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How to Become a Natural Hair Influencer

November 26, 2018
Here are steps you need to take to become a Natural Hair Influencer on Instagram.

Have you ever wondered how some people on Instagram are able to collaborate with brands and receive free products? Instead of paying for other forms of advertisement, brands are now investing in influencers/bloggers to get their products in front of more people.

The number one question I’ve been asked lately is: “How did you become an influencer and what steps should I take?” This post is for anyone who is interested in becoming a natural hair influencer and start working with brands they love!

Before we get started, I want to point out that you don’t need a massive following to become an influencer. I was under the impression I would need thousands of followers before brands started to notice me, but I was wrong! Micro-influencers are becoming popular for brand promotion since their audience is usually more engaged than those with massive followings.

A micro-influencer is any person who has between 1,000 to 20,000 followers on social media.

I put together 5 steps on how to become a natural hair influencer. Let’s get into it!

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What is Your Niche?

A niche is the overall topics that your blog or social media page focuses on. Narrowing down your niche will help determine who your audience is and what content to focus on.

For example, here is my niche: I’m passionate about natural hair and skin care, so I promote products in those categories. My target audience is women who embrace their natural hair or are currently transitioning. I focus on specific problems that women have in the natural hair and beauty community and create content centered around those topics.

It’s better to have a specific niche when becoming an influencer because you’ll attract the right audience and will begin to see increases in engagement and traffic to your page.

So if you’re passionate about natural hair like I am, then you already have your niche selected!

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Start Creating Good-Quality Content

The first step to becoming a natural hair influencer is taking good-quality pictures. |

The quality of your posts will determine if your audience will engage or not, and the same goes for attracting brands to your page. If you create quality content and post consistently, brands will start to notice you and your page will become more attractive.

You don’t need to invest in an expensive camera to create good-quality pictures and videos. Although cameras are an upgrade, you can get good-quality content from using your smartphone.

When I started my page, I had an iPhone 6S plus. My photos weren’t the best and my videos were blurry. I was able to upgrade to an iPhone 8 that came with better camera quality. I also invested in a ring light that helps my photos and videos become brighter.

Here is the ring light I use:

Learn how to work your phone and take good pictures and videos. I found a lot of tips and tricks on Pinterest for my iPhone and I didn’t know half of the photography tips they mentioned. It has helped me improve my content a lot!

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Increase Your Following and Engagement

In order to become a natural hair influencer, you must grow your following and engagement on social media. |

I know I said your following doesn’t matter at the beginning (which it doesn’t), however, you need enough followers to get noticed by most brands. A micro-influencer can have as little as 1,000 followers, so that would be a great starting point for you. I was able to secure my first paid collaboration when I was around 1,500 followers, so don’t let your follower count discourage you.

Another important factor is your engagement. Brands need a reason to work with you, and having an audience that regularly engages with your content will increase your chances of being able to collaborate with them.

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When you post content, don’t just leave it there and log off Instagram. Make captions that educate or entertain your audience. Make sure you reply to those who comment on your posts and continue to build relationships within the natural hair community. Engage with other accounts in your niche and respond to your DM’s as often as you can.

I know that may sound like a lot of work, however, it can be fun getting to know your audience. This will lead to them engaging with more of your content and trusting you. When you start working with brands and promoting products, they will trust your advice on which products they should use.

Post Honest Reviews

In the beginning, I didn’t always get paid for my content. I bought products from brands I was interested in and then shared my thoughts with my audience. Although you’re doing this for free, it will have many benefits in the long-run.

You must get your foot in the door first before working with brands as a natural hair influencer. Posting reviews and tutorials on some of your favorite products will grab their attention (make sure you mention or tag the brand in your post). You never know, those same brands you’re posting reviews for may want to collaborate with you in the future.

Please, PLEASE don’t share a positive review of a product if it didn’t work for you. Your audience and brands can tell if your reviews are genuine! If you want to gain the trust of others, it’s best to stay true to yourself and be honest.

Everything won’t work for your natural hair; however, it doesn’t mean it won’t work for someone else following you. Your honest reviews will notify your audience of things they should look out for if they choose to invest in the product(s) you posted about.

