Originally published October 2016 on MyStoryBOTB. I have to say, this content aged better than my selfies.
Last week in our very first Hair and Now (a repeating segment which comes out on Fridays if I remember to publish it), MYStory BOTB brought you the Ten Commandments of Natural Hair. While I religiously(pun intended) follow commandment 10 (Thou shalt not idolize YouTubers), there are few things I love more than watching a Vlogger beat the hell out of her face, slay a frontal, or disclose a new technique.
Most naturals know about hair vloggers with huge followings like @Naptural85 and @NappyFu. But with hundreds of would-be QueenB’s on the internets, separating help from hype can seem harder than becoming fluent in French through DuoLingo (still at 7% :-().
With millions of vloggers out there, who has time to discover new faces?
My company, Golden Goddess Cosmetics, specializes in natural hair and skincare. So I am always looking for the latest tips, tricks, and techniques to keep my hair on #slay, day after day, after day. Over the past six months I have discovered some awesome Youtubers whose innovation and execution are so consistently flawless that they are well on their way to becoming goddesses in their own right.
This week in Hair and Now, I am excited to share with you some of the best vloggers you’ve never heard of.
Who’s on Deck: Up and coming vlogs worth their weight in gold
The DIY Divas: recipes, regrowth, and results
Felicia Mesadieu: Whether you’re looking to regrow edges or breathe life into your curls with a hot oil treatment, Felicia’s got you covered. Click the link above for her YouTube channel or follow her on IG @FeliciaMesadieu.
Kharyzma4u: I am a huge fan of DIY products because of the benefits they provide for natural hair. Many YouTubers skimp on ingredients, but not Kharyzma4u. Not only does she use the purest ingredients available, she also takes the time to educate viewers on the benefits that those ingredients provide — all while keeping her videos fun and relatively short. She’s the Bill Nye of DIY. Click the link above for her YouTube channel or follow her on IG @kharyzma4u.
Praise Onaturals: This Ghanaian soon-to-be-sensation has the healthiest hair I have seen in a long time. Her DIY deep conditioner recipe changed my life, and I could listen to her soothing accent all day. Click the link above for her YouTube channel or Like her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/praise.onaturals
The Innovators: wigs, weaves, and crochet techniques
AbsolutelyErica: Erica is the queen of all things Kanekalon. Her creative use of wigs and braid hair is such an inspiration, we should be writing sonnets about it. Instead, we’ll just tell you to Click the link above for her YouTube channel or follow her on IG @Absolutely_Erica
JazzNicole: If you haven’t heard of her yet, I guarantee you will have before the end of the year. JazzNicole is the innovator behind the individual crochet method you see me sporting below. Her tutorials are short and easy to follow, and I personally am eternally grateful to her for shaving six hours off my faux loc install time. Click the link above for her YouTube channel or follow her on IG @queen.jazznicole.
EyeDareU TV: You won’t believe how natural crochets can look until you check out EyeDareU TV’s YouTube channel. If you’re seeking inspiration, check out her transformation Tuesdays series. I’ve already found three styles I can’t wait to try out. Click the link above for her YouTube channel or follow her on IG @DareShawnMUA.
SHIA Beauty: Have you ever wanted to learn how to make a wig in twenty minutes? Well, obviously. SHIA Beauty serves up fun, funky, and fast wig tutorials that even my eight year old niece could follow. And dont even get me started on her lipstick game. Click the link above for her YouTube channel and beg her to join IG. Come thru, Queen! Come thru.
Beautyby Smilez: I wish I had known about Beautyby Smilez when I was in my TWA phase. This black Brit beauty is the undisputed queen of ‘fake it til you make it’. Her knotless crochets look like 4B blowouts. Her DIY braided wigs look like box braids. ‘Some people are saying’ that she’s the next Peakmill. Click the link above for her YouTube channel or follow her on IG @beautybysmilez.
The Tress Protectors: straight2curly, protective styles, head wraps
NoLyeNapturallyMe: Though she could easily fit into any section, I consider NoLye to be a Tress Protector beaucse she always goes above and beyond by choosing styles that not only look amazing and supernatural, but also allow her to protect her fine natural hair. Click the link above for her YouTube channel or like her page at Facebook.com/NoLyeNapturallyMe.
JShanee: We 4C Chicks have to stick together! JShanee knows all about your shrinkage struggles, definition dilemmas, and growth goals. Plus her skin is so flawless it’s clear she has been personally blessed by the melanin gods (#nofilterneeded) Click the link above for her YouTube channel and ask her to get on IG — the world needs more JShanee!
SwanPro: SwanPro knows a thousand ways to tie a Gele. Her channel mainly focuses on makeup and bridal beauty, but her easy to follow Nigerian headwrap tutorials can transform anyone from Nubian inspired newbie to Nollywood Royalty. Click the link above for her YouTube channel or visit her site at http://swanprofessionals.com.
Tina Marie78: Tina Marie proves that it is possible to have healthy natural hair after dyeing. Her protective styles are simple and her videos are short and sweet. Click the link above for her YouTube channel.
The Curl Enhancers: Perfect stretched sets, wash and gos, twistouts and braidouts
CoachShaunie: She’s four years post big chop and has bra-strap length hair. Her wash and go’s are on point, but her simple, sophisticated protective styles are what made me click subscribe. Click the link above for her YouTube channel or follow her on IG @CoachShaunie.
EleanorJ’adore: It could be the accent, but I actually feel classier when watching EleanorJ’adore’s videos. Whether she’s rocking a fluffed out fro, flat twists, or a wash and go, she always looks red carpet ready and has plenty of tips and tricks that will help keep your coils perfectly coiffed. Don’t hate her ’cause she’s beautiful… and has perfect hair… and eyebrows… and that not-quite-British South African accent… I said don’t hate! Appreciate by clicking the link above for her YouTube channel or follow her on IG @eleanorjadore.
LenaLoveCurls!: I wish Lena would post videos more often, but she’s like the Steely Dan of natural hair vloggers — only hits, never misses. From heatless curls to stretched sets, LenaLoveCurls! #slays. Click the link above for her YouTube channel.
The Mini-me Makers: Kids curls need love too!
CherishMyDaughter: If you like videos without a lot (or any) chatter, you’ll love Cherish’s short and sweet kids styling vids. Click the link above for her YouTube channel or follow her on IG @cherishmydaughter.
Glamour Kids Braids: From age appropriate sew-ins for teens to Caramel treatments for two year olds, Miss Shawna of Glamour Kids Braids keeps your little one’s locks looking lovely. She also has a testimonial video from a Dad on there that will warm even the coldest of hearts. Click the link above for her YouTube channel.
3NaturalSistas: is a kids style channel that is actually run by kids. The page is new, but these young ladies have already featured two amazing back to school styles for elementary aged naturals. Click the link above for their YouTube channel.
Whether you’re a natural noob or a seasoned textured-tress slayer, these vloggers are sure to inspire, enlighten, and elevate your style to the next level. I hope you enjoyed reading this piece as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Which up and coming vloggers do you want the world to know about? Let us know in the comments below!
Author’s note: I intentionally chose vloggers who had between 1 and 5,000 subscribers at the time of original publication. With the exception of 3NaturalSistas, all of these vlogs are still active, and many are big name influencers.