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Mazeratie // Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Jul 21, 2010

“I was surprised to learn that the hair that had been too thick and crazy in my youth was considered a desired thing in some circles. It seemed like such a foreign and exhilarating concept!”

Where do you live?
M:
I currently live in Phoenix, Arizona. I was born in Philly, raised in New Jersey and I moved to AZ after graduation. I work in a corporate office while sporadically attending classes to become a graphic designer and get my entrepreneurial plans on track.

Why did you go natural?
M:
When I was a child I had mid back-length natural hair. My mom never let me wear it out it stayed in chunky braids 24/7. I HATED anything involving a comb near my head. I was terribly tender-headed. It was so thick and huge that no one really knew how to handle it. My grandma would tell me to lean in one direction while she pulled in the other so she could get a comb through it!

As I got older I tried relaxers but after a year or so my hair would fall apart so I always went back to natural. Each time though I never let anyone see it out. I never handled it or got to know it. My hair stayed in individual braids for 2 straight years. After my last bout with relaxers ended in dryness, breakage, and an unwanted cut I went online to search for hair tips and was so inspired by the naturals there that I decided to go natural ‘for real’. I wanted to wear it out, and big, and proud and finally have healthy hair that didn’t stick out because it was dry or break because it was so fragile.

I started a transition that lasted 7 months before I gave in a relaxed. It sounds so silly now, but there was a huge weekend of parties and events coming up and I kinda freaked a little and ended up leaning over my sink rinsing out box relaxer. I regretted it almost immediately and began my transition over. The second time it stuck, and I was able to go 17 1/2 months before big chopping last July.

Throughout my transition I was very low mani for the most part and I tried to be very very gentle with my hair. I wore buns or french twists (always with a swoop bang, lol!) almost exclusively. When I felt myself slipping I tried some protective styles I’d seen online and experimented with extensions for the first time. The distraction kept me from ending my transition too soon or doing something I might regret.

Finding the online community was a big eye opener for me. It was the first time that I realized not just looser textured naturals could just wear their hair.… out. It was the first time I realized how versatile natural hair could really be. I was surprised to learn that the hair that had been too thick and crazy in my youth was considered a desired thing in some circles. It seemed like such a foreign and exhilarating concept!

I’m more confident because I feel like my hair really reflects who I am now. Straight hair looked nice on me, but it always felt a little like a persona that I took on. People expected me to act a certain way because I looked a certain way. I love that just by being myself and walking around proud I can inspire other women to really consider their options and think about going natural for themselves.

What’s your regimen?
M:
Low manipulation to the max! I wash and go every 4 to 7 days. I don’t really “do” my hair. I use diluted shampoo when I have build up, and throw it up in a puff to change things up.

I deep condition once or twice a month. Product wise, I am a happy product junky. Can’t help it! I also love mixing things together to see how they improve each other and their effects on my hair. While the fringe products change, there are definitely some favorites that never leave the collection.

Suave conditioners; Tropical Coconut, Rosemary Mint, Shea Butter & Almond
Eco Styler Gel; clear or olive oil
Natural Oils; Vatika Oil, Coconut Oil, EVOO, Castor Oil
Indian Oils; Jasmine Oil, Amla Oil
Lustrasilk Cholesterol
Drugstore Products; Stay Soft Fro, S‑Curl No Drip
Food for Hair; Honey, Aloe Vera Juice, Yogurt, Bragg’s Amino Acids & Apple Cider Vinegar, Coconut Milk &/or Cream
Tools; Jilbere Shower Comb, Denman (rarely), Melba Detangling Comb, fingers
Treatments; Aphogee 2 Minute, ORS Replenishing, Jherri Rhedding 100% Protein

I like to have a serum on hand too, but the brand changes. I know many naturals don’t like cones, bit when ever I use cones or gel I always oil my hair first to protect it and keep it happy underneath. So far serums/cones have helped me detangle, helped me dilute gel (for softer hold) and ultimately helped me retain length.

