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Mela // Natural Hair Style Icon

• Jan 8, 2012

*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

Introduce yourself!
M:
Everyone calls me MelavonD. Legally my name is just Mela. Haha. I currently live in Walnut Creek, California. I was born, raised and 100% from Stockton, CA. Only an hour away from each other, but two different worlds. I’m a full‐time nanny. I’ve been taking care of 4 kids in total for over two years. I’m definitely ready to move on.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
M:
I would call it more of a live and learn process rather than a decision. It took me a couple years of dyeing it over and over and relaxing it over and over again.

When and how did you transition into natural hair?
M:
In high school I had enough of combing out my hair all the time. So I braided my hair and left it alone. It didn’t take long, but I had dreads. I loved my dreads, but I received a lot of negative remarks. So I combed them out. After a few years of doing everything I could to damage my hair I cut it all off in December of 2008, the day before my 19th birthday. What a shock for everyone! And myself! At the time I didn’t know there was any type of community dedicated to natural hair.

In what ways (if any) has going natural affected you?
M:
I have by far gotten more confidence in my hair and myself in general. I decided to comb my dreads out because of a few negative comments people made. I can’t even fathom what I was thinking at the time! I will never let someone ever make me feel that way for having MY hair.

How would you describe your hair?
M:
My hair feels like butter, it’s thick as thieves and very stubborn!

What is your regimen?
M:
I wash my hair every 3–4 days. I wash with L’Oreal Kids Detangling Shampoo, which I swear by. It definitely contributes to the definition of my curls and why they feel soft and look shiny! I drench my hair in leave in conditioner (Also L’Oreal kids) every other day if not every day. I comb it out and towel dry. Depending on the hairstyle I’m going for, I will either pull it back for the night or just let it go wild and free.

How do you retain length and moisture in your hair?
M:
I definitely resort to wearing wigs to protect my hair growth and length. I’m able to wrap my hair up and let it relax with no stress while I still have a fun playful hairstyle. It also helps hold moisture in throughout the day as well.

What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
M:
Dying my hair…I’ve dyed my hair every color you can possibly think of. Platinum blonde SEEMED like a good idea, till my hair was completely damaged. As for mistakes with my hair these days I would say pulling my hair back too tightly. I haven’t seen any damage yet and I’m not going to wait to see any!

What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
M:
I think the best thing I do for my hair is using leave in conditioner.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
M:
http://melavond.blogspot.com

Anything else you want to add?
M:
Don’t let your hair dictate how you feel about yourself. If your hair is having a bad day it doesn’t mean you need to have a bad day.

About Meosha

Just another lover of natural hair and expression. - Style Icon Coordinator for BGLH

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Sieta
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I was going through her blog just a few days ago! Glad to see the feature. Very pretty lady and the hair is just amazing!

nubiahbella
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nubiahbella

What a mane, I love how big it is!

Beautiful Lady too!

Lela7
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Lela7

I love the way her hair can go from type 3 o type 4!

Gemlocs
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Gemlocs

Gorgeous young lady with gorgeous hair!!!

Elora
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beautiful!

anastasia
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anastasia

Love, love, love!

Nia
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Nia

Gorgeous„

Bumper
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Bumper

Beautiful hair!

Mkla
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Mkla

You live in the creek? So do I! Love your hair and style! You have to connect with me as there is a lack of cool ethnics in the creek!

MommieDearest
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MommieDearest

I bet her dreds were AMAZING.

kg.sunshine
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kg.sunshine

Mela, how did you get past the damage of the Platnium blond? B/c that’s what I’m going through now. I’ve cut SO MUCH off.

Wonlia
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Wonlia

Wow! I was really shocked to read that you use Loreal. I may try it for my daughters who have a curl pattern similar to yours. Normally I’m afraid of products that weren’t designed or marketed specifically for our hair. Thanks for the tips!

TANISHA BUIE
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TANISHA BUIE

i love hair it is awesome wow im tring to get were u are! i have always had long hair but permed. its been 7 months with out a perm and im so excited to see my natural hair again. so im in the first stages of transitioning. If you can give me some tips plzzz dont hesitate at all.

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michelle
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michelle

WoW! i combed my locs out last summer n i’m struggling to figure out what products to use. Great feature.

Keitha
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Keitha

Representing the Bay Area!!!!

Amanda
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Looks fantastic, great feature!

Jacky
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Jacky

lovely hair

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youngin girl
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youngin girl

Cool Afro and picture of you when you were a kid. I live in California too so Thanks for representing yourself.

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