Curly Q of the Week: Kalea Lucas

Curly Q of the week presents Kalea Lucas, a business major at the University of Cincinnati. Lucas has been a naturally curly girl all of her life. Growing up with a mother who rocked her natural hair on a daily basis, she never saw fit to chemically relax or alter her daughter’s curl pattern. That is not to say it was easy growing up curly. Lucas remembers countless times of struggle when she would have to deal with the thicker and curlier pattern her mom was not used to handling. When asked what her favorite products to use were, Lucas says, “I really like Shea Moisture to maintain my curls. Their Coconut and Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie is my favorite. I also like to use Jamaican castor oil on my scalp. When I do a wash-n-go, I use Shea Moisture’s Strengthen, Grow, and Restore Leave-In Conditioner.” Lucas mostly likes to style her hair in a twist out. In the colder, winter months though she says,”I try not to do a lot of wash-n-gos. I mostly leave my hair up in a bun.” Lucas’ piece of advice for all curly haired girls is, “I love my hair now but when I was younger I was so obsessed with perfecting it. I also wanted my curls to look a specific way, and when they didn’t I would get really upset. So, I would just say that no matter what your curl pattern is, or how you rock your hair, just love what you’ve got!”

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Curly Q of the Week: Faith Lumbus

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“Whether you transition or do the big chop it’s not going to come quick.” says Faith Lumbus first year student at the University of Cincinnati. Although she is currently undecided, she hopes to major in social work with a minor in criminal justice.
After her mother refused to pay for another perm, Lumbus was forced to go natural. She spent about a year transitioning, and has been natural for a little under a year. When asked how she felt about her mother’s decision to stop paying for perms she said, “I’m really glad she made me do that, because it made me be able to take care of my hair and learn about my hair and myself.”
Lumbus’ favorite hair product is Cantu Shea Butter Coconut Curling Cream. She also uses Cantu Shea Butter Conditioner Repair Cream, Camille Rose Natural Curl Love Moisture Milk, Ecostyler gel, and when asked about shampoo she laughed before saying, “I am currently seeking some sulfate free shampoo products.”
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Lumbus’ go to hair style is a flat twist with a side part. Her hair inspo is Aaliyah Greer (pictured above), @Hazel_Goddesss on Instagram. Faith has been following her journey and loves the advice that she gives. She claims that it has helped her with her own journey.
When asked what advice she’d give to a new naturalista she replied, “Don’t try to compare your hair to other people’s, you have to learn how to understand your hair type and don’t assume that just because a product works for somebody else it’ll work for you. It takes a lot of patience, whether you transition or do the big chop it’s not going to come quick.”

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Curly Q of the Month: Diamond Benford

 

Curly Q of the month is the name of a new monthly feature of a curly haired gal or guy on the University of Cincinnati’s campus. We’ll look into all types of curl patterns, learn individual’s tips and tricks, possibly find some new style inspiration! If you’d like to be featured, please email the Editor-In-Chief of UC Curly in College, Niyah Jackson at jacksnh@mail.uc.edu. IMG_4289

Diamond Benford, who also happens to be one of my close friends,  is an 18-year-old, first year student at the University of Cincinnati, majoring in Psychology.

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Diamond has been rocking her natural curls for a while now, and uses Cantu products to keep her hair nice and healthy.

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“I especially love the Cantu shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, heat protectant, and curling cream,” Diamond exclaims. “It gives my hair a soft texture, and a natural shine.”

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“I love how low maintenance my hair is. For example, I don’t have to do anything to it for a few days, and one day be able to wake up, put some moisturizer in it, and it looks great!” Diamond also states that there’s some struggles to having such luscious curls. “I think the hardest part of maintaining my curly hair is how thick it is, and how easily it gets tangled.”

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A couple of Diamond’s go to hairstyles are flat twists to curl her hair, or simply rocking two puff balls. “Curls are life!,” Diamond declares with a flip of her hair.

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Dress for Success…Stylishly!

Don’t ever think that you can’t look professional while looking stylish! Just because a pantsuit, slacks and a button up, or a business-like dress is required in a workplace, does not mean you have to lose your sense of style. I am a fashion rebel, so I will still look professional and presentable, but I will make sure my personality shines through as well.

Neutral colors such as gray, brown, and black are popular colors in the business world because they are calmer than bold prints and bright colors. I believe that you can wear a bold print or a bright color and still look professional; I do it all the time!

If you are a colorful person, like me, you might want to wear a sunny yellow blazer to an interview. Pair that yellow blazer with a black sheath or shift dress, and the outfit looks classy, professional, and still has your personal touch.
Accessories are another great way to turn your business attire from “Plain Jane” to “Stylish Sue!” One of my favorite ways to accessorize my professional look is with a clutch handbag.

A clutch is usually a tiny bag that is small enough to fit in your hand or under your arm. They come in all shapes, sizes, and colors and they add chicness to an already super sleek and sophisticated outfit.

Businesses that encourage creativity, will probably want you to dress modern, trendy, and colorful. Figuring out what not to wear in a business environment, is a lot easier than figuring out what to wear.

Anything that you wouldn’t want your granny, mother, or pastor seeing you wearing, you probably shouldn’t wear it to work or to an interview.

Once you know you personality and what colors make you feel the most confident, you can easily include those colors into your professional looks. I have a colorful personality, so it is easy for me to add my personality into what I wear because I just add color.

Whatever your personality is, just remember to create outfits that make you feel beautiful and confident. Whenever you need some inspiration about how to dress in the business world, think about this phrase, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.”

