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#HeyThereHair with Mel Adela

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1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I'm Mel, I was born and grew up on the little island of Singapore and the humidity was not my friend. I used to HATE my hair because it was practically a ball of frizz that I just couldn't control. I love travelling and that's the main reason why I started my blog www.mel-adela.com. But I've started to incorporate my curly hair since I started my curl journey properly last year with the curly girl method. And since the lockdown, with all the travel restrictions, the curl content was born.

2. Describe us your hair. 

My hair is long length, it used to be longer but it needed a cut really badly. It's curly, thin strands but very thick. I have been colouring my hair for a few years but without bleach, it's still caused it to be quite dry and have high porosity so it frizzes easily. 

3. How much does your hair mean to you?

I have built a love/hate relationship with my hair and I have definitely fallen in love with it this year as I have given it the care and attention it deserves. It is part of my identity, it tells my story and my ethnicity. 

3. Tell us about your hair care regimen. What does it look like on a weekly basis?

I do not wash my hair more than two times a week, once with a co-wash and once with a shampoo and conditioner, unless it feels really limp. 

I used to purposely deep condition once a week because I thought that's what I had to do but I have started to listen to my hair more and only deep condition when it feels like it needs it and is dry. I always air dry, I can't remember the last time I used heat on my hair, it was probably in October last year. I see the best results that way so wash day is usually an almost full day regime. 

At night, I use a satin pillow case, because a head wrap never stays on! I see such a difference when I slack on my night time routine so this is definitely an underrated tip. 

4. Do you suffer from any hair issues or troubles? And how do you handle those? 

Apart from the dry hair due to previous damage from colouring and constantly straightening my hair (and now avoiding heat and using moisturising products) I also suffer from dry scalp. I have found a range that really helps me (As I am dry and itchy scalp) .

5. What is your number 1 tip to maximise hair health? 

Listen to your hair. When it is feeling limp, give it protein, when it feels dry, moisturise.

6. What's your go-to DIY hair treatment?

Rice water! I've done a video on this, it's such an easy treatment to use on your hair and helps to counter hygral fatigue. All you need to do is boil half a cup of rice with 3 cups of water and once the rice is soft, drain it and use the water and mix in your deep conditioner and apply it on your hair.

7. Do you ever compare your hair and beauty to others? How do you fight against that? What advice would you give to those struggling to embrace their own beauty? 

Sometimes I find myself 2 hours in on curly Youtube videos wishing my hair had that much volume or was just as defined and healthy. But then I remember that we're all on our own journey and need to love ourselves. Remember that everyone started somewhere and consistency is key if you want to see a change. 

8. Where can people find out more about you?

@mel.adela on instagram, i have just launched a Youtube channel too "mel adela" and you can catch my blog at www.mel-adela.com