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Intro­duce your­self!
A:
My name is Ash­ley Blaine Feath­er­son. I am from the Wash­ing­ton DC Area and I am an actress, singer and dancer.

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H: My name is Hay­ley Marie Nor­man and I’m an actress from Los Ange­les, CA. I start­ed out as case mod­el #25 on NBC’s Deal or No Deal.

photo-32Tell us about Black and Sexy TV and the series Hel­lo Cupid.
A:
Black and Sexy TV is the pre­miere YouTube chan­nel for inno­v­a­tive and real­is­tic pro­gram­ming for peo­ple of col­or. I couldn’t think of a bet­ter place for ‘Hel­lo Cupid’ to live. ‘Hel­lo Cupid’ is a com­e­dy about best friends and room­mates who embark on an online dat­ing exper­i­ment. The show explores friend­ship, find­ing love, and the world of online dat­ing.

H: I love being a part of the Black&Sexy fam and am hav­ing a blast work­ing on my web­series Hel­lo Cupid. Hel­lo Cupid tells the sto­ry of two best friends that con­duct a social exper­i­ment in regard to light vs dark skin and how that would affect one in both mod­ern day life and the dat­ing world. It’s a semi-script­ed series in that the writer and pro­duc­ers guide the sto­ry­line but all the dia­logue is impro­vised by the actors. The improv aspect has been one of my favorite parts of the show.

What did you set out to achieve in film­ing a series like Hel­lo Cupid?
A:
‘Hel­lo Cupid’ is my baby. I am co-cre­ator of the show with Lena Wait­he, and it was always impor­tant to us that the show would be a top­ic of con­ver­sa­tion. I want­ed peo­ple to watch each episode and imme­di­ate­ly run to call some­one to talk about what just hap­pened. After merg­ing with Black and Sexy, Den­nis and Numa real­ly helped shape the sto­ry and the show into what you see now. ‘Hel­lo Cupid’ explores iden­ti­ty, col­orism, rela­tion­ships, friend­ships, dat­ing and moral deci­sions. It was also impor­tant that we showed two beau­ti­ful black wom­en deal­ing with life in an organ­ic and fun way; that is tru­ly the Black and Sexy touch. I want­ed ‘Hel­lo Cupid’ to feel very cur­rent, and I feel like we have achieved that. I am proud to say that ‘Hel­lo Cupid’ has achieved the suc­cess it has due to the excel­lent cre­ative col­lab­o­ra­tion between Lena, Black&Sexy, and myself.

H: The rea­son I got into act­ing in the first place was to make a dif­fer­ence. To use my art as a mir­ror to reflect back to our soci­ety some of the issues that both plague and nour­ish it. I want­ed to be a part of this series not just because of the great team involved, but also because it forces the audi­ence, which pri­mar­i­ly con­sists of African-Amer­i­cans, to think about the prej­u­dices with­in our own com­mu­ni­ty and ask them­selves how alive and well the­se issues may or may not be, and also if they them­selves are guilty of per­pet­u­at­ing them.

Do you have any­thing in com­mon with your char­ac­ters, Whit­ney and Robyn?
A:
It’s fun­ny, I think a lot of peo­ple may think that I have more in com­mon with Whit­ney than I actu­al­ly do. Whit­ney is smart, wit­ty, sar­cas­tic and very cerebral…she’s always in her head. I can def­i­nite­ly say we share those traits. Whit­ney is def­i­nite­ly more con­ser­v­a­tive than I am, but I do like a cute but­toned down shirt but­toned all the way to the top! I’m all about vin­tage, classy and chic. The major dif­fer­ence is that I like make-up and I think it’s fun. Whit­ney would nev­er put on lash­es!

H: Robyn is a free spir­it and very care­free, as am I. I love play­ing her for the­se rea­sons. She’s also intu­itive, sil­ly and a good friend. I’m real­ly just a big, sil­ly dork at the end of the day and being able to play a char­ac­ter that also embod­ies the­se char­ac­ter­is­tics is refresh­ing to me. I get to have fun and be out­spo­ken and I love that. We are dif­fer­ent in the sense that Robyn, although she likes yoga and things cen­tered on spir­i­tu­al­i­ty is more of a par­ty girl than I am. You’re more like­ly to find me at home read­ing or watch­ing a clas­sic film on a Fri­day night then out at the club. I’m not sure you could say the same for Robyn.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
A:
I have been nat­u­ral for 5 1/2 years. I was a junior at Howard Uni­ver­si­ty and it was the TREND on cam­pus. Every­body was “tran­si­tion­ing” and there were just so many beau­ti­ful wom­en on cam­pus with big, boun­cy, amaz­ing nat­u­ral hair. I want­ed to know what that was like. I was so incred­i­bly inspired by the cul­ture at Howard, and I real­ly viewed it as a part of my self-explo­ration and being ful­ly com­fort­able with who I am nat­u­ral­ly.

