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KHINKY CHIC HAIR featured in Ebony Magazine’s 10 Tips for Going Natural! Exclusive unpublished Full Interview!
Breakout hair Extension Company Khinky.com gives tips on protective natural hair weaves in the November issue of Ebony Magazine, hitting newsstands October 16th 2012!
Inspired by the powerful movement of black women who are transitioning to natural hair, Khinky.com founder Tamara D. Murad spoke with Ebony Magazine’s Style & beauty team for the exclusive beauty story '10 tips for going natural ' – sharing her views on natural hair transitioning and where extensions can fit in.
This is a must have issue for Natural hair beauty lovers to use as a guide ongoing natural.
“We created Khinky.com to provide high-quality hair for women with diverse natural textures” says Tamara D. Murad in Tip 5: Experiment with Extensions “The options actually embrace and match all hair textures from human hair dreadlock extensions to virgin curly to afro textures to bone straight.”
When asked about her take on “natural” weaves or extensions, and whether it makes you less “natural” the budding entrepreneur explains that as women become more comfortable with their natural hair, they see that hair doesn’t really define who they are.
“There’s a lot of freedom in that. I personally enjoy changing my look and adorning my hair in different ways to express my personal style.”
The exclusive full interview highlights the Khinky.com founder’s personal natural hair journey and the tips that got her through her transition. She adds “As women begin to explore protective weave styles as an option, it’s reassuring that more companies are designing products that work well for women with natural hair.”
About: Khinky.com is a one stop shop for rare, virgin and textured human hair extensions for the Modern Fasionista! We created Khinky.com to provide high quality hair extensions for women with diverse natural textures. The options actually embrace and match all hair textures from dreadlock extensions to virgin curly to afro textures to bone straight. Khinky carries the most exotic imports of virgin hair. We select the most interesting textures and lengths from rare 25 inch wefts to the most beautiful natural straight and curly virgin textures. We are also the only full service manufacture of 100% Human Hair Loc extensions to fast forward your look to the future. Our patented techniques give you a loc that is light weight , customized and easy to order online. Khinky.com is for the fiercely successful modern fashionista, who is always being asked ...Where did you get that hair!!
Khinky.com 10 Tip for Going Natural! Exclusive unpublished Full Interview!
Expert Name: (Tamara Dumay-Murad Founder, Khinky Chic Hair)
What is your advice for women looking to transition from relaxed to natural hair?
The transition to natural is definitely a journey in every sense. We’ve experienced chemical burns, breakage, tender scalps and frying our hair. Unfortunately many of us have fallen into a pattern of painfully rejecting our natural textures. After so many years of relaxing the hair, many women don’t even know what their natural hair is like at all. For many of us that process of discovery starts with scratching, pulling and tugging. So my advice is to begin by showing your hair some love. If your styling process involves any physical pain don’t do it. Don’t allow a stylist to be rough on your hair either. Eventually your natural hair journey will become a source of healing for your scalp and your mind.
Why do you think the “natural hair movement” has become so popular in the past few years?Well for one, our generation is exposed to a lot more powerful and beautiful black women in the media. That fear of not being accepted is slowly disappearing as we see more and more images of ourselves and the diverse hair styles we can create, naturally.
What celebrities with natural hair can women use as a guide or inspiration to create new looks? What is your take on “natural” weaves or extensions? Does it make you less “natural”?By far Solange Knowles is truly becoming an Icon for natural hair. I also love Janelle Monet, Esperanza Spalding, and Corinne Bailey Rae. Weaves do not make you less natural in my opinion. As women become more comfortable with their natural hair, they see that hair doesn’t really define who you are. There’s a lot of freedom in that. I personally enjoy changing my look and adorning my hair in different ways to express my personal style. As women begin to explore protective weave styles as an option, it’s also reassuring that more companies are designing products that work well for women with natural hair. We created Khinky.com to provide high quality hair extensions for women with diverse natural textures. The options actually embrace and match all hair textures from dreadlock extensions to virgin curly to afro textures to bone straight.Why did you decide to go natural?
I decided to go natural after my college graduation; I felt that I would be respected more without trying to look like something I’m not. Going natural gave me inner strength that helped me get ahead in my life. Today I still enjoy my natural hair, but I’m not afraid to change it up with extensions that still match and embrace my “real” texture. What advice helped you during your own journey?
The advice I received was really in the form of compliments from my peers, I was surprised at how much people liked my hair. To my surprise, it was perfectly normal to that my hair was kinky, that motivated me. What is one key tip you think that every natural girl should know?
Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Coconut Oil. I always use these oils to protect and moisturize my hair and scalp, it goes a long way and you can find it practically everywhere.
What tools should every natural girl have in her arsenal? What are your favorite go-to items? What are your favorite transitional styles for women to select?A great product for this is Genuine African Formula Super Grow Hair Gel with Biotin and Placenta. It’s a chemical free product that works great for setting kinky hair, curly hair and dreadlocks. Another great trend is dreadlock extensions made with human hair. Many women, who have made the decision to start locks, don’t want to go through the awkward stage. It nice to have a way to bypass that stage without damaging your sprouting locks in the process.The natural hair community has grown significantly online, what are your favorite sites to use online?
The khinky.com site is growing into a resource for information and visual dialogs about fashion and style. I absolutely love, Le Coil, Natural Belle, Urban Bush Babes, and my favorite Beauty Is Diverse. I love the way the natural hair movement is also embracing high-fashion and art. It seems to have an amazing ripple effect that challenges us to be creative with our style. As I discover these sites I put them on Khinky.com because I believe these communities need to keep growing.
How can women enhance their natural texture?
Well sometimes we need to begin at the beginning. We can start by trimming our hair regularly to remove hair that has lost its curl pattern from too much heat styling or chemical treatments. Washing and detangling the hair often, while keeping it moisturized will enhance the curl of your hair. Even if you are wearing extensions, choose protective weave styles that are gentle. Properly moisturize and condition, both your hair and the extensions. Finally, many people overlook a balanced diet and eating the right foods to promote hair growth. You can promote your new growth to be that much stronger, with a diet rich in green vegetables (chlorophyll)