*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
M: My name is Michelle, I’m from Ghana, West Africa and I live in Los Angeles, California. I work as a school psychologist and am in school working towards a doctorate in Education.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
M: I have been natural on and off my entire life. More recently, I have been natural for one year. Throughout my childhood up until I was 20, I wore my hair in braids and weaves. I never felt that my hair was beautiful so I did anything I could do to hide it. One day in college, a friend and I attempted to straighten my hair with a hot comb and it broke off most of my hair. After that, I decided I was tired of hiding behind wigs, weaves and braids and decided to take my hair and my self-esteem seriously. I also wanted to encourage other young girls with a texture similar to mine that they are beautiful, and they should be proud of who they are.
How would you describe your texture?
M: My hair texture is a combination of 4b/4c. The front and crown area have loose coils and the back of my hair is extremely coarse with much tighter coils. My hair strands are fine. My hair is also quite porous which can become problematic when trying to retain moisture. However, over time I have learned the best way to take care of my hair and keep it soft and healthy.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
M: My hair is typically in a protective style during the weekdays and worn in natural styles during the weekends. I wear my hair in flat twists underneath my wigs during the week. This allows for my hair to have a break from manipulation and allows me to focus on work and school during the weekdays. In the morning and evening, I moisturize my hair by spraying it with Giovanni Direct Leave-in Conditioner infused with oils.
What does wash day look like for you?
M: On Sunday, which is my wash day, I begin by pre-pooing (putting Aussie Moist Conditioner with olive oil and honey in my hair) for about an hour. I then rinse my hair, section and part it into six sections. From there I use Luv Naturals Don’t Be So Clingy detangler to detangle each section with a wide toothed comb, then rinse. I then shampoo my hair with Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo. After shampooing, I deep condition with Curl Junkie’s Curl Rehab mixed with olive oil, castor oil and honey and use my Huetiful Hair Steamer. I then rinse my hair and add my Kinky Curly Leave In Conditioner, sweet almond oil and twist with Qhemet Biologics Amla and Olive Heavy Cream.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
M: My favorite go-to hairstyle is the high bun with Marley braiding hair. I just put my hair in a high ponytail and wrap the Marley hair around it and run out of the door.
How do you combat shrinkage?
M: I don’ t lol. Shrinkage is a huge part of my hair texture and many times I just accept it. Occasionally I will band my hair the night before styling in order to have more elongated curls.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
M: The middle section of my hair. That is the section I neglect the most because it’s hardest to reach (especially because my hair is still short). That area of my head is often times the driest and most difficult to comb. I have to frequently remind myself to pay extra attention to those strands in order to prevent breakage.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
M: Deep conditioning and protective styling.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
M: Blow drying and using conditioner without slip.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
M: Yes, you can find me on YouTube under MissCinnamonCake (http://www.youtube.com/user/MissCinnamonCake) and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NaturaleGoddess.