Welcome to my lifestyle blog!! My name is Yalana (Ya-lay-na) Allen. Growing up as a child, I always had a love for fashion and hair. In recent years, I’ve gained weight (marriage weight lol) which led to changes in my 5’1″ bodyframe. My once tiny frame became curvy!! However I wasn’t confident in my skin and the clothes that I wore because of those changes. I loved keeping up with fashion trends but couldn’t afford to rock the latest styles so I shopped at thrift and discount stores. However, my peers teased me because of this which led me to hide my frugal ways. Society gave their opinion that natural hair was not elegant and sophisticated. Unfortunately, I conformed to those beliefs until over 2 years ago when I experienced severe heat damage and had bald spots from constant manipulation and heat applied to my type 4 hair. At that very moment, I decided not to believe in the masses and prove that natural hair is beautiful. So I cut my hair and started over with my natural hair journey.
That’s why Hometown Girl n’ Curls was born. I am no longer ashamed of the hair God gave me, my newfound curves, and my frugal spending on fashion. This blog serves as a guide to always be unapologetic about who you are through affordable fashion and natural hair care. I will provide tips and inspiration on how to maintain healthy hair but also rock your fro with confidence for any occasion. It is also my desire to also promote self-expression through fashion especially for my curvy petite ladies and to let the world know that fashion rules are meant to be broken. I will also demonstrate that you do not have to spend an arm and a leg to look fabulous through my thrifting and shopping tips on a budget.
This blog also allows me to be open, honest, yet vulnerable because God gave me a story to share with others. At the age of 8, I experienced some very traumatic events in my life that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. From witnessing my mother being abused by my father to having to testify against him in court to ensure the safety of my family, these were a glimpse of what my brother and I experienced. After serving 8 years in prison, my father was able to restore his relationship with my mother, my brother, and me but it wasn’t easy. This has been a blessing as we continue our strong family bond.
I’m also blessed that my brother and I did not follow the footsteps of my father because of the solid foundation that my mother and her family provided for us. Unfortunately, there are some who do not have the same support system. I’m also a firm believer that a once broken relationship with an absentee parent can be restored, no matter what age.
With my experiences and relationship with God, my blog will focus on the importance of family dynamics especially after traumatic and unfortunate events. I will provide resources, knowledge, and biblical applications to maintain a healthy family relationship from your immediate family to your marriage. I pray that through my story, it will show how the power of God can bring reconciliation, restoration, forgiveness, and healing in family relationships that can allow you to flourish from the inside out. My goal is to thrive within ourselves as this blog will serve as an outlet to our journey with God and navigating life in the world as a Christian. So please join me!