Meet Mel…a natural vet who shows that Fros are appropriate for every occasion. So chic!
CN: How long have you been natural?
M: I had my last relaxer in late 2005 and cut off the last of my straight ends Spring of 2007.
CN: What is your current regimen?
M: Once a week (usually Sunday evening) I wash with DevaCare No-Poo and condition with a very generous amount of DevaCare One Condition. I rinse the excess One Condition out, but I leave some of it in. After I wash and condition, I either use DevaCare Set-It Free or Curls Gel-les’c. (The Curls is a recent discovery and I notice less knotting when I use it, so it might permanently replace the Set-It Free. We’ll see.)
To style I twist my hair in relatively small sections, put a little jojoba oil on my scalp and my twists, and then I sleep in them. (I usually do this too late at night to dry in time for work on Monday, so I usually have to sit under the dryer for a bit, but I need to get away from that. It really dries out the top layers of my hair.) When I wake up in the morning, I untwist and fluff. You might notice that I’m missing a good deep conditioner…I’m lazy about that…but I’m working on it.
CN: How do you maintain length? Moisture?
M: After I style my hair on Sunday, I don’t manipulate it much the rest of the week. I just let it do its own thing, and I think that helps with maintaining length. The combo of One Condition, my styling product of choice, and jojoba oil usually keeps it pretty moisturized. Also, I never ever use shampoo, only No-Poo, so I’m never stripping moisture from my hair.
CN: How do you protect your curls at night?
M: I sleep on a satin pillowcase with my hair out and pull and shape it in the morning.
CN: What would you tell a new natural, or transitioning diva?
M: If your family has a negative reaction to your transitioning plans, take it with a grain of salt!! I love my mom, but she had nothing nice to say when I first started growing out my relaxer. She even threatened to give me a relaxer in my sleep (she was sort of joking, but there was some truth there)! Also, let go of any preconceived notions you might have about your hair texture. It’s a weird thing to reach your mid-twenties and have no idea what your natural hair looks like, but that’s where I was. My granny started pressing it when I was a toddler and I got my first relaxer in elementary school, so my natural texture was a mystery to me and I was scared of it. I was always told that I didn’t have “good hair,” but I’m so glad I didn’t let that stand in my way. I love my hair now. I wouldn’t change a thing!
CN: What’s the best thing about being naturally glamorous?
M: Oh there are lots of good things! Here are some off the top of my head: 1) Personally, I think it’s a lot less work, and I’m kind of lazy, so that’s great for me. Yeah, the once a week styling might take a while, but then I don’t really have to do anything else until it’s time to wash again. 2) Compliments on my hair from strangers. 3) My fro jazzes up my outfits. It’s like a really great accessory. 4) I feel more like myself with big curly hair. Don’t know how to describe it really, but I’m sure some naturals out there know what I mean. 5) Last but certainly not least, I have fallen in love with my hair as it grows out of my head. I never thought I would be able to say that.
CN: Anything else you want to add?
M: Come visit me on my blog Life of Belle. I don’t do many posts about my hair, but if more naturals/transitioners start to read and request hair tips/product reviews, I’d be happy to do more hair posts.
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So beautiful!!! amazing hair!!!!
At last someone with the same regime and approach to being natural as me. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.
I love her hair, it's so perfect…it totally fits her.
your hair is beautiful!!! it fits you, i love it!!!
Beautiful beautiful hair lady!!! Thanx for sharing your story with us :0)
Please post more pics of you and your beautiful hair. Absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!!
Fierce!!!!! Your hair is absolutely beautiful! I will definitely check out your blog. I just started one myself to help me with my dissertation topic, so you can check it out at browngirlnarratives.blogspot.com. Peace!
Mel's hair is gorgeous! I had the same reaction from my mom, but I ignored it also. She is still on the fence, but it's my hair. I never knew my real texture until I was 39 yrs of age, so don't feel bad. My mom had me getting relaxers at 9 because she said my hair was too "wooly". I will never go back and I love the hair growing out of my head too. Thanks for the inspiration!
Mel, your hair is so hot!!!
Thanks so much for all of the lovely comments on my interview! Ya'll sure know how to make a gal feel good.
I love her hair…I love seeing more 4a/4bs like me out here!!
OMG. Beautiful hair. Beautiful woman.
Wow!!!! your hair is gorgeous. Great to see 4a/4b girls representing! Can't wait for my hair to get this big.
Just took a look at her blog and I'm really feeling it! she's so FIERCE! I will def be checking out her blog some more, she should do more hair post.
Mel, your hair and eyes are so striking and gorgeous. You're workin' them!
Thanks for featuring more and more 4a/4b ladies. i'm tranisitioning and was starting to lose patience b/c i don't know what to do with my hair but this is giving me more motivation. I do wish i could naturally loosen & soften the curls a lil more tho.
such pretty hair
Very Pretty ~
I love her hair ~
I ADORE your hair!! So pretty, I will check out your blog! 🙂
you and your hair are beautiful. thanks for the your story!