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Rest In Peace: Natural Hair Vlogger Domineque Banks aka LHDC2011 Passes Away

• Apr 11, 2014

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It is with heavy hearts that members of the natural hair community mourn the loss of fellow vlogger and Black Girl with Long Hair contributor Domineque Banks, who passed away due to complications from lupus. She was 27.

Not only was Domineque a staple on YouTube and BGLH, she was also an avid participant in forum communities like Black Hair Media. Due to her illness, Domineque began taking a serious interest in caring for her tresses. She documented her amazing natural hair journey from 2004 onward, with readers and subscribers enamored, impressed, and inspired by the growth of her tailbone length mane. Beyond dispensing tips and advice using her personal experience, Domineque was also a cosmetology student in Los Angeles.

According to her personal friend Macy Jimenez, Domineque had been a longtime sufferer of lupus, and had in recent months taken a turn for the worse. On the night of April 7 Domineque fell out of consciousness and later in the hospital was placed on life support. She passed away on the afternoon of April 9 after suffering a heart attack. Domineque is survived by her partner, sister, and a host of friends and family.

Currently, Domineque’s family is aiming to raise $10,000 to help with funeral and cremation costs, along with flights to California for her sister and nephew who cannot afford the travel expenses. So far, the GiveForward fundraiser has raised over $5,300. If you would like to make a donation, please click here.

Please join us in sending your prayers, condolences, support, and positive vibes to the family that Domineque leaves behind. She left a lasting impression on the natural hair community, and most certainly will not be forgotten.

Young black women are at the highest risk for lupus, read about our unique risk here. If you or a friend has the disease, or if you want information on testing, start here.

About Christina Patrice

Born, raised, and living in Los Angeles, Christina is BGLH's resident transitioning expert and product junkie. In addition to loving all things hair, she is a fitness novice and advocate of wearing sandals year-round. For more information on transitioning, natural hair, and her own hair journey, visit maneobjective.com. Or, if you like pictures follow Christina on Instagram @maneobjective.

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117 Comments on "Rest In Peace: Natural Hair Vlogger Domineque Banks aka LHDC2011 Passes Away"

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Shaneka G.
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She will truly be missed!!!

Karen
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This is really sad and it’s a shame that there isn’t more that can be done in the way of preventing Lupus from taking so many women of color. My prayers and condolences go out to her family and friends.

Ihuoma
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There is more that can be done both to prevent the disease in the first place and to treat it. It’s just lack of widely dispersed knowledge. This is so painful.

Zilla
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This is really sad!!

Mary in Md
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I am so sad to hear of Domineque’s passing. She was definitely an inspiration in my natural hair journey. My sincerest condolences to her family and all who knew and loved her.

Margaret
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My heart is filled with sadness upon seeing this. She was very beautiful, knowledegable and so young. She definitely will be missed. May God comfort her family and friends during this time. My prayers are with them and all others in the youtube family. Thanks for sharing, Christina.

jasmine
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I still can’t believe this, I don’t want to believe it. My eyes swelled up in tears last night as I was scrolling through my news feed and came across the news of her passing. RIP Domin 3

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LadyDulaney
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It was one of her videos on YouTube that inspired me to go natural years ago. Soo very sorry to hear of her passing. My thoughts are with her family and friends.
🙁

Div
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RIP earths angel. Such beautiful hair and features. But I hope the world looks beyond that and understands what a difficult disease you persevered through with nothing less than grace, class and courage-these characteristics are true legacy that you have left the world. Thank you for your great gifts. ????

Coco
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Such a sad news.Breaks my heart. Lupus is a terrible disease. RIP Domineque.

merry
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Nooooo.
I was just wondering why I hadn’t seen any posts from her.

She was such a beauty.

I’m saddened to hear this.

RIP sweety.

Dionne
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This beautiful, young lady made me feel so inspired and watching her beautiful long hair was so enjoyable and informative, she definitely wiped away the myth that black women can’t have long hair.

Ronke
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Prayers and condolences to the friends and family.

Jacky
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May her soul rest in perfect peace and may God comfort, bless and continue to take care of her family Amen.

