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Mamiky // Natural Hair Style Icon

• Feb 14, 2012

*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

Introduce yourself!
M:
Hi my name is Mamiky. I’m 20 years old and I live in Paris. I’m originally from Guinea and Liberia. I finished my nurse studies and I’m also a hairdresser when I’m free. I’ve had a blog for 3 years which talks about natural hair care, black skincare, and some taboos in the black community in France and in general.

What is the natural hair scene like in France?
M:
Natural hair in France is frowned upon by the black community. Women are afraid to show their natural hair because of the idea of beauty that has been inked into the minds of black women. On my blog, I also talk about skin bleaching because it’s become a real health problem and people who are bleaching their skin do not realize the damage that can lead to the use of these products. Sometimes young black women use skin bleaching products because they want to look like their favorite stars (model, singer, actress…) In the media, black women are not represented. We always see women with light skin and weaves, etc.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
M:
I began relaxing my hair when I was about 11 years old. Going back to my roots was a natural awareness. It was a true revelation seeing that we could do a lot to our hair. I came across a blog that allowed me to open my eyes to the versatility of natural hair and I realized we could take care of our hair without relaxers.

When and how did you transition into natural hair?
M:
While I gained information on natural hair forums, I began a transition. I alternated time between braids for about 8 months. Then I big chopped in August 2008. It’s at this time that I started my blog to share some ideas for natural hairstyles, products that I use and also to show a different image of black women, a positive image.

In what ways (if any) has going natural affected you?
M:
You must be in tune with yourself and respect yourself so that others will respect you. Even if someone says something critical that does not make me doubt the potential of my hair. I love my hair as it is. I feel really good in my head and my body. I think that natural hair is a real strength for the black woman because she wears her afro and locks like a crown.

How would you describe your hair?
M:
My hair is really coarse and kinky. I think I have a 4C texture. My hair is strong and dense. My hair is also thicker in the back of my head, so it tends to be longer in the back than the front.

What is your regimen?
M:
I use natural brands like Les Secrets de Loly (it’s a French brand), I use the Smoothie and the Chantilly de Karité (whipped shea butter). I also use and American brand, Oyin Handmade. I love the Burnt Sugar and the Honey Hemp Conditioner. I use both of them on my hair. I wash my hair every 2 weeks with the Gran Poo Bar then I use the Honey Hemp Conditioner. I leave it on for two hours and then I rinse my hair. After that, I detangle section by section with the Tangle Teezer. I add some Whipped Shea Butter and do some braids or twists and style in the morning.

How do you retain length and moisture in your hair?
M:
I use the banding method, but i use yarn on my hair. I do it section by section. I detangle with carapate oil for moisture. I have a video about it, it’s more explicit. I do this method when I want to see the length of my hair without using a blowdryer. We do this in Africa on the little girls.

What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
M:
The best effective thing I do is sleep on a silk pillow case because I don’t like wearing a satin scarf. I also put my hair in braids before I go to sleep.

What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
M:
My biggest mistake was detangling my hair everyday, but now I am careful not to over manipulate my hair.

What would you like to see in France in terms of haircare?
M:
Oohh lots of things. The issue in France is we have no hairdressing school specializing in natural hair, so for the most part hairdressers have to go to London or the USA to have more practice on hair in general. It’s very difficult for black women who want to take care of their hair naturally to find a good hair salon in France.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
M:
My blog: http://www.brownskin.fr/. Facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/BroWn-SkIn-Baby/104411659596281. Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/BrownskinZulu. And my Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheBrownskin3?feature=guide

Anything else you want to add?
M:
I love the website BGLH!! I’m a huge fan! I just want to say be proud of who you are and don’t let anybody tell you otherwise. Love your hair and take care of it, this includes all types of hair. Black women are strong and beautiful with their natural hair. We all have crowns on our heads and that’s powerful.

About Meosha

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

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Ima

Very Nice, great read as well, thanks for sharing your hair journey with us

Aby
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Aby

That’s really beautiful.

Carmel
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Wonderful article!!! I spent the recent Christmas holiday in Europe and was astounded at the lack of natural hair salons/stylists in Paris. After returning home, all I could think about was putting into action a 2-year plan to relocate to Paris to offer natural hair services. I saw many adults as well as children — mostly bi-racial, who just rocked their hair in free form. There are soooo many styles that can be worn, and after reading the many blogs and witnessing first hand, I know my presence is needed.

Iris from Paris
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Hey! haha you are right, there is a lack of natural hair and of natural hair salons in France. But im seeing the upside of this, it enables me to do with what I have myself. cause there are not a lot of brands targeting natural hair as well. we dont have access to all those american products, or if we do its online and PRICY! (CarolsDaughter, Shea Moisture — i had someone bring this back to me from the states, giovanni, and ECO styler gel at last.. = all those we cant have in stores, and if by chance… Read more »

Coconut and Cream
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loooooove it all

O0oro0O
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Great interview ! I see you quickly in the metro M4 to ask you for crochet braids and I forgot to tell you how beautiful you were, you look great on pictures but much more in live ! I shall contact you for crochet braids though 😉

Ebony
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Ebony

mamikys hair styles in the pictures are beautiful! in one of the pictures are those dreadlock extensions or was your hair coiled?

Mamiky (Brownskin)
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thank you yea it was dreadlocks extensions that i made myself ^^

Leo the Yardie Chick
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Leo the Yardie Chick

Gorgeous! =D thank you for sharing!

zyaran
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zyaran

She’s very beautiful and love the different hairstyles in each pictures.

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Angel licorish
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Angel licorish

6 years ago I met a girl from Paris and she now refers to me as ‘Godmother”. At the time we were both relaxed. i took her to a good salon for a cut. When she returned to Paris she wanted me to send her Mizani hair care products. She said they were hard to find in Paris. I am now 10 months natural and I love this site.I also appreciate the article and the info on mamiky. Your hair is soooo beautiful keep up the great work. I will be reading your blog.

Fro
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Fro

Her hair is beautiful and thick. I especially love her puff and green headwrap! For the longest time I’ve been looking for tutorials on how to do that type of headwrap ever since I saw Erykah Badu rockin’ it ages ago.

lovmyfro
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lovmyfro

I absolutely love what you do with your hair. Keep it up. And never give up. If anybody tells you it’s not nice they are lying.

Sieta
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Beautiful! I love the head wraps especially =)

Ogo
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Ogo

As a Naija girl, I have to say that I LOVE That Mamiky was featured on BGLH and Mamiky, I love what you are doing hun! I have visited Paris twice and I see it like I see Houston, a city with so many Africans, many of whom do not recognize their own physical beauty and who want to “fit in” by trying to conform to the “majority”. Chei! or should I say, SMH.

Anyway, more grease to your elbows! I salute!

MMichele
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MMichele

bravo pour cet article, Mamiky!! fière de toi. keep up with the good work. I absolutely looove your blog

Patricia Kayden
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Patricia Kayden

We all have crowns on our heads and that’s powerful.”

Beautiful!

Areille
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Areille

Pretty. Love her dimples, I’m jealous 🙂

maralondon
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maralondon

I’m happy to see that your natural hair is a shining example to your fellow African sisters in France to follow.
I’d be interested to know which hairdresser you visit in London. Keep up the good work ma cherie.

Vince
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brownskin.fr is available in several languages

Brownskin
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Instagram : Brownskinzulu
My site is available in several languages so for my english fans lets visit my blog
Natural Hair journey and care ^^

be blessed

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