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!



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.

Naturalista Crush ••• {BazaarBohemian} •••

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Recently, while on Instagram I fell into absolute {LOVE} with this amazing {PRINTED} beauty: BazaarBohemian

I don’t even know where this infatuation with her Instagram page began. If anyone knows me personally, they know that I love patterns and prints with bold colors. I figured I could let you guys in on a world of pure amazingness {Yes, I made my own word}…




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All this time
The Sun never says to the Earth,”You owe me.”Look
What happens
With a love like that,
It light the whole sky.
#SunSalutations #Bohemia #ForeverACaliBaby” 



A close-up of the •{Raja}• Tote that will be available early Fall!!! Me and @alldaedae have hand selected every single •{Piece}• that we’re putting in the collection!!! Since you can’t always hop on a flight to •{India}• like Dae did #LowKeyHaten This is the next best thing!!! For Pre Order info email us at #LimitedQuantities #CapsuleCollection #PrintedPatternPeople #GlobalGoods
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I could never Thank the •{Universe}• enough for blessing me with such an Amazing •{Lover}•… @bigbush2828 ran all over the •{World} with @julianaluna and I for @projecttribe…To say you are •{Supportive}• doesn’t even begin to describe your commitment…You watched over our •{Crazy}• asses and that’s not an easy job…You truly •{Believe}• in the work we are doing and I will never take that for granted…{Now I’m forced to learn a couple more tricks}  Cheers to not only being the Lover and •{Protector}• of our Nomadic Spirits…but to being my Soul •{Mate}• #LoversForLife #TheOnlyBushIKnow #GetIt #SuperInappropriate #IHaveToWorkOnThat #SaintAugustine (at St. Augustine Downtown District, Florida)                                                                                   photo source: tumblr




Making Your Own Mud Wash

Betonite Clay has been a popular product in the natural hair community, many using it in place of shampoo to cleans their hair. Bentonite Clay is a multifaceted product that can be used as a facial and to fade scars on the body. Many people rave about its healing properties and its detoxifying and defining benefits for hair. Going with the trend, I purchased a tub of the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay from my local Vitamin Shoppe about a year ago. I have since used it to cleanse my hair and as a facial, but I’ve never really gotten into the hype. Most people mix Aztec clay with water, apple cider vinegar, or aloe vera juice, all of which I have tried. I’ve always found it to be a little too messy to apply and difficult to fully wash out. Recently I got the urge to make my own mudwash because after almost two years of being natural I still haven’t gotten up the audacity to purchase Terresentials Mud Wash. A few of my friends love Terresentials, but it’s a little too expensive for me to invest in as a broke post grad. Through Youtube and Pinterest I’ve seen people making their own mud wash using Aztec clay and I decided to give mines another chance in this recipe.

I initially viewed Naptural85’s recipe for DIY mud wash for some guidance, but ultimately I decided to wing it and come up with my own mixture. I never measure things and I’m too ADD/impatient to follow directions so I brainstormed ingredients I had in my cupboards and started mixing. I decided to use Aztec clay, honey, apple cider vinegar, glycerin, castor oil, water, and a little conditioner. Before I started mixing I thought back to how I disliked how messy applying the clay had been in the past, so I wanted to fine a way to make the application process less messy. Naptural85 used an applicator tube, but since I didn’t have any empty ones on hand I decided that mixing it in a Ziploc bag might be a good idea. And it was! I threw all my ingredients in a Ziploc, held he bag tightly and shook it to mix everything together, then cut a tiny whole on one end and applied it to my hair like I was icing a cake.


The addition of honey, glycerin, and conditioner made the mixture a lot smoother than I was used to. This time around refrained from mixing with a metal spoon, which makes the clay clump together. The mud wash went on really smoothly and was easy to distribute. I was able to detangle my hair pretty well as I used the Ziploc to apply some of the mixture to each section. I sprayed my hair down with water before apply ing to make things a little easier. When it was time to wash it out i didn’t see any chalky white residue like i usually did. There were a few areas that felt like they retained a little residue, but overall because the mixture was smoother and had a lot of emollient ingredients, it was easier to wash out. The mud wash made my hair feel soft and moisturized after a few days of being really dry. I would definitely make it again, next time adding in essential oils for a nice scent. I encourage you to make your own mud wash because its a really great alternative to shampoo. I co-wash most of the time, so I’m always looking for other good ways to detoxify and clean my hair. The ingredients and supplies I used for this DIY are below.

