Living No Lye | Michelle (Macthacurlygirl)
What are your reasons for going natural?
I started the journey to natural hair while I was very happily relaxed. I started going to a stylist who would not relax me when I wanted it done…she would always tell me that I could go just a little longer in between relaxers. The more I stretched my relaxers out, the more I realized that I could stretch them out even more. This stretching taught me how to care for the new growth that was coming in. I got to the point of relaxing only once a year and so I decided then that I could manage my hair without relaxing it.
How did you transition (or did you BC)?
I transitioned for 16 months, just kinda learning my hair throughout the process. I used rollerset styles to make the new growth and relaxed hair take on a more uniform appearance. Really, I just had fun trying out different styles and just getting to know what my hair liked and didn’t like. Aussie moist conditioner became my BFF during my transition. That stuff worked so well for the two textures I was dealing with. If you choose to transition, I think that finding a conditioner that helps with detangling is a must.
What emotional struggles, if any, have you faced since going natural?
None at all. I have always, always loved playing around with different styles, different cuts, different colors with my hair so I just considered my transition to natural another wonderful, fun step. I didn’t feel as if I were losing anything by going natural so it wasn’t emotional for me at all. Family/friends opinions, whether good or bad, didn’t phase me a bit! Hair flip!!
What's your go-to style?
Wash n’go! I love that the wash n’go can take on different forms just depending on product consistency, product application, length, texture…it makes the style fun and never the same each time!
What’s your favorite product and why?
I don’t have a favorite brand per se, but my favorite product is conditioner. I can do all things with conditioner lol. I can cowash, leave in, deep condition, moisturize, detangle, etc etc and on and on!
What piece of advice would you share with someone who is just starting out?
#doyouboo Never compare your hair to anybody else’s. Find your flow, and go for it! That goes for all things, not just hair! You are one of a kind …beautiful and unique. Don’t give that away trying to be like somebody else.
Thanks for sharing your story Michelle!
For more of Michelle, you can check her out on Instagram at www.Instagram.com/Macthacurlygirl