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Calling all NOLA Naturals!

Written by  LaTesha Gonzales
(InthekNOwla) -- I know it’s been a minute since I’ve posted, but don’t worry, I’m still on the natural journey! I have now been transitioning for a year and a half and it gets better with each coming day. I can’t wait till I have a head full of ALL natural hair…but we’ll talk about all that in another post.

For this post, I wanted to share with you guys about a wonderful new meet-up group called NOLA Naturals created by Trenice Green, a natural New Orleanian. I was able to attend NOLA Natural’s Fall 2010 Meet-Up at The JuJu Bag Café in Gentilly (if you haven’t been to this little cafe, you’ve got to make your way there…great service and food…but I digress). It was such a wonderful feeling being with other confident and beautiful natural women.

Living in New Orleans, we don’t have as many natural hair care resources available to us as opposed to Atlanta or Houston. Well, Trenice is trying to change that. Trenice explained, “While looking through some of the forum posts on Curly Nikki, a natural-hair blogger, I saw all these people from other places like Texas, Atlanta, and North Carolina getting together and doing natural hair meet-ups. So I started a post saying, ‘Where are all the New Orleans people at?’ From that, me and a couple of other women got together online through the forum and I started coordinating the details for the meet-ups, getting the place, time, sponsors, samples, etc.  So far, we’ve have about 5 different meet-ups and we’re constantly growing and meeting new people every time.”

At this past meeting, we learned some great stuff from Paula Bland and Tara Sider-Martin of The Love of People (be sure to check out their Entrepreneur Spotlight) and Santeyonne Powell of Pura Body Naturals, two wonderful companies offering natural hair care and body products. From determining the type of hair one has, to decoding the ingredients in different products, to simply discussing natural hair, we not only learned a lot, but also shared so much with each other.

There’s no explaining what it feels like to be around people who understand the journey you are going or have gone through. As Trenice explained, “With NOLA Naturals, I want to pool all of our natural hair care resources together so that we can have an extensive network of support and positivity for each other. It’s like a sisterhood; we get together, chill, talk about hair and products and troubles we’re having with our hair in a relaxing and positive atmosphere because we’re here to support everybody.”

And of course Trenice had some goodies for everybody to take home: Mango Hair Pudding from Marie Dean Hair & Body Care, Moisturizing Shealoe Leave In Conditioner from Koils by Nature, Vanilla Mint Moisturizing Hair Serum from Zipporah Beauty, and HoneyNutt Scalp Cleanser from My Honey Child Natural Hair Products. On top of that, The Love of People raffled off a basket of their entire collection (which I love…I have all the products and use them religiously) and Pura Body Naturals had some great samples for us such as the MuruMuru Moisture Milk (which I’ve tried and already fallen in love with) and Cupuacu Hair Butter.

Trenice and I were also able to talk about our personal “hair stories” and what led her to the natural path. She said, “When I was younger, I had so much hair that it took two people to put a relaxer in my head. I always kind of felt that relaxers weren’t healthy, but because my hair was so thick, my mom, like most of our mothers, gave me relaxers to make it more manageable. As I got older, I started to get relaxers about once a year and finally decided that I might as well stop completely. Then I began to get more informed about relaxers and natural hair through different blogs. Right before I had my son in 2008, I just knew that I wasn’t going to deal with relaxers anymore. Ultimately, I know that being relaxer free is better for me and my hair.”

Trenice has some big plans for the future, including shirts, a website, You Tube videos, and just expanding NOLA Naturals as much as possible. And I’m definitely looking forward to the next meet-up. So be sure to keep up-to-date with all the goings on with NOLA Naturals on their Facebook page.

Until next time all my NOLA naturals!

Last modified on Tuesday, 21 December 2010
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