My Afro-Latinas, stand up! If you are on the hunt for natural Latinas to follow, check out these six ladies on YouTube.
1. Steph of Afro Mío
Steph is Dominican and shares her natural hair journey as well as what she’s learned with her Spanish-speaking sistas. On her YouTube channel, she talks about hair care, demonstrates hair styles, and discusses hair products. Steph also gets more personal with viewers by sharing in her current pregnancy. All her videos are in Spanish.
2. Alba of SunKissAlba
I discovered Alba on YouTube a year or so ago and have been hooked ever since. Her videos are of great quality and she discusses everything from flawless makeup tutorials, to hair care, to fashion and health. She is Dominican and bi-lingual creating videos in both English AND Spanish. For her videos in English, check her SunKissAlba channel. For her videos in Spanish, check out her SunKissAlbaParaTi channel.
3. Mel Burgos
Mel is Puerto Rican and a past BGLH Style Icon. Though she has uploaded only a couple videos so far, her most recent video gives me have high hopes for more to come. Last year on Xojane.com, she shared her experience being a natural latina, including the ridicule she received growing up. Below is a short snippet from her article. In the mean time, you can follow her on Instagram at @rock_yo_rizos.
“Lately there have been a few incidents that remind of my teenage years, where I have been subjected to insults and negative assumptions about my hygiene by my fellow Latinas. When I was at a restaurant waiting in line for the restroom, I overheard two women say in Spanish, “Oh, man, look at all that hair. It looks so unkempt, it probably smells.” Then they gave me fake smiles and nods as if they were talking about something else, not knowing that I am fluent in the language. I got angry and thought about immediately defending my “Boriquaness,” but instead I just responded in Spanish, “Thank you for the compliment. Please be careful what you say because you never know who speaks Spanish or is Hispanic.”” – Mel Burgos on Xojane.com
Beautiful Dominican, Afrobelleza, shares her experience with her natural hair on YouTube as well as hair DIY mixes. She also discusses fashion and delicious food. All of her videos are in Spanish.
Melshary, who is also Dominican, is another natural Afro-Latina on YouTube. She has tons of useful product reviews and a few pieces about her life.
6. Priscilla of ImShineStruck
Last but not least is Dominican Priscilla who just happens to have also been a BGLH Style Icon in 2013. She shares many beautiful hair tutorials on her channel, including a couple that have been featured in our Natural Hair Styles series. Below is a quote from her blog about her return to natural hair:
“Growing up in the Dominican culture, we as women are not taught to embrace our natural hair. If your hair is not straight and silky it is most likely considered to be “bad hair”, or we were told that wetting our hair too much would cause damage, which was why I always had my hair blow-dried.
With a combination of breakage, perming, heat damage and excessively dying my hair throughout the years, my hair eventually started to fall off. It was beyond over processed. I wore weaves/extensions and it made my hair even worse. I honestly thought I would never get my hair back until I started doing research and became obsessed with natural hair.
All in all it was extremely liberating for me to go natural, be free and just be me. I have been natural for a 1 year and 7 months and it’s the healthiest it has ever been and it has become a huge part of me. Check out my hair journey video below for some inspiration :).” — Priscilla
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