Tell us your name and where you are from?
My name is Katra Awad. I am a daughter to Egyptian and Hispanic parents. I was born in California and currently reside in Brooklyn.
How long have you been natural?
I have been natural all my life. My hair is a reminder of my past, I decided early on to honor my roots and not hide them.
What do you do? Is there a resistance or compatibility with your hair in your field of work?
I’m a jewelry designer. I recently launched my new collection which is inspired by the past present and future. I’m an artist of many mediums and I find my hair allows me to be very expressive, which is a very important component of any artist’s daily process.
Describe your hair.
My hair is vivacious and untamed. Some days I wake up and my curls are really defined and some days they’re extra voluminous. It does what it wants and I’ve learned to work with it & appreciate it.
What is your hair regimen?
I try to keep the process as simple as possible. I wash it about three times a week while gently detangling my hair in the shower using my fingertips. I also moisturize with hair milk, argan oil and a hint of coconut oil during the summer.
What are the three biggest factors you attribute to your length?
At this point in time, I like my hair shoulder length. I’ll trim it every couple of months so that it stays healthy and somewhat predictable.
What is your usual go to style?
I just let it go and let it flow.
What is your nighttime routine?
I haven’t found one yet.
Your top three favorite products and why?
Mixed Chicks leave in conditioner, Hair Milk by Carol’s Daughter & Deep moisturizing conditioner by Biolage. All three of these products define my curls as well as moisturize, leaving them feeling extra soft.
Your best hair advice?
Nurture your hair and protect your scalp. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have healthy hair. Most everything you need can be found in nature and even in your kitchen.
Ultimate hair crush?
I would have to say Esperanza Spalding. We’re both of Hispanic decent.
What is the strangest comment, request or hair story?
Some people ask questions like “Is it real?” Is that a perm?” “Can I pet it??” I had a lady not too long ago approach me asking, “How I got my hair like this?” I was quite shocked, but I still kindly responded and smiled. At the end of the day, you have to learn to just take it with a grain of salt and stay graceful. Its admirable when people appreciate it to.
How would you describe your personal fashion style?
It often depends on my mood. I love solid colors, prints, mixing and matching accessories, gold jewelry, chiffon. I’m most attracted to styles that remain timeless.
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?
No matter what you do, there will always be somebody who has an unnecessary opinion to share. Life is short to worry about the second balcony, so just be yourself. Remember you are a beautiful reflection of the divine.
What would you say to others who judge individuals negatively for their personal fashion style?
“Support one another and celebrate one another’s victories.”
When it comes to your style who, what or where does your inspiration come from?
I grew up traveling around Europe with my mother, and I’ve been left forever inspired by those experiences. My mother is and has always been very stylish. Both inside and out. Her inner beauty radiates and I admire how fierce she remains with her fashion. I love hearing stories about her travels as a flight attendant & when she lived in Chicago during her studio 54 days. Many of her close friends were hair stylists, and so she always had the most beautiful hair styles. She is my inspiration!
If you could name one person from the past whose closet you would love to raid, who would it be?
I would have to say my grandparents. They always did a lot of traveling into the heart of Mexico city. My grandmother was a painter and antique jewelry buyer. She always had these really intricate fabrics. I use to love going through her jewelry box and finding the most incredible pieces.
My grandfather and her were very knowledgeable about ethnic art history and culture.
Favorite stores and places to shop for vintage or thrift
I do much of my shopping online and when I’m in Brooklyn I like to go to local flea markets and boutiques, I love supporting local artists. I really like this leather bag company called Toil+Trouble. They have some unique luggage and floral print bags.
Most embarrassing moment
I went to go see my friends band perform at a sold out show. My friend asked me to come on stage and perform a song with them. As I was about to step on stage, my zipper, which was the only thing holding up my pants together, broke! I didn’t have enough time to search for a safety pin, so my friend zip-tied my pants together. It looked ridiculous, but it saved me from a much more embarrassing situation!
What is your favorite life lesson
Throughout our journeys, we must be able to forgive ourselves and realize we are imperfectly beautiful. We don’t have to prove anything to anybody. We should live, strive to love, pursue our passions and stay soulful. Always Listen to your intuition. It will not lead you astray.
Some may think your crazy because you dream, you visualize your passions before they manifest, you count your blessings before you are blessed, but don’t let anyone take that away from your heart. Don’t lose your appetite for life’s wonders that exist because they are REAL and You are living proof.
Current music playlist and favorite book
Sade, Marvin Gaye, Amel Larrieux, Quadron, Al Green, Chaka Khan with Rufus, Flying Lotus, J Dilla, Ishe, Al Green, Thelonious Monk, Hall & Oates, Jesse Boykins, Cultura Profetica, A Tribe called Quest, Frank Ocean, Nikko Gray.
The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz
Favorite restaurant and dish you would not want to live without
Tikka Masala, Coconut Ceviche & fried green tomatoes
Do you have a blog/website?
On my flight to New York I met an older man who said to me, “Our ancestors play an important role today in your existence and if it wasn’t for their sacrifice you wouldn’t be here today and be honored with the gift to create, It is our responsibility in life to pursue our talents to the fullest extent & make every second count.”
Thank you Ladies for creating such an empowering blog that inspires women everywhere to embrace their natural beauty.
What makes you an Urban Bush Babe?
I am an Artist of Love.