In today’s “Behind The YouTube Natural Hair Vlogger”, I would like for you to get to know the lovely, creative vlogger 1MeNaturally.
Enjoy the feature ♥
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
What or who inspired you to start a YouTube Channel?
While I was transitioning to natural hair I watched the videos of MissKris and Cynthiarf faithfully. Cynthiarf’s hair and MissKris’s passion, craft, hair and style had me so hyped I had to be a part of it all.
Describe your Channel?
My channel description hasn’t changed since day one. “Documenting my natural hair journey and putting everything I love on display.” That’s it. I like to share the good, bad and the ugly experiences I have with my hair for the most part. You’ll definitely see pieces from my jewelry line from time to time and anything I’m loving at the moment. I also share some of my more personal experiences in life. I’m brutally honest and pretty light hearted so I keep it pretty casual, but sometimes it gets real.
How long have you been on YouTube?
I posted my first video on December 9, 2010. I wasn’t even in it lol! It was just an FYI to anyone using the Giovanni Smooth as Silk Conditioner at the time. I took it upon myself to tell the world the product had changed and didn’t work for my hair anymore. So funny now, but I was devastated at the time!
What camera and software editing tools do you use?
This question is so funny to me. It kills me every time I see a well-lit quality video because that is not what you get over here. One can only dream. I use the basics of everything the MacBook Pro has to offer: Photo Booth, iPhoto, iMovie, Word, PowerPoint and a Lumix TZ1 camera.
I get inspired by so many youtubers, but it usually doesn’t translate into a video. I have to work with what I have and my skill set, so what you see on my channel is whatever I’m dealing with, excited about or have time to share at the spur of the moment. I told you I keep it pretty casual over here.
What is the most frustrating thing about being a YouTube Vlogger?
I haven’t personally found it to be frustrating in any way. I think that’s because of what I put out there. It’s really my journey and anyone who wants to tag along can.
What is the best thing about being a YouTube Vlogger?
The best thing has been sharing my little experience with the world and feeling like I’ve connected with someone across the globe.
Every word that describes a person that pretty much sticks to themselves is me. I’m an anxiety ridden, shy, introvert, loner with a strange gift for gab at the same time. Makes no sense to me either, but YouTube has given me an outlet to share a bit of myself that I’m not usually comfortable sharing.
How do you balance time between your personal life and YouTube schedule?
That’s just it. I don’t have a schedule. Those that pump out videos a few times a week or even a few times a month…I bow down to you.
Making YouTube videos is some of the hardest work I’ve ever done. It takes a tremendous amount of time, precision and patience and when it’s done right you can tell. My balance is doing it whenever I can.
Have you met any of your viewers in real life?
I did once and it was great! She was so happy to see me and I was so happy to see her. We took a picture together!
Please mention one video that you have made that is your favorite, and why?
My video called “Hopeless” is my favorite. It’s so classically me. I’m a dork and I never try to hide it. My mistakes are for your entertainment. Plus there’s good music.
How long have you been Natural? Describe your Hair Journey.
I’ve been natural for about 3 ½ years now and I’m one mini chop and one big chop in. I don’t know anyone that enjoys getting a relaxer, but my tale is not one of experiencing damage and breakage that led me to go natural. I was faking it for the longest time and didn’t even know it. I had been getting relaxers since I was a small child, but always wore braids, braid outs and blowouts before I even knew what those were! I continued to get relaxers because that’s what black women did. Plain and simple. I always admired women with natural hair, but had no clue what that really meant or how to achieve it.
Finally when my hair was at its longest point in my adult life I decided to chop it all off to sport that Rihanna cut, and I donated my ponytail to Locks of Love. After going from getting relaxers every 6-8 months to every 3 to maintain new growth and this short haircut I was over it. And I couldn’t afford it! Transitioning for a few months and going to get my relaxed ends cut off was a no brainer. I’ve been natural since July 2010 and will never ever relax again.
What Is Your Hair Regimen and Favorite Products?
I’m a co-wash and go girl. My favorite products tend to be conditioners, deep conditioners and oils. Just like my YouTube channel, I keep it pretty simple.
