Textured Beauty: Monet

Textured Beauty: Monet

Name: My name is Monet but many know me as Curls and Mo.

Hair’s Name:My hair’s name is Farrah.

Tell us about yourself: I work in Corporate America but my passion is blogging at www.curlsandmo.com and vlogging on my YouTube channel, Curls and Mo. I love my profession, but I wish I could dedicate more time to answering [natural hair] questions and writing. In November 2012, I celebrated my third curliversary and I had the pleasure of being on my first blogger panel. Being on the panel definitely brought back memories of my days transitioning and I really enjoyed answering questions about color treatments, transitioning, reversing heat damage and other topics. October was also a busy month for me as I officially became a Staff Writer for Longing4Length.com and was featured on Ebony.com in their style section.

How long have you been natural? Why did you go natural? I’ve been natural for three years and I went natural after watching the movie “Good Hair”. As I left the movie theater I decided I, too, was “going natural” — a term I didn’t fully understand at the time and had never heard before. After countless YouTube hours and a lot of hair trial and error, I’m 100% natural and loving it.
What is your hair type and texture? My hair type is a mixture of 4’s and my texture is coily.
What products and techniques work best for your hair type/texture? My hair loves raw shea butter; I love CocoCurls or any other cream with a shea butter base or VERY thick consistency. One product that I absolutely love is Tresemme Naturals Conditioner. It is amazing because it can be used to co-wash, condition, deep condition, as a leave-in and a detangler! Plus, it can be purchased at many drug stores and it’s pocket-friendly. Two strand twists are my go-to style since I work in corporate America. During the week I usually wear my two strand twists pinned up. Then on the weekends I take down my twists and opt for edgier styles. Now that it’s cold, I will be focused on protecting my ends and moisture retention.
What is your hair regimen and how does it fit into your busy schedule? I cleanse and seal weekly. The entire cleansing and styling process is done with my hair in sections. I separate it into four before washing and work on each section separately during the wash, condition and deep condition process. After my hair is clean, I decide on a style and section my hair accordingly then I apply leave-in and Castor Oil to each section, re-clip them and start twisting. My wash day is Sunday. If I don’t have time on Sunday, I wash Saturday or Monday. It’s time consuming, but I am obsessed with having a clean scalp so that my hair can continue to grow and remain healthy.
Any additional advice? Yes! Try different things until you find what works for you. Just because something works for someone else doesn’t mean it will work for you. And remember that you don’t have to spend a lot of money. You can rely on samples you receive from meetups and events OR purchase trial sizes of most products. Many companies either sell trial sizes of individual products or trial size sets of their products. Trial sizes are a great way to see what works for you without committing to full size products and wasting money. Some companies will even send trial sizes to you for free, if you contact them. It never hurts to ask.

Author: Latoya

Latoya is an academic advisor by day, natural hair enthusiast//writer by night, and wife and mom 24/7. Her last relaxer was in April 2010 and she big chopped in October 2010. Join her as she shares tips and techniques for your natural hair.

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