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H: I’ve worn my hair nat­u­ral my whole life. I went through a brief phase in high school where I wore corn­rows with exten­sions because I was obsessed with Ali­cia Keys but besides that, I have always been nat­u­ral. It wasn’t always easy. I was teased and felt ugly, and I was real­ly self-con­scious about it. It wasn’t until I was hired on NBC’s Deal or No Deal as brief­case #25 that I start­ed to real­ly embrace being nat­u­ral. Both NBC and the audi­ence at home loved my hair so much that we did a few episodes about it. One of the episodes was even titled, “It’s All About the Fro”. I start­ed receiv­ing let­ters from peo­ple all over Amer­i­ca telling me how much it affect­ed them that I wore my hair nat­u­ral on nation­al tele­vi­sion as they too had faced sim­i­lar strug­gles. I remem­bered what it felt like not to have any­one I could look up to when I was a kid. So when I was blessed to be in a posi­tion where I could help peo­ple embrace their nat­u­ral hair, I knew it was a mis­sion I had to accept.

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How would you describe your tex­ture?
A:
I would describe my tex­ture as 4b. My hair is very very thick and nat­u­ral­ly jet black. My hair styl­ist calls my hair “cot­ton ball hair”. After wash­ing I have a lot of shrink­age, but my hair is always soft and very easy to get through/detangle despite the curls being so tight.

H: My strands are pret­ty fine and thin, which is sur­pris­ing to most peo­ple!

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
A:
The trick to my hair is “less is more”. The less I do to my hair, the bet­ter it always looks and the health­ier it is. I like to max­i­mize a style for as long as I can, so the first day (after blow-dry­ing) I usu­al­ly will wear it in a big fro/blow out. Then the next day I will do a twist out. My hair does very well with Miss Jessie’s Pil­low Soft Curls, but I am always try­ing new prod­ucts thanks to “Curl­Box”. I’m get­ting new prod­ucts month­ly. I like prod­ucts that aren’t water based because it min­i­mizes shrink­age and gives me length and bounce. I love Mizani Shyne as a sheen spray. I love to wear my hair twist­ed out. I put it up in a band a lot so that it’s a curly fro. I typ­i­cal­ly twist my hair once a week, MAYBE twice a week if some­thing impor­tant is hap­pen­ing, so when my hair is in the last days of a style my go-to is the “Mar­ley Bun”. It is so quick and easy and my nat­u­ral curl/wave pat­tern match­es per­fect­ly with the hair. It’s fly, ele­gant and def­i­nite­ly turns heads. I’m also a huge fan of tying my hair up in a tur­ban. For my edges I love Crème of Nature Argan Oil Per­fect Edges. Oh and for a nice hair refresh­er in the morn­ing Oyin Hand­made Hair Dew :)

H: It’s pret­ty sim­ple. I sec­tion it out and apply Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave In Con­di­tion­er with my fin­gers. I always use my fin­gers to comb rather than a pad­dle brush on styling days. Once the pro­duct is even­ly dis­trib­ut­ed through­out my hair, I dif­fuse it to get the vol­ume that I like. I pur­pose­ly pull on my hair while doing this to add length and even to add a bit of frizz. I don’t like when my curls are so per­fect­ly defined. That tiny bit of frizz fac­tor makes it look a bit more wild and fun, and adds to what I want most; vol­ume!

What does wash day look like for you?
A:
I wash (sham­poo) my hair about once a mon­th or when need­ed. This is because sham­poo dries my hair out. Co-Wash­ing is much more effec­tive for me, and it still cleans­es my hair. I think it is impor­tant to keep many essen­tial oils in your hair, and sham­poo­ing strips your hair of that. I co-wash my hair about every 2 weeks, some­times more depend­ing on what pro­duct I have in my hair. Right now I’m using Pan­tene Pro-V Tru­ly Nat­u­ral Hair Co-Wash Cleans­ing Con­di­tion­er and I real­ly like it. When it is wash day, I also deep con­di­tion my hair. I recent­ly tried Doris New York Mud Min­er­als Pack Treat­ment and loved it. After tow­el dry­ing I imme­di­ate­ly part my hair into 4 sec­tions, secure them with a clip and detan­gle with a pad­dle brush. My hair retains a lot of mois­ture, but because of my crazy shrink­age I have to move swift­ly. I take each sec­tion, apply BioSilk and my own per­son­al mix­ture of oils (sweet almond, olive, jojoba and avo­cado) and blowdry.

