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Interview with Nicole Hayden

Nicole Hayden

You recently competed and won the title of Ms. Kentucky Plus America 2014. What was that experience like? Simply amazing! Winning the crown of Miss Kentucky Plus America 2014 helped bring attention to issues that affect curvy women and young girls positively. The pageant allowed me to meet other inspiring women who share the same experiences as me. A sisterhood was formed, and that is something I look forward to while competing for the title of Miss Plus America 2014 coming up this July.

You are a spokesperson for Curvy Girls Workout Too. Explain your passion for health and fitness.
Curvy Girls Workout Too, is a a fitness  and support group for women of curves. Be Confident! Be Beautiful! Be You is my motto. Educating on nutrition and celebrating the fact that Curvy Girls Workout Too, we focus on women who want to get healthy, look and feel good, and be fashionable while working out. After recently losing 30 pounds I made a commitment to myself that I would help inspire women who look like me, but just may need that extra push to go to gym and give them the support needed. We also have Curvy Girl Workout Too fitness apparel that can be worn in and outside the gym. Check it out #curvygirlsworkouttoo

What inspired you to create Friends of Nicole?
Friends of Nicole was something my colleagues and business partners used to say to me jokingly. They would refer to me as the “Networking Guru”. After being in the entertainment business for several years and being a serial entrepreneur, I’ve meet a lot people along the way. I am passionate about connecting with others, and being the link through which many business relationships form. I thoroughly enjoy entrepreneurship and helping women achieve meaningful success through creativity, passion, and talent. I love to see others reach their full potential, specializing in fashion, beauty, entertainment, fitness and lifestyle! So, I created Friends of Nicole, a go-to network for helping entrepreneurs NETWORK with key contacts faster and teaching businesses how to tap into their inner-genius, build businesses, conduct and brand themselves professionally, through public relations and creating a lifestyle they love.

What qualities do you believe are most important as a role model?
Being able to show your passion and the ability to inspire others. As Booker T. Washington once said, “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which one has overcome.” A role model should be able to show others that they can to overcome ANY obstacle with God on theirside.

How can people support you in your quest for the national Miss Plus America title?
If you would like support me and follow me on my journey to compete in the National Miss Plus America Pageant you can visit:
Facebook page at Ms Kentucky Plus America 2014 -

If you would like to donate or help sponsor Nicole Hayden on her journey

Follow Nicole: @friendsofnicole, #friendsofnicole,

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ROTC Interview with Go Natural! Hair Salon


Go Natural Group

As Louisville’s premiere natural hair salon, what sets Go Natural! Salon and Boutique apart?

What sets Go Natural! Salon and Boutique apart is our ability to style any hair type.  Our stylists are trained and well-versed in various hair textures, but our specialty is natural hair.  We do not just focus on straightening curls, but also on enhancing clients’ natural curls!  Also, we strive to maintain a professional and relaxing environment for our clients, and provide online booking for our clients’ convenience.

What are some of the most common services your natural clients seek at your salon?

Flat twists and two-strand twists are two commonly requested styles.  The great thing about these styles is that they can withstand humidity or rainy days, they can last awhile (1-2 weeks), they can transition into other styles (flat twistouts and two-strand twistouts), and they are great protective styles for those seeking to grow their hair.  Additionally, flat twists are a great style for those transitioning from relaxed to natural hair.

What is the most common problem that your natural hair clients face when they come into the salon?

The most common problem is dehydration.  Dryness can be attributed to a number of factors, and there are many solutions as well.  One of the benefits of seeking the help of a hair professional is that we can assess the condition of your hair and determine the best course of action to correct the problem and restore the health of your hair.

What hair tools/products do you recommend to your clients?

The most recommended item is a steam treatment.  Steaming improves scalp blood flow circulation and opens the hair follicles and shaft, encouraging deeper moisture penetration.  For our clients suffering from dry hair, a steam treatment is often part of the solution.

Cutting natural hair in its natural or straighten state – What is your opinion? Are heat and straightening necessary to achieve the best trim and/or hair cut?

