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Rock Solid Regimen: Tamara

Avatar • Sep 7, 2009


“I’m pro natural hair because your natural teaches you how to care for the holistic woman. To love the whole being.” ~Tamara

Where are you from?
T:
I’m from Houston, Texas… I was born in H‑town but my dad went into the Navy when I was 2 yrs old. So I never actually lived there until I decide to go to undergrad.

Why did you decide to go natural?
T:
I decided to go natural as a way of defining myself. I was defined by others by my physical attributes whether was my long straight hair or other things. I’ve always been pretty natural in the sense that I never really wore a lot of make up or weave.

I usually went about 3 months between relaxers so I thought if I went natural I would be ok. I mean I wouldn’t look too crazy. This was my rationale to encourage myself to stop the lye. ;0) I wanted to see what the real, unaltered, natural me looked like. I wanted to love that person and for others to know and love her too.

This transformation was not only physical but also spiritual as I began to see myself as God sees me. Everything the Lord makes is good including my natural.

When and how did you go natural?
T:
I began my transition in the summer of 2006 which really isn’t fun in the Houston humidity. I usually went about 3 months between a relaxer. The first 3 months was pretty easy. Going into the 4th and 5th month was a little overwhelming. I would do twist outs, roller sets and flat iron it. 

One night I was watching America’s Next Top Model cycle 7 and saw Jaeda’s hair cut on the makeover episode. She looked so beautiful and I really related to her “girl with the pretty long hair” story. I thought to myself ‘I’ma cut my hair.’ That’s exactly what I did after 5 months of transitioning. I really commend those ladies that transition long term because the 3 to 4 different textures were really testing my patience.


Could you describe your regimen? What products and ingredients do you use?
T:
I think my regimen is pretty basic. It’s pretty frugal too. I recommend all natural products and not worrying about your hair because hey it’s natural. I shampoo with castile soap or Organic Tea Shampoo for The Original Fragrance Shop in Houston, TX. I condition with Hair Pudding Conditioner from The Original Fragrance Shop. A good leave-in conditioner is a must. I’m currently using Giovanni Direct Leave-In.

The most important product in my regimen is my moisturizer and I recently started making Shealoe which is a combination of unrefined Shea butter and Aloe Vera gel. This doubles as my moisturizer and styling product. I have dry scalp so I seal my wet scalp with olive oil. About once a week I deep condition with a moisturizing deep conditioner, Hair Mayonnaise and biweekly I do a hot oil treatment with olive oil.

What mistakes have you made in your natural journey that you’ve learned from?
T:
Overlapping too many products; You get oil stains wherever you lay your head and sticky flaky hair. It’s not very pretty and you never learn which products are really working for you. Oh and not using enough moisturizer and wondering why it’s frizzy.

How is your hair an expression of your personality?
T:
It’s a representation of who I am as a person because I have chosen for my hair to mirror my personality and characteristics.

My hair is natural, healthy and easy-going and these are all characteristics that describe me as person. My hair doesn’t define me but I define it. I describe my hair as the perfect accessory to my physical appearance; it accentuates my physical being. I’m not limited to one style or look.

My hair doesn’t (negatively) affect how I feel about myself on any given day. That’s why I can stand with my head up high with this beautiful crown.

Why are you pro natural hair?
T:
Natural hair is not just a hairstyle it’s a lifestyle. Your hair reflects changes and needs of your body. Being natural is also about self love and acceptance. So I’m pro natural hair because your natural teaches you how to care for the holistic woman. To love the whole being. 

Any parting advice?
T:
Don’t worry about your hair ‘cause its natural. Let it do its thing. 

Everyone’s natural is like a fingerprint in the sense that it is unique to you. Don’t judge your texture by comparing yourself to others. Allow your hair time to grow so it can express its full potential before reverting back to the lye. Most importantly, it’s your hair don’t let others define your physically beauty. You, do you!

Thank you Tamara! Your hair is GORGEOUS! Check out Tamara’s awesome blog http://www.naturalhairrules.blogspot.com/, and if you’re on Facebook join the Natural Hair Rules!!! Fan pages.

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Olivia
Olivia
11 years ago

damn, she said white lye. i don’t know why the stood out! haha

any way, great post and your hair is so beautiful Tamara! Go Girl!

jamie (aka afro)
jamie (aka afro)
11 years ago

that stood out to me as well!

oh and i know about that heat/humidity; i wrapped my hair last nite, and after working a few hours it was sweated out, but it’s all good.

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

Aren’t relaxers white and contain lye? I don’t really see anything wrong with that terminology. It is a a “white lye”…in more ways than one!

Serenity3-0
Serenity3-0
11 years ago

I love the shape of her hair in the first two photos! Pretty hair!

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

i was just wondering what hair type she has? and also, does hair type really matter????? i mean if one thing is good at moistuizing one hair type, will it work for another??
i have been doing research on hair type and i am soo confused, haha.
do you treat the different class 4 hair types truly any differently??
thanks so much for your time to whoever responds!!

Black girl with long hair
Black girl with long hair
11 years ago

So… actually I took out the WL comments. Don’t want them to distract from a great interview. @ anonymous… well yeh, things that work for curly hair don’t always work for kinky hair and vice versa. by the same token, there are products that work for both hair types. i wouldn’t read too much into the whole ‘hair typing’ thing, tho.  it might be good for you to look through our ‘rock solid regimen’ tab and find women with hair that looks similar to yours. find out how they take care of their hair. of course you’ll have to develop… Read more »

thelady
thelady
11 years ago

I find hair typing useful when I’m looking for new styling options. I’m a 4a and there is no point in me expecting to achieve the same hair style as a 2 or 3 texture. Hair typing is just a guide, it is not 100% accurate. I have very thick hair, a lot of type 4s with my hair length are able to pull their wash n go hair back in a pony tail but my hair is just too thick for that.

Shawn
Shawn
11 years ago

Beautiful natural hair. Photos of relaxed women are so pretty. But their natural photos make them look regal.

Rinny Riot
Rinny Riot
11 years ago

Way to go Tamara! My fellow Houstonian!

Jai
Jai
11 years ago

Thanks for sharing your story Tamara, you look gorgeous!!!

I’m gonna have to use “white lye”.

jenteel
jenteel
11 years ago

@ tamara
jeez, your hair is so pretty and vibrant!

DNelly
DNelly
11 years ago

SOO COOL! Goooo Tamara! I read her blog and follow her and twitter and facebook! Her hair is beautiful! I love her hair and her Shealoe mixture is the BIDNESS! lol! Houston Naturals gotta stick together!

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