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Kadian // Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Sep 30, 2010


The Bull from the famous Bull Ring Market in Birmingham, England

Where are you from?
K:
I was born in Kingston, Jamaica. At age 6, my mom and I emigrated to the US to join our other family members. I grew up in Washington, DC but my hand was forced and I moved to Birmingham, UK earlier this year.

What’s interesting about the UK?
K:
The UK is so much more than London. My mom used to live in London for 8 years and I visited every year during that time. I never left London until I met my partner, who is British, 4 years ago. Do yourself a favor and visit not just other cities besides London, but visit the countryside. You can actually see livestock while driving on the roads! Amazing. And you won’t find greener grass anywhere else, and the clouds seem closer to the ground.

What is the natural hair scene like?
K:
Hair-wise, there is a much smaller natural hair movement than in the US. This is particularly true outside of London. It’s a bit frustrating sometimes because the product lines in the stores are very limited, so I have to order online. I see some naturals around Birmingham, but there isn’t a cohesive natural community here. I’m actually set to attend the first natural hair meet-up in London on October 2nd. I can’t wait! I’ll be sure to make a video about it and post it on my YouTube channel. On a positive note, I wore a big curly ‘fro to my new job last week and no one batted a lash. I even wore my ‘fro to a meeting with the CFO, which made me feel totally badass! It seems to be less of a big deal here.

Why did you go natural?
K:
My first natural journey was in my teens. It was about discovering who I was without my mother’s influence (you can read that story on BGLH). I would cut my hair every time it grew too long and unruly. I did not know how to care for it and did not educate myself about the intricacies of caring for natural hair. So after too many 45-minute detangling sessions, in which I caused much breakage, I relaxed my hair and wore it that way for nearly 5 years.

Relaxed hair was easier and less time-consuming BUT also less fun. After a few years of cutting to achieve different styles, I began missing the feel, bounce and look of my curls. On a trip to London last year, I saw a billboard advertising clothing, but I was transfixed by the hair of the girl in the ad. My decision was made. I transitioned for about 6 months, then did a big chop in late January 2010. I’m not going back this time because there is too much information and too many products out there for me to fail at taking care of my curls.

What’s your regimen?
K:
I finally have a consistent regimen. I switch between wearing twists, twist-outs and wash-n-gos. Now that I have two jobs (one more and I’m officially a Jamaican), I have less time. I wash my hair with Faith in Nature aloe vera shampoo and tea tree conditioner or Naked Rescue shampoo and conditioner, depending on how long I’ve gone between washes. I then put on TIGI’s Let it Be leave-in or my own leave in concoction (coconut oil, jojoba oil, liquid leave-in base and aloe vera juice). I then put in two strand twists using a mix of alcohol-free gel and Davine’s Momo moisturizer for dry, frizzy hair. I leave the twists in anywhere from 4–7 days and moisturize daily with my spray bottle mix and seal with avocado oil. I then wear the twist out for 3–5 days. Can I just say that I get FABULOUS twist-outs from this routine?! Thanks to BGLH readers and the hard work of other hair blogs, I’ve learned so much in the last few months. The information has really helped my hair to thrive.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
K:
For now you can find me on Twitter (@whtgetsonmyt__s); YouTube (whatgetsonmytits) and my part-time blog, http://www.whatgetsonmytits.blogspot.com.

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helga crane
helga crane
10 years ago

Kadian, your hair is so pretty and looks super soft!

Alysia
Alysia
10 years ago

Dropped by one of my favorite websites and lo and behold, what do I see?! Great job (as always) Kadi and you’re looking fab as always!

shezzie
shezzie
10 years ago

Kadian- I am in love with your curls. Truly! I enlarged to first pic and stared in awe for about 20 minutes. I can no longer achieve great twist outs anymore. I removed my 2.5 year old locs 8 months ago and I still can’t get it to act right :(. How big do you usually make your twists/how many do you usually have to achieve this look.

VV
VV
10 years ago

Kadian your hair looks amazing. Great to see more curly girls from the UK and Europe.

Nappy Kitchen
Nappy Kitchen
10 years ago

Love the hair hate the BullRing. The dirtiest place in the UK.

Whitney
Whitney
10 years ago

Love your hair, and the blog/youtube channel name! 😀

Kadian (@whtgetsonmyt__s)
Kadian (@whtgetsonmyt__s)
10 years ago

You guys are too kind! @helga crane & @shezzie, I am working on a video about my 2‑strand twists–how to preserve the and achieve a great twist out. It’s pieces of video mixed with photos. I mentioned what I used in my NFATW interview, but I’ll include it in the info box or pop over bubble in a YouTube video soon.

Lori
Lori
10 years ago

Hey Kadian,
Where is this natural hair meet-up being held. I live in Hertfordshire and would love to attend?

Angie'leonie
Angie'leonie
10 years ago

Recent transplant to Brum (Sarf Londoner), I get the no response to natural hair from white work collegues and love it. Where is this meet up tomorrow? I would so jump on a train to attend had I known in advance. Enjoy the day, I’ll be looking for info and pics.

@ Nappy Kitchen clearly you’ve not been to the Bull Ring in a while, take a stroll and see the crazy commercial difference…otherwise visit Merry Hill in Dudley 😉

NappyKitchen
NappyKitchen
10 years ago

True, I havent been to Brum in about two years.

Kadian (@whtgetsonmyt__s)
Kadian (@whtgetsonmyt__s)
10 years ago

’leonie –I totally agree about the Bull Ring! I was thinking the same thing when I read Nappy Kitchen’s response.

–sorry you missed the Meet-up. It was sold out weeks ago! Angel from thenaturallounge.com hosted it.

For those interested, I’ve posted a styling tutorial on my chunky twist-out.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAR8qUbKaCM

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