Hello and welcome to beautifully curled!
Well, well, well. Here you are. In our beautifully curled space. But don’t be in such a haste. Have a seat. Grab some tea. Kick back and enjoy your stay for a little while.
So about us. I guess I will start with me. I am Kristal and no stranger to the blogging arena. For over 10 years, I have blogged, documented, and shared various stages of my life and it all started with my hair story (explained below). Z is my free-spirited and bright young daughter who inspired me to start beautifullycurled.com.
Going against hair status quo (my hair story)
- relaxed around 8 years old
- last relaxer in 2003 (when my hair was at its shortest–chin length. And it wasn’t from a cut…pure breakage and buffoonery)
- transitioned for 11 months; big chopped in 2004
- colored, highlighted, cut, fried, straightened, burned, damaged, cut, regrew, damaged, trim, cut, abused, scorned, and tortured my hair from 2004 to 2009
- birthed my daughter in 2009
- suffered from major postpartum shedding and decided to go on a one year wig challenge:
- enjoyed my success for a few months before life changes lead to stress and anxiety. This triggered several bad cases of trichotillomania (a hair pulling disorder I have had since 12 years old) in which I decided to cut my hair completely off:
- re-grew hair mainly wearing wigs
- decided to take charge of my hair regimen and my daughter’s and started Beautifully Curled in November 2013
- fast forward to 2017 and I am still learning about our natural hair, trying new styles, and simplifying our regimen as much as possible to achieve maximum results
The information presented on this blog is not designed to be the holy grail of natural hair care for children. The information is simply to share with you our trials AND error encountered on Z’s hair journey. Growing up, I had a relaxer put in my hair at the age of 8 because there were so little information about how to take care of naturally textured hair and it was just the thing to do to girl’s hair back then…it was a vastly accepted practice.
These days, a wealth of information is available including hair tutorials, videos, product reviews, and products specifically formulated for natural hair. Sometimes it is actually overwhelming to see how much a simple Google search under “natural hair care” generates.
My ultimate goal for Z’s hair journey is to filter through the excess to get down to fundamental aspects of caring for her hair. I have no desire to try everything out there, to become a product junkie, to hop on the latest trend bandwagon. Life is busy, budgeting is more important than ever, and my mantra is Keep It Simple. A life less complicated by stress of hair care is a life more enjoyable for the caretaker AND child. I want Z to truly love HER OWN beautifully and uniquely curled hair, and my desire is to become an expert of her hair so that I can gradually pass the expertise down to her as she matures and take ownership of her own hair care without having to be thrown into the water to figure it out all by herself.
Our Desire at beautifully curled
We sincerely hope you enjoy the contents of our website. Initially, beautifully curled was created simply as an outlet to share about the trials and errors of our natural hair journeys. Now, our desire is to create an inviting and safe place to share ideas about hair and living, inspirational hair journeys, successes and pitfalls, fitness and recipes, and so much more.
Regardless of our expanded focus, we strive to always be true to you, the reader. We have always enjoyed sharing via blogging because we have virtually met some really great readers out there who support us in our mission. Ultimately, we desire to be examples to you all that you are beautifully unique in who you are, in the way your hair is curled (or not!), and in the way you contribute to the world via your life. We want you to love you. Be you. And ways stay true to you in world that can seem so fake.
Thanks for visiting and enjoy!
Kristal and Z
LOVE WHAT YOU DO. DO WHAT YOU LOVE
Like life, our hair is hardly a straight line. Despite the curls and kinks, they both are beautiful.-Kristal C.