Welcome and Bienvenidos!

My name is Melissa also known as Mel to my amigos.  I was born and raised in the Boogie Down Bronx to a beautiful, strong Puerto Rican woman.  I have accomplished a lot in my short life. I attended Hofstra University majoring in psychology, won 1st place and overall figure in the 2008 Pacific Muscle Classic in Okinawa, Japan, then appeared in Oxygen Magazine July 2009 as a success story, and served 10 years in the United States Navy.  Finally, I’m embracing my rizos (curls), one of my biggest accomplishments. 

Growing up as a middle child (I have 2 fabulous hermanas) with the biggest head of rizos, I stuck out like a sore thumb and hated all the attention that came with it.  From being asked “what are you?” to “is that reeeeally all of your hair?” made me feel like an outcast, which led me to get my first relaxer at 13.  It wasn’t until I turned 15 that I realized how I was tired of my scalp being burned and my hair breaking off that I accepted my rizos.  I have to tell ya, what a relief! Being Latina comes with the notion that all of our hair should look like a Mirta de Perales advertisement but I’m here to show and tell the world we also have gorgeous ringlets and pajóns (afros) too and we need to rock ’em!  Rock Yo Rizos folks!!!



8 Replies to “Welcome and Bienvenidos!”

  1. BriBri6 says:

    I absolutely love it! Post some tips on how you manage the gorgeous rizos. I can so relate. I need tips for me and my daughter because I refuse to relax her hair.

  2. Jacqueline Nelson says:

    Thanks Mel…for taking the time to inspire others. I can totally relate to the "what are you?" commentary and it takes a whole lot of self love and appreciation to "own your beauty"! Rock out 😉

  3. Mulvenia says:

    This is GREAT!!! Thanks for sharing your life & story with others. Continue to Let your Light Shine!!!!!!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Felicidades, mujer! So proud of your fabulous work, and please do keep lettin' it shine loud and bright!

  5. RockYoRizos says:

    Thanks everyone!! I will be sure to post tips 🙂

  6. Anonymous says:

    Culture, style, and confidence in one's self are amongst the many things in this life that I have grown respect over time. Even more than that; as it refers to you, I really respect how you have melded your culture, style, and confidence into an art form. Your work is beautiful, simple in its approach, and tangibly useful- keep it coming…

  7. Anonymous says:

    You are beautiful!! I appreciate your blog. Just one question; are those your shoes in the background? If so, you have killer heels OMG!!!

  8. AngelLove88 says:

    Just started following your blog, Love it!!!!

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