Interviews

Love Thy Curls, Meet Connecting Curlfriends Chynna Miley

April 19, 2017

“Phenomenal girls embracing Phenomenal curls!”

It’s Wednesday and we love to put the spotlight on our favorite #bosses for our own #WomenCrushWednesday! This week we had the pleasure to interview Chynna Miley from Connecting Curlfriends. In case you didn’t know, we both are #TeamNatural and it’s amazing to see other women around to embrace their curls. Connecting Curlfriends is a organization that hosts natural hair events at various locations including Vancouver, Houston and Atlanta that focuses on networking, hair tips, encouragement and support. Just like Solange said “Don’t touch my hair”.  Ya’ll want this #blackgirlmagic today? Well let’s sit down and get to know more about Connecting Curlfriends.

One of the reasons we launched “pretty girl, Smarter Woman” was to highlight + celebrate the stories of other ah-mazing career girls and girls bosses who are doing some pretty dope things in their career + personal lives. Chynna Miley is definitely one of those women…she’s the true meaning of “when pretty + Smart collide”.

What was the inspiration behind Connecting Curlfriends? Tell us more about your mission and why you decided to create Connecting Curlfriends?

Connecting Curlfriends was inspired by the Curly Girl Collective’s annual event called Curl Fest.
The mission statement of connecting Curlfriends is

Connecting Curls Around the World. Bringing Curlfriends together to educate , enlighten , and embrace their curls!

What advice or encouragement would you give to the girl that is contemplating but nervous about going natural?

Being natural is a beautiful thing.

During your natural journey you will learn to love yourself and embrace how beautiful you truly are.

If you need hair care tips and more advice feel free to join our Facebook Group: Connecting Curlfriends Natural Hair Meetup

Top 3 natural hair care products that you can’t live without?

-Shea Moisture Co-Wash Conditioning Cleanser
-Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk
-Shea Moisture Hold & Shine Moisture Mist

Top 3 natural/protective hair styles?

-Wash & Go
-Bantu Knots
-Senegalese Twists

What keeps you going? What’s your motivation?

My Grandparents and my little brother Princeton! My Grandmother Betty Miley always tells me

“If it is to be it is up to me.”

My Grandparents constantly exemplify excellence and they show me that hard work truly pays off.

Favorite quote in 5 words or less?

Connecting Curls around the World.

You also have an event planning company- Events by CCM. Why is it so important for you to bring women together, especially women of color? Any upcoming events?

With so much going on in the world today women need a safe haven to come together, celebrate and uplift each other.

I love uniting people for a good cause and creating Connecting Curlfriends allowed me to obtain the perfect platform to build this community.

Upcoming Events:

April 15th – Pink Thai Curlfriends Meet Up

April 30th – Connecting Over Curls Black & Gold Brunch

What is next for Connecting Curlfriends and Events by CCM? Where do you see yourself a year from now? 5 years from now?

For Connecting Curlfriends I would like to have events in the United States and Canada! We were able to have a four city tour and I would love to keep it going!

Five years from now I see myself married to my fiance, Bo Lokombo with my Event Planning Firm opened and a Best-Selling Author!

Here’s an Curlfriends Event Recap:

Jan.29, 2017 – Houston, Texas
Feb.25, 2017 – Atlanta, Ga
March 18, 2017- Yaletown, British Columbia
April 15, 2017 – Vancouver, British Columbia

It’s a beautiful thing to see Black Women who are embracing their natural hair. I can say one thing, it is not easy, it takes time and commitment but it can be accomplished! To keep up with Connecting Curlfriends and their events you can follow them on the following sites. Enjoy curlfriends!

Follow us on instagram: @ConnectingCurlfriends
Facebook: Vancouver Curlfriends
Twitter: ConnectingCfs

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