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Rochelle // Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Dec 14, 2010

Where do you live?
R:
I live in Florida. I’m an entrepreneur and senior undergraduate student getting my degree in Business Marketing.

Why did you go natural?
R:
I was soooo bored with relaxed hair and on top of that my hair wasn’t growing very fast and I had color damage.

My mom went natural fall 2007 and after my husband saw her hair at dinner he was like “Babe does your real hair look like that?” I laughed and my mom said yes Rochelle’s hair is gorgeous. After dinner I told my husband, “I’m going natural.” At the time I had micro braids in but I was so eager to go natural that I didn’t wait to take them out. I went into bathroom one day and just cut them out from the root. I was left with about 1/2inch of hair and I LOVED IT!..and so did mommy and my hubby!

I now feel free to be whoever and whatever I want to be. I have always been independent but I still use to think I had to keep up with certain standards and now I set my own standards. I’ve set out to learn more about Africana culture also since the big chop. It’s amazing having natural hair, overall I just feel free to be creative with my hair, dress and life.

Your YouTube channel is awesome! When and why did you start it?
R:
Thanks I started In October 2008. I began making videos to share my natural hair journey and all the new things I was learning along the way. I wanted to make other women feel inspired as we learn from and support each other.

Why do you think it’s grown to be so successful?
R:
I think my channel is successful because I am honest with my subbies and I genuinely care about them. I love making other people feel good about themselves. I’ve never been a fake/pretend to be perfect and do perfect person, I make hair mistakes and I keep it real and show the good and not so good, in hopes that others will learn from me. I love to share my hair experience and my channel allows me to do so.

What’s your regimen?
R:
Alikay Naturals Product Usage Wash Steps
Step 1: Caribbean Coconut Milk Shampoo (not so dirty hair) or Moisturizing Black Soap Shampoo (very dirty hair)
Step 2: Caribbean Coconut Milk Conditioner
Step 3: Honey and Sage Deep Conditioner (dry hair) or Blended Therapy Hot Oil Treatment (extra dry)
SEAL THE MOISTURE (Steps 4–6)
Step 4: Lemongrass Leave In Conditioner
Step 5: Shine Crave Hair Glosser
Step 6: Moisture Rich Hair Parfait (dry hair) or Shea Yogurt Hair Moisturizer (extra dry hair)

Note:
If I have a lot of product build up Step 1 becomes Bentonite Clay Treatment.
If my hair feels very dry and in need of love I do Blended Therapy Hot Oil Treatment Before and deep condition same time. So it becomes Step 3.
If I just took down braids or some reason my hair is super tangled I use Knots Be Gone Hair Detangler but if it’s a little just normal detangling I use conditioner in shower
If my hair doesn’t have product build up and is pretty clean I skip Steps 1 and 2 and use Cowash me Cleansing Conditioner to Cowash my hair, which gets it clean

What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
R:
Wow I for sure made a lot of mistakes my first time going natural which is why after 1 year I did a second big chop on December 7, 2008.

#1 I used Denman to detangle which tore my hair out (Now I use my fingers or wide tooth comb)
#2 I colored my hair 6 times in 1 year (solution I went back to black and retouch when needed)
#3 I didn’t do regular treatment so hair wasn’t getting TLC (now I treat my hair every weekend)
#4 I was PJ so used random products many of which were drying and I couldn’t understand why my hair wasn’t flourishing (I only use Alikay Naturals products now, and my hair is healthier than its ever been)

What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
R:
3 things…I do a hot treatment of some sort each weekend. I also moisture daily, I don’t know how my hair ever survived without my Shea Yogurt Moisturizer. I sleep with satin cap/pillowcase EVERY night.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
R:
Oh yes of course http://www.blackonyxworld.com/ , That’s also where you can find my hair products Alikay Naturals and jewelry Nyamani Chic.

Anything else you want to add?
R:
Yes(of course b/c you know I talk a lot..lol) Embrace your natural hair the journey isn’t easy but it’s worth it and I’m still learning. Remember to be true to yourself always and love yourself inside and out. Don’t let anyone tell you who to be and how you should look, you determine that based on what makes you happy.

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NappyKitchen
NappyKitchen
9 years ago

She has such a soothing voice. I love her color scheme. Real flamboyant yardie girl. Its nice to see how much her hair has grown.

anonda
anonda
9 years ago

Your hair looks really lush- beautiful sheen.

HB
HB
9 years ago

Yay! I love blackoynx…hair is always on point and has really great tips :). Hair has definitely grown…LOVE IT

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Jada
Jada
9 years ago

You and your hair are beauty! You have a funky style & I adore it!

thelady
thelady
9 years ago

I’ll be checking out your youtube channel.

