KODI Design's William 'Cody' Dagen IV, HBN Contributor from Chicago (Photographer/Videographer) interviews Deja
KODI Designs William 'Cody' Dagen IV, HBN Contributor from Chicago (Photographer/Videographer) interviews UIC Student Dominique Cherry
I’m a Communications major (University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana). I’ve been natural for two and a half years now. I can definitely say that my natural hair journey has been a process in the making. I’m still learning new things about my hair everyday. As a Chicago gal, it can be pretty challenging for me to manage my hair since there could literally be four seasons in a day! I usually rock an Afro puff with a decorative head scarf and a pair of gaudy earrings as my go-to style.
My ultimate goal is to really learn the chemistry of my natural hair. I continually deep condition my hair and use the two-strand twist method for sealing moisture before I go to bed at night. I’m always looking forward to using new products while keeping a simple hair regimen. I truly enjoy the versatility and the freedom of being a natural.
Outside of being a natural, I aspire to pursue a career within the art industry and media relations. My hobbies include painting, photography, videography, reading and being a complete movie buff.
Collaboration with KODI Designs William 'Cody' Dagen IV, HBN Contributor from Chicago (Photographer) and Multi-Talented Omani
Living a busy and fast paced life, working as an actor,classically trained vocalists,model and full time student majoring in lingusitics, I have never had a problem making time to change up my hair style. I have always had a love for natural hair,especially growing up with my mother who has always had beautiful long thick natural hair that touched her back. After a couple years of using "the creamy crack", I decided to uncover the real me. After doing "the big chop" and letting my hair grow for a year, curls unleashed! To my suprise my natural hair is curly and very managable. I love my natural hair because its flexible. I can wear a fro - hawk one day and wear it curly the next. I have a very simple routine; wake and go. My haircut every two weeks to maintain my mohawk and a once a week deep conditioner makes life easier during the week. If Grace Jones were here,she would give me cudos.
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Omani Ade Harris
Collaboration with William 'Cody' Dagen IV, HBN Contributor from Chicago (Photographer) and Nathan Miller, (Artist)
I can’t count the amount of times I’ve been called Basquiat, the New York bred neo-expressionist from the 70’s/80’s art scene. Though I admire him as an artist, I was not aware of who he was until I had this hair, walked into a gallery opening, and someone called me his name. However, my natural hairstyle wasn’t inspired by him, actually it wasn’t inspired by anything, it just happened. I spent a year in London in 2011 and I was really looking to do and try some new things and “define” myself (if that makes sense) while I was there, so I decided to grow out my hair. I didn’t want to do something like an Afro or braids/locks, so I just let my hair do it’s own thing. When I would get out the shower, I towel dried my hair in a circular motion, being as my hair is naturally curly, I thought I was enhancing it somehow. Eventually, my hair took up this free form LOC style and I’ve been growing it out ever since. However, I did cut off one inch (which I regretted) in May of 2013. I’m letting that inch grow back.
My name is Nathan Miller, I am a 22-year-old visual artist, musician and writer studying and living in Chicago. Though my creative impulses are rooted in my training as a photographer (I’m studying Photography at the University of Illinois at Chicago) I don’t always make what would be considered “traditional” photographs, rather, much of the images I construct are abstracted through a process. I believe there are facets of photography that go beyond its surface; be it physically, philosophically, socially, artistically, metaphorically, theoretically, scientifically, spiritually, or anecdotally. My practice is concerned with finding out what is photography, in itself, and revealing it. My work, just like one’s hair, is an extension of me, looking at and internalizing it will reveal a lot about the way I see the world, and me.
Check out his photography: website: nathanamiller.com, www.tumblr.com/register/follow/nathanamiller, http://instagram.com/natealex90#
Chi Town Naturalist, Toya, and CEO of TBady Graphic Designs speaks to KODI Designs William 'Cody' Dagen IV, HBN Contributor from Chicago (Photographer)about her Natural Hair Journey....
My natural started with 3 big chops within 2 weeks. I kept letting fear step in. After not having a perm for 6 months & with braids, I decided no more creamy crack! I started not to like the slick thin hair anymore. I wanted a new look, I was turning 30 and needed a new beginning. The first cut was in the back so I could hide it. I got so excited about the bounce in my natural hair that on the next day I trimmed most of the perm off all over. After that week I still wasn't satisfied transitioning. The next thing I knew, I was in bathroom doing my OWN big chop. SATISFIED AND NEVER GOING BACK!