Meet The Interns: Chekaylah Bradley

My name is Chekaylah Bradley. I attend Troy University and plan to graduate in 2018. I went natural in 2009, but unlike the decision of most people to do the big chop, I transitioned. I decided to go natural because my hair was breaking off from the perm that I had at the time. Although I only had the perm for two years, it did more harm than good to my hair.

Since I have been natural, I have naturally built a lot of self-confidence within myself. I was used to having longer straight hair before I went natural, so I had to get used to the shorter kinky textured hair. The perception I have of myself has changed as a result of my increased self confidence. This, in turn, has helped me support others more.

My confidence has allowed me to shake off all of the negativity that has come my way. I have not had the experience of being treated differently because of my natural hair, but I have experienced the negative opinions of those who do not care for natural hair. The negativity does not just come from people who are complete strangers to me, but also from those who are close to me.

Maintaining natural hair is not an easy task. It it takes time and patience. However, I really enjoy styling my hair because it gives me the opportunity to experiment with different styles and find out what works best for me. In my hair regimen I must have the Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner, Shea Moisture Curling Gel Souffle, and Olive Oil. Although I do not use combs and brushes often, I like to use flexi rods, CurlFormers, and a lot of bobby pins.

My current Man Crush Monday is Troy Polamalu and my Woman Crush Wednesday is MahoganyCurls. They both have beautiful natural hair.

Curly in College & Beyond

June 24, 2014 marks the date on which Curly in College posted its first article; the big launch.

Since then, Curly in College has blossomed into a curly guide’s guide to hair, fashion, beauty and so much more. We’ve grown from initially starting with three interns to now hiring for our third intern class. We’ve transcended campus after campus across the country as well as internationally. Curly in College ended 2014 with our first collegiate event  at American University in Washington, DC on Dec. 3.

The Natural Beauty Holiday Celebration event brought together four natural hair bloggers and many students in different stages of their natural hair journeys. At the event, we discussed care hair, styling, journeys and so much more as other naturalista artists played in the background (a la Elle Varner, Solange and Janelle Monaé).

The bloggers included: Naptural Nicole of napturalnicole.com, Kim Boggerty of KBo e’Scentials, Elle Dennis of Quest for the Perfect Curl, and Tamika Lee.

Check out the pictures below.

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Tamika Lee & Kim Boggerty
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The bloggers with CurlyinCollege’s Brianna M. Williams
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Tamika Lee

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Brianna M. Williams & Elle Dennis
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Brianna M. Williams & Elle Dennis
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Tamika Lee

 

 

As far as 2015 goes, Curly in College hopes to continue to grow and blossom as a site and brand in the natural hair community. Here’s to a more curly 2015!

 

Photo Cred: Marissa Howell/AU Photo Collective

Announcing: Spring 2015 Internship Opportunities

Curly In College Spring 2015 Internship Opportunities

Deadline to Apply: December 31st, 2014

SUBMIT RESUME AND COVER LETTER TO: ashley@curlyincollege.com

Duration of Internship: January 5th – May 16th, 2015

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CurlyInCollege© invites enthusiastic students to join a talented team of global ambassadors that will build the fast-growing digital publication: CurlyInCollege.com a resource that helps students navigate a life with curls on campus.

Applicants can be male or female but must be at least 16 years old. They should also be avid readers of natural hair blogs, books, video blogs, and will likely consider themselves “product junkies” and/or “trendsetters” in their high school or college. Having personal experience transitioning and maintaining natural hair is a plus.

Positions Available and Associated Responsibilities Listed Below:

Bloggers (Multiple Positions Available)

  • Submit weekly blog posts that will be featured on the blog and associated social media platforms
  • Participate in bi-weekly team update conference calls

Social Media Ambassadors (Two Positions Available)

  • Must be a CiC Blogger
  • Promote CiC’s Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest Pages
  • Develop strategies to meet growth metrics by given deadlines
  • Implement social media plan
  • Maintain high engagement numbers

Graphic Design Intern (One Position Available)

  • Develop graphics for marketing campaigns
  • Develop graphics for CiC products/merchandise

Web Development Intern (One Position Available)

  • Provide website maintenance and support
  • Experienced building and managing sites with wordpress backend

Campus Photography Intern (Multiple Positions Available)

