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Michelle // Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Oct 9, 2012

*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

Introduce yourself!
M:
Hi!! My name is Michelle and I am from the South Suburbs of Chicago, IL.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
M:
I was tired of my hair breaking off, looking brittle, and feeling dry. I had contemplated going natural and I decided to get my hair done for my birthday in September 2009. I consulted with a natural hair stylist on what my options were if I no longer wanted to relax my hair. (I honestly thought a relaxer was the only option after having one since I was 10). After that session with her I said, “The heck with a relaxer” and decided from that day on that I didn’t need to relax my hair anymore! I long term transitioned. I transitioned for 24 months. July 2009 was the last time I got a relaxer in my hair. During my transition I got what I call “mini chops” until August 2011 which is when I cut the final remainder of the relaxed ends.

How would you describe your texture?
M:
I don’t really do the hair typing thing! My hair is just really thick!! The left side of my hair is different from the right. LOL! The right tends to be more tightly curled and the left loose and wavy.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
M:
It depends on how I’m feeling. I like to wear two strand twists, twist and curls, braid and curls, and high buns. I use Qhemet Biologics Atheiopika Hydrate & Twist Butter to style my twists (this is my staple). Let me tell you, I love an old twist out!!! I love to separate my hair as much as possible to achieve big hair. I also love doing braid and curls with flexi rods on the ends. This style really gives me BIG HAIR as well, which I LOVE!
I also go to my hair stylist 3 to 4 times a year if I want a style that I cannot do, or to have my hair trimmed and straightened.

What does wash day look like for you?
M:
Wash day is pretty simple for me. I pre-poo my hair the night before with coconut oil. I wash my hair in the shower in four sections and finger detangle. I co-wash my hair once a week with As I am Coconut Co-wash, and I also use Tresemme Naturals as well. I rinse with cool water and apply Giovanni Direct Leave in for my leave in conditioner and then style my hair. I wash my hair with a sulfate free shampoo once a month. I use Cream of Nature with Argan oil. I deep condition twice a month with my newly found holy grail Palmer’s Olive Oil Formula Deep Conditioner with Vitamin E Organi-Gro (wish I could find a big bottle — I only can find the sample packets).

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
M:
My favorite go-to hairstyle when I don’t have a lot of time is the high bun. I love this hairstyle; it’s so simple and only takes 5 minutes or less!!!!

How do you combat shrinkage?
M:
I embrace shrinkage. No love lost here lol! I do like braid outs though. It stretches my hair more. It is what it is…It’s going to happen LOL!

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
M:
The right side and the left side of my hair are nothing alike. The right side will curl very tightly at the ends and the left is wavier.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
M:
The two do’s are make sure to always moisturize my hair, and always sleep with a satin bonnet or scarf at night.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
M:
My two don’ts are rushing with detangling my hair, and drying with a towel (No towels here! LOL!)

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
M:
Blog: www.happilyevernatural.com
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/HappilyEverNatural
YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/MissNaturalista86?feature=mhee
Instagram: @Naturalista86

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

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kisha
kisha
8 years ago

i love your hair. every pic!!! just beautiful. inspired.

NewlyNat
NewlyNat
8 years ago

Beautiful !!! She looks a little bit like Kelly Rowland

NewlyNat
NewlyNat
8 years ago
Reply to  NewlyNat

With a mixture of Holly Robinson

Beth
Beth
8 years ago

Beautiful! Love her doe eyes, reminds me of Lala and Lucille Ball

eve-audrey
eve-audrey
8 years ago

very pretty hair

novalidationsnapturally
novalidationsnapturally
8 years ago

Her hair is always beautiful!

Amma Mama
Amma Mama
8 years ago

Pretty girl and pretty hair! I love her gap.

Michelle
Michelle
8 years ago

Beautiful hair and name! 🙂

ChakaKhanian
8 years ago

Your twist and curl pictures are stunning! I have yet to try this style. You have put the fire under me to give it a go.

Pat
Pat
8 years ago

Loved her hair since i saw her feature on CurlyNikki. She inspired me to persevere with my long-term transition. That Qhemet butter is awesome, the cocoa detangling ghee is just as good

Michelle B.
8 years ago
Reply to  Pat

Awwww… That means alot. Glad you are still going! 😉

B
B
8 years ago

STUNNING THE HAIR AND FACE!! Finally a long term transitioner on here, someone who didnt big chop!
Its been 13 months since my last relaxer with no big chop in sight 🙂

Michelle B.
8 years ago
Reply to  B

THANKS SO MUCH GIRL!! Long term transitioners stand up! LOL 🙂 Good Luck on your journey hun! 🙂

keisha
keisha
8 years ago

beautiful woman and hair! Gorgeous!

Rou
Rou
8 years ago

Beautiful eyes; gorgeous hair!

Kitt
Kitt
8 years ago

Beautiful pics. Great post and GORGEOUS skin!

Michelle B.
8 years ago

Thank ALL OF YOU For the great comments! You all ROCK! 🙂

Aliza hair breakage
8 years ago
Reply to  Michelle B.

Great post, a very informative post along with pictures makes things much more clear and easier to understand.You are looking very beautiful.Thanks for sharing.

Fotografia subna
7 years ago

It is perfect time to make some plans for the future and it’s time to be happy. I have read this post and if I could I wish to suggest you some interesting things or advice. Maybe you can write next articles referring to this article. I wish to read even more things about it!

Nadine
Nadine
7 years ago

I would like to find out what color to dye my hair in order for it to match the Havana Twists. My hair is natural and has been since 2010. However, I want a professional and tasteful look and the Havana twists on me would look good! Your Havana twists are beautiful on you! My hair is in the middle of my neck and I want length and thickness. Please advise

Nadine
Nadine
7 years ago

Michelle, I would like the website for the Finger comber color guide. I want a dark brown or maybe something just a liitle light not too much. I want to get the Havana twists for the summer because it looks so professional for the job. Please advise.

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Hi, i think that i saw you visited my site thus i came to “return the
favor”.I’m attempting to find things to enhance my website!I suppose
its ok to use a few of your ideas!!

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