FROM READERS: MU student starts hair blog to help others

Monday, May 26, 2014 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 7:12 a.m. CDT, Thursday, May 29, 2014

*The spelling of Ymani Wince's name has been corrected.

*Ymani Wince is a  journalism major at MU from St. Louis. She has a YouTube blog titled Washngo Mani where she gives natural hair advice to women who are thinking about going natural or are already natural.

I have natural hair and for a really long time I had bad hair practices. I had straight hair and chemically treated hair. I didn't take care of it at all until I realized that my hair had the potential to be great.

So my freshman year of college I decided to cut it all off and it has become one of the best decisions I have ever made. There is a quote by Coco Chanel that says, "A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life." I believe that is true because a lot of things about myself I kind of hid behind the fact that I had hair.

When I was growing up I got the comments saying "You have such nice hair." I felt that people didn't always see me for who I am, they just saw my hair. I would even get comments like "Why would you do that to your hair because you have such nice hair?" I don't like stuff like that so I just cut it and didn't tell anyone. It wasn't like I had this moment where I felt like I was free from it or I felt something major had happened, it just felt normal to me.

A lot of girls, when they cut it, they just feel ugly, they don't look good, or they have to do their makeup, put on earrings, or wear certain clothes to kind of compensate for the fact that they don't have long hair anymore. It was the complete opposite for me. I didn't really care. It just felt like my hair and I really liked it that way. 

As my hair started growing back I started to get more and more questions about what I do to my hair, how I do it, and what types of products I use. I have always been a fan of YouTube videos and YouTube blogs and that's what I spend a huge majority of my time doing. Either I'll read them or watch videos. I watch more YouTube than actual TV.

So I decided to start a video channel and my first video was a product review, and I was kinda nervous about it because it was going out on the Internet where anybody could see it and search for it. But I just kept making them and I really like it now.

I want my subscribers and anyone who comes across my channel to know that everyone's hair journey is different. I just want people to feel like they can do this and that it is not just a fad or just a thing that they are trying. It's a sustainable thing.  I want people to feel inspired that they can do this themselves.

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