We would like to welcome you to the Curls of Joy blog which is an extension of the Curls of Joy website, a comprehensive online boutique specializing in products for curly hair. Curls of Joy offers a wide range of products including Bear Fruit Hair, Jane Carter Solution, Karen’s Body Beautiful, and Darcy’s Botanicals. The purpose of this blog is to help promote natural hair pride, show versatility, share tips, ideas, and knowledge about natural hair. This blog will discuss topics ranging from hair to fashion. As naturalistas we often try the myriad of products on the market, without the knowledge of how to efficiently use products to master the styles we desire (twist/braid outs, flat twists, updos, etc.). As a result, the Curls of Joy blog will also offer videos on product usage, while also offering reviews and styling tips. Similar to the website, this blog is your one stop shop for everything on natural hair. The goal is to promote healthy and beautiful curls, kinks, and coils.
About the Creator of Curls of Joy:
I was born in the late 70s, prime time for natural hair. I wore it that way until the age of 10 when I got the infamous Jerri Curl. My hair wouldn't grow (it actually did grow but I had major shrinkage) so I was ready for a change. My hair grew a lot with 'the curl' but I was tired of the curly look. I went from Jerri Curl to a relaxer and all my hair fell out! I had to start all over, but stuck with the perm. In a short amount of time I had nice, long, healthy relaxed hair. It was just so fine and not as full as I wanted.
I ‘transitioned' a few times, the first being when I was a senior in HS. I didn't really know what I was doing....just didn't want to perm my hair anymore. I went 10 months with no chemicals. I relaxed my hair for my Senior pictures and it was so long and healthy! That's when I realized that I didn't want to perm my hair as often as my stylist demanded. I started stretching my relaxers to every 4 months (with an edge touch up in between).
Fast forward to 2009. I cut my hair in a short bob....determined to really go natural this time. I figured cutting my hair would lessen the blow. I cut off about an inch of relaxed ends every few months until there were just a few hanging on a hinge. Everybody thought I was crazy. After all, my hair was one of the things I was known for. That's precisely why I did it! I wanted to be known for my heart, personality, and smile...NOT my hair. So my last relaxer was September 2009, and I big chopped on April 30th, 2010. I got mixed reviews and had mixed emotions at first but have no regrets. I love the fact that I have the big hair I always wanted without having to cut layers into it. It’s a constant learning process but it’s great. I love experimenting with styles and products. I love doing my own hair and using natural products.
I remember my Mom told me I looked ugly when I BC’ed. I went home and cried, but was determined to stick to my decision. I had bad hair days and horrible hair days. But my hair has been healthy so it grew pretty quickly. Now I have more style options. Now everybody loves my hair. I have inspired many people in my family to go natural including my Mom! I was fortunate enough to have support at work. A co-worker who is natural has 'talked me off the ledge' a few times. I also had the privilege of giving that support to others. It’s all about support, let's motivate each other!