Naturally Fierce Feature: Shanti (BKA Around the Way Curls)

My name is Shanti and I am a twenty something mother, lover and creator. I am co-editor of the blog Around the Way Curls. I have been natural all of my life but I have not always been embraced and celebrated my God given curls. Until I was 21 I had no idea how to do my hair. I was dependent on the flat iron and ponytails. Finally, I decided to research proper hair care for my curly, kinky hair and I stumbled upon the natural world blogosphere where I found a lot of helpful information that has … [Read more...]

Naturally Fierce Feature: Charnele

Hola! My name is Charnele Ashlee but please call me Char. I am first generation Jamaican from Brooklyn, NY. This past January marked 3 years natural (Mama I made it YAY!) Ok Im back so, after high school I went through a five-year short hair phase and decided to do some modeling for hair. It shocked me how easily I was placed for jobs because I never thought of myself as a “model”. I started working only for my stylist who I knew was a professional and wouldn’t damage my hair regardless of the … [Read more...]

Naturally Fierce Feature: Stephanie

My  name is Stephanie Donegan and Im from Birmingham, Alabama. I've lived in Los Angeles, Nashville, Dallas and Atlanta and after years of running from home, settled on Helena, a small suburb outside of Bham as home. How long have you been natural? Ive now been natural for 8 years What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper& why? Im a big chopper! I first tried going natural in 2002 but failed miserably trying to grow out my relaxer. The transition was … [Read more...]

Naturally Fierce Feature: Onika

My name is Onika Henry and I am an intentional student, from Trinidad and Tobago, studying for an M.Ed Human Sexuality degree in the USA. I’ve always wanted to be natural, especially since relaxers were such a stressful experience for me - I would often get bad chemical burns on my scalp if I didn’t treat it with some kind of protective cream at least a week before. Relaxing my hair was really done because I didn’t know how to care for and style my hair, not that I was really interested in … [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: Danielle

My name is Dani, short for Danielle! I’m 21 years old and I live in the big apple, NYC! I remember some while back telling my friends who were transitioning/ already natural that I couldn’t do that and they would try to persuade me but I couldn’t imagine how I would wear my hair. However, before I knew it I was stretching my perms only getting two a year and well here I am now. How long have you been natural? Lets just say I’m a baby to this! It has been exactly one month and four days since … [Read more...]

Naturally Fierce Feature: Gloria

Hey y'all, my name is Gloria! I'm form Las Vegas I just recently moved to Texas with my Husband and our kiddos! We've been here for about 9months. What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper & why? When I left Vegas I knew I wanted to wear my hair natural but I wasn't 100 percent sold because I was afraid what my hair texture would be like and didn't know if I could manage it. However my sister in law who is natural and also lives in Texas motivated me … [Read more...]

Naturally Fierce Feature: Danielle

My name is Danielle, Dani for short. I hail from New Orleans, but I currently live in Mississippi. I decided to go natural in 2010 after my college graduation. Once I was free from education, I let my hair do the same!! lol How long have you been natural? I have been natural for 2 years. What motivated you totransition? What motivated me to go natural was the sense of embracing my true self. I was tired of hiding. I was self conscious, I was reserved but my personality was OUTGOING!! My … [Read more...]