Naturalista Spotlight with Aliya Jones

Name and Age?

Aliya Jones, 20

Why did you decide to go natural?

I decided to go natural because I got sick of relaxers breaking my hair off.

How has your natural hair journey been? (childhood til now)

My natural hair journey has been interesting to say the least. The first six years of my life I was natural but my hair became too thick for my mom to handle so she relaxed it. My hair then broke off and when it grew back it stayed the same length all the way through high school. When I graduated high school, I cut my hair to a cute bob and began transitioning for six months. Because my natural roots and permed ends became hard to manage, I braved the big chop. Now I am about a year and a half in and loving it.

When was the moment you fell in love with or accepted your natural hair? Explain.

I began falling in love with my natural hair around March of 2013. After the big chop, I had family members and so-called friends who hated my hair and it took a toll on me big time. I began to watch natural hair videos on youtube where women who don’t necessarily have “fine” hair loved their hair and weren’t afraid to show it. I realized being natural was liberating and fun!

What have you learned about your hair since you’ve been in college?
Since being in college, I’ve learned that my hair is very versatile. I can do so much with it than I thought. I love it!

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What is your biggest hair challenge?
My biggest hair challenge is keeping it moisturized. My hair literally eats up everything!

Why do you love your hair?
I love my hair because it’s mine. All of the different textures in it and the way it grows is my very own. It’s a part of who I am and I show it off proudly.

Who is your hair crush?
My hair crush is none other than Whitney (Naptural85 on Youtube) I just love her!

What are your go-to or staple products?

My go-to staple products are water, shea butter, and Cantu leave-in conditioner.

How do you feel about the natural hair community?
I love the natural hair community! I feel that we all are embracing our natural beauty concerning our hair and we’re all willing to help one another out. I wish we could stray away from trying to figure out which hair type is better, though. That’s something I can really do without.

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Brianna M. Williams

Brianna M. Williams is a student at American University. She is studying Print Journalism, with minors in Graphic Design and Marketing. Brianna is a naturalista who started her natural hair journey about 4 years ago, and doesn’t plan on going back. Dance Moms and E! News are her guilty pleasures. And she loves the feeling and smell of a new magazine, as much as she loves opening a new pair of shoes.

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