Hey home curls!! We had the pleasure of Interviewing this awesome curly girl you all need to know!! Ms. Terri K is a breath of fresh air in the natural hair community, and we have the inside scoop on this lovely lady. She’s our first feature in our new series, “Spotted Spirals” and as the opener, she definitely set the standard for how natural ladies balance their professional lives with the things they love!!
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Give us a little info about your background and what you do?
Originally I am from Bermuda. I was born and raised there. I came to Atlanta in 2010 to attend school. I am alumna of both Spelman College (C’2012) and Georgia State University (C’2014). Professionally, I am an IT professional. In my spare time, I blog and create content for my YouTube channel. I also like to DJ when I have “extra” spare time, LOL.
How long have you been natural/a fan of natural hair culture?
I got my last relaxer on May 17, 2012 in preparation for my graduation. I am approximately 2 and a half years into my return to natural journey, now and I’ve loved every moment of it. =DI transitioned for a few months. I really can’t remember the exact dates, but it was no more than 6-months. The reason I transitioned is because I wanted to lead a life that I was in control of. My hair was first relaxed by my Mum and the professional culture in Bermuda is generally conservative, so those are the primary reasons I stayed relaxed for about 17 years. Natural hair is FAR from conservative, in my opinion. It is bold, it is fun, it is versatile, and it is creative. These characteristics I realigned myself after my graduation and truly began to realise that while I was not upset that I had relaxed hair previously, I knew at that moment that I no longer desired to have it.
How would you describe your hair?
My hair is THICK! Jah know star. This head of hair of mines, chiiild, LOL! As far as typing goes, I’m not the biggest fan of it. But I know it is useful for some women who are starting to learn their hair and are looking for women that may have similar ‘type’ of hair to use as resources and inspiration. With that in mind, I consider my hair to be Type 4. The front half of my crown is 4A – 4B and the back is coarser, so I think it is a mixture of 4B – 4C.
What do you love most about your hair?
I love that my hair is so thick! That probably seems odd for someone to say but then again in our community, not really. I absolutely love the volume that I get from my thick hair. It allows me the ability to tame it and make it appear finer than it is but I also have the option of keeping it as is and wearing BIG hair. =D
What is your favorite aspect of natural hair/natural hair culture?
Before 2012, I was not “into” natural hair. It wasn’t a trend to me then and it isn’t a trend to me now. It’s just real, everyday life! What I LOVE about the natural hair community is the sisterhood it has created. Women with textured hair, who for YEARS, believed their hair was not “pretty” or “good” are starting to embrace their hair as it grows from their crown. Personally, the natural hair community has allowed me to embrace the idea that frizzy hair isn’t always a bad thing. For years, I despised the idea of frizzy hair, if it wasn’t laid – I wasn’t having it! LOL.
What are your goto styles?
WASH and GO, all day! I loved a wash and go in the summer this year. Atlanta’s humidity didn’t really get along with my manipulated styles too much. Now that it is getting cooler and I have retained some length, I am going to try more twist-outs and other protective styling.
What is your current regimen and what are your staple products?
Currently, I wash at least once a week. The amount of days in my ‘week’ vary depending on work, exercise and study tasks =D. I try to do a DC at least twice a month, but I’m lucky to get one in monthly. (Lazy natural alert!) Right now I am working with a mixture of products for the month of September and some of the brands include: Clear Hair Care, Lotta Body, Softee, among others (which I cannot remember off the top of my head). During the summer I was using Creme of Nature products, which I did a review on for my YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KtGDP2KS6I)
What are your favorite natural hair resources? (Blogs, YouTube etc..)
I started out watching YouTube for natural hair tips primarily. On occasion, I browsed NaturallyCurly.com as well. But today, it is a mixture of YouTube, Blogs and Personal Friends. I like variety! I’m one of those who tires of only one source, so I tend to bounce between Blogs and YouTube, but my friends are forever staple sources though. I love my CurlFriends! Xx.
What are some things readers should know about you and where can they learn more about you? (IG, Twitter, FB, etc?)
I am literally just your average Super Girl trying to leave a legacy that is pleasing to Jah. I neglected to mention previously that a major reason I decided to transition back to naturally textured hair was a spiritual one. My spirit was literally tired of being told I wasn’t pretty enough, my hair wasn’t cute enough, etc. I truly believe that being apart of the “Spotted Spirals” feature will be a pivotal moment within that legacy and I am extremely grateful to you for featuring me. On a lighter note, I am a Reggae music lover! While my YouTube channel features primarily hair related content, I like to drop music content in there every now and then and my blog (which is being relaunched in November 2014) is dedicated to that love of Reggae music. Living in America was a culture shock for me in 2010 and I didn’t think it would be, seeing as I visited Atlanta and the United States plenty of times prior. I gravitated back to my Caribbean culture in those early months of 2010 and I realized how important my upbringing meant to me then and how it keeps me grounded today! In a nutshell, I am a pretty cool curl friend to have (in my opinion that is) LOL. So, Hey Curl Hey!
New Curl Friends can connect with me on either of the following social media sites if they want to learn more about me outside of this feature or if they want to just say “Hey Curl Hey” cause I am ALL about spreading love, joy, and positivity one curl at at time!