*Pre­pared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1Me­Nat­u­ral­ly

Intro­duce your­self!
K:
My name is Karolyn, a lot of peo­ple call me Kay. I live in Grand Cay­man, rep­ping for Brook­lyn, Jamaica and Eng­land. :) I’m a phys­io­ther­a­pist, a wife, a mom, a poet, a writer, and a pub­lished author. I recent­ly pub­lished a book of poet­ry called Blue­bells Don’t Real­ly Ring You Know (avail­able on Ama­zon).

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
K:
I tried going nat­u­ral about 13 years ago and that didn’t go too well. I tran­si­tioned for almost a year but I found the two tex­tures hard to deal with, I had no idea how to care for my nat­u­ral hair and absolute­ly no styling ideas so I soon reached for the relax­er again. This time around my daugh­ter who was then 4 years old start­ed not lik­ing her hair and wished for her hair to be straight and ‘pret­ty’. I felt like a hyp­ocrite because I was telling her that her nat­u­ral hair was beau­ti­ful yet I was doing every­thing to change my nat­u­ral tex­ture. So to show my daugh­ter that I can embrace and love nat­u­ral hair I made the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral.

When and how did you tran­si­tion into nat­u­ral hair?
K:
I think I may have tran­si­tioned for about 2 months if that much, and then did a big chop 18 months ago (Octo­ber 2010). I had about 2 inch­es of nat­u­ral hair!

In what ways (if any) has going nat­u­ral affect­ed you?
K:
I have devel­oped so much con­fi­dence as a result of wear­ing my hair nat­u­ral. It is amaz­ing how quick­ly you real­ize that going nat­u­ral is not con­sid­ered the norm, so you have to devel­op a thick skin in terms of field­ing some igno­rant ques­tions from peo­ple. For exam­ple I’ve had some­one ask me “so you don’t comb your hair right?”

How would you describe your hair?
K:
My hair is thick, coarse, very kinky in places and looser coils in oth­ers and absolute­ly beau­ti­ful!

What is your reg­i­men?
K:
I think over the last few months I’ve final­ly got­ten a reg­i­men that I can stick to. The most impor­tant one to me is my night­ly mois­tur­ize and seal rou­tine. Every night (no mat­ter what style I’ve sport­ed dur­ing the day) I spritz my hair with water (or some­times a rose­mary essen­tial oil and water mix) and fin­ger detan­gle. I then mois­tur­ize with a but­ter, my favorite 2 being Afroveda’s Shea Amla and Afroveda’s Hemp Seed Lock Twist and Roll But­ter. I then seal with an oil or pomade and re-twist or re-braid. My favorite oils/pomades are Hairveda’s Vatika Frost­ing, Oyin Hand­made Burnt Sug­ar Pomade and Carol’s Daugh­ter Mimosa Hair Hon­ey.

I sham­poo week­ly with Queen Helene Roy­al Curl Sham­poo. I cow­ash mid week with either Tre­sem­me Nat­u­rals Mois­ture Rich Con­di­tion­er, or Aussie Moist. When­ev­er I sham­poo I also deep con­di­tion. I’m cur­rent­ly using a mix of con­di­tion­er, hon­ey and olive oil for deep con­di­tion­ing.

How do you retain length and mois­ture in your hair?
K:
Recent­ly I’ve been notic­ing a lot of sin­gle strand knots and a few split ends. This came about when I had been neglect­ing mois­tur­iz­ing my hair reg­u­lar­ly. So I’ve had to trim quite a bit off my hair (about 4–5 inch­es in the last 3 months) and I am now reli­gious with my night­ly mois­tur­ize and seal regime. This, along with the trim­ming, has made my hair a lot health­ier and it retains mois­ture so much bet­ter now. I’m hop­ing the length reten­tion will come soon.

What mis­takes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
K:
I used to take my hair for grant­ed and some­times I’d only mois­tur­ize once a week even though my hair was vis­i­bly and pal­pa­bly dry. I also didn’t used to detan­gle reg­u­lar­ly. Now I fin­ger detan­gle every night and use a wide tooth comb once a week after I deep con­di­tion to help with detan­gling.

What’s the best/most effec­tive thing you do for your hair?
K:
Fin­ger detan­gle and mois­tur­ize and seal night­ly.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
K:
I respect all who do a blog, I just don’t have the time! How­ev­er, you can find me on YouTube as Hap­py­Nap­pyKinks.

Any­thing else you want to add?
K:
I have learned so much about my hair and myself along this jour­ney. Who would’ve thought I’d have the deter­mi­na­tion and patience to con­tin­ue on this nat­u­ral jour­ney?! YouTube has been an excel­lent source of infor­ma­tion on styling options as well as how to take care of my hair. My daugh­ter has learned to love her hair and now thinks her hair is beau­ti­ful.

Meosha

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

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19 Comments on "Karolyn // Natural Hair Style Icon"

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Kay

Thanks to all you ladies who com­ment­ed!! :D

Tricia

I love the colour!!

LillianMae

+1

I BC in June, but I am men­tal­ly shop­ping for col­or when I’m ful­ly nat­u­ral!

Wanda Renee

Beau­ti­ful!

Kaygirl

Hey,
Now where in Cay­man do you find those prod­ucts that you men­tioned? Did you have to import them?

Kay

Hey there!

Girl, none of the­se prod­ucts are in the Cay­man Islands sad­ly so I buy them online and have them import­ed. Are you in the Cay­mans as well?

Kaygirl

Late reply I know, but yes I’m in Cay­man as well.

Eboni

So I didn’t even rec­og­nize her until she men­tioned her Youtube chan­nel!! woo! she and her hair are gor­geous!!

I love her hair col­or too :D

Annie L.

The col­or and curls are gor­geous! I espe­cial­ly loved your short and twist­ed styles — beau­ti­ful skin too!

Amma Mama

I love poet­ry and her book is afford­able. I will def check it out. The reviews are good!

Kay

Thank you! Did you get it? If you did please leave a review :-)

Gary Lloyd

Try­ing to pro­mote my expose of the British Roy­al Fam­i­ly titled –

“Mulat­to Queen: How a Black Girl Became Queen of Eng­land
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00422LLS2

Thanks for your sup­port

Carla

Beau­ti­ful and super thick hair! :)

Lotus

Real­ly thick and soft look­ing hair! Pret­ty!

Amma Mama

Her hair and skin are love­ly. She is beau­ti­ful.

Natalie

Your var­i­ous styles are super cute! Beau­ti­ful hair!

Pat

Thick­ness! I love the­se thick haired ladies late­ly

Eboni

+1

Miss P

+ 2. And I just love the col­or in her hair!

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