*Pre­pared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1Me­Nat­u­ral­ly

kmbJuly13_2012

Intro­duce your­self!
K:
Hi! My name is Kristin Brooks, a Penn­syl­va­nia native liv­ing an hour north of Philly. I grad­u­at­ed from Berklee Col­lege of Music in Boston, MA with two Bach­e­lor of Arts degrees in Music Busi­ness and Song­writ­ing. I am a lifestyle blog­ger, but I also work in mar­ket­ing at a day prep school in my area, as well as involved in their music pro­gram through­out the year. I basi­cal­ly get to play with social media (which I love) for my job and my blog on a dai­ly basis. It’s great! I also work part time as a serv­er at a fine din­ing restau­rant called Melt!

How long have you been nat­ur­al?
K:
I’ve been nat­ur­al since sopho­more year of high school (’03-’04), so about nine years now!

How and why did you tran­si­tion into nat­ur­al hair?
K:
I kept see­ing all these Black women in com­mer­cials and in mag­a­zine ads with nat­ur­al, curly hair. I want­ed my hair to be able to do the same! So I made the deci­sion to stop get­ting relax­ers. Once I had an inch of new growth I had the rest of my relaxed hair cut off! How­ev­er, once I had this new nat­ur­al hair on my head, I didn’t know how to take care of it. I did all this research online and tried look­ing at forums for help. Unfor­tu­nate­ly at that time, there wasn’t any infor­ma­tion read­i­ly avail­able online on how to take care of nat­ur­al hair, nor did I find prod­uct sug­ges­tions, nor hair­style tuto­ri­als like today! I went through a lot of tri­al and error for the first cou­ple years, but I have it on lock now! Lol

What are your must-have prod­ucts for sham­poo­ing, con­di­tion­ing and styling your hair?
K:
I am lov­ing One n’ Only Argan Oil Sham­poo and Con­di­tion­er. LOVE! I love the smell, there are no harsh chem­i­cals like sul­fates, min­er­al oil, or parabens/silicones in them, and they just work well with my hair! Their con­di­tion­er is the truth! It INSTANTLY detan­gles my hair! And I need a great con­di­tion­er to detan­gle my thick, coily hair!

I usu­al­ly sham­poo and con­di­tion my hair in the show­er, although I turn off the water in the show­er when I detan­gle. No need to waste water! Plus it takes me a good 5 min­utes or so any­way!

As for mois­tur­iz­ing prod­ucts, I love African Royale Leave-In Con­di­tion­er. It’s one of the first prod­ucts I used when I went nat­ur­al, and stuck with it ever since. It’s super mois­tur­iz­ing, and makes my hair smell like juices and berries! For gels, I love Pro­claim hair gel (the clear gel with the green top), and Eco Styler Gel with Olive Oil. To oil my scalp I use Jamaican Black Cas­tor Oil or One n’ Only Argan Oil. For a fin­ish­ing prod­uct, I use Jane Carter Solu­tion Nour­ish & Shine. It smells so good!

What is your sig­na­ture hair­style?
K:
At this point, I’d say a flat twist-out on stretched hair is my sig­na­ture. It’s my favorite nat­ur­al hair­style!

Did going nat­ur­al affect your style choic­es at all?
K:
Hon­est­ly it didn’t. I think my hair more so com­pli­ments my style now than it did before, because I am tru­ly myself. I’m not try­ing to fit in, I’m just being me!

Your style incor­po­rates a bit of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Give us some tips on the types of pieces one can select to bring these eras to life in their wardrobe.
K:
When I think of eras, I think of the sta­ple pieces that defined that era. If we’re talk­ing about the 70’s, wide legged jeans and bold/funky prints are the first things that come to my mind. I love the 70’s and am always incor­po­rat­ing that era into my dai­ly style. You can keep it trendy by pair­ing the jeans with a trendy top or blouse. Or you could always go for the 70’s esque bold top and keep your bot­tom half with skin­ny jeans or some­thing that is of the cur­rent trend. I always try to find clas­sic pieces that will nev­er go out of style so that I can wear them for a long peri­od of time, in var­i­ous com­bi­na­tions.

If you’re afraid to go too much out of your com­fort zone, but want to incor­po­rate trends or oth­er styles into your wardrobe, start with your acces­sories. There’s always a pop­u­lar col­or, fab­ric, or design each sea­son, and if you want to add that trend with­out over­do­ing it, always go for the acces­sories! That way, you can see if the trend is for you with­out hav­ing to com­mit too much to it!

Last­ly, don’t think too hard! When I pull an out­fit togeth­er, it usu­al­ly comes to me when I’m not think­ing about it. Most times at the last minute! And that’s what keeps it excit­ing for me. I’ll usu­al­ly start with one item in my clos­et that I know I want to wear, and think of ways to pair that one item to cre­ate an ensem­ble. I rarely pick out out­fits ahead of time because I like to chal­lenge myself cre­ative­ly! Keeps the juices flow­ing!

What are the three favorite things in your clos­et?
K:
Ooh this is a toughy. My turquoise and ster­ling sil­ver ring. It’s the only ring I wear on a dai­ly basis. I cur­rent­ly love my Zara den­im skin­ny jeans; they are my go-to pair. Last­ly, my Gap den­im cropped jean jack­et. I’ve had it for years, and it will nev­er go out of style! It’s per­fect for cool sum­mer nights, and it match­es every­thing!

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
K:
You can vis­it my blog at http://thekrisbliss.com!

Meosha

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

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13 Comments on "Kristin // Natural Hair Style Icon"

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Stay;s

You are very beau­ti­ful and I love your hair!

Kimberly

Thanks for shar­ing your love­ly arti­cle. Your hair and out­fits are fab­u­lous and I love them shoes with the black mini skirt, Do tell :)or send to me if a size 8. Thanks (wink, wink) LOL

Patricia Kayden

Styl­ish.

soulsentwined

You have a beau­ti­ful hair tex­ture.

Kitty

Yasssss! Love this post. Beau­ti­ful girl, beau­ti­ful hair and FAB wardrobe.

Pu-leeeeeaze do tell where the shoes she’s wear­ing in the pic with the black mini skirt & black top came from. They are the biz-ness!! & a must have.

Lillian Mae

+1 Shoe Porn!

Sieta

Her hair is very beau­ti­ful, I like the hair­styles and the ver­sa­til­i­ty!

Vonnie

Very beau­ti­ful hair and style

hassan

I love your hair­styles!

Joma

Beau­ti­ful hair,my fave pic is the one with a the Fro as it is so gorgeous!Liking leop­ard print scarf! My good­ness nat­ur­al hair rocks! LOL

Kim

Love your style; it suits you per­fect­ly! Love the hair too it looks lush.

Racheal

Such beau­ti­ful hair and style!! I love it. I wish I would have thought about going nat­ur­al in high school or just avoid relax­ers all togeth­er.

B

Very cute hair­styles!!

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