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Introduce yourself!
M:
My name is Mercedes. Some people may know me as Two Dollars Richer. I am originally from Cleveland, Ohio. Houston, Texas however, raised me. I’m a Southern girl at heart.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
M:
I went natural without even knowing it. Honestly, I had no clue as to what being natural entailed. Basically, I was in middle school and realized two things. The first one being, I didn’t like the perming process. You know, the burning, itching scalp, the possibility of my hair falling out, and having to get a perm every couple of weeks was the worst to me. The second one, and I can’t believe I’m admitting this, was that I hated going to the hair salon my mother was taking me to. I didn’t like the ambiance of the salon, the man doing my hair, or the location. I asked my mother if we could stop going and that was the last time a perm ever touched my head. It’s been about 8 years since.

How would you describe your texture?
M:
I have very densely packed, tight curls, which some would consider as 3c.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
M:
I tend to wash my hair every three to five days. If I don’t, my scalp will start itching like crazy. I deep condition every week if I have time. Wash and Go’s had to be created with me in mind because that’s all I do. If I’m in the mood to switch it up, and this rarely happens, I will. As far as straightening my hair, I always deep condition beforehand with either a homemade treatment or Shea Moisture’s Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque. I use a leave in conditioner, usually Aussie Leave-In Hair Insurance, Biosilk Silk Therapy (a little goes a long way), and the Chi 44 Iron Guard Thermal Protection Spray to tame my curls.

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What does wash day look like for you?
M:
First, I ask myself some questions to determine how wash day will begin. If my scalp is itching or I feel as if there is product build up, I will use Shea Moisture’s Organic African Black Soap Purification Masque. It is definitely one of my favorite products. Relieves an itchy scalp in no time. Now, if it’s time to deep condition my hair, I will use a homemade avocado deep conditioning treatment or Shea Moisture’s Deep Treatment Masque. If neither of the two is required, I will start with my regular routine. I wash my hair with Shea Moisture’s Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and Shine Shampoo and condition with Shea Moisture’s Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and Shine Conditioner. Afterwards, I will section my hair and detangle each section with a homemade aloe vera leave in (The recipe can be found on Black Girl with Long Hair). My preferred oil for the recipe is coconut). To finish, I use Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie. Air-drying is my preferred method. Blow dryers are used if I’m in a rush.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
M:
I’m not sure if this would even be considered a hairstyle, but I just let my curls do their thing. I love to leave my curls loose and all over my head! If it’s way too hot outside for that, I will pull my hair up into a loose bun. Lately, I’ve been rocking my version of Janelle Monae’s pompadour. It doesn’t take long at all. Give me three minutes, a hair tie, some bobby pins, and I’m done.

How do you combat shrinkage?
M:
I don’t have a problem with shrinkage. My hair is still pretty long in its natural state.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
M:
The crown of my head is extremely dry! I always give it some extra TLC by making sure it hasn’t been overlooked and is thoroughly moisturized.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
M:
Moisturize those strands—each and every last one of them! Having dry hair isn’t fun to deal with, especially when it comes to detangling. Also, if you are straightening your hair, please use a heat protectant! Of course there are other precautions you have to take, but using one is a step in the right direction for protecting your hair from heat damage.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
M:
Don’t go to a beautician that doesn’t understand or specialize in natural hair! I’ve made the mistake once. NEVER AGAIN! My hair wouldn’t curl back up after being straightened at a local hair salon. After calling the beautician to figure out why, crying for hours, and letting my hair soak in deep conditioner for 48 hours straight, it finally went back to normal. Well, after a couple days. Also, don’t give up on your hair. It may be frustrating whenever certain products don’t work anymore or your hair is suddenly giving you problems. Embrace each challenge and share it with other naturals.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
M:
Most definitely! You can find me on Tumblr: twodollarsricher.tumblr.com, Instagram @twodollarsricher, and YouTube: twodollarsricher.

Meosha

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

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Arieona

How do you get your curls to not look dry? My curls look so dry and not moisturized after the first day. It becomes stiff and feels dry , but my curls don’t curl like that at all.

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Yasmina

Hi

I am a natural all the way from Europe. Would love to feature on your web-page at some point.

Please let me know if that’s possible.

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Yasmina

sorry here is my IG if you want to see some pics of my hair http://instagram.com/yazzyfizz

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TWA4now

Very nice hair and well said!

jjac401

Simply AWESOME!!!

D.K.

THe first thing I thought when I saw the pictures was: “Dang, girl, how you get all that in them jeans!” Pretty awesome; I know, the cornrows are stellar! Love.

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Purpleicious Babe

lovely voluminous hair…
thanks for sharing…

Danielle

I’m in houston!! Help me with my hair, please.

You’re hair is so pretty.

Mercedes

I’m not sure if going through every comment would be too much! So instead, here is a big thank you! Thank you for the compliments, the love, and taking the time out to read my interview. Shout out to Black Girl with Long Hair for even featuring me! I was really excited to be on here, especially since it’s one site that I check on the regular.

Much love everybody! xoxo! *2 snaps*

Jelly

You have such pretty curls!

Just Saying

HAIR PORN STAR!!

Sana

Gorg!

Caramelcurls

Gorgeous, exotic looking girl with beautiful hair! #WERK

jasmine

get it girl!!

leading change

Awesome issues here. I am very happy to look your post. Thanks so much and I am taking a look forward to touch you. Will you please drop me a mail?

Kelcie

Hunty, work it!!! Hair is on point!

Amarmi

Those curls be pop.pop.pop.pop.popppinnn
And you got that do you boo attitude.
Just let it do its thang. love it gurlie!

ema

beautiful hair and woman.

Mercedes

Thank you!

Rachel

Gorgeous hair & girl. Lovely interview, nice details. Pretty awesome your mom let you take your stand about your hair so young. So who took care of your hair from that point on and how old were you?

I agree, great to see another 3c gal, can’t wait till my hair grows up and gets your length 😉 those cornrows are insane!!

Mercedes
Thank you Rachel! My mother is pretty awesome for that. 🙂 Gotta love her. After the perms stopped, I took care of my own hair. My age? Umm… I want to say around 12 or 13. So if I needed to wash it or style it, it was all on me. Around that age, I was using gel—a lot of gel! The crunch. SMH. I’ve learned since then of course. lol If I wanted to straighten my hair around that time, I would get it professionally done. Eventually, I learned how to do it myself. The perms were done at… Read more »
Nature Girl

I’m glad your mom honored your wishes and didn’t take you back to that salon. You have healthy & natural big hair! And those corn-rolls are serious.. Yas!

Mercedes

Shout out to Moms! 🙂

Skyler

YAY!!! ANOTHER 3C CURLY!!! This girl is very beautiful and very much an inspiration to me and my own hair. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

Mercedes

Thank you Skyler! Sending much love your way. xoxo!

Sassy24

Gorgeous

Mercedes

Thank you!

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