Naturally Fierce Feature: Kish

Hello. My name is Markisha; however, I love to be called Kish! I am from Detroit, MI but I'm currently a college student residing in Lansing, MI. I am also a dance teacher and Choreographer! My natural hair journey has been an emotional roller-coaster! Initially I wanted to wear my natural hair because wearing weave just didn't feel right, physically or emotionally. I felt fake and it itched like crazy! My hair was already color damaged, wearing weave (sew-ins, glue-ins) made it worse. I … [Read more...]

Naturally Fierce Feature: Natasha

My name is Natasha but I am better known as Naturallytash aka the Queen of Hair Shadowing. I am originally from Staten Island, NYC but I now reside in Houston Texas. How long have you been natural? I went totally natural two and a half years ago. Prior to that I hadn't used a perm in 10 plus years but I destroyed my curl pattern by constantly dyeing and flat ironing my hair. What motivated you to go natural? My hair seemed as if it wasn't growing and I missed having my curls. I decided … [Read more...]

Naturally Fierce Feature: Awanda

Hello to all ! My name Awanda Perez , I live in northern Spain , in the city of A Coruña. Previously I lived in Madrid , London , NYC, Italy and Santo Domingo , the city where I was born. My trip to natural began long ago, but it was not until nearly two years ago , when I decided to start from scratch, by doing a Big Chop . How long have you been natural? Now almost two years ago. At other times I had cut my hair, but the lack of information and determination out I became discouraged . … [Read more...]

Naturally Fierce Feature: Danielle

My name is Danielle Desiree. My family is from Guyana, South America and I currently reside in Houston, TX. How long have you been natural? I’ve been natural for a little over 5 years What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper& why? I actually went natural by an accident. I was in college and I wore hair extensions throughout most of my collegiate career. I wore weave consistently for about 8 months and when I finally allowed my hair to breathe I … [Read more...]

Naturally Fierce Feature: Jocellyn

Hi Curlfriend! My name is Jocellyn, and I am from Indianapolis, Indiana. When I was in high school, I let my hair stylist (who I trusted) convince me that I needed a relaxer every 6-8 weeks. At the time, I was only getting them once or twice a year. Shortly after receiving my second relaxer in a 10 week time frame, I was washing my hair, when suddenly large clumps of my hair started falling out. It was in that moment that I decided to never get a relaxer again. I transitioned, and managed to do … [Read more...]

Naturally Fierce Feature: Amanda

Hello my natural loves! My name is Amanda, and just like many of you I am a natural hair fiend! (lol) I am 22 years old and a born and raised New Yorker! How long have you been natural? I have been natural since my senior year of high school which was 2009! It was the winter of this year that I decided I would no longer relax my hair. Prior to this, I would relax my hair about 2 times a year. As a child I had long hair however after years of relaxing and cutting, my hair got shorter and … [Read more...]

Naturally Fierce Feature: Kiana

Hi! My name is Kiana Gardner and I reside in New York and have for my entire life. I am 21 and I’m graduating in May with a BA in Psychology and Sociology/ Anthropology. I’m still working on life after graduation but let’s talk about my hair! How long have you been natural? I received my last perm in January of 2011 and transitioned until August of 2012 which is when I “big chopped”. I count from when I chopped so I’ve been fully natural for 1 year and 7 months! What motivated you to … [Read more...]

Naturally Fierce Feature: Samantha

My name is Samantha and I'm originally from Chicago, IL, though I am currently living in San Diego, CA. I decided to go natural after seeing a friend's hair health and I am very happy I did. How long have you been natural? I have been natural for 12 years. What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper& why?  I transitioned into natural hair. After seeing my hair damaged, I knew I had to leave the relaxers alone and I've never looked back. How would … [Read more...]

Are afros alternative?

It honestly depends on whom you ask and what their personal reflection of the word ‘alternative’ symbolizes to them. Whether one is talking about a subculture of the Natural Hair Movement (NHM) or merely a trend, there is an image that you can form in your mind on what an afro means in 2014. An afro is defined as two things: 1) a style where thick, curly hair erects around the head and 2) a natural hairstyle of black people.  I prefer the New York Times’ definition when discussing Dante De … [Read more...]

A Woman’s Worth: Naturally Revolutionary

Does this image look familiar? Yes, it is a Rosie the Riveter inspired design. I wanted to reintroduce this strong iconic image to the Global Couture brand. What do you think? Leave comments below. A brief history of Rosie: Before the United States entered World War II, several companies already had contracts with the government to produce war equipment for the Allies. Almost overnight the United States entered the war and war production had to increase dramatically in a short … [Read more...]

Naturally Fierce Feature: Shantel

My name is Shantel but most just call me Elle. I am originally from Maryland but now reside in Virginia with my 2 daughters, husband, and a little Shih Tzu name Lily. I am now a freelance makeup artist and spend my time watching the clock waiting for my little bun to come out the oven... yes another Queen in training due in October! How long have you been natural? I will be natural for 4 years in October of this year! Time has really flown by! What motivated you to transition? Were you a … [Read more...]

Naturally Fierce Feature: Jonice

 My name is Jonice (Nelson), I’m from the South Side of Chicago. I got my first perm when I was 12 years old and didn’t stop until I was 35. I was trained/brainwashed to believe that new growth had to be demolished as soon as it showed up. It’s funny because now my entire head is curly/wavy like new growth and I love it!How long have you been natural?I’ve been completely transitioned to back to natural hair since 2011. What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper & … [Read more...]

Is an Afro Still a Political Statement? The New York Times Explores

by Clutch Is an afro still a political statement? It’s a complicated question for the African-American community, whose hair is tangled in the web of American racial politics.The weight of the issue doesn’t stop journalists from attempting to explore it. New York Times writer Ruth La Ferla examined the political significance of the new afro, determining that it’s “a kinder, gentler ‘natural’ pretty much shorn of its militancy” compared to the style of the 1960s era.She writes:The style’s current … [Read more...]

Naturally Fierce Feature: Kennedy

My name is Kennedy!! I'm born and raised in Atlanta, Ga. I got my first perm in the 4th grade! My grandmother actually snuck and took me. I used to complain allllll the time about how big my hair was and how I wanted it to look like the other girls in my class (straight). My mom came home and was pissssseedddd! Lol. She never was a big "hair do-er" so she got over it pretty fast after she realized how manageable my hair had become after the perm. Since then, I had been receiving a perm at least … [Read more...]

Naturally Fierce Feature: Taneica

My name is Taneica Oliveira and I am originally from Hollywood Florida. I currently live in Central Illinois with my husband, dog, bird, and brand new baby! I work at our local news station here in town as a morning editor/ photographer/reporter. How long have you been natural?I've been natural my entire life. I remember wanting to have hair that blew in the wind when I was in kindergarten...My mom used to give me pigtails and them suckers were supposed to last all week, so she really tied every … [Read more...]

Naturally Fierce Feature: LaNita

My hair journey began 2007, I transitioned with braids. I was completely natural April 2008. My hair has always grown better without perms, but in the 90’s and early 2000 it was hard to locate a beautician or even products for natural hair. I developed alopecia and was advised by a physician to stop perming my hair or using heat. I did just that. I’ve one episode in 2010 because of a sew-in which irritated my scalp. I’ve been fortunate and my hair has grown back and is very healthy.  How long … [Read more...]