The Gal Behind the Blog.
Her name is Cassidy Blackwell. Cassidy was born in Minnesota, schooled in St. Louis and lives in San Francisco. When she was a little girl, Cassidy (a.k.a Cass) fell in love with traveling and ever since the two of them have enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship. Together they have gone all over the world, learning French, Portuguese and Spanish, exploring cultures, making friends, and eating delicious food. More recently, her hair has inspired many and adventure around the country, to the Caribbean and over to Europe in the name of natural hair. Cassidy thought all of that was super awesome and plans on doing A LOT more of that in the near future, documenting her experience here on Natural Selection.
Photo by Gabriela Herman Photography
The Hair Behind the Blog
Cassidy’s hair is affectionately named Lola and it’s a pleasure to introduce you to her! Lola hasn’t always been here. She is the result of a 1 year transition from 15 years of relaxers. The labor pains weren’t too much in bringing Lola to life, but that’s what happens when you accidentally get scissor happy and wind up with 2 inches of hair when you really meant to get a set of braids. Lola is what is commonly referred to as a “happy accident”.
Known for her teeny-weeny-perfectly-formed coils, Lola has a totally cute little giggle when you pull them. Ok fine, so maybe that’s a lie, but they are certainly fun to pull– but only if you’re gentle! While Lola’s got a ton of coils (a.k.a. “Lolitas”), the individual strands are very very fine and fragile. Lola’s favorite outfit is a wash’n'go and if you want to know her favorite products, check out the My Regimen page!
Every so often Lola and Cassidy get adventurous. Sometimes these adventures result in the shaving of half of Lola off into a quarter-inch fade other times by doing some investigative journalism that requires a 10″ chop of damaged hair. But that’s what Cassidy and Lola do together: they live, they learn and most importantly they GROW.
Up close shot of Lola’s Lolitas
Natural Selection was born from Cassidy’s desire to document her natural hair journey. At first she thought only she and maybe her mom (if she forced her) would read the thing and wrote exploratory posts as she ventured into the world of natural. Somehow, people found the blog and liked what they were reading and kept on coming back for more. The goal of Natural Selection is to share the journey of Cassidy and Lola as they evolve and experience life.
Cassidy was formerly the Global Editor of NaturallyCurly.com, which is really neat because it’s really on their CurlTalk forums that she really connected with natural community online there. Make sure to check out the stories she’s written over yonder too!
Because natural hair is a lifestyle- not just a hair style – Natural Selection is infused with a variety of posts focusing on art, photography, writing, style, food and culture.
Cassidy hopes that you enjoy this blog and if you ever have any questions, comments, thoughts, concerns and/or presents to send her, she highly encourages you to drop her a note at cassidy [at] naturalselectionblog.com because she loves getting mail (and also presents).
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