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Kierra // Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Jun 16, 2010

Where do you live?
K:
I presently live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, but I rep my hometown of Port Arthur, Texas (Land of the Trill) all day, everyday! I am the chief operating officer of a private medical practice and an aspiring real estate investor.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
K:
For as long as I can remember I wanted my natural hair; elementary school, I believe. I’d feel my new growth from time to time and say “I don’t want a perm just yet Momma.”

I also was under the impression that my texture would be as straight as my father’s. Nevertheless, I was talked out of it numerous times until I was in high school. My friend was going natural, and I figured we could be each other’s support system. I was “grown” now, so everyone had to respect, if not accept, my decision.

I transitioned in 2004 for about 4 months with cornrows for the most part, then I chopped it all off for my 18th birthday! I was ignorant of how to care for both textures, so getting it cut was the best option.

I was never one to conform to certain ideologies; so having natural hair was and still is an outward reflection of an inner conviction. I did receive criticism from my high school peers initially, but over time they came around. I never realized that I was inspiring and influencing others to grow out their relaxers too. After I went natural, so did my mother, grandmother, and others–but I’m still working on my sister; she’s a bit stubborn lol.

What’s your regimen?
K:
My regimen is quite simple. I wash my hair every two weeks, then put in cornrows, braids, and/or twists to cut down on knots. This Texas heat is NOT the business, so having my hair put away is very necessary, lol. I use Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild liquid soap as a shampoo and Herbal Essence Hello Hydration for conditioner. I deep condition once a month with Dr. Miracle’s Deep Conditioning Treatment while sitting under the dryer for 30–45 minutes. I experimented with henna recently, and plan to use it once a month. Also, I moisturize my hair daily with a mixture of pure shea butter and essential oils. As far as my ends, let’s just say they need some love asap!

What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
K:
My, my, too many! lol…I used to color my hair like it was a coloring book, I was scissor happy, and I used the wrong products and tools.

When I first went natural I attempted to care for my hair as if it still had a relaxer; and this lasted for about four years! It wasn’t until 2008, that I actually took some initiative and did research to see exactly what the heck I was supposed to be doing. Websites like bglhonline.com, youtube.com, fotki.com, and others really gave me insight! So for almost two years I have allowed my hair to flourish 🙂

What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
K:
I leave it alone! I wear protective styles like braids and/or twists for 2 to 3 weeks, and my hair responds positively. In addition, I keep it moisturized…but again, I style it, and I leave it alone.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
K:
I recently started a blog (www.txqt24.blogspot.com). I also plan to upload some tutorial videos to my youtube channel www.youtube.com/user/txqt24.

Anything else you want to add?
K:
Yes, for those who enjoy the Southern tradition of sweet potato pies, visit www.occqpie.com to experience the best sweet potato pies this side of the Mason-Dixon Line!

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jessica
jessica
10 years ago

I love your hair!

nzingha shakur
nzingha shakur
10 years ago

i’m from DFW and it’s sooooo good to see more sistas rockin’ their natural!!! where do you go to get your ends trimmed?

Alisha
10 years ago

Kierra’s hair is beautiful! Love it!

Tiffany
10 years ago

Looks great. I need to find someone in my area.

Peace, Love and Chocolate
Tiffany

Inez
Inez
10 years ago

Only a quick comment — I loved her hair and was rooting for her to win that contest. It’s great to see hair that is closer to my own, long and blooming.

Kierra
10 years ago

Thanks to each and everyone of your comments! I appreciate the love!

To answer nzingha shakur’s question–I haven’t had my ends professionally trimmed in over a year and a half. I don’t recommend this by any means, but I do plan to get a good trim in the Fall.

Be Blessed!

Temi
Temi
8 years ago

Do you still have a blog or youtube page?

Violette Venanzi
8 years ago

Apple now has Rhapsody as an app, which is a great start, but it is currently hampered by the inability to store locally on your iPod, and has a dismal 64kbps bit rate. If this changes, then it will somewhat negate this advantage for the Zune, but the 10 songs per month will still be a big plus in Zune Pass’ favor.

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