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Angela Clay Editor in Chief

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Contributors Heather Hayes Pia M. Murray Natural Review Cover: Ruth Nkemontoh shot by Tom Boehme


Second Helpings A letter from Angela Clay, Editor in Chief (pictured right)

Our second issue! WOW! After much thinking and debating we decided to launch our second issue. In the Pacific Northwest we have long, drawn out, very grey and depressing winters. The creative juices seem to hide behind the clouds along with the sun. What keeps me going of course is the Most High and my Natural Hair community. Seeing all of you designing fabulous earrings and brewing up batch after batch of wholesome goodness for our strands keeps me motivated. I was in the grocery store the other day and the clerk kept asking me a million and one questions about my hair. That was the moment I realized that

this magazine is more than secretly fulfilling my own Superego, but to support, teach and deliver a platform for the natural hair community.

women and our hair. Be sure to check out her interview, it’s RAW and naturally real.

Pia Murray from “The Kitchen Salon” has contributed several I have met some articles on D.I.Y. wonderful people products that come during my time in the straight from your magazine industry, kitchen. I was super like Ruth Nkemontoh, frustrated when I who is showcasing our went out to look for natural coif on our cover products that were this month. From our advertised being in one time meeting at an retail establishment or event put on by Jessica another and they weren’t Kane editor-in-chief there. So if you live in of Skorch Magazine in the middle of nowhere Portland, to now, it’s or in an area that does funny how much time not cater to the needs has lapsed. Ruth is of our hair then this traveling through the article is especially Ukraine and Europe at for you. Become a the moment and she has kitchen chemist and so many opportunities mix up your own lovely to train women from concoctions. That’s how different walks on black Carols Daughter was


started, so be inspired. Have you thought of starting your own business and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know where to start? Dawn Yerger is here to talk about her successful business Napturalite Radio. Dawnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s business and online group Naturalpreneur Central are dedicated to businesses that market to natural hair, ecofriendly lifestyles, and/or green/natural products, so be sure to connect with her if you have

ideas and need a place to seek out advice. In closing we at Liberated Strands would like to extend a big thank you for all of your support when we launched our Premier issue. The positive responses were touching and gave us more determination to continue onward.

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NATURAL DELIGHT Story: Angela Clay | @liberatingstyle Photos: Tom Fredericks Photography

The Natural Hair population is growing by leaps and bounds. One report states that the relaxer industry saw a seventeen percent decrease in 2010. The industry projects a bigger decline over the next five years. It makes me happy to see that Natural hair is being respected and embraced all over the globe. I have friends in the remotest parts of the world and they are educating and sharing information about our Natural roots. Here in this interview we catch Ruth Nkemontoh shot by the wonderful Tom Boehme traveling through the Ukraine. We are able to capture her thoughts and feelings of the people throughout her travels. Again, we are honored to have her grace the cover and the pages of Liberated Strands.


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LAY YOUR HAIR

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Remember when you did not have time to wash your hair in the shower but a friend was close by that could do it over the sink? We found two sisters who aren’t doing hair in the kitchen, but talk a good deal about their “hair church,” also known as a one of a kind bakery named Sweet Potato Sensations in Detroit. Liberated Strands was able to meet up with one of the sisters, Espy “Ettafly” Thomas, who chatted with us about the natural meet-ups that they hold.


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JEWEL Story: Angela Clay | @liberatingstyle Photo: Mike Mogul

As we become more involved in our Natural Hair journey we start to become â&#x20AC;&#x153;do it yourself â&#x20AC;? gurus. Even when it comes to our accessories we begin to dabble and play with making our own accessories, however there are artists out there like the Nzingha Jewelry line that is dedicated to designing beautiful one of a kind jewelry pieces to accent our manes.


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TOUCH Story: Joseph Young | @Joemyoung Photo: Courtsey of Numa Perrier

Gloves. It’s an accessory that holds a great deal of history and yet in today’s world of fast fashion and varying trends, a good pair of gloves may be hard to find. With her self-titled glove line, Numa Perrier creates custom, unique and beautiful designs that reach the pages of big-time fashion magazines and the hands of forward thinking fashion mavens all over. As someone who bucks the hipster chic trend, Numa prefers to exude a classic, elegant and distinctively feminine style of her own. As much as this magazine is about natural hair, and the women who choose to wear it, it’s about fashion and thinking outside the box. So it was a must that LS sit down with Numa to get a look into her world of gloved glamour.


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She is a trendsetter, knows how to make a statement, and creative beyond measure. Who am I talking about? Fashion Designer Jasmine Elder of JIBRI brings amazing and out of the box fashion to Plus Size Women. We love her bold prints and unique designs. I was able to talk to Jessica about JIBRI and see the new Fall Collection that will turn heads on any woman that wears them. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in store for a great interview.


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{ART}

POEM FOR NATURALS Composed by: The Writing Sister Photo: Veola Jolly Owner of Do You Naturally Holistic Natural Hair Salon


I’m six Wishing for hair Long, blonde Flowing, blowing in the air Wrapping a towel ‘Round my nappy head Running outside It’s my hair instead I believe my game That me and white girls Look the same Then the towel comes apart Afro puff up to the stars And tears, those tears, how they smart Now I wear my Afro proudly It’s as though I’m shouting loudly If you wonder ‘bout my color Check my hair no need to wonder Jealousy is a hot-comb 5"11"#*&1,,&6,#*&,#&1)$&32!$ Of an old, gas stove Copper burning red Strands of hair in its teeth, melting Smoke rising Stinking up the kitchen Mamma yelling “You gon’ burn the house down!” Watching it glow anyway


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The Huetiful hair steamer has been designed to meet the demands that our natural tresses call for. In the last few years the Huetiful hair steamer has become a common name when it comes to beauty tools.  But, even with its success, what would a major company be without a model or spokeswoman?  Huetiful is lucky to have CharJay Jett. Jett is a vlogger and model who is always willing to share her knowledge.  We are delighted that she took time out of her busy schedule to share hair tips and life as a Huetiful Hair Model.


