Naturally Fierce Feature: Ivette Piña

Hi name is Ivette Piña (yes like the fruit). I am originally from the Dominican Republic, from a little town in the south of the country called San Juan De La Maguana very close to Haiti almost by the border. I love to think of myself as a  really open-minded, family-oriented, funny, spiritual woman. I love to travel, discover, and learn new things. I admire smart, kind, honest individuals. I have a deep appreciation for nature, music, art, food, poetry and anything that touches my soul. I … [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: Nicole AKA IvyCharlaine

My name is Nicole IvyCharlaine. (IvyCharlaine is actually my middle name and my name I use most often) I'm originally from NY but I live in NJ. My hair journey has been an interesting ride over the past few years. Throughout my adult life I've always worn my hair straight. I used to get relaxers in college faithfully every few months and then one day I decided to just flat iron it every two weeks instead of the relaxers. I was obsessed with straight hair. I have also dyed my hair many, many … [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: Aisha Thalia

Aisha Thalia is my name and I am from all over! I was raised in the Virgin Islands. My mother is Irish/German and my father is Trinidadian. My sisters and I all have different curl patterns.  I live in Miami currently. My hair journey has spanned from self hate as a child to appreciation as an adult. My mother (who has straight blonde hair) was never quite sure what to do to our hair besides ponytails and pigtails. I used to look at the little white girls with envy because they were able to … [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: Jennifer

My name is Jennifer and I'm 23 years old and I'm from Overland Park, KS. I am a stay at home mom, aspiring photographer, and naturalista! I began my hair journey in February 2010, which was when I got my last relaxer. My hair was very damaged and thin and I wanted to havehealthy hair.How long have you been natural? I have been natural for 3.5 years.What motivated you to go natural? Seeing my hair unhealthy and damaged was ultimately what lead me to becoming natural. At first I wanted to … [Read more...]

Naturally Fierce Feature: Kamilah

My name is Kamilah and I am the most introverted extrovert. Even with big hair that says “Come talk to me!” I am also quite reserved. I have Brooklyn veins but Trini blood. As a first generation American I grew up in a Caribbean household and I am proud of my heritage. The funny thing is I have been natural most of my life. I just had moments where I permed as opposed to most of my friends who permed most of their life and are now natural or considering. I am in the natural revolution or … [Read more...]

Naturally Fierce Feature: Tamara AKA Diggamatic

My name is Tamara but to most I am known as Diggamatic. I am a 36 year old Boston mother of 6 children ... 5 of which are girls. How long have you been natural? We are all Natural hair enthusiast in our home. Yes... I certainly have my hands full. I have been fully natural for 10 months now. I did my big chop in Oct 2012 after transitioning for a year. I had enough new growth by then that I was comfortable with cutting all my relaxed ends off. The hair dresser cut off 10 inches of hair … [Read more...]

Naturally Fierce Feature: Mel

My name is Melissa but everyone calls me Mel. I'm a New York Rican from the Boogie Down Bronx. My hair journey was long and tough at times but I'm super proud to be a Curly Girl! :-) How long have you been natural? or Have you always worn your hair curly? I had my first relaxer at 13 and that only lasted 2 years so I've been natural for a looooooooong time! How would you describe your hair? Massive, unruly, unpredictable - kinda like well, ME! What do you love most about … [Read more...]

Naturally Fierce Feature: Aevin Dugas AKA Guinness Book Record Holder for the Largest Afro in the World

  My name is Aevin Dugas, I'm from Napoleonville La and I work with women with mental retardation for the past 17 years. I wanted anymore. How long have you been natural? I went natural 14 yrs ago because I decided that permanently altering my hair wasn't what I wanted/ What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper & why? Well at that time I was a "struggler"! Lol, I just knew I didn't want chemicals and would have m best friend braid my hair and I'd rod … [Read more...]

Naturally Fierce Feature: Sarah

My name is Sarah Woldekidan, 23 years old and I hail from the DMV. Born in DC, raised in Maryland and received my Bachelor’s from Virginia Tech. I am a proud Eritrean-American, 1st generation born in the USA. I am currently working my way into the Women’s Basketball world and hopefully, help women athletes gain the respect they deserve. My hair journey didn’t begin with a huge epiphany to be natural. While I was in college, I didn’t have time or the money to go home and get a relaxer so … [Read more...]

Naturally Fierce Feature: Bianca

My name is Bianca Pino. I am a natural hair model here in Houston , Texas. I attend cypress lakes high school. I am hair type 4a I believe , and I'm a mixed baby. I am mixed with African American and Puerto Rican. How long have you been natural? It's hard to say because I transitioned for 2 1/2 years.What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper& why? I used to wear relaxers. I got my first relaxer when I was about 7 or 8. The reason I decided to transition was … [Read more...]

BaronessCountness aka Lichelle

BaronessCountess aka Lichelle I was born in North Carolina but I currently reside in N.Y.C.How long have you been natural?I Have been natural for a total of 3 years. It's really amazing how time flies! It's been an awesome journey so far, with lots of ups and downs, I'm learning new things about what works for my hair everyday and just enjoying where it takes me.What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper& why?I Big Chopped. The reason for the big chop, was solely … [Read more...]

Naturally Fierce Feature: Devon

  Hey now! My name is Devon andI'm from Louisiana but reside in Dallas, TX.How long have you been natural? Myjourney started 5 years ago (Feb 2008) when I decided I no longer wanted arelaxer. I hated the smell, the crispy edges (lol) and I was just plain curiousabout my natural texture. What motivated you to transition? Wereyou a transitioner or a Big Chopper& why? I began to research 'naturallycurly hair' and what type of prodcuts I could use for my texture. I had beenusing lots of mousse, … [Read more...]

Naturally Fierce Feature: Alesha Kimbre’

Alesha from Huntsville, AL. I am 22 years old and a nurse. How long have you been natural? 4 years in October. What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper & why? I wanted long healthy hair! I've chopped my hair a few times throughout high school. I also colored it, which damaged my hair since I didn't take care of it properly. Both decisions were me following trends.. Silly me! What has been the most memorable part of your journey?Has it been easy … [Read more...]