Tell us your name and where you are from?
My name is Ebony, and you can find me in Norcross, GA.
How long have you been natural?
I’ve been on this journey since February 2005.
What do you do?
My 9-5 is in real estate. However, I’m transitioning into my own business as an Image Consultant/Stylist. Also, I’ve been developing hair and skin products for ten years now. They were once exclusive to a hair stylist that had clients with mild to moderate dermatitis, but I’ve recently ended my exclusivity contract. I’ve opened an online store, and now my products are now available to the public.
Is there a resistance or compatibility with your hair in your field of work?
There’s definitely compatibility.
Describe your hair:
I have a LOT of fine strands on my head. Porosity is normal, so it’s easy to retain moisture. The longer it gets the easier it is to get tangled, so protective styles are a must for me now more than ever!
What is your hair regimen?
I shampoo my hair every two-three weeks, and I co-wash once a week.
What are the three biggest factors you attribute to your length?
2. Low Manipulation
What is your usual go to style?
Two strand twists all day!
What is your nighttime routine?
If it’s already twisted, I just moisturize and seal my ends and put on my satin scarf. If I’m wearing a twist out, I moisturize and seal my ends and add about 8 jumbo twists. I put on my satin scarf and it’s a wrap. No pun intended.
Your top three favorite products and why?
They vary from time to time, but right now—Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Conditioner: It’s ultra-moisturizing and it’s economical. Coconut oil: It is excellent for moisture as well. Pre-treating with it prior to shampooing controls the amount of moisture that you lose during the cleansing process. Giovanni Direct Leave-In: It’s an awesome leave-in that’s lightweight and highly effective.
Your best hair advice?
LOVE every strand that grows out of your head. Learn what works best, and take care of it as you would your body and spirit.
Ultimate hair crush:
The strangest request: ”Can you come up with a hair regimen for me?” O_o
How would you describe your personal fashion style?
My personal fashion style is like my hair. It’s versatile. My style can go from bohemian, to classy, metropolitan chic, preppy chic, sporty, or just casually cute. Unfortunately, my fashion sense has taken a brief hiatus because I’ve been working on my physique and I’m between sizes.
What advice would you give to people who might be afraid to show their true fashion sense or natural hair for fear of being judged by others?
I’d encourage them and stress that they are the MOST beautiful when they are their authentic, organic selves. You were created by The ULTIMATE Designer, so that means you were already a masterpiece before you ever entered Earth’s realm. BE YOU…ALL THE WAY!
What would you say to others who judge individuals negatively for their personal fashion style?
Sometimes I feel it’s a waste of energy to even entertain people who do that. However, I’d have to let them know that it’s not their place to offer their unsolicited opinion about anyone’s personal style–nor is it necessary to have their stamp of approval.
When it comes to your style who, what or where does your inspiration come from?
Although I’m originally from L.A., I’ve always been obsessed with New York/Paris fashion.
If you could name one person from the past whose closet you would love to raid, who would it be?
Whitley Gilbert’s! She had the classiest clothing on A Different World and I LOVED the way she dressed!
Favorite stores and places to shop for vintage or thrift?
I love B & R Thrift Store in Sandy Springs, GA and Psycho Sisters Consignment Boutique.
Most embarrassing moment
My most embarrassing moment was when my dad, (whom everybody called “Rev” or “Sarg”) saw one of his old buddies at a New Year’s Eve church service that he hadn’t seen in forever! In the middle of prayer he yelled, and I quote: “What’s HAD’NIN Smoky!?” The guy yelled back, “What’s up REV!” Their hands met to slap each other with the loudest five I’ve ever heard. I almost felt the life leave my body. I know my mother was embarrassed, because I was. LOL!
What is your favorite life lesson?
Never turn your nose up at/judge anyone’s mistakes, indiscretions, failures, etc. because you never know if you’ll ever be in a state of mind where your judgement or decision-making is clouded. Humble pie does not taste good. #SpeakingFromExperience
Current music playlist and favorite book:
Right now, I’m listening to a CD that my sweetie made for me. It’s a little concoction of old and new music, featuring artists such as Frankie Beverly, Anita Baker, Alicia Keys, Erykah Bahdu, Chris Brown, etc. I have a few books that I love quite a bit, but my favorite book is Frederick Douglass’ Narrative.’
Frankie Beverly (Center)
Favorite restaurant and dish you would not want to live without?
My favorite restaurant is Surin 280 in Birmingham, AL…The dish I would pass out if I couldn’t have??? SUSHI!
Do you have a blog/website?
YEP!…Thank you for having me, and I love your website and YouTube channel.
What makes you an Urban Bush Babe?
I am unapologetically natural, silly, hungry for knowledge, and I’m always looking for ways to evolve and grow…for myself, and for those around me.