Within the last few years, the prominence of chemically-free hair has grown to an astronomical level of mainstream fascination. Though there have always been women that have rocked their natural tresses (myself included), there was certainly a beauty industry need for more products, more people and more love for the beautiful kinks and curls that make Black women so beautiful. Being a natural isn’t simply a movement – it’s more of a lifestyle. The health of our hair is heavily determined by what we put into our bodies and how we maintain or precious temples. More than providing tutorials and showcasing their styles, these ladies are also flexing their business know-how; all of these women have created lanes of business from their love of natural hair. They’re teaching and showing it’s possible to do what you love and be rewarded for it! But of course, it takes hard work. Just stay the course!
Here are 10 natural bloggers/vloggers who are taking the natural hair community by storm. If you don’t already follow them, check ’em out!
1. Vaughn & Meechy Monroe
Chicago-based sisters, Meechy & Vaughn Monroe have developed a strong YouTube following, earning them major credit within the hair products industry and international speaking opportunities on natural hair functionality.
2. Yolanda Renee
Creator of ETC Blog Magazine, Yolanda gives very thorough tutorials on hair styling, products and make-up. Her bubbly personality and seemingly sweet spirit makes her videos easy to watch and pleasant.
3. Taren Guy
Known for her gorgeous mane, Taren hosts the national, “Luv & Learn Your Hair” tour – an excursion providing lectures, panel discussion and Q&As on maintaining your natural hair.
4. Dr. Nina Ellis-Hervey (Beautiful Brwn Baby Dol)
Psychologist and professor, Nina began her journey online in 2008 – chronicling her loss of over 100 lbs and maintaining a healthy body. Nina focuses on holistic health and offers numerous DIY mixes giving great results! She’s been featured in nearly every mainstream publication – from Essence to CNN Headline News, staying true to her brand and promoting healthy living.
Donna is a Chicago-based artist and photographer. Her tutorial on faux locs inspired me to give it a try and they came out great! She even does others’ hair – her specialities are havana twists and faux locs.
6. Cassandre Beccai
Cassandre is particularly interesting because she combines her academic training of afro-textured hair care with practical knowledge to help women best manage their hair. She offers intelligent hair care tips that give measurable results – thanks, Cassandre!
7. My Natural Sistas
The Houston-based trio, comprised of Toni, Carmen and India are blood-related but have unique styles of dress and textured flavor. It’s hard to not be drawn to their tutorials with their Southern charm and helpful tips!
Beginning her journey in 2009, Naptural85’s only intention was to thank the YouTube community for inspiring HER to make the transition to natural – 5 years later, she’s developed a following that goes beyond hair care. She’s an avid DIYer and makes lifestyle videos as well.
With over 4.2 million YouTube views, Jouelzy is all things 4C natural hair. I wasn’t prepared for her varied accents during her tutorials (she has lots of personality), but it works! With a career in technology, Jouelzy strives to celebrate the diversity of smart brown girls – there is no carbon copy, just be you!
10. Rachel O
As a former Ford model, Rachel has been involved in the beauty industry for a number of years. She took a leap a faith and now operates as a “mommapreneur,” running her own company: Rachel O Beauty. It’s possible to be a mom AND run a business you love! She has partnered with the likes of Carol’s Daughter and Ambi Skincare empowering women of color to love and embrace their inner and outer beauty.