*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

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Introduce yourself!
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.

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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.

Meosha

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

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50 Comments on "Michelle // 4B/C Natural Hair Style Icon"

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Jemutai
I am really excited about the natural hair journey i just restarted. I tried it a while back, got a little frustrated and then gave up, a friend introduced me to BGLH and i am loving all that i am learning here. I enjoyed reading this story especially the Marley hair idea for weekdays. I wore my short natural hair ‘out’ last week but struggled with styling it in the morning; it just took so long and didn’t really give me the ‘fab’ look i wanted. So over the weekend i twisted my hair with Marley braids and have had… Read more »
charlotte brown

beautiful hair. i have the same hair texture. youre very beautiful and your natural styles only enhance your beauty. im gonna try the bun using the marley hair. thanks for sharing your journey with all of us. ill be checking for you on youtube.

BB

I wanted to say that I clicked on this article mainly because of the title. West Africa??? I never say to people “Hello, I’m BB, I’m from West Africa”. Just my own personal opinion.
That being said, Michelle from Ghana, gorgeous hair and smile. Keep going.

Love JAH

Very very pretty! West Africa stand up!!!

NoMoreCandy4U

Not only is your hair beautiful, Michelle, U are so Beautiful.

Kukie

Woo Woo!! I’m from Ghana too!! I love your hair!! You are gorgeous.

Alyssa

Wow, you are a stunning beauty! Gorgeous hair, gorgeous skin, gorgeous everything. 🙂

eve-audrey

your hair is beautiful and your skin is perfect what do you use on it?

Jacky

Beautiful hair!

Camille

Ghana STAND UP!

Coconut + Cream

AAAhhhhhh looove her on Youtube!!! She’s so pretty

Candice
I don’t see a problem with defining the term “natural.” Women can define the word for themselves, but then I also feel like those who wish to subscribe to the natural hair community should respect the way that it defines natural. It seems to me that the natural hair community defines “natural” as hair that has not been chemically processed. Some people choose to include color into that; some people just regard it as chemical straightening. Just like a company has a right to protect its brand, I believe that natural women who work and put the time and effort… Read more »
CN

Girl bye!

All that decisiveness. You should be more concerned with that rachett mess on TV representing Blk women to a international audience.

AC

AMEN!!! If it doesn’t apply let it fly, I could care less what anyone says natural or relaxed, forget em.

Yocheved

Sooo pretty!! Wow!

Shelly

Thank you thank you love!!

Bridget J.

Beautiful girl and hair!

Jojo satoes

W Africa representing! I love ms cinnn….. Great personality n awesome tips without being dictatorial! Glad to see her featured here…….

Shelly

lol!!! You’re so sweet, thank you!!

Vonnie
Some of the comments above is why I have started to pull away from the natural forums. I really starting to follow behind “himay10nence” on YT, who IS natural, but who COMPLETELY shuns being a part of the “natural hair community” because it comes with too many rules and regulations. Yes, women are natural, but we want to color our hair, why the hell not? if we want to wear wigs, exstentions or braids, why the the hell not? OBVIOUSLY it’s not that we’re ashamed of our natural hair cause if that’s the case, Dark & Lovely costs 7.99 at… Read more »
Aico

The woman asked a QUESTION and the model answered it. It’s not that serious. Why are people so sensitive? The model didn’t take it personally, so why should you and some of the others chiming in like the peanut gallery? Goodness!

Beth

+1000

Shelly

Thank you sis 🙂 You are right. There are people in this world who sometimes choose to judge and at the end of the day, you do what works for you. Because those same people will not be there for you when you can’t. Peace sista

DiscoveringNatural

Hey Girl, This is DiscoveringNatural from YouTube. I didn’t know you were Ghanaian. I love your YouTube channel. You always keep it real!!!
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Shelly

Yes ma’m I am 🙂 Thank you sis

Ang

Nice pics! I’m already subscribed to YT page 🙂

Shelly

Thank you Ang 🙂

Natural Mystic
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. I’M WONDERING HOW YOU ENCOURAGE THOSE YOUNG GIRLS WHEN YOU SAY THE FOLLOWING: My hair is typically in a protective style during the weekdays… Read more »
LaShay

Wait your upset cuz she’s being a phenomenal woman who wants to keep her hair protected while she’s at it? Wow shallow as shallow gets. Wake up!!! It’s her hair and she IS an inspiration whether she wears it out once a week or once a year!

Shelly
I understand why you ask this. When I first began wearing wigs it was to hide my hair. I never felt my hair was even acceptable to wear and I was ashamed of it. The reason I wear wigs now is SOLELY because of time. Working a demanding job full-time and being in a PhD program in the evening isn’t easy; and unfortunately, as a result I am unable to do much with my hair on weekdays. Therefore on weekends, I wear it out and usually do my filming. In regard to being an inspiration, I believe I do that… Read more »
cb

Shelly, I love wearing wigs…with my job wearing wigs save so much time and one can have so much fun with them. Please do not apologize to the reader above about your choice…continue to do YOU 🙂

Erica

What a classy reply THATS WHY I LUV U! I can speak for myself when I say I was going through a depression and was seriously considering taking my life at one point. I remember stumbling across your video about embracing your texture. It made me feel so good about myself. Like I didnt have to be perfect. I can say to you that video was the difference between me being here right now and me being somewhere else. love you ms cc

TINA SMITH

DIDN’T SHE USE A TEXTURIZER ONE TIME

Erica

people are so petty. get your facts straight. and why does it matter? DIDNT YOU HAVE A RELAXER?? people are a trip

SK

She got the wave nouveau, hence why she’s currently been natural for a little over a year.

Vonnie

I’m ALWAYS watching her YouTube vids 🙂

Avril

OMG soooooo pretty!! I love your hair!

Ashley

I looovvvee her and her hair. That is my Ashanti sister. She always comes up with the best hairstyles, especially for short to medium length naturals. Her styles also go well for naturals with thick and kinky hair like mine.

ytcmsboslady

She is one of my favorite YT channels! Very create with her twa styles.

karajw

Love the updo….She has beautiful face

Soph

Bang Bang! What a beauty!

Tanya

I love this lady! MissCinnamonCake on youtube. I’m one of her subbies. She is breathtaking!

jjac401

That updo is BEAUTIFUL!!!

Shelly

Thank you 🙂 I have a tutorial for it up 🙂

Amma Mama

Ghana Stand up!
Lol 🙂
I am subscribed to her You Tube channel 🙂

Shelly

Whoot Whoot!!! Thank you for being a part of my yt family <3

mlank64

Beautiful woman. That hair is gorgeous

Shelly

Thank you so much!!! 🙂

Lovisa

Wow you look amazing nd I love your hair texture.

Shelly

That is so sweet, thank you so much!!!

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