Intro­duce your­self!
N:
I am orig­i­nal­ly from St. Louis MO, (STL DUUURTY). I also grew up in Mem­phis TN (MEMPH 10)! I cur­rent­ly live in Tex­as where I am a doc­tor­ate lev­el psy­chol­o­gist and Pro­fes­sor. I teach doc­tor­al stu­dents in School and Behav­ioral Psy­chol­o­gy. I am also a nation­al­ly rec­og­nized Nat­u­ral Hair Care vlog­ger.

Why did you go nat­u­ral?
N:
I went nat­u­ral dur­ing the process of los­ing 100 pounds. I was tru­ly inter­est­ed in ways to ensure I made myself healthy in many areas of my life includ­ing my hair. I knew many beau­ti­ful and influ­en­tial wom­en around me who were so inspir­ing, nat­u­ral and free. I want­ed to feel proud of myself over­all. Even though my hair was quite long when it was chem­i­cal­ly treat­ed, I knew it was not at its full poten­tial. I no longer want­ed to be a “creamy crack” addict and HAVE to use some­thing that was inevitably destroy­ing my hair.

How did you tran­si­tion to nat­u­ral hair?
N:
I began my tran­si­tion back in May/June of 2006. I decid­ed that the way I would tran­si­tion was with braids. I LOVE braid­ing hair, so I made use of (healthy) micro-braids and 2 strand twists. They worked won­der­ful­ly. I also made use of the tran­si­tion time by try­ing dif­fer­ent prod­ucts on my hair in prepa­ra­tion for my “big chop.” I used prod­ucts such as Jes­si­curl, Oyin Hand­made, Aubrey Organ­ics and Acti­va­tor Gels. My tran­si­tion end­ed on March 7, 2007 when I did the BC.

In what ways (if any) has going nat­u­ral affect­ed you?
N:
It has tru­ly made me think twice about my health over­all. It has been a moti­va­tor for me to stay healthy and main­tain my 100 pounds off. I have done soooo much research and I know ingre­di­ents that work well for my hair and that are safe for my body. It also made me become more aware of oth­er unhealthy habits that I have had. I enjoy tak­ing the best care of myself over­all and the best feel­ing is being “REAL.” Peo­ple that know me know that what you see is what you get.….LITERALLY.

How would you describe your hair? (In terms of tex­ture, thick­ness, behav­ior)
N:
My hair is QUITE thick and dense. It has many tex­tures, most­ly 4a, 4b and some 3c. My hair is wiry, kinky and curly. In some areas it is super soft in tex­ture and in some it’s as coarse as lamb’s wool, but I love it ALL the same.

What is a brief descrip­tion of your reg­i­men?
N:
–I ensure that I deep con­di­tion every 2 weeks with a super con­cen­trat­ed and mois­tur­iz­ing con­di­tion­er. I like to mix them with essen­tial oils (Extra Vir­gin Olive Olive Oil/Coconut Oil etc). I wash my hair in sec­tions and fin­ger comb. Oth­er­wise I use a wide tooth comb. (I ONLY comb when my hair is FULL of con­di­tion­er).
–I sham­poo and do an acv rin­se once a mon­th. I use my “sham­poo dilu­tion” method, found on my YouTube web­page.
–I trim/dust my ends every 6–8 weeks, remov­ing split ends and sin­gle strand knots.
–I mois­tur­ize every oth­er day with a but­ter of choice (shea) and mix the but­ters with essen­tial oils (Extra Vir­gin Olive Olive Oil/Coconut Oil etc.). I then seal in mois­ture with an oil.
–If it is humid out­side, I love to use acti­va­tor gels as they act as a humec­tant and cre­ate the least pro­duct build up. The best are those mixed with aloe vera gel.
–I occa­sion­al­ly blow my hair out for a nice BIG HAIR effect. This is usu­al­ly lim­it­ed to once a mon­th.
–I steam my hair 2 times per mon­th (new to my reg­i­men).
–I make sure that the rule with my hair is it can only be in “Out Styles” a cou­ple of days out of the mon­th, lim­it­ing comb­ing and manip­u­la­tion.

How do you retain length and mois­ture in your hair?
N:
I mois­tur­ize my hair often and over 3/4 of the year my hair is in pro­tec­tive styles. I like to wear twists and cre­ate inter­est­ing and fun styles so that I don’t get burnt out on them. I am also a fan of wear­ing my hair in buns. I real­ize that main­tain­ing a mois­ture bal­ance is the BEST thing you can do for nat­u­ral­ly curly hair. Keep­ing the elas­tic­i­ty with mois­ture in com­bi­na­tion with pro­tec­tive styling makes the per­fect equa­tion for length reten­tion for me.

