Hairlicious Spotlight on Melyssah

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Hairlicious Inc. would like to introduce you to:
Melyssah!


Melyssah, my sister and Administrator of Hairlista Inc., has been on a Healthy Hair Journey since early September 2007. She has made tremendous progress‼ The pics speak for itself. She's learned a lot along the way, she's helped me on numerous occasions with my hair and plenty other ladies on Hairlista Inc. Social Network. She has a beautiful head of hair & I want to share that with you! Here is quick overview of her hair journey thus far.

My Exclusive Interview with Melyssah:

What is your hair type?

My hair is coarse, so I would say I'm 4a around my edges and nape, and 4b at the crown.

What is your current hair length?

Right now I'm in between APL and BSL.

What is your hair goal?

My hair goal right now is to achieve BSL. My ultimate goal is mainly to achieve healthy blunt WL hair. I just want healthy ends, and to prove that black women can have long hair.

What inspired you to go on a Healthy Hair Journey?

I was never into caring for my hair. I just thought I would hide my hair in a FAB weave and neglect my hair. Nothing wrong with weave, in fact it grew my hair, but I never new how to take care of my hair apart from the weaves. So I was surfing on the net looking for wigs...lol and came across a few hair boards and saw women with my hair type with naturally long BSL, MBL, WL hair and I was like "What the @#$@?!!! Are you serious?, Okay I'mma try this hair thing for real and see what I can achieve".

I started experimenting, buying products to see what my hair likes and dislikes. I must have changed my regimen 100 times just what it likes and needs and this meant listening to my hair. Just seeing other black women with long hair made me realize okay...I can have that too and I will have that too. That is what inspired me!


Do you have any hair idols?

YES! Loveya4ever, Sylver2, BabygurlNC, Cathy Howse, Elektra, Traycee, just to name a few.

What is the single most important thing that you've learned on your hair journey?

Keeping it simple. In other words, not jumping on bandwagons and just listening to what YOUR hair likes. Trial and error is a must in order to see what contributes to your hair's health. At the end of the day, you'll know what products and methods agree with your hair. I've done this and it was a hard at first, but now I can say that I understand my hair and what it needs.

What is your hair regimen?

My hair regimen is simple!

I shampoo twice a week with a moisturizing Shampoo (Creme of Nature or Porosity Control Shampoo)

I deep condition with a moisturizing deep conditioner twice a week with heat (hooded dryer). I use either Abba Colour Protect, Silk Elements Mega Cholesterol, Silk Elements Moisturizing Treatment, or Elasta QP DPR-ll mixed AtOne Reconstructor and Herbal Essences Replenishing conditioner for dry/damaged hair. I usually add honey and EVOO to my DC's.

I co-wash after 5 weeks post relaxer, only when my hair needs extra moisture. I use either Aussie Moist, Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship or Pantene Beautiful Lengths conditioner.

I clarify when needed, if my hair has a lot of build-up etc. I use ION clarifying shampoo.

I do protein treatments once or twice a month depending on how my hair feels, if its too mushy and elastic, I'll do a protein treatment on dry hair with egg, Mane and Tail conditioner and EVOO for an hour, then shampoo, DC with a moisturizing conditioner and apply leave-ins.

I relax every 10-14 weeks with a lye relaxer.

I moisturize and seal twice daily morning and night with Wave Nouveau and Hot Six Oil.

I only air-dry. I tie my hair down in the front with a satin scarf and leave the back of my hair down.

I wear protective styles all the time. On special occasions I'll blow dry and flat-iron and wear my hair down.

I sleep with a satin scarf tied down at the front of my hair with the back of my hair hanging loose in a satin bonnet.

I dust after every relaxer. No trims.

Last but not least, any advice to the newbies just starting their hair journey?

Baby those ends. We have been led to believe that the scalp is what needs to be focused on, when its the ends that need our undivided attention. I can't stress enough about moisturizing and sealing your ends DAILY and deep conditioning at least once a week. The ends are the oldest part of the hair and it breaks easily especially for chemically treated and coarse hair in general.

