*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
M: My name is Mia and I’m from England.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
M: I’ve been natural all my life! My hair is really thin so I never wanted to take the risks with chemicals. Even though my hair drives me crazy sometimes I love my curls. My hair is what I’m known for amongst my peers now.
How would you describe your texture?
M: Probably 3b/c. My strands are thin and on a good day lots of small corkscrew, but also ‘S’ shaped curls.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
M: Well my hair is nicest after I have washed it. Sometimes after washing (when I have time and this can take ages) I will plait my hair into small plaits, normally they aren’t neat so I won’t go out in them but leaving for a few days is better. When I take them out my hair is longer and I have different curls. I have tried the same with twists, but it didn’t work out as well. If it is a day or two after washing I will moisturize with products such as, Taliah Waajid, The Great Detangler; Crème of Nature, Daily Breakage Relief or Hawaiian Silky Herbal Oil Moisturizer just so it stops getting dry, however I haven’t found the perfect product yet.
What does wash day look like for you?
M: I have been through countless amounts of products, but at the moment once a week I’ll wash my hair with Taliah Waajid shampoo. After I use Mixed Chicks conditioner and whilst I have that in I section my hair into 4 and brush or comb (depends what type of curls I want) through. I leave it in for another 2–3 minutes then wash out with cold water using my fingers to comb through again. I leave my hair damp before putting on Taliah Waajid Curly Curl Crème all over my hair, using a scrunching technique so not to disrupt the curls. These curls will last for about 3 days at most then I will wear my hair up for another 2–3 days then wash my hair and start the process again!
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
M: Recently I have preferred my hair up. Being at school it’s a lot easier! I normally will have a high ponytail or high bun. However wearing my hair up will disrupt and stretch the curls so I wont have a nice shape till I wash it again. When I go out I like to pin one side as well as I’m not brave enough to get an undercut it makes a similar style!
How do you combat shrinkage?
M: I’ve never been able to combat shrinkage! My hair hardly grows and if my hair wasn’t curly it would be shoulder length. I guess combing it out helps.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
M: Dry and frizzy hair. Not being able to find a hairdresser who understands my hair!
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
M: Sleep with cap on and make sure I moisturize straight after washing.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
M: Blow dry and brush when dry unless you want a big frizzy afro!
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
M: Yeah I’m on Instagram @miaharvey1 and Twitter @MiaHarvey1.