Love JAH
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Wow. Such a beauty. I’m sure she will evolve into a beautiful flower…RIP

jessybabe
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Tragic indeed. We are given life, but it can be gone in an instant. RIP beautiful queen.

jojosatoes
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So sad. RIP beautiful. I encourage all black women to get their vitamin D levels checked. One of the precursors of lupus is vitamin D deficiency and it hasn’t yet been established if it’s a cause/ effect or correlation. Due to extreme exhaustion a few years ago, I took the ANA antibody test and tested positive. This is an antibody in people with Lupus; however I did not have any of the other symptoms besides exhaustion. I was also very deficient in vitamin D. My doctor recommended I supplement with 50K IUs every two weeks and the exhaustion eventually went… Read more »
Mary in Md
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Oh my goodness. Thanks for this bit of information. I am VERY deficient in Vitamin D and I haven’t been diligent in addressing it. I’ll definitely give this greater attention.

Nicole W.
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Domineque has broken out of her cocoon and now has her butterfly wings and can fly away.

Peace and condolences to her family, friends and fans. Please support Lupus awareness and research, not just for her and all the other’s we’ve lost…but so we can stop this from happening again and again…
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Ni
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Is there an obituary available online or printed, BGLH? I’m curious if you guys have found any other information on her death because I can’t find anything on it outside of haircare forums. Very sad.

ida voyder
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I saw a link about a fund for her burial. I think it was by naptural85 either way it was a link underneath the video(I looked at quite a few videos) but I think it was naptural85 . i’ll see if I find it again.

Ni
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Hey Ida, thanks for the response! I understand that there’s a fund, but I’m wondering if there’s an actual obituary, or rather, a news article reporting the death and those who survived her. It seems that people are primarily reporting the information that her friend posted on haircare forums, but no blogs have posted an official obituary that would give us funeral information/an adress.

CB
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OMG! I watched her jumbo flat twist video a few days ago. 🙁

RIP 🙁

Nicole W.
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thelady
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sorry for her families loss, thanks for sharing health information on Lupus

Tinisha Trotter
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OMG!!! Can believe this, seems so unreal, watched her over the years on Youtube,beautiful woman and a inspiration to soo many, Terrible loss..R.I.P. prayers go out to her family & loved ones.

Tabatha
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I’m a Trotter too! Are we related Tinisha? My Grandmother was Frances Trotter aka Babe. Sorry its waaay off the subject, but I was wondering.

Bobby J
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My she was so young, God bless her and her family.…goes to show you never know what is going on with bloggers in their everyday, real life.

Adeola @ TheManeCaptain
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This is very heart breaking. Our previous minister of Finance in Canada passed away on the same day too from a heart attack, after suffering from a skin condition for many years. I purposely came on here to see what BGLH has to say about a fellow Black Girl with Long Hair.
RIP Dominique, you’ve definitely added value and made an impact in your world while you were in it. My deep condolences to your family
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Naijastar
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I’m so saddened by this news. Her hair inspired me so much in recent years, and I enjoyed the sweet, gentle nature she displayed in her videos. I had wondered why she hadn’t posted here and on youtube in some time. She and her family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Simoan
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These are my exact sentiments…

cacey
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thanks to this i just read up on lupus and its prevalence in the black community. i do wonder, though, if the fact that black people tend to live in overcrowded, chemically or pollutant-saturated environments as well as consume nutritionally-deficit foods at a higher rate than other races contributes to its prevalence among black women. Not to mention the fact that whites have far better access to proper health screenings than blacks do because they tend to have jobs that actually provide them with health insurance. This is so sad, and also a wake-up call. Off to drink more water,… Read more »
Jen
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RIP Domineque. This is so sad. I literally went to her page 2 days ago.
Thanks for the info on Lupus.

Tabatha
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Oh My, How sad. Well at least while she was here she connected with Millions who were natural from jump, to those who are newly natural, to those who are thinking about it. Her wisdom, advice and life experiences can never be duplicated. I send love and Light to all those that she has touched in one way or another. RIP

the_lovely_one
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My heart breaks for all those who held her dear. May she rest in eternal peace.

luminous
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RIP. She was such a beautiful woman, inside and out. I loved watching her youtube videos.

Neena M
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This is very sad.I loved watching her video’s.RIP,you are in a better place.

Aijalon Halema Leilani
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Aijalon Halema Leilani

Wow! This is so unexpected & sad:(
Everyone must get right with Jesus because you never know when your time will be.

