Category Archives: Season 5

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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Jalitia – Fierce!!

Jalitia – Fierce!!

As a young girl my mother always reminded me that I was beautiful and that any moment in front of the camera was my time to shine. I was taught to look and feel my best whether it was for a family photo or school photo. When I was little, I remember her helping me rehearse my smile for picture day. She would say, “Look directly at the camera and put your tongue behind your teeth when you smile!” As I practiced different smiles I could hear her in the background cheering “Go girl! You got it”. At that age, I was not familiar with the word “fierce” but that is what I felt in front of the camera when I got to school.

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Lydia’s Kumba Out Hairstyle

Lydia’s Kumba Out Hairstyle

Kumba Out Natural hairstyle by Lydia Onimo
Kumba Out Natural hairstyle by Lydia Onimo

My Approach

I’m thrilled to learn about a new hairstyle. I went natural and 2009, but the majority of the time I wore tracks, braids, and twists because I didn’t know what to do with my hair! This competition is challenging me to create new hairstyle and also teaching me about them. I am loving every minute of it!

Going natural wasn’t too tough of a decision for me because I didn’t have much of a choice. I was on my way to China for a couple months to do a public health research project for my school and would have no access to a beautician. I damaged my hair the last time I permed it myself so I decided to use my journey to China as a new beginning. I started out with kinky twist extensions and then transitioned into tracks. I wore my hair in cornrows a couple of times, but I never fully embraced its beauty. It wasn’t until I began researching how to care for and style my natural tresses on sites such as going-natural.com that I began to fully embrace the unique and profound beauty of natural hair.

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“Don’t worry about a thing…”

“Don’t worry about a thing…”

Comb-Twists by Angela
Comb-Twists by Angela

Every little thing is gonna be all right with Jamaican Mango & Lime. Picture yourself wanting to go to a natural hairstylist but you don’t have the time or a lot of money. Therefore you decide to try Jamaican Mango & Lime to get the job done yourself. Don’t worry. I am a witness that you can do it and your hair will be clean, healthy, and beautiful. Below I will share my thoughts on some of the products I used.

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Farah about ANNM video

Farah about ANNM video

Natural Hairstyle by Farah
Natural Hairstyle by Farah

“Evolution of Farah” Photographer:

I was a member of the going-natural.com because I wanted to know other naturals, learn from their experiences, hair journeys and the tips and tricks that they could give me to help me with my own journey. Looking through the website I saw America’s Next Natural Model, and intrigued I clicked on the link and looked at all the model’s beautiful pictures showcasing the various challenges. Unfortunately I had missed the deadline twice, and I was extremely determined to get into the next round!

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