  • Attend and photograph Curly In College campus events
  • Upload images for review and use on Curly in College blog
  • Complete other projects as assigned
  • Must have access to a DSLR camera and a large capacity memory card
  • Creativity and strong knowledge of photography is preferred
  • Proficient knowledge of Photoshop, Lightroom or similar photography software preferred

Other Skills Required for All Positions:

  • Experience with WordPress or other blogging platforms (include links to personal blogs or guest posts)
  • Proficient with Google Apps and Microsoft Office Suite
  • Video editing experience is a plus, but not required (include links)
  • Positive online reputation as documented by applicants social media/blogging behaviors
  • Proven ability to function efficiently on a team and rally campus/school support for a specific cause (explain in cover letter)
  • Experienced bloggers with published posts on existing sites are encouraged to apply (include links)
  • Ability to meet strict deadlines
  • Ability to self edit blog posts
  • Ability to learn new technologies quickly

Fun Perks for Curly In College Interns:

  • first to demo new products
  • free CurlyInCollege© branded merchandise
  • free passes to natural hair shows
  • heightened credibility as a result of having been featured on a prominent blog

* This posting advertises unpaid, part-time, spring internship opportunities. Perks vary by position *

As a result, those currently employed or interning elsewhere are still encouraged to apply – These internships will only require an estimated 5 hours per week.

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SUBMIT RESUME AND COVER LETTER TO: ashley@curlyincollege.com

Deadline to Apply: December 31st, 2014

Duration of Internship: January 5th – May 16th, 2015

Questions? Contact: ashley@curlyincollege.com

*please make sure your question hasn’t been answered above*

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A Trip to the Salon

Do you remember the good old days, sitting on the couch, TV blasting, but how suddenly the whole world would go quiet. “Could you do her hair?” my dad would say, and then time froze… I’d pack that night, I’d slip out in the wee hours of the morning, suitcase in hand ready to cross the border, I was already thinking of diversions, excuses like “no, mommy just did my hair”. If I could equate it to anything else in my life, it’s like that moment in GTA when you accidentally bump into stranger on the street, and then five seconds later your finger is about to break off from mashing the x button as you run away from some burly man with a pocket-knife. Except for me that man was my father, phone in hand ready to make an appointment to get my hair done.

 

All exaggerations aside, for a good portion of my childhood, that was my view of hair salons. When I’d go in, my palms would get clammy. I knew that for the next few hours it’d be me and the stylist, or rather me and eight knuckles buried into my head and then at least a week of a botox-esque form of paralysis in my forehead. Unless of course, I got my hair straightened, in which case, it was a different matter.

 

Yes, the flat iron is the source of my uneasiness around all hot styling tools. Like most naturals, I’ve become convinced that I could avoid the flat-iron. Until the other day… As I sat with my mom in the living room, I’d realized (or rather she pointed out disapprovingly) that I’d literally left a trail of mini puffs on the ground, and so that meant it was time for another trim and thus a flat-ironing. But in recollection of many hair fails, from the time that I burned my forehead with a flat iron trying to fix my bangs to the time a pregnant hair stylist’s iron nearly (who am I kidding) actually brought me to tears on my birthday. I figured I’d educate myself on how to make this visit a bit more enjoyable… and so I did some research.

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First, I learned that I have to be my own hair’s expert, no one is going to know your hair like you, so when you go to a salon, make sure you prep your hair before you get it done. For naturals, it’s usually a good idea to deep condition before straightening hair because application of heat to hair, that is naturally dry, can rob hair of needed moisture. So by making sure that your hair is moist you can avoid a lot, if not all, of the damage that comes with straightening hair.

 

You know when you get that new hair product, and how suddenly you’re flipping your head around like you’re posing for seventeen magazine (just me?). Well, although you may think that higher temperatures may allow your hair to move more fluidly, a higher temperature can just cause more damage to hair, upset your curl pattern, and make your hair smell burnt. So the second thing I learned, or confirmed, is that more heat doesn’t mean straighter or healthier hair, and that it can be okay to ask your stylist to turn down the heat.

 

“Heat protectant does not come in a bottle, heat protectant is your ability to able to moisturize your hair in a manner that is suitable to the texture” as hair guru Dickey said himself. What I learned is that it’s not about the product, but it’s about how you use it…your hair will only be as good as you treat it. If you know how to take care of your hair, straightening can become less scary. So hopefully my newfound confidence is indicative of how well I’ve been taking care of my hair and an omen that this appointment will go smoothly. I’m predicting no pregnant women… (crosses fingers)

 

What do you do to prep for the iron? Hot comb? Share below!

