by: Allyson Leak
Photo: Rog Walker

 

“Inspirational, smart and beautiful are just a few ways to describe Cipriana Quann. As co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Urban Bush Babes, she is promoting a natural and healthy lifestyle, one blog post at a time. We caught up with Quann to talk with her on all things beauty” –Allyson Leak

 

HH: What inspired you to start your site?
 
Nikisha and I started ‘Urban Bush Babes’ because we wanted to share our experiences and connect with people who may not be exposed to a positive and supportive environment. It was important to create a platform not only highlighting inspiring individuals but also a space to uplift. In a world where the ideal standard of beauty has brainwashed some of our young women of color, affecting their self- esteem, it is important to us to show that our uniqueness, imperfections and life journeys (the good and bad) not only make us beautiful but showcase our strength.

 

HH: What advice can you give to someone that is interested in going natural but is scared?


I would say to them that it is ok to be scared. The fear we feel most often comes from the fear of others who are frightened of change, so instead of encouragement they try to dissuade you, due to their own insecurities or ignorance. Attempting something that is not familiar can be scary and hair is not to be excluded from one of those things.

 

The most important part is to surround yourself with positive people who encourage change. There are so many women who have been there, done that and been there again (including me). This is really what natural hair vloggers and bloggers are here for, to use their journeys to help inspire you to take the first step.

 

HH: When and why did you start your natural hair journey?

 
I officially started my natural hair journey about six years ago, but I have actually been a born again natural three times in my life. Each time I was expecting a texture completely different than my own, which meant I was expecting coily, uniformed curls and not the kinky texture that sprouted from every big chop.

 

The result…trying to achieve a texture that wasn’t mine through over- manipulation. I was stretching my hair through heat as well as bantu knot outs, braidouts, twistouts and any other “out” or technique I could, to achieve any texture that was different from my own.

 

I am not in any way trying to insinuate that these methods are bad (except for the use of too much heat), especially if you are using them as an aid for easier manageability, or simply prefer a different style. But, in a world of curl definition…read the complete interview here