N: Hi! I’m Natalie of The Tiny Closet and I just moved with my new husband to Los Angeles where he is a photographer and videographer and I blog, sew, assist him with his company, and work part time.
What is your style philosophy?
N: My philosophy is authenticity. Wear what you absolutely love to wear. Wear what makes you happy. Ignore the rules, ignore the do’s and don’ts and trends. Do you.
What are the three favorite things in your closet?
N: Since everything in my Tiny Closet is my favorite, I will just say my most valued items are 1. my wedding dress 2. my Tiny Closet Collection tees 3. my white oxfords.
What are some of your favorite shops/websites for clothes, shoes and accessories?
N: My favorite clothing boutique is Virgo in downtown. I mainly hang out at the fabric store though lol! Michael Levine to be exact. But I also love Zara, ShoeMint, Gilt, Barney’s, Anthropology for home interiors, American Apparel and Revolve Clothing.
How long have you been natural?
N: I shaved off all my relaxed hair in 2009 and never looked back 🙂
How and why did you transition into natural hair?
N: I’m kind of an all or nothing type of girl and I tend be dramatic with change so I went from longish hair to a shaved head in an hour. I guess the real more time-consuming transition was mental and emotional. The inevitable change in perspective of myself and beauty ideals definitely happened. It started off nonchalant, but became intensely emotional and life-changing. When my hair began breaking from all the careless relaxing, I considered going natural. I was tired of being afraid of rain and humidity and straightening my hair every morning. I’d also become friends with a gorgeous girl who had natural hair and she loved it. Her hair was amazing and totally her own. And then Solange Knowles shaved her head and looked so cool and original. The last straw though was watching Good Hair. The movie had just come out and I think I cried during the whole thing! I became so angry and felt betrayed by society — realizing that black women and women with curly/kinky hair had been trained to hide their hair and felt the need to change it. I was definitely one of those women and I knew I had to break out of that way of living and be proud of who I was.
What is your signature hairstyle?
N: Wash & Go! — nothing else. I guess I have been wearing my hair in a bun too… But mainly a wash & go.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
N: I’ve tried and read about it all, but when it comes down to it hair management is a science and the bells and whistles are appealing but unnecessary.
I shampoo my hair once a week with any 4 of the shampoos listed. I rotate regularly 🙂 Then I condition and detangle (using any of the below conditioners). While detangling I actually style my hair, placing my hair in the direction that I want to wear it. After washing my body (which is after detangling and styling my hair), I then rinse my hair by standing facing the water and letting the water run over my style. I do not move the hair at all, I just stand under the water as it rinses the excess conditioner. And the style is saved and ready to be dried! Drying my hair, I drape a towel lightly over the style and pat the excess water. Now that my hair is longer, I really do need a diffuser. So I run a dryer through each section of my hair, pulling lightly at the curls to lengthen them. I start at the roots to dry my scalp and work swiftly down to the ends. After my hair is relatively dry, I shake my head to bring some spring and fullness back. Voila 🙂
— Apple Cider Vinegar (a brilliant and superior daily cleanser for natural hair) I pour about 2–3 cups of it on my head. It’s also a wonderful detangler!
— Dove Nourishing Oil Care Shampoo
— DevaCurl No Poo
— Redken Soft Hair
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
N: My blog is http://caseofthetinycloset.blogspot.com. I write for it Mon-Fri showcasing the clothing I design and sew as well as clothing I’ve worn many different times in many different ways.