Monday, November 8, 2010

Giveaway!!!! Naturalbella Tote Bag

Racquel, owner and creator of QuellyRue Designs, has offered to sponsor a giveaway on the Naturally Beautiful Hair Blog. The winner of this giveaway will win this beautiful Naturalbella Tote Bag -

To win this tote designed by Racquel, respond to this post telling how through your own love for the natural hair, that you have help other women and men embrace and celebrate their natural hair beauty? The contest will end at 10 pm on November 28th, and the winner will be chosen by Racquel.  Best of luck to all that enter the contest!

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  1. Hello,

    Before going natural I was constantly obsessed with the artificial things in life and not the things worth while. After making the big chop and growing out my hair for a year and 3 months I have found a whole new purpose. Where ever I go I tell women they are beautiful and so is their hair. Many time when it comes to hair women will say "but I don't have good hair like you". I respond with their is no such thing. I then tell them about all the benefits of being natural and how it has helped me. From the time I went natural to now I have helped 5 women become full fledged Napturalistas! It feels amazing and all out self esteem are at an all time high! My love of my hair has spread from my hair to everyone around me. It has truly been a moving experience.

  2. since going natural and becoming informed about good products/haircare, i've inspired my MOM, TWO COUSINS, and my BEST FRIEND to go natural...if that's not something, i don't know what is, lol...just by wearing my hair pretty and how it naturally is. all within the past 2 years :D

  3. I'm currently transitioning and I am already experiencing criticism. I think that most of it is due to lack of knowledge about what it truly is to have natural hair. Our hair can be manageable and versatile. I love my hair and want the critics to understand that most of what they worry about isn't a big deal. This is why I started both my youtube channel and blog. My blog is even titled "What The Kink" because that's usually what naysayers think when they see natural or transitioning hair. I hope to help others embrace their hair as have mine one subscriber/follower at a time.

  4. Hi,

    let me first say that the totebay is fabulous! very nice. To answer you question, I have been natural for 1year & 6 months. And This journey has opned up some the eyes of some very special and fabulous young ladies. I have 2 daughters who are natural as well. One who is 5 years old. But, the one who I'm currently speaking about is my 13 year old daughter who just BC'd on oct 31, 2010.
    Is that celebration or what :))

    Thanks for asking, take care.


  5. Hi.. wow well I have to say I love being natural. When I was relaxed I did not know how much I was missing.

    I love telling people my story..that when I said I wanted to go natural,my hair was very unhealthy,very damaged..& I was near bald. I have fallen in love with my hair.. all the kinks,coils,twist..& all the non curliness I don't see.
    I love when people ask me about going natural or being face light up cause I get to tell my up's & down',facebook, all of my new natural family.

  6. Hello! Beautiful bags! I am Reese and I have been natural for over two and half years. I went natural after my hair was so damaged from relaxers. I decided to just go for it and I have never looked back. My hair has improved my confidence and love for myself and because of it, I have tried to live my eat more healthily and use more natural products.

    I have never felt more beautiful until after I went natural and I think others can see that in me. My mother has even considered going natural and uses me as an example that our natural hair is beautiful. I have a friend at school who decided to soon stop wearing weaves and become naturally fabulous. She wants locs like me. Everyday I see someone staring at my hair or saying how much they like my hair. I do not need to say anything; I feel that just wearing my hair natural is an example that it can be done and it can be beautiful!

  7. As of yet, I haven't inspired anyone in my inner circle to go natural, but I can tell that each day of my natural journey is an inspiration to my daughter. She has a head full of beautiful hair... a BAA. Back when I was rocking my Fantasia inspired cut, and my relaxer, my daughter "liked" her hair, but always wanted it to be straight, like the kids on the bottles of all the kids products, and like the kids in my hair magazines.

    After almost a year with my cut, I decided that it was time to practice what I had been preaching. I'd always told my daughter how beautiful her hair was, that she didn't need her hair to be straight, but there I was, with straight hair, and I wasn't crying when I was getting it combed either!

    I BC'd, I learned how to care for my daughter's hair better by learning how to care for my own. Because of this change, my daughter is in love with her hair. She loves to touch it, to have it styled, the reactions that her hair gets from people, she loves to play in my hair too. In a way, my daughter's own natural journey inspired mine =).

  8. Blach!I NEED to move to the US so I can take aprt ins uch giveaways.This bag is awesome!

  9. Ooh! What a fab cute tote bag! Let's see, I have been natural for about 4 years, loc'd for a 1 and some change. I do admit, when I first started rocking my wash and go, I was the one uncomfortable with it, but others LOVED it! So that definitely helped me out in the confidence boat. But once I found out about all of the products out there for natural bellas, I was hooked lol! I got to learn and experiment with fun and not so fun products and figure out what my hair loved and did not love!

    Throughout my journey, I inspired two really close friends to go natural, and one other is in transition - these ladies LOVE their hair! I truly feel we are all so much more becoming with our natural tresses vs. our flat, lifeless relaxed hair!

    Once I began my loc journey, all I could think was "what took me so long!!" I L O V E my hair! My little brother even started his locs one month ago because of my hair journey! So cool!

    All I know is, I LOVE my hair! And i wouldn't have it any other way!