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LE%)%.+/01%:/+*%"5 %$2#0$%/31,63-% 3/'8+6#9%&,1%)%-+4#%k#-"$_%N#6% @6$1%4".#+%56+8%2#6%@6$19%$"/7-#% ZL3,721%Y,1%C2#6#[%734#%8#% 12#%;+/@.#/;#%1+%*3-:%+,1%+5 % 12#%2+,$#%*"12%8'%23"6%"/%3%13--% 356+<%)%23.%3%6#-3A#6%31%12#%1"8#% O12#%$+/7%;38#%+,1%*2#/%)%*3$% LS: What are the products "/%8"..-#%$;2++-Q9%&,1%*2#/% that you can’t live without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


â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am just a regular girl from Detroit who grabbed a camera and started doing tutorials on styles that I thought were cute.â&#x20AC;? - CharJay


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LS: What protective style for winter do you suggest?

Watch her on Youtube


{PROFILE}

NATURAL

RADIO WAVES Story: Darlene Morant | @ladymorant


For anyone in the natural community looking to do their “own thing” Naturalpreneur would be the best resource. This is the brainchild of Dawn Yerger who figured out along the way that in giving you receive and she believes wholeheartedly in providing information and resources to help entrepreneurs in the “natural” community get off the ground and sustain their businesses.


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“ I ‘stumbled’ upon a tremendous natural hair community and just decided to bring all the information together on one platform.”

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MODEL !"#$% Story: Angela Clay | @liberatingstyle Photo Credits: Mike Mogul Brian K Fuller with Beautifulone Artistry Damion King with Hair Stylist Shakean Crawford

Most readers who follow this magazine of course have decided to embrace their natural roots and liberate their strands. If you are thinking about moving into the world of loose coils, locks or a low phade rest assured that more people are embracing our lifestyle. Liberated Strands is delighted to feature Monifa Miller who is a model and rocks her locks! Has her career slowed down within the modeling world because of her hair?


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AFRO Story: Heather Hayes | @liberatingstyle Images Courtsey of AfroCitytv.com

Rhonda Ray envisions seeing more “naturals” on the big screen and she is doing her part in accomplishing just that. Rather than waiting to follow someone who has done it she is blazing a new trail where few have travelled. In an industry where straight and thin are generally in, she is making sure that “naturals” are noticed and she is doing it in a big way. Here is what she had to say about her journey so far and prepare yourselves for more to come.


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Daily Curlz

Dajabon, Haiti


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{HAIR DIY}

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{FOOD}

HEAVENLY

FLAVOR Story: Hev Hayes

Natural beauties Wendy and Jess take healthy living to another level. You wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find these ladies on television karate chopping but chopping up tasty veggies. Wendy and Jess are creating heavenly dishes that will have you eating and feeling better. I was able to catch up with the two ladies of Food Heaven Made Easy and ask them questions about the show, natural hair, and personal style. Check out what the ladies have to say.


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$?"/3;29%;+--36.$9%?,8?:"/$9% ;3/13-+,?#9%83/7+9%?3?3'39% 3/.%#77$<% ]"138"/%^%"$%5+,/.%/31,63--'% in *2#31%7#68%+"-9%=,/!+*#6% +"-9%=35!+*#6%+"-9%/,1$% O-":#%3-8+/.$%3/.%23J#-/,1$Q9% 34+;3.+#$%3/.%76##/%-#35'% 4#77"#$<%C2#%8+63-%+5 %12"$% $1+6'E%)5 %'+,%#31%3%*#--% &3-3/;#.\?-3/1%&3$#.%."#1% you are sure to get the proper nutrients to promote hair 76+*12< LS: How long have you both been natural? W#$$E%H+6%3&+,1%b%'#36$<% >#/.'E%)10$%&##/%c%'#36$<% LS: Name your favorite hair care product and why? W#$$E%a#43;23/%+/#% ;+/."1"+/#6<%)10$%12#%+/-'% 12"/7%)%,$#<%)08%?6#11'%-3J'% *2#/%"1%;+8#$%1+%8'%23"6<%)% .+/01%234#%12#%?31"#/;#%1+% #A?#6"8#/1%*"12%3%&,/;2%+5 % 23"6%?6+.,;1$9%$+%*2#/%)%@/.% $+8#12"/7%)%-":#9%)%$1";:%1+%"1<% >#/.'E%W+F+&3%+"-%&#;3,$#%"10$% $+%!#A"&-#_%)%,$#%"1%5+6%8'%$:"/9% 23"69%3/.%2+8#<%)1%-#34#$%8'% 23"6%$,?#6%8+"$1,6"J#.9%8'% $:"/%7-+*"/79%3/.%$#64#$%3$% 3%76#31%&3$#%5+6%&,6/"/7%8'% #$$#/1"3-%+"-$<% LS: On the show I love your chemistry and style… Describe your personal style? W#$$E%)%-":#%1+%#A?#6"8#/1%*"12% &6"721%;+-+6$%3/.%?311#6/$9% &,1%31%12#%$38#%1"8#9%)%38%3%

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