Woman smiling with long dark super curly hair


IG: @naturallychea

Beauty Blogger

Known in the online world as NaturallyChea, Michelle is a charismatic beauty blogger and mother who loves to share her experiences with her curly hair and motherhood with her followers across numerous social media platforms. She is passionate about motivating and educating curly hair women on how to properly care and style their curls so they can embrace what they were naturally born with.

Favorite Products

Wash Day Wonder, No-Poo & One Condition Decadence, Super Stretch and High Shine


curl talk with Michelle


Tell us your transformation story! What inspired you to start your curl journey?

I was inspired to start my hair journey and embrace my curls after my hair started breaking off from all the damage caused by flat ironing it multiple times throughout the day, EVERY DAY, with NO heat protectant! I was tired of having brittle, thin hair that would barely grow past my shoulders, so I walked into a salon one day and asked the stylist to basically chop my hair off. I went to a local beauty supply store and bought two fake ponytails. These ponytails helped me get through my transitioning phase.


How did you feel about your hair when you were growing up? And how do you feel about it now?

Growing up I never hated my curls, but I definitely never really embraced them either. I had no idea how to style them which is why I turned to the flat iron. Straightening it was the only way I knew how to manage it. My mother is half Mexican and half Chinese with straight hair, so she had no idea how to handle our hair. My Liberian father had the most beautiful 4c afro that I admired so much because it was always so PERFECTLY groomed. I fully embrace my curls now.


Any tips for members of our community who are just starting to go natural and unsure how to start?

Just go for it and do what works for you! Don't feel pressured to big chop if you don't want to. It's perfectly fine to transition your hair all the way out and gradually trim the damaged parts. MOISTURE is one of the main keys to obtaining beautiful, long curls so just listen to your hair and if it feels dry, moisturize it! Watch a lot of styling videos on YouTube and follow different curly girls on Instagram for inspiration and to learn different ways to style your hair.


What’s your favorite hair tip/trick/hack in general?

My favorite hair tip is MOISTURE, MOISTURE, MOISTURE!!! I can't stress this enough. Dry hair is prone to breakage so if you want to grow long hair, you have to be able to retain the length and keeping it moisturized really helps with that as well as prevents a number of other issues from happening to your hair. To help keep your hair nice and moisturized, ensure you regularly deep condition your hair and try to avoid products that contain sulfates.


What are your favorite DevaCurl products?

Wash Day Wonder, No-Poo Decadence, One Condition Decadence, Melt Into Moisture, Deep Sea Repair, SuperCream, SuperStretch, High Shine, and DevaFresh!


Do you change your routine with the seasons/weather? Or do you typically use the same products year-round? Why or why not?

I typically use the same products year-round. I live in Texas so there's not much of a change in temperature throughout the seasons.


What’s your favorite part of being curly?

The versatility I have with my hair! I always get amazed at how many different shapes, forms, and textures it can take on just by styling it one way or brushing it out another way, it's truly remarkable!


When do you feel most beautiful?

I feel the most beautiful when I rock my BIG curly hair!


How would you describe your personal style?

I would describe my style as chill and laid back. I'm a bit of a ‘plain Jane’ so you'll typically catch me in jeans and a plain t-shirt or some sweats along with my hair in a braid or bun. Hey, protective styles are another key to length retention so there's a reason I've been able to grow and maintain long, curly hair!


What does self-care mean to you?

Being a mother of a crazy toddler, self-care at this stage of my life means just sneaking off to a room or corner and trying to get 5 minutes alone to get some peace and quiet lol! I try to incorporate as much 'me-time' as I can so I'll exercise to help clear my head and relieve stress or will go for a stroll with my little one and just enjoy being outside.


What is your full beauty routine like? Do you spend as much time on skincare/makeup as you do hair?

As much patience as I have to style my hair, I just don't seem to have the same patience when it comes to applying makeup and refuse to try and sit there for more than 15 minutes trying to blend eye shadow so for that reason my beauty routine is pretty basic. My go-to look is just some Fenty Beauty foundation and concealer, a little highlight, the occasional winged liner or falsies, mascara and I usually rock a red lip! My hair is definitely the main attraction when it comes to my look!


Anything else you’d like to tell the Deva community about yourself or your love of Deva?

I really appreciate how DevaCurl is really inclusive of ALL textures! They literally have a product that can cater to all curly girls from my wavy girls to my girls with the really tight kinks and coils! I've been using and loving DevaCurl products for YEARS and will continue to incorporate their products into both my and my daughter's regimen. My Deva family and the curl community is such a supportive and loving community that I'm so happy to be a part of!

Michelle's Deva Transformation