Rockin Naturals You May Not Know But Should: Kira

 

Introduction

 

My name is Kira and I’m an actress living in Los Angeles, CA. I love music, filmmaking, traveling, and I have a vast interest in psychology and social issues. I recently started a grassroots organization called “Caught in the Mix,” which explores the issues multicultural and multiracial people face, and encourages self-acceptance. I am working on a couple of projects that will incorporate social awareness with my passion for acting, writing and directing. I always felt like I had a unique story to tell that other mixed race/culture people can relate to. Many of the ideas were spawned from a recent trip I took to South America.

 

Growing up in America, it is instilled in us at an early age that a major part of who we are is identifying with a race. I felt different and less-than since I didn’t identify with one race, and at times felt forced to choose. I never felt fully a part of anything. My mother is Ecuadorian and my father is a Black American (African, Cherokee Indian, and English ancestry), so I was raised in both -very different- cultures. It was a long journey towards self acceptance, and in developing confidence in my uniqueness. My hair had so much to do with it. I stopped relaxing it in 2009.

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What or Who inspired you to go natural? Did you bc or transition?

My natural hair journey has been a long one because I experimented with keratin treatments and overly flat-ironed my hair during the beginning of my journey, which severely damaged it. So, I had to start all over. I didn’t want to do a big chop (although, thinking back I probably should have), so I just transitioned. I watched Taren Guy’s youtube channel and she inspired me to stay with it! Not gonna lie- I’ve been tempted to go back to keratin treatments before because I felt my hair was not acceptable in the industry I’m in. I was so wrong!  I booked many national commercials since I’ve been wearing my hair naturally. Empowering to see natural haired black and mixed women being represented more and more in television and in movies.

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I’ve been rocking my fully natural- non-relaxer,- non-BK treatment- no heat damaged- hair since August 2013. I finally got to see what my natural and healthy curl pattern looks like, and I love it!

 

Top three products and prices.

Eco Styler Gel: $4

Deva Curl Mister Right-second day curl revitalizer: $10

KinkyCurly Knot Today Detangler: $12

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Fave go to hairstyle.

Wash and Go or Hair up in a Puff

 

If you had to give your hair a name what would it be?

Fluffy

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Sum up your natural hair journey in three words.

Patience Persistence  Love

 

Any advice to the natural newbies?

Keep going! The growing out process can be a pain, but don’t give up! Resist the temptation to straighten. If you get bored, try new styles like twists, braidouts, and buns. There are so many styles to choose from!

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What was your favorite compliment someone has ever given you on your hair?

A young girl who follows me on instagram told me that my hair inspires her to accept her own. It was really touching for me to hear that I inspire young girls to love themselves and their hair no matter what.

 

 

If you could only watch one natural hair vlogger on youtube who would it be? why?

I started this journey because of Taren Guy’s positive influence, so I will continue to support her and what she does. She is inspiring in so many ways aside from just hair alone.

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Finish this sentence:

I Rock My Natural because natural hair is so diverse and gorgeous!

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 Keep Rockin Kira!

Social Media 

Instagram:  @kirapowell_ and @caughtinthemix

Twitter: @kirajpowell

www.kirapowell.com

www.imdb.me/kirapowell

http://resumes.actorsaccess.com/kirapowell

 

 

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