My first memories of hair styling are of me cutting and curling my dolls’ hair. My mother was not too thrilled about me essentially ruining these toys she’d spent her hard-earned money to buy for me, but she let me do it, and I’m so glad she did. I was always interested in how I could manipulate hair to create new looks. I would go to my cousin’s shop as a kid and watch her and the other stylists give relaxers, do roller sets, and cut and color hair. I would then go home and try to emulate what I’d seen.
I began doing my own hair in fifth grade. My early experiments with styling were cutting my own bangs and figuring out how to do a perfect “Shirley Temple” spiral curl. Throughout high school, friends would ask me to style their hair for picture day and prom, and in college I did hair for friends before big events and parties in my dorm room.
Over the years, I’ve helped friends and family care for their hair from the most drastic of hair emergencies to regular maintenance. What I’ve learned is that all hair is different. Even if two people seemingly have similar hair types, how their hair reacts to products and methods of styling will still differ. I believe it’s all about finding common themes in hair care that apply to everyone and modifying the products, methods and tools used to achieve desired results.
For years, friends and family encouraged me to start a hair blog. So, after much debate with myself, I decided to do it. I launched moknowshair.com in September of 2013 to be a resource for all hair textures and types, and the journey has been amazing. Every time someone leaves a comment on a tutorial or Instagram post telling me how something I shared helped make their journey better, my heart smiles.
Hair care is a priority for everyone. We express who we are with clothing, makeup, accessories and especially our hair. It takes time and patience to find what works and how to manage care. But once you figure it out, you can enjoy coming up with new ways to style your hair and feel confident in how it looks and behaves.
My goal is to be a resource to those looking for help and inspiration. For me, it’s been relatively easy to have styles I want because it comes naturally to me, and the knowledge I share is self-taught. However, I know the task of hair care and styling can be cumbersome and confusing for some, so my hope is through educational tutorials and detailed reviews, I can remove the mystery around hair care, product selection and styling methods, and show that healthy hair is available to everyone. It doesn’t have to be a struggle, or a burden; it should be a beautiful expression of who you are.
Connect with me on all social media outlets (IG, YouTube, FB, Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr) as “MoKnowsHair” and at moknowshair.com.