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Reesy // Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Sep 8, 2010

Where do you live?
R:
I was born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia, which remains my home. I am the Founder & President of a nonprofit organization Prisoners’ Wives, Girlfriends, & Partners (PWGP). I started the organization because resources are extremely limited for the women/men who are on the outside trying to maintain relationships, raise kids and keep their families together. It has been shown that the family connection goes a long way to keep prisoners from reoffending. If we can teach couples how to have healthy relationships in a way that honors both partners, we can cut down on the rate of recidivism. Ultimately, the community is better served when families are together.

I am also a life coach, specializing in relationships & self-esteem.

Why did you go natural?
R:
It wasn’t a decision to go natural per se. When my husband went to prison, his hair was cut. For a Native American, this was a big deal. His hair was everything to him. To show my support, I cut my hair too. I went in the bathroom with a pair of scissors and started cutting. I found it easier to transition under a big fluffy curly-styled wig.

I became the true embodiment of Mary J. Blige’s lyrics, “Take me as I am, or have nothing at all”, but I didn’t say it to the world, I said it to Reesy.

Young Reesy
What’s your regimen?
R:
My regimen is very simple. I use the complete line of Shea Moisture Coconut Hibiscus at Target. The shampoo doesn’t leave my hair feeling stripped and the Curl Enhancing Smoothie is great for twists. I wash my hair every one to two weeks, depending on what products I have in it. I wet my hair at least twice a week, add my leave-in conditioner and either Curl Enhancing Smoothie, Mango Shea Butter, or Jane Carter Solution Wrap & Roll, depending on what my hair scent is for the week. I deep condition once a month with the hair milk.

All it took was one very expensive product that didn’t do anything different than the cheaper products and I knew product junky-ism wasn’t for me. All I want is clean, moisturized, soft hair. Curls are not necessary. I don’t want to be obsessed with putting things on my hair. I don’t want natural hair products to become the new “creamy crack”. I am however, a hair accessories junkie (don’t judge me).

How do you retain length?
R:
I have no idea. I don’t follow any of the “rules”. I play in my hair all the time. Most days I wear my hair out (I love drama) and I don’t trim.

What mistakes have you made with your hair that you learned from?
R:
I allowed a stylist do my hair who didn’t normally work on naturals. Three years into my process, my stylist convinced me to get a product that would make my hair more manageable, but insisted it wasn’t a relaxer. First clue, it smelled like relaxer, but again she insisted. After the shampoo, when I came up out of the basin. Her assistant asked if she had relaxed my hair. I burst in to tears. It’s been four years since that disaster. Also, stylists do not know the meaning of the word “trim”. I do my own hair, less expensive and more convenient.

What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
R:
Two-strand twists. I twist my hair every night before bed. It helps to cut down on the amount of tangles.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
R:
Yes, my website is http://www.reesyfloyd-thompson.com/ and you can find me on Facebook.

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Camille
Camille
10 years ago

I hope you knocked out the stylist that did that to you? Honey, we would have been scrappin in that place.

thelady
thelady
10 years ago

love your hair, I really want to try that Shea Moisture line but first I need to use up some of the products I have.

Amma Mama
Amma Mama
10 years ago

Your baby pic is ADORABLE!
I don’t trust many stylists either :-/
Target is def stepping up their natural hair product game, I got the Shea Moisture line from there

ShantaFabulous
ShantaFabulous
10 years ago

I had a nightmare that a stylist did that to me and it actually happened to you. Your hair looks great.

farriah
farriah
10 years ago

First YAY 757!!!…been hearing alot about that line Target carries. Do you get it from the one on Military HWY?

Second.…she relaxed your hair???? without permission??? and she is still able to hold a comb?.…this is so representative about how ignorant people can be about beauty and healthy hair

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