Meet The Interns: Taryn Daniels

Name, College, Graduation Year

Taryn Daniels, American University, 2017

When did you go natural? Did you big chop or transition?

I’ve been natural all my life. My mom was really wild with her hair when she was younger but when she had me, she was team natural all the way. I guess I grew up knowing no other way.

What was the one deciding factor that made you go natural?

What made me stay natural all these years was the great appreciation I have for my hair. It beautiful and it works with me, even when I dye it weird colors and accidentally cut it. It sticks by me, like a partner in crime…Is that weird?

 How has your perception about yourself, and others, changed since you’ve been natural?

I love my natural hair, always have. However now that I am wearing it out again, versus in braids or a weave, I find myself having to work a little harder to be confident in my skin. Having natural hair has made me much more observant of other naturals that I see on the street. I think I have like ten hair crushes a day. Seeing other women wearing natural hair with such swagger, make me want to stay confident with my hair at all times.

Have people approached or treated you differently with natural hair?

They like to touch my hair A LOT. But on a more serious note, I think there is a stigma in our culture about natural hair versus straight hair. It is perceived that straight hair symbolizes an ideal beauty, when in fact everyone should be seen as beautiful. I have noticed that with a weave or braids, sometimes I receive more blatant and outright attention from the opposite sex. While this isn’t always the case (nor is it an experience that everyone has), it has to stop! Everyone is beautiful! End of discussion.

What is your favorite part of your hair routine?

I love when my hair is fresh and clean, so my favorite part of my routine is definitely washing it. The only other thing that could top that is when I deep condition it, because then I get to start experimenting with styles.

What are your top 3 must have hair products?

Two of my three must have hair products are my Chargrin Valley shampoo and conditioner bars. I was wary of using shampoo in the shape of a soap bar at first, but it makes my hair so soft! I use the Babassu Marsh Mallow shampoo and the Butter Bar conditioner. My third must have hair product is my Cantu Shea Butter leave-in conditioning repair cream. I love the way it smells, and it makes my hair so soft when I want to style it.

What are your top 3 favorite hair tools?

My wide tooth comb, elastic hair ties, and my headscarf. I basically go everywhere with them. We are kind of a package deal.

Who is your current #MCM and #WCW?

I can never choose just one! At the moment, my #MCMs are Michael B. Jordan and Dylan O’Brien. What can I say? I am a sucker for hot guys who are also really goofy. My #WCWs are Zoe Kravitz because I am obsessed with her vibe, and Ariana Grande because I am OBSESSED with her music and her voice!

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Study Tips/Study Habits

I am in college now, so I feel as if my job is to my good grades and be successful.  Studying is the key. However, the method to studying is not that simple, but I am here to help.

How do I study? I do not have one method of studying; I have several. The way I study depends on the level of the test. If the test material is very detailed I use flashcards. Flashcards help me relate and associate what is on the front of the card to what is on the back of it. They help accommodate how my mind works. For example, for my survey of Art History class, my professor requires us to know the artist, title, period, and place of the art piece, along with specific details about the artwork. Since she gives us fifty images to study making flashcards is very important because there is so much information to take in. For the tests that are not so detailed and that are lecture based, I just reread my lecture notes and other supplied materials. As I continuously reread the information, it begins to stick with me. For instance, my World History tests are based on factual information. Therefore, my professor lectures using PowerPoint. She also supplies us with passages that are related to each chapter. I take at least two days prior to the test to review the information.

Where do I study? I have to be alone in a quiet place in order for me to retain information. Since I live in a dorm room with three other people, it is very hard to study there. Even if I am in a separate room from them, it is hard to focus because I can still hear them and the walls are “thin.” I try to study during the times that they are not there. If I cannot study in the dorm room, I go to the library. I find the library very effective because I feel as if I am in a homework and study environment.

How long do I study? The amount of time I take out to study goes hand and hand with how I study. For the more detailed material I spend about six hours on it, and for the less detailed I spend about two to three hours studying. If I spend more than an hour studying something in one day, I always take a break after each hour. This allows my brain to rest a bit, so I go either listen to music, eat a snack, or both. My breaks range between ten and fifteen minutes.

Other study tips:

  • Ban social media during study time. From experience social media can be a huge distraction.
  • Don’t procrastinate. I am a big procrastinator when it comes to studying. Procrastination leads to late nights and cramming.
  • Do not study hungry. I know this sounds crazy, but when I am hungry, I tend not to focus as much. My attention goes towards “what do I want to eat?”
  • Develop study habits that are effective for you. Knowing what works for me decreases my study time and allows me to be more successful on my tests.

How do you study? What is most effective for you? What isn’t so effective for you?


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SG7’s Natural Hair Experience

I was a part of a group, SG7, during my senior year in high school. The group was formed for Loveless Academic Magnet Program’s showcase, Showing Our Other Side (SOOS). We stepped, sang, and danced. As of today, we all rock our natural hair. This excites me because we are all able to be a part of the natural hair community, along with sharing ideas with each other and helping each other out. I have interviewed my fellow group members so that they could share how they feel about their natural hair.


  1. When and why did you go natural?
  2. What do you like about being natural?

Deborah Bethea: “I went natural the winter of 2010. I honestly did it impulsively. I had heard of it, but didn’t really know what it was about. I am grateful I took the step because I love it. It suits my multi-faceted personality because of the versatility (my favorite part).”

Ryan Scott: “I believe I went natural the summer of 2012 because my hair was VERY damaged from excessive hot tools and relaxers. I like the versatility. One day I can have a curly wash and go and the next a nice blow out, and I know my hair is still healthy.”

Brittany Dallas: “I did the big chop on November 23, 2014. I never planned to go natural. I wanted braids to start off my freshman year in college in order to have a hairstyle that was easy to maintain. So, in order to do that I stopped getting a perm a few months before school started. After wearing braids from August to November, I decided to go natural. I’ve loved it ever since because it makes me feel like I’m doing what’s best for my hair. I find it easier to care for my hair and style my hair now that I have a twa.”

Carla Aviles (Puerto Rican): “Personally, I have always preferred natural hair on African Americans. I don’t know much about what being natural means to different people, but from what I have seen, I like the look of it. I think it is great for someone to embrace their natural hair and be able to do different, beautiful styles with it.”

Kristin Mays: “I went natural in the winter of 2012. I got my first perm in the fifth grade and it started off fine but around the ninth grade, I got a lot of damage. In my junior year of high school I decided to go natural. I love how much healthier my hair is and how many different styles I can do with my natural hair.”

Destiny Turner: “I went natural in September of 2014. I wanted to explore my curl pattern and see what all the hype was about. Plus my permed hair just wasn’t pretty to me anymore. I love the versatility and freedom of my natural hair.”

Although we went natural at different times, we have motivated each other through the wonderful process of going natural.

When and why did you go natural?

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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.

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Announcing: Spring 2015 Internship Opportunities

Curly In College Spring 2015 Internship Opportunities

Deadline to Apply: December 31st, 2014


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: 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.



Deadline to Apply: December 31st, 2014

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

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