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Meet The Interns: Maya Lewis

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Hi! My name is Maya Lewis and I attend Agnes Scott College. I will graduate in 2018.

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

I’ve been natural my entire life.

What is the most memorable part of your natural hair journey?

My mom has been a huge part of my natural journey. When I was looking to get a perm in middle school to fit in, she was the one person who taught me how to care for my natural hair instead.

Have people approached or treated you differently with natural hair?

My natural hair journey has been just that- a long journey. I’ve had to grow into myself, and learn how to love natural, barefaced me. Before my journey, I genuinely didn’t realize how much courage it takes to rock natural hair; there is a different appeal to it, you have to hold yourself differently and accessorize to compliment your style. I have so much respect for women who devote their lives and entire careers to loving natural hair and educating women about it. I never realized how much patience, strength and creativity my favorite youtubers must have as they create and share new looks just about twice a week.

What is your favorite part of your hair routine?

On a regular day, I find that more people approach me to compliment my hair when it’s natural as opposed in a straight style. Also, different types of guys approach me depending on my hairstyle.

What are your top 3 must have hair products?

Washing out my deep conditioner and feeling how soft my hair is! I detangle before I wash my hair so after deep conditioner my hair is butter soft and I can run my fingers right through it!

What are your top 3 favorite hair tools?

As I Am Leave in Conditioner, Cantu Coconut Curling Cream, and I can’t imagine living without Ecostyler gel.

Who is your current #MCM and #WCW?

My #MCM has to be Michael B. Jordan, but currently I’m having this obsession with detective Amaro from Law and Order: SVU  (blame Netflix). And I love love love love Lisa Bonet forever and always (with Beyonce as a close second-obviously).

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Meet The Interns: Tatyanna Hunter

My name is Tatyanna Hunter. I attend Hood College and will be finished in December 2015, and will officially graduate in May 2016.

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

I went natural in March of 2014. I did the big chop!

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

The deciding factor that made me go natural was when my hair broke off when I got a perm. My hair was growing long and healthy with perms for years, but early in 2014 my hair broke off and I was devastated because I lost so much length. From there, I started seeing more natural celebrities and natural women on social media and I decided that I wanted to become a natural sister as well.

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

My perception about myself and other have changed since I’ve been natural because I see more confidence in myself and other women when they have natural hair. When I see women with natural hair I see that they have a sense of pride in their natural beauty and that is awesome.

Have people approached or treated you differently with natural hair?

People have approached me differently because I actually get more compliments on my natural hair than I ever had when I was getting perms regularly. A lot of women come up to me and call me “sister” or “natural sister” and I think that it’s cool that wearing my hair naturally kind of opened me up to a new sisterhood and community.

What is your favorite part of your hair routine?

My favorite part of my hair routine is wash day! I love washing my hair because it feels so great and soft. I love seeing my shrinkage and seeing how my hair looks naturally right after I finish washing it. It’s a long process, but also a very fun and relaxing process as well.

What are your top 3 must have hair products?

My top three must have hair products are all Shea moisture products because its my favorite brand. From the Leave in Conditioner to the Curl Enhancing Smoothie to the Curl and Shine Conditioner.

What are your top 3 favorite hair tools?

My top three must have hair tools are bobby pins, satin bonnet, and my deep conditioning cap.

Who is your current #MCM and #WCW?

Aside from my lovely boyfriend, Shawn, my #MCM is Shia LaBeouf and Youtube star Jacksepticeye. My #WCW has to be my favorite singer/celeb Ariana Grande and the amazing fashionista Stacy London.

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Meet The Interns: Chyna Jones

Hey! My name is Chyna Jones and I am double majoring in Psychology and African American Studies with a minor in Women Studies. I am an aspiring race and gender studies professor. I plan on specializing in Black feminism, masculinity and family dynamics in the Black community. I attend the University of Alabama and plan on graduating in May of 2018.

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

I went natural August 6th 2013 after transition for second time.

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

Around tenth grade I realized I was depending on weaves and perms to feel “beautiful”; even at such a young age I realized that this wasn’t healthy for my self-esteem or self-worth. I spent a lot of time on YouTube searching for styles I can achieve with my real hair. I found myself being more attracted to the hairstyles that the ladies with ” big hair” could achieve. As I was doing my research, I learned that “big hair” is referred to as natural hair and that I too can achieve this look.

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

Big chopping forced me to accept who I am and what I looked like. It was difficult ( I spent many nights wishing I could get my hair back or change certain facial features) but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I do believe peoples’ perception of me has changed but I try not to pay it much attention unless it’s positive.

Have people approached or treated you differently with natural hair?

I have noticed that guys treat me differently since I’ve went natural; some men praise me while others have negative comments to say. As for other women, I just get a lot of curious stares and questions which I don’t mind at all.

What is your favorite part of your hair routine?

My favorite part of my routine is definitely styling my hair the morning after I did a braid out, twist out or bantu knots. I love the feeling I have after undoing and picking out my hair. I feel as if I can take on the world!

What are your top 3 must have hair products?

Coconut oil, Jamaican Black Castor oil, Miss Jessie’s Leave in Conditioner

What are your top 3 favorite hair tools?

Hooded dryer, flexi rods, perm rods

Who is your current #MCM and #WCW?

I should say my boyfriend is my Man Crush Monday but I have to give it to O’Shea Jackson Jr. because he looked amazing in Straight Outta Compton and my Women Crush Wednesday is always a tie between SZA and Solange Knowles.

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