Textured Beauty Spotlight!

Here at Ms. Naturally Random! I'm always out and about seeing fabulous natural ladies. 

Choosing to wear my hair naturally as well, I understand that for a lot of us, our stories are very similar but yet some are quite different. I'd like to celebrate our differences and hopefully share some insight into other's "natural hair journeys" as I continue my own. 

Recently, I had the opportunity to chat with a "Textured Beauty"and I wanted to share a few bits of our conversation via a Question and Answer session. 

Q: Introduce yourself! 
A:  My name is Clarissa Clark, I am a wife, worship and praise leader, and a Master Chef (in my own kitchen). You can find me on YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/totalhealthtrip, documenting my weigh loss, living with Type 2 Diabetes, with a few random vlogs here and there. My journey is not only about physical health but mental and spiritual as well which explains the Channel name: Total Health Trip. I hope through my channel that I can inspire others no matter what the diagnosis is, to be able to accept, evolve and LIVE through whatever changes this life may bring.

Q: Why did you make the decision to go natural?

A:      The sides of my head were thinning due to using relaxers. My hair would break off after growing to chin length. I also loathed doing my hair with curling irons, and flat irons come to think of it I just did not like doing my hair at all. 

Q: When and how did you transition into natural hair?
    I started in 2011, I did not have a "Big Chop Day" I just cut at it a little bit from time to time until all the permed hair was gone. My husband would twist my hair for me and massage my scalp at least once a week. I did not style it any certain way, I just focused on keeping it clean, conditioned, and moisturized the first two years. 

Q: In what ways (if any) has "going natural" affected you?
I learned how to appreciate my natural hair, my ethnicity, and realized that permed hair is not normal. Going natural has saved me money, and time. I estimate that I spend well under $100.00 a year on hair products and before I went natural I would spend probably $400.00 plus in one year. As far as my time, before natural I'd spend 45 minutes easy trying to make my hair look like something, now on a typical day I spend no more than 5 minutes. Overall I just feel free, I am not trying to fit in societies little box of what they define as "normal", I love being natural.

Q: What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
I let one of my friends help me twist my hair, and I was thinking, "Ok well she is natural so I'm sure she knows what she is doing" hmm. She would not gently separate my hair she would just rip it apart by the second twist I stopped her. When I looked on the floor, there were little balls of my hair rolling around like tumble weeds, it broke my heart. I am ok with certain people wanting to touch my hair but for any one wanting to twist, braid, or style my hair in any way.... its not going to happen.

Q: What is your go-to hairstyle?
Even after going natural I still don't like doing my hair. So most days I moisturize, shake my hair a few times and its done.

Q: Name a "Random" fact about you?
A: Random fact:
 I try to see the best in everyone.

Thanks for reading and check out Clarissa @ [totalhealthtrip] onYouTube! 

Talk to you later lovelies

~Shan, Ms. Naturally Random


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