The mixture was smooth and the Ziploc made it easy to apply
The mixture was smooth and the Ziploc made it easy to apply

I used: About 6 Tablespoons of Aztec clay, apple cider vinegar, honey, water, castor oil, Trader Joes Tea Tree Conditioner, a Ziploc bag, and a hair band to secure the bag

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Announcing: Fall 2014 Internship Opportunities

Curly In College Fall 2014 Internship Opportunities

Deadline to Apply: August 24


Duration of Internship: September 1st – December 31st, 2014.

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CurlyInCollege© invites enthusiastic students to join a talented team of global ambassadors that will build the fast-growing digital publication: 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

Editors (Four Positions Available – Hair Styles/Hair Care Editor, Fashion/Beauty Editor, Health/Fitness Editor, Pop Culture/Social Issues Editor)

  • Generate blog post ideas
  • Apply editorial guidelines
  • Create and manage editorial calendar
  • Motivate and supervise team of bloggers

Social Media Interns (Two Positions Available)

  • Manage 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 Required Skills:

  • 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, fall 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.



Deadline to Apply: August 24, 2014

Duration of Internship: September 1st – Decemeber 31st, 2014.

Questions? Contact:

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

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Natural Men On Social Media

So I’ve compiled a list of natural haired men that I’ve seen lately on Instagram since I noticed that I don’t do a lot of posts that cater to the natural haired male. Check these natural men rocking their natural kinks, coils, curls, and waves on Instagram using their username (letters in bold).
























He has an Instagram I believe, but I found his picture on unconditionedroots
























All images are from each individuals Instagram page.

Are you a natural haired man in college that wants to be feautured on our Instagram page? Just use the hashtag #CurlyInCollege and you’re set to go!


Hairfinity Hype: 7 Months Progress

I’m hesitant to say that I have not received length because I have, but not as noticeable as I would have thought, or liked it to be. I also cannot say no because with my type 4 hair, shrinkage is real. But let this not discouraged you, I do believe Hairfinity does work. Patience is key. We all know natural hair can be a pain sometimes, but it doesn’t hurt to try new things.

Once I finish my seventh bottle, in celebration of not straightening my hair or using heat for seven months, I’ll straighten it to see how much growth I have gained. And then I will truly be able to see if I have gained the length I have been striving for.

This is an excerpt from an article I wrote about a month ago about my experience with Hairfinity. To read the whole article, click here.

So far, I have been taking Hairfinity for 7 months. And during those seven months, I have been alternating between my natural hair and protective hairstyles. Most of the time being in protective hairstyles (my favorite being Marley twists).

Finally the moment of truth, the reveal has come. This past weekend was my twentieth birthday, and I decided to celebrate by straightening my hair. I have used no heat for seven whole months. This is a big deal for me, usually I straighten my hair every time I take out one of my protective styles. Having a perm for two to two-and-a-half years, and then transitioning but still straightening my hair, I developed an admiration for straight hair. Not dependence, but admiration. I did not fully accept my natural, curly, kinky hair until I had to fully learn how to deal with it without the help of my mother when I got to college.

Fast forward to Hairfinity, I started my journey in January 2014, and it’s now August 2014. Let’s talk hair progress:

  • Length – As I said before I have type 4 hair. When I straightened my hair, I found there was growth, mostly in the back. The back of my hair grows way faster than the middle and front of my hair, so that was expected.
  • Volume – My hair has been thick my whole life, and Hairfinity has only added to that thickness. My goodness! I thought my hair was thick before, so if you have thin hair try taking Hairfinity.
  • Texture – Right now, my hair is in an ombre state because last May I dyed my hair bright auburn using the Shea Moisture hair dye line. So ultimately, my hair is two different textures, which is more noticeable when straightened (but only by feel, not look). My hair has been healthier since using Hairfinity, and looks glossier.
  • Curl Pattern – From using Hairfinity my curl pattern has changed. It’s become a bit looser and more defined, curl wise, which I don’t mind.

Here are pictures for comparison, pre and post Hairfinity with straightened hair:

October 2013, Pre-Hairfinity
August 2014, 7 months w/ Hairfinity


Crabtree & Evelyn Botanical Body Butter: Review

We all like to smell good right? Well if you have a little money to splurge, then here’s some body butter that will blow your mind! – and make your skin so soft and smooth! Now both of these body butters are the same and will have the same effect on your skin, but I’ll just describe the different smells and the price of course!

