*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
M: Hey curlies! My name is Megan (or MeMe), and I am from Upstate NY (Near Syracuse, and Buffalo).
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
M: I have been kind of an on/off natural my whole life. My mother is a hairdresser and I begged her for a relaxer when I was about 15…She finally gave in when I was 16. LoL. At that point, I was retouching every 2–3 months. I eventually started to wait 6 months or so in between. Not too long after is when I realized I really didn’t need it, so there were times I wouldn’t even bother, or times I would do a quick texturizer, just to loosen my curls in the summer.
Since I would go so long in between relaxers, I started to actually see my texture and realize that I loved it. I was really bored with my straight hair. I was truly inspired by Natural hair sites, pictures and stories I read from women who were so bold, and just big chopped. I loved the versatility I saw, and all of the different textures, so I finally did it, and haven’t looked back since! I have officially been natural with no turning back, going on 5 years now.
How would you describe your texture?
M: I’m not too good with this hair typing thing. My hair is extremely dense, with fine strands. I guess I would have predominantly 3c/4a texture with the exception of the middle being probably 4b, and the very back being 3c. It can look so different depending on what I do to it, and which products I use.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
M: I really don’t have a set routine that I follow every month. I pretty much wash when needed, then style according to how I feel at the time. If I am short on time, but really need to wash, I will do a wash and go for the day. For those I use Herbal Essences Hello Hydration or Bee Mine Luscious Moisturizer as leave-ins, then that night I will dry twist and rock a twist out for the week. Otherwise, I wash and use a combo of Giovanni Direct Leave In and Silk Elements Liquid Styling Gel, and once it’s 80% dry, seal with my pomade and do mini two strand twists, or throw it in 10–12 twists (more or less, depending on how defined I want it). I wear them for a couple days, and twistout for the rest of the week. Twistouts are obviously my favorite style 🙂
What does wash day look like for you?
M: I typically wash with a natural soap like raw black soap or the KBB Juicy Shampoo Bar. I detangle with Paul Mitchell’s The Detangler and my paddle or Denman brush, and section my hair off into twists as I go. What happens after that normally depends on how I plan on styling.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
M: I have two fave go-to styles actually when I don’t have too much time. One would of course be my puff, and if I have an older twistout I scrunch in a little castor oil, steam it a little right in the shower, and break out the headband to just push it back.
How do you combat shrinkage?
M: I used to HATE shrinkage. I have now learned to embrace it. There isn’t anything I really do to combat it anymore. Plus my twistouts sometimes shrink up like crazy depending on the weather anyway 🙂
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
M: The very middle of my head is pretty coarse and requires more moisture than the rest of my hair. It can get really frizzy, so I may use a little extra of whatever product I am using at the time.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
M: Don’t go longer than 2 weeks without detangling (unless braided or twisted). Don’t use heavy product.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
M: Definitely! You can find me on Instagram @Meme2379. Come join my Insta-fam 🙂