With over 24 thousand followers on her YouTube channel, it's no surprise Asha Elle's subscribers carried over to her Insta feed. I personally can't get enough of her sultry midnight black curly coils. This superwoman styles treats and accessorizes her crowning glory like royalty, and she always shares positive vibes too.
1) What is your name and where you from?
“Hey lovers, my name is Asha Elle of Natural Hair Rebel and I am from the beautiful island of St. Maarten. I currently reside in Atlanta, Georgia”.
2) What or who inspired you to go natural?
“I went natural 10 years ago, and during that time there wasn’t much talk, pictures, articles, or even videos regarding natural hair, care or styles. I just wanted to do it. I didn’t have anyone at that time that inspired me. So I picked up a camera, and I became my own inspiration, by uploading my journey on my first YouTube channel”.
3) When did you bigchop?
“I took the leap and chopped off all of my hair 10 years ago, on the 19th of May, 2010”.
4) How long did it take you to transition or did you just do a bigchop?
“I chopped it all off, girl. I did the big chop. When it comes to hair I don’t sit on ideas for long. If I’m going to do it, I just do it. I live by the motto: I am not my hair! As I became older and more independent, I didn’t feel tied to my hair. I experimented with just about every style, cut, and color that I wanted. Some have failed but let me tell you when it was a success, it was theBomb.com”.
5) Do you see yourself being natural forever?
“Yes, I do see myself being natural forever. Natural hair is so versatile and can achieve so many styles, I don’t see how I could go back. I also made a choice to myself to eliminate using chemicals that weren’t healthy for me, my skin, or my hair. It has been one of the best and free choices I have made”.
6) Do you have a hair care regimen? If Yes please share your daily, weekly, monthly hair care regimens
“There may be a few naturals out there that may find my daily hair care regimen a bit unconventional, in which I wash my hair every day. I use a conditioner daily. You may know it as co-washing. And I reserve shampooing to Sundays and deep conditioning once to twice a month depending on what my hair is asking for. My hair, scalp, and I have a love-hate relationship. I would love to have hairstyles that last longer than a day or two, but my scalp does not like going more than a day, no more than two without a drink of water. If I go more than 2 days, which again is pushing it, we begin to have issues, and ladies we all know that we don’t like those types of entanglements”.
7) What advice would you give to any newly transitioned naturalista
Rock your ‘do, boo!
“Love, appreciate and embrace the stage and journey that you’re in. As a new natural it can be hard to not want the next person's texture, curl pattern, style etc. but I want to encourage you to be brave and bold with what you have. All textures, curls, coils, and kinks are beautiful. Be ok with knowing that not every product is made for your hair, not every style will work. But when you spend that time getting to know more about your hair and achieving styles that work for you, babyyy no one will be able to tell you a thing. That confidence will burst through, people will notice how fabulous you look, and you’ll be happier with the decision you’ve made”.
8) Did you make any hair care mistakes when you started your natural hair journey? If yes please share what it is and how to avoid this.
“The biggest mistake I made at the beginning of my journey, was turning into a hair product junkie. Do Not Do This, if you like your coins, and extra space in your cabinets, closets, and drawers! It’s a trial and error stage and it’s hard to not buy every product on the shelves that specialize in natural hair. I would find products that worked for my hair and still feel the need to try the next thing, just because. I wouldn’t even be finished with the product I liked. And of course, the ones that didn’t work with my hair just stayed there to take up space and gather dust. Now remember for me this was 10 years ago, and we didn’t have shelves for us as we do now. Do you see how that could become a problem real quick? I suggest that if you find products that you do not like, give them away, or if they are barely used to sell them. If you find a product that you love stick with it until it's finished and then try something new if you want variety.”
9) Please give us any other tips you might have missed out.
“I would like to leave you with these quick tips, and words of encouragement”.