Tell us your name and where you are from?
My name is Mélissa Flérangile aka Melly Mel.  I’m born and raised in
the Nations Capital of Canada… Ottawa, ON.  I’m currently living out
of my suitcase since I’m touring although my physical address is in
Brooklyn, NY. My cultural background; father is Haitian and my mother is French Canadian.

Photo by Angela Weiss

What do you do? Is there a resistance or compatibility with your hair in your field of work?
I am a dancer/entertainer/teacher/choreographer/fairy/story teller/healer/visionary…  In general my hair is an asset to my look when I audition for dance contracts.  I am currently on tour with “iD” by Cique Eloize; luckily in this show I am encouraged to wear my hair natural (big and curly).  It’s easy for me and the people like it!!!  A win-win situation!  In the past I was performing 10 shows a week while working in a show in Vegas called The Beatles “LOVE” by Cirque du Soleil.  Everyday I wore 4 to 6 wigs therefore my hair regiment consisted of pin curls, bobby pins and wig caps before the show.  OOF I’m happy I don’t have to revisit those days!

Photo by Angela Weiss

Describe your hair?  What is your regimen?
Though I have a lot of hair, it’s very fine and therefore prone to breakage.  My hair is also very dry at the moment since I’ve been touring in the UK for the past month.  The water here is very harsh and so I’ve been trying to deep condition my hair with neem, coconut, or olive oil couple hours before washing.  I rarely use shampoo.  In fact I use it every other month although I condition my hair with Shea Moisture once a week.  Since I perform a lot, my curls need to be revived.  On a good day I wet my curls with a spray bottle (¼ conditioner and fill the rest with filtered water).  On a bad day I just put tap water on it and call it a day (no bueno).  At night I sleep on a satin pillowcase because I am a wild individual even when I sleep.  This prevents hair breakage.  I try to keep my hair regimen as simple as possible — I let it be.  Also, I rarely straighten my hair.  When I get bored of my curls, I twist my hair; this allows my hair a break from the weather, harsh water, and bad combing techniques (just keeping it 100).

 What is your best hair advice?
-Hair Salad: Occasionally crushing a ripe avocado, olive oil and mayo as a deep conditioning treatment.  This will soften any hair type.

- I always try to finish washing my hair with cold water since this makes my hair look healthier and shinier.  It’s the same principle as ending your shower with cold water in order to close the pores of your skin. It will make your hair stronger and prevent dirt from easily accumulating in your scalp.  It also helps to slow down overall hair loss.

-Due to my bad combing technique I normally use my fingers to comb my hair.  I do this while washing with enormous amount of conditioner.

What is the strangest comment, request or hair story?
Drum roll please… I burned my hair 3x although the most memorable was when I was partying at SUTRA in NYC.  I was leaning against the wall having a good time and doing a simple 2 step.  I started feeling extremely hot so I put my hair in a pineapple do (high ponytail). Next thing I know my friend was playing conga on my flaming head and there it was on the floor… 5 curls.  The entire club smelled like dead bodies.  The story is; there was a candle on a top shelf above my head.  I was apparently too short to have seen it.   It felt like the MJ Pepsi commercial incident…

How would you describe your personal fashion style?
Anything goes!  I dress how I feel!  Clothing is an extent of my character!  I’m a gypsy/fairy/bohemian/clownish/outlandish/silly type gyal so for the most part I dress like that!  I am more concerned with who I am and what I represent as an individual then how I look.  This philosophy I get from my mother.
My advice to anyone out there trying to find their own sense of style I say find the light in you but most importantly be happy being YOU!!  In my opinion your fashion expression will then be effortless.

Photo by LaMont Hamilton

When it comes to your style who, what or where does your inspiration come from?
I would say my best friend Selena Ayala, Muska Zurmati, Diana Reyes aka Fly lady Di, Lisa Bonet, Erykah Badu, Prince and Betsey Johnson.  I am inspired by their EVERYTHING!!!  They assume how they dress mainly because they are strong, unique and inspiring individuals who start the trend simply by being themselves.

 

Do you have a blog/website?
While touring my aim is to do outreach work in different communities all around the world.  I am currently working on a blog called mellymelinspires.com, which will be up and running by the end of this month.

Photo by J Quazi King

What makes you an Urban Bush Babe?
I was born that way!

Anything else?
Don’t be afraid to be an outcast.  Outcasts make this world unique, interesting and unconventional!

Be consumed with your purpose in life and everything else will flow like water!

Last but not least I MUST express that this blog is 2 FRESH!!!!!!!!  Job well done ladies!!!!