Today I'm featuring a lovely vlogger who I came across on YouTube several months ago. I loved her videos and was inspired because her videos really documented her growth, which was quite inspiring to me as I was "toying" with the idea of doing the big chop! She also gives great tutorials for both hair and makeup. She goes by the name Innovativethinkin on YouTube, so read on to learn more!
Natural Chica: How long have you been natural? And if you haven't been natural your
whole life, what prompted you to make the change?
Innovativethinkin: I've been natural for 7 months. I went natural after my mother BC'd. She was so nervous and thought she looked terrible. That's when I went on youtube to show her other natural hair divas and in doing that it motivated me to go natural also. As I learned more, I found out about the harmful effects of relaxing my hair and certain chemicals in hair products. Also the stigma that the black community has with natural hair. I wanted to join in with the fight to bring the positiveness back to natural hair.
Natural Chica: Do you feel that anything changed in your life (i.e. Boost in confidence)
when you became all natural?
Innovativethinkin: Oh my confidence went through the roof! lol I also got a better sense of self and I appreciate who I am just how I am.
Natural Chica: When and why did you start your vlog?
Innovativethinkin: I started my vlog because I wanted to share my story. Other women on youtube were a huge inspiration to me and I just wanted to pass it on to someone else who needs inspiration also.
Natural Chica: What types of topics do you feature on your vlog?
Innovativethinkin: I have videos on my transition, the products I used, hair styles and how to achieve them. Now that I'm natural I do product reviews, hair styles, tips, and natural hair care. I also discuss topics concerning the black community and of course makeup tutorials because divas have to stay flyy!
Natural Chica: What do you love most about vlogging?
Innovativethinkin: I like knowing that I'm helping someone! When someone writes me and tells me that I am helping them learn to take care of their hair or when someone says I motivated them to go natural I feel accomplished because my whole purpose of starting a vlog in the beginning was to motivate others.
Natural Chica: How would you describe your hair?
Innovativethinkin: A mixture of coils, curls, with a little frizz to switch it up a bit. LOL But for real, my hair does it's own thing but I don't mind.
Natural Chica: Now I've seen your hairstyles on YouTube, they are so cute and diverse. Where do you get the inspiration for these new looks?
Innovativethinkin: I get a lot of inspiration from fellow youtubers. I'll see styles that I like and make it my own.
Natural Chica: You have a daughter, right? As she grows up, are you going to encourage her to keep down the natural route as well?
Innovativethinkin: Yes, actually I have two girls. And I'm definitely going to encourage natural hair but without putting down others with relaxers. I want my girls to be proud of their natural hair, not arrogant about it.
Natural Chica: What are 5 products your hair can't live without?
Innovativethinkin: Coconut oil, shea butter, black soap, WATER!!, vegetable glycerin. I wanted to include a conditioner but I haven't found one that I'm in love with yet.
Natural Chica: What words would you leave with someone who is thinking about going
Innovativethinkin: Make sure this is something you really want to do because it opens more doors for other changes as well; it's a domino effect. And be confident because there will be some people telling you what you are doing is wrong but you have to be confident in knowing that what you are doing is right.
Thanks Innovativethinkin for taking the time to share with us!!