Today we’d like to introduce you to Lynette Castell.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Lynette. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am a Miami Native who drove to California from Florida to pursue a Travel Nurse Contract. I graduated from Florida A&M University and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Nursing. I knew from a young age that I was meant to do more than just nursing. I love my work helping people but in my heart, I knew I was meant to expand myself. I have been a music lover for as long as I can remember. I grew up learning and playing instruments, took music theory classes all through school. My dad took me to Sam Ash all the time to just explore and let me roam. My mom being Dominican and introducing batchata and merengue in the household at an early age. Music and dancing is a big part of Dominican culture. My dad was much older and played oldie goldies like Earth Wind and Fire, Sam Cooke and Luther Vandross. The variety of music in my household peaked my curiosity in music. I never had the talent to be a singer and never stocked to an instrument long enough to venture off in it. One of my biggest regrets is letting my dad down and not auditioning to be in the Florida A&M Marching Band but I knew I wanted to focus on Nursing School. But my love for music never died.
In 2018, I decided to go natural and did the big chop to grow out my natural hair. I had no idea how to take care or style my hair so I would run to YouTube all the time to learn how to do my hair. I got so wrapped up in it that I then decided that I wanted to start my own hair channel to document my progression in my natural hair journey. But moving from place to place as a travel nurse didn’t give me the stability I needed to sit down and start the channel. I finally settled in Los Angeles, California (my fathers dream state he wanted to go before he passed away; but never got to go) and got my own apt and set up my studio apartment into a “creative studio”, I finally started my natural hair channel on YouTube: LynetteNicole. A channel created for natural hair women who need help with their natural hair, tips on styling, advice on going natural and a platform to document my natural hair journey. I want to encourage girls who are thinking about going natural, encouragement to take that leap and grow out there natural tresses and feel and look beautiful rocking natural hair. I got fascinated doing my hair and used wash day as a self -care routine. I hear women complain all the time that a big reason why they don’t go natural because it’s too time consuming and they don’t know how to take care of it. I wanted to help fill those voids. Music is a universal language that everyone speaks and a huge part of my life. Before I wash my hair, I set my playlist and get into a groove and it helps the time go by faster. I wanted to integrate music into my YouTube videos without compromising any copyright laws.
So I decided to create #WhatsOnYourWashDayPlaylist to go along with my videos. It’s basically where I provide playlist to go with your wash day routine. A self-help tool; along with a natural hair video to help jumpstart your wash day routine. Every Sunday, I upload a customized theme playlist available on AppleMusic, Spotify & Tidal for your preferred music streaming service. Every week I come up with a theme and curate a playlist around that theme and add songs that elicit feelings and vibes that I’m inspired by weekly. I noticed that every natural hair YouTuber was essentially talking about the same thing; I wanted to add my personality, hair journey and love for music and integrate it into my channel. I pray that the music and videos inspire naturalistas from men and women to take their time and indulge in wash day and getting lost in music nostalgia like I do. Even though I am a full-time RN, creating this channel explores my creative side that I need to release. It feels like fun and not a job.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has not been a smooth rode due to self-doubt on starting the channel. Moving from place to place as a travel nurse impeded my growth and covered me with excuses and self-doubt to the point of delaying my channel. I kept overthinking and contemplating on starting my YouTube channel. I kept thinking I needed to buy fancy equipment, fancy camera, and fancy lighting. Until one day, a Friend of mine told me all I needed was my phone and a tripod with a ring light attached. So I stopped making excuses and purchased my tripod, ring light for $15 on Amazon. And the rest was history. I already used AppleMusic as my preferred streaming service and I also had tidal and Spotify as well. I’ve always made playlist for fun and would send it to my friends. It was part of my love language. So creating playlists for my channel was a no brainer.
#WhatsOnYourWashDayPlaylist – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
My YouTube channel LynetteNicole is a platform for naturalistas men and women who are caring for their natural hair and an informative source in the natural hair community. I’m known for my personalized theme playlist provided in the description box of every upload #WhatsOnYourWashDayPlaylist. Every Sunday. I’m very proud my creating this playlist and hashtag and being the first one to do it. It had never been done before. You tubers have featured playlist on their channel but no one has every integrated it in every video and made it an actual “thing”. Most of my videos contain natural hair care videos (New product reviews, breaking down big scary terms in the natural community) but I also integrate part of my personal life as well. What sets me apart is my personality (being my true authentic self ) and #WhatsOnYourWashDayPlaylist. I’m always looking for new songs, away from the mainstream music and LA is so diverse with many different talented artist and I love exploring new music and artist and hearing what other people are listening to so I think it’s a great platform for people to be introduced to different artist. And different songs; new and old from different genres
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
My outlook on success has changed throughout the years. To me, it’s not about superficial, superior titles and high accolades and degrees. Success to me is progression. Success to me is resilience. Success to me is financial freedom. Success to me is being a decent human being. Success is shining your light to the world .being a helpful source without compromising your integrity, Doing the right thing. Being compassionate and loving. Success is finding your purpose, walking in your light and helping someone’. Success is believing in yourself and inspiring others to be help them in their journey to be the best version of themselves. Success is what you make it.
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/B7yZ8M_hKcR/?igshid=1dx8kjr1c0fag
- Other: https://youtu.be/sAgt8e6JEc4
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