Experiences of the Winter Natural

In between teaching my friend how to body roll and my pursuit of warmth this winter, it’s been a…unique season so far. With the cold weather coming in, I’ve literally had to apply at least 4 different layers of aloe vera gel to my face a day, which is admittedly not the best moisturizer, and I’ll usually end up with a beard of ash on my face at some point.

 

Although I enjoy this time of year —and not so much the ash— all the precipitation, the way the sky turns pink and brown, the holiday themed music, one of favorites being Baby It’s Cold Outside- even withstanding the creepy and questionable nature of the man’s intentions (seriously listen to what he’s saying)- it can be a hard time for naturals.

 

To be honest, this winter actually hasn’t been that tough on my hair. After, what, two years of doing my own hair, I haven’t felt the need to rely on protective styles.

 

Although most people don’t recommend this during the dry months, I’ve been doing……. (extended drum roll…) a twistout. I’ve been able maintain the moisture in my hair with aloe vera juice and a few other tricks I have up my sleeve (I have one), I’ve been able to make things work.

 

Since going to Hair Rules in New York, I’ve been doing my hair about every three days, maybe five… and aloe vera juice has kept my hair feeling really soft. With a couple of spritzes of the aloe, my hair stays nice and moist. Now for a while, I didn’t even know my hair was dry, until my mom pointed out that if, when I spray aloe on my hair, it sucks it up within a matter of minutes, then it’s dry. Another great way to tell if you’re hair is dry, as I’ve learned, is if you go to bed bagging your hair, to wake up with your bag tossed aside and your hair in an Elvis-like mohawk– then your hair is in fact in need of some moisture, and as my generation says full of “thirst”…

 

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Knowing how my hair reacts to the cold, I’ve had to adjust to the weather, so that I could keep my hair in check, and for me aloe vera is really good for that. But really now that I’ve discovered how to keep my hair moisturized, although I’m a little late with this trend (as with a myriad of other things, mainly social networking sites…), it’s really been a matter of keeping all the moisture in. Although I want to be a living embodiment of Pinterest, to wear beanies and other cotton headgear without shame, I’ve had to do some searching to figure my way out of that, too. Let’s just say satin bonnets are good for more than sleeping. So while scrolling through my Facebook feed (update: I’ve finally caught up… kind of), I saw a Curly Nikki post about putting satin bonnets underneath hats to stop breakage and to keep friction in it’s place.

 

So to be clear, you can bet that that H&M beanie I have in my drawer, will be worn… So what do you do to your hair during the winter season?

 

Happy Imminent Holidays,

 

Kayla

 

“The Look”

When I was growing up, I’d always imagined myself with straight hair. Actually more specifically, I imagined myself as a black Mocha Chino look-a-like. For a majority of my childhood, that was my ideal of what it meant to be cool, so every time a holiday came up, my birthday passed, or I grew tired of getting a numb-behind after hours of sitting as my mom’d do my hair, I’d ask to get my hair straightened. However, as I’ve gotten older and had more experience with my hair, I’ve strived towards a new ideal…

 

So admittedly, I didn’t suddenly wake up one day and decide that straight was no longer the style for me… Throughout the past few years, I’ve tried everything from twists to buns, searching on websites, many of which I’m sure have spammed my computer, for “the look”. The truth is nothing was working for me, I was always looking for the style that would make me prettier or more popular, that would make me the envy of the natural-haired girls and a competitor among my straight-haired classmates. A good portion of the time, I’d just twist my hair and throw it into a scrunchie, believing that the next week or month or year, that I’d come to school and wow all the other kids. I’d let them see how beautiful my hair really was. This summer I got that chance.

 

After months of product-jumping, I was going to get the style that would finally allow me to show off my natural curls. So about three months ago, I went to the Hair Rules Salon. I felt pampered, as the stylists strutted throughout the salon, and as Mr. Dickey himself worked with his clientele, I felt a change in myself. As the women ran their hands through my curls, and told me of the world after the salon chair, the promises of the gallant locks that would fall from my head to my shoulders, I was in awe.

 

Until my hair was done. I was nervous, where were my big curls, my waves? Why didn’t I look like all the girls I had seen online? Although my hair did look great after getting the look I had been asking for, well, the past year, it wasn’t until I got the approval of my father, my band mates, my grandmother, uncle, step-mom, and even my seven year old brother, who mind you probably cared little about what style my hair was in, that I felt secure.

