Michele George, aka Knotty Author, is a trained Geek³ bench Scientist with degrees in Biology, Physiology and Health Care Management birthed out of the best HBCU on the planet, Hampton University. I love all things healthy, and continue to share over 2 decades of natural hair expertise, with a focus on the art of locked hair.
My journey began in college, when I played with extending my touch-ups to only 3 per year. By my senior year, after years of late classes in lab, social activities and getting harangued for my 'unkempt' hair while pledging Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., my hair would crumble in my hands from the abuse of trying to keep up with the latest asymmetrical style, inspired by Salt-n-Pepa, lol. As a college student on a budget, I did my own touchups and the breakage was irreparable by year four. My friends encouraged me to leave the heat appliances alone, wet-set my hair and stop combing. That was a paradigm shift! Stop, combing my hair!? What!? I did just that. With jerri curl setting rollers, my solution was to set my hair once a week, sit under the drier and let my curls flop and fall through the week. On the weekend I would detangle and repeat. Even though my technique was very naive, my hair began transforming and growing.
Then, the lightbulb went off! In Living Color was at it's peak and Crystal T'Keyah Keymah took off her wigs. My life changed forever. Every single Friday night at 8PM I stayed glued to my black-n-white TV waiting for a chance to see Crystal's hairdo of the week. Through her, I saw me, literally. Her face was my face, and I knew I could leave the chemicals alone for good if I could learn how-simply because I would look like the beautiful Crystal T'Keyah Keymah.
It was almost 15 years later and on again/off again years of transitioning for years between relaxers that lead me to my first Big Cut New Years of 2005. In 2005, I finally transitioned successfully, I stopped going to the beautician in 2003. I had to stop. I asked beautician after beautician, how to grow natural hair. I was talked into 'relaxing' my curl with a texturizer (aka perm left in for half the time, smh). I was talked into everything under the sun; but growing natural-even by stylists who were natural! One day I went to a beautician and asked a question, took in pictures and discussed what I wanted. Instead of her seeking better understanding, I was told that the style could not be done. I realized I knew more than her. I stopped going to her and started seeking my help online and taught myself what to do. Forums were just becoming the 'it' thing in 2003, YouTube(TM) was not even around yet and I found my help on Nappturality.com. The sisters were tough, no doubt; but they gave it to me straight no chasers, raw and sometimes painful. It was what I needed to finally transition successfully.
My next mission quickly emerged as I began writing and teaching what I had learned while natural hair was in its' rebirth-infancy post Black Power movement of the 1970's. I worked on becoming a Certified Natural Hair Consultant (CNHC) specializing in knotty locks of hair, with expert experience consulting national and global clients. My experience is poured into The Knotty Truth™ series - endorsed, published content - as well as an extensive portfolio of successful Knotty clients from around the world. I strive to respond and guide you with care.
When life affords me the time, I like to travel and teach and empower others to grow natural and maintain locks. I love to write and I love to debate and discuss the science of natural hair. As the first author focused on the science of our hair, it is the platform which my voice exists, while empowering women to take a spiritual journey to a higher plane by embracing their God created crowns. The focus is simple, empower girls and women with tightly, coiled hair to embrace the beauty of their crown.
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The Knotty Truth Series of Books can be purchased online at various outlets including Amazon.com or Createspace.com.