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Friday, January 3, 2014

Asherah and the love of her Fro....

Hello Chic-istas!!! Are you ready for some major hair inspiration? If you are, check out the beautiful Asherah. This island beauty is constantly serving it up with gorgeous hair, amazing makeup looks, and creative nail art. Please check out her journey to learning to love her Fro below...

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

Asherah: My name is Asherah. I am a 20something Bajan, living and working/studying in Jamaica. I just started my postgraduate studies in Anesthesia and Intensive Care, and in my spare time I love to play in my makeup stash, listen to music and most of all…sleep. LOL

NCJ: BIM!! Barbados is a huge part of my heritage, so nice to get to know another Beautiful Bajan... 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?

Asherah: Well I was actually natural up until the age of 17. Up till then my mom would style it every Sunday, but then she got tired of doing it and was happy to let me take care of it on my own. So I decided to chemically process it and was quite happy with it for a number of years. During medical school, I colored it, cut it often into a bob and loved the sleekness of a fresh relax and wrap. I was heavily reliant on the services of my hairdresser - as I had no clue on how to wash, rollerset, flat iron, nada.

NCJ: Wow! You were natural until 17 years old; that is amazing! When and why did you decide to return to your natural tresses?

Asherah: I had just finished my internship in Barbados and moved back to Jamaica for work, but this time around I moved to a town about 4 hrs away from my tried and true hairdresser. So here I was faced with a dilemma - no idea how to care for my relaxed hair, and no available hairdresser I could trust (I am not one who does walk-in appointments with random hair stylists). My hair was breaking, it was just a hot mess. So I decided to go back natural - with every intention of relaxing it when it got to longer lengths and I moved near to my hair stylist. I went online and searched, spent hours reading and eventually found the online hair forums. It was such an amazing experience to talk to other women with kinky hair and learn from them. From there I then decided to remain natural, and enjoy the journey


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

Asherah: I transitioned for about a year and then did a big chop - 2am one morning out of frustration. Then, it was like…oh boy, what do I do now?! LOL!

NCJ: What was the most challenging part about returning to your natural hair texture.

Asherah: My biggest challenge was figuring out what to 'do' with it. Sounds funny, but I never really styled my hair, didn't know how to braid, cornrow, nothing. So it was hard trying to find ways to style it. But once again, the internet was a wealth of information and ideas. Now styling is one of my favorite things to do.


NCJ: I can definitely relate to that! What are your favorite styles, favorite hair products and a couple of pictures of your best hair days.

Asherah: My fave styles are textured updos especially with a pompadour, high buns and braidouts. While protective styling  - my faves are marley braids as well as crochet braids.

NCJ: Your crochet braids and updos are always so gorgeous!!! Do you have any advice you would give to other new naturals or those thinking of going natural.

Asherah:
#1. Learn as much as you can about YOUR hair - how it behaves, what it likes etc. Just because everyone else is raving about a product, specific detangling method or protective style, does not mean it will work for you.
#2. Enjoy every stage, from TWA to BAA.
#3. Be patient, be gentle.
#4. Rock your hair confidently!

NCJ: That is great advice...especially number two.....what was the biggest lesson you have learned about yourself and your hair through your journey.

Asherah: I can rock my hair anyway I want. I don't need to convince others of the beauty of my kinky hair.  Once I treat my hair well, she will do right by me.

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

Asherah: I have a blog - mainly about styling as well as my dalliances with makeup and manicures. I am also on IG and youtube.

Blog: www.fortheloveofmyfro.com, IG: fortheloveofmyfro, Youtube: http://youtube.com/fortheloveofmyfro

NCJ: Thank you for sharing your journey with us! As always, Be chic, be beautiful, BE YOU!!!
Hugs and Love!!

5 comments:

  1. Wow she's gorgeous! Her updos are really pretty too.

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  2. Thank you for the feature! Happy New Year and God's richest blessings on you and your family! xoxo.

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  3. Great comments Asherah!! Your hairstyles are always beautiful and such an encouragement to me!! It is good to see black women embracing their natural hair and not worrying that the natural styles might not be pleasing or presentable!! Thumbs up Asherah! Keep it up!

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  4. Love her hairstyles! So creative and prettyyy

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  5. That's my girl....always rocking it well...nice feature!

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