What mis­takes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
N:
Dur­ing my tran­si­tion, I went and had my hair straight­ened with a HARD press. Due to this, I suf­fered some dam­age to my hair. I had to cut off more hair dur­ing my big chop in order to rid myself of the dam­aged hair. I am now more edu­cat­ed on heat and what is appro­pri­ate for my hair to keep it healthy.

What’s the best/most effec­tive thing you do for your hair?
N:
Tru­ly care about it. Treat it like a trea­sure. Keep it pro­tect­ed, armour it with mois­ture. Trim/dust your ends every 6–8 weeks and pre­vent sin­gle-strand knots. Take time to deep con­di­tion your hair and make up your own “hair recipes” based on your hair’s needs. Make sure that you take the time to build your own reg­i­men and don’t expect for the lat­est “hair fad” to work on your hair. Find out what works best for YOU!

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
N:
There are many places you may find and fol­low me:
YOUTUBE: http://www.youtube.com/user/BeautifulBrwnBabyDol
TWITTER: http://twitter.com/#!/ButflBrwnBbyDol
FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nina-BeautifulBrwnBabyDol-Ellis-Hervey
WEBSITE: http://www.beautifulbrwnbabydol.com

Any­thing else you want to add?
N:
Make sure that you look at going nat­u­ral as a jour­ney. Some­times it’s easy and some­times it’s not so fun. In the end, you are becom­ing a bet­ter per­son, you inspire oth­ers and you reach your full poten­tial. There is glo­ry in being you.….

I have a work­out DVD that will be released this Fall, and I will soon be re-launch­ing my hair pro­duct line, so please stay tuned for updates!

Black Girl With Long Hair

Leila, founder of Black Girl with Long Hair (April 2008). Social media, pop cul­ture and black beau­ty enthu­si­ast. bell hooks’ hair twin…

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Nia

I love her!

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gigi

I’ve been telling nat­u­ral hair beau­ties forever to use extra-vir­gin olive oil with a com­bi­na­tion of your own favorite ingre­di­ents. I use Bion­at­u­rae olive oil, com­bined with vit­a­m­in E (56,000 units)

Lisa

Lots and lots and lots of nat­u­rals (and oth­ers) use EVOO. This is not rev­o­lu­tion­ary.

hehe

You use $100+ olive oil? Why? what’s the ben­e­fit of Bion­at­u­rae olive oil instead of reg­u­lar oil?

Lisa

She is very pret­ty and all the­se styles look very good on her.

I don’t like braids, corn­rows, twists etc on me, but the­se look fan­tas­tic. Hmm­m­mm

Annie L.

Gor­geous hair! Con­grat­u­la­tions on the weight loss and the new healthy lifestyle and keep us all updat­ed on your DVD.

S1MNICITY

This wom­an is inspi­ra­tional on all fronts!!!

tinabobina

Love her youtube chan­nel. I wish I had her braid­ing skills!

EG

I love her, I real­ly do, but does every youtube guru need their own pro­duct line? Seri­ous­ly, just how many vari­a­tions of shea but­ter do we need? I’m a DIY type of gal, so may­be that’s why I don’t get it.

Lilly

I am a bit con­fused. Are olive and coconut oil essen­tial oils? I thought they were car­ri­er oils that you in infuse essen­tial oils into. Or are they all called essen­tial oils?

MzNappyTrini

u thought cor­rect.

Home Daycare

Go girl! I like watch­ing your videos. Con­grats on school, and good luck on all your future goals and aspi­ra­tions.

JP23

Her hair is pret­ty.

NappyMarge

I’m just into bun pro­tec­tive styling — have you ever been on bun pro­tec­tive styling for long like 3 mon­th or more. Did a lot of twist but cost me too much time.

MissD

Love her!! She’s one of my favorites on YouTube!!!

Cipriana

I love her. Gor­geous!!!!

MK

This is by far, one of my favorite fea­tures! Her hair is gor­geous and I love how she stress­es the impor­tance of tak­ing care of your­self, some­thing I haven’t been doing.

janelle

love your hair, you’re a god­dess, and I’m steal­ing the corn­row style of you wear­ing an orange shirt tomor­row!

demoiselle

I LOVE her!

Yaya24

Nice!
I love Nina’s videos.

Lisa

A won­der­ful inter­view and beau­ti­ful pic­tures:) I’m look­ing for­ward to the release of the DVD and prod­ucts!

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