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My 'fro has grown this year! The last photo is a blowout from this past summer. I haven’t done a blowout since, but I know my hair is even larger!


January 17, 2011 was my afro’s first birthday, folks! To celebrate, I made a video to explain why I went natural and why I make natural hair YouTube videos. I also feel it’s not enough to simply go natural. You've got to pay attention to your hair and learn something! Below is a list of things I learned my first year natural.

1. I need a “detangling my hair” playlist. Musiq Soulchild just seems to make the comb glide through my hair, and it seems like my coils like Bilal better than any conditioner.

2. Aloe vera does nothing to my hair that water can't as a spritz. But it is good to mix with leave-in conditioner and a bit of oil. When I want to stretch my hair just for the purpose of pinning it up, that mixture works great on twists. Mmm, fluffy.

3. I have relatively thin and fine hair, naturally. Thin, as in the number of hairs on my head is less than average and fine, as in the diameter or width of a strand of hair is smaller than average.

4. Because of #3, I CAN’T rock mini twists. It just can't be done.

5. Being natural taught me to love myself, so #4 doesn't phase me; I can move on to different protective styles.

6. Oyin handmade is one of the most amazing hair care companies out there. So is Kinky Curly.

7. I am extremely comfortable with my shrinkage and LOVE to wear regular afros or wash n' goes (the legit ones, like just washing and GOING, not 1 hour spent defining your curls). While I love my shrunken hair, it was easy to neglect it and not keep it properly detangled. That led to split ends, and ultimately cutting some hair again. I'm rocking stretched out hair now and re-twisting every night. Honestly, I resisted it. I didn't want to put in the work.

8. Strangers will go out of their way to compliment your hair. Especially people who realize the importance and beauty of what you did. A white woman with biracial kids complimented my twist out. A white chick with locs said she loved my hair. A black dude with a picked out 'fro wanted tips on how to wash it. These were all strangers on the city bus.

9. Coconut oil is God's gift to afro textured hair. I feel like it was made specifically for me or something. This stuff is the TRUTH.

10. Growing your edges back takes a really, really, REALLY long time.

The most important thing I discovered this past year is that I am never going back to permanently straightened hair. This is me. One year natural. Here's to the rest of my life!

WHAT DID YOU LEARN YOUR FIRST YEAR NATURAL?

TwistTwist

See how my two strand twists have grown?


HennaHenna

My natural hair loves henna. In the light it looks purple, burgundy, or maroon. Henna provides a very rich color on dark hair and also ups the shine and strength of my hair!


Check out my video celebration!

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Hilarious! Girl me too... no one told me about this site until 2008....I was natural since 2007, imagine my chagrin, trial and error and bad hair days. Loving your videos... your spirit is so friendly. Keep vlogging. You were born to do it.
I love your video. I am about a year and half natural and I am just beginning to fall in love with my kinks. Thank you!
Your hair look wonderful. You're great inspo.. :)
Elevyn thanks for the great tips!! You're so personal, lovable, funny, and informative all at the same time!! I can't rock two strand twist either my hair looks a mess, but buns i am defnitely starting to love!! Thanks for all your tips I love cocnut oil too :), Nona Rose
Real Talk, I really believe that your personality on these videos, coupled with the great tips and overall halarious-ness, is a breath of fresh air! You should definitely audition for the vlogger competition if you haven't already! I know a slew of ladys (nappy or not) would appreciate it! God bless!! ~wonderfully
I LOVE your video!! I agree with EVERYTHING you said, except....that there are black girls out there with straight hair. Several of my friends with 2 black parents have straight hair...One of the results of what happened in America back in the day when slaves mixed with (or were raped by) white slave masters. Black people come in all different hair textures! :-) On the side note, I think I need to try coconut oil!!!
I totally agree with you on #9! Lol.

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