Today’s feature is Brittny Dyson. She was an all-around win for us because she fits just about every quality we like to celebrate here on TGC. Brittny is 26 years old and describes herself as “just a small town girl who decided to go for it.” She has an undergraduate degree from LSU and is currently working on her masters. Although neither of her degrees have anything to do with fashion, she is pursuing a career in the industry. Brittny told TGC, “I discovered my love for the industry while I was in high school. I really, really wanted to be a model, but as I grew older I fell in love with the “behind the scenes” more. I started to harness my “craft” while I was still in undergrad. I started worked retail jobs just because I wanted a discount on clothing, shoes, and accessories. I was living the typical broke college student life and needed an affordable way to be FLY…” I thought if I love fashion so much why not work part-time in retail until I finished my degree. My part-time “hobby” ended up being my passion. In 2012 I left my full-time job to pursue my dreams of being a fashion mogul. I knew this was not going to be an easy task, but I had discovered my God-given purpose and I just could not settle for anything less.
I started my first blog in late 2012 called R31nvented (pronounced reinvented) “My Style, My Way” as a means to grow an audience and let others know about my passion for fashion. By 2013, I started to get into wardrobe styling. I have always been the go-to person if anybody had questions about an outfit or needed help deciding what to wear, so this became the basis of me styling. In April 2013, I launched my online store R31nvented Modern Boutique. After working so many retail jobs I knew that one day I wanted to open a boutique. I decided to start online because it was cost effective for me and because I am building my brand from the bottom up. My store sells a mixture of vintage and today’s current trends.
I now have a second blog that I share with a friend called ‘Fashion Files Squared’. This blog has been such a creative outlet because it combines my passion with someone else who has the same passion. It is amazing how much can happen in the course of two years, but I thank God he showed me a glimpse of my future and helped me realize my full potential.
How long have you been “natural”? This is a tricky question for me. This is actually my second time going natural! My first time was back in 2009. I got heat damage from flat-ironing my hair so I got a relaxer. My last relaxer was July of 2012 so approximately 17 months ago, but I big chopped in May of 2013 so I have only been completely natural for about 8 months now.
What are your daily hair care regimens and products?
I recently found a regimen that seems to work for me. I have 4b/4c hair so it tangles badly which makes it difficult to manage. I have to make sure my hair is moisturized daily so I keep a spray bottle of water mixed with conditioner just to mist on it. If I spray too much my hair will shrink. I make sure to oil may scalp daily and retwist it every night. My ‘go to’ products are:
• Hello Hydration Conditioner by Herbal Essence
• Coconut Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Olive Oil, Macadamia Oil
• Thalia Waajid Curly Curl Cream
A lot of people seem to be confused that being a natural hair wearer doesn’t mean you wear your hair in its natural state at all times. Sometimes, we want to get a weave or wear protective styles. Needless to say, we LOVE some of the protective styles we’ve seen you wear via Instagram. What is your reaction to these types of thoughts/stereotypes behind natural hair wearers? I think some people have a close-minded view on what being natural is. I think people “return to natural” for different reasons, so it is not anyone’s place to criticize how anyone should or should not wear their hair. As you can tell I am that natural who loves extensions and I don’t think I am any less of a Naturalista just because my natural tresses are not seen every day.
What is your favorite feature of your hair? The TEXTURE! When I first decided to “return natural” I was really skeptical because I knew my hair was not going to be long luscious locks. I actually hated my texture and prayed for something else, but I finally came to realize that this is the hair I was given and I am going to have to live with it. NOW I love it! Even though I lack curl definition there are so many styles I can do.
You have such a great sense of style. How would you characterize your fashion sense? My style is classy and chic, with a slight edge. I adore classic pieces, but I enjoy putting my own spin on things as well. I am an avid vintage lover so I always try to incorporate that aspect in my style as well.
Many people claim to be a stylist. What do you feel separates you in your career field compared to others? My sense of style separates me from others in this field. I am a reflection of my brand and I think some people miss that aspect when it comes to styling. People see me first so I represent what I know I can deliver.
How does your fashion style reflect you as a person? My style is definitely a reflection of my personality. I always say you can tell a lot about a person by how they dress and the same thing applies to me. I often dress how I feel which can vary from day to day, but you can always see my easy going personality intertwined in my wardrobe.
If you could only wear one outfit for the rest of your life, what would it consist of? Can I be honest and say I would never choose to wear one outfit for the rest of my life. I love to experiment with my wardrobe too much.
If you could style any person in the world (alive or deceased), who would you choose? I would LOVE to style Kelly Rowland. She is so fabulous and I would just love to add to her to fabulousness.
What future career goals do you have set out for yourself in the fashion industry? I want to take this industry by storm! In all honesty I just want to continue to grow and learn in the areas of styling, blogging, and retailing. I am still in the early stages of building my brand so there are a lot of things I have to learn in order to continuously grow my business.
First, let us say one word… BEAT! We love the different makeup looks you’ve had. Gorgeous. What are your go-to products? Well thank you!!! My go-to products are mostly drug-store products. I live for my cover-girl queen collection foundation, Ruby Kisses Concealer/ foundation , and my L’Oreal Paris Lineur Intense liquid eyeliner.
Do you have any specific application methods you commit to? No, I do not. The only thing I do consistently is moisturize my skin and fill in my brow before I do any application of make-up. Other than that I go with the flow.
What’s the one piece of makeup you never leave the house without? Mascara! Some days are just not days I want to put on makeup, BUT I have to have on mascara. I do not have long eyelashes so I put a little mascara to give my eyes a little pop.
If you could only choose one piece of makeup to wear for the rest of your life, what would you choose? Why? Nude Lipstick by Wet and Wild called “Bare It All”. If they ever stopped making it I would die! It is hard for me to find nudes that look good against my dark skin and this one paired with a dark brown lip liner is the best combination EVER!
Is there anything else you’d like to share with TGC Readers? Be on the look-out for the re-launch of my online store R31nvented Modern Boutique. Check out the blog I share with my fashion gal-pal, Deshane, Fashion Files Squared. There is a wealth of fashion on this page you will not be disappointed.