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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Naturalistas You Should Know #2: Naptural85

If you are a woman in the natural hair community, you should definitely know or get to know Whitney White, better known as Naptural85!

Whitney is a blogger, vlogger, and of course a natural hair enthusiast. She is also a wife and a mother, all in twenties!

Her husband’s name is Filipe and their daughter’s name is Olivia. And of course, little Olivia is a natural sister too.
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She started her YouTube channel in August of 2009 and her very first video showcased her natural hair journey. She didn’t plan on keeping up with a YouTube channel when she first began.

The positive feedbacks from the natural hair community made her want to continue to make videos and inspire women everywhere. Now 6 years later, she has over 650,000 YouTube subscribers to her natural hair care channel, Naptural85.

If you were wondering what her term “naptural” means, here is that definition for you, found in a recent interview Whitney did.

Whitney: ““Naptural” hair is hair without boundaries or rules. It does what it wants in the moment, and it never apologizes.”

On her channel she offers DIY hair tips, natural hairstyles and how to achieve the looks, and even recipes on how to make the best natural hair product concoction. Also on her channel you can find gift giveaway videos, style and fashion videos, and even videos reviewing everyday products and hair products.

You can visit her Naptural85 channel here. Not too long ago she started another YouTube channel, found here, and titled DearNaptural85.

This channel strays away from the natural hair theme and focuses a lot more on being a mother, wife, and her daily life with her family. There are videos showing family outings, recordings of silly and cute things Olivia does, and videos showing the joys of parenting.

Whether you are watching her natural hair channel, her family channel, or both, you can definitely see how Whitney is an awesome hair inspiration and role model.

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Protective Styling 101

Recently I decided to jump aboard the protective style train. This was my first time getting any type of extensions in my hair.DSC_0015~2

I did a lot of research on Pinterest and Google to find the right protective style for me. I decided to go with Marley twists. It was definitely a good decision!

What is protective styling?

Protective styling is when you give your hair a 1-2 month break from styling. You won’t be able to constantly have your hands in your hair because it will be under a protective style, which is a good thing. You can keep your hair in twists, braids, or even under a natural wig.

What do some styles look like?
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How do you take care of your protective style?

Some basic items you need to wrap your hair at night are a satin bonnet and satin scarf. To moisturize your hair you can use the LOC method.
Liquid– mix water, a leave in conditioner, and a cream moisturizer in a spray bottle and spritz on hair daily
Oil– use any type of oil (castor, jojoba, coconut, etc.) to moisturize your scalp
Cream– use styling cream (Shea moisture is my preference!) to keep the scalp and hair soft and beautiful

Why should you try protective styling?

1) It gives your natural hair a much needed rest
2) Allows you to try out a totally new look
3) Wearing protective styles helps your hair grow and retain length

Don’t be scared to step outside of the box and try out a protective style. Look at images online and watch YouTube videos to get hair inspiration.

You can also ask other natural girls you know for advice on ones they tried out. Just go for it and rock your new hair!

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3 Apps To Keep You Healthy

At only 22, I have had a myriad of jobs that have left me with a lot of stories to tell. I have been a Nurse’s Aide, a cashier, a community organizer, an Arts and Crafts teacher, a camp counselor, and many more. The world of work all started for me when I was 13 and I got a job working on an inner city farm. Yes, I said a farm. My mom signed me up for a program called DIG, Durham Inner City Gardeners, which turned into my first part time job. We planted everything from squash to basil and snapdragons, which we would harvest and sell at our local farmers market. DIG gave me more than my first paycheck, but also a vast amount of knowledge about caring for fruits, herbs, and vegetables, and where our food comes from. Nine years later, I’m probably still the best at cutting basil, but I’m also a food justice advocate. I now know the importance of food justice and knowing where your food comes from. Since than I try to make an effort to eat “clean” and buy local. The process of transitioning form relaxed to natural also made me more aware of things I was putting on and in my hair and body. I figured if processed things weren’t good enough to put in my body, they weren’t good enough to put on my hair and skin either.

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This focus on living a clean lifestyle has led me to seek out many resources to help guide me along the way. Technology has played a big part in keeping me educated on healthy food and natural body products. In the age of Google, you can find a webpage offering just about anything you want to know, but there are also cell phone and web apps that have been incredibly helpful for me. Its important to know the ingredients in our food and body products, so here are a few websites and apps that have been helping me out.

 

Fooducate
Fooducate

Fooducate is a website and cell phone app that provides you with information about the ingredients and macronutrients in just about any food you can think of. You can type in anything from Nutella to fresh vegetables. It even provides information for most store brands. You can also scan product barcodes. It rates products on an A-F scale and than provides a justification for each score, including reasons why you should incorporate it into your diet or not.

Skin Deep
Skin Deep

 Skin Deep Cosmetic Database is an awesome app and website developed by Environmental Working Group (EWG). Similar to Fooducate, you can scan or type in most cosmetic products and it provides information about its ingredients. Skin Deep rates products on a scale of 1-10 and lets you know if any of the ingredients have been linked to cancer, allergies, or developmental problems. It’s very useful when I’m in a store trying to decide between shampoos or body washes and I’m unsure of any of the ingredients listed on the back.

Dirty Dozen
Dirty Dozen

Dirty Dozen is EWG’s app that helps guide shoppers through pesticides. It provides a handy list of the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen, as well as a general guide to buying produce. The Dirty Dozen is a list of the 12 fruits and vegetables that generally have the highest pesticide content, that professionals recommend buying organic. The Clean Fifteen is a list of the most pesticide sparse fruits and veggies that are safe to purchase because they are minimally processed. EWG consistently updates and adds to the list as they continue to do research about pesticides and where our food comes from.

Are there any websites, apps, or other forms of technology that help you live a healthy lifestyle?

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