CN: How long have you been natural?
M: I’ve been natural most of my life. I only had a relaxer in my tweens-teens. I got my last relaxer when I was about 17 years old, maybe. So I’ve been natural at 14+ years now.
But I don’t think this is the question that many people mean to ask. What they want to know, I think, is when did I start a “healthy hair journey,” as they call it. For many new naturals (which is most naturals), their healthy hair journey coincides with them going natural or even before, with a transition. But just like you can have relaxed hair and not take care of it well, you can have natural hair and not know what you’re doing, either. I started trying to learn how to take care of my hair in 2007.
CN: What is your current hair regimen? Staple styles?
M: My regimen is somewhat variable, and my hairstyles are very varied. Regimen-wise, the only thing I do pretty much without fail is wash weekly. But I guess what I often do is the following:
-Put conditioner or whatever on dry hair (which makes my hair slightly damp) and detangle my hair in at least 10 sections. My hair breaks more when I try to comb it completely soaking wet, and it’s just overall harder because it springs back really tightly.
-As I detangle each section, I twist it up.
-Get in the shower, wash my hair in twists.
-Condition in twists
-Once out, I can either divide each big twist into smaller twists and let air dry. Or I can undo each big twist, blow dry, and retwist for a twist out. I do various styles on the twist out. I can’t really say any one is a staple style, but I guess a twist out is the staple base to almost all my styles. I wear updos and buns a lot.
CN: What are your favorite products?
M: Fav products:
-These days I am using the Tangle Teezer to detangle. I’ve been using it for a month now and find it breaks less hair and does a more thorough job of detangling than anything else I’ve used before. Before that, I would use a wide tooth comb and/or my Goody Add+Shine brush and/or my fingers.
-Favorite shampoo by far is the Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa shampoo
-Favorite deep conditioner is Aveda Damage Remedy Intensive Treatment. Runner up is Neutrogena Triple Moisture Hair Mask
-I don’t really have a favorite conditioner. Most of them are okay. I usually use Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa conditioner, though. It is very affordable.
-Favorite leave-in? Eh, I don’t know. I’m not currently wowed by anything. Sometimes I’ll just use oil. The only thing in my hair at this very moment is a little heat protectant from my light blow dry and castor oil. In the summer I like coconut oil if I can keep my hair off my face. I like Qhemet Biologics Burdock Root Buttercream. I also like Kimmaytube’s (from YouTube) leave-in of mixing Kinky Curly Knot Today with aloe vera juice. I leave out of that mix the oil usually.
CN:How do you maintain length?
M: I don’t comb my hair often. Just once a week. And I’m pretty gentle, I think. The one time being tender-headed helps.
CN: Night time routine?
M: None, really. Usually I put it in a loose bun. I don’t tie my hair with anything or put any product on it or anything like that. Sometimes I just sleep with it loose.
CN: Any advice or tips for other 4a/b naturals?
M: Be gentle, and keep it simple. 🙂 I don’t have any more tips, but I want to say to try some accessories. They are really fun and a way to add interest to your hair. I like hair accessories more than products.
I just came from the naturalhaven website & was reading about 4a & 4b hair. Your fotki was recommended for having good pictures of both but it needs a password. Can you tell mw what it is?
You can email me a firstname.lastname@example.org
when you leave the oil out of the kimmaytube leave-in does it still have slip? why do you do it that way?
exactly as ive always thought..less is more..ppl whove been natural for their whole lives tend to understand that concept! whooo! i love it!
I'm stalking…….She's in my top 3! Love, Love, Love it.
Mwedzi knows what she is doing this is her original interview on her and she states exactly what works for her hair. Here's the link:
@Honey: I think you're confusing carefree/nonchalant with clueless… As you can see, she knows hoe to take care of her hair well.
beautiful hair but I don't know reading the interview , I felt she seemed a but clueless, like she is figuring things out
I am speechless! She is a model of the beauty and versatility of natural hair.
Wow she has an awesome head of hair! I love the texture .
That's a lot of hair! I can get the link, but that thickness is merely a fantasy.
You look great Mwedzi- both curly and straightened.
Hi Mwedzi! I met you at a knitter's meetup a couple summer's ago. Great to see a familiar face right here on CN. I'm amazed by your hair. It's beautiful! Keep up the good work.
Wow! Beautiful healthy hair. I love the length and the thickness. You have def' encouraged me, still working towards my goal of Bra Strap length. Almost @ APL now so seeing your hair makes me excited!
^^oops…meant to say Trader Joe's…
YAY for a true 4b/4c natural hair idol! 🙂 It's really true that simple is best for our hair type.
I keep meaning to get those accessories…but then I should probably stop cutting my hair, lol. But I think I will try the Nourish Spa shampoo the next time I'm in a Whole Foods.
