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Karrie // Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Aug 17, 2009


“i grew up in a family where i was told i was “lucky” to have the hair i do. i was told in grade school that i thought i was “all that” because i had “good hair”. i don’t think i’m anything. in fact, i’ve been trying to get comfortable in my skin since childhood. now i feel like i can be myself at 22. i don’t have to have 18 inches of jet black european silky weave to feel beautiful.” ~Karrie



BGLH: Where are you from and what do you do?
Karrie
: born and bred in brooklyn new york. i lived in Dallas for 3 years and moved right back to NY as soon as i finished highschool. i’m a paper pusher by day and i bartend on the side for extra cash. city girls always have side hussles. it’s real in these streets!

BGLH: So I read on your blog that you used to be heavy on weaves. How do you make the jump from being a huge weave fan to being natural?
Karrie
: the truth is, i started perming my hair when i was 14. it was too much for me to handle. on top of all that i wanted the straight look all my friends had. 2 years ago i thought i was going through some sort of 1/6 of a life crisis and decided to chop all my hair off. my ex boyfriend HATED it (it wasn’t all that cute so i don’t blame him). it made me really insecure. as soon as i had enough hair to braid, i started weaving it up, and i did so for 2 years.

the curly weave

my weave sisters out there know it isn’t wise to perm any hair other than what’s covering your tracks, so the middle and back of my hair were left untouched by chemicals for over a year. i spoke to Gem about it and she was all like “Guhl!!! letcho mane BE GREAT!” so i promised her that by July i would do away with the weaves. in that 2 year span i had no idea how much it grew. i hadn’t been paying much attention to it.

BGLH: You said that Gem, who we’ve featured, inspired you to go natural. Can you tell us a little more about that?
Karrie
: for those who don’t know, Gem and i were sisters in our past lives. she’s been such a positive force in my life since i met her. sure she’s beige, from h‑town, claims to have unicorn in her blood, and talks greasy all the time but there’s not 1 day that goes by without me speaking to her.

BGLH: What in your life has changed since you became natural?
Karrie
: i’ve been getting a million more compliments. i feel 10 times better about myself now too… the most significant change i’ve seen since ive gone natural is the extra $250 i can hold onto, since my own hair is a lot less costly to maintain.

BGLH: I love the way your hair is curled in your photos; Can you give us a how-to/tutorial for that style?
Karrie
: YASSS!! all that is, is a tight roller set. the lady who used to do my weaves 1) washed my hair 2) got a handful of mousse and some moisturizer and slathered it on thick. it holds better that way 3) separate yo hair into small sections and get to work! i chose skinny rollers (the ones you can bend and twist for a smaller/tighter curl) 4) plop yourself under a dryer for 40 mins or so. 5) SHAKE AND GO! and if a curl or 2 dropped, i’d grab a hold of a skinny curling iron and remedy the situation with a lil’ holding spray. that style lasted me for 2 weeks! i’d pin up the sides and the back for an easy breezy faux hawk. p.s. sleeping with a hair net saved my life!

BGLH: Why the Kesh cut?
Karrie
: i don’t anyone who doesn’t love kesh. i wanted a haircut that would allow me to experiment with some 1950’s rockabilly hair do’s, but put a more updated twist on it. no one was surprised when i shaved my head. when i told my mom she told me she was surprised that i hadn’t done it sooner. LOL.

BGLH: Why are you pro natural hair?
Karrie
: i grew up in a family where i was told i was “lucky” to have the hair i do. i was told in grade school that i thought i was “all that” because i had “good hair”. i don’t think i’m anything. in fact, i’ve been trying to get comfortable in my skin since childhood. now i feel like i can be myself at 22. i don’t have to have 18 inches of jet black european silky weave to feel beautiful. i remember looking at barbie’s and soap operas longingly, wanting what the media convinced me was beautiful. i’d pull my t shirt over my head and swing it around, pretending it was long/flowy hair. little black (and hispanic) girls are conditioned at very young ages to think that long/straight is better. in my opinion, relaxing a toddler’s hair is ridiculous. i could go on and on about my theories on self-loathing in the black/latin community, but i don’t think anyone is interested in hearing me rant. *whew*

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SisterSafetyPin
SisterSafetyPin
11 years ago

” grew up in a family where i was told i was “lucky” to have the hair i do. i was told in grade school that i thought i was “all that” because i had “good hair”. i don’t think i’m anything. in fact, i’ve been trying to get comfortable in my skin since childhood. now i feel like i can be myself at 22.” This is like, straight out of my life! I’ll be 22 come the beginning of September and it really took the past year to start really getting comfortable with myself. Finding out I wasn’t the only… Read more »

Shari
Shari
11 years ago

I really loved that interview…

Alicia
Alicia
11 years ago

Love the cut and the curls. I always wonder — about ladies that shave the side(s) of their head — how do you plan to grow it out? That is what stops me from doing it…the dreaded “awkward” stage!