R.I.P:(

teetee
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wow this is so sad and heartbreaking. my hear goes out to her friends and family. gone way too soon smh 🙁

RAQUEL
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This hits close to home.….I‘m also 27 years young and to see someone that I‘ve watched and related to through youtube pass on speaks volumes.… You just never know when your time will come.. My condolences to her family and friends… I pray that God gives them the strength to carry on and to look to him as their comfort. I‘m here in Canada and I‘m really feeling this right now. RIP BEAUTIFUL!!!!

Elle
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Please channel your condolences and positive energy into donations for her family!

Also there is a very active online lupus community, though sadly the disease still gets little media attention. Lupus is cruel and afflicts many people of all ethnicities and all ages, and is too often fatal despite even the best treatment. Let’s take care of ourselves and each other. Good-bye Domineque.

DAS' Deets
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RIP to her!!! Praying for her loved ones!

t.c.
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Rest in peace, Domineque.

I had no idea she was dealing with Lupus. She was one of the first youtubers whose hair I really admired. And she was the one who inspired me to do what was right for my hair and use a little heat. My hair has thrived since then and I’m sure I’m just one of hundreds of thousands of women who’ve been able to improve the health of their hair/reach hair goals because of Domineque sharing her time and information with us.

She will truly be missed. Condolences to all her family and friends.

Coconut + Cream
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Oh my god, my heart is breaking. Please rest in perfect eternal peace
My best wishes and love to her family
xxxx

Diamond
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It is so heartbreaking to hear of yet another young, beautiful woman passing away from this awful disease. My mom, whom was also my best friend, battled with lupus for 25 years and passed away a month ago from complications. I pray for the day that a cure is found for this illness. Also, praying for her loved ones.

Nicole
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Deeply saddened by this news Domineque has been a big inspiration for me and positively influenced my natural hair journey. Her legacy will live on. I pray that she rests in peace and I pray for her family and friends.

simone
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I am sadden and my heart goes out to for all those who were close to her. I felt like I knew her because I was addicted to her beauty. May she rest in eternal peace she was an angel here on earth and now she is heaven with the Lord! RIP

Bev Willis
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My deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Ms. Banks. My heart is very heavy. Thank you for this beautiful tribute to one of my true natural hair blogger inspiration.

Nicole D
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Ha man…I so admired her. I will miss her.

Viv
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This sad news comes on the 15th anniversary of the passing of my friend Alicia, who also succumbed to lupus. I join you all in sending support and prayer to Domineque’s family and friends. Rest in peace.

Melissa Wise
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I suffer with Lupus. Every time I hear of another loss, it brings to light my own mortality. RIP SWEET SISTER
-Melissa

Jane
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So sad…right Washington’s death too. Two young black women who inspired so many and are now gone so soon. Shows how you just never know what somebody is dealing with behind the youtube channels, blogs, and social media pages. Sometimes forget that they’re real people with real lives and struggles. So sad.

Jane
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…right after* Washington’s death…”

g
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may she rest in peace. 🙁

Kisha Bennett
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What a lovely girl.
I am so sorry to hear such sad news. My sincerest condolences to her family during this difficult time.

KB
Minx

Tiffany
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Just last week I wondered where she was since I hadn’t seen any videos on my feed from her. Watching this woman’s hair journey was such an inspiration. Since the moment I went natural I fell in love with the care, attention, and love she showed herself. My heart hurts just knowing that I will never get to hear her words of wisdom. At least I have her past videos to go over.

Tif
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Can you direct me to where I can see her videos? please

MissAfrobella
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longhairdontcare2011 on youtube

JazzWife
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It is hard to find the words to express the sense of grief from this loss. It took a while for the news to actually register. When I transitioned (2008 — 2010), Domineque was a source of inspiration to me. Not only was her hair beautiful … so was her giving spirit, which was often punctuated by her infectious smile. I can’t even imagine the deep sense of loss Domineque’s family is enduring. May their sweetest memories of her sustain them today and every time they think of her. And from each of us in the natural hair community, we… Read more »
Phillystud
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Such a beautiful girl with a beautiful soul.

DO NOT CREMATE HER!!!!

Elle
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Dear Mods,
please remove the above.

Napturally Kia
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sweetie,
you can’t be jumping on here telling her people what to do with her body. it’s just a shell. her spirit is no longer in there. if that’s her wish or if that’s all her family can afford, then let them do just that. don’t protest a deceased person’s wishes. it’s not right.

Lea
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This is so sad. I was very inspired by her videos. She taught me a lot. I just can’t believe it.

Trini
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Quite shocking news. I pray that she is at peace and for her family’s comfort.

