This week's CHIC is Briana Strong! You can find Briana slaying in Worcester, Massachusetts! Briana's style varies from a sporty CHIC look, to a tailored to prefection look, sometimes classy in red, or maybe edgy in all black! Briana is hands down one of the most diverse fashionistas! She never disappoints when it comes to her style. She has transformed her look with her short black cut that has a style of it's own! Check out what Briana had to say about her personal style and natural hair journey!
1. How long have you been natural? Did you transition or big chop?
have been a natural since I was able to style and do my own hair. At the age of fourteen my mother wanted to try something different with my hair. I have always had big, curly hair! My mother decided to bring me to a hair salon to have my hair permed. For me, it was the very first time ever witnessing my hair very straight and smooth. After my first perm I started to notice dry and damaged hair. However I liked the state of my hair being straight, so I continued to have my hair permed. Eventually I did not like the hard brittle condition the perm left my hair in. My curls were ruined my Afro was not fro'ing! I had to do something about this situation. I had my very first big chop in the fall of 2011. Come to find out that it would not be my last big chop! My hair started to grow in beautifully and fully! Since then I have stayed far away from perms.
2. How would you describe your hair texture?
I would describe my hair texture as a 3b. My hair is very thick and sometimes my hair texture can be somewhat coarse. I have curls and a few spirals. My curls are much more defined towards the end of my hair rather than the root.
3. What is your go to style and how do you maintain it?
have a few "go to styles" my favorite style is a ponytail/Mohawk type of situation. I maintain this look by applying Shea Moisture Creme Smoothie every two days or so to the curls within the ponytail and also the curls that are not within the ponytail. I would usually keep this style in for a good four days or so, redoing the ponytail if need be.
4. What are your problem areas if any and how are you working to combat them?
My problem area I would say is wearing my hair out on hot, humid summer days. My hair becomes very frizzy and brittle battling the summer heat. I've come to realize that on days such as these, I'll either twists my hair and wear it as that or I'll do a simple bun to not dry out the moisture in my hair.
5. What do you love most about being natural?
I love everything about being natural! I love displaying who I am through my hair, sometimes I feel as though my hair has a personality of its own! I love trying new styles out. I love that there is so much natural hair inspiration out there ( via FB, IG, Twitter, Tumblr, Blogs ) it is truly amazing! I love that we "naturalistas" stick together and can give advice as well as receive advice! We Rock!!!
6. What are your top 3 hair products?
My top three hair products are Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, Herbal Essence Curl Boosting Mousse and Organix Moroccan Argan Oil.
7. How would you describe your personal style?
I would describe my personal style as versatile and literally everywhere. I love weird looking patterns and designs, I also love "Plain Jane" looking items. I love bright, exciting colors however I love the color black as well. If I had to choose a word I would choose the word underrated.
8. What are your favorite clothing stores?
My favorite clothing stores are H&M, Target, Burlington Coat Factory, Marshall's and Forever21.
9. Who are your favorite celebrity fashionistas?
My favorite celebrity fashionistas are Chrisette Michele, Zendaya, Tia Mowry, Solange, Rihanna and Tracee Ellis Ross.
10. What is the most worn piece in your closet?
The most worn piece in my closet are my Uggs. I throw them on almost everyday.
11. What is your favorite fall/winter trend?
My favorite fall/winter item trend is oversized sweaters and scarves and wool socks. I love to layer.
12. What would you say is your most prized item in your closet? Is it a vintage charm you found thrifting, or a designer splurge?
My most prized item in my closet as of right now are my black suede thigh high boots. I got them about two weeks ago and I have been in love with them ever since!
13. Where do you draw your style inspiration from?
I draw my style inspiration from celebrity style pics, fashionistas on Instagram/Facebook and magazines.
14. Since you are obviously a ChicNaturalista what would be a bit of fashion advice for our readers?
Your style is your style. Do not let anyone or anything dictate what you should or should not wear. Be confident in who you are! I am 5 feet tall, one hundred pounds, and a cup, a size zero in jeans and I have just as much confidence as Beyoncé! Lol. What I am saying is that there is only one of YOU in this world, so leave YOUR mark. There were plenty of times I was asked "what are you wearing?" Or laughed at for what I was wearing. I did not let that affect who I was because once you know who you are, nothing can worry, disturb or upset you! Why fit in with everyone else? When you can stand out for expressing who you really are through what you wear! Be your own definition of style and fashion but remain humble in doing so. Stay classy and graceful! & remember a great color lip can change your whole outfit!
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