Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Tiffany's Journey to Naturally Gorgeous and Luscious Locs.

Hello Chic-istas!! Meet Tiffany Nichols! I fell in love with this beautiful naturalista after seeing her beautiful and creative hairstyles on various forms of Social Media. This beauty has developed a popular blog, youtube channel, and a thriving social media presence due to her sweetness, creativity, and her willingness to share, inspire, and to help other naturals embrace their hair. She is such a sweet and beautiful person and I am honored that she has shared her hair story with us. 

Meet Tiffany....

Nappturally Chic Jere: Hello, Tiffany! Thanks so much for sharing with us! So for those that may not know you, Tell me a little about yourself.

Tiffany:  I am a 30 year old “Natural Hair Enthusiast” from OKC, OK. I work as an analyst, but love to blog and vlog to help uplift, educate, and promote the beauty of natural hair.

NCJ: I am defineitely a fan of your youtube and your blog. So,Tell me about your hair before going natural. How did you feel when you first relaxed your hair. Were you frustrated with your relaxed hair? 

Tiffany: I received a relaxer at a very young age, as a matter of fact, I was so young that my mom doesn’t even remember how old I actually was.  Relaxers were all I knew and all that I saw around me, so they were definitely the norm. I had been receiving relaxers for close to 20 years and had my routine down.  Saturday was wash day, so I would wash and condition my hair, blow dry it and then flatiron.  I was not creative with my relaxed hair, I pretty much wore it the same way.  The only decision I really had to make was to decide which side I wanted my part on. LOL!! How boring is that!   I never had a bad experience with a relaxer, I just simply wanted to try something different.

NCJ: I can totally relate to the boredom you experience...lol! When and why did you decide to go natural? 

Tiffany: I decided to go natural in June of 2009 when I received my last relaxer. I decided to return back to natural after first discovering YouTube and the many beautiful ladies that were sharing their hair journey with the world.  I learned what transitioning was, what a big chop was, and how to maintain your hair during both phases.  After watching tons of videos and doing my own leg work, by researching the benefits of being natural, hair products, ingredients, etc…I finally made up my mind that I was ready to stop relaxing my hair.  

NCJ: Did you slowly transition or did you do a Big Chop, please share your experience. 

Tiffany: I received my last relaxer in June 2009 and transitioned for 9 months, doing my bc in March 2010.  I chose to transition because I was accustomed to having long hair and I didn’t think I would be comfortable nor did I think I had the confidence to rock extremely short hair. My experience with transitioning was rather easy.  I had 4 favorite go to styles (bantu knot-out, flexi-rod set, braid-out, and buns) that I rotated weekly.  These styles helped me blend my two textures with ease.

NCJ: What was your biggest fear about going natural? How did you overcome it?

Tiffany: My biggest fear was how my new hair would look and not being accepted by others. Initially, I was so concerned with what everyone would think about my hair, that I stayed in hiding. After doing my BC in March 2010, I hid my hair with sew in weaves and wigs because I wasn’t comfortable with my short hair and didn’t want to be criticized or made fun of by family, co-workers, or even strangers. Finally, in November 2010 I took the weave out and revealed my tresses to the world.  I finally had my confidence and didn’t care what others thought.  I knew my hair was fierce!!     

NCJ: I can completely relate. To me the hardest part of this journey isn't returning natural; It is accepting and embracing your natural hair. So, What are your favorite styles and favorite hair products. 

Tiffany: My favorites styles are the twist-out, flexi-rod sets, and updos.
My favorite products are the following;
Cowash and Conditioner: Herbal Essence Hello Hydration
Leave in: Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave In
Oils:  Sweet Almond Oil, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Castor Oil
Moisture: My own Moisture Butter
Styler: Eco Styler Gel and My own Curl Enhancing Cream

NCJ: Do you have any advice for new naturals or those thinking of going natural.

Tiffany: I will definitely say before you go natural and if you are newly natural, you need to do your own research. You should research methods, ingredients, techniques, etc and the pros and cons of them.  It is good to get information from others, but you should verify that information for yourself. I would also want you to know that being natural or going natural is a process and it takes patience.  You won’t get the hang of it overnight and you will have trial and error with different products and techniques, but keep pressing forward.  Believe me with some time and a lot of patience you will finally start to conquer your hair.

NCJ: Great Advice! What is the Biggest lesson you have learned about yourself and your hair through your journey. 

Tiffany: The biggest lesson I had to learn was to love my own head of hair. I could have easily had hair envy with naturals that had a curl pattern or hair texture that I desired, but I didn’t do that. I learned to embrace what I was blessed with and I learned how to care for it and in doing that I have fallen in love with my hair.  I would not trade my head of hair for anyone elses. 

NCJ: Beautiful words, truly inspiring! Well, Thanks for sharing your story with us. I know my readers will be inspired. Keep shining and inspiring people in all you do....

Find Tiffany on YouTube HERE
Find Tiffany's informative blog HERE
Find Tiffany on Instagram HERE

Hugs and Love,

N.C.J Bonus- One of my Favorite Videos from Tiffany Nichols

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