When people ask me how long I’ve been natural, I usually give them the short answer- that I did my big chop in October of 2009. What I leave out is that that was actually my SECOND big chop! Yep. I went natural once before… but I hated it!
natural hair journey
There truly is beauty in variety! We’re back with yet another fashionable natural sharing her hair journey and a peek into her eclectic style! Meet our February Natural Fashionista, Charmsie!
Welcome back! And now, continuing my chat with Simeko, owner of Meko New York Natural Hair Care Spa & Boutique in Orange, NJ, we get into the spa ‘experience’ and her own… challenging interesting journey to natural. Missed Part I? Click here! ^_^ TBN: What’s it like to sit in Simeko’s styling chair, what kind of experience do clients receive? SWH: Well, first and foremost, it’s information and inspiration. If I haven’t given you one of those two things then I didn’t do my job… seriously. People come because they want their hair to be taken care of, more importantly, because they can go anywhere to get it styled. But they come to me because they know that I’m going to take care of their hair as I’ve taken care of my own and I’m going to give them that information that they need, which most stylists won’t, so that they can truly care for their hair at home. Because really, Toia, that’s where true hair-care starts. It’s not what I do in my chair, it’s what you do at home. So if I don’t educate you, if I don’t give you the proper tools or the products that you need, then what would I be doing as a stylist? For me, it’s important! I feel like every stylist should do it and unfortunately, they don’t. But I guess that’s great for me because that’s my niche, that’s what separates me from everybody else. That’s what keeps my clients coming back. They know then whenever they come in my chair, I’m first assessing their scalp and assessing their hair. Then I’m asking them the questions- what were they doing in between the time before they came back and then if we need to tweak their regimen, if we need to take something away or…
I met Danni last year via Facebook through mutual curlfriends and was drawn to her beautiful smile, TWA and awesome style. Once I learned she was a photographer and viewed her amazing work, it was a wrap! I stalked followed DFinneyPhotography on Facebook and Tumblr just about every day to see what was new. Her work has been featured on Essence.com and you may recall this photo shoot with natural hair vlogger Mae aka NaturalChica which transitioned to the Curlbox cover art you see here. I even stepped in front of her camera for a mini shoot of my own. Yes, Danielle ‘Danni’ Finney is the talent behind it all! Because she encompasses everything ToBNatural is about, I just had ask her a few questions about her hair, her style and her art… How long have you been natural? Why? My whole life basically! When I was 11 my mother tried a kiddie perm but she didn’t like what it did so I never got another… from that point I got press and curls for convenience. Around 2005/2006 I began to experiment with different natural styles but my texture was still quite frizzy because of the years of straightening (which I later learned to be heat damage) so when my real curls began to show themselves I was excited lol. I decided to stop straightening my hair and stick with styling it naturally because I liked my natural curls! While it seems many naturals are trying to reach longer lengths, you’ve decide to rock a Big Chop. Was this just for a fresh start, a change, convenience? Explain. Definitely out of convenience… I have extremely thick hair and have had a fairly decent length of hair my whole life basically so it always took me a long time to do my hair- especially…