Monday, December 9, 2013

Natural Hair Journey: Lichelle- The Baroness of Braidouts!!

Hello Chic-istas!! Meet the beautiful Lichelle. This is one beauty that I love to follow on Instagram because she gives me so much beauty, hair, and life inspiration. Her beautiful face definitely matches her beautiful spirit as her post revolve around her jaw dropping, wall slide worthy hair and her the positive post about life, spirituality, health, and wellness. She is one to watch and I see great things ahead for this beautiful naturalista... so without further delay, meet Lichelle, the Baroness of Braidouts :)

NCJ: Hello and thank you so much for sharing your natural hair journey with us. Please, tell us a little about yourself.  

Lichelle: Hi I'm Lichelle, I live in NYC, I'm currently in the health care field, but my passion is photography, art, and being all things creative. :)
NCJ: 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? 

Lichelle: I wasn't too content with my hair before being natural. I felt It was "healthy", but I realized what real health was when I decided to go natural.

NCJ: When and why did you decide to go natural? 

Lichelle:  I went natural in May 2010. I decided to go natural after a bad relaxer experience that left my hair thin and shabby.

NCJ: I can definetely relate to the bad relaxer experience... that was a part of my decision to finally let go as well. So did you slowly transition or did you do a Big Chop, please share your experience. 

Lichelle: I Big chopped. I didn't know what "trasitioning" was back then, so I picked up my shears and chopped it into a Bob first, for a week, then I finished the rest. It was very liberating, but at the same time, I had no clue on what I did and how I could "fix" it. Initially I chopped without a plan lol. I didn't discover the natural community until after I had already chopped my hair, which was weeks later. I was so happy that there were other people like myself that became "natural". I then learned so much on how to properly take care of my natural hair. It was truly life changing.
NCJ:  What was your biggest fear about going natural? How did you overcome it? 

Lichelle: I didn't know what being natural was, to understand the fear of it. I chopped not knowing what I would do after. It was very random and spare of the moment. Just one day I said," I wanna cut my hair". And so it was cut! :)

NCJ: Wow, that is pretty cool!! What are your favorite styles, favorite hair products? 

Lichelle: I love braidouts. It stretches the hair the most for me and gives great definition for my hair. I'm also known to rock little to no definition  in my fros. I'm an artist and any artist will tell you that, being an artist is about movement. I don't like having a routine and being the same all the time. I like versatility. That's why I love being natural. I can tame my hair one day, and be Diana Ross the next lol :). I love As I am, Jane Carter, Cantu,Shea Moisture,Carols Daughter,and Ouidad products. Those are my staple brands.

NCJ: Your braidouts are the perfection girl!! I haven't tried a braidout in forever but every time I see one of your pictures, I feel like I got to try it! LOL... Do  you have any advice you would give to other new naturals or those thinking of going natural.

Lichelle: Do it, Do it ,Do it! (*chants*) :)

NCJ: Lol!! Perfect yet simple advice!! What is the Biggest lesson you have learned about yourself and your hair through your journey?

Lichelle: Have realistic expectations about your hair. Look for inspiration, but know what works for your hair and your hair only. 

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

Lichelle: Youtube:BaronessCountess

NCJ: Thanks so much Lichelle for sharing your story!!! Stay beautiful, fabulous, and chic!! I feel so honored to have royalty on the blog... in my opinion, you are simply the Baroness of Braidouts! :)

Hugs and Love,


1 comment:

  1. Wow, she IS the baroness of braid outs! So nice and fluffyyy