The Natural Hair Journey is not easy, nor is being a WOC in today's society.
You don't ever have to endure it alone once you connect with me!
My name is Donique J. I am a Registered Nurse, the owner of UnConventional by Donique J. and an Army Nurse Veteran! On the side I serve as the admin of a Facebook group called "Coil Game Matters." I noticed that a lot of women EMBRACE their natural hair and any challenges it presents in my group because of the immense amount of support that they receive from their Natural Hair Besties. A few years ago I witnessed the positive energy at a Women's Retreat and I automatically knew I wanted to host a Retreat for the Coily Queens in my group. I wanted to provide the support I was providing in my group, in person!
I have been "doing hair" since before I could remember. I learned how to braid before I was in the 2nd grade. Hair has been my passion since then!!
After 5th grade I took on the responsibility of taking care of my own hair. Of course it had its challenges, but I was able to style and manage my own hair. Once I started rocking my own braids and other styles to school others wanted me to do their hair.
Naturally, I made it my side hustle in High School and College.
I love EVERYTHING about natural hair. I always desired to have "curly" hair growing up. I never knew that my hair type was naturally coily because all I had been exposed to were relaxers. When did you realize that you had naturally coily hair? If you have known your whole life.... You are blessed!!
I have returned natural about 3 years this time. I returned natural in 2014, but that was short lived because of my military career and lack of knowledge of protective styling. At the end of my military career I knew one of the first things I would do was return natural again and I DID!! I haven't looked back since. I cannot imagine ever putting those chemicals in my hair again. I don't judge those who do still relax their hair, but I was taught "when you know better you do better." Another thing I did was pledged not to lighten my hair again because of the chemicals and the process. I want to have the most natural and healthy journey I can. I love to experiment with my hair so not lightening is a challenge, but I'm holding strong. I have tried almost every style you can think of! If you have questions about a style or product 8 times out of 10, I can assist you. If I can't I have 2400+ Queens in my FB group that can help you out. If you're interested in joining us click here.
I hope to meet you at my 2021 Natural Hair Retreat where we will be Embracing Our Roots!