OMG…i think i have found my thicker hair twin and hair idol! let me go rub some oil on my scalp right now so I can be like you when I grow up! And the routine is so minimal, yet you have lots of growth! gorgeous hair!
What a lovely lady! Less really is more! I can rest easy with my low-maintenance routine. ahhhhh…. lol.
Her hair is soooooo gorgeous!!! She is such an inspiration. And her routine is so straightforward and simple. Keep it up sister. I have seen her fotki and I am blown away!
her hair is UN-REAL!!!! so jealous its ridiculous! definitely my hair idol
I'm loving that hair piece in the 3rd picture(from the introduction). The one that looks like she banded the pony tail all the way down. Is it just one piece or several? Either way, I like it and wander where can I get one from.
your hair is glorious
HA!!! I CAN'T TAKE IT TOO MUCH FABULOUSNESS!!!
Wow! Speechless, and she's such a humble soul at that. Yep I'm with those who like the simple styling.
Gorgeous! I do the same at night and always felt I was slacking off when reading other routines, it's nice to know it's not uncommon.
absolutely gorgeous. her and her hair!
Mwedzi was one of the first YouTubers I watched when I first became natural a few years ago. Glad to see her back and I'm LOVING her hair!!
Your hair is absolutely gorgeous. So thick and healthy looking. Kudos on your hair journey. I am truly impressed. It is encouraging to see and really gives me inspiration to keep pushing forward with my journey. My hair may not end up looking like yours, but I am definitely aiming for it to be as healthy. Thank you for sharing!
Oh I have seen Mwedzi on Fotki and I usually don't have a hair idol but she is mine. Her hair is gorgeous and it looks a like we have similar hair texture so she gives me hope that my hair can grow as long as hers! Thanks for the interview.
Yes she does, it's under the same name "Mwedzi" for both Fotki and Youtube websites.
to the people that say they follow her does she have a website or youtube?
love her hair! i just started a blog myself please show a fellow curlie support http://amourvousmeme.wordpress.com 🙂
I'm amazed that she has that length and still blow dries AND uses something other than her fingers to de-tangle her hair! I wish I could do that! Waiting patiently for my APL to grow to WL…
I love her hair! The texture and the styles she does are sooooo amazing.
I also like the simplicity of her routine. My routine is super simple as well.
beautiful hair! I love Mwedzi..she is my inspiration!
Wow your hair is beautiful. I once got to that length 10 years ago and gave up. I had no clue what i was doing. Love the simplicity of your routine, and glad I'm not alone in that part in my new hair journey.
See I knew that you ladies would enjoy her hair, it's so gorgeous. After seeing her on LHCF and I did a link on the other post on here "myth was n go". Thanks for getting a interview check in with her, that is definitely an 'wow" moment looking at all of that well taken hair. Congrats Mwedzi and tell Reniece that she did a good job of straightening your hair.
Great to see someone with healthy and long hair who is not a over the top about caring for it
Wow. Your hair is so long. That's one thing I struggle with- creating length.
Love, Love, Love it!!!
I am with MommieDearest…no words *tear*
Her hair…. I have no words….
My goodness, her hair is BEAUTIFUL!
My hair envy is kicking in!!!! I'm especially drooling and sad because I went to get what was supposed to be a "trim" of my slightly longer than BSL hair on Friday. I wanted to get rid of a long layer and to get my ends healthy for the GOC. She essentially cut off a couple of inches and cut my hair in a straight line at my shortest layer. She kept insisting that she didn't cut much off and pointed to the hair on the ground. You can't use that as evidence when you cut each section multiple times=(.
Anywho, absolutely marvelous hair!!!! I love the twists (which is the style I'm trying to rock for the month … re-doing one every week or two). However, my twists are not juicy and luscious like Mwedzi's *sigh*. The plight of the fine haired curly!
Sweet baby Jesus!!! I love Mwedzi's hair! I've stalked her hair for a few years now and she continues to inspire me. So jealous of all that hair! lol. Been natural for three years- bra stap length in the back, but very uneven ;o(
I love love her hair. We have similar hair and I am hoping that since she can grow her hair to that length, I may be able to have the same. Beatiful, Mwedzi.
Wow!!! Absolutely (O)mazing…simply gorgeous.. keep inspiring, beautiful natural
I LOVE HOW BIG HER HAIR IS IN THE INTRO PIC!!!! I'm going to try the minimal combing(fingers crossed) hope it doesn't cause any major knotting for me. I love how she accessorize and doesn't use that much on her hair. LOVE LOVE LOVE THE HAIR!!!
FABULOUS!!!!! OMG Absolutely fabulous!!!!
love the simplicity of everything.
So Darn Fly!!!!
I can't stand it. Gorgeous.
Absolutely beautiful! Love your routine!
The simplicity with which she takes care of her hair has always amazed and inspired me.
I tend to love accessories more than products too – they're far more predictable!