*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 and… 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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