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Introduce yourself!
M:
I’m Monica from Kansas City, Missouri and my website is moknowshair.com.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
M:
I’ve been natural off and on throughout life…I’d just relax my hair when I would cut it into short styles. The last time I cut my hair off was in 2008 to get rid of some permanent color. After that, I relaxed one more time then decided to grow it out, naturally, in 2009. I love my natural texture, especially since now there are products that make it easier to style…in the 90’s there was nothing for “our” hair, so being natural was hard, and I never stuck with it.

How would you describe your texture?
M:
I have type 3A hair, medium porosity, fine width and high density.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
M:
My go-to style is the wash-n-go. I use Trader Joe’s Shampoo and Conditioner, ApHogee Keratin and Green Tea Restructurizer, Mixed Chicks Leave-In Conditioner and Chi Deep Brilliance Reflect oil. To get maximum volume and defined curls, I use a ceramic blow dryer with a diffuser attachment. If I want to wear protective styles, I will do a blow out by letting my hair air-dry or by sitting under a hooded dryer, then use my blow dryer to stretch my hair. For this I like to layer heat protectants such as ApHogee Restructurizer, Crème of Nature Perfect 7 and Dr. Miracle’s Curl Friendly Blow Out Foam. I use Chi Deep Brilliance Reflect while blow drying. If I want to wear my hair silky straight, I do a traditional roller set under the dryer, then use my FHI Ceramic Flat Iron to style. When I do this style, I like to use Scruples Sulfate-Free Shampoo and Restorative Conditioner along with Motions Styling Foam and Chi Deep Brilliance Reflect to finish.

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What does wash day look like for you?
M:
Wash day almost always includes me using Trader Joe’s Shampoo and Conditioner to start. It’s such a wonderful, natural product and the price point is amazingly low. I always deep condition in a plastic cap for 45 minutes, or under a hooded dryer for 20. Then I decide on either a wash-n-go or blow out. If I just had a blowout or straight style, I will do a protein treatment to restore my hair fully. I also do a homemade hot oil treatment every 4-6 weeks.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
M:
My wash-n-go lasts for days! I can pin-up the sides, twist sections to the back, do a side pineapple with a scarf, or pull it into a big, curly ponytail. I can get about a week out of a wash-n-go by wearing it down the first 3-4 days and then styling the other 3-4 days. I love it!

How do you combat shrinkage?
M:
I don’t have shrinkage; my hair actually pulls almost straight when wet. My goal in curly styling is to draw my hair up into defined, wavy curls. Diffusing with Mixed Chicks Leave-In Conditioner helps me do that flawlessly every time.

Tell us about your hair color?
M:
I have never been a red head before, so I figured I’d try it! And I love it! I used Ion’s Ammonia-Free Demi-Permanent in Light Burgundy Blonde with Volume 10 Developer. Because my natural hair color is a medium brown, higher volume lift and bleach weren’t necessary to achieve this color. Also, I have medium porosity making it relatively easy to absorb chemical and product. I have not experienced any damage or change in curl pattern. I attribute this to the product being ammonia-free.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
M:
I wouldn’t say I have any problem areas, but I do always make sure to keep my edges moisturized with jojoba oil and I always tie my hair up at night and when I workout to prevent unnecessary rubbing or pull.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
M:
1. I do always deep condition to make sure my hair is soft and moisturized. 2. I do trim my ends every three months (or check to see if I need trimming) to make sure I don’t have split ends.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
M:
1. I do not co-wash. I’ve tried it a few times, but I never get the same results I get with regular shampooing every 5-7 days. My scalp is naturally oily; I need a cleansing shampoo to remove build up. 2. I do not use heavy, holding custards for twists, bunning or bantu knots because they cause my hair to be too heavy and the strands just clump together, so I don’t have the body and volume I prefer. Instead, I use light butters and puddings for those styles.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
M:
moknowshair.com
All of my social media (IG, FB, YT, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Twitter) are “moknowshair”

Meosha

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

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61 Comments on "Monica // 3A Natural Hair Style Icon"

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MizzMally
I started watching Mo because I thought her hair was similar to mine. I’m a 3A with low density, medium strands, and low porosity. My roots however, aren’t really curly like hers which kind of confuses me. I get that the longer your hair is, the more weight it has which causes the curls to become bigger, but I really think Mo is a 3B. Me and other 3A’s I know don’t have to smooth down our baby hairs because they are naturally straight since they are much shorter, and my waves are consistent from root to tip. Mo also… Read more »
bsbfankaren

Really? You are going in on the fact that she chooses to put jell on her edges, so therefore her hair type has to be different than she’s saying? Honestly. Is it really that important? Sigh…I truly wish we as women could find some more important things to occupy our time!

bsbfankaren

By the way, someone else thought this Icon’s edges were too straight for her hair to truly be natural, while you think the jell addition means she’s not in the upper echelon’s of type 3! LOL!

Kayla

I know what you mean. I have 3B hair and her roots/edges are a lot tighter than mine. It’s weird that people don’t notice heat damage when it’s so obvious.

bsbfankaren
And Kayla, I’m often surprised by how much is blamed on heat damage instead of simply being how one’s hair grows! My roots are tighter and more course than the rest of my hair, and I use heat no more than once or twice a year. This is why this whole hair typing system needs to be done away with. Some of you have some really weird expectations that every woman will have exactly the same hair, and when it’s not like your hair, it must be “heat damage” the race card of the natural hair community. Honestly. Lighten up.
Kayla

Nothing to lighten up about:) People with naturally loose, 3A curly hair wouldn’t have tight roots. That just doesn’t make sense. Pair that with 450 degree heat and it looks like heat damage. Just my (and several others’) observation.

bsbfankaren

And the opinion of far too many women who want to believe we all have type 4 hair, and therefore anything else is heat damage. Monica is a beautiful woman with gorgeous hair, your opinion of her roots not withstanding! LOL!

MizzMally
You’re right it really doesn’t make sense. 3Bs and 3As pretty much have straight baby hairs and don’t require gel to keep them down. You can see her baby hairs more clearly in her recent videos, and they are definitely not straight. They look more like 3C and are coarse and wiry and I’m guessing that’s why she always has to gel them down. It’s obvious she takes good care of her hair what with the million products she puts in it, so why does her baby hairs not match the rest of her hair? Whether it’s heat damage, texturizer,… Read more »
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