CHIC of the Week is back and we have a fresh face to share with you! Her name is Melissa Goodwin and her fun, flirty, yet sporty style was one we just had to learn more about! Melissa is from Oakland, CA and is now living in Southern California. We absolutely love her Cali style and golden tresses! Check out what Melissa had to say about her CHIC style and hair!
1. How long have you been natural? Did you transition or big chop?
Technically speaking I have always been “natural”. My hair has never been chemically straightened or processed. However, I grew up addicted to the flat iron! Over the years my hair has endured plenty of heat damage, bleach and color damage as well. I lost a lot of length and natural hair elasticity from this, causing breakage. I decided about 5 months ago that I was putting my flat iron, curling iron, and curling wand to rest. No big chop, just a trim of my split ends.
2. How would you describe your hair texture?
I am half Caucasian and half African American, with about three different hair textures combined. I would say most of my hair could be considered “kinky” or 4b/4c texture with a few areas of 4a type texture. I have a ton of volume, and my curl fro just gets bigger with time.
3. What is your go to style and how do you maintain it?
My go to protective style, when I haven’t had time to install some sort of curling mechanism, is a romanesque, crown-like do, with a twist on each side, in a low bun, which you can see in some of my photos. My favorite “curly fro” go to style would be the 3rd or 4th day flexi-rod spiral curls. If I have an event or something special to do, I plan in advance to do my hair at least 2 days prior so that I will have the maximum volume I love from 3rd and 4th day hair.
4. What are your problem areas if any and how are you working to combat them?
I have so many problem areas believe it or not! My biggest challenge is keeping my hair moisturized. My hair is naturally extremely dry, and soaks up everything I put on it without being weighed down or oily. I manage my dry hair by rarely shampooing, using lots of conditioner and water, coconut and argon oils, and sleeping with a satin scarf and pillowcase.
5. What do you love most about being natural?
My all time most favorite part about being natural is the versatility! My hair is my biggest fashion accessory, and being that fashion is my first love, changing up my hair is a must. I also enjoy the trial and error, figuring out what works for my hair type and sharing experiences with curl-friends and other curly girls.
6. What are your top 3 hair products?
This is hard because I have so many! I would say my number one favorite product is the Crème of Nature Argon Oil from Morocco Style & Shine Foaming Mousse. This mousse allows my curly styles to last 5+ days at a time. It gives a strong hold but leaves my hair very soft and smelling amazing. My 2nd favorite product is Trader Joes Nourish Spa conditioner. I use it as a conditioner, a co-wash, and a deep conditioner. It’s great because it is very moisturizing, all natural with no sulfates, and super affordable. My third favorite product is a tie between the Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk, and the Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in Conditioning Repair Cream. They both work great on my hair wet or dry, and both provide long lasting moisture.
7. How would you describe your personal style?
My personal style is metamorphic. I change my style based on mood, time, season, etc. I don’t like to box myself into one particular style because I see potential in all arenas of fashion and style. I feel that with the right inspiration and creativity a true fashion lover can make anything work for their own personal style.
8. What are your favorite clothing stores?
My favorite clothing stores are MANGO, Zara, Top Shop, Nordstrom, and H&M. I also enjoy shopping online stores such as ASOS, NastyGal and Victoria Secret. Recently I have been having great finds at Bebe and Guess.
9. Who are your favorite celebrity fashionistas?
Rihanna, Gwen Stefani, Kylie Jenner.
10. What is the most worn piece in your closet?
My black skinny jeans because I can dress them up or down.
11. What is your favorite fall/winter trend?
Fall/Winter is a great season for fashion because you have the ability to layer more clothing and be creative. Currently, my favorite fall trend is the elongated pea coats, blazers and trench coats. They are a simple addition to an outfit, but provide a big impact and statement.
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?
I have a pair of Jessica Simpson heels that I bought at Macy’s for my birthday a few years ago. Since then, these heels have become my go to’s for everything. They are not only comfortable, but they go with almost everything I wear, and ironically enough they match my hair color. Go figure.
13. Where do you draw your style inspiration from?
I typically draw inspiration from everywhere, art, music, nature etc. But I also draw inspiration from a few favorite blogs and websites. Karla’s Closet, Micah Gianneli, andPinterest to name a few. I am also very inspired by my favorite high end designer label, Chanel. Classic, bold and feminine.
14. Since you are obviously a ChicNaturalista what would be a bit of fashion advice for our readers?
Fit it is the most important part of fashion and style. Ill-fitting clothing can be unflattering and distracting. Even oversized trends have to fit properly in order to achieve the look. Finding clothing to fit individual body types can be difficult, however it is worth the effort to try on everything before you purchase. Otherwise I recommend seeing a professional tailor to achieve a sharp, “stop and stare” look.
How can we keep up with you?
My newly revamped blog, Clothes Minded, is launching at the beginning of January 2015! To keep up with my style and hair journey please visit me here at the turn of the new year!
Clothes Minded Blog Site - www.Liveclothesminded.com
Instagram - @LiveClothesMinded
Pinterest. I love pinning! Great place to see my style inspiration, natural hair goals and much more. – http://www.pinterest.com/clothesminded_/