Thursday, August 1, 2013

Gabrielle's Journey to Beautiful Chocolate Tresses...

Hello Chic-istas!! Meet beautiful naturalista, Gabrielle! When I first discovered the awesome-ness that is Mrs. Gabrielle, I was watching one of her very popular youtube videos (Chocolate Tresses). I saw this gorgeous woman with children, a down to earth personality, and entertaining, reliable, and informative videos; I was hooked. This super fashionista naturalista mom is an inspiration to me and I can't wait for you all to learn all about her journey to beautiful chocolate tresses. Meet Gabrielle...

Nappturally Chic Jeré: Hello Gabrielle! Thanks so much for sharing your natural hair journey with us. So, before we start, tell us about yourself.

Gabrielle: I'm a 27 year old stay at home mom of 4 boys (ages 11mths to 6 yrs. old). I've been married to my husband for 5 years now and he's totally supportive of everything I do. I also have a youtube channel that is dedicated to showing other women style, beauty looks, and hair tutorials.

NCJ: What a beautiful family and Four Boys...Wow, you look amazing!! 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?

Gabrielle:The damage of my hair before I decided to transition to natural hair was severe.  I had split ends, breakage, extreme shedding, and bald spots.  The bald spots around my temple were a result of me just recently having a baby (its called postpartum shedding) but the relaxer still did damage.
I don't really remember my first relaxer, but I do remember that it burned and sometimes it would leave open wounds on my scalp and as a kid I thought "oh well its just what black girls do to their hair" the concept of being "natural" never crossed my mind until I was 22 years old.

NCJ: When and why did you decide to go natural? Did you slowly transition or did you do a Big Chop, please share your experience.

Gabrielle: I decided to go natural June 25, 2008 mainly because my little sister introduced me to it, and of course I didn't like the results of my hair after relaxing it. I transitioned for 12 months, gained 6 inches of new growth and when I finally big chopped, I cut all of my hair into a TWA. It wasn't cute and I was so upset with myself  and I just wore wigs for a few weeks until the curl pattern I desired for my twa was attainable.

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

Gabrielle: My biggest fear of becoming natural was not having manageable hair.  I didn't want my hair to be too short and I didn't want my family and friends to dislike my new hair change.  I ultimately overcame this fear when I had the support of my husband, he made me feel beautiful.

NCJ: That is beautiful! There is nothing like having support and someone reminding you of your beauty. What are your favorite styles and favorite hair products?

Gabrielle: I live by braidouts and twistouts those are my go-to styles for sure.  I love to use grapeseed oil and coconut oils, my favorite leave-in conditioners are Karen's Body Beautiful Ambrosia conditioner, and Kinky Curly Knot Today.  I love to use any Qhemet Biologics products but the Amla and Olive Heavy Cream moisturizer does wonders for my hair, I also love the Eco Styler gels olive and argan oil kind.  Satin and silk scarfs and bonnets are my best friends and most of all I keep my body and my hair hydrated with water.

NCJ: What advice would you give to other new naturals or those thinking of going natural.

GabrielleMy advice to new naturals or anyone thinking of transitioning would be to take your time and get to know your hair, find out what it needs, what it likes and dislikes.  Mostly don't be afraid or concerned of how friends and family may react. Keep your focus on yourself and what makes you happy.

NCJ: Beautiful advice!!! The Biggest lesson you have learned about yourself and your hair through your journey. 

GabrielleThe biggest lessoned I've learned through my transition to my natural hair is that my hair is unique, its big and bold and definitely makes a statement where ever I go. I love myself and my hair in its natural state even more because I tried to hide it for so long I now appreciate it for what it is.

NCJ: Beautifully stated!!! Do you have any social media forums that will allow other naturals to keep up with all of your fabulousness?


Twitter: chocolatetresss
Instagram: chocolatetresses
Tumblr: chocolatetresses

NCJ: Thanks so much for taking the time out to share your journey with us... It was my absolutely pleasure to get to know a little bit more about the beautiful person behind the chocolate tresses. Hugs and Love!!!


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