Rockin Naturals You May Not Know But Should: Joy

My Name is Joy Marilie Newton, I’m 32 and live in Brooklyn NY. I’m the Director of the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music,  a new poisition after being a music teacher for 14 years.  I’ve been natural for 14 years as well. 
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What or Who inspired you to go natural? Did you bc or transition?
I didn’t intend to go natural. I wore braid extensions while trying to grow out bad breakage from relaxers. After about a year, it became clear to me that I didn’t want to relax anymore. It suddenly seemed so silly and I grew to love the texture of my hair.  I chopped off my relaxed ends and the journey began. This was 14 years ago before social media offered so much support, so I felt pretty isolated with limited product options.  I rocked it for 5 years before locking. If social media existed then I may have wore it loose a little longer. 
Top three products and prices.
1. Crystal’s Royal Secret – Herbal Hair Rejuvenator – Juicy Peach and Pear scents. 15.00
2. Taliah Waajid – “Lock it Up” 7.99
3. Shea Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner “Curl and Shine” line. They’re  about 11.99 for each. 
Fave go to hairstyle.
On my youtube page it’s labeled. “Quick front pin-up” 
If you had to give your hair a name what would it be?
hmmm – I have no idea.. I really thought about it. = (
If you hair is colored what do you use to do so?
I use Clairol 20D Professional Hair color
Sum up your natural hair journey in three words.
Redefining, Enlightening, Motivating
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Any advice to the natural newbies?
Stick with it! Initially your self conscious about seeing a nap next to your forehead will make you want to turn around and return to the relaxer life. Your friends who haven’t been able to look beyond mainstream media’s definiton of beauty will give you the side eye or discourage you. Just realize that your elaxed hair was a standard of beautry based on this country’s dominant European culture imposed on us. We are redefining beauty one curl or nap at a time. Additionally  if your hair doesn’t have that silky loose curl that we see so much of …. so what?! Define your beauty! Build your own confidence and people will forget the media’s version of beauty and just see your unique beauty. Stick with it! Find You!
What was favorite compliment someone has ever given you on your hair?
My favorite compliment is always “Your hair styles inspired me”. I don’t want people to replicate me or wish their hair was like mine. I want to inspire people to be creative and find the thing that makes them uniquely beautiful. 
If you could only watch one natural hair vlogger on youtube who would it be? why?
I love Chescalocs on YT. I learned quite a few things from her. I prefer videos that show the step by step process as opposed to showing you a final result and simply spinning in the camera. That’s never helped anyone. She’s thorough and to the point!
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Finish this sentence:
I Rock My Natural because I don’t feel the need to fit into the dominant culture’s standard of beauty. It is redefined everytime someone looks at my hair with admiration. 
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Keep Rockin Joy!
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