Natural Rockers You May Not Know But Should: Courtney
My name is Courtney! I am 25 years young, a full time graduate student at Adelphi University and entrepreneur. I’m originally from Staten Island, NY but now reside in Long Island, NY. I have been natural for a little over a year and half. Shortly after I began my natural hair journey I started a YouTube channel to share and document it with others. Curls and Couture eventually developed into my brand, my baby. It grew into a platform where I could not only share my journey but also inspire, encourage and advise women regarding their natural hair, health and beauty.
What or Who inspired you to go natural? Did you bc or transition?
My decision to go natural was two fold. I wanted to go natural when I was in college but the water was hard and I wasn’t able to properly care for my hair. I thought it would be best to transition under healthier conditions to avoid breakage. After I graduated I cut and highlighted my hair. I was absolutely terrified to relax my hair with the highlights because I didn’t want it to break. My best friend basically gave me the nudge to start transitioning. I relaxed my hair one more time and then got a sew-in. Before I knew it I had been transitioning for 6 months and decided I would never relax my hair again.
Top three products and prices.
This is so hard because I use so many products but to style or do a wash and go definitely Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie ($10), Olive Oil Ecostyler gel ($5) and Mixed Chicks Leave In Conditioner ($20)
Fave go to hairstyle.
My Trusty Two strand twistout!!
If you had to give your hair a name what would it be?
I’ve thought about this before, I’m not sure but Sasha always comes to mind.
Have you ever tried hair shadowing? Deep Conditioning Color? Splat washables?
I haven’t tried on my own natural hair but on wigs that I have made yes. And I want to try hair shadowing I just don’t know how it will look with my dark roots and blonde hair.
Sum up your natural hair journey in three words
Beautiful learning experience
Any advice to the natural newbies?
Before anything love what you were blessed with and be patient. Be patient with your hair, your journey and yourself. Regardless of if you transition or big chop, each stage is different and requires your patience. You have to learn your hair. Please don’t ever be envious of anyone else’s texture or length. Love what you have and remember that is your crown.
What was favorite compliment someone has ever given you on your hair?
Someone once told me my hair was luxurious. I’ve never gotten that before, it was really sweet and such a great word.
If you could only watch one natural hair vlogger on youtube who would it be? why?
Naptural85! She’s like my natural hair godmom and doesn’t know it haha. She is the very first vlogger I started watched when I began my journey. She uses a lot of natural, homemade products, which I love and if I wasn’t a lazy natural would do the same more often. Many of the techniques and homemade products I use I’ve learned from her and adapted to my own hair. She’s also inspired me to do my own research and to find out not only what is best for my hair but products that are helpful for maintaining healthy hair in general.
Finish this sentence:
I Rock My Natural because it’s fierce!
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