If a client has waited more than 8 or 10 weeks to get a trim, a blow out and shaping is suggested to make sure all dead hair is removed without taking off unnecessary length. If the client is getting a trim within 6 to 8 weeks, a blow out is not needed.

Contact Go Natural! Hair Salon:

Go Natural! Salon and Boutique
Your Premier Provider of Natural Hair Services, Products and Education
813 Lyndon Lane, Suite B
Louisville, KY 40222
(502) 749-3334

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ROTC Interview with Haley of Derby City Naturals




Why did you create Derby City Naturals?

I created Derby City Naturals as a place where people from Louisville wanting more information about going natural could find it all in one place. To rely on our collective knowledge and expertise concerning products, stylist, methods, etc., as well as support for one another along our journey.

What do you think is Louisville’s best kept secret?

Louisville’s best kept secret is probably Go Natural Boutique. People are still unaware that we have a natural hair store right here in our city and that many of the popular brands that are only available online are found right across town.

What has been your most valuable experience as a blogger?

My most valuable experience as a blogger has been helping someone who is struggling with their hair.  Many women have come to me in tears from frustration and I have been able to help them along this journey. It is more than just hair; I have helped build confidence, provided a safe place and a network.  That makes it all worth it.

What are your favorite hair care products?

My favorite hair care products? Well, how much time do Ihave? I love Curls, Jessicurl, Thank God I’m Natural, Shea Moisture and Pura Body Naturals. All of these products are in current rotation in my bathroom presently. There are a lot of great brands out now so it is hard to pick a favorite.

What can attendees expect to hear from you at the Curls Around World Tour – Louisville?

I am so happy that Curls Around the World Tour is coming back for a second year. This year I am going to talk about the truth of being natural. We will discuss my successes and failures over the past 6 years, how being natural is a personal journey, also help set up a hair regimen.

Follow Haley at @DerbyCityNaturals and

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ROTC Interview with MissKen K

Kenn K


You started your YouTube channel in 2013 and have amassed over 24K followers. To what do you attribute your success? What have you learned in the process?

This has been a very exciting year on YouTube.  First I’d have to say that I attribute a large portion of my success to my subscribers.  They have been so very supportive of me. I mean, after all, they gave me the push I needed to jump out there and make these videos.   Secondly, my creativity.  I love to experiment and try different things with my hair and I think my subscribers appreciate that.  Throughout this process I have learned to just be myself and let me personality shine.  Oh, and I can’t forget, I also learned how to edit! lol.

What would be your advice to other aspiring vloggers?

My biggest advice to aspiring vloggers is if you have a passion, dream or vision that you genuinely love and enjoy, just go for it.  There’s nothing like doing something you love and being successful at it.  Be yourself!  Allow yourself to make mistakes along the way, this makes you human.  Learn to edit videos!  The better you get, the more your followers and subscribers will appreciate you.

Your hair and makeup are always flawless. Have you ever received formal cosmetology training? 

Thank you!  I took up cosmetology in jr. high school as a part of a two- year program my school offered.  Sadly, I had to move away and only completed 1 year.  The only thing I really learned during that time was how to color and roller set my hair LOL.

What inspires your personal style?

I have ALOT of inspirations for my personal style because I like to switch it up based on my mood.  I absolutely love 80′s and 90′s looks. I work in a professional setting so business chic is also a style I rock most of the time.  Classy is always my choice, whether it’s sexy or comfy!!

What products do you use most on your color-treated hair?

I have a collection of staple products for my hair.  Since my hair is color-treated I do utilize the eggs, honey and mayo in my fridge quite often for a good deep condition.  I absolutely love Palmers coconut oil formula with Vitamin E Protein Pack.  This product really replenishes and restores my hair because as you know, color has a tendency to dry the hair out. Olive oil is my fav oil to use as well!

Follow MissKen K: @misskendrak and

How to Test Products for Compatibility

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Hi Queens!

