My Natural Hair Journey - Johanna Denny

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Hey Black Hair OMG family! This is the first of a series of natural hair journey stories that we'll be doing to feature members of the Natural Hair Lovers - BlackHairOMG.com Facebook Group and I'm really excited about it.

The group has been amazing and extremely positive. It's been amazing to see all of the beautiful naturals and aspiring naturals sharing tips and encouragement and I've been looking for a way to show my appreciation for them.

We've had natural hair journey stories before and without a doubt they were great, but this means more to me because this series is for the BlackHairOMG family exclusively. So they'll be sending their stories and natural hair journey pictures in and I'll be sharing it with the world as a way of saying thanks.

So let's get to it. Our 1st ever family member natural hair journey....

My Natural Hair Journey: Johanna Denny

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I always went back and forth with my natural hair journeys as my mom started creaming (perming) my hair from back when I was very young. A few years back though, I had put in some braids and I had those braids in for a mighty long time. It was my friend's birthday weekend and we decided to go out of town for clubbing. I wanted to get a fresh new look so I tried what my friend would do. She would take her weave out and cream her hair in that same day and moment. I guess that method wasn't my kettle of tea as the cream irritated my scalp and burned me so badly that my heartbeat raced so hard I felt as though my chest was gonna pop. That night my friends laughed at me so hard, because of how I ran around Sydonie's Kingston apartment creaming to the top of my lungs for burning pain.

A few hours into the morning after clubbing was through I looked into the mirror and saw a badly burnt scalp. I was so ashamed to let the guys on the outside of the club see the condition my scalp was in. Later that day I washed my hair to get the scabs out and decided that I would never hurt myself in this manner again. I decided that black hair in its natural state is beautiful and placing harsh chemicals in my scalp wasn't true love for self. So I stopped.

Tried Locking and Then Big Chopping

I have tried locking my hair since then, because I wanted to escape the reality of having to comb black hair in its natural state each day and realized that wasn't for me either. There are so many videos on YouTube that gives so many tips, tricks and styles in coping with black hair and I am determined to stay away from harsh chemicals.

When I cut my locks off everyone loved the new look. They were not at all negative, although a few preferred me with long hair, but it is just hair and it grows back. Many people are really getting a hang of kinky hair and when I wear mine many people call me an African Queen or Princess.

I believe if we accept our hair as black people in its natural state, it would change the way people of other ethnic backgrounds and even we ourselves see skin colour. If black hair is bad, then our skin colour is bad, but if black hair is good then our skin colour is good also. Understanding this can clamp down on many aspects of racism drastically.

I love my black hair!

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A huge thanks to Johanna for sharing your story about transitioning to natural hair and sharing your natural hair journey pictures.

If you are a member of the BlackHairOMG Facebook group and want to send in your "My natural hair journey" story, contact me there and I'll tell you where to send your info and put your story up on this blog to inspire other naturals.

Black Girls Rock! Give Us Your BGR 2015 Review!

Black Girls Rock had Twitter on FIRE!!! Everybody was talking about the great performances, Will Smith's loving speech towards his beautiful wife of nearly 20 years, Jada Pinkett-Smith.

The ladies were loving how Fantasia was tearing the house down with her powerful voice and Michelle Obama repeating for a second and for emphasis, that "Black Girls Rock!".

I couldn't even keep up with all of the reaction and feedback on twitter. They are talking about it on the new Natural Hair Facebook Group, you basically can't go anywhere without hearing about the Black Girls Rock award show gala.

Black Hair OMG was on top of it all, and we expect a lot of reviews to be coming out all this week from just about everybody with a voice.

But we want to hear what you had to say? Specifically, what was your favorite moment of the night?

What do you think about the controversy and backlash over the event? Do you think an event like this is needed?

Here is an interview with the creator of the Black Girls Rock Even, CEO Beverly Bond and two young women she's mentoring, Sage Adams and Kathie Duperval. They join Melissa Harris-Perry of MSNBC to talk about the Black Girls Rock awards show on BET and why affirmation and representation are so crucial for black girls and women.

The interview above touched on some important points. It's good to hear affirmation of your worth when you have been neglected and disregarded for so long. The ladies are not trying to slight anyone else, they just feel it's important to encourage those who have been lacking it for so long as a group.

If you haven't seen the Official BGR Pledge, check it out below....

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Ok, so again... What was your favorite moment of the night?

What do you think about the controversy and backlash over the event? Do you think the Black Girls Rock event is needed? Comment below right now.

Experts of Natural Black Hairstyles Reveal 3 Favorite Moisturizers

Natural black hairstyles are taking over and as more products come out you probably want to use the absolute best. Right?

Good, we've got tips from 50+ expert naturalistas about the best natural hair products on Earth. Some products that you've heard about, others that you will be discovering today.

BlackHairOMG is bringing you a never-been-done-before expert panel interview with some of the most widely-known and successful natural hairstyles experts on Earth.

We heard your concerns after we made the top 50 best-selling hair products for black hairstyles article. You wanted to know about the specific products your favorite natural women had on their cupboards. Well, we are going to give you what you asked for, I guaran-darn-tee you that, we got the best of the best for you.

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We have natural CEOs, popular black hair bloggers, film producers, published authors, star YouTube vloggers and even a couple of scientists! They’re all naturalistas, and all are spilling the beans on the products they use that have helped their natural black hairstyles become inspiration for thousands and thousands of women across the globe(literally)!

Many of these 50 natural hair gurus have been featured in Essence, Ebony, The New York Times, Elle Magazine, Marie Claire, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, BlackEnterprise.com, Dr.Oz and on The Today Show.

I asked these 50 celebrated naturals an interesting question:

“If you could only use 3 moisturizing hair care products FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, what would they be?”

The question was designed to cut through the fluff and extra stuff and get straight to the best natural hair products. Period.

Click Here for the full article and answers from 50+ Experts of Natural Black Hairstyles

Our experts include....

Abiola Abrams, Afrobella, Aisha M., Alexandria Williams, Alma Ruddock (BlackHairInformation.com),

AlleySinai, Amber McKinnon, Antonia Opiah, Ariane Williams, AsToldByAllie, Atilola Moronfolu,

Audrey Sivasothy, Cassidy Blackwell, Chimere Norris, Chris-Tia Donaldson(TGIN), Christene Carr,

Christina Patrice, Courtney P., Crystal Michelle, Del Sandeen, DeLaurian Burton, Felicia Walker Benson,

GlamTwinz334, I Am Posh Syd, Imani A.Dawson, Janna Peterson-Waddell, Jenell B Stewart, MS ED,

Jenni J., Jessica Gray, Jocelyn Reneé, Jolie Luvlee, Karen Tappin, Kcurly, Krystle Sims, Lisa Irby, Louisa Kiwana,

Lucindy Lumu, Miko Branch, Miss LaLa, MsJGray, MsVaughnTV, Nicia Alston, NikkiMae2003, RazorEmpress,

Renee Morris, Sista WithRealHair, Tarin Boone, Taylor Bryant, The SistahChick, Vashti Patrick-Joseph,

Victoria Olubi and Who Is Sugar

They went ALL OUT to give you tips for your natural black hairstyles....

Click here to read the full interview from our natural hairstyles experts!