Reach Out to Brands for Collaborations

Once you grow your following and engagement, it's time to start pitching yourself to brands as a natural hair influencer. |

Once you have built your following and engagement, you’re in the position to start pitching yourself to your favorite brands. Now, I know this sounds scary, and I don’t blame you for being nervous! Just remember, you won’t get anything you want unless you ASK for it. Don’t wait for brands to email you for collaborations, find natural hair brands and start connecting with them.

Before sending your first pitch, ask yourself: “What can I offer them“, because that’s exactly what they will wonder when they see your email.

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You’re not always going to receive a yes from the brands you reach out to. You shouldn’t let this discourage you from continuing to pitch yourself. If you have an engaged following within the natural hair community, you have a chance of securing collaborations.

Since you’ll be starting out, I’d recommend pitching to smaller brands first. It may be difficult to get in front of bigger brands, but it’s not impossible! Although you’ll be pitching to smaller brands, it’s still a good look for you when you secure those paid collaborations. This will help you grow and you’ll have more experience working with brands already when you pitch to the top ones!

You don’t have to be popular on social media to become a natural hair influencer. It’s possible for anyone!

Although I shared these steps on how to become a natural hair influencer, there is more information to discuss! I decided to start a series on becoming an influencer, so I can walk you through how to choose the right collaborations, handle them professionally, and set your rates.

It’s exciting when brands start reaching out to you, however, every opportunity won’t be a good one. You don’t want to say yes to every brand and start to lose the trust of your audience.

If you want to become a natural hair influencer, follow the steps above and look out for my next post. Make sure you share this with your friends and on your social media platforms. Also, feel free to share your thoughts below in the comments by answering the following questions:

Do you want to become a natural hair influencer? If so, which brands are you interested in working with?

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  • Reply Tonya November 26, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    This was a great read full of good advice and tips! Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply naturally_madisen November 26, 2018 at 1:55 pm

      Thank you sis! ♥️

  • Reply Shauna November 26, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    I really enjoyed this Madisen a very good read

    • Reply Madisen November 26, 2018 at 7:40 pm

      Thank you for reading love!

  • Reply Dee Johnson November 26, 2018 at 9:42 pm

    Nice blog. I have seen a lot of growth since following you!! Keep pushing and keep the great content coming ?.

    • Reply naturally_madisen November 26, 2018 at 10:39 pm

      Thank you! That means a lot! ♥️♥️

  • Reply Tanya November 27, 2018 at 1:59 am

    This was a great read! I am definitely interested in becoming a natural hair influence. I have been wanting to do something in this area for a long time. Some brands that I would like to work with are Not Your Mother’s Naturals, Shea Moisture, As I Am, Garnier Fructis, Kinky Kurly, Deva Curl, Rizos Curls, Maui Moisture, and a few others. I think I have a good base to start. I am overwhelmed with how the curly community has grown and I want to be part of that! Thank you for all of this info. I hope that we will be in touch soon!

    Sincerely your curly friend,
    Tanya Tucker

    • Reply Madisen November 27, 2018 at 2:53 pm

      Thank you for reading!! Sounds like you already have some goals in mind! You will be able to do it, just like I did ? You’re welcome!

  • Reply Stevie December 1, 2018 at 9:59 am

    This was a great read and you gave great tips!!

    • Reply Madisen December 1, 2018 at 10:05 pm

      Thank you for reading! ♥️

  • Reply Stella December 4, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    Really nice blog Madisen really great points and advice..

  • Reply Brittany M December 11, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    Hi Madisen! I really enjoyed reading this, and I’m looking forward to the series, especially more details about how to grow your following and pitch yourself to brands. You are such an INSPIRATION ? keep up the awesome work!

    • Reply Madisen December 12, 2018 at 11:55 am

      Hey love! Awe thank you so much for reading! I really appreciate that. You’re so sweet!

  • Reply McMurrayStyles December 28, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this article it was very informative!
    – McMurrayStyles

    • Reply Madisen December 30, 2018 at 8:32 pm

      Thank you love for reading!

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