Naturalista: Ines M. (Cyprus)

YAAAY! The day has finally come! Are you as excited as I am? Our first interviewee is INES! She is one of those ladies from that number one group to join I was talking about yesterday – Afrodite baaaby! 

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pic credit: Ines M.


Question One: Why did you choose to become a Naturalista?

I.M: I didn’t choose the natural life, the natural life chose me. Jokes aside, I’ve been natural since I was born and despite the hair pulling, and all that money spent, I love it nonetheless.

Question Two: Did you big chop (BC) or transition: 

I.M: See number one *smiley face*. Although both are good routes to go through  for  gorgeous and healthy hair.

Question Three: Why did you choose that route?

I.M: I was just born into it. I once considered putting chemicals but a childhood experience reminded me of the burn so I said no. I continued staying natural because my hair makes me feel beautiful.

Question Four: What did you discover about going the natural route?

I.M: Coconut oil. My mom gave it to me in 2015 and it changed things for my hair (and my skin). Also proper washing and little to no heat changes your hair entirely. DON’T UNDERESTIMATE PROTECTIVE STYLES.

Question Five: What would you have done differently? Do you regret the decision?

I.M: I Wish I started hair care earlier, maybe my hair would be longer and I would have a bigger afro.

Question Six: Please share your regimen.

I.M: I’m kind of a lazy person so I go the quick route (planning to do it seriously this summer) but I simply love wash and go’s with shampoo, and if I can find it, Coconut conditioner. Afterwards I towel and air dry the hair then moisturize with Cantu Shea butter deep conditioner. If it’s night time, I do small bantu knots (sometimes alternate with the big ones) for that extra curly appearance and wrap it in a silk hair cover. To moisturize throughout the week(s) I use Cantu moisturizing curl activator cream or Coconut oil. 

Question Seven: What are your three hair staples?

I.M: Coconut conditioner, Cantu Shea butter deep conditioner, Cantu moisturizing curl activator cream, Coconut oil and a wide toothed comb if that can count as a hair staple. 

Question Eight: What is your go to style?

I.M: Pineapple hair. If my hair has gone through heat, I love buns, and space buns (double buns), and parting my hair.

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pic credit: Ines M.


Question Nine: Who is your celebrity/otherwise hair crush?

I.M: I actually don’t have one, surprisingly. I’m generally inspired or in love with all natural girls, their styles, journey and tips.

Question Ten: What are the most memorable moments of being a Naturalista?

I.M: When my hair started becoming softer than usual, I was in awe. After I stopped using blow dryers and straighteners (only doing it every few months) my hair changed and my edges looked better and grew softer.

Question Eleven: What has surprised you most about going natural?

I.M: The endless possibilities of natural hair and natural hair products.

Question Twelve: What is the most common question people ask you about your hair?

I.M: The upkeep and the types of products I use.

Question Thirteen: What does being a Naturalista mean to you?

I.M: Being a Naturalista means embracing what I was born with, embracing the crown that is my afro. I think my natural hair is what makes me feel most beautiful and the one thing I can always do anything with. Our hair is so versatile, it never ceases to amaze me.

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pic credit: Ines M.

QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS: Who is Ines M?

One: The one thing people don’t know about you?

I.M: Not a lot of people know that I’m afraid of heights.

Two: Favorite hobby/hobbies?

I.M: I love reading novels, writing, singing, dancing and drawing.

Three: Three things you can’t live without?

I.M: My phone, my sketchbook, and music.

Four: If you could have a meal with anyone (passed away or alive) who would it be? What would you eat?

I.M: This is usually a hard question but to be a cliché, probably Michael Jackson or Beyoncé. I’d eat steak and fries, or a chicken burger, or sushi.

Five: If you had one super power what would it be?

I.M: Invisibility, or the ability to fly.

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pic credit: Ines M.


Contact/Follow Ines at:

Instagram: itsnotinesh

Twitter: @ItsJustInes

Thank you so much Ines for taking the time out of your schedule to answer all these questions ( I know it is a lot *hides*). Till next time, when I pull out follow up questions and more get to know you stuff!

I hope you all enjoyed this as much as I did. Look out for the interview in a week’s time!

Cheers,

Shaz

 

 

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