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Natural Inspiration –Maria Tumolo

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What’s your name and where do you live.

My name is Maria Tumolo and I live in Carshalton, Surrey.

When did you go natural and why?

I returned to my natural hair February 2010. I was planning on becoming a mum but I was already 37 years old, so, I thought it wise to be thehealthiest natural self that I could be. I transitioned for two or three month max, while steadily digesting all the natural hair YouTube videos and blogs I could find. Totally revved up by the YouTube videos I hacked of my own hair one evening, then promptly visited a friend the next day (she has hairdressing experience) for her to trim and shape the mess I’d made of my what was to be a TWA. While I don’t regret one moment of the process, I’d suggest anyone thinking of going natural to be more cautious and rational when it comes to the big chop.


How would you describe your hair and texture?

I believe that I have 3c hair at the front of my head and 3b texture more to the back. It’s light and bouncy but prone to tangling on itself easily.  When it’s wet or has too much moisture it looks really curly and thin but once dry I can achieve more volume with a braid-out that’s been finger combed. I do experience shrinkage but that’s not an issue for me.

How do you take care of your hair?

Mostly I wash my hair once per week on the weekend with shampoo, preferably with a non SLS one. I use the LOC method (liquid, oil, cream) to help maintain moisture in my hair. However, sometimes if I feel for quick refresh and pick-me-up I will co-wash then follow up with the LOC method as usual. I usually detangle my hair on washday. If I want to change my style then I’ll detangle with a leave-in-conditioner or detangle solution, then re-twist for plait my hair. At home I wear my hair in a ponytail with varying levels of neatness to protect it but when I’m out and about I usually wear it out loose.


What are your words of inspiration to our readers?

I think it’s a good idea get to know your hair and what it likes. Try to keep your regime simple and use asorganic products as you can find (or make) untill you know what works best for your hair type. Once you know what your hair likes then you can either carry one with your organicproducts or shop for products that contain ingredients that your hair responds well to. Most importantly work with the hair you have and embrace it rather than try to achieve something that may never be your hair destiny.Essentially,I’m a parent blogger however I do have a natural hair page and posts where I also talk about maintaining the mixed textured hair of my children. You can find me

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Thank you so much Maria – lovely hair and photos

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Be on TV or in Cosmopolitan Mag?

Hey readers, I have two emails in my inbox that may be of interest

Get your Traction Alopeica fixed 

Maverick TV (the makers of Embarrassing Bodies (Channel 4), How To Look Good Naked (Channel 4), and My Naked Secret (Discovery)) are looking for people who have had a catastrophic experience with all types of beauty treatments for ‘Extreme Beauty Disasters’. Everything from major plastic surgery and non-surgical cosmetic treatments to hair removal, allergic reactions to hair dye or a bad haircut or colour to disastrous self-inflicted home treatments.

 ‘Extreme Beauty Disasters’ (Discovery International) is now in its third series and we are looking for people to take part. On the show we open the doors to offer salvation to victims of botched beauty treatments. A world-renowned plastic surgeon – Dr. Vik Vijh, award winning hairdresser Skyler McDonald and skin doctor to the stars, Dr. Sam Bunting help us fix cosmetic catastrophes and hope to put right those disasters so people can ultimately find happiness.

 The reason for my email today is that we are currently casting for the new series and are extremely interested in helping those who have suffered from Traction Alopecia, or from the application of extensions, relaxing or any other hair treatment that has left the hair in a bad way.

I wondered if you would be able to feature our flyer so we can reach out to those who need help with their hair, and they don’t know where to turn.

I know its a TV show and not many of you want to air out your business nationwide, however some people don’t mind. Also some people are scared to wear their hair out of weaves because they have the edges so damaged..this might be a solution…good luck!





Is your body amazing?

I look after a feature at Cosmopolitan called My Body’s Amazing. I’d love to feature someone who celebrates their beautiful natural hair. 

The feature does involve a tasteful nude shoot and an interview – but it’s all about having body confidence and loving your body the way it is, which extends to hair.  All we ask is that the person is aged 20-35ish (that’s our readership’s age) and has a great, positive story to tell!


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To take part you need to Contact Kate on +44 (0)207 312 4142 Its a brave thing!! let me know if you go for it!




Swimspray Winner

Entrants to the competition were put into a hat and I pulled out

Tamika and Leanne


Please Contact Me so that I can post your bottle out to you.