BrownSugahChild
9 years ago

I love your channel chick and your style is absolutely SICK!!!! (In a good way!! tehehe!)

Rachel
Rachel
9 years ago

I love her!!!! Love her love her LOVE HER!!!! I watch her video’s all the time and I can’t wait until my hair is long enough to try some of her styles.

Kaya
Kaya
9 years ago

I love her! Those pics are gorgeous!

Yvette
Yvette
9 years ago

I absolutely love her & her channel; only tried one product so far (the scalp oil, I believe), and it’s great! One day my hair will be as big as hers lOl

freeyourheart
9 years ago

i’m not big on vlogs (besides @curlychronicles), but after reading her story, i definitely wanna give her a shot. i love the fact that she kept it real about her mistakes.

very cute hair, too!

@bglh: keep up the great work. we’d love to see more YTers!

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AC
AC
9 years ago

WOW… I love Godwinks!! I spent the better part of this morning exploring her youtube channel, only to find her being spotlighted here! I even successfully tried one of her styles out today (poof with the funky bang). She’s amazing!

Cherie
9 years ago

Gorgeous hair, gorgeous girl!

Earthy Natural
9 years ago

Yayyyy! My fav. YouTuber by far! I’m trying to make it to one of those diva natural hair gatherings, hopefully next year! Keep doin you girl!!

Melinda
Melinda
9 years ago

I have been a subscriber of her channel since I bc’ed, she is such an inspiration and SOOO TALENTED and supportive!! She makes some FABULOUS hair products and her earrings are AWESOME y’all gotta check her out and her website! This lady is for real!!

MommieDearest
MommieDearest
9 years ago

OMG her hair is INSANE!!!!!

Home Daycare
9 years ago

I absolutely love your channel and hair!

Keisha
Keisha
9 years ago

love your YT channel Black Onyx… your vid on banding is awesome. I band my hair every week to keep it stretched when I do my weekly buns.

Whitney
Whitney
9 years ago

I’ve been subscribed to her YT channel for awhile now, and I love her tutorials and how varied her hairstyles are. I haven’t tried her products yet, but her hair growth and length retention are amazing!

Weezie
Weezie
9 years ago

Black Onyx! Love you, your YouTube Channel and your hair!

luvshea
luvshea
9 years ago

Blackonyx videos are awesome I have been a subscriber for awhile now and her hair gatherings are really nice. I have that green shirt in yellow, love the color. Her parfait and shea yogurt are really good and love her jewelry. Keep up the good work chica

Ain't I an African
Ain't I an African
9 years ago

I’m going to have to stop visiting BGLH. Too much hair porn!!! Now I’m tempted to cut off my locs. Rochelle’s hair is so fabulous!!!!

Ain't I an African
Ain't I an African
9 years ago

BTW it looks really well moisturized and shiny.

Ms. K. S.
9 years ago

Your hair looks great!!! It is so beautiful. I love your earrings as well in the photos. Do you sell those?

Brittainy Hall
Brittainy Hall
9 years ago

Girl your hair is bomb. I have GOT to get you connected with my Aunt who has her own natural hair store and salon in St.Louis…its called the Nappy Hair Shop! You all could make some magic together! Love you girl! Keep up the good work!

Donna Pegues Carter
Donna Pegues Carter
9 years ago

I have been following her since 2008, I love her YouTubes videos. She is very informative. I am her number 1 fan.

Danielle Desiree
Danielle Desiree
9 years ago

This girl is definitely an inspiration of mine. GO BLACK ONYX!!!

Jo Somebody
Jo Somebody
9 years ago

Yay! A youtuber I am familiar with! Youtube is a fantastic source of info.

I know people hate it, but if I saw you in public, I don’t think I’d be able to stop myself from touching your hair BlackOnyx! It looks GLORIOUS!

Diana
Diana
9 years ago

I really like her channel!
Big up sis!!!

KJ
KJ
9 years ago

I detangle with a Denman. I have no breakage but I also don’t have trouble with tangles at all. I mean my hair doesn’t get tangled easily. Is it just me but when I hear people talk about detangling I can’t really relate?

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dobs
9 years ago

Love your hair girl! Work it out!

SankofaScholar
SankofaScholar
9 years ago

GO BLACK ONYX!!! too damn fierce.

Joanna
Joanna
9 years ago

I got to her channel all the time!!! I love her hair, definetly experiancing hair envy at the moment.

Shake
9 years ago

Honey, you are gorgeous!

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