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Mrsmiff– Naturally Glam Hair Idol

By January 27th, 202113 Comments

Meet Mrsmiff… a gorgeous curly that uses twists and braids to stretch her hair to prevent knots and tangles.

Mrsmiff-- Naturally Glam Hair Idol

CN: How long have you been natural?
My last relaxer (I think) was around Dec 2005/Jan 2006. I was never that big on getting them done on time, I ALWAYS tried to stretch it out as long as possible because I was scared of overlapping my old relaxed hair, and afraid that my hair may fall out,lol. So, I was about 3 months into transition before I actually decided to go natural. But I had still been using heat straightening methods until then. So, about March/April 2006 I made a conscious decision to transition.

CN: What is your current regimen?
My (deep conditioning) routine is as follows:

To shampoo, I use liquid castile soap (Trader Joes ~ $2), and once in a while if I feel any buildup, I’ll add a small bit (like 1tsp-1tblspn) of baking soda to the castile to help remove it.

To condition, I use mayo (either store bought, or homemade), or other egg/oil based mixture (homemade) and allow to sit with a shower cap for anywhere from 15 min -2 hours, depending on how much time I have/how lazy I’m being, lol. I then rinse, using lukewarm water (careful not to scramble the egg in my hair). I then do a acv rinse using 1/4cup acv to 3 3/4cup softened/distilled water. I do this once or twice/week in the winter, 2-3x’s /mnth in summer. In summer I mostly co-wash using only a conditioner w/no cones/sulfates/parabens, and just detangle in the shower (with/conditioner in hair), rinse and go. When/if I feel buildup, I refer back to the shampoo routine above.

CN: How do you maintain length? Moisture?
For moisturizing in between /immediately after washes, I use a homemade leave-in and homemade shealoe for twisting/braiding, in the winter (heavier moisture). In the summer I use a homemade curly pudding for wash and go hair (lighter moisture).

I’m discovering that as my hair gets longer, wash and gos aren’t what they used to be. I find myself wearing more stretched styles now (twists/braids/twistouts/braidouts,etc). They last longer, and it just makes it easier to maintain when it comes time to wash/style/detangle. Wash and gos only look good that day for me, then I have a matted mess in the morning, that’s a horror to deal with…

CN: How do you protect your curls a night?
I wear a satin bonnet, sometimes a satin scarf/du-rag if I have twists/braids that I don’t want to frizz at the top (with the bonnet over it so the ends are still protected). I also have many satin pillow cases that I change almost daily (for skin reasons)

CN: What would you tell a new natural, or transitioning diva?
Research & keep trying! Don’t get too frustrated w/your first attempts at new styles, they may take a while to get down, but the results are sooo worth it. There is so much more out there about going (and staying) natural than there was even when I first started my journey. Take advantage of it. Youtube, fotki, nappturality, blogs (like curlynikki!) galore! There is just so much out there for newbies now, so much support and love!

CN: What’s the best thing about being naturally glamorous?
The absolute freedom. I NEVER did my own hair before becoming natural. Being my own stylist is so freeing and uplifting (to my mind and bank account, lol!) I’ve never had so many style options! It’s truly a blessing.


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  • Anonymous says:

    OK I see your Fotki. I will be stalking your fotki so please continue to update and put your recipes on there because I think we have the same hair type. And that is exciting.

  • Anonymous says:

    Ok well I have questions because your hair is gorgeous. I am 9 months in transition and it is women like you with gorgorous hair, simple routines, and homemade products that I love to mimnic.
    Can you share your other recipes? Do you have a fotki?

  • Mrssmif says:

    I'd like to think so. I beat my hair up for many years with mostly unnatural products, and often experienced times of stunted growth (where my hair wouldn't grow past a certain point). My hair right now is longer than it has been in my entire life…just since this short time of going natural and using natural/homemade products. It may not be the same for everyone, but I know it has been key for me…

  • Miss Dior says:

    Gorgeous! Do you think that the all natural hair care has contributed to your growth?

  • Mrssmif says:

    Hey ladies, thanks for the love! Ya'll are so sweet… This is how we all become successful in our journeys, from the encouragement we get from each other.

    For those that asked for the curly pudding recipe, I just use 6 parts aloe vera gel, 3 parts conditioner, and 2 parts oil (I usually use Tablespoons for my "parts"). I use EVOO for the oil, and a condish w/no cones (I've even used the "Breck" brand from Dollar Tree – the pink bottle- with great results), but feel free to use your fave condish, or tweak as you wish. I know everyone's hair is different, but I hope it works for someone!

  • Unknown says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!!!! Your hair looks so full and healthy. I love how your twist out are so "defined"!!! I am sooooo jealous!!! 🙂

  • Keisha says:

    Your hair is so beautiful!!!! I am still transitioning, but I think I found a hair twin…we'll see. It's nice to see someone who did a long term transition (I'm 8 mos. in a 1.5 year transition). Thanks to you and Nikki, I think I may make it!

  • augusta says:

    can you share your recipe for your homemade curly pudding?

    great hair by the way : )

  • Unknown says:

    Your hair is beautiful! Would you mind sharing your recipes for your homemade curly pudding? I have been trying to find a good one for a while now.

  • Beads, Braids & Beyond says:

    Beautiful hair!

  • Anonymous says:

    Beautiful hair! I love twistout and braidouts!

  • Unknown says:

    You hair is beautiful! I'm only 2.5 months post BC, but I too wear more twists/twistouts more than anything =) Great spotlight!

  • Anonymous says:

    great beautiful shiny hair! lovely 🙂 so healthy!

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