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H: I wash it every 4 to 7 days usu­al­ly with Wen Cleans­ing Con­di­tion­er. I mix the con­di­tion­er with coconut oil and leave it on overnight, or at least for sev­er­al hours. The one time I use a brush is dur­ing this process just because brush­ing your scalp stim­u­lates hair growth. Then I rin­se.

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Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
A:
A tur­ban, mar­ley bun, or throw it up in a band for a curly fro, and I’ll usu­al­ly add a cute bow.

H: Nor­mal­ly I wear it com­plete­ly down, but right now I am grow­ing out a hor­ri­ble hair­cut so I wear it in a loose top knot, a fun side-ish pony­tail leav­ing a few strands out to frame my face, or I take a very large rub­ber band that has been stretched out and use that as a head­band to pull it off my face and also dis­guise the fact that I am grow­ing out this hair­cut.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
A:
I’m still try­ing to fig­ure this out. Shrink­age is a major issue for me. Right now the thing that works best for me is blow­ing my hair out before twist­ing. If I twist­ed from being com­plete­ly wet, I wouldn’t have much length, body or bounce. I’m not a huge fan of heat, but I do it min­i­mal­ly and with care. I would love to learn more about how to com­bat this issue!

H: Always pull the hair when styling it ver­sus pat­ting down or scrunch­ing. Dif­fus­ing and blow-dry­ing changed my life because my shrink­age used to be so out of con­trol that I want­ed to wear a hat for the first two or three days after wash­ing.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
A:
I don’t have any major prob­lem areas. Cur­rent­ly I’m focus­ing on hair growth. My hair is doing pret­ty well, but I’m inter­est­ed in ways to increase growth and get even big­ger hair! I recent­ly heard fan­tas­tic things about Bee Mine Growth Serum. I just ordered it and I cant wait to see if it works for me.

H: I just want it to grow faster, so right now I am doing oxy­gen treat­ments, nat­u­ral hair masks, and scalp mas­sages to stim­u­late growth.

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What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
A:
Keep it mois­tur­ized and detan­gled and keep ends trimmed and healthy. Split ends are nev­er good for growth. Always keep it pro­tect­ed, espe­cial­ly at night. I always sleep with a silk scarf. I’m look­ing for great silk pil­low­cas­es…that would make life so much eas­ier!

H: I only use nat­u­ral prod­ucts and eat healthy food. Our hair is a reflec­tion of our inter­nal health and bal­ance, and eat­ing plant-based foods chock-full of nutri­ents will increase the qual­i­ty of your hair more than any for­eign sub­stance you could apply to it. For the most part with all my beau­ty prod­ucts I try to avoid using prod­ucts on my hair, skin or body that I wouldn’t eat. Brands that aren’t nat­u­ral usu­al­ly coat the hair to make it feel smooth, soft and shiny but they aren’t being absorbed into the hair fol­li­cle, so the qual­i­ty of your hair nev­er actu­al­ly increas­es. On top of that they actu­al­ly strip hair of its essen­tial nutri­ents. You should also try every­thing to see what works for you. Even if we have the same hair tex­ture, what works for me may not work for you. I’ve tak­en tips from peo­ple who seem­ing­ly have the same hair tex­ture as I do and they have not worked for me at all!

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
A:
Over wash­ing. (Dries my hair out) Use water-based prod­ucts.

H: Don’t use prod­ucts that are too cleans­ing, abra­sive or chock-full of chem­i­cals. Don’t use prod­ucts that are too heavy or thick. A light and “milky” tex­ture such as Kinky Curly seems to be the only way to go!

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you and catch up on what’s going on in the world of Hel­lo Cupid?
A:
AshleyBlaineFeatherson.com (Per­son­al Web­site)
Facebook.com/AshleyBlaineFeatherson (Like My Face­book Page)
@AshleyBlaine (Per­son­al Twit­ter)
@AshleyBlaine (Per­son­al Insta­gram)

H: www.hayleymarienorman.com, @xohayleymarie and Insta­gram as hip­slip­sandfin­ger­tips

youtube.com/blackandsexytv (Watch episodes of ‘Hel­lo Cupid’)
@HelloCupidGirls (Hel­lo Cupid Twit­ter)
@HelloCupidGirls (Hel­lo Cupid Insta­gram)

Meosha

Just anoth­er lover of nat­u­ral hair and expres­sion.
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Suzan, UK

Glad to see this inter­view. Cur­rent­ly lov­ing Hel­lo Cupid..

ericak

Both of the­se ladies are so gor­geous.

krise

Con­grats on the show ladies! Love that the nat­u­ral­is­tas are rep­pin on YouTube Web­series & BEYOND :)

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