This Naturalista spotlight is special to me. Kareen and I have never met face to face but she is a source of encouragement. Kareen's hardwork can be seen in the Health Naturally Series and also on her own blog i_ameatingright, a haven for guys and gals who are on the path or are contemplating getting on a track of healthy lifestyle.
Here is Kareen's story!
|Kareen at home. Taken after her 3rd 'BC' about 2 months ago.|
I made the decision to "go natural" after a traumatic dye job that ended with my hair falling out. That was in November of 2000. My big chop (BC) came in June 2001. My hair was still damaged from the dye job and I was tired of the braids I was using to transition so I just knew it was time. The natural online community was not as robust as it is today but I was a part of every forum I could find. The BC was so liberating and I loved it! I've loved it so much, I've BC'd three times now!
I grew my hair out for five years and loved it. I would wash weekly and my go-to style was two-strand twists. When I returned to school for a master's degree, I didn't have as much time to care for my hair so came my second BC in the spring of 2006 but this time I had the intention to keep it super-short. I wore it in this style until 2009 when I moved away from my female barber. I was watching Youtube and found shawnta715, a Youtube locstar, and I knew I had found my next style. I grew my hair out for a year and in December 2010, I had locs professionally installed via comb coils.
|Kareen with her 'fro in 2005|
|Stage before she loc'd her hair|
|4 months loc'd a few months ago|
Don't forget to check Kareen's blog!!