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This year we are committed to releasing 24 Influenc-HER Profile Series of trailblazing women living out their dreams. We begin this series with thee amazing Candice Crocker. She is beauty, she is passion, she is influence. Here’s our interview with her!

What is your name and what do you do?

My name is Candice Crocker. I work in Public Relations professionally and I’m a Natural Hair and Beauty Vlogger/Influencer.

Are there any childhood experiences that led you to where you are today?

Growing up, my friends would always ask me to do their hair, we’d play with makeup and take pictures after. I’ve been taking “selfies” since I had my first camera. I’ve always shared my beauty and hair tips with my friends because I love beauty and hair products. Becoming a beauty influencer/vlogger is just a natural extension of what I’ve always done and my personality.

Where did your passion for blogging/vlogging come from?

It happened organically. I’ve always shared my favorite beauty and hair tips/finds with my friends and family so it was only natural to do the same on social media. Once I started sharing, women gravitated to my platforms. I love to help other women and I’ve met many wonderful people by doing this. It’s definitely fun and so rewarding for me.

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What has been your biggest achievement thus far?

My biggest achievement so far was my first Instagram/Facebook Live Takeover collaboration with Creme of Nature and Cocotique. Being invited to work with brands I’ve loved and used since I was a little girl is amazing. Also, being featured on Essence.com was pretty cool.

What is the secret to the perfect twist out?

I’m still trying to figure that out! LOL!

Click here to watch Candice’s take on achieving the perfect twist.

Are there any products you swear by?

I swear by these products:

Olive Oil Ecostyler Gel; Aussie Moist 3-Minute Miracle Moist Deep Conditioner; Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave-In Conditioner; TGIN Honey Miracle Hair Mask, Taliah Wajjid Curly Curl Creme

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Who do you look to as inspiration?

I look to my mother (Blanche Crocker), Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Oprah and Beyoncé as inspiration.

What tangible piece of advice would you give young girls who want to be where you are?

Be you! Be confident in your abilities. There is someone, somewhere, who needs what you have to offer. Your talent/gift/expertise is what makes you special. You can accomplish whatever you want in life as long as you wholeheartedly believe in yourself and put in the work. Be willing to invest in yourself, open to learning new things and fearlessly follow your dreams.

I love that we can be strong and soft, feminine and androgynous, sweet and sassy, plain and glamorous, domestic and independent, flexible and rigid.

What do you love most about being a woman?

I love that we can be strong and soft, feminine and androgynous, sweet and sassy, plain and glamorous, domestic and independent, flexible and rigid. I love being girly, how beautiful it is to be able to give life and that we’re the nurturers of the world.

What is the key to finding balance in your personal and professional life?

The key to finding balance lies in planning well, communicating effectively and being realistic about what you can accomplish. You must carve out time to take care of yourself. If you don’t make self-care a priority, you’ll overwork yourself and have nothing to offer others. You must create the perfect work life balance for yourself and be unapologetic about it. Only do things that make you feel good inside and stay away from negative energy.

What is one thing many people do not know about you?

I’m a huge fan of politics and love to get in deep discussions about it but only with close friends and family.

 

candi 4Our fun question: If you could be any animal what would it be and why?

I would be a bird so I could fly anywhere I wanted at any given time. I’d go on vacation every weekend!

Are there any projects that you’re working on that we can look forward to?

I will be taking over Eden Bodyworks Instagram soon. I’m super excited!

What does the future hold for you?

I’m not sure and I’m okay with that. I’m not putting myself in a box. I have many goals that I want to accomplish, however, I leave myself open to growing and becoming the best I can be. I’m looking forward to evolving, naturally, with my brand.

Where can people find you?

Instagram: CandiCoatedCurls

Facebook: CandiCoatedCurls

YouTube: Candice Arielle