Pixie Cut Queen: Lorissa Turner
Posted On May 17, 2016
When I first cut my hair a few years ago, I remember researching for weeks on end for tutorials on how to style and maintain my hair. However, I would always be disappointed with what I found.
While most people may be familiar with going to YouTube for meal recipes and makeup tutorials, the hair community on YouTube has grown tremendously because it gives people the chance to learn how to maintain healthy hair regardless of the length and texture.
22-year-old Lorissa Turner carved her spot in the beauty community on YouTube with a goal of inspiring women of all ages to appreciate their inner beauty before anything else. Since becoming consistent with her YouTube channel just late last year, Lorissa has successfully managed to gain over 20,000 followers on all her social media platforms combined.
New You got the chance to catch up with the young entrepreneur who talked about everything from dealing with negativity in the digital space to her must-have hair products.
New You: When did you start your YouTube channel and why?
Lorissa Turner: I started being consistent with uploading to YouTube in September of last year. The reason I started the channel was because I’ve always known that I had a passion and calling for beauty, but it wasn’t until recently that I found out exactly what to do with that type of calling because being in the beauty industry and being a church girl is kind of unorthodox. So I figured out that I’m supposed to inspire women and spread the message of inner beauty before outer beauty so I just used YouTube as the platform to spread that message. Also, I noticed there wasn’t a lot of women on YouTube who were doing short and relaxed hair tutorials so I wanted to be the pioneer for that as well.
NY: What made you want to cut your hair and how long have you had your pixie cut?
LT: I cut my hair when I was a sophomore in high school and the reason I cut it was because I wasn’t getting the attention I was setting out for. I didn’t have light skin or long, curly hair. I didn’t look like the standard of beauty that was praised back then, and because I was never the type to follow the crowd, I decided to try a haircut to stand out. However, as the years went on and I got more mature, I actually fell in love with it. I will never grow my hair out for as long as I live.
NY: Which one of your videos are you most proud of?
LT: I would have to say my “relax and color your hair” video just because before I filmed the video, I knew I was going to be criticized for it but I decided to just put it out anyway. The thing is, there are so many professionals who are trained to do this but I’m just a young woman who enjoys doing my own hair. I’m not a professional by any means, but I wanted to show my subscribers how I do it. I’m really proud of it because I actually had the courage to go through with it.
NY: Speaking of negativity, how do you deal with that aspect of YouTube?
LT: I actually don’t have a way of dealing with it just because I’m secure in who I am. I know who I am and whose I am so anything someone says that’s contrary to who God says I am is irrelevant. A lot of YouTubers say it affects them but it doesn’t affect me at all.
NY: What do you do outside of YouTube?
LT: Outside of YouTube, I’m a professional makeup artist. I work for MAC cosmetics and I also own my own business. I’m an entrepreneur so I have a lot of projects I’m currently working on.
NY: Any specific projects you’d like to talk about?
LT: I’m actually about to release a product for women with short hair. I do so many videos that incorporate waves in my hairstyles and I found that when I wash my face or take a shower, my edges get wet and my waves get messed up. This is a common problem for so many women who enjoy hairstyles like that. As a result, I came up with a product which is a headband that will combat that and protect your waves. It will be coming out sometime this year and I’m super excited about it.
NY: Do you have plans of pursuing a full time YouTube career?
LT: Yes, I absolutely do. That is my main goal. I am trying to be a full time YouTuber just because being an entrepreneur is hard on my body and emotionally. I’m actually planning on getting married soon and I plan on having kids so I want to be able to work from the comfort of my home.
NY: Which social media platform is your favorite?
LT: I would have to say Snapchat because it’s so personable and people can see your life behind the scenes of your YouTube channel. You’re able to connect to your favorite bloggers and YouTubers on such a personal level. I love it!
NY: I know you were Miss Black Indiana. What inspired you to enter the competition and how was the overall experience?
LT: I’ve always wanted to be a beauty Queen but it wasn’t until right before I became Miss Black Indiana that I actually had the confidence to do it. I’ve never been in a pageant before or held a prestigious title so it intimidated me. The Miss Black USA system had these amazingly beautiful, educated black women and I didn’t see myself among that crowd. Nevertheless, I prayed about it and God certainly granted me the desires of my heart like he promised. That’s definitely one of my biggest accomplishments to this day.
NY: What inspires you to keep going?
LT: What keeps me going is knowing I’m not living this life for myself. God placed me on the earth to help and inspire other people. I just try to remember that every day I wake up. It’s never about me.
NY: So to wrap up in New You fashion, we’ll be having a quick round of hair trivia:
NY: Must have hair product?
LT: Nairobi Wrapp-It Shine Foaming Lotion
NY: Best flat iron?
LT: Revlon 1” Ceramic Flat Iron
NY: Best deep conditioner for short hair?
LT: Mizani Fulfyl Conditioning Treatment
NY: How often do you relax your hair?
LT: Every 5-7 weeks
NY: How often do you cut your hair?
LT: Immediately after I get a relaxer
NY: What’s the best way to maintain a short cut?
LT: Take care of it. A lot of people think that cutting their hair makes it more manageable but that’s a lie. Short hair is way harder to manage so pay attention to your hair and actually keep up with it.
NY: Best bad hair day hack?
LT: Scarves and Fedoras!
For all the pixie ladies out there, check out Lorissa’s full Jennifer Hudson Inspired Hair Tutorial!
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