Rockin Naturals You May Not Know But Should: Bretagne
As I was born in a region called Bretagne (Brittany in english), in France, known for its celtic culture and its dialect which still be teached at school, my mother decided to give me a breton name: Nolwenn. Today, I’m 18 and I still live in this region, in the city of Rennes more preciesly but I spend a lot of time in Paris due to the fact that my model agency is based over there. I started to work as a model not so long ago, I have a lot of things to learn but I really want to evolve in this field and inspire the world of fashion to love and exploit black hair (and features) to its full potential. Yet, my main goal is to succeed at university; I study psychology in order to become a searcher. Searchers’ working conditions are not that nice in France compared to the USA so I will probably move, but later since I got a long way to go ! I have been natural for 17 months (since september 2013), and my hair is now completely healthy !
What or Who inspired you to go natural? Did you bc or transition?
I used to straighten my hair every single day. Yes, EVERY SINGLE DAY. My hair was completely fried due to heat damage, obviously. But, I was concentrated on length instead of health so I didn’t care since my hair was really long. One day, I was with my mother looking at old photos. My mother used to take care of my hair really well and she wanted so bad to make me embrace my curls. I saw a photo, I was 7 or 8 I can’t remember exactly, where my hair was so long, curly and healthy. I realised the disaster right afterward ! On top of that, I was getting addicted to Instagram and there were so much beautiful girls rocking their natural hair (the first one I saw was SunKissAlba, then Taren Guy there were also Aisha Thalia but I can’t list them all since there are so many curly-haired beauties !) and it was so inspiring ! I wished I had their hair and after having cogitate I asked myself “Why not me?”. First, I was scared of cutting my hair because I was so used to my long hair, so I decided to transition. It was working but it seemed to take so much time and, to be honest, I am not patient at all ! Months later, I took a pair of scissors and I cut my hair. Then, I layered them myself. My curls were popping like crazy suddenly ! All I had to do was getting rid of my ends which were burned ! This was the best decision EVER.
What are your current hair goals?
Concerning my goals, since my hair is healthy, all I want is to keep it healthy but also I want it to grow ! I wish my hair could grow back to its original length (waist length) for the end of 2015.
Top 3 products and prices.
(The currency is euro, I didn’t put the equivalent in USD because I’m not sure if it’s the same price)
1) Jessicurl – Too shea! Extra Moisturizing Conditioner – 21€ : I use it to co-wash but also as a leave-in conditioner. My hair appreciates this stuff so much ! You have 3 options with Jessicurl products : the natural scent of the product, the fragrance “Island Fantasy” or “Citrus Lavender”. I chose Island Fantasy and it smells so good that I want to eat it so bad ! I can’t get enough of this conditioner, my hair is well moisturized and super soft. My curls are in love !
2) ORS – Hair Mayonnaise – 8€ : MY LIFE SAVIOUR. When I began to transition, this is the first thing I put on my head litteraly. I was using this mask once a week and it was really helpful. Now, I don’t use it anymore, I make my own protein hair mask but I think I will start reusing it.
3) Les Secrets De Loly – Shampoing Sunshine Red – 14€ : My favourite shampoo, for the moment. Les Secrets De Loly is a french brand dedicated to curly hair. In France, we don’t have a lot of brands which target afro hair, therefore we buy products from USA. These are handmade products with organic ingredients, and curly-haired girls enjoy this ! This shampoo leave my hair so soft, when it’s combined with my favourite conditioner my curls are so moisturized that sometimes I don’t even put leave-in afterward (sometimes, I’m not that crazy).
Is there a product you have used that you would NEVER use again? Why?
All the products I used since my transition were good. I have bought quite popular and liked products because I’m scared of wasting my money to end up with really bad results !
Do you have a favorite go to hairstyle?
Yes I do ! I love rocking an old wash-and-go, like 3-4 day-old, because I love when my afro is huge and my curls not that defined ! I can’t wait to have longer hair and having an even more fro !
How do you protect you hair at night?
I wrap a satin scarf around the back of my head and tie it at my forehead. Then, I add a headband to prevent my scarf from slipping because I move a lot when I sleep !
Do you have a name for your hair or If you had to give your hair a name what would it be?
My hair doesn’t have a name but I should since I treat my curls like my babies ! I think I would name it Savannah. It’s a really pretty name and it does a direct reference to the fact that I love my hair WILD !
If your hair is colored what do you use to do so?
I have never colored my hair, I’m really scared of this kind of process but, at the same time, I want to experience something new. Your articles with your multiple colors are making me thinking of coloring my hair even more !
Sum up your natural hair journey in three words.
Patience, confidence and self-awareness.
Any advice to the natural newbies?
First of all, you have to be prepared mentally. Becoming (or going back) natural doesn’t deal only with hair. It includes a major physical changing. It means that it influences your physical identity; the way you appear to the world. We live in a materialistic society where every single behavior is dictated. Unfortunately, having different hair than what is supposed to be “normal” is considered as being in the margin of society, literally. But, I think that thanks to the time and the fact that more and more people are embracing their natural beauty, it will change. Then, before starting anything learn about your hair. You need to know what you have on your head, you need to know what is the issue before trying something that could make it worse ! Thanks to the Internet, you can learn everything in 5 minutes. If you are prepared mentally and if you know your hair, you are ready for your journey !
What is your favorite compliment you have ever been given on your hair?
One day, I was going back home after school and an old lady came to me and told me that I had the most beautiful hair she ever seen in her whole life. It was so adorable, I didn’t know her at all, she was a complete stranger for me and she took her time to ask me some questions about my hair.
If you could tell your younger self NOW something about your natural hair THEN what would that be?
If only I could! I would tell myself that I should embrace my natural hair, that I should enjoy having something different because it creates diversity and diversity is what makes the humankind so beautiful !
Do you have a favorite YouTube Vlogger?
I don’t have an ultimate favorite Youtube Vlogger. There are so many inspiring girls ! But, I have a little preference for Naptural85 because she is the first Natural Vlogger I watched when I started to think about going back natural and I learned A LOT, almost everything, through her videos.
Finish this sentence:
I Rock My Natural because I’M A LIONESS !
Keep Rockin Bretagne!!
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