 

So a new hairstyle didn’t change much for me. Today, when I put my head on the bus window to rest my eyes, I still smudge the window; as I run to the bus to get to school, the wind still remolds my hair; when I forget to put my aloe vera juice in the fridge, it still spoils; when I open my umbrella anywhere near my head, my hair still gets caught; and as I learned this past week, when I put on my velcro band gloves, my hair still will manage to get snagged. What I’m saying is that my wash n’ go didn’t change much for me. While I did learn a lot from my visit to the Hair Rules Salon, in terms of how to take care of my hair, I also learned that there is no perfect hairstyle, there are no hair gods, and your hair is not ruled by fortune, fate, and anything in between.
So now I’m more open to trying new hairstyles, I found a hair style much like the wash n’ go that’s been working for me, and although it may not be perfect, I’ve realized that when I stopped looking for the ultimate natural hair style, a style that worked for everyone else, a style that was only meant to draw attention to myself, that I grew a little more comfortable with my natural hair. So… what’s your “look”?

 

Kayla

 

Giving New Life to Old Clothes

“I feel like my fear of stains is ruling my life, sometimes I don’t even feel like myself anymore” “it’s just these scuff marks… Oh!…OH!!!” may be some of the thoughts which run rampant throughout your mind. Well, I can’t blame you. As a tall girl, I am constantly looking for clothes that will fit me, so keeping the clothes that do fit me is very important. So today’s blog will be dedicated to the maintenance of clothes and about how to get the most out of the clothes you have, and of course about embracing the bagginess, the shortness, the stretching, about embracing all the deformities of your clothes.

Okay, so for all the amateur dry cleaning newbies, like myself, things like seltzer water and eucalyptus oil can be really helpful. For oil stains, simply apply a few drops of eucalyptus oil to cover the stain and then let it sit for about 10-15 minutes and throw it in the washer. Similarly to the oil method, the use of seltzer water and a soap or detergent can be a cheap investment which will keep your clothes in good shape. By using an old toothbrush to apply seltzer water and soap to your shoes, you can easily get rid of stains that accumulate on the edges of your new and old shoes. As for fabric shoes, just lightly brush over the surface of the fabric with a dab of the detergent and water to get rid of the stains. Just be sure not to waterlog them, and then when you’re out you can walk through grass and dirt guilt free, without having to worry about those J’s.

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On another note, sometimes things happen to our clothes that are beyond our control, and we have to deal with things like stretching —yes, I know it’s a struggle—but there is still hope for reviving worn-out clothes. I’m sure many of you have heard of the notorious diaper-butt—let’s be real with each other—but don’t let it rule your life. Just throw some leggings under pants to make pants fit more snuggly. As for shirts, baggy is in. So “rock” baggy shirts with a scarf and some skinnies to make the look work. In terms of re-wearing clothes that are too short, for pants, wear high socks or leg warmers with boots to make short pants look like they fit. When it comes to shirts that are too short in the arms just wear a jacket to cover up the shortness in the arms. If shirts are too short in the stomach area, either work it, or, for more work and school appropriate uses, wear high-waisted pants or skirts to pull it all together.

 

Clothes beyond repair and “Urkel wants his pants back”

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Admit it, there are some things that cannot or just should not be worn again. For old clothes that cannot be refashioned, swap them out for store credit or at stores online that do clothes exchanges to get clothes that you want. However, if you still have hope for your old clothes, just cut old clothes into strips to make headbands or use the sleeves of sweaters and crocheted items to make leg warmers.

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So all this is to say that there is still hope for your old clothes, in the end, whatever you decide to do, just remember fashion is about finding what works for you.

 

Good luck,

Kayla

 

#SolangeBroketheInternet

So if you don’t know by now, Kim K’s cover for Paper Magazine is old news and Solange’s wedding to longtime beau Alan Ferguson is everything. Yes Solange broke the internet with a wedding that rivaled the royal wedding. From her hair, to her outfits, to her wedding pictures and so much more! Sorry Kim, but Solange had the best internet takeover of all time. Here are 5 ways Solange’s wedding broke the internet:

  1. Solange is known for her impeccable style but her wedding wardrobe changes were literally everything! She’s redefining wedding wear.