On another note, I am concerned, perhaps some of you are as well, about simplyounique and afrostory — both of whom have not posted over the past 12 months; longer for afrostory.

Napturally Kia
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good observation.

Andrea
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Exactly I concur Trini. Many of these natural youtubbers that we have come to follow and learn so much from have strangely disappeared or have completely fallen off radar, such as the case with Kimmyatube. I haven’t heard or even seen a new video from her in like a year in a half! Many of these people stay on the grid for so long and then out of nowhere drop off the face of the earth! At least they can could explain that they will be going on sabbatical and that their not going to be around for the next… Read more »
candy
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So sad, I had no idea she was ill. She always seemed very sweet and mellow on her channel. Very informative and still so young.

lablooplah
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Rest in God’s peace Domineque. May God also be with her family and friends, it must be tough.

Naturalbeauty
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Wow…she was so young! My condolences to her family, friends and followers. I’ve enjoyed her articles and pics and i join the Natural Hair Community in this time of loss.

Napturally Kia
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RIP. What a beautiful woman she was, although i just discovered her YT channel about 2 weeks ago, I had already learned so much from her. May she rest in peace.

saffron33
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My condolences go out to her family & friends. May she rest in peace.

Kelly Powell
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I am bowled over by shock! I just discovered her channel myself and I am hurt to hear how this disease has cut her life in its prime! Condolences to her family and friends! may her soul rest in peace.. with love dominique

natalia
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omg just recently i was cussing saying how come she stop making videos only to hear that she had lupus and that she died. i am so sadden. when i started my hair journey i watched a few of her videos and she was a real inspiration what can i say other than gone too soon 🙁

youngin girl
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I could’ve sworn I saw her picture on Blackwomen’snaturalhairstyles.com and her story about her boss criticizing her hair in public and this was all just last year of may. Her beauty and confidence shined through her when she was alive and it will continue to shine through her while she’s deceased.

Cherise fisher
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I am very sadden to hear of the passing of lhdc. She possessed an awesome spirit through her videos. She will truly be missed.

Sue Scott
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So beautiful soo SAD

gigi
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what a beautiful person Domin was… her reserved delivery, her helpfulness, her resilience… been watching her videos this weekend– she was the very first person I watched on youtube when I first went natural — excited because we had the same texture… still inspired as I watch, but now my eyes are wet. Hope Macy & her family will keep strong during this time. Love transcends everything. RIP.

gigi
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speaking of a videos, on a lighter note, I’m remembering one in particular where she had flat ironed her hair, and did some quick hair porn footage because everybody was dying to see — and at the end she cracked up at herself & how ridiculous it was. Such a cool chick… 3 and my heart breaks again.…

Loving My Natural Hair
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Loving My Natural Hair

Such a beautiful young woman. Her spirit was so beautiful. She will be sorely missed. Will donate to her fund as I learned a lot from her.

Gen
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I’ve been in shock since I learned of this yesterday. It was in 2009 when I stumbled upon her videos. I began to think that perhaps that I could successfully grow my hair out longer and eventually I did. Life is truly unpredictable and tomorrow is not promised.

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S Jones
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So sad. RIP

kelcie
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I am so sorry to hear of her passing. I really enjoyed watching her videos. She was such a laid back person and listening to her talk about her hair regimens were worth waiting for, no matter how long I waiting for her to post videos. She was the first person I watched on YouTube when I decided to go natural. May she rest in peace and her family be comforted by the memories she leaves behind.

Jamila
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Domineque among a few others are the reasons I decided to just go for it, and start my own hair journey. I recall just a couple months ago or so checking out her videos to see if there had been anything new from her. I wondered how come she had not uploaded anything for so long, come to find out that she was very sick. I am beyond saddened to hear of this news. I could see from the way that she conducted herself through her videos, that she was very giving and focused. I always felt that she was… Read more »
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Nicole
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Aww this is so sad.I have been watching her videos for years.I remember one video where she introduced her sister and showed us how her hair length wasn’t based on genes.She was one of the first hair bloggers I watched.ai am saddened to know that I will not see her blog anymore.Sigh

Rosalind
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I think its hurts a little more when someone so young, who is doing good in the world by helping others, is taken away too soon. So sad. R.I.P

dena
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http://gfwd.at/1m4pIhh
her youtube friends set up a new account the other one ended

sandy
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Whoa I am in shock. I have been watching her videos for a while. Whenever I think or thoufht about growing long hair. I always thoufht of her. She is such a beautiful person who I just different now. I AM SO GRATEFUL THAT SHE OPENED AND SHARED. I like many others learned alot from her humility and her thoughful videos. Be well sister. Thank you.