In this post I will share with you how to do a quick, simple and easy test for product compatibly before using products in your hair. Some of us may have experienced those annoying and unsightly white flakes and residue in our hair after doing what we thought was an awesome styling combination; only to be let down. With this easy test you’ll be able to better avoid those nasty white flakes and achieve those great results as expected.

To start I will show you a great product combination for great texture and definition with two amazing products! – Oh So Natural Whipped Crème Brulee and Eco Styler Olive oil Gel! The Whipped crème brulee is an all natural shea butter based hair cream that will give hair moisture and nourishment while the eco styler gel will add hold and definition without crunch and flakes!

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How to:

  1. Swipe a little of each product in palm of hand

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2. Begin blending and mixing the two together

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a. If products blend with a creamy consistency with no lumps and clumps then this is a GO!

b. If products begin to clump, lump and get tacky this is a NO; will most likely leave white flakes and residue in hair

Here is a video clip on a bad combination to compare the difference between good and bad product combinations.


China Ashleigh, CEO Oh So Natural

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5 Ways to Extend Your Natural Hair Style

One question that I get asked a lot is ‘how can I make my twist-out/braid-out last longer?’  I can totally understand why.  Who wants to spend all day washing and styling, and all night waiting for it to dry, and only get one day out of the style?  Not me!  So what are some ways to make that hair style last throughout the week?  Here are 5 ways that I do it.

  1. Satin bonnet or pillowcase.  Satin is actually not a fiber, but the way fibers (like silk, cotton, polyester) are woven.  Satin has a smooth finish that keeps your hair in place without causing frizz and dryness while you sleep.  For shorter hair, a satin bonnet is perfect.  But I’ve found that because my hair is long, a bonnet can smash my hair down.  So I prefer a satin pillowcase.  Not to mention it preserves my sexy at night.  After being married 14 years, my husband appreciated this.

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    My dog loves my satin pillowcase

  2. Pineapple method.  Pineappling involves securing your hair at the very top of your head, so that your curls are out of the way while you sleep.  For those with loose curls and longer hair, a ponytail holder works fine.  But if you have kinkier texture, I’ve found that using a satin scarf to secure my hair works best and here’s a video showing how I do it.  If your hair is short and kinky, this method may not work for you.
  3. Large individual twists.  Re-twisting your hair in about 8 or so large twists keeps your hair stretched and helps maintain the wave pattern from the original style.  You can extend the style without completing redoing your hair.

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    Loose Bantu knots

  4. Loose Bantu knots.  I’ve found this very effective for extending and stretching my wash-n-go style were I’ve just defined my curls.  Because they are loose, it doesn’t disturb my curl pattern but keeps my hair stretched.  This is also a great option for adding soft curls to straightened hair.
  5. Large flat twists.  This works just like the individual twists, but you can do less twists and cover the same ground.

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Have you tried any of these ways to extend your hair style?

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How Often Should You Trim Your Tresses?

Posted by: KingKelsie

There’s always been some form of controversy when it comes to “dusting” those ends. You’ll find stylist that say you need to come in every 3 months for a proper trim. Others, every 4-6 months but the truth is… you need to go when YOU need to go. Not only is everyone’s hair texture different but hair care as well.  There are those who may not know that taking care of your ends is a vital part of your hair care regiment and in turn,  trimming may be need more if not done properly; every 3 months and vice versa.

Personally, I trim once a year; every 8 months. Every 3 or 4 months I will “dust” my ends; the process of going through each strand of hair and snipping off possible split ends and knots. My hair grows a little over an inch every month, due to my regiment of weekly scalp massages, and catering to my ends. Not only am I able to stimulate growth, but retain length as well.

Jamaican Black Castor has been a Holy Grail for me since I first started the Castor Oil Growth challenge in mid 2013. In half a year I was able to grow my hair from right above the chest to bra strap length. I never knew my hair could grow so fast. What did I do? I increased my use of Castor (Cold pressed, cold proccessed) and Jamaican Black Castor Oil in these areas: Pre-poo treatments (massaging into the scalp), deep conditioning (regular cold pressed castor oil), styling the hair (only dispersed on scalp and sealed ENDS with the oil), and twisting in the middle of the week (JBCO massaged on scalp and sealed ENDS).

