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Intro­duce your­self!
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?
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?
I have very dense­ly packed, tight curls, which some would con­sid­er as 3c.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the month.
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.


What does wash day look like for you?
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.
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
Most def­i­nite­ly! You can find me on Tum­blr:, Insta­gram @twodollarsricher, and YouTube: twodol­larsrich­er.


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

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Invisiblebeauty Lovelydollface
Invisiblebeauty Lovelydollface

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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U are very Gorgeous!!!And i love all of your hair style!!!



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.



sor­ry here is my IG if you want to see some pics of my hair


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Very nice hair and well said!


Sim­ply AWESOME!!!


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.

Purpleicious Babe

love­ly volu­mi­nous hair…
thanks for shar­ing…


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

You’re hair is so pret­ty.


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*


You have such pret­ty curls!

Just Saying





Gor­geous, exot­ic look­ing girl with beau­ti­ful hair! #WERK


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?


Hunty, work it!!! Hair is on point!


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!


beau­ti­ful hair and woman.


Thank you!


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!!

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!


Shout out to Moms! :)


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.


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




Thank you!