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Curl Talk with LivSo + CurlyInCollege

Curl Talk with LivSo + CurlyInCollege

In our first CurlyInCollege Survival Kit we’re introducing subscribers to a *NEW* company, LivSo. Their products alleviate dry, itchy scalp and repair brittle hair.

This amazing brand was created by Shari Hicks-Graham, a Board-Certified Dermatologist who also happens to be an African American woman! Get to know her in the interview below…

What would be your advice for someone transitioning from relaxed to natural hair for the very first time? 

Transitioning hair from its relaxed to natural state is a unique process for every individual.  It requires self-reflection and a tremendous amount of self-care which is always worthwhile, yet challenging during college.  I have two pieces of advice for the transition:  keep it simple and remain gentle with your tresses during this period because hair in this state is very fragile, particularly at the line of demarcation between new growth and relaxed hair.  Therefore, take care to detangle gently during shampooing and conditioning, try to avoid tension, and wash and condition the hair on a regular basis – at least once a week.  Remember that natural hair loves water and products that moisturize are key.  Scalp care is always important, and that’s where LivSo comes in.  The entire line including the Moisturizing Shampoo, Conditioner and Scalp Lotion will assist with detangling the hair, moisturizing the scalp, while helping to keep the scalp itch and flake free.  The simplicity of the line will help with maintaining your hair in a healthy state.  

What role does your brand play in the broader Natural Hair community?  

We understand that there are many fantastic brands out there for the Natural Hair community to enjoy.  LivSo is a specialized high-quality scalp and hair care product line that is also proven effective because of our clinical study.  It was important to me to develop LivSo because of my experience as a board-certified dermatologist who understands the needs of this community because I am also part of it.  The brand is a clean simple answer to the problem of dry itchy scalp for people with textured hair.  We wanted it to be easy to access and affordable while maintaining a high-quality look and feel.  Our samples and trade size offerings are available online with excellent service.   I have poured my energy into this product because of my love for my sisters and brothers trying to live a more healthy life.   

How does your brand embody our mission of “Embrace who you are, not who others want you to be?”

LivSoYou – we use it all the time as somewhat of a mantra.  We truly believe that people are at their best when they are manifesting their own unique attributes as it relates to personal thought, style, career goals, etc.  We developed the brand to help people live more confident, comfortable lives.  If you feel good, you will generally be more free to do the things that make you most happy.  This is why LivSo exists.  

What advice do you have for college students who may feel challenged on their natural hair journey?

Students usually have limited time and money!  Simple solutions to help you manage your natural hair will be key.  Find brands that have sample offerings first so that you will know how the products work before purchasing larger sizes.  Find a good hair and scalp product for cleansing, conditioning and moisturizingAlso make sure that you also have your favorite styling product on hand to make a few signature low-tension, low-maintenance styles work for you.  Resist the urge to rely exclusively on braids and weaves during the busy college years because I have witnessed that it contributes to hair loss over time.  You are your own best look, so master your look!  Try and keep it simple so that you will be able to keep up with your self-care.  Lastly, spend your time and money with brands who fundamentally support you and your health and beauty goals.    

You can follow LivSo on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter.

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Curly Q of the Week: Kalea Lucas

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!”

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).

Meet The Interns: Tatyanna Hunter

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.

Meet The Interns: Chyna Jones

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.

Meet The Interns: Chloe Pearson

Meet The Interns: Chloe Pearson

Name, College, and graduation year

My name is Chloe Pearson I attend East Carolina University with a graduation date of 2018.

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

I have been natural my whole life but about five years ago decided to embrace my curls.

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

In middle school I started wearing my hair straight, so I would get my hair done every week. With my hair texture it is hard for my hair to stay straight it always wants to revert at the roots and ends. I was involved in dance at the time and often sweated out my hair. I was tired of my weekly routine and decided to try something new going into high school.

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

My perception of myself hasn’t really changed, I have notice that I tend to be more confident when I where my hair out whereas when I first began to go where my hair out I was self-conscious about what others would think. My perception of others isn’t influenced by my hair choice.

Have people approached or treated you differently with natural hair?

I get a lot of stares from people at my hair and occasionally random people touch without asking. People always give more complements when my hair is straight, and maybe that is because I don’t straighten it very often.

What is your favorite part of your hair routine?

Detangling my hair while washing or co-washing is my absolute favorite part of my hair routine.

What are your top 3 must have hair products?

I love, love, love Carol’s Daughter products and use them religiously. My hair needs moisture but not products that are too heavy and leave it overly saturated. My must haves are Coconut oil, Carol’s daughter’s Tui leave- in conditioner spray (mixed with Carol’s daughter hair milk), and Lottabody’s Moisture Me: Curl and Style milk. I guess that is four but I mix my leave in spray with hair milk into one to make a more moisturizing spay.

What are your top 3 favorite hair tools?

My Denman brush (modified) and wide tooth comb are my essentials, curl formers come in handy when I want to curl with no heat.

Who is your current #MCM and #WCW?

Lately my #MCM has been Broderick Hunter. My #WCW is SZA her HAIR!!! But I also love her music and she seems to have this amazing spirit.