Our latest discovery is Ashley, the creator and editor of FabEllis™.

She has held a love for creativity since she was a child. Her love for beauty, magazines and writing developed growing up in North Carolina. Through research, trials and quick learning, she has developed a knowledgebase on topics ranging from skincare to makeup. She is an advocate for embracing the beauty God has given all of us. She has been highlighted as one of the Top 100 Naturalistas on Instagram by Essence Magazine. In addition to FabEllis, she is a Lucky Magazine Community contributor.

From her website www.FabEllis.com

Once we landed on her super neat and organized blog, we fell in love with her honesty and passion for the products she loves. Through the many trial and errors, Ashley has discovered many things that can benefit a lot of new and seasoned artist in hair, make up, or in fashion. Learn more about her story and her brand.

What is your name and where are you from?

My name is Ashley and I’m from North Carolina.

Tell us about your blog and your hair journey. What is the #1 message you want to convey to your readers.

My blog, FabEllis, was created almost two years ago.  The blog is centered on beauty, fashion and natural hair.  I try to show my readers affordable ways to look and feel beautiful.  My motto is that you can fabellis on any budget.  I also highlight my personal natural hair journey, which I began in February of 2011.

I decided to go natural for a couple of reasons.  I had been natural my entire life up until the age of 23.  Although I had been natural, I typically wore my hair blown out.  A keratin treatment was offered to me and since it was explained to not be a relaxer, I decided to have it applied to my hair.  Immediately after the keratin treatment was put in, I no longer had any curls or waves in my hair.  I was told that it would simply wash out after three to four months, but nearly a year later, it had not washed out as promised.  I noticed it began growing out much like a relaxer.  I was told it would need to be reapplied at the roots so reluctantly, I had it applied again.

After the second application, I realized that there seemed to be no difference between the keratin and a relaxer.  I began to miss my natural curls.  My mother had previously transitioned to natural hair and with all of the new styles being shown with natural hair, I decided to transition my hair.  I transitioned for five months and then did the big chop.  I will celebrate my two year natural anniversary in February of 2013.

What do your peers and family think?

My peers and family really embraced the fact that I decided to go natural.  Some co-workers and associates did not quite understand my decision, but now that my hair has grown out and I have fun with my natural hair, everyone seems to understand the decision I made.

What are your favorite products for washing, moisturizing, and conditioning?

My favorite products for washing my hair are Shea Moisture’s Moisture Retention shampoo and Curl and Shine shampoo.  For conditioning, I love Tresemme Naturals’ Conditioner and Tresemme Luxurious Moisture conditioner.  Also, for moisturizing and styling, I love coconut oil, Beautiful Textures Moisture Butter and Finickey Moisture Butter.

What is your favorite natural hairstyle?

There might be a tie in my favorite natural hairstyle.  I love a fresh, defined twist out as well as the classic puff.

What is your favorite hairstyle for hair growth?

I don’t believe any hair style aids in hair growth; however, I do feel protective styles help retain length due to low manipulation.  My favorite protective styles are braids and sew-ins.

What advice do you give to people transitioning?

Although I did not transition long, my best advice is to be patient.  I look back on it now and wish that I had transitioned longer just to get more familiar with my hair and see what would work best.  Also, I feel beginning to use products geared towards natural hair while you’re transitioning is awesome because as your hair grows out, your hair may respond better to sulfate-free shampoos and increased moisturizing products.

Where can we get in contact with you?

Blog:  http://www.fabellis.com

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/missfabellis

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/missfabellis

Instagram:  @missfabellis

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