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

  10. My husband and I do everything we can to care for our daughters' gorgeous curls, both physically and emotionally. As we learned about natural hair, my husband did something so surprising. He was always doing something different with his hair---flat irons, dying, etc. He is an artist and did these things just for fun. Not because he didn't like his curls. But, he didn't want in any way to communicate to the girls that he did those things because of his curls. So as they were about to come home, he went completely natural. Without us knowing, they came home (through adoption) hating their curls and never wanted their hair free. From the beginning, he affirmed his curls, but as a daddy, he is always careful to shower them with words of affirmation and delight about their free hair, new styles, etc. Now, they LOVE their hair and I know that this will impact not only them but also our granddaughters one day.

  11. I've been completely natural since June 23rd, 2009 @ 6:00pm. lol. It has been an AMAZING journey for me, and the great thing is...It never has to end. I have a blog ( that I started along with my social group. I want women to understand the hair they have on their head. You can do all the styles you want with natural hair...and more! Although in my time of being natural I have only straightened my hair twice and it seemed odd to me. I felt that I was "blending" in too much. I like standing out in a room full of people. Even if the room had other naturals, we would all have our own look. I tell my friends all the time to go natural is 90% mental and 10% physical. It takes a mental detox to rid yourself of what you "think" is the societal standard. I congratulate all the ladies who have entered the natural world =)

  12. I'm natural, but I am still learning how to do my hair in pretty little styles. Most times, my hair is big and unruly, Diana Ross style, but bigger and more unruly or just pretty normal. Even though natural hair has become more accepted, it is still very narrowly accepted. I find that unless, you have the curly texture of hair, some people still frown when they see you coming, wondering why she doesn't "get her hair done." Still others, compliment me, asking me how did I become so comfortable in my own skin, to dress and wear my hair naturally. They tell me, "I wish I could do that." Ask me for hair tips. Whenever someone puts themselves down while giving me a compliment, by saying something "my hair ain't like yours, I can't do that."; I tell them to embrace their hair, that there is no standard for beautiful hair, that no matter what you or someone else may think you're hair is beautiful, combed or not combed. I believe that I have inspired people through the shining of my light not only to love their hair, but love themselves, which is so very important to me.

    "And when we let our own light shine, we unconciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our prescence automatically liberates others.

  13. Hi. My name is Courtney and I have been natural for 8 months. To tell you the truth I was so nervous about doing the big chop, but also at the same time I could not wait to see the results. I'm a senior in high school and I did not want to be judged by others at my school so I did the big chop during the summer break. I had heard natural women say that after the big chop they felt a newfound since of freedom, but I thought it was all exaggerations until I cut my hair. The feeling of freedom and power washed over me as I glanced into the mirror at my now short afro. I loved it!!! I never knew how much relaxed hair confined me until it was all gone. When the next school year arrived I was not nervous to show off my new hair like I thought I would be. In the first month of school I was suprised to see that a lot of people loved my hair and were inspired by it. Two of my teachers actually told me that they were transitioning and that seeing my natural hair has assured them that they want to go through with the big chop. I never knew that by going natural I would inspire so many other girls at my school to do the same.

  14. I have been natural almost 2 1/2 years and I have talk to so many women on embracing the love of your natural hair. I have talk so much that a lot of my friends and one of my friends mom that has had a curl since we were in elem., has now went natural. It's the freedom of doing what you want when you want. Not having to worry about going to a hair dresser and becoming my own hairdresser by saving money and time. Never having a bad hair day!! I love being Nappy and Happy all at the same time.

  15. The 25th of this month will mark 10 years of being natural for me. Embracing my natural hair has helped me to be more outgoing and embrace my other unique qualities. I was 20 when I started the journey,and I felt like I didn't have anywhere to turn for information.

    I recently decided to start a blog that does not focus on my hair. I wanted to celebrate other people who are loving and enjoying their natural hair. I wanted people to ask questions and be able to get answers. There are people who give up on going natural because they don't know how to take care of it. I am working on giving people a place where they get that support that they need. The site is for men and women, and it's all about celebrating natural hair.

  16. Email submission from Jasmine S. -

    "Exactly one year and a half ago, I didn't know who I was or who I was supposed to be for that matter, feeling as if I was existing and not living. Then came the idea of going natural. My true reason for going natural (in short) was to find the inner me and be set free from all the self-hate I was indulging in while I was relaxed. I came to the realization that I would love to know how my hair really grew out of my head naturally without being chemically straightened. With so much love inside of me I just can't help but be a woman of liberation and excitement. People, female or male are instantly attracted by it. I can no longer hide my spirit from the world as I used to do far too well. I now call myself a "free-spirit" willing to help empower women and men of all backgrounds to find SELF LOVE!! Self love is a big thing to me, in fact it's the first thing I mention to my peers or anyone who are curious to know about my natural hair journey. I say this because I feel it's is inevitable that you won't find it. I actually feel it's finds you, because the you you thought you couldn't be was there the whole time waiting to be set free and revealed for the whole world to stop and take notice. I also partnered up with a friend from my University and we started our own organization called "Sunflower Sisters Natural Hair Club" we take the time to teach women to embrace their natural hair texture and to be empowered by it as well. I never want to feel the way I felt before I went natural again and if there's any way I can uplift someone's spirit I will go the extra mile, no one should feel that feeling as long as they have air to breath.

    In conclusion all the things I've done after embarking on my natural hair journey is only a taste of what's to come. I love my natural hair so much and the confidence it has given me is beyond my belief. I love that I can love and accept the hair God intended for me to have in the first place, it's a great feeling.

    Thank You for reading :)" - Jasmine S.