Now the price for these body butters (if you’ve ever shopped at Crabtree & Evelyn, then you know that C&E is a high end store and is very expensive) is a WHOPPING $16 each. I’ve had these body butters for about 4 years. I wouldn’t suggest buying this product if you don’t like scented lotion because this lotion is very strong scented. Also, I’d only wear it for special occasions because $16 lotion is too pricey for everyday use.


Mango Butter and Grapefruit Botanical Body Butter

This body butter smells like sugared candy all the way! Honestly, it’s smell is less potent than the next butter I’m going to describe. This lotion is perfect to wear in the summertime.


Illipe Butter, Lemongrass & Sugar Botanical Body Butter


This smell is intoxicating and honestly can drown you and make you nauseous if you put on too much. If you put on too much, you can get dizzy and just have real bad headaches.  With this lotion, I suggest you just dab a little on your wrist and call it a day- nothing extreme. I don’t know the perfect season to wear this lotion in, but if I had to choose, I’d choose summer.

Organix: Shampoo & Conditioner Review

So every time I pass the shampoo isle at Walmart, I see a long row of Organix products ranging from shampoo to oil spray. Usually Organix products costs anywhere from $8 – $13. Luckily on the day that I passed the shampoo isle, all of the Organix shampoos and conditioners (REGARDLESS OF SIZE) cost $5.83. I literally bought about $27 worth of shampoo and conditioner. I’m not a natural who purposely seeks out sulfate- free products or even products with sulfate in it. I’ve noticed that sulfates don’t really harm my hair, but just to be on the safe side I normally use sulfate- free products.

First I’ll start with reviewing shampoo, and then I’ll move to conditioner.


Photo Cred: Moriah Banks
Photo Cred: Moriah Banks

Sea Mineral Moisture Shampoo

Smell: Let me first start by saying I like the smell of all the Organix products, but between both shampoos I bought, I like this one the least. It’s not that it’s an unpleasant smell, it’s just plain. Maybe I’m expecting the wrong scent from Sea Mineral Moisture, but to me this wasn’t cutting it.

Consistency/ Texture: The consistency/texture of  the shampoo is different than any other shampoo I’ve ever used. It’s very thick and does lather up rather nicely. Although to have enough shampoo, you may have to use more than a handful of shampoo and use about 2 handfuls.

After Using: After using this Sea Mineral Moisture, I noticed that my hair was dryer than normal. It wasn’t totally drained of moisture, but it felt as if all the oils was stripped from my hair.

Photo Cred: Moriah Banks
Photo Cred: Moriah Banks

Kukui Oil Shampoo

Smell: I love the smell of this shampoo. It’s refreshing and smells like a blend of Argan oil and Moroccan oil.

Consistency/Texture: The consistency/texture of this shampoo is just like the Sea Mineral Moisture shampoo – thick and lathers nicely. With this shampoo, you will still find yourself using more shampoo than you normally use.

After Using: My hair did not feel dry, it felt very moisturized. With this shampoo, I saw my natural hair pattern (4a-4c) immediately after rinsing the shampoo out of my hair.

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Coconut Milk Conditioner

Smell: The coconut smell is enticing. If you’ve ever used coconut oil, the smell that the oil gives off is comparable to the smell of this conditioner.

Consistency/ Texture: Very smooth and flowed right out of the bottle. This conditioner doesn’t have a greasy/slimy feeling.

After Using: Honestly my hair  felt the exact way it does after I use my normal conditioner. I didn’t notice a distinct difference.

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Awapuhi Ginger Conditioner

Smell: I’ve actually been using this conditioner a lot lately. Surprisingly, I’m almost out. It smells like a delicate smell, and is not overbearing. Ex) The scent is there just enough to be smelled, but if you walk into a room everyone will not ask you about that amazing smell in your hair.

Consistency/ Texture: The texture is thick and that’s what I love about it.

After Using: My hair feels so smooth after using this!!! I changed this to the conditioner that I’ll use from now on. This conditioner really has done miracles for my hair and makes shower detangling  so much easier.

(Keratin Oil Conditioner as shown in picture was not reviewed due to the fact that I haven’t used it yet. When I use it, I’ll review it.)

Have any of you Curlies In College used Organix products? if so, tell your experience in the comment section below!

