Welcome to another segment of “Behind The YouTube Vlogger”. Today I would like to introduce to you the beautiful, friendly and knowledgeable Farah of aucurlsnaturelle.
Farah is currently documenting her progress trying out the TC (Tightly Curly) method. Which involves finger detangling and coiling to define curls after applying conditioner of your choice. If you’ve been in the natural hair community long enough you would know that this approach was introduced by Teri LaFlesh who has written extensively about it on her blog and in her book, “Curly Like Me: How to Grow Your Hair Healthy, Long, and Strong”.
This method is working out very well for Farah’s hair as you can see in her pictures. If you like what you see definitely visit her channel and blog to learn more about her hair journey…and enjoy the feature!
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hi there, I am Fanta’gia or Farah, AKA aucurlsnaturelle on net-life. I love reading, writing and I TALK A LOT, so “a bit about myself” is probably impossible ^_^ LOL.
I have been living in the Republic of South Africa(RSA) for 17 years now. I just recently finished my internship and I am now a full time Somatologist and Cosmetic Chemist. I am originally a mixture of West and North African and I’ve grown to embrace both specific portions of my continent. I am a friendly person, too goofy at times but definitely awesome to have around
What or who inspired you to start a YouTube Channel?
What inspired me, is the fact that kinky hair is not a “normal” topic in South Africa as yet (amongst friends or communities that I have been to), and we don’t have many South Africans reppin’ natural hair on YouTube. I definitely wanted to be part of those who contribute to the voices of the “odd” hair choices made by my lovely South Africans everywhere, in RSA and anywhere on earth. And I chose to Vlog to reach out more instead of just blogging.
Describe your Channel?
It is a HAIR TECHNIQUE and HAIR DISCUSSION CHANNEL. Basically, everything Hair!
How long have you been on YouTube?
As a vlogger its been 11 months and as a YouTube viewer it’s been 3 years.
What camera and software editing tools do you use?
SONY NEX 5 and Adobe Premiere 10.6
Where do you get inspiration for your videos?
From me, I give out what I also wouldn’t mind watching. I like straight to the point, informative, and easy to follow along “type of videos”.
What is the most frustrating thing about being a YouTube Vlogger?
Negativity. There is a big difference between constructive feedback (It can be bad or good) and negative people who have nothing constructive to say/type.
What is the best thing about being a YouTube Vlogger?
You meet and get in contact with people from all walks of life, and that is really amazing and priceless. I am really thankful for all the amazing people I got to know on YouTube. Really, I am really thankful!
How do you balance time between your personal life and YouTube schedule?
I make about 2 videos a month or at least 3 if I can. So that I have time to edit the video and I don’t have to feel like I am not paying attention to other important aspects of my life, after all, YouTube is just a hobby for me
Have you met any of your viewers in real life?
YES! OMG! It was so cool! I met two beautiful ladies. They saw me at a mall while I was shopping and they spotted me right there. The funny thing was I was wearing a “Hijab” (scarf) but they still recognized me! When they said “Wow, you are Aucurlsnaturelle right?” “I love your hair”, I couldn’t help but smile
Do you have any interesting story to tell about your YouTube life and real life crossing paths?
I do hair consulting and I have met so many of my clients through YouTube and Twitter. And I definitely plan to make these meet ups bigger than just consulting. And I cannot wait; super excited!
Please mention one video that you have made that is your favorite, and why?
My first Afro video.
I love Afros and I love anything that has to do with having thick hair strands and I was just so happy to see my hair so big!
How long have you been Natural? Describe your Hair Journey.
I am 16 months relaxer free and loving it!
I wanted to transition longer than 5 months….but I couldn’t…
During the five months I cut most of my relaxed hair and I got to shoulder length again, but the two textures made it so difficult to manage.
I am super happy I big chopped.
Well as for me I celebrate my anniversary from my last relaxer to the same date on the following year. I believe hair grows all the time so I give credit to every tiny kinky strand! As a child I always had neck length hair(or shorter) and when I was taken to boarding school, I was bald headed throughout my boarding school life, till I moved to South Africa. I didn’t have long hair growing up, it was neck or shoulder length.
Every time I could sense that it was about to get longer than shoulder length, it broke off; then I decided to start a “proper hair journey” and next thing I knew; I was so close to waist length and reality check began knocking on my door that led me to go natural
It was harder for me to maintain my relaxed hair especially at that length, it became so overwhelming. I think the worst part was realizing that my hair breaks if I don’t relax my roots, I couldn’t go longer than 7 weeks.
Honestly, my hair is my God given accessory and doesn’t define my mentality at all. Being natural has made life so much easier. Even if my hair became overwhelming when it gets to shoulder length, it really wouldn’t matter! because it doesn’t “need” a product.
I love being natural and I don’t think I would be considering relaxing my hair anytime soon.
What Is Your Hair Regimen and Favorite Products?
Being a new natural I actually don’t have many, I make many products myself (conditioners especially), but for the sake of YouTube videos and helping sisters out, I always try to look for conditioners that they may want to give a try.
What is your favorite Natural Hair Style?
Wearing scarfs, African threading or flat twists.
What is the best thing about being Natural?
Versatility, it’s just too endless, and every day I come up with more and more cool things.
What is the most frustrating thing about being Natural?
Detangling my hair…that’s the only time I want to trade my hair with someone with a type 2 or 1 hair.
What advice do you have to those who are newly natural or are considering going natural?
Face reality- don’t brush it off like it’s not there! face reality between what you want your hair to look like and what your hair is actually like.
Make peace with that first and everything else falls in place.
Through that, you will find out how to make your wishes comes true through technique and also you will know when to just appreciate your hair as is.
List 9 random things that your viewers may not know about you
- At home, My name is Tata! I gave myself the name because I couldn’t pronounce my name properly and till today, the name remained amongst my family….
- I am clumsy and very rough with objects.
- I am totally me and I love it. (Muslim,Spiritual,Vegan,
- I am a dancer! Contemporary, hip hop and Afro-fusion.
- I love autumn.
- I LOVE dubstep, trance, house, alternative, and African music/movies.
- Low Self-esteem issue-I was bullied, and teased about my appearance all the time as a child.
- I LOVE Cooking and anything FOOD.
- I am a cosmetic chemistry geek.
Who are some of the other YouTube Vloggers that you enjoy watching?
What is your advice to those just starting out or thinking about starting out on YouTube?
It is very difficult to stand out; it’s easy to get discouraged from making videos and very easy to get involved in YouTube drama (negativity from viewers). But if you love making your videos, why should you be discouraged just because you don’t have thousands of subbies? True talk! Be real with yourself and when people can see that this is who you are, you will see that your hard work will pay off. Don’t change the real you because of “YouTube”…meaning if you can’t upload 40 thousand vids in a week, then so be it! don’t change your whole life for YT, it’s not worth it.
When you start, be the same person ’till the time you would have 90 billion subbies (nothing is impossible!), people watch you, and they (we) are not stupid, we see when you are being genuine or not. Take advantage of all the opportunities that YouTube can bring to your table, but think twice of all the opportunities before you jump and swim, YouTube should be fun and don’t forget that!
What would you like to tell your viewers?
I love interacting with my viewers!!!! It’s the best thing! they make my day. I love hearing from them and all their constructive feedback and also tips and tricks they share with me. You ladies are so awesome!!!
Where else can we find you on the web?
My blog: http://
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