Rockin Naturals You May Not Know But Should: Catherine

Introduction

My name is Catherine Labiran and I am 20 years old. I am Nigerian, I have grown up in England and I recently moved to the United States to study at Emory University. I am currently an Undergraduate student majoring in Psychology. I am also a writer and Spoken Word Artist. I have been natural for the last three years.
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What or Who inspired you to go natural? Did you bc or transition?
When I permed my hair, I immediately disliked it. Most people, until this day, still do not know that I permed my hair. The second I did it, I hid it in braids and let all the permed ends fall off as time went on. I figured that I would naturally let my hair transition back. It was a scary experience, I literally watched my hair fall off. However,  when I looked in the mirror with permed hair I  did not see myself. I saw someone trying very hard to be something they could never be. Today, I am inspired to stay natural by several encounters I have had with young females who have been taught that their hair is “bad”, “too tough” and “ugly”. I want to show the young people that I encounter that natural hair is beautiful!
Top three products and prices.
Africa’s Best Organics Olive Oil Extra Virgin Shampoo $7.00
OGX Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner: $7.99
Coconut Oil: $5.00
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Fave go to hairstyle:
Marley Twists! They are super light, you can learn how to do them yourself and the Marley hair is pretty inexpensive. It takes a bit of practice to learn how to do them tight, but give once you get it you will be sorted for life! Also, I love them because the longer you have them in the more “natural” they look (which means you don’t have to take your hair out as soon as it gets rough). Marley Twists help my hair grow due to the fact that they don’t apply a lot of tension to my natural hair.
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If you had to give your hair a name what would it be?
Vegeta – when I put my hair in a particular shape it stays there lol kind of like the way Vegeta from Dragon Ball Z’s hair does!
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Sum up your natural hair journey in three words:
patience. discovery. love.
Any advice to the natural newbies?
It takes time for you to see results, whether you are looking for results in growth, thickness, or whatever! Love yourself and your reflection at every stage. It is a beautiful journey and you should enjoy each step that you take.  Also, treat your hair like a plant – give it loads of moisture and don’t forget to take breaks from protective hairstyles so it can get some air and sunlight! Lastly, please note there are a lot of products in stores that say they will work wonders for your hair, but are actually very harmful. If you can, take some time to research the product, read reviews and check out the chemicals inside the product before you purchase it.
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What was favorite compliment someone has ever given you on your hair?
The first time I did my own Marley Twists an 8-year old girl crossed the street to tell me that my hair was beautiful and she asked her mother if she could get her hair done like mine. It was a big compliment to me because I thought my first attempt was super messy, but it was clear that she saw beauty in my hair regardless of my insecurity about it.
If you could only watch one natural hair vlogger on youtube who would it be? why?
I would watch Nikkimae2003. I love her videos and my hair was similar to hers before I damaged it with a relaxer. For this reason, I draw inspiration from her journey, as my goal is to get my hair back to the stage where her hair is now.  She also seems super laid back and approachable, which makes her videos enjoyable to watch.
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Finish this sentence:
I Rock My Natural because even though I have experimented with a lot of hairstyles, I always come running back to leaving my natural hair out. People mostly see me with braids, or twists and some may think that I do these protective hairstyles because I dislike my natural hair. However, that is not the case. I use protective hairstyles because I LOVE my natural hair and I am giving it sometime to recover from how harshly I treated it in the past. Also, I like the feeling of waking up in the morning and thinking “I am good enough”. I don’t need to straighten my hair into my weave, I don’t need to put on a wig – how I am right now is good enough. I still have a lot of work to do before I am able to say that everyday, but I will get there.
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Keep Rockin Catherine!
Social Media links
Twitter: @cathslabiran
Instagram: @cathslabiran

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