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“Remind yourself, nobody built like you, you design yourself.”


/Editor's Note/:Kia is such a dope chic. I love her energy, her style and spirit. Plus she's hilarious! Such a #CurlSista! A pleasure to feature her : ) Psss, her Youtube vids are a must! xo.Joy.


Name/ It's the N-O, T-O, R-I, O...You can just call me Kia!   Age/  28   Background/ African American   Where do you live?  Brooklynnnnnn!   What do you do? I'm a Wardrobe Stylist, Host, & YouTuber.


  How long have you been a natural gal? I was a transitioning natural for 3 years. I've been fully natural for about 1.5 years now.   What do you love about being natural? The compliments lol seriously, what girl doesn't love being complimented on her hair? As women we put a lot of effort into our hair and take great pride in it, to be complimented on something you devote hours to in a week is satisfying; all the work put in wasn't in vain. Sidebar:  You seriously can be in sweats and a t-shirt but that hair will be laid hunty!  I also appreciate the diverseness that my hair offers me. I know when I go outside there won't be anybody who looks like me. Above all, natural hair is liberating, I feel free!


 What's your hair regimen? I wash my hair every 2 weeks using Terressentials Lavender hair wash and condition/DC with Aubrey Organics GPB and Honeysuckle Rose conditioner. Right now I'm trying this new thing called “Protective Styling,” not sure if you ever heard of it but it’s awesome! I basically keep my hair in twists during the week, I massage my scalp with JBCO (Jamaican black castor oil) every other night and moisturize my ends using the LOC method. On the weekends, I take my twists out and do my signature braid-out using Giovanni Direct Leave-In Conditioner, grapeseed oil or Aveda Anti-Humectant Pomade, and lastly Curls Goddess Curl Gel.   Top 5 fave hair products?  Giovanni Direct Leave-In Conditioner Aubrey Organics GPB Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose conditioner Jamaican black castor oil Terressentials Lavender hair wash   How do you describe your fashion style? My style is all over the place. I pull inspiration from many different places, trends, & eras so naturally my style reflects that. I would say my style is a mix of 70's hippie x 90's sitcoms x homeless chic, throw in that Brooklyn edge & that's pretty much me!


  What are your fave stores to shop? I love thrifting, nothing makes me happier. I also love shopping at Urban Outfitters, but I don't always love their prices which is one of the reasons I got into DIY's.   Do you have a fave designer?  Beyoncé (when in doubt, just say Beyoncé).   One item you can't leave home without? *looks in purse* Random receipts   Fave things to do on the weekend? Thrift, make YouTube videos, catch up on shows I've DVR'd, go to Ikea and have a heart attack, read, attempt to organize my room then get distracted by some random occurrence, and of course sleep!


  Fave travel destinations? I would love to travel to Seattle, Tokyo, and Paris   What do you wish for? Success and enlightenment, like finally figuring out how to fold a fitted sheet correctly   Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Almost 33 years old...yikes!   What's some words of wisdom that you live by? A great poet by the name of Sean Carter once said, “Remind yourself, nobody built like you, you design yourself.” Take life into your own hands, speak it into existence and it shall come to pass. Be fearless, be audacious, be great!


  What makes you smile? Food   Random fact: I snort when I's gross and obnoxious I know   Where can our readers find you? @TheNotoriousKIA on pretty much every social media platform, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Polyvore, etc. etc.


Dope. Thanks, Kia!

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