*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

Introduce yourself!
E:
My name is MiMi and I live in the DMV area. I was born in Sierra Leone, West Africa and moved to the States when I was a teenager.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
E:
I wanted to try something different. I get bored very easily and love afros, so over the last 12 years I have done a big chop every three years. My hair would grow back long and healthy and I’d get a fresh perm and do the whole chemical hair thing for another 3 years, miss my afro and do another big chop and start over. In 2009 I just decided that I’d stick with natural for good. It was healthier for my hair and I wanted a fresh start.

How would you describe your texture?
E:
My texture is some sort of 4. I still cannot distinguish all these alphabet hair types. My strands are pretty coarse most of the time, especially when I’m eating well, taking my vitamins and being healthy. When I slack off they get pretty thin and break off.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
E:
My styling regimen is pretty simple. My day job requires a lot of international travel so I strive to wear my hair in ways that will make it manageable no matter where in the world I find myself. Some of the places I go to do not necessarily have a salon or running water so finding something that holds up in any circumstance is my top priority for my hairstyles. For daily wear I rock afros. I was born loving afros. It’s the only reason why I decided to go natural and even though I get a lot of flack for always wearing my hair out, it works for me and I LOVE it. When I want some protection, I do primarily tree braids. On occasion, I’ll get individual braids (sticking to tree braids now though) or rocking a curly afro wig. I’d say that my hair is in tree braids about 8 out of 12 months a year. They last about three months on average and it’s great because they are ridiculously versatile and can be styled in a 100 different ways.

What does wash day look like for you?
E:
Whether my hair is in its afro state or in tree braids, I wash it once a week or every two weeks depending on how dry it gets. I have been using Carol’s Daughter products on my hair for years and I love them. I consistently use the Tui Moisturizing Shampoo, Tui Moisturizing Conditioner and Tui Hair Smoothie. I keep it simple with just the shampoo and conditioner. I shampoo twice and wash it out. Then I put in the conditioner and comb my hair through after leaving the conditioner in for about 5 minutes. After washing and conditioning my hair, I moisturize with a mixture of Tui Smoothie, Tui Oil and castor oil and braid it while wet into about 10 plaits.

The next day or whenever I need to, I take the braids out for a curly fro and keep braiding into 10 plaits each night to stretch out my hair and build my afro. I rarely use any heat or a blow dryer on my hair. On lazy nights I just do five big two-strand twists to stretch the hair out. On occasion I’ll put some olive oil on my scalp to combat my extremely dry scalp or just use the Tui oil. I always rub olive oil on the tips of the plaits to keep the ends from getting too dry.

How do you combat shrinkage?
E:
My hair is the queen of shrinkage, but stretching it out with the nightly braids/plaits helps combat that issue.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
E:
My problem areas with my hair are the hair around the perimeter. My hair is thinner in the front, sides and back and very thick in the middle. To prevent breakage I tend to just finger comb these thinner areas.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
E:
I notice my hair grows faster when I’m doing all the right things like drinking 2 liters of water a day, taking prenatal vitamins (which I’ve been taking for about 10 years) and eating at least three fruits a day…in addition to my regular meals. When my diet is high in protein, my hair gets longer, stronger and thicker.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
E:
I’m pretty sure one big don’t for my hair is all that combing I do while conditioning. So far, I really haven’t lost much hair from this practice.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
E:
Hair Blog: http://www.fabulousnaturalhairstyles.com
Webpage/Shop: http://www.boutiquemix.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/boutiquemix

Meosha

Just another lover of natural hair and expression.
- Style Icon Coordinator for BGLH

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52 Comments on "MiMi // Natural Hair Style Icon"

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Men adore charming, open-minded women. Open yourself and let him get a taste of your personality, if he like what he sees then you`re on the right path. Joke around, pretend like time and space are inexistent, make yourself and your partner rejoice the present.

Mrs.Martin

MiMi you are completely adorable! Love your hair and beautiful skin!

juanita617

I’m just really glad you shared what you consumed and how that affected your hair. It’s really important what we put inside our bodies, how it affects the outside. Thanks for sharing.

Jo Somebody

Adorable little baby girl! And your wedding photos look like you had so much fun and possibly you out-danced your hubby! 😉 SL weddings look just like Nigerian weddings!

Patricia Kayden

Lovely hair and beautiful face.

Jacky

Simply Beautiful-you,your baby,your pictures,your hair,your post,the tree braids,everything,absolutely beautiful.