During a typical week I co-wash and as I’m detangling with Elucence Moisture Balancing Conditioner and grapeseed oil, I’m placing my hair in chunky twists. I rinse the twists in the shower, towel blot and let them air dry so I can have fuss free hair the entire week.
If I go out I wear headwraps or those super thin Scunci headbands. I apply more grapeseed oil to the twists and my scalp each night before placing on my satin scarf for bed.
On Friday or Saturday I’ll co-wash again, but rinse my hair in the shower loose. I towel blot, let my hair air dry, give it a few shakes here and there and that’s it. I’ll either sleep on it that night on my satin pillowcase and wake up with an awesome, huge lopsided fro which I love or I’ll twist it up in chunky twists with Jane Carter Nourish and Shine for a fabulous dry twist out the next day.
After that day I wear it up in my version of the puff and on Tuesday or Wednesday the process starts all over again.
I deep condition when my hair needs it with Organics by Africa’s Best Olive Oil Deep Conditioner and make sure to clip my ends about every 2 months when they are sure to need it!
What is your favorite Natural Hair Style?
My favorite styles are those done on textured hair. I’m not really a style girl, but any type of updo or puff you see me with will be done on dry, next day hair. I really love this asymmetrical faux-hawk look with a puff that I achieved the other day. That will definitely be a repeat.
What is the best thing about being Natural?
Wow, the best thing about being natural is the freedom. There’s this spirit of freedom and creativity that comes with being natural and it embodies everything you do and people see it in you! You attract questions, attention, and quite a few stares from people you would have never encountered otherwise. It’s a beautiful thing.
What is the most frustrating thing about being Natural?
Probably the upkeep. It is no joke. Do not and I repeat, Do not go natural because you think it will be easier. It is not easier, nor is it quicker. It requires twice as much upkeep and use of product, but it’s so freakin worth it!
What advice do you have to those who are newly natural or are considering going natural?
Don’t take it so seriously. Enjoy your hair for the first time in your life. Take a walk in the rain. Go swimming. Roll down all the windows in your car. Do everything you avoided like the plague when you were relaxed. And please don’t try to find hair twins. Your hair is not like anyone else’s and it’s gonna take some time to get to know it and what it likes and needs. Don’t make someone else’s journey your own. And to my ladies who are considering it…do your research and be informed before you take the plunge. It’s not for everyone and it doesn’t have to be. Make a promise to yourself that you will be happy with whatever you have growing up there before you go natural, or some huge disappointments will come.
List 9 random things that your viewers may not know about you.
- I have social anxiety disorder…in case you missed that video.
- I’m ecstatically married going on 5 years now.
- What you see in my videos is not always what you get. I’m still pretty light hearted, but I’m a strict professional and business person. Don’t let the choice of using slang in my videos fool you.
- Every time someone subscribes to my channel I’m shocked and wonder why or how they made it there. Must be some mistake lol.
- I eat a strange mix of foods together or in succession. Like a chilidog, some yogurt and some almonds followed by some Cocoa Puffs. Who does that?
- I live a pretty low-key all American life, but I like to watch the most ratchet television possible.
- When I was little I wanted to be a professional dancer of the Boom Kack variety.
- Before I went natural, I aspired to wear my hair as long as possible and straight as the straightest hair so I could be like Aaliyah.
- I have 3 dogs too many and I hope to replace at least a few of those some day with real children.
Who are some of the other YouTube Vloggers that you enjoy watching?
I enjoy watching FusionofCultures, Nellybly18 and of course CharyJay is a beast at everything she does. HeyFranHey provides a wealth of information for hair and body and UrbanBushBabes keep me inspired and educated too. NaturallyCandi keeps me laughing and I love the cool vibe of Yaasoulrebel. Ahhhh so many! I could go on forever.
What is your advice to those just starting out or thinking about starting out on YouTube?
Just do it. And do it for yourself. Don’t make videos for anyone else or try to live up to anyone’s channel. If you want to enjoy it, do it for yourself and the people will come. If they don’t, no worries. You’re doing this thing for you right?
What would you like to tell your viewers?
I love you guys! It’s not consistent and it’s slow, but it’s all done with love.
Where else can we find you on the web?
You can of course find me on YouTube: OneMeNaturally.
Find my jewelry on Etsy at: 1menaturally
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