NaturallyCurly: Please introduce yourself!
Melissa Poe: Hi, my name is Melissa! 

NC: How and when did you start embracing your curls?

MP: I started to embrace my curls immediately after transitioning. I hadn't seen my natural hair since I was ten, so I was amazed at what I saw growing out of my scalp! 

NC: What's your current routine?

MP: My regimen is very simple, because I try not to manipulate my hair too much. I co-wash every two days and then wear my hair in twists.

NC: So from start to finish, on a curly day, what is your process?

MP: I'll co-wash and then seal my hair using the LOC method. Then, if I'm doing a wash and go, I'll apply my styling product. If I'm wearing a twist out, I usually skip the styling product.

NC: What are your favorite hairstyles to wear with your curls?

MP: I do the occasional wash and go, but I LOVE to rock my hair in a curly 'fro...that's definitely my signature 'do.

NC: What are your must-have products and tools?

MP: I'm currently in love with Carol's Daughter Some of Marguerite's Magic or Tui Moisturizing Conditioner. I gravitate towards the Ecoco Krystal Styling Gel and my trusty diffuser for a wash and go.

NC: What about your hair stylists?

MP: I do my own hair...there's something very empowering about it!

NC: What do you do at nighttime for your hair?

MP: I'll usually section, moisturize, and twist it.
NC: What reaction did you get when you first decided to go natural?

MP: It was definitely a mixed reaction—most of my close friends and my family cheered me on and applauded the decision to go natural, but others couldn't understand why I would just up and cut my relaxed hair, which was down back.

NC: Did you big chop or transition?

MP: I got pregnant in September of 2012 and at around that time, my sister made the choice to big chop her hair (I actually did it for her). Seeing how beautiful her hair was, I made the conscious decision to follow in her footsteps and transitioned throughout and after my pregnancy.

NC: What is the best thing about being curly?

MP: Definitely the versatility and the freedom to walk out the door and just let my hair be exactly what it is...MY hair!

NC: How do you think having curly hair impacts your life?

MP: It has had a huge impact! It's like falling in love with myself all over again...it's less maintenance in my opinion, and I like to think that I'm sending a positive message to my two daughters about their own curly tresses. Mommy loves and takes pride in caring for their hair, and they should too!

NC: What would you tell others to encourage them to embrace their curls?

MP: Your curls are wonderfully and beautifully made! They are the most beautiful in their natural state.

We have been blessed with the most versatile hair on the planet! Embrace it and work with it, ladies.

NC: Tell us about your current and upcoming projects! 

MP: I'm a busy mom of four! I recently decided to join the YouTube community and I will be making videos to document my journey and hopefully I will be able to share the things that I love and encourage people at the same time.