seem to fall in line with the in-crowd, trying to talk, dress and embody each other.

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Lydia

Lydia

Lydia
Lydia

I began exploring my roots, which funny enough started at the exact time that I did my “big chop”…and I have NEVER gone back. 

This challenge speaks to my love of history, and most importantly to my love of hair-story.

I like to use my hair to help educate. I feel, that when people learn their story, they can start to build self-esteem and get a new perspective on life – including questioning and shifting their perception of hair and beauty.

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Jamaican Mango & Lime Styles and Vibes

Jamaican Mango & Lime Styles and Vibes

Natural Hair Flat Twists
Natural Hair Flat Twists

Jamaican Mango & Lime Company Background

This company truly inspires me.  Before the shoot, I watched a Jamaican Mango & Lime infomercial with company president Cyrus Jackson.  His message is so captivating. I love that the company is committed to the Jamaican community.  If we as a people are ever going to rebuild and revitalize our communities, we can’t keep relying on handouts.  We have got to support ourselves.  We need to invest in our communities.  We need to build our OWN businesses and WE need to support these businesses.  That’s what this company is about.  Not only does Jamaican Mango and Lime support the Jamaican community, but the Jamaican community embraces and supports the product also.  I really admire this company.  I put my heart and soul into this shoot and I hope that it shows.

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NOLA beads for SoulSeed Tees

NOLA beads for SoulSeed Tees

Natural Hair Lydia
Natural Hair Lydia

This is why wearing clothing that accurately portrays the power, beauty, and class of a Black woman is so important. We need to plant those seeds of identity that say ‘we are powerful, beautiful, strong, and valuable’ in our community to combat the lies that say ‘we are powerless, ugly, feeble, and worthless.’’ When our women conform to these outrageous lies, it perpetuates the cycle of violence, crime, miseducation, and poverty in our community. We can’t wait around for someone else to redirect our lost queens and kings tomorrow, we need to do it ourselves today.

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