VeCoya: Hey ya’ll I’m VeCoya a young lady in her 20 somethings trying to find her path in this crazy world. I’m from North Carolina and I LOVE LOVE LOVE healthy hair.
Charla: I’m Charla. I’m from Greensboro, North Carolina and I too am obsessed with natural hair.
How long have you chicas natural?
VeCoya: 4 years! GEESH time flies!
Charla: 3 years and counting!
What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper& why?
VeCoya – I decided to commit to returning back to my natural state of hair because my hair was breaking off due to heat damage. I transitioned because I knew I would have the time to get to know my natural hair better. Through the transition process, I was surprised and intrigued by my natural curls. Thanks to Youtube videos and natural hair sites, I began to learn how to care for my own hair. I transitioned for a little over a year and cut off my relaxed ends in February 2010.
Charla: I already had a very short haircut and I was eager to try something different. I decided to grow my hair out without using any chemicals. I transitioned for 6 months. It was very easy because my hair was already short. By Thanksgiving 2011, I cut off all of the relaxed ends.
How would you describe your hair?
VeCoya: My hair is a complex and has a mind of its own. I have looser curls on the left side and the right side ALWAYS outgrows the left side despite me cutting it even. Wavy, soft, unruly at times, thick, beautiful, and yeahhh COMPLEX (I know I already said that but it’s the truth lol)
Charla: I have honestly never been into “defining my hair grade or type” so I will do my best to describe it. My hair is jet black and very curly. And the shrinkage is real! lol It does what it wants and I am completely okay with that.
What do you love most about your hair?
VeCoya – One word versatility. I love the ability to wear my hair in so many different ways
Charla: The versatility of my hair, I have so many options when it comes to styling.
What has been the most memorable part of your journey? Has it been easy or difficult or both?!
VeCoya: It’s been a little bit of both. It’s a tad bit more than I expected in that I didn’t know all that being natural entails. LOL It takes more time to maintain my hair but I don’t have a problem with that because it’s a trade off I can wear my hair in more ways and I love my hair in its natural state.
Charla: Yes it’s truly been memorable but in a good way lol it’s more versatile. So in a way it allows more freedom, if it’s raining outside I don’t have to freak out about not having an umbrella where as before when I had a relaxer getting my hair wet was a NO NO!!
What are some of your favorite hairstyles?
VeCoya: I love buns, straw sets, and flexi rods.
Charla: I like to twist my hair back and I love my u part wig it protects my hair while allowing me the freedom of a different hairstyle. While I was transitioning and after I would wear my hair in braids, twist, and tracks for the most part. I did this to avoid heat and messing with it all of the time.
What have your experiences been as a ‘natural?’ Any memorable reactions from family or others?
VeCoya: My family was very supportive. They actually told me that they felt like natural hair suits me better.
Charla: I didn’t receive any reaction or questions from anyone as to why I was going natural. The natural experience itself has been a great liberating experience. But if I could choose a phrase to describe it, it would be trial and error LOL.
What is your hair regimen (including fav products)?
VeCoya: No set regimen, Within the past month I’ve rocked my hair in various styles; flexi rods; straw sets; I braid it back into protective styles; wash ‘n goes and I wear buns.like I said I love variety! I’m a product junkie! It’s so gotten bad that I don’t allow myself to go to the beauty supply store anymore lol. But if I were on a deserted island and could only have two products I would choose coconut oil and Jane Carter Solution Leave In Revitalizing Conditioner. I use both daily and they are full or fortifying and natural ingredients.
Charla: Honestly I do not have a routine for my hair. However I am a stifler of avoiding heat! I am just very very cognizant of protecting my ends and keeping my hair moisturized.
What are some of your favorite natural hair websites,YouTuber’s, or blogs?
We’ll of course our blog greenevdc.com but some of my other fav’s are:
Mae of http://www.naturalchica.com (absolutely LOVE her youtube videos)
Protecting your crown and glory: glorycrown.blogspot.com
This isn’t a natural hair blog but I’m like obsessed with Kid Fury’s YouTube videos he’s BEYOND hilarious!
Honestly, there is a wealth of useful and intriguing blogs on the internet so there are countless others. I can’t name them all!
Our blog lol I do look at tutorials all the time but the only person that I faithfully follow on Youtube is MsDanti1 I love her videos!
I like a lot of blogs like the around the way curls blog http://aroundthewaycurls.com/ and this lovely blog! I can always count on your blog to provide helpful and insightful info about natural hair. Plus your merchandise is FLYY!! Thank you Patricia!
Anything you want the readers to know? Inspirational words?
VeCoya: My advice would be to develop patience because this journey is definitely a process. Fall in love with your texture and your natural curls, in other words get to know your hair! Don’t compare yourself to others because this is your journey. That applies to products as well, what works for me may not necessarily work for you and vice versus. Experiment and try new products and hairstyles to see what works for you. If you are experimenting with a new hairstyle and it turns out disastrous, try again. The more you try, the more you will learn and the better you will get at it, just like anything else in life.
Charla: My advice would be to get to know your hair and what works for you. Don’t compare or think that your hair needs to look like someone elses (because you will constantly be disappointed if you do!). God made us all individuals for a reason so enjoy what he gave you.
Where can people find you for more information?
We have a lifestyle blog greenevdc.com we talk about healthy relationships, fab hair & our own unique experiences. The best way to describe it is ‘It’s just sisterly love’.
We’re also on:
Youtube channel: greenevdc