Priscilla

Love the hair. Could you please let me know the regimen you have when you have tree braids? I used to wear them but I would always tangle them and they would lose their shine. Thanks. p.s Are you the next Fatou Bensouda?? 🙂

Alyssa

Wow, you have a gorgeous afro! It looks so lush and soft. You can really pull off braids well too.

MiMi

thanks, Alyssa.

shelikes

MiMi, your feature just makes my day! I love it. Big pretty afro on a young black professional with a career which involves helping others! and who also practices healthy diet and lifestyle. Pretty skin, minimal make up! I could go on and on. Love your totes and tshirts, too. LOVE LOVE LOVE the different afro styles on the shirts and will be ordering one of each! Such an inspiring feature. Thanks BGLH!

MiMi

thank you, thank you!

Coconut And Cream

Awwwesome interview

MiMi

thank you very much.

Stevie

Those are some of the best tree braids I have ever seen, gorgeous hair!

MiMi

thanks, Stevie.

DreamGirl

Congrats Mimi,all the comments here today are positive :-). I love the pics with your baby,so cute. It’s lovely seeing a fellow african,God bless you in whatever you do and continue your good work. Lovely hair,may I ask I’m not pregnant,not married haha but can I take pre-natal vitamins for my hair?

MiMi

LOL, Dreamgirl. Thanks, I hear you. Yes, you may take prenatals. I have always taken them because they have more folic acid than normal vitamins. It had nothing to do with getting pregnant. As far as I know anyone can take them, but check with your dr or local pharmacist if you have questions. I have heard from pregnant women they make your hair and nails grow long and strong….. :-)Not sure whether its the prenatals that do that or just pregnancy hormones…..

Alwina

Yes, It is definitely great to see a fellow Sierra Leonean! I didn’t even finish reading the post and came straight to the comment section! I love it when fellow Africans are considered icons on this blog! God bless!

eve-audrey

+1

MiMi

thanks, ladies.

Orihime11

Very beautiful and inspirational 🙂

MiMi

thanks, Orihime11

anastasia

Mimi, wow, stunning!

MiMi

thanks, Anastasia.

Afrinaturality

Nice to see a fellow Sierra Leonean! MiMi, your hair and baby are beautiful!

MiMi

thanks, Afrinaturality

MiMi

Tree braids are conrows with the “extension hair” pulled out. Your hair is braided underneath (Kind of like a weave) but the extensions are pulled out as the the hair is braided to give that illusion of a full weave. Your hair is completely protected underneath and you can style it and wash it everyday if you like. Here is a link to a blog post I did on the tree braids I rocked for my wedding. The link to the tree braid stylists is included. http://www.fabulousnaturalhairstyles.com/2011/11/fabulous-natural-hairstyle-option-for.html
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Melia

WOW!!!! You are just lovely and your hair is beautiful! I’ve seen Tree Braids before, but none as nicely done as yours. Looks good…really good!!!! I looked at the link you provided and you were a beautiful bride! Continued blessings to you, your husband, and your beautiful baby!

MiMi

thanks, Ugonna and Melia!

Ugonna Wosu

this is lovely, as are all the photos you have shared with us. Cute baby too. Congrats on everything!

MiMi

oop sorry about the photo size.

Michelle

Love your hair, your baby is cute too 🙂

MiMi

thanks so much!!!

Bridget J.

Awesome hair and adorable baby!

MiMi

Thank you!!!!

eve-audrey

such a lovely icon! and the baby is just too cute!

MiMi

Thank you!!!

Tia

I loved reading her story about her 3 year natural cycle.I love to see ladies sporting a good ol’ fro. There is nothing better than that!! Your hair and baby are lovely Mimi…but I gotta ask, what are TREE BRAIDS?

MiMi

thank you! I explain tree braids in my comment below.

cb

gorgeous, what are tree braids?

MiMi

Thank you. See my comment below on tree braids.

ItsMe

Hey Mimi, My Salone and DMV sista lol. Love your afro!

MiMi

Thanks, Salone titi!!

Iva

Everything about Mimi is just lovely, absolutely lovely. Love her, hair her style, her attitude, and her beatiful baby!

Dawn

+1

MiMi

Awwwee, thanks so much. Appreciate the love.

keisha

Gorgeous! What do u do since you travel overseas alot?

MiMi

Thank you. When I travel overseas, I get conrows or braids before traveling.

keisha

I’m sorry I meant your profession?! Sounds cool that you get to travel internationally for work!

MiMi

OH, lol. I’m a prosecutor for an international non-profit organization.

Mika

Gorgeous!!

MiMi

Thank you!!

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