*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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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
I am attach­ing a tree braids pho­to to this com­ment.
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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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