*Pre­pared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1Me­Nat­u­ral­ly

Intro­duce your­self!
T:
My name is Toni Daley and I was born and raised in Toron­to, Canada.

What is the nat­u­ral hair scene like in Canada?
T:
I can’t speak for all of Canada since it’s such a huge coun­try, but in Toron­to (the city I’m from) the nat­u­ral hair scene is grow­ing steadi­ly. You can’t go too far with­out see­ing a beau­ti­ful head of locs, and loose nat­u­ral hair is becom­ing more preva­lent as well.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
T:
When I final­ly tired of braids I was left with a full head of thick, kinky hair which I absolute­ly fell in love with. That was when I decid­ed not to relax my hair again.

When and how did you tran­si­tion into nat­u­ral hair?
T:
I began to expe­ri­ence a lot of dam­age from chem­i­cal­ly treat­ing my hair in 2004/05. I decid­ed to take a break from the relax­er and wear my hair in braid­ed styles. I was not intend­ing to go nat­u­ral, just giv­ing my hair time to recov­er. I loved braid­ed styles so much that I end­ed up wear­ing them for 2 years.

In what ways (if any) has going nat­u­ral affect­ed you?
T:
Nat­u­ral hair has given me more con­fi­dence, the abil­i­ty to stand out in a crowd in a good way, and be ok with it. It’s also opened up oppor­tu­ni­ties to meet a lot of cool peo­ple from my YouTube chan­nel that focus­es main­ly on nat­u­ral hair care/tutorials/reviews.

How would you describe your hair?
T:
My hair tex­ture is main­ly made up of course ‘z’ pat­tern strands. I have rel­a­tive­ly fine, fluffy hair with no real curl def­i­n­i­tion when wet.

What is your reg­i­men?
T:
I typ­i­cal­ly wash my hair once a week and deep con­di­tion every oth­er week. My favourite prod­ucts are Gar­nier Fruc­tis Curl & Shine Sham­poo and Con­di­tion­er, Organ­ics by Africa’s Best Hair May­on­naise and raw shea but­ter.

How do you retain length and mois­ture in your hair?
T:
I’m not on a length jour­ney unlike many naturals…I’m one of the few that is con­tent with the length I’m at and not seek­ing an ulti­mate goal. I trim my hair quite often to main­tain its cur­rent length because I have fine hair which in my opin­ion looks thick­er at a medi­um length. To main­tain mois­ture I seal with oil or but­ter after apply­ing my leave in on damp hair.

What mis­takes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
T:
Although I haven’t encoun­tered any major set­backs since giv­ing up the chem­i­cals, I have learned it’s most impor­tant lis­ten to my hair. You can fol­low all the healthy hair blog tips, read all the books on the sci­ence of hair and ph test all your prod­ucts, but at the end of the day not everyone’s hair will respond the same way to a set regimen…you’re hair will let you know what it likes best.

What’s the best/most effec­tive thing you do for your hair?
T:
Doing biweek­ly deep con­di­tion­ing treat­ments.

Where do you buy your hair prod­ucts?
T:
I love hair prod­ucts and will pur­chase them any­where that sells them! I’ve pur­chased hair prod­ucts from beau­ty sup­ply stores, Wal­mart, drug­stores, online ven­dors, fel­low youtu­bers and even ebay.

What would you like to see in Canada in terms of hair care?
T:
I’d love to see low­er pric­ing on all of the well known/popular brands. I’ve often com­pared ingre­di­ents from prod­ucts that cost $5 and $40 and saw lit­tle to no dif­fer­ence.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
T:
www.tonidaley.com

Meosha

Just anoth­er lover of nat­u­ral hair and expres­sion.
— Style Icon Coor­di­na­tor for BGLH

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23 Comments on "Toni // Natural Hair Style Icon"

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janice

into­due to toni by a cous­in love her ear­rings and will con­tin­ue to sop­port her

Amma Mama

I LOVE her ear­rings. I own a pair & I adore them:-)

I_AM_JadaJ

I been a sub­scriber to Toni’s YouTube Chan­nel for a while. I love her hon­esty and over­all per­son­al­i­ty. I also love the fact that she is not obsessed w/ length reten­tion, but just enjoy­ing her hair as is. Great inter­view.

TMR

Hey Toni,

Glad to see you rep­re­sent­ing the T-Dot! I live in the GTA and total­ly agree with you about the astro­nom­i­cal prices of cer­tain prod­ucts.

Shakera

Hey Toni! I always watch your Youtube Chan­nel! Con­grats on being select­ed as BGLH’s style icon! Toni’s so artis­tic, hon­est, and awe­some! And her Boi’s the best! hehe

Sieta Majok

She’s one of my fav’s to watch on YT b/c she’s just so hon­est. I also admire that she’s on her jour­ney for healthy hair and not sole­ly b/c of length.

HairItIs

Toni is my absolute favorite YouTu­ber! It’s so nice to see her get­ting some recog­ni­tion, because it seems like she flies under the radar. I think she deserves more inter­net praise and atten­tion, like this!

schwarzriesling

Toni is my favorite YouTube nat­u­ral hair/earring vlogger…she’s a friend in my head! :)

Mel

Is that your nat­u­ral hair­line, or do you expe­ri­ence break­age at your sides?

merry

she has a video up now about her edges. they became like that as a result of using a relax­er.

shannon

I rocked a pair of Toni’s ear­rings just today!! Love her designs…
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Mey

Nice to see Toni fea­tured. Great YouTube vids and great style!

Melissa

Love Toni! She’s my fave! T-Dot stand up!
Prices are ridiculous…isn’t our dol­lar up?
Ok…soo…can some­one-includ­ing myself-in the GTA do a meet up. Pah-leez!
Keep me post­ed

hyspin

There is already a nat­u­ral hair meet up group:
http://www.meetup.com/Toronto-Naturals/

Lorianne

Love her per­son­al­i­ty!!! She is some­one who I look for in my youtube mail­box.

MRose

As a Toron­to-native and Cana­di­an girl myself, I agree with her in want­i­ng to see low­er pric­ing for well known brands. There’s no good rea­son that we should be play­ing $22.50 for a jar of SheaMoisture’s Deep Treat­ment Hair Masque. That’s dou­ble the price!

Beauty Is Diverse

nice hair­styles.

Canteloupe_Brown

She is one of my favorite YouTu­bers! Glad to see her fea­tured here. She is soooo hilar­i­ous!

Macdee

Toni has to be one of the most cre­ative & exper­i­men­tal Vblog­gers out there, she has been a huge influ­ence in my hair jour­ney. Keep doing your thing girl!!

merry

i sub to her chan­nel. i like her and the boy.

Coffey

I love Toni Daley’s YouTube chan­nel and hair­styles. And great inter­view… very cut-and-dry!

Lupe

Loooooooooovvvvveeee her!

Michele

Your my favourite nat­u­ral hair vlog­ger. Keep up the great work.

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