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Mae // Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • May 19, 2010

Mae is the woman behind www.naturalchica.com, a site many naturals have come to know and love! She also has a great YouTube channel that I myself have referenced for hair tips!

Where do you live?
M:
I claim Maryland as home, but currently reside in Atlanta for school. I am currently a graduate student pursuing a degree in Materials Science and Engineering.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
M:
My journey to becoming natural was inspired by my two younger sisters who started the journey several years before I began. Seeing how healthy their hair was as they let loose of the relaxers definitely confirmed and encouraged my decision to do the same. It wasn’t an easy process for me though — it took me two tries to actually fully make the transition to natural hair. The only reason why I wasn’t successful the first time around was because I wasn’t fully informed on how I needed to treat my hair during the transition stage and so I became frustrated. This became one of the reasons why I decided to start to blog/vlog about my transition to natural the second time around…to help others avoid the frustration that can sometimes accompany the transition if you’re not equipped with the right information on how to care for your hair.

My “successful” transitioning journey began in April 2009 and ended with my big chop in July 2009. I was a short-term transitioner (4 months) because as I started seeing my healthy, naturally coily roots peeking through under the relaxed hair…I couldn’t wait any longer! I began my transition with a sew-in but that didn’t last long because I couldn’t stand not being able to touch my scalp, lol! The rest of the styles I wore ranged from bantu knots to two strand twist outs. You can see some of the styles that I tried HERE. During my transition period though, I made sure to steer clear away from shampoos with sulfates (and started co-washing) and also stuck to styles that required minimal to no heat. It was during this time that shea butter became my BEST friend, lol. It really helped to seal moisture in my hair and I loved that it was a product I could use both on my hair and my skin!

One of the most important lessons I learned from my natural hair journey is sometimes you have to live with decisions that you’ve made for your own personal reasons and be confident in that decision no matter what those around you may have to say.

I’d like to give a quick tip for my chicas who may be getting frustrated with their transitioning journeys. When you feel yourself getting into a rut, don’t be afraid to try a new style! Sometimes trying a new style can give you that extra boost of confidence to continue on with the journey. You’d be surprised at how many styles you can try while you’re transitioning. From getting that super cute short cut as a precursor to your BC or a really fly two-strand twist out…you really can’t go wrong!

What’s your regimen?
M:
I co-wash at least once a week with some of my fav conditioners (Trader Joe’s Nourish & Spa, Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle, Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut). After washing, I usually seal in moisture with a homemade mixture of shea butter, coconut oil and other natural oils. At night, I make sure to cover my hair with a satin bonnet or silk scarf.

When it is time shampoo (about 2–3 times a month), I stick to my sulfate-free shampoos. The Organix brand has great options for sulfate-free shampoos, and I also love the CURLS Curlicious Curls Cleansing Cream

What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learnt from?
M:
In the beginning of my natural journey, I made the mistake of thinking that my hair was going to look like the next girl’s. This led to me buying into products that were completely unnecessary just because I thought it would “transform” my hair into what I thought it SHOULD look like. Since then, I’ve learned to truly embrace my natural texture for what it is and I really do appreciate now the variety of textures throughout the natural hair community! No one head is ever the same!

What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
M:
Sealing in moisture effectively! Remember how I said shea butter is my friend! I love mixing my shea butter with coconut oil and other natural oils to make hair creams that are really effective in sealing in moisture after I wash my hair. By sealing in moisture, I prevent unnecessary hair breakage, which has helped me to retain length during my natural journey so far.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
M:
You can find me on my main site, NaturalChica.Com and my YouTube Channel: Nikkimae2003 for hair styling tutorials and an occasional singing or bass guitar playing vid lol : ) You can also keep up with me on:
Twitter: NaturalChica
Facebook Fan Page: Natural Chica
Fotki: NaturalChica

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NappyKitchen
NappyKitchen
10 years ago

She is one of the best you tube editors. This girl kills the fro. Great face and hair length for that style.

Nangi
10 years ago

Wow I love Natural Chica 🙂 Her hair and website are awesome! Keep up the great work gal.

Cristine
10 years ago

Mae, that second picture is GORGEOUS!! Love it, great interview — as usual 🙂

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omo
omo
10 years ago

Wow, this is a great site, never seen anything like this talking and giving information about hair and caring for your natural hair, I will love to go off the relaxed hair, and your site has provided me with good hair care when going natural. thanks Omo

Jc
Jc
10 years ago

Hey its Mae!!

Mel
Mel
10 years ago

I love Mae! Great spirit and vlog.

C.O
C.O
10 years ago

Beautiful Hair! Beautiful girl!

LaNeshe
10 years ago

She seems really cool, I’ve subscribed to her!Great highlight.

Jade
Jade
10 years ago

NikkiMae I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Amma Mama
Amma Mama
10 years ago

I LOVE HER BLOG & HAIR!

AnaNicholle
AnaNicholle
10 years ago

I love her!!! She inspired my BC!

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Lila M.
Lila M.
10 years ago

Whoo a fellow engineer!
I was getting lonely on this site because there weren’t a lot of science girls (we need more black females in science)I love your fro! It’s gorgeous! <3

Oluwakemi
Oluwakemi
10 years ago

Mae has taught me so much about how to care for my hair properly. Sealing in moisture through the water based, cream based and oil based method has saved me and my daughters hair. Thanks girlie

anne
10 years ago

Mae is the best, i ran into her channel by accident in august of last year. Thats when she was transitioning. This time i thought i have no hope for my hair but when i watched her journey, everything changed. Now i am 2 months natural and it is literally thanks ti Nikki

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