In four sentences or less, share with us a little bit about yourself.
Khaista Diamond is the name I went by when I just started singing and making videos on YouTube, but when I made my decision to go natural it was not just about my hair it was also a about me. In 2013, after my big chop, I started going by my real name Helina Hewlett. My different talents consist of song-writing, singing, dancing, acting and modeling, just to name a few. Currently, I am the winner of the Soire BVI Spokes Model Challenge, it was a modeling and marketing challenge. I am contracted with them for a year and will be working along with them on their various projects. I am also trying to make connections with different artists to do covers or write songs for them.
When did you decide to go natural? What were your reasons?
I decided to go natural 1 year and 9 months ago. My big chop was May 6, 2013. I can never forget the date. I had never experienced my natural hair and I was tired of relaxing. Also, that year I had broken up with my boyfriend and I needed to do something new and different to get out of the unhealthy mode that I was in; I was an emotional wreck.
Many women begin a new spiritual or health journey when they go natural, was this true for you?
I would have to say, yes, because I had come to the realization that relaxed hair was never going to be my thing. When I was younger and up to this very day, I was never one to go to the salon to make sure my hair was dead straight and looked like dolly’s hair. My mother relaxed my hair for me and she would only touch up the roots to make my hair “manageable”. The decision to go natural for me was about a life change. I wanted to be true to myself, I wanted to be me, and what better way to do that than to start right back from the beginning. So, for me, the “big chop” had to happen. I shaved every last drop of straight hair off; I looked just like all my brothers.
Why is it so important to you to have a positive mind and soul?
With so many different things happening in and around the world, society, our culture, education and the status scale between celebrities, “rich” people and the average worker, you need to have a concrete understanding of who you are and what your purpose is in life. This saying says it all: “If you stand for nothing, then you can fall for anything.” Every decision you have to make in life becomes so much easier when you know who you are.
Your experience as a singer, songwriter, dancer, model, actress and cheerleader led you to pageants. How has being natural effected your participation in pageants?
Being natural has never and will never affect my participation in pageants. If you don’t make it an issue, then it won’t become an issue. I have accepted who I am and what being natural means to me. STOMP Model Madness Marketing Challenge by Soire BVI in Tortola was my latest pageant. I started out the competition in braids but toward the end and for the final catwalk challenge, I sported my natural hair and it felt great.
What are some of your favorite natural hair pageant hairstyles?
For the Soire BVI Spokes Model Challenge, I styled my hair with a braided high bun and it was very cute. I tend to like the high bun styles. I am also very interested in getting the twist out hairstyle done in my hair. I’ve tried it a few times but with just a few strands of my hair not a lot, I’d like to do it on my whole head some time.
Has being natural prepared you to work with others especially training and teaching other girls for pageants?
After going back natural I have not had the opportunity to train any young ladies for any pageants. However, when I do speak with young women I always encourage them to be true to themselves. Society will always love and hate you all at the same time, but with time society will learn how to respect you.
What are 3 natural product brands that you reach for when you have to be picture-perfect at a moment’s notice?
I am currently still experimenting with my natural hair so I have stuck to what I know, the products that I sell in my network marketing business. However, prior to starting this business, I just used anything that looked like it would work on my hair and so far I haven’t been too unlucky.
What is your go-to natural hairstyle on days you aren’t on stage or in front of a camera?
I can’t say that I’ve heard of the phrase go-to natural before, but I think my go-to natural hairstyle is the very simple and reliable pineapple top which I learned how to do watching videos on YouTube. This hairstyle has been my life saver, MANY of times.
Based on the products you are currently using please fill in the blanks:
· I detangle my hair with Satinique Detangler.
· I shampoo my hair with Satinique Daily 2-in-1.
· I style my hair with Sulfur 8.
· I oil my scalp with Olive Oil.
You have had a lot of accomplishments in your career, but what or who keeps you inspired and pushing forward?
To be honest, what has kept me pushing forward all along is my family and the upbringing I received from my parents. I have a lot of self-motivation also, so its not so much who has kept me inspired but ‘what’ has kept me inspired. That has been my ‘dream’ to one day be a successful and positive leader in society. Success is Unity, we can change the world one idea at a time.
How can we keep up with your natural hair, travels and all-around amazing journey, where can you be found online?
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