What inspired you to start growing natural hair? How long have you been natural?What styles did you wear before this decision?
Before I did my ‘BC’ I hadn’t permed my hair in about 2 years but my hair was damaged due to constant braiding so I always loved the shaved look and I wanted to start over with my hair completely unprocessed. What was the icing on the cake for me was when I thought about shaving it and a fear that I’ve never experienced took over me and I started to cry that for me was a huge reason why I had to do it.
What were the responses you received in response to your natural hair decision?
The biggest response was “wow what made you do that?” sometimes with a positive connotation, other times a negative but the second response was usually something along the lines of “I love it”.
Well, honestly I’ve been terrible with washing, I have no specific time I wash just whenever I remember to. My fave style is just a simple twist out and unfortunately my hair is so soft that it doesn’t hold a curl for more than a couple of hours so I style daily.
What products do you use in your hair?
I used to style my hair with ‘Shea Moisture restorative conditioner, retentive shampoo and reconstructive Elixir. I have recently been trying ‘Macadamia’s’ hair care line and I am unimpressed. But now I am using flaxseed gel since I am doing the curly girl method.
I’ve learned that I have to take out time to appreciate every stage of my hair and hair growth and that I need to get to know my hair, the likes, dislikes…etc.
What advice would you give to women contemplating growing natural hair?
I would say if you want to then go for it, give it all you’ve got and DO YOUR RESEARCH.
I feel empowered and my reasons are affirmed, it makes me happy without a doubt.
What are 5 hair items/products you can’t live without?
Honestly I haven’t found anything yet except for my huetiful hair steamer and my spray bottle.
How can you be contacted?
therealmellyb.com, youtube.com/therealmellyb, facebook.com/therealmellyb