A Love Song To Our Hair

So today I came across this dope music video while scrolling down my Facebook timeline. It’s called Natural Curly Hair by Benjy Cinco ft Rome D’Carlo. A Facebook friend from my fellowship program posted it because she is one of the natural haired beauties featured. Already winning points for the Bonita Applebum sample, Natural Curly Hair is a summery ode to natural hair and the beauty of black women. It provided good vibes and got me to thinking if there are any other cool songs that cerebrate our natural hair and beauty. After a little research I found a few songs that will give you hope when your naps just won’t do right and your jar of coconut oil isn’t enuf. Press play and enjoy : ).

I Dont Care (About My Frizzy Hair)- Shameless Maya & Friends

I Love My Hair- Sesame Street


Beautiful Skin- Goodie M.O.B

Electric Lady- Janelle Monae

Natural- Arrested Development

The Makings of You- Terrace Martin ft. Overdoz & Kurrupt

Fallin’- Pac Div

As a bonus heres a link to a mixtape all about natural hair. What songs make you fall in love with your naps all over again?

Who Runs The World? College Students

A lot of times when people get recognition in the media, they’re extremely famous or rich. I noticed that there are some PHENOMENAL young leaders about to tackle the American workforce and they need recognition as well!


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Nadine Jansen

” The first N.C. A&T student to ever win the Barry Goldwater Scholarship,  (Nadine) Jansen, a junior mathematics student, proved that success is not measured in the number of years a person has been alive; success happens when “you have the drive, will and need for it.”

“You have to want it, you have to want to push yourself, want to do better, want to be the best you know you can be,” she explains.

Anna Whiteside, scholarship coordinator in the University Honors Program said that the Barry Goldwater Scholarship application “is an intensive application.” Jansen was required to answer a loaded questionnaire and submit a two-page research essay.

Jansen wrote her application essay on the mathematical research she conducted during a summer program at the University of Maryland–College Park in combinatorics.  Combinatorics is a field of math that investigates “different ways to count items,” the student explained.”

“The Stoneville, N.C., native boasts a cumulative grade point average of 3.96. Jansen has always excelled in academics; she even skipped the seventh grade.

“I don’t know what it is,” she exclaimed “I think I just have a good memory!” She thoughtfully credits great time-management skills for her success. In the near future, Jansen plans to apply for the Fulbright Student Award to continue her love of research abroad. After that, she intends on getting a master’s degree and then going after the prestigious American Rhodes Scholarship.” To read more about Jansen, read the original article here: Goldwater Scholarship Winner

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Scholarship Recipients:

Jordan Ray , Moriah Banks, Kyra Eady, Mercy Grace Browder, Rocio Castillo, and Wesley Collins (not shown).

“After all, Fort Valley State University’s Cooperative Developmental Energy Program, or CDEP, scholarship is anything but a run-of-the-mill student award. Six minority and female students from across the nation received Monday a total of $300,000 that will cover tuition and fees over five years of college. Students will receive dual degrees — one from FVSU and another from a different university — in the science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, fields. Local recipients included Eady, of Bonaire, and Jordan Ray, a Houston County High School senior from Warner Robins.

“The United States, as a nation, is under-represented in STEM, but under representation in minorities and women is acute,” said Isaac Crumbly, founder and director of CDEP. Students begin their studies at FVSU, where they receive the first of two degrees, and end at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Texas-Austin, the University of Texas-Pan American, Pennsylvania State University or the University of Arkansas. Their degrees range from chemistry and engineering, to biology and health physics. On Monday, officials also recognized four FVSU students who are transferring to Georgia Tech, seven who are going to Arkansas and two who are transferring to Penn State. In addition to Eady and Ray, this year’s recipients included Moriah Banks of Mount Holly, N.C.; Mercy Grace Browder of Albany; Rocio Castillo of Anchorage, Alaska, and Wesley Collins of Glenn Dale, Md.”” To read more about this scholarship, read the original article here : FVSU CDEP Scholarship – Although I chose to attend North Carolina A&T State University, I was one of the ‘awardees’ of this prestigious scholarship. Dr. Crumbly, Dr. Jackie Hodges, Dr. Aditya Karr, Ms. Rasheedi and Ms. Patrice (and other CDEP MSEA staff I didn’t mention) are truly amazing people.


(All credit given to original authors and publishers)