Natural Queen Spotlight: Carla

Hey you guys! So this next feature is a little special, not only will Carla be showing off her wonderful curls but she will also be talking about her business and how it is helping the natural hair community. She is “naturally in business” and ready to share her story. I hope you all enjoy and also check out her STORE! You won’t regret it, I already have 2 hats and a satin head wrap! 🙂

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I would like to introduce Carla Helenè the owner and creator of Caheez Design. Let’s talk about hair first!

How long have you been natural?
This is my second time going natural. I have been natural since September 2011 so this marks 2 1/2 years. 
What styles and products are you using?
My favorite style is a wash and go because it’s easy! Around day 3 I sometimes rock a faux hawk and around day 4 and beyond, I usually do a puff on top or a bun until wash day. I also like twists for protective styling but my twist outs usually only last 2-3 days because I can’t seem to keep my hands out of my curls. lol
Recently I started making flax seed gel with lavender, rosemary and coconut oil. My go-to products are Tressemè Naturals moisturizing conditioner as my co-wash, and for my LOC method, I use Cantu Aragon Oil Leave-In conditioner, my own blend of oils/water mist to seal my cuticles and then Curls Creme Brûlée cocktailed with flaxseed gel as my styler. 
What/Who inspired you to grow your natural hair?
My first natural journey started because I was tired of relaxing my hair and it not having any body at all. Within 3 weeks I was relaxing it again and I knew it was time to quit the creamy crack cold turkey. The only reason I didn’t stick with it is because I couldn’t find anyone to cut/style my hair. I went to someone who said they knew what they were doing but my end result told an entirely different story. Lol. 
This time, I was inspired by my Aunt Laura. She was always natural and kept her hair cropped in a TWA. When she came down with lymphoma and melanoma I cut my hair off to support her going through chemo. She was fierce. She fought fiercely but unfortunately, lost her battle. After she passed, I wanted to honor her by becoming the woman she always said I could be. Being natural was part of that journey. I had come full circle and realized that all the masks and things I had been doing to please everyone else were useless because I was not happy. So my journey to being natural is like my way of embracing who I really am… The woman God created me to be and accepting my own worth and beauty the way my Heavenly Father sees me and created me to be.
What do you love about your hair? 
I love every twist, turn, curl and kink in my hair. It’s wild and wildly beautiful. It is healthier now than I can remember it ever being before. I love the bounce and the body but most of all, I love not having to worry about rainy days or swimming in front of other people because my hair is free to be as wild and bohemian and perfect as it wants to be!
What is the most important thing you’ve learned about Natural hair so far?
I’d say the most important thing I’ve learned about natural hair is how to care for it. It has taken me until now–through both journeys combined, how to best care for her and how to embrace her independence the best. My hair is me and I am proudly, my hair. 
How can you be contacted?(Blog, Twitter, Facebook, etc.)?

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Now let’s get into the business side of things, Introducing Caheez Designs

What motivated you to start your business?
The short answer is that I quit my job and didn’t want to sit at home doing nothing.  I had been a stay at home mom when my children were very young and decided to go back to it. The decision came to my husband and me because I had been working far too much in a very stressful situation. I didn’t have any time with my family. They missed me and I missed them. I was burning out and it was time for a major change. Additionally, my aunt, a true inspiration to me, had just lost her battle with cancer and my entire world was in an upheaval. I had taught myself to crochet when my son was a baby and people had asked me for years to make them hats blankets. When I decided to stay home, opening my business was a no brainer. 
What do you sell/produce?
I sell hand-made knit, crochet and sewn accessories. Among my top sellers are hand knit, satin lined beanies. I also make satin head bands and other protective accessories for naturally curly and dryness prone hair. 
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How long have you been in business?
Caheez was started on October 14, 2011. 
Who are your main clientele/customers?
Naturalistas and women who want to protect their precious tresses. Hopefully in the fall, when I launch my children’s and men’s collections, my clientele will expand too. 
How can people buy your products (are you an online store, based somewhere specific, several locations etc)?
I have an online store: Caheez.bigcartel.com
You can also get there through my website: Caheez.com
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