Please, introduce yourself!
Hi, I’m Melissa aka MelissaChanel fashion and natural hair blogger at www.melissachanel.com
What is your current hair care regimen?
My regimen includes washing my hair once a week; Sunday’s are usually wash days for me. I mostly single twist my hair and wear a twist out during the week, as it gets bigger and stretched I may style differently (I.E puff, front puff).
What is your hair type and what works best for your texture?
I don’t feel I have a specific hair type, the front of my hair has loose curls, middle is super tight and the back is a mixture of both….I just call it the “Melissa Type” LOL! My hair is kinky, curly, dry and sometimes CRAZY …as long as I make sure to detangle after washing and keep it moisturized I’m good to go.
What reaction did you get when you first decided to go natural or have you been relaxer free all your life?
The reaction I received wasn’t at all great. My family and friends could not understand why I didn’t want a relaxer, why I wanted to wear my hair “nappy” and how long was I going to walk looking like “that.” After seeing that I wasn’t changing my mind they start complimenting me on styles and even talked to me about the “going natural” process. I’m glad I have a great sense of humor and self confidence because they were not hearing it at the beginning, but now they wouldn’t have it any other way!
Did you big chop or transition, for how long? If you’ve always been natural, did you ever have any curly hair girl insecurities? If so, what helped you adjust to having naturally curly hair over the years?
I transitioned for a year and a half then in March of 2009 I did my version of a “BIG CHOP.” I was traveling to Miami for spring break and had no idea what I was going to do to my hair because of the two different textures. I went into the salon in my local mall and told the stylist to cut it!!!! I went to Miami with a new look and feeling so free…best hair decision I ever made!
What makes you love your kinks, curls and coils?
What makes me love my kinks and curls is that it’s sooooo ME!!! I feel my hair matches my style, FUNKY! I can style it anyway I want, add color (something I couldn’t do with relaxed hair because of all the chemicals) , it’s so versatile…BIG ASS FRO one day and a puff the next. I just love the looks I get, the questions that I’m asked, it just makes me feel like I’m being ME. I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT IT!
Where can we find you on the web?
You can find me at www.melissachanel.com and every other social network ..LOL
Anything EXTRA you want us to know?
I just want to say Thank you sooo much for the feature , I love your blog and the inspiration you are to the natural hair community. And to everyone young girl or woman reading this BE YOU, don’t let anyone every try to make you be someone different!