Naturally Fierce Feature: Daphne

My name is Daphne Ragland, and I’m from Milledgeville, Georgia. In 2012 I started Natty Coco LLC with the goal of bringing more natural hair events to the Middle Georgia area. I released my line of hair products at the 1st Annual Middle Georgia Natural Experience on October 28, 2012. While transitioning, I suffered extensive hair damage due improper hair care with weave. My edges were especially affected because of tight hair braiding prior to sew ins. I think most naturals have a bit of “kitchen chemistry” in them, and I’m no exception. I saw healthy hair growth from my mixtures, so I made them available to the public. Natty Coco LLC is now international! Two shops in France, http://www.gossip-4-hair.comand www.nattriciashop.comin addition to www.nattycoco.comhere in the US, currently have the products.

How long have you been natural? My last relaxer was on December 3, 2010

What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper& why?
I was over the whole perm experience. I would have to get perms around every 4 weeks, instead of every 6-8 weeks as recommended because my hair was so thick. I also had grown tired of camping out in the salon for several hours. My first attempt of returning to natural only lasted about 4 months. My stylist continued to do relaxed styles on my natural hair which did not work. Most times my hair was swelling up by the end of the day. The second time, I consulted a natural hair stylist and did many of my own styles.How would you describe your hair?
Resiliant, stubborn, strong, big, course. I don’t get caught up in describing my hair with numbers and letters. There are several different textures in my hair, so I don’t try to compare my hair to charts.

What do you love most about your hair? I love the versatility! I can do so many more styles with my hair in it’s natural state.

What has been the most memorable part of your journey?Has it been easy or difficult or both?!
I remember one of my close family members saying some really negative things about my hair on social media. Ironically this same individual is now transitioning! I would say my journey has been a combination of difficult and easy experiences. The transitioning phase was the most difficult. Dealing with two different hair types was the worst! If I had to do it all over again (Lord, I don’t even want to think about it!), I think I would just cut it all off at one time.

What were some of your favorite transitioning hairstyles?
While I was transitioning, I did a lot of two strand twists. I rolled the ends with perm rods. Currently I wear a lot of protective styles, thanks to my stylist Chelice Woods. My “go-to style” is the bantu knot out. One of my favorite styles is two strand twists. I can achieve several different styles from twists. I pin up the twists for a variety of updos, set them on perm rods, and after a couple of weeks I separate the twists for an awesome twist out.What is your hair regimen (including fav products)?
I use my Natty Coco line of hair products which consists of Natty Coco Herbal Leave-in Mist, Natty Coco Hair & Scalp Oil, and Natty Coco Whipped Shea Butter Pomade. I use the LOC (liquid, oil, cream) method to moisturize my hair. When my hair is not in a protective style, my daily regime is as follows: I moisten my hair with the Natty Coco Herbal Leave-in Mist, next I apply the Natty Coco Hair & Scalp Oil, last I lock in the moisture with the Natty Coco Whipped Shea Butter. While my hair is in protective styles, I use the Natty Coco Herbal Leave-in Mist 1-2 times a day. Not only does it moisturize my hair, it also relieves itchy scalp. Stylists love it because it leaves no greasy build up. My favorite shampoo and conditioners are made by Hydratherma Naturals and KeraCare.
What are some of your favorite natural hair websites,YouTuber’s, or blogs?, Naturallykela on YouTube mskelabug, Natural Hair Freedom, the Lupie Chick and of course Global Couture!

Anything you want the readers to know? Inspirational words?
Embrace your natural hair journey. Have fun with it! Don’t return to natural because of some one else. Nor should you alter your hair based on the comments of others. Avoid the whole natural vs permed drama. Don’t stress over your hair; a hair style that you may write-off as an epic fail will probably solicit the most compliments!

Where can people find you for more information?, Instagram @natty_coco, Twitter @nattycoco1, YouTube nattycoco1, Pinterest nattycoco


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