Monique is one of Naturally Me’s wonderful tweeties. I “met” Monique when I began following her on Twitter and noticing her beautiful natural hair. Here is her story:

Monique is one of the lucky members of the natural hair community who has never had a relaxer. However, she embarked on a different form of transitioning then most, by ceasing to straighten her hair once a week.
Within the last three months Monique has been wearing and embracing her hair in its natural state without the assistance of blow dryers or flatirons. Monique credits her attendance at an HBCU to her displaying her natural tresses “Growing up, I went to a predominantly white school and never felt comfortable wearing it curly/wavy. After attending an HBCU, I saw other girls wearing their natural hair and I thought it was so beautiful. This inspired me to want to do the same.” Her short term hair goals are to discover different styles that work best with her hair. Her long term goals consist of growing her hair out as long as she can and to only straighten for trims. “Another long term hair goal is just to continually educate myself on natural hair because there is an endless amount of information out there that’s beneficial. I would also like to influence others to embrace their natural hair” said Monique.

The biggest challenge she faces with her hair is finding the perfect hair product. After realizing there may not be just one product that’s perfect for her hair she uses a combination of three that moisturizes her hair without weighing it down. Her staple products include a mixture of Miss Jessie’s curly pudding, Garnier Fructis curly hair moose, and extra virgin olive oil.

When asked what advice she would give to women who are considering going natural Monique states,”I advise women who are considering going natural to not allow outside influences make us feel that we look “prettier” with straight hair. Be confident about being natural and know there is nothing negative about it. It’s healthier, more rewarding, and absolutely fabulous”.

You can keep up with Monique’s progress on Twitter @umilikechips.