ME
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I feel like I lost my favorite cousin even though I didn’t know Domineque personally. Her videos always made me smile and her hair…omg! I’m floored. I have no words.

CC
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I’m proud to have had the positive exchanges, laughs and moments of encouragement with her. She was one of my favorite online hair buddies and her passing is both shocking and disheartening to say the least.

Dawn Michelle @ Minimalist Beauty
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Sending love and light to Domineque’s family and loved ones. I will definitely miss her inspiring videos and have learned so much from her. She was an amazing teacher and truly a beautiful spirit in the online natural hair community.

shanners
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Such a beautiful, hairspirational young lady plucked from us too soon. May your soul rest in peace x

Nailah G
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I am saddened by the passing of this lovely young lady and will miss her. I have followed her since the beginning of my natural hair journey and considered her one of my inspirations and hair crushes! Rest in peace Domineque. Gone too soon.
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bsbfankaren
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I’m in shock! I enjoyed watching her journey and reading about her here. If I can donate, I will.

bsbfankaren
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I hope her videos stay up, and can continue to provide inspiration.

Nadine Fletcher
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I was very Sadden to read this. I am also a subscriber to
her You-tube Videoes. She was a very Positive person!
I know we don’t all share the same Beliefs. But Domineque will
have a Resurrection in the very near future. And the Bible speaks
of death being done away with for all of Mankind.

Cynthia
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Amen 🙂 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18: 13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a… Read more »
Ugonna Wosu
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I am saddened to read this. It took me a couple of days to lose the shock and write something. I was subbed to her youtube channel, and noticed she hadn’t posted a video in a while. No idea it was so serious. RIP to her and God Bless her family.

RosieUK
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I’m so sorry to hear of Dominique’s early death. I came across her very early in my natural hair journey back in 2010 and found her YouTube videos extremely helpful even for a mature fine haired women such as myself whose hair went from shoulder to almost waist length through taking her advice. My heart goes out to her family particularly her parents as I cannot imagine the pain they are feeling having to bury their child. RIP dearest Dominique. Trusting she is now present with The Lord. Rosie from London, UK.
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A'Kiyia
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Wow I was Really Sad to hear about this.
I use to always watch her videos.
May she Rest is Peace!

Candace G.
Guest

OMG!!! I too am in shock! I also noticed she hadn’t posted a video in a while. I had no idea she was ill– never heard anything about her having lupus. I LOVED her videos and her inspiring and gorgeous lengthy tresses. She was also a source for other beauty topics such as nails and makeup, even clothes. I am so saddened by her loss, and I plan on donating something, even if it is a small amount. God rest her soul, she will be greatly missed.

dena
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a page has been set up by youtubers to help her family
http://gfwd.at/1m4pIhh
R.I.P. she was taken way to soon!!!

Yvonne Koreta
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My condolences

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Micaela
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RIP. Such a beautiful spirit.

Andrea
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What the What?!! This is absolutely the most shocking news ever. I don’t even think a lot of us knew that she was suffering from a long terminal disease. She was so beautiful and so inspiring. She, was one of the ones that helped me on my natural hair journey. I’m really hoping that she is with the Father and enjoying the glory of Heaven to the absolute fullest. I’m hoping that the only decision that the family does not make is to cremate her. She was far to beautiful for her to be desecrated in such a way. May… Read more »
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kdnormanlaw
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I am so sorry to hear about her untimely death. My prayers go out to her family and friends. She was my first natural hair inspiration and I watched her videos for hours on youtube. She will be missed by her natural hair care family…

Naj
Guest

My goodness, I was completely shocked when I saw this…I loved watching some of her hair videos, and I was wondering why she hadn’t made any new ones. I had no idea she had health complications. I send my condolences to all of her loved ones. She was a beauty.

moony
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🙁 No no no. This is terrible and so so sad. I can’t imagine my sister dying, my friends my age dying. So sad. How is her sister taking it? I know I was subscribed to her channel but I hadn’t seen either around… My condolences for this time of grief.

moony
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She was so smart and brilliant and funny POSITIVE too. She was in a prestigious dental/medical field and everything I think but always was upbeat despite what was a probably stressful program. :‘c She will be missed.

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