LiLiMarie
LiLiMarie
11 years ago

great interview!! its interesting to see how much pressure our families put on the appearance of their daughters hair yet once we reach an age where we are truly learning who we are, we are able to overcome the years of brainwashing and create our own perceptions and ideals of what is beautiful for ourselves.

Lita
Lita
11 years ago

exactly the same for me. 

love seeing something more ‘haute couture’ on these pages, her hair is fab.

Alice
Alice
11 years ago

I agree with Alicia, how do you avoid the awkward length without just chopping the top to make it more even?

Rocketgurl
Rocketgurl
11 years ago

What is Karrie’s blog? I would love to visit.…

Beautifully.Conjured.Up
Beautifully.Conjured.Up
11 years ago

LOL @ “sure she’s beige, from h‑town, claims to have unicorn in her blood, and talks greasy all the time but there’s not 1 day that goes by without me speaking to her.”

…love it…

Gem
Gem
11 years ago

YAAASSSS! I’d be afraid of the growing out awkward stage too, but Karrie will rock it; no need to worry. 

Loved your interview and the fevah being served in all these pictures.

LETCHO MANE BE GREAT!

Here.She.Is
Here.She.Is
11 years ago

Im 20 and only recently have I come to slowly accept myself. I used to always want straight hair but I can only look forward now. I still need some practice looking after my hair.  ‘i’d pull my t shirt over my head and swing it around, pretending it was long/flowy hair. little black (and hispanic) girls are conditioned at very young ages to think that long/straight is better. in my opinion, relaxing a toddler’s hair is ridiculous.’ I’d use to do that to. Coming from a mostly indian pakistani area I want to have long black hair. Lucily didnt relax… Read more »

karrie b.
karrie b.
11 years ago

@ sistersafetypin: i think 22 must be a magical year. so glad we are HERE with being able to love who we are and feeling great in the skin we’re in.  @ shari: thank you so much sweetness! @ lilmarie: “its interesting to see how much pressure our families put on the appearance of their daughters hair…” YAASSS!!! couldnt have said it better. growing up, i couldnt say the words “kinky” or “nappy” in my mother’s house. she didn’t tolerate that kind of ignorance, and she’s LOVES my natural hair. the rest of my family are very conservative. to hell with… Read more »

jenteel
jenteel
11 years ago

love it all!!!!karrie, you are too cute!

thehoustongirl
thehoustongirl
11 years ago

cool interview Karrie! LOVE the ‘do! 😀

shout out to GEM also 😀

yours truly
yours truly
11 years ago

aww i love karrie b. crazy, funny and has a wicked sense of style. i never realized she was natural for so long. weave or natural, she’s a real beauty imo.

great interview.

InnyVinny
InnyVinny
11 years ago

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY

I <3 this girl. So much.

Vixen
Vixen
11 years ago

Apparently, Tyra is going to go with her real hair on her show from now on. No more weaves or wigs. What do you think?

TheDailey
TheDailey
11 years ago

cute interview :]
its time for me to send in some more photos actually lol

Caspar608
Caspar608
11 years ago

I’ve been told that a womans hair is her crowning glory.

While that may be true in some aspects, I believe the SPIRIT of a woman is her TRUE crowning glory. If you love yourself, its easy to see the beauty in others. Hair or no hair.

Karrie is the epitome of spirit. Ups, downs and everything in between she IS the beautiful struggle each and everyone of us goes through day to day. 

When the time comes for my daughter to want to relax her hair, I’ll be calling Karrie…

Peace, Cas

karrie b.
karrie b.
11 years ago

@ jenteel: thank you gorgeous! @ houstongirl: *mwah* @ yours truly: *blushes* awwww shucks. thanks mamas! you’re sooooo sweet 🙂 @ innyvinny: i luh you too fruit snacks! @ vixen: i guess i’ll have to see it before i can have any real opinion on it. good for her tho. @ the daily: thanks love! @ cas: well since you’ve become my adopted god mother, you’ve brightened up my world with your wisdom, not to mention your beautiful children whom i LOVE like my own family. Sophe is gonna wanna perm her hair when she gets older. it’s something we ALL go… Read more »

AfroButtafly
AfroButtafly
11 years ago

DOPE! I love the heart. <3

The F$%K it List
The F$%K it List
11 years ago

HA so mad that you didn’t crop me out doing the whoop. Anyway you know how I feel about Natural hair ITS THE BEST. I don’t worry about the rain and humidity I just do me. 

I went natural when I found out I was pregger and never looked back. 

Great interview, great lady and subject!

JasmineZakiya
JasmineZakiya
10 years ago

Hey, I have been looking for a natural weave to put my hair into for the winter when my hair gets real dry and brittle and the curly weave pictured is THEE perfect texture for my hair. Could you please tell me who it’s by or what kind of hair it is, and possibly if it’s availiable online or by mail order ( I’m in Seattle so i can’t really get to it if it’s only on the east coast). Thanks a bunch. Also, do you care for that weave the same way you would your natural hair i.e. two strand twist… Read more »

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