Happy summer friends!
I am back from hiatus with my Phenomenal Woman of the Month series. This month, I am honored to introduce you to Mahogany Boisseau. She is a Reiki master, model, student, and the spokeswoman for Naptural Roots Magazine.I recently sat down with Mahogany and here’s what she has to say:
Tell us about yourself?
I was born in Washington Heights(Uptown), NYC and later moved to New Jersey. I am a Reiki Master and Energy Medicine Practitioner. I am also a fashion marketing student, although I am currently on hiatus from school.
How did you become involved with Naptural Roots Magazine?
I decided that I wanted to become a natural hair model and started looking for opportunities. I came across Naptural Roots Magazine when they had a model call in Los Angeles. I contacted LeAnne Dolce who is the founder of the magazine and told her that I would be willing to come to California for the photo shoot. I didn’t know that Leanne was looking for a Spokeswoman at that time. Two weeks later, she approached me with an offer to be the spokeswoman/model for the magazine. She said that she loved my energy and positive attitude and she thought that I would be a perfect fit for the magazine. I immediately accepted. Later, the role of coordinator was added to my list of duties, I love what I do!
Photo courtesy of House of Nappy Salon
Why did you decide to go natural?
15 years ago, I saw a book. I cannot remember the name of the book right now, but it had pictures of African ancestors on the cover and it read: “Why do you hate our image?” It had an extreme effect on my mind and heart. I did some more research and decided at that point that I was going to go natural.
Did you face any opposition from your friends and family members when made that decision? If so, how did you cope with it?
Yes! The only person who supported my natural hair transition 15 years ago was my ex-boyfriend of 6 years, he was my cheerleader. Everyone else did not understand what was going on with me. People told me I was not as pretty with natural hair and that I should straighten it. Every time someone said something negative, I just ignored them and continued to do me.
Tell us about your transition from relaxed to natural hair?
I did not do a Big Chop. I wore micro braids until my relaxer grew out. When I took my braids out, I simply cut off the relaxed ends. By that time, my natural hair had grown a little past my ears.
photo courtesy of Sepia 7
How do you keep that fro looking so beautiful!? What’s your regimen?
I wash my hair every 1 or 2 weeks depending on the style that I am wearing. I De-tangle with Jane Carter revitalizing leave in conditioner and put my hair in about 6-8 big braids to dry.
How you did you become interested in Reiki and what inspired you to become a practitioner?
I was visiting a friend in Brooklyn about 13 years ago and his mother introduced me to Reiki. She had just become a Reiki master and she shared her experience with me, which caused me to want to learn more. I’ve been a Reiki master for 4 years now.
photo courtsey of Sepia7
I understand that you are a vegan.When did you become a vegan, why did you choose a plant based diet?
I have always been a health conscious person so it was a natural for me to move in that direction.
What effect has veganism had on your health?
It has had a big impact on my health. I get little to no menstrual cramps and I just feel better all around.
Define what a healthy lifestyle means to you?
A healthy lifestyle to me goes beyond what you put into your body. Our physical body is only a shell; it’s how we take care of both our outer body and our spirit. Mental health is extremely important too. When it comes to health you can never be one dimensional with your approach. I am not the vegan that is judging or preaching to anyone. We all have the right to choose what is best for us.
Photo Courtesy of Sepia 7
What’s next for Mahogany?
Naptural Roots is about to go on tour and I am so excited! We are fine tuning the details and working really hard right now. I have some personal things that I am working on as well, so stay tuned!
Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers?
Naptural Roots Magazine is a natural hair and lifestyle magazine, we are growing and we need your support. Please subscribe today by visiting our website at www.napturalroots.com . You can also join our Facebook Page.We are 20,000 strong and growing! The Naptural Roots staff is working really hard to showcase both known and unknown naturals. We offer articles on health, wealth, spirituality, community issues and natural hair care. Thank you to everyone who has already been a part of the magazine and to anyone who will be in the future. If you have any questions or comments please e-mail me at Mahogany@napturalroots.com. Love and Blessings to everyone that took the time to read this.
Photo courtesy of Sepia 7