In 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.
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.
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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