CN: How long have you been natural?
MM: I stopped relaxing in November 2005. I always wanted to go natural but never had the courage to actually do it. I transitioned for 17 loooooonnnnng months and gave myself a few crazy haircuts during that time to get rid of some of the relaxed ends. In April 2007, I was finally 100% natural!
CN: What is your regimen?
MM: I feel like I’m always switching it up depending on how much free time I have. Sometimes I will rock a wash and go for a few weeks and when I know I’m going to be short on time, I’ll twist my hair and rock two-strand twists for a week or two. For the most part, I shampoo with Avalon Organics Clarifying Shampoo once or twice a month and in between my shampoo days, I co-wash with Trader Joes Nourish Spa Conditioner. I style with Knot Today and Kinky-Curly Curling Custard for a wash and go which lasts 3-4 days. If I’m doing twists, I use a leave-in conditioner and a moisturizer (my favorites are Karen’s Body Beautiful Hair Milk and Qhemet Biologics Burdock Root Butter Cream). Otherwise, I wear a bun or ponytail.
CN: What is the one thing you’d tell a newbie to help her on her journey?
MM: Expect the unexpected! You may love your hair one day, and hate it the next. Natural hair can be unpredictable (especially in the beginning). Just be patient and experiment with different products until you find what your hair likes. But don’t go overboard and buy tons of products just because someone else said it’s their holy grail. Have an idea of what you are trying to achieve with a particular product first and then make sure it has the type of ingredients that meets those needs. Most importantly, be confident in your decision to go natural and be patient….the length will come!
CN: How do you maintain length?
MM: For me, mixing up the styles have been key. When I was newly natural, I was wearing a wash and go daily because I was still experimenting with products. All of that manipulation led to some seriously knotted ends and I ended up getting a few inches trimmed off. Now, I alternate between wash and go’s, twists, twistouts and buns, and my ends have been thanking me. I also limit the use of heat to minimize breakage.
CN: How do you protect your style at night?
MM: I usually sleep with a silk scarf. If I’m trying to save my wash n go, I put my hair in two loose ponytails and fluff in the morning. It works out well and the style can last about 4 days.
CN: What’s the best thing about being naturally glamorous?
MM: I absolutely love the flexibility of natural hair. It’s fun to try different styles…..it keeps things interesting. I also feel like natural hair suits me so much more than straight hair. It was the best decision I ever made!
Do you have a fotki account?
WOW! I must say that I am truly in awe of her hair. It’s gorgeous! I really like the pic with the flower. LOVES IT!
Awwww, thanks for all the love ladies!! It’s truly been a “journey” and I learned so much from Curly Nikki and the ladies on naturallycurly.com. My hair is the healthiest it’s ever been and several inches longer than it was when relaxed. Like I said…it was the best decision I ever made for my hair 🙂
L.O.V.E. it! I really liked your newbie advice. It hit home to me when you said don’t buy a lot of products (I’m trying lol) and look for the ingredients that will help you achieve what you want your hair to do/look like.
I have always loved her hair!!
Oh my God! You have the prettiest natural curls ever! I love the way your twists curl up. Your hair is adorable.
Absolutely LOVE your hair!!! Thanks for sharing your hair journey w/us 🙂
you are a perfect example of why i love natural hair , simply beautiful!
I love the twists, they look really moist and soft! Congrats on being natural,it’s definitely the way to go!
Your hair is very beautiful.
Her and her hair are so beautiful! I’ve always admired her hair.
WOW at that photograph where she stretches a curl! WOW!!!
Going natural is a process that requires a lot of patience. There were definitely days when I wanted to shout “Nevermind! Here is your relaxer!” But like MissMonie said, you just have to stick with it. Saying goodbye to damaging chemicals and burned scalp and hello to your natural self is an empowering moment. Good for you MissMonie, and thanks for the interview, CurlyNikki!
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she has BEAUTIFUL hair!!!
I friggin LUV her hair!!!!
Great hair! I have a crush on the flower too 🙂
Miss Monie you should have posted that beautiful picture of you in my favorite black/white dress. You are an inspiration to many on NC!
I love your hair. This is a great example of how beautiful natural hair is.
Definitely have a hair crush. And I love that pic with the flower. And would you look at that ponytail!? Wow!
Her twists and twist-out are gorgeous! Actually, all the pictures are gorgeous! (I just really like the flower. lol.)
I think I have a hair crush on you!