What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
M:
You can’t rush through a style when you have very opinionated hair! I used to always try to do things last minute and end up dissatisfied or unhappy. Don’t try to fight your texture and turn it into something it’s not. I see a lot of ladies wanting “slick edges”. Sometimes that is just not going to happen. I’m sorry. The beauty of having natural hair is just letting it do its thing. Sit back and relax a little bit. Detangling can be overrated. Natural hair does not need to be 100%tangle free all the time. You’ll drive yourself crazy trying to accomplish that.

What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
M:
Let it be!

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
M:
http://www.fotki.com/soliel185

Anything else you want to add?
M:
If you’re thinking about transitioning, follow your gut. Take everything you read online with a grain of salt and hold your head high.

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jlowman1
jlowman1
10 years ago

Gorgeous head of hair!

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Sasha-Shae
10 years ago

It’s Soliel!! I love her hair! She’s one of my inspirations. Great interview! 🙂

Leslie
10 years ago

what is a cone?

vonnie
10 years ago

gorgeous gorgeous GORGEOUS head of big hair 😀 loooove it

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Dani
Dani
10 years ago

So is this her hair length after only a year? If so, her hair grows really quickly.

Nicole
Nicole
10 years ago

Aahhh!! Love her hair! so thick and gorgeous!!!

Elle
10 years ago

I LOVE her hair! I’ve been stalking her Fotki for years lol even pre-my natural hair awesomeness! LOL.

AfrosNBabyHair
AfrosNBabyHair
10 years ago

@Dani She said in the article she transitioned for 17.5 mos before her BC in July.

Congrats! That’s one feeeeeeabulous head of hair!

*off to the store*

thelady
thelady
10 years ago

love your hair and your puff is to die for!

Christine
Christine
10 years ago

The pics are cute and I’m a sucker for big hair

@ Dani She transitioned for 17 1/2 mths and big chopped last year July. So 2 and 1/2 years of growth.

naomi
naomi
10 years ago

you’ve got a beautiful and healthy head of hair!

justicefighter1913
justicefighter1913
10 years ago

Hey Soliel!! Love your hair!

Carmelita
Carmelita
10 years ago

you are so beautiful..i hate you..lol..j/k..gorg!!

MommieDearest
MommieDearest
10 years ago

I’ve been lurking on this site for a while now and this my first post. OMG!! — she is my hair twin!!!! She is adorable and her hair is fabulous. And I thought I was the only one who believes that detangling is over-rated! LOL!! Great interview.

Electric Feel
Electric Feel
10 years ago

My hair idol!!!!! *Swoons*

Diana
Diana
10 years ago

Wow! Gorgeous!!!!

Shay
Shay
10 years ago

her hair is extra fab!! Gorgeous..

curious
curious
10 years ago

I’m curious to ask Soleil/Maz a few things: 1. Does she not suffer from dryness esp in summer when wearing her kinky/curly fro? 2. Does she not get split ends or ssks from the puffs and fros 3. Does detangling after wearing these out styles not take forever? I find when I wear twists or twist outs etc after a week my hair is tangled and needs a good detangle. I could only dream of being as carefree about detangling. 4. How did she grow her hair so long? Was it PSing? I love her hair length and style. That length to… Read more »

Shones
10 years ago

This is the quote of the month: “Detangling can be overrated. Natural hair does not need to be 100%tangle free all the time. You’ll drive yourself crazy trying to accomplish that.” Here, here!

teachermrw
10 years ago

Would someone provide additional information re: the melba detangling comb? I tried a Google search, but was unable to locate a link re: ordering and purchasing, or even a description.

Mazeratie
10 years ago

^^ The comb is a $2.00 comb that I bought at Sally’s. http://www.folica.com/tools/hair-combs-and-picks/mebco-tortoise-shower-detangler?s_cid=paffk88896

It’s MEBCO — sorry!!

teachermrw
10 years ago

@Mazeratie Thank you for the information re: the comb. 🙂

Ms. Haiti 1982!
Ms. Haiti 1982!
10 years ago

her hair is the truth!

April
April
8 years ago

I live in Phoenix also. In the summer the heat is no joke!! I need to find other protective styles besides twists.

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