As NaturallyCurly celebrates our 15th Anniversary we're reflecting on all of the special curly women that we've met along the way. Karen Tappin was a high school history teacher when she began experimenting with natural ingredients and solutions for her personal hair needs. This hobby grew into a full fledged enterprise that has helped many of our readers out in going natural. Karen has worked tirelessly to eliminate the myths and spread the truth about natural hair with the community, and today she's sharing her top five reasons to go natural!

Karen Tappin: Working with a powerhouse like has been an amazing experience because of the care and support shown to the natural community. It's a one-stop shop for all things textured hair, including education, videos, reviews and message boards with a super fun and positive vibe. At Karen's Body Beautiful, WE LOVE the love NaturallyCurly gives to naturalistas, because it helps them learn more about their hair and how to use our products more effectively. The exposure we've received through NaturallyCurly's bloggers has been invaluable, and it's wonderful to work with the NC team, as they understand this market in a genuine way. They live curly hair, so long live NaturallyCurly!
  1. Reunion

    When you go natural, you get to see your real hair for the first time in a long time. What's that you see peeking through? Your natural tresses, not somebody else's. And, they're gorgeous!

  2. Anti-Aging

    Natural hair makes you look youthful. How many celebrities have you viewed in magazines and online who went natural and look vibrant and more youthful? All of them! Check out photos of Viola Davis, Nicole Ari Parker, Corinne Bailey Rae, Esperanza Spalding and Solange Knowles. They possess a beauty that's all their own. These ladies radiate.

  3. Flexibility

    Natural hair means flexibility. You want to change up your look? Opt for a braided updo or twistout. You're not stuck with one style. Your hair can match the season, an event, your wardrobe or mood.

  4. Community

    You get to join a community of amazing natural women who care about health, wellness and individuality! What a support system we naturalistas have. You can interact with your curl friends by attending a meetup, show or event, asking a question on the NaturallyCurly.commessage board or watching a styling tutorial video from your favorite vlogger.

  5. Pride 

    By wearing your hair natural you let people know that you're proud of who are you, and you won't conform to one single standard of beauty. You're saying, "This is me, and I'm beautiful just as I am. This is beautiful."