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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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