Natural hair YouTube guru and blogger Jenell Stewart “aka” BlakIzBeautyful is one of the popular natural hair gurus on Youtube. On her Channel, she brings amazing tutorials sharing her talent, energetic personality, experience and knowledge of natural with her subscribers “aka” loves. She shares her continuing hair journey, product reviews, hair advice, makeup and beauty tips, giveaways, and much more. Her alluring personality continues to contribute to her growing following of nearly 30,000.
It was such a pleasure speaking with Jenell. She is very energetic and full of life. She gave me some awesome hair tips for my curly hair. She is truly a educator. Rather you are natural or thinking about becoming natural, you will love her videos, blog and many social media outlets. I believe in empowering women. It’s important for all women to learn to love and except them self’s. It’s freeing!Jenell Stewart was born in Staten Island New York. Her mother moved to Rhoda Island when she was five. She grew up in Rhode Island and later graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelors of the Arts in Political Science and Philosophy followed by a Masters in Special Education from Brooklyn College. She became a teacher and taught special needs children for a few years in the public school systems. Jenell later worked for the state with special needs infants for a few years.
Jenell Stewart, the founder and editor in chief of
Q. How did you start Kinky Curly Coily Me?A. When I first decided to go natural in 2010 there wasn’t anyone in my family or circle of friends that were natural. My cousin talked me into going natural. I told her that with our African hair that wouldn’t be cute. When I thought about being natural I always envisioned Hispanic women or biracial women with natural curly hair or Caucasian woman with curly hair. I never thought of someone who was African or black going natural because, when I did see black women natural the hair looked un-kept and ruff, coarse. I just didn’t see many women that wore their Afro texture and look nice. I was very negative and ignorant to natural hair. After she showed me some YouTube videos, I was intrigued and I spent countless hours watching. I then realized that allot of women were going natural and their hair was beautiful had grown to lengths I’ve never known. A week later we did the big chop together. I bought many hair books. I was just enamored with the natural hair thing. I hadn’t heard of it and I was 25. I had to get it out. So I started blogging about my experience and discoveries, sharing pictures, facts, and tips, and my different hairstyles. Kinky Curly Coily Me consist of a network a Facebook fan page, YouTube, Twitter, Meet up Group, and Instagram. It’s no longer just a dairy of my journey. KCCM is now an online hair care and lifestyle magazine with a staff of writers, bloggers and hair care experts from Shea Moisture, Jane Carter, Karen’s Body Beautiful, and more. We feature celebrity interviews, stylist and etc. Q. What project are you working on for 2013? A. In 2013 we are taking Dinner with the CurlFriends on the road. Dinner with the CurlFriends is a KCCM branded event that happens monthly. We meet in a restaurant and I usually have a group of 60 women in New York and 150 on the road, depending on the size of the venue. We meet we greet and we eat. We always have awesome sponsors everyone gets a curl bag with a full size product. It’s a great sisterhood and networking. We are traveling to LA, Chicago, Atlanta Philly and Huston. Jenell currently lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. with her son and husband. She dedicates most of her free time educating and uplifting women with kinky, curly, coily natural hair. She dreams of traveling around the world sharing her story and motivating women to embrace their natural beauty. In 2013 she plans on traveling more and attending more major events. Also continuing to grow the brand and elevate the KCCM website and to become one of the leading hair care sites that women refer to, along with bringing brands together and growing the natural hair community. Q. What is your favorite natural hair care line? A. Shea Mositure is my favorite line. Q. Do you have a favorite video that you’ve done. A. Yes, I have two. My curls are not like hers and My relaxer never grew past.