Blogger Spotlight: Lauren Mechelle

I found Lauren’s blog while building the blog roll for this site and immediately fell in love with her blogging style. Her blog gives a good mix of relaxed hair, tech tutorials, beauty and lifestyle. Check her blog out and tell her BGB sent you!

You are one of the few non natural hair bloggers on the Brown Girl Bloggers blog roll. Do you feel that your niche is underrepresented in the blogging community?
Absolutely!  Categories of self-expression (makeup, nail shape, fashion, etc) are definitely affected by trends, and hair is no different.  Right now, natural hair is experiencing a comeback in a major way, and I think it’s great that so many women are embracing their natural texture. That said, the natural lifestyle is not for me, and I’m happy to keep relaxing my hair.  I know that lots of bloggers that used to relax regularly aren’t anymore in favor of the natural lifestyle, but it doesn’t bother me. I just do my best to be a source of knowledge & positivity for my readers.  

What prompted you to start your blog?
I’m the oldest of 6 kids – 5 girls, one boy.  My mom did all of our hair herself – washing, blowdrying, relaxers, box braids… you name it, she figured out how to do it.  I learned a lot by being the oldest, and started helping out with my little sister’s hair early.  When I went to college, lots of girls would ask questions about styling & for help with doing their own hair when they saw me doing my own.  I didn’t realize that not all girls have DIY moms like mine, and that many girls rely on regular salon visits for hair care.  I can’t even imagine spending all that money on things you can do at home on your own!  I started a YouTube channel while in college to show girls that doing your hair at home is doable & not scary at all if you know how.  The videos did better than I thought they ever would, and I was getting emails & messages from girls all over the world.  It got to be overwhelming, so I started my blog a few months later so that people could get answers to their questions there rather than asking the same thing over and over in the comments on my YouTube videos.  

How do you feel starting your blog has changed your life and your perspective?
The internet is a beautiful thing – it has the ability to take you out of the little bubble of your life & experience so much more.  Blogging has opened doors for me in ways I didn’t think it ever would – I’ve met some amazing people & done some pretty cool things that I don’t think I ever would have encountered if not for blogging.  It also helped me to become more confident in myself – when you put yourself out for the world to see, you have to accept that negative opinions will come along with the positive.  It used to bother me, but I’ve learned to not define myself by what others think of me & that mentality is definitely also reflected in my real life.  

Has this journey been what you thought it would be so far?
No way!  I thought I’d make that first set of videos and be done, but it has evolved into so much more.  My first videos are kind of embarrassing in terms of quality, etc, but I leave them up to remind myself of how far I’ve come.  

Do you work full time while managing your blog? If so, how do you handle it?
I do have a full time job – I work in advertising, and manage the marketing department for my company.  Blogging fits nicely around my job – sometimes that means staying up late or waking up early to get posts ready to go, but I don’t mind because it’s fun & doesn’t feel like work.  I’m also kind of an obsessive person & can’t stop working a problem until I figure it out.  That can be a good thing or a bad thing, but it usually results in quality work, so I don’t judge myself too harshly for it.  

What are your plans for the future of
My plan for 2014 is to put myself out there & not turn down any opportunities (within reason) that come my way. I’m also not limiting my posts to just hair, because I’m interested in other topics too!  So, mixed in with the posts about hair you’ll find some about beauty, technology, photography, my pet rabbits & DIY projects I’ve done.  

What are your favorite types of posts to create for your blog?
I love making posts about things I wasn’t able to find much information about on the web, because I love helping people that had the same problem as me.  For example, I couldn’t figure out how to make square videos for Instagram in Final Cut Pro X, and searches online weren’t turning up answers.  I figured out a solution that worked for me & put a post together to help others with the same issue.  I also really like putting together video projects – I feel so accomplished when it’s finally done & ready to post!

Is there anything else you would like the Brown Girl Bloggers community to know about you?
I’m an open book – ask me anything!  I’m also always looking to make new blogger friends, so please introduce yourself! 
Lauren Holland is the author, founder, and creative force behind Lauren Mechelle, and shameless addict of DIY, chai tea (loose, never bagged), hyphens, and documentaries. Homeschooled until high school  and now living in the heart of Philadelphia’s gayborhood (also known as Midtown Village, depending on who you ask), she has always done things a little differently.  Lauren’s passion for blogging started with an early love of keeping elaborate journals + scrapbooks, and has grown to encompass DIYs in all areas of life – whether it be photoshopping her face (+ her boyfriend’s) onto 19th century artwork, making a plain pair of combat boots just a bit more badass , or experimenting with new ways to get her hair to curl.


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