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Monica // Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Sep 2, 2011

Natural Hair, Natural Hair Photos, Natural Hair Styles

Where do you live?
M:
I am from a small place called Athens, TN but I am currently living in Chattanooga, TN. I am a college student studying Sociology! One day I hope to be a family & marriage counselor.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
M:
I wanted my hair to grow as long as it could without harsh chemicals. However, growth is really not my biggest concern, I would much rather my hair be healthy instead of being long.

I transitioned in August ’08. I am three years natural, woot woot! I had no idea about the big chop so I just wore sew-ins for a straight year. My hair GREW so long. I was impressed and I never thought about getting a relaxer again.

In what ways (if any) has going natural affected you?
M:
Back in ’08, I would have never worn my hair out big and puffy but I really like it. I think it is absolutely gorgeous! I would usually just have a friend straighten it for me every two weeks. Earlier this year, I started searching natural hair online and discovered BGLH & CurlyNikki’s website and I saw all of the pictures of beautiful naturals rocking their hair! I was amazed at how nice our hair textures really are. I decided to rock my hair in a big afro or wash and goes! I’ve learned to accept my hair and rock it with confidence. Some days it may be a big frizz ball or not cooperating with me but I accept it and move on. I feel so free wearing my natural hair. There are so many hairstyles to wear. I have to admit, I have a big problem with playing with my hair!

How would you describe your hair?
M:
I was told my hair texture was 4a. I would say it’s a happy medium. It isn’t too thick or too thin. Although, I would LOVE super thick hair (I think) LOL. The crown is thicker and a little frizzier than the rest of my hair. I love the curls! My hair does whatever it wants to so I don’t put up too much of a fight. I can usually wet it and be on my way when I don’t feel like doing much to it.

What is a brief description of your regimen?
M:
Even though I have been natural for three years, I did not know much about products that would work best for my hair. I started experimenting with different hair products. I am now a product junkie. Somebody help! HAHA. I’m trying to get into a nice routine that is beneficial, such as co-washing every two weeks (I use Darcy’s Botanicals cleansing conditioner) and I deep condition with castor oil and a deep conditioning cream from Bear Fruit Hair. I use Naturalista Cosmetics Juicy Leave in & Phd detangling spray or I will use JustNatural’s leave in conditioner. I have been experimenting with SheaMoisture’s products as well. They had a buy one, get 50% off sale at Walgreens and I went ham! I’m planning on trying their products when I take my sew-in out. The only products I’ve used from their line was the curl enhancing smoothie which I like and the shine and mist spray. The spray doesn’t make my hair shine though 🙁

What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
M:
Not moisturizing my hair enough because I was afraid it would have a greasy, icky feel, straightening it so often, not deep conditioning, and always wearing it in pony tails. My hair would always break off from having it in a pony tail so much. I abused my hair so much because I didn’t know how to care for it properly.

What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
M:
Keeping it moisturized for sure. I try to keep it moisturized as much as I can, especially my ends. I like to keep my hair covered up at night so my pillow will not suck the moisture from my strands. I try to show my hair TLC!

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
M:
I can be found on Facebook.

Anything else you want to add?
M:
Don’t be afraid to be who you are!

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Janique
Janique
9 years ago

Beautiful hair! I don’t really understand the whole hair typing thing completely but I would think you would be a 3C or maybe a 3C/4A mix?

Calara
9 years ago
Reply to  Janique

I agree.…and gorgeous hair!

Monz03b
Monz03b
9 years ago

Thank you lovely ladies!! Someone else mentioned that they thought I was a 3c but I had no idea. So Maybe I am a 3c/4a mixture! Thank you for the compliments!!

Rashida
Rashida
9 years ago

S/O to a fellow Chattanoogan! Hey girl! Beautiful hair!

Monz03b
Monz03b
9 years ago

Thank you Rashida!

Chéri
Chéri
9 years ago

Gorgeous! Hair!

APRIL
9 years ago

Beautiful hair!

Monz03b
Monz03b
9 years ago

Thank you so much April & Cheri!

yoli
9 years ago

lovely!

