Meet this week's CHIC; the beautiful Charmaine Daudu aka "charmsie" from Atlanta! We have had our eye on Charmsie for quite some time now; sheis definitely one of our favs and we love her YouTube channel. What we love most about Charmsie is her eclectic, and unique personal style. Charmsie is never afraid to take fashion risks, and this is what makes her awesome!! With every outfit she transforms herself and SLAYS! Charmsie also has the perfect spiral curls that we can not help but obsess over! We are super excited to have her as our CHIC of the week! Check out our interview with her and learn more about her style and hair!
1. How long have you been natural? Did you transition or big chop?
I have always been natural, but I didn't really discover my hair texture until much later in life. I grew up in Canada and at the time we really did not have products catered to my hair type. When I finally started to wear my hair in my early 20s, I experimented with a lot of hair dye and straightening ( without heat protectors!) so I spent many years with damaged hair. I finally cut my damaged hair a few years ago after discovering the natural hair community on youtube.
2. How would you describe your hair texture?
I would say it's fine/low density hair with a mixture of waves & spirals. My hair gets curlier at the ends vs. from the root.
3. What is your go to style and how do you maintain it?
Definitely a wash & go, as many other styles do not work for my fine hair ( braid outs/twist outs etc. )...I typically co-wash my hair every other day and rock my curls. When I want a break, I will slick back my hair into a bun.
4. What are your problem areas if any and how are you working to combat them?
The hair at the nape of my neck is always so much shorter than the rest of my hair, and I'm finally trying to pay better attention to it by adding extra moisture to that area.
5. What do you love most about being natural?
I think natural hair has a lot of personality. When my hair is straightened I feel very "mainstream" whereas the curls add some spunk.
6. What are your top 3 hair products?
Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner , Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel, Giovanni Weightless Direct Leave In Conditioner
7. How would you describe your personal style?
Eclectic and a bit theatrical. I think of outfits as a tool to play different characters within my personality or creativity.
8. What are your favorite clothing stores?
ASOS.com, Revolveclothing.com, Riverisland.com, Zara, Ebay for vintage pieces
9. Who are your favorite celebrity fashionistas?
Miroslava Duma, Jenna Lyons, Nicole Richie, Solange, Rihanna , 70s Cher
10. What is the most worn piece in your closet?
Probably a bargain store men's denim top that I live in, or my leopard robe ( I work from home lol)
11. What is your favorite fall/winter trend?
I'm a sucker for a good poncho, practical and chic at the same time!
12. What would you say is your most prized item in your closet? Is it a vintage charm you found thrifting, or a designer splurge?
A sequined top that I fell in love with as a child when I first saw it in my grandmother's closet in Barbados. A few years ago I let her know just how magical it was to me as a child and she let me have it. It's sentimental and gorgeous at the same time.
13. Where do you draw your style inspiration from?
I love looking at street style pics online as well as retro celebrity style pics. I have a love affair with the 1970s specifically.
14. Since you are obviously a ChicNaturalista what would be a bit of fashion advice for our readers?
Wear what makes you feel good. I didn't feel like myself when I tried on a bunch of wedding dresses and I realized I just wasn't meant to wear white! Life is too short to stick to the fashion "rules." Trends are fun, but if you are only wearing them because they are "in" and it's not a true reflection of you, what's the point? I would also stress the fact that online shopping can be an amazing way to find unique pieces and save money! Subscribe to different online retailers to hear about sales and sift through sites when you have some down time...if you have a wedding in 3 months, don't go to the mall the weekend before the wedding, you will end up spending more than necessary, giving yourself stress, and you may end up twinning with another party guest. Shop online, in advance, and you will have unique pieces that you love, without breaking the bank!