Friday, October 17, 2014

Donna: The Story Behind the Curls

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

Donna: My name is Donna Moody and I'm 33 years old. I have 3 blessed children and I've been married for 8 years. I love blogging about natural hair. I've been natural for 4 years and I love how my journey has allowed me to encourage and help others with their decision in "going natural". I am now a Carols Daughter  and Aunt Jackies Ambassador. I'm hoping to grow more in these Awesome brands and continue to educate others about natural hair.

NCJ: Very nice! Please tell us about your hair before going natural. 

Donna: My hair was relaxed and long. I've always had long hair unless I decided to cut it but after years of perming and cutting, my hair always remained shoulder length. It was like the growth had stunted. I wore a lot of wraps, roller sets, and I flat ironed my hair a lot. Heat and gel was my hair best friend until the damage started knocking at the door.

NCJ: When and why did you decide to go natural? Did you slowly transition or did you do a Big Chop?

Donna: One day I decided to try a wig. I started loving how lace front wigs look so I kept wearing them. My Best Friend, Alexia Hunter had started her natural hair journey and after a few months of me wearing my wigs, she wanted me to try the natural hair journey with her. I thought to myself, "no way"! I didn't want to BC because my face was too full and I was scared of looking like a boy. After many attempts, and 6 months later, I decided to let my best friend cut off the chemical in my hair. The night before, I watched many YouTube videos on women who did the "Big Chop". I was so amped about doing it that I did it the next day!  Nervous and excited, It was the best decision I ever made and I wouldn't change it for anyone. 

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

Donna: My biggest fear as I stated earlier was the cutting process. I couldn't seem to get that I had to cut all of my hair off to get the chemical part off. Watching YouTube videos, helped me get over that fear because the women I watched were fierce, bold, confident, and beautiful.

: What are your favorite styles, favorite hair products?

DonnaMy favorite hairstyles are my Updos', Twistouts, and Wash n Gos'! 
My favorite products right now are the following:

  • Carols Daughter Milk Collection
  • Aunt Jackies Flaxseed Gel, Custard, Knot on My Watch Detangling Therapy, and Leave-in
  • Eco Styler Gel
  • Organix Coconut Milk Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Design Essentials Stretching Creme
  • Jane Carter Nourish and Shine
  • Cantu Shea Leave-in
  • Creme of Nature (natural hair line)
  • Beautiful Textures Line

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

Donna: The advice I would give naturals who want to start their natural hair journey is to be confident in your decision. Everyone will not be supportive of your decision or have positive feedback about it. You have to feel confident and beautiful yourself and show everyone that natural hair is Gawjus.The second thing I would say is to learn your hair. Find out what products work by experimenting. Just because some products work for others doesn't mean that you will get those same results.
NCJ: Can you please share your hair do's and don'ts/ 

Donna: Do's for my hair- Trim, deep condition hair once a month, always use a leave-in for moisture, pay attention to the ends of my hair, and detangle hair while conditioner is in my hair or detangle in the shower.
Don'ts for my hair- I do not keep my hair dry, I don't comb hair dry, I don't leave in protective styles for a long time especially when gel is applied, I don't wash my hair everyday, I don't allow anyone to put their hands on my hair if they are not licensed to do so. 

NCJ: What is the biggest lesson you have learned about yourself and your hair through your journey. 

Donna: The biggest lesson I've learned is to be me. I learned that when you're confident about yourself while being yourself, others will like you for you. I never thought that women all over the world would love my hairstyles or ask me for tips. It's all a humbling experience.

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

Donna: You can follow me on the following networks:

Thanks for sharing Donna! It was so great to get to know you and to learn about the story behind your curls! 

If you want to share The Story Behind Your Curls, email us at nappturallychic11@gmail.com and answer the questions above and send us pictures of your hair throughout your journey.

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