About Ariane Williams 2016In 2010, I created Black Naps to blog about my natural hair journey and to share helpful tips with others. I became so in love with the community here that I pursued blogging full-time. I have successfully made my passion my paycheck and now I am educating others how they can make money blogging in my course Be Your Own Boss: 9 Steps to Creating a Blog Business. Black Naps is a leading provider of natural hair tips and style inspiration for women with kinky textured hair receiving well over 260,000 unique visits per month and 600,000 pageviews! I am proud to offer representation for coily hair types, showing type 4 ladies that they can embrace their kinks with pride.

A Little About My Hair Journey…

Although for most of my childhood and teen years my hair was relaxed I never saw what people often refer to as “nappy hair” as being a bad thing. The decision to relax my hair was not out of some sort of self hate issue, but from a lack of knowledge in caring for natural hair. Nappy Tee

In the late 90’s long before natural hair was a trend or the in thing to do, I found myself experimenting with natural looks.

I still remember taking synthetic kanekalon braid hair and using somewhat of an invisible braids method to create a look that resembled blown out natural hair. Bantu knot outs were my next experiment that gave me a faux natural curly look and I loved it.

However, as time went on the health of my hair was in the pits. I began to rely on weaves more heavily due to the combination of having hair relaxer, excessive heat use, and manipulation take a toll on my hair.

My senior year of high school I started taking baby steps to do something productive about the issue. The first thought I had was perhaps a texturizer would be more gentle on my hair than a relaxer. Needless to say, I thought that sucked too.

When I began my transition in 2005 I won’t lie girl, I looked a hot mess.

I had no idea what to do with my hair!  The only thing that helped was when I ended up stumbling upon hair forums and it really made all the difference.

Fast forward.

My pressed natural hair

My pressed natural hair

See my current regimen and details on my APL milestone: Armpit Length Hair Milestone + Current Regimen

My hair has come a long way since its scraggly thinned out days and I have never looked back. Inspired by the online resources that helped me make the most out of my journey I created and founded Black Naps in 2010. I love the community that has been created and sharing my knowledge with you!

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  • Just want to let you know, I’m so glad I found your website, very helpful, I love it!!!! I thought about going natural a few months ago, but changed my mind….after my last relaxer in December, I decided again that I was going to do it this time. So I’m in the beginning! I decided I was not going to do the big chop, my hair is not very long so I thing about 3-6 months the relaxer should be out…hopefully. I’m very excited! Your website will be my anchor…Lol!

    Thanks again!!

  • I recently cut my hair in to a bob style in November . I decided since I got the back cut short I was going to go natural my Aunt is letting me finally … So Here I am Today on January 14th 2016 confused as ever. I don’t have no clue what to do to my hair. I am going through the transition so I am refusing to put heat on it . I have a lot of perm left in my hair. If you could see my hair you would scream because I can feel the naturalness in the back of my hair but everything else is straight. I can’t use any of my aunt’s kinky curly stuff because my hair isn’t like hers. I need some help I don’t know what to put in my hair at all and its killing me . I planned on washing my hair tonight and trying to braid it in sections and leave it for a few days. But my hair is short in the back so that won’t work.

  • I love this, I am brand spanking new to the blogging world, and it is so inspiring to see people who have made living from it.

    I’m like you in that I had turned to relaxers out of lack of knowledge. I just didn’t know how to manage all the hair on my head!

    So glad that there are an abundance of resources now thanks to people like you and all the other amazing Natural Hair Bloggers out there!

  • I am tore up from the floor up, the last time I relaxed my hair was the beginning week of Dec. 20015 because my hair was just breaking and thinning from the middle of my head to the front. I am not doing the big cut, but every two weeks I am trimming the edges. I tell you it is a long wait, but I am hoping that I can stay the course so I can see how beautiful my natural tresses are. I am just thankful there are people like you out there.

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