HH: How would you describe your overall style?
MM: My overall style is a good mix between girly girl and tomboy. It’s very trendy and fashion-forward. I wake up and put on exactly how I’m feeling.
HH: What are some of your favorite hairstyles?
MM: Obviously, I love my big poof! My curly afro is probably my favorite way to wear my hair. I also wear it straight from time to time, but nothing beats my curls!
HH: We see that you often wear your hair in a blondish color tone. How often do you have it done at the salon and what are some of your personal hair care tips for color-treated hair?
MM: I get my hair colored twice a year. I keep a darker blonde tone in the fall/ winter and I keep a lighter blonde tone in the spring/summer. Color-treated hair is something you have to really devote yourself to, especially blonde. Damage is inevitable considering the fact you’re putting a chemical in your hair, however there are plenty of ways you can revitalize it. My biggest tip would be coconut oil!
I rub coconut oil on my ends and scalp and wash it the next day. I love using coconut oil on my hair and products that have coconut oil in them. Pretty much any oil actually. My hair literally soaks up the moisture so anything with argan or coconut oil are usually my first picks in hair products.
Another big tip, especially if you already had a dry hair texture prior to the color, is to refrain from washing with shampoo, sometimes. From time to time, it’s okay to just wash with conditioner to give your hair moisture.
HH: What’s your daily skin care routine like?
MM: My daily skincare routine consists of a simple morning routine and a more advanced nighttime routine. In the morning, I wash my face with African black soap and moisturize with a non-comedogenic lotion. If I’m not going anywhere for a while, I’ll put coconut oil on my face as a moisturizer.
At night, I also wash my face with black soap and moisturize with the same lotion. However, my skin is acne-prone so I have a dermatologist-prescribed gel called Differin that I apply all over.
HH: Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers?
MM: Love who you are. Beauty products and makeup don’t make you beautiful. They are fun to play with though! [Laughs]