The creation of NappyDanny started on June 11th of 2012 with ZERO supporters and a Nikon D3100 Camera. Danny was 17 years old when she started her channel secretly as an outlet/hobby during after school hours. The thought of NappyDanny was created because of Danny’s love for natural hair vloggers on YouTube like Naptural85 and NaturalNeciiey. Danny’s love for Erykah Badu caused her to transition back to natural at a young at of 14 (2008), she later did her Big Chop one year later as a freshman in high school (2009).
Shortly after her Big Chop she became very insecure and was made fun of by high school peers. Perms were all she ever knew, and Danny’s hair was too short for a ponytail to hide her fro. After she got over her insecurities with her hair, she began to love it, diving deeper and deeper into YouTube videos on how to care for her hair and different styles she could create. She wore protective styles and dabbled with different hair colors like never before.
A few years later her hair grew longer and her confidence grew stronger. Danny wore her hair big and proudly in a predominantly white school where the natural hair movement had yet to touch. She then came back to the idea of how YouTubers like Naptural85 made her feel and wanted to inspire black girls like her who thought about transitioning but were scared. And so, NappyDanny was created.
Danny’s first video was a DIY ring video. She tried to think of things that she thought would be interesting and searchable. Although she was “NappyDanny”, she did not want to only do hair videos. She wanted to inspire young girls in every way, showing her true personality on the camera that her close friends never seen before.
NappyDanny was and is more than just a natural hair channel. Not only has Danny moved over 34,000 subscribers, but she has also gained the confidence in being exactly who she was all along, a carefree quirky black girl