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Chime // Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Sep 16, 2009


When you change your thinking on what beautiful hair is, it changes the way you look at beauty in general and that is extremely important for Black women in today’s society. ~Chime


Where are you from and what do you do?
C:
I am from West Point, Mississippi. I recently stopped working at The Department of Human Services to pursue two creative endeavors; one including Sunkissed, the line of graphic tees I design!! Wish me luck!!

When and why did you decide to go natural?
C:
I decided to go natural my Junior year of college. I transitioned for 6 months, but when I ran to be the queen of my college I relaxed my hair. Mentally I don’t think I was ready yet. 


Chime’s relaxed hair

I transitioned again my senior year in October 2006 and never looked back. I decided to go natural because I realized I was conforming to what society says is beautiful. I did not relax my hair until I was 17, but I pressed it. I always heard negative comments when my hair was “puffy” so I had a desire to have bone straight hair like everyone else. If I would have recognized why I felt the way that I did and realized it was a problem with the way everyone else thought and not my hair, I would have never relaxed it.

Were you crowned queen at your college?
C:
Yes, I won! I went to Rust College, a small HBCU. 

I know you probably get this question alot; you had gorgeous long hair when you were relaxed, why switch to natural?
C:
Actually, it broke off a significant amount. I have been meaning to post pics on my fotki page, but my hair went from being waist length all over to shoulder length in the front and bra strap length in the back. I couldn’t get it to grow and it was thinner and I was used to having thick hair. Natural was the best way to go.

When comparing your relaxed hair to your natural hair, why do you like natural more?
C:
It’s thicker, which means it’s bigger and I looove big hair!! I think it fits my features better. And there is so much pride that comes with natural hair!! I just love it!

Your t‑shirt designs are lovely. Tell us a little about that. How did you get started?
C: I wanted to make fashionable tees that I would wear. I saw tees about natural hair in the past with many sayings and images that were usually cliche so I wanted to make designs that were original. 

Business is going great so far! I have had quite a few buyers. My main buyers are women with natural hair.

I notice that you have T‑shirts and bags for members of the AKA and Delta sororities. Do you see a lot of natural hair in sororities?
C: Usually there is one or two ladies in a chapter with natural hair. There is still only a small percentage of Black women who are natural in general. I have seen natural Zetas more than any other sorority. I am working on a design for a Zeta tee now. I like to combine aspects of people’s lives that they were proud of. In this case, their sorority and their natural hair.

Why are you pro natural?
C:
I see so many young girls with unhealthy hair that is badly damaged. I know how beneficial natural hair can be not only to the health of a woman’s hair, but to her mental health as well. When you change your thinking on what beautiful hair is, it changes the way you look at beauty in general and that is extremely important for Black women in today’s society.

To see more of Chime check out her fotki; http://members.fotki.com/lifesacatwalk/about/
Also check out her T‑shirts here; http://www.cafepress.com/naturalgirl

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Liza
Liza
11 years ago

OK, I have a new hair idol. Her hair is FABULOUS! My hair wants to be like hers when it grows up! Seriously, beautiful hair.

jenteel
jenteel
11 years ago

one of my favorite fotkis…your progress is amazing chime!

your shirts are wonderful!

?Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder?
?Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder?
11 years ago

yes definitely her hair is awesome!

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

I absolutely loooove your hair! Its everything I want! BIG, THICK, & HEALTHY!!! So inspired!

dawn
dawn
11 years ago

wow! your hair is awesome. and i agree: your natural hair fits your features. you’re still very beautiful (either way!). you’re def my hair inspiration!

NaijaDreamie
NaijaDreamie
11 years ago

wow. i am in awe! she’s just inspired me to hold out a little bit longer with my transition. AMAZING!

Miss Malorie
Miss Malorie
11 years ago

That hair is fantastic!!!! (and she is gorgeous as well!) I pray that my hair will be big and all over the place one of these days! I love big hair!

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

Oh my goodness…what absolutely beautiful hair. I’m on my fourth month transitioning…will I ever get there 🙁

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

Her hair is out of this planet! I’m starting to believe that certain people are just blessed with fast growing hair. She is truely blessed with big, long, and beautiful hair!

The Fashionstar
The Fashionstar
11 years ago

Her hair is gorgeous, it’s so big and I love the puffiness! I agree with her I think it’s unfortunate that there are so many relaxed girls out there who have damaged hair but they won’t let the relaxer go because they think having weak straight hair is better than their natural texture.

Lita
Lita
11 years ago

love the bag (and of course the hair) 🙂

Yolanda Allen
Yolanda Allen
11 years ago

I love natural hair but my hair is so fine that when I do my twists they look so anorexic! I’m trying to find products that will make my hair as thick and beautiful as hers.….that way I can wear twists more often without having to pin them up. I haven’t relaxed in 5 years and my hair is no where near the length I want it to be…my hair seemed to grow faster when I was not caring if it grew bc I was wearing it covered up all the time with wigs…but now I wear it out so… Read more »

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

@ Liza
AGREED! Her hair is gorgeous! I’ve been transitioning for 3 months (big chopping at 6). I hope I can have a head of hair as beautiful as Chime’s — really inspirational. 

Thanks for the post BGLH!

Izzy
Izzy
11 years ago

I follow her fotki and can’t help but gush at her hair!

ChyeahBella
ChyeahBella
11 years ago

beautiful hair, even more beautiful girl

Koos
Koos
11 years ago

I WANT HER HAIR
I WANT HER HAIR
I WANT HER HAIR
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I WANT HER HAIR
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I WANT HER HAIR
I WANT HER HAIR
I WANT HER HAIR
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lol…beautiful!!!!

Mika
Mika
11 years ago

I LOVE her hair, I cant wait for mine to reach that length.. and she is so pretty, i really think she should model lol

puregoldlady
puregoldlady
11 years ago

gorgeous hair! I will admit to being slightly jealous. 😉

LuminouzFlame
LuminouzFlame
11 years ago

Props to Chime (my fellow Mississippian)!!! Awesome hair!

?Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder?
?Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder?
11 years ago

yes definitely her hair is awesome!

?Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder?
?Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder?
11 years ago

yes definitely her hair is awesome!

?Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder?
?Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder?
11 years ago

yes definitely her hair is awesome!

?Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder?
?Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder?
11 years ago

yes definitely her hair is awesome!

?Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder?
?Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder?
11 years ago

yes definitely her hair is awesome!

?Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder?
?Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder?
11 years ago

yes definitely her hair is awesome!

TufferThanNigerianHair
TufferThanNigerianHair
11 years ago

i loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee ur hair i have VERy thick nigerian hair and i jus deciced (last week) that i want to go natural!! Im a first year student in college! yay!! i hop it works out and my hair can be big and beautiful as yours!god bless! Def gnna buy a shirt n bag if a join a soritity!

JOY
JOY
10 years ago

where can i find the t‑shirts that she designs!

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Fantastic article. Cool.

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