As a natural one of the first things you will discover as a tool to assist you with your journey will be YouTube. I know because just four months before I was sitting where you are. No clue as to what to do, but determined to continue the natural hair journey. I had one advantage though I had “real-life” or rather people I knew as hair idols who introduced me to her inspirations on YouTube (same lady featured in my hair typing entry as type 3 hair model). One of the first Vloggers I came across on YouTube is the infamous Taren916.
Taren916 is a natural hair blogger, vlogger, entrepreneur and more. Some quick facts about Taren916: she is of bi-racial race; she has three children, is a single mother, and resides in New York. The thing that I like most about Taren is the fact that her videos are easy to follow, fun to listen to, and very informative. I also love the fact that she has content, a TON of content (I know, I know I should probably take note). Taren916 also does not just focus on her natural hair journey but instead she focuses on the whole person and the entire transitioning process. Taren has a mixture of type 3b/3c curls that are absolutely beautiful but will definitely make you jealous after about five minutes of looking at them, rapidly falling in love! Trust me I know!
Taren is funny, lively, and definitely talkative, but again the information is so through that anyone looking/listening to her videos will probably not have any questions when they finish the video. She also does reviews on make-up and various other products even wigs; as well as tutorials on how she applies her make-up, style her twist-ups or conditions and treat her hair, plus much more. Now for those who are NOT type 3 it is still beneficial to watch her reviews to learn about products and even to see how they react on her hair so that you have a full spectrum of information to relay on when purchasing products. As far as credibility goes I also believe Taren916 has covered this by extensively researching some of the top hair salons in New York, participating in many blog interviews, accurately journaling her hair journey, working and learning with other natural sistas, and much more in order to learn as much as she can and be as accurate as possible with the information she puts out.
Taren also has created a brand for herself through this natural hair journey which is an inspiration for many in itself. I am including a few pictures from a Google search, a link to an interview, and some other links to her YouTube channel as well as her Twitter account. Final recommendation: CHECK the girl OUT! =) You’ll like her, I promise…for those still wanting other types they are coming so don’t worry. =)