Tell us your name and where you are from?
Peace, my name is Denise Michél and I currently reside in New York City
How long have you been natural?
I have been natural since the age of 13, prior to that I was insisted to get a relaxer because my hair was untamable and below waist length but as I got older my mama insisted I not continue the process due to the amount of chemicals your scalp receives.
What do you do? Is there a resistance or compatibility with your hair in your field of work?
I am currently going to Long Island University for Speech-Language Pathology. But my future plan is to get into the medical field of Neurology and hopefully one day Alternative Medicine. I know that in the medical field, my hair will probably be an interference but it will not stop me from being a natural, especially once I have my own practice.
Describe your hair?
My hair is quite the case, when I was younger my hair was so hard to tame and keep in check but as I got older my hair sort of changed and became a mix between fine and coarse. Depending on the weather, my hair takes its own style, which is what I love most about it, it will either get bigger or it will curl and remain tamed.
What is your regimen?
My regimen consists of using shampoos with natural oils and roots and my conditioners are usually imported from outside of the country made from plants and oils derived from seeds. I love to use natural products because you do not have the chemical intake issues and the pores of your scalp absorbing them as well. The more natural products you use the more your hair reacts to them in a positive way.
What is your best hair advice?
My best hair advice would be, “Never be afraid to have your own identity, your hair is a description of self and when one sees your hair they can know your character. Hair is like clothes, it’s like the voice that speaks when you have no words; So, if you wear your hair big and bright trust me that the sun will forever shine on your crown and so will the people who appreciate your eccentricity and strength to wear your crown proud.”
What is the strangest comment, request or hair story?
The strangest comment I have received about my hair was one day when I was walking on Jerome Avenue and as I walked a Dominican man says to me, “Why don’t you comb your hair?”, You know I just looked at him and said “At least I am proud of my hair and my roots, therefore why should I hide who I am just to fit into the American stereotype?” And of course, he had nothing to say but that was my proof about the level of ignorance there is amongst people not only about race, and color of skin but of their hair whether it is kinky, wild, coarse and so forth, where as in the US the norm is Straight hair anything other than that is just “weird” which of course is NOT true.
How would you describe your personal fashion style?
My personal fashion style is soulful and full of depth. I like to dress how I feel and what I feel comfortable in. I love to wear heels and feel tall to accentuate my legs since I am quite small with long legs. I love to where long tunics with long slits on the sides and/or long dresses they allow me to feel sexy especially on the beach with the wind blowing. I am also known to either have my hair free and high but if I do cover my crown, I usually wear turbans which is what I love just because it allows people to see far beyond my hair but just my face and the emotions whenever I convey a discussion especially in school or in a spoken word session.
Do you have a blog/website?
Actually I do, I am a spoken word artist and poet. My website is www.wix.com/abyssofpoetry/abyssofpoetry and the blog is www.abyssofpoetry.tumblr.com
it contains many soothing and beautiful poems, words and thoughts. I am constantly updating it, I look forward to new readers and any feedbacks.
When it comes to your style who, what or where does your inspiration come from?
My inspiration was never really a person or a thing it was more like a life. The idea of what my future holds for me, the person I want to be and what I want to live by. My style is more about freedom and the ability to coexist with beautiful waters like the ocean, the rivers, the streams and the beaches. I want to be as free as that and my style comes from that.
Well, I could go on and on about life, myself and my hair but one thing I think is worth me talking about is the idea that the youth should be motivated and have the ability to interact with young adults who are fulfilling careers in the arts and in the medical fields. Science and Arts delivers so much ideals and opportunities for our youth and exhausts extremes in their brains, it also helps in growing up and being able to have hobbies and interact with people of all kinds and from different places in the world. We need the youths from all races and colors to work in cultural settings and arts and sciences are the best ways to do it from the baby years.
What makes you an Urban bush babe?
What makes me a bush babe in my perspective is that I diversify myself with people from around the globe, I am a motivator, a poet, a future doctor, a strong and motivated young woman with ideals and morals, spiritual and full of love for the world. I believe a bush babe, should be filled with so many different concepts and complexities that the world needs women like these. To continue displaying the amount of wonderful, entrepreneur bush haired women there are around the world who can actually stand up and speak up not only for themselves, but for a youth so large that the possibilities one can do it alone are impossible. But with Urban bush babes we can do it all.
Thank you for allowing me to be a part of the Bush Babe Series.