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Intro­duce your­self!
M:
Hel­lo, My name is Melis­sa. I live in Flori­da now, but I’m from Cal­i­for­nia and Puer­to Rico.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
M:
I’ve been nat­u­ral now for 13 years and I love it! I chose to go nat­u­ral because I couldn’t remem­ber what my nat­u­ral hair looked or felt like at the time. I had been get­ting my hair relaxed since I was a lit­tle girl, so I didn’t remem­ber what it was like. I let a lit­tle bit of my nat­u­ral hair grow out before for cut­ting off all of my relaxed hair, so I start­ed out with a mini fro. After hav­ing the afro for a few years I was look­ing for a new look, but didn’t want to go back to relax­ing my hair. All around me were the­se beau­ti­ful peo­ple with locs, so I decid­ed to try them out. It was great hav­ing them. It was inter­est­ing to see people’s reac­tions to my hair in dif­fer­ent coun­tries.

I kept my 89 locs for 8 years. Once again I was look­ing for­ward to a new look and the chance to have more vari­ety of styles I could do with­out the locs. It wasn’t as easy to style my locs because they were thick­er than most. When I cut them off it felt so weird but good to just comb through my hair. I actu­al­ly spent a while just comb­ing through it. It felt like a long over­due mas­sage. It also felt weird hold­ing my head up with­out all the weight of the locs…like a bob­ble head.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
M:
My hair type is 4c!!! I would say my hair is dense. I have a lot of it, and it grows pret­ty fast.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
M:
I don’t have to do to much styling at the length that my hair is now. I just comb through it and put oil in it. With locs I didn’t style much. I would get the­se crazy headaches when I did, so for the most part I would just let them be free flow­ing. I retwist­ed with gel and towards the end I used no pro­duct to twist. The roots were twist­ed every 2–3 weeks, or when­ev­er I would find a loose root.

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What does wash day look like for you?
M:
I would wash my locs every two weeks. They col­lect a lot of dirt so I would use Pan­tene Pro-V Clar­i­fy­ing Sham­poo to get all the dirt out. I didn’t use con­di­tion­er and I let my hair air dry. To give the locs some mois­ture and shine I used grape­seed oil, argan oil or coconut oil. The argan oil has a great scent to it, so when I want my hair to be per­fumed I use that oil. Now that I have a mini fro, I don’t know if it’s because of the locs or not, but I’ve had to use dan­druff sham­poo since I cut them. I wash 2–3 times a week. For con­di­tion­er I use a tea tree hair mask. For mois­ture I still use grape­seed oil, argan oil or coconut oil.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
M:
My hair now is too short to do much with it. On spe­cial occa­sions I’ll add a flow­er or a head­band to change up my look a lit­tle. When I had locs I would just part the hair at a dif­fer­ent place or tie them half up.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
M:
I don’t com­bat shrink­age at this point. I like my hair look­ing short­er while it’s grow­ing. When I had my afro ear­lier on in my jour­ney I would blow dry the roots with a blow dry­er comb attach­ment.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
M:
As men­tioned, for some rea­son I have a lot of dan­druff that I did not have before cut­ting my locs.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
M:
If you have dan­druff, comb your scalp in the show­er to take more of it out while you wash.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
M:
You can find me on my blog at http://graphicista.tumblr.com/ or @mwilliams7 on Insta­gram.

Meosha

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

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19 Comments on "Melissa // 4C Natural Hair Style Icon"

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Alisa

She does look like Jurnee, and she looks beau­ti­ful with locs and with a TWA!

ohsnap

This is inter­est­ing. I’m hav­ing the same prob­lem. I cut my 11 year old locs at the begin­ning of last mon­th and I’ve been expe­ri­enc­ing itch­ing and dan­druff like crazy. I’m won­der­ing if it’s because of the cold, dry win­ter air and my scalp being more exposed. I’m going to try an acv rin­se dur­ing my next wash.

ruth

I like hair style

youngin girl

I want to see more loc’n’ drop fea­tures on here. Aslo, more fro’s because i’m get­ting attached all over again.

Caramelcurls

What a pret­ty lady! Her hair looks great either way. She does remind me of Jurnee Smol­lett, but also Priscil­la Shir­er.

Coco

Her beau­ti­ful smile is con­ta­gious :-)

Nkem

Beau­ti­ful. Both with locs and TWA. Her pics just exudes grace. Real­ly pret­ty.

Prerna

I like lour hair…they look more volu­mized and fluffy

MJay

She’s so beau­ti­ful!!

nappy headed black girl

What a beau­ty. She reminds me of Jurnee Smol­let. I saw her pic post­ed on Face­book but had no idea who she was. Thanks for the inter­view.

cheni_zim

Glad I’m not the only one, when­ev­er I undo my braids and my hair is free my scalp goes men­tal. It itch­es it hurts, one night it itch­es and hurt so bad I had to wake up and douse it with aloe vera. I still don’t under­stand why my scalp does this, it’s as if it’s hap­py when it has weight like braids/locs…and yours are amaz­ing I’m tempt­ed to loc, I’m in box braids so much any­way…

Kim

OMG! she’s the lady i saw on pin­ter­est and fb! i lit­er­al­ly want­ed to grow locs after see­ing her beau­ti­ful pic! i real­ized im too attached to play­ing in my hair, so i wont loc.. but dang.. for the min­utes i looked at her pic i real­l­l­l­ly want­ed locs.

Tuesday

I had bad dan­druff for awhile but tea tree oil saved my scalp, like , seri­ous­ly. Lol May­be you could try it! you’re soo pret­ty btw!

Pat

The locs and the TWA are cute on you. That younger pic is pre­cious

My Baby Girls Curls

Love it! I hope to be as brave as you one day. I’ve had my locs for 9 years and I’m def­i­nite­ly get­ting that itch for a change and I’ve had it for a lit­tle while now…you’re beau­ti­ful btw. Have you had any regrets to date?

Ashlie Ayanna

Beau­ti­ful & ele­gant. :)

Tena

Awww you kin­da look like Jurnee Smol­lett :)

JenniD

Your locs were beau­ti­ful! Your mini Afro looks good too. Inter­est­ing about your scalp giv­ing up grief now that you cut off your locs. I won­der if its because your scalp is more exposed to the air more?

Minimalist Beauty
I was also think­ing the same thing about hav­ing your scalp more exposed to the air being the cause of dan­druff. I’m won­der­ing if using apple cider vine­gar dilut­ed with water would help at all with the dan­druff. I’ve been using ACV as a hair/scalp cleanser and it has been won­der­ful. ACV was also great for clar­i­fy­ing my hair when I was loc­ing it a years ago and deal­ing with the tran­si­tion of not comb­ing my hair. I’m back to loose curly hair now yet see­ing your beau­ti­ful locs is tempt­ing to want to loc again. May­be in the future.… Read more »
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