  2. Every girl wishes that her wedding pictures will capture her special day but Solange’s pictures will capture a generation. Wedding photos will never be the same.

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    Even Kim tried to steal Solange’s spotlight back but it didn’t work. Sorry Kim.

  3. Forget a ‘Just Married’ car, bikes are so much more fabulous.

  4. She’s not just a singer, style icon and business woman but she can dance too! Check out Solange and her son, Julez dancing at the reception.

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  5. Solange finally got her happily ever after.

    More details on Solange Knowles's wedding!

    Solange Knowles

The Truth Behind the Baking Soda Cleaning Method

There are many D.I.Y tutorials floating around the web, but are they really giving us the honest truth about what we should and should not participate in? The Baking soda method has become a very popular and cheap way of cleansing and restoring moisture into the strands of straight hair. Truth be told, this method cannot be used on every type of natural hair, if any at all. We are all aware that every natural is not the same. We all have many different curl patterns within our hair and we are fully aware that our hair responds to things differently than it may someone else.

As for the Baking Soda method, (based on personal research) it is not recommended for those with majority 4b/4c type hair. Although many have labeled baking soda as another ingredient to our natural hair products, we must also remember that it is still a chemical and that it will effect our hair. 4b/4c hair, when wet, has a pH balance of about 4.5-5.5, which makes it acidic.  Baking soda has a pH of 9.0, which makes it a base or alkaline. Therefore, baking soda opens up the cuticle layer of your hair just as an acid would close the cuticle layer of the hair. The baking soda along with water used to cleanse your hair causes for the pH balance to fluctuate, which explains why most natural hair products are usually pH balanced. Baking soda, however, is not.

The key to finding a good product that compliments your hair well, is by balancing out the pH. Also, being that the method is mostly popular with our straight-haired friends; stripping their hair of natural oils; we cannot really expect for the product to fulfill our needs. Natural hair thrives off of moisture, and textures such as 4b/4c, which are more dry than any other texture, cannot afford to strip their hair of any natural oils, as more extreme measures are necessary to restore the moisture. So, for you beautiful naturals out there, being cheap with this product just may disappoint your desired results., and remember “quality is everything”.

Tests, All-Nighters, Midterms, Oh My!

For many people being a good student is about being dedicated and focused, about spending hours hunched over some twenty-pound textbook trying to hammer information into your brain. But who has time for that, and moreover, who wants to sacrifice their personal life just to get an A? So here are a few ideas on how to make school work a bit easier…

Although, there is often little time for studying among other things, it is imperative that when you read something for the first time, that you do it right. As my father tells me, “You have to do things right the first time,” so that when you’ve finished with it, you know you are really done. By taking your time the first time around, you avoid having to revisit information, you increase your chances of remembering the information, and you also make yourself more confident in your understanding of the material, allowing you to better solidify what you’ve just learned.

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A big part of understanding what you’re learning is putting your understanding into words, AKA ‘don’t think about it, talk about it’. This is not to suggest that you should merely parrot back whatever you read in a book, or something that your teacher said, but rather what you should be doing is paraphrasing the information. As nerve-wrecking as this may sound, take advantage of this opportunity! So even if your understanding of the material does not match up with that of your teacher, still say what’s on your mind. Being a good student is all about engaging, so if you are able to support your argument or your understanding with valid information, then, even if you’re wrong, you will be able to talk yourself through the process or be able to verbalize your struggles with the material to someone who can help.

More importantly, to get school work done effectively, you must divide and conquer. Whether you are doing some last minute studying, or preparing for a big test weeks in advance, it is important that you focus on the most important information, and then fill yourself in on the details later. By breaking things down for yourself, and then seeing how the details relate to the bigger themes, you can cut down study time significantly.

Okay, now here’s the part for the procrastinators, hey, I don’t judge and those of you with little time of your hands. If you plan on implementing the previous tips into your daily routine, you can couple them up with five minutes of note reviewing before tests to refresh memory, however, if you need more time for studying, don’t fret because I have one more trick up my sleeve. Simply watch a video on the topic you’re studying, and then find websites that give brief explanations of those topics to help you out.

This Could Be You
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Once you begin to take studying in steps and try to engage in your studies, understanding comes almost naturally. So good luck in your studies, and remember what you will get out of your studies is what you put in, so don’t study harder, but as my mom has just summed up for me, study smarter.

 

Good luck,

Kayla