Monz03b
Monz03b
9 years ago

Thank you Yoli! I really am having fun with natural hair!

Nicole
9 years ago

Congrats! Fabulous hair! You are a very, pretty girl!

Angela
Angela
9 years ago

You are one lovely girl! Fabulous hair!

Monz03b
Monz03b
9 years ago

You guys are too darn sweet Nicole & Angela!! Thanks for showing love!

Annie L.
Annie L.
9 years ago

Ummm…you and all your hair styles are fabulous! Love the specs too, do you mind revealing the brand/model?

NeNatural
NeNatural
9 years ago

If your hair sustained any damage, your really can’t tell. Keep up the good work your hair is B E A UTIFAL!

BrwnSugar88
BrwnSugar88
9 years ago

Great hair! Keep up the good work! Also, I live in Cleveland, TN (about 30 min from Athens, TN), but work for Olin in Charleston, TN. It’s great to know that there are other naturals nearby.

Sophie
Sophie
9 years ago

How did you achieve & maintain the straight style in the picture, and what heat protectants did you use?

Monz03b
Monz03b
9 years ago

, I got those glasses for $5.00 at Forever21.
BrwnSugar88-we are really close!
Sophie-My friend straightened it for me after she clipped my ends and I would wrap it up before I went to bed. To be honest, I didn’t use a heat protectant but from now on I will. I’m looking for a good heat protectant, anyone have any ideas where I can find one?

Kendra
Kendra
9 years ago

Very cute!!! I love your hair!!

Laila
Laila
9 years ago

Hi Monica,

Can you please tell me how you achieved the hairsytle featured in the article. The one with you in the car? Looks amazing.

Thanks,

Monz03b
Monz03b
9 years ago

Hey Laila,
The bantu knot outs were done on dry hair. My sister detangled my hair and used Shea Moisture curl enhancing smoothie and I applied the shine and mist spray as well. I didn’t leave the knots in long enough to get the look I wanted but I worked with it!

Bridget
Bridget
9 years ago

Love your hair! Especially love the style in the hot pink tshirt. How did you achieve and maintain this style?

Monz03b
Monz03b
9 years ago

Bridget, my friend just wet it with a spray bottle and added some kind of butter–I think it was called soft n free. I would just put a bonnet over it at night and that was it. It lasted a few days without having to touch it.

Brienne
Brienne
9 years ago

Hey Monica! Your hair is SO GORGEOUS! I tried going natural earlier this summer but gave up when the summer heat set in…but now I WANT TO TRY AGAIN! I currently have a sew-in…but my front, sides, and back are out. I’m not using heat, but it doesn’t look the best! How do you wear your sew-ins? Do you get a full, partial, etc.?

Monz03b
Monz03b
9 years ago

Brienne! Hello! Thanks for the compliment! I have had partial sew ins but they break my hair off because I was straightening it a lot so I started to only wear full sew ins. They are a life saver. I am rocking one NOW and I love it! To keep down on breakage, I would recommend wearing full sew ins. And when I don’t want it to look TOO wiggish, I will get bangs. Good luck with the journey, it’s fun!

Kg.sunshine
Kg.sunshine
9 years ago

Lovely hair! What do you do to achieve your curls? I guess I mean, do you use a styler, or just moisturize your curls or do you do twist outs?

Monz03b
Monz03b
9 years ago

Kg.sunshine, I do all of them! I try to keep my hair moisturized and then I will do a twist out or wear a wash and go. Since summer is gone, I am going to try to use more protective styles and see what happens. I want to do more twist outs, bantu knots, and possibly do some hairstyles with braids!

rozt
rozt
8 years ago

i love yo hair. i kinda ruined mine wth chemicals now it doesnt grow so long lyk how it was wen it was natural. thoyos is not too african.
[img]https://bglh-marketplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/36110_118964014815411_100001054389624_116216_7306111_n.jpg[/img]
this is hw it was bt nw its brownish n shorter. any advise without cutting it

Monz03b
Monz03b
8 years ago
Reply to  rozt

Rozt, your hair is beautiful! I would just let it grow and not do anything. There are a ton of good hair products for our hair!

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