Get a good quality deep conditioner that moisturizes the hair strands (my fave is the Cholesterol and Moisturizing Treatment from Silk Elements, Kenra and Abba). Get a good water-based moisturizer (my fave is Wave Nouveau) and an oil (Jojoba, EVOO, Castor, Safflower, Coconut, Hot Six Oil, Wonder 8 Oil just to name a few) to keep moisture in your hair and retain length. Dryness = Breakage and keeping your ends conditioned and moist is the only way in my honest opinion to retain length, its done wonders for me.


Be sure to check Melyssah out on the Hairlista Inc. Network http://hairlista.com and future Video Tutorials!

Sunshyne

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18 comments

  1. Beautiful and well maintained hair...

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  2. thank you so much for posting her journey!
    She gives great advices and her hair is goooooooorgeous!

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  3. I like the way she ties her hair down when she sleeps. I may try that method for myself & my daughters.
    I do agree with the other ladies...Her hair is Glam!

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  4. "I was never into caring for my hair. I just thought I would hide my hair in a FAB weave and neglect my hair. Nothing wrong with weave, in fact it grew my hair, but I never new how to take care of my hair apart from the weaves. So I was surfing on the net looking for wigs...lol and came across a few hair boards and saw women with my hair type with naturally long BSL, MBL, WL hair and I was like "What the @#$@?!!! Are you serious?, Okay I'mma try this hair thing for real and see what I can achieve"."

    I'm glad your sister pointed this out also. My story is similar. My hair has been natural since i was 14 years old (im now 24) and I do weave my hair but before i never use to really care for it. It grew , but then my ends would always be damaged or my hair would be dry. Then I just started to take care of my hair properly, using oils, and treatments and making sure i clip those ends and my hair is growing stronger and healthier. I'm so tired of women who wear their hair natural and then ridicule women who choose to perm or put in a weave. Having natural hair does not equate to healthy hair. Taking care of your hair equates to healthy hair. Our hair can grow just like any other women on this planet once we take care of properly.

    so thanks again for this wonderful story.

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  5. beautiful hair indeed!

    www.longhairdontcare.net

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  6. Such pretty hair. It looks so thick and healthy, very pretty locks indeed.
    PJD

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  7. That interview was on point. I'm just admiring how much growth she had over all and I am astounded!!!! This was very helpful in letting me see that it is possible to have hair that grows inches in a matter of months!

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  8. Beautiful!! Your progress is awesome!! You'll be at BSL in no time...

    Dyva

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  9. Lovely hair and amazing progress

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  10. 'Hair idols'... I like that :)

    I honestly think Melyssa would be mine. I was so impressed with her growth that I signed up at hairlista.com (I swear im not a stalker :) Im glad I did, now I've found so many other sources of inspiration :) Cheesy but true lol

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  11. Melyssah,
    when you deep condition with HE Replenishing conditioner do you mix IT with honey ,evoo and Atone?

    Tanks

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  12. Melyssah we want to see new pictures of your hair!!
    Did you change your regimen?

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  13. how com her hair looks longer in the ponytail,than in the other last pic,but they were both taken on november,11th,08

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  14. I'm new to all this and am really inspired to see how quickly your hair grew from the photos you showed. It gives me hope to see that I too, can have long healthy hair even with it being relaxed.

    Thanks for posting this.

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  15. I've always loved her hair...beautiful!

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  16. My hair is similar to the the second photo and is very coarse. I have been using CON since 1997 and it has been wonderful. The new changes are not working for me. I can tell a horrible difference. It may work if your hair is a semifine grade but for coarse hair you need to find another product. I trusted CON so much at first, I just used the new product with out checking the change and my hair was hard and NOT manageable. I was so frustrated and angry and most of all hurt because I have to find something else. I will post a pic of my hair soon. WAS aloyal customer.

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