Influential Woman | Akilah Hughes
My goodness, where do I even start or begin?
Personal, I’ve been subscribed to Akilah’s Youtube channel for a little over a year now; discovering her right before I moved up here to the Big Apple.
Through her videos alone, I was amused by her character, and quickly made sure to stay tuned to her channel updates.
One of the things I knew I loved about Akilah right away was her natural hair. And not only that, but how personable she was. She’s shown to always be comfortable in her own skin, expressing her own appreciation and zest for life; in such a full and effortless way.
So, as an Editor here on the blog, when I was given the opportunity to select a beautiful woman whom I believed blossoms in the Natural Hair community, there wasn’t a question or second thought as to whom I wanted to interview for this exclusive article.
It was her. That quirky lady from Youtube.
And so, without further suspense, I present to you, our interview:
Introduction of yourself:
Hi, I’m Akilah…obviously. I’m a reformed Disney princess that’s moved from Cincinnati to Brooklyn to do comedy with Upright Citizens Brigade and do social media marketing for movies and television. You can find me on Twitter, YouTube, and Tumblr.
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Name: Akilah Hughes
What makes you an ideal natural? :
I think being natural is not so much about “taking beauty back” but more about doing what feels right. So often in our community we fight over unimportant things like which texture “looks better” or is “easier to style” and forget that this is a very personal choice and maybe some people will take a different approach. The movement at its core should be about love and acceptance of our choices, because they’re ours, not because there’s a “right and wrong” way to be natural.
Big Chop or Transition?
I transitioned. I have a really big head naturally, so I had to stick with big hair the whole time. It’s probably more rewarding to big chop because you’ll see the changes much more quickly, but I was not brave enough to take the plunge.
How long have you been natural?
I am coming up on my 4 years of being natural. It’s crazy. There were times when I had to cut off a bunch of hair because I had let the split-ends take over, and there were times when I dyed it purple and red, but I’m very happy with my “progress” and what the future holds for this curly mane.
What hair type do you believe that you have?
I don’t know how much I believe in hair-typing, mostly because there are girls who have hair that looks like mine that reacts totally different to products than mine does (YouTube taught me). I would say that I have small spirals pretty much throughout, with much thicker areas at the crown of my head that are something seemingly impossible to detangle.
What are you favorite hair products and how difficult/easy was it take to discover what works best for your hair type?
I used to work for Miss Jessie’s so I figured that their products must work for everyone. That is not the case AT ALL. I’ve since forsaken… (continue reading here)