A Collected Interview
My name is Shanell aka NaturallyNellzy and I’m an avid natural hair fanatic and vlogger. I’m studying psychology and sociology and will be receiving my B.A. Degree this spring (2013) I love fashion, makeup and anything fun and edgy.
What inspired you to become a blogger?
I would have to say that my inspiration came from all of the lovely ladies on youtube and on other forms on social media. I saw how much fun and freedom that they all had and I wanted to experience that same freedom. I would also have to say that it comes from my mother as well because she was actually the person that pushed me to upload my first video and I thank her dearly for that =)
What inspired your brand, NaturallyNellzy?
I actually came up with the name before I was natural and actually named my Tumblr blog the exact same name. “Naturally” came from my personality and how comfortable I am with myself and around others. “Nellzy” is my nickname among my peers on PSN (PlayStation Network) and I figured that combining the two things that I loved would be awesome and that’s how I got “NaturallyNellzy”.
There are some many blogger living in NYC how do you separate yourself from others?
Well I think the thing that separates me from the rest of the bloggers is probably due to the fact that I’m such a unique individual and don’t really follow trends or what other people are doing. I like to try different things spontaneously, even if there’s a chance that it may turn out to be a complete flop lol. I like to have a lot of fun on my channel and do things that make me smile because this truly is one of my favorite hobbies and I believe it shows in my videos.
Speaking of NYC, How much does it inspire you as a person?
NYC is such a great place, but to be completely honest I still haven’t discovered all of it. I feel like there is so much to explore and discover and the mystery of what is next to come in life is what truly inspires me.
What’s your definition of style?
If I had to describe my style in one word I would choose versatile. I never try to wear the same thing twice and I’m always finding new ways to reinvent my look. One day you may see me with a big curly fro, comfy leggings, uggs and a sweat shirt and then very next day you’ll see me in a bodycon dress, pumps and a sleek bun. You’ll never know what’s next lol.
What season do you feel like your style is at its highest level?
Autumn/fall! I absolutely LOVE this season out of them all because this is the time when I get to play around in my wardrobe and experiment with layering, darker colors and footwear. Gotta love fall.
How can you blog and videos help women when it comes to Beauty, Fashion and Natural Hair?
I think that my videos can help women in these areas because when I record I try and give my personal accounts on what works for me rather then preach and tell others what to do. By using this method of sharing I feel like it gives women the chance to think for themselves about how they can attribute my info/experiences into their own lives and create an outcome that they can relate to.
How did it feel to be how have such a huge following on tumblr and youtube.
I’m actually still surprised that my numbers have grown so much to be honest lol. I initially made my channel to document my hair journey so that I could look back on it and see the progress that I made in my journey. To look at my numbers now and see how far I’ve come is an amazing feeling. Not because of the publicity, but mainly for the amazing community that I’ve grown to love. I’ve met some amazing people online and you wouldn’t believe the astonishing support that I was shown throughout my journey from these people. I definitely love and appreciate everyone in my following and I hope to make new friends as my numbers continue to grow.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
I see myself still making youtube videos, with a head full of natural, healthy and luscious hair. Fully completed with furthering my education, possibly the owner of a small business, happy with life and looking for new ways to reinvent myself.
What’s your favorite way to style your hair?
I have two favorite styles that always turn out great and they would be my high puff/bun and my flat twists.
When it comes to makeup and hair products what brands do you trust the most?
When it comes to makeup my favorite brands are NYX, NYC, Wet & Wild and Coastal Scents. My top brands of hair products are Cantu Shea Butter and Shea Moisture.
What tips for women looking to take better care of their hair?
Create a hair regimen, keep your hair moisturized, deep condition and avoid frequent direct heat.
How do you feel about the increase in women going natural?
I think it’s awesome and I definitely love it. Natural hair has always been an awesome conversation starter and has helped me to meet a lot of new and interesting people. I also feel like it shows that women are confident with wearing their natural hair and it also helps to decrease the stigma associated with natural hair as well.
Can you tell me about one of your worst hair days?
Ohhhh yea lol. It was a Monday and this is usually when I’m on campus until 9:15 at night so it’s safe to say that this is my long day during the week. So I get out of the library and realize that it started snowing while I was indoors and I rush to my next class and pray that it will stop by the time I get out. WRONG! By the time my class is over there is now slush and water all over the floor and I have to make the commute home with NO umbrella. So it’s bad enough that my hair is starting to puff up because of the humidity, but all the snow/rain is now causing the product in my hair to look white and slimly as if the product is melting. To make matters worse it’s all running down my face, so I’m walking around with a mess on my head and a greasy and shiny face to go along with it. It was soooo embarrassing taking the bus ride home and then having to walk in the rain and snow again lol. That would have to be my absolute worst hair day.
What keeps you inspired?
The future keeps me inspired because there is always room to grow and I always look forward to seeing what’s the next endeavor that I will embark on.