Not only is JBCO great for stimulating growth but it enables fewer split ends, which cause the time between trims to increase, stimulating growth and retaining length. So ultimately, YOU determine how often you need to trim by your personal hair care regiment. Do your research. Learn and Love your Hair!

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Self Confidence and Your Natural Hair Journey

By Samantha of Kinky Coily Love

For those of us who big chopped or transitioned, you can relate to the time when you were so excited that you cut your hair. For some of us there was unconditional support from family and friends, the rest of us weren’t so lucky. You watched tons of Youtube videos and read blogs about natural haired women, like yourself and you expected everyone to love your hair as much as the people in their comments section loved theirs, and then the shock came– not everyone would love your hair as you do and you have to be prepared for that. Be ready to be bombarded with questions about what you will do with your hair and if it is enough to be “presentable” ,  but what is most important isn’t your answer to those questions, it’s how you feel on the inside. Confidence is extremely contagious, if you carry yourself with confidence people will notice and won’t be as quick to insult you. Whether or not they do, isn’t your fault anyway, it’s theirs. If you are happy with your journey, continue and don’t let anyone get you down, if you’re not happy with your journey find natural ways to be happier and more confident. When you love your hair and take care of it , it will show, and the people who once ridiculed you may even end up loving your hair as much as you did when you cut it. Below is a picture of my progress within a year of my last hair cut, the experiences I’ve had with people and my hair have progressed immensely within that one year because of maintaining my confidence.

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Three Reasons to Love Lupita Nyong’o by Kelli Neche’ of Notorious Styles

If you haven’t heard the name Lupita Nyong’o by now then you must be living under a rock because she has officially been donned the hottest woman on the planet!

Whether you rooted for her at the Oscars to you thought she was dating Jared Leto, you had to admire at least something about the way she glided through each photographer’s camera snap to how her seemingly flawless skin shimmered and glistened. She always looks so STUNNING!

Here are three quick reasons why you should definitely fall in love with Lupita Nyong’o.


She’s won 27 awards with her first major acting role.

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Her fashion choices are undeniable. Have you ever known anyone to look good in EVERY color???

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Her self acceptance.

A lot of little girls struggle growing up when their skin is a darker complexion because  they are made to feel less pretty because they aren’t the shade of Beyoncé’ or  looked like the girls with the long hair and green eyes. Our little girls are ashamed of who they are and we are somewhat responsible. It is our duty as their predecessors to make them feel beautiful in any and every shade. Period.

The color of your skin will not and does not determine your destiny or who you choose to be.

Darker skin doesn’t make you less intelligent any more than lighter skin makes you automatically flawless.

Lupita and her success proves that. She wasn’t the first and we have to make sure that she won’t be the last.

“No matter where you’re from, you’re dreams are valid.”

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Curly Spiral Sets on Natural Hair

By SheRea of My Thrifted Closet

When I first went natural, I almost threw out my rollers (I was the dubie wrap/roller set queen in my relaxed days), but something told me to hold on to them. Now, at three years natural, curly spiral sets (roller sets, perm rod sets, curlformers, etc.) are some of my favorite styles. They are more involved than a regular braid out and twist out but the results are beautiful. If you subscribe to my channel on Youtube, I accomplish a bunch of different curls, however there are some tools/products that you will need regardless of the style.

These items are:

1. Leave In Conditioner

2. Oil/Butter (to both seal the hair and lessen frizz during the take down process)

3. Styler (I prefer a foam and my favorite is the Beautiful Textures Curl Definer Mousse, but you can use gel)

4. Clips (to section the hair)

5. Combs/brushes (optional, I only used my fingers)

That’s it! That is all you need to achieve BOMB curly sets. Don’t believe me? Check out my videos below!

Perm Rod Set

Roller Set

Braid and Curl

Twist and Curl


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