Hey I’m Krystal and I’m a proud Jamerican woman! I was born and raised in Central Jersey and I graduated from Towson University with a B.S. in Mass Communication and Political Science with a track in Strategic Public Relations (say that three times fast).
If you’re not familiar with Central Jersey, and yes it does exist, you wouldn’t know that there are only a handful of salons that cater to textured or natural black hair. And to be honest, I have yet to visit any of them, I travel more than 25 miles when it’s time to visit a natural salon.
Growing up I always had a “headful of hair” and happened to love the natural state of my hair. I say that because I remember being about 7 or 8 years old and my mom making me get my hair permed. My little 7 or 8 year old “woke” self was in love with the idea of curls. However, that shortly changed because I became infatuated with images of European beauty standards that were all around me. Everything from television shows to magazine covers at the store, helped construct my warped idea of beauty.
When I became a pre-teen my mom was no longer perming my hair to make it manageable, but she did allow me to visit the local Dominican doobie spot for the infamous blow-out. At my first visit my cousin literally told me that I was going to cry from the heat from the blow dryer. I can still hear it now, “Krystal it’s going to be hot, don’t you dare cry in here...”. Can you imagine? Oh and to top it off, during my sticky, sweaty track years in high school, I loved to flat iron my hair at 450 degrees every single day in hopes of one day being Becky Bolt with the good hair. Neither of these dreams came true as I was never fast enough or my hair never seemed to be straight enough.
Flash forward to reality I LOVE MY NATURAL HAIR! It took me years to understand and embrace my texture, porosity, and everything that comes with this crown. And I’m still learning. Enter FROtorial! I’m overjoyed to be the Partner Relations lead here! I look forward to helping build a community for people who are starting or are well on their way with their natural hair journey. We need more spaces where vulnerability is encouraged and we can find strength in each other. FROtorial is the perfect stage to share these stories.