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Caress // Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Aug 30, 2011

*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

Where do you live?
C: I was born in Maywood, Illinois right outside of Chicago…some of the best cooking you ever had…lol.

What do you do?
C: I am a soul singer, songwriter and background singer for Aniba Hotep and The Sol Collective. I opened for Kindred and The Family Soul on the 22nd of July. I am also a certified natural hair stylist and am currently taking classes to be a certified MUA.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
C: I made the decision to go natural about 7 years ago. This was a very easy decision for me. I always wanted to be different from everybody else. I came to the realization that the best way to be different is to be myself, because there isn’t another me. Aside from just being fed up with the side effects of my hair being chemically treated I was ready to embrace me, kinks and all. I was growing more in tune with my higher self and my ancestors. I was also embarking on a healthier lifestyle that consisted of being chemical free and the relaxer was the first thing to go…

When and how did you transition into natural hair?
C: I transitioned for a while, but one day I looked in the mirror and just cut it off. I thought to myself “If the relaxed hair is dead why am I holding on to it”?

In what ways (if any) has going natural affected you?
C: Going natural has affected me tremendously. It affects the way I view myself and gives me more insight on how others view women with natural hair. I am proud when I rock any natural creation I come up with. It’s humbling when I get compliments from men and women of all nationalities, but mainly Nubians. We have been taught to hate ourselves and especially our hair and by doing so we have lost a sense of our identity, so I wanted to be that representation of black natural beauty that the media doesn’t display.

How would you describe your hair?
C: Hmmm how would I describe my hair? Well it has a lot of personality, but I believe it’s moody just like me (Gemini). When I first cut it we were inseparable, but as it grew I believe it had its own idea of what it wanted to do. My hair is thick, thirsty and beautiful and it has a natural sheen to it. Probably because it has never been treated with color.

What is your regimen?
C: The first couple of years of being natural I believe I washed my hair every week. I moisturized and I wore two strand twists a lot. My main product was shea butter. It’s a great moisturizer and it helps to mend split ends. Then I tried Jamaican Mango & Lime Twist Gel. I later tested Carol’s Daughter…didn’t work for my hair. During the time of my certification I experimented with Jane Carter, but it made my hair hard. You have to use the whole line of products. I loved the Hair Nourishing Serum she has. It’s really good when you’ve just stopped using relaxers, but at the same time I discovered Taliah Waajid…love, love, love her whole line of products. They smell great and they are all geared towards keeping your hair moisturized, so now I use that as well as Shea Moisture products; which can be found at target. They are awesome, smell good and they do exactly what the labels say. Overall, I basically change products when my hair changes.

What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
C: I’ll admit sometimes I don’t pay my scalp enough attention. I forget it needs love…but I’m getting better scalp.

What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
C: The most effective thing you can do for your hair is keep it moisturized and never compare it to anyone else’s natural hair. Always comb when wet. Oh and drink plenty of water…also something that I’m getting better at.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
C: You can find me on twitter @Nile_Disiac you can also look me up on Facebook under Caress Sahura and Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Caress-Sahura/248005021899190. The band website where I proudly sing backup is www.anibahotep.com. My official artist website is coming soon!

Anything else you want to add?
C: In conclusion I would like to say follow your dreams and love the creation that is Be-you-tiful Naturally. Peace 🙂

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About Meosha

Just another lover of natural hair and expression. - Style Icon Coordinator for BGLH

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1Nikki
1Nikki
9 years ago

I love her hair!

jenna marie christian
9 years ago

Caress is absolutely beautiful..love her style..and cracked up at the opening R. Kelly Lyric when responding to where she is from…lol

Mcleand
Mcleand
9 years ago

I was growing more in tune with my higher self and my ancestors”
Preach Sistah Caress!! You hit the nail on the head with that statement 🙂

Genovia
Genovia
9 years ago

Naturally beaYOUtiFULL you are!!! This feature is definitely inspiration for all naturals…new and old.

CARESS SAHURA
9 years ago

THANKS LADIES:)

Ayla
Ayla
9 years ago

Beautiful!!!!

Lela7
Lela7
9 years ago

Loving all the pictures! Great to see more natural 4b’s! U look like Kelly Rowland 🙂

syesha rose
syesha rose
9 years ago

I enjoyed reading the bio it was refreshing. I have to say thank u thank u to you for helping me embrace my natural self. being natural not just having natural hair has help contributed to me learning so much about myself. I feel so re-connected. so thank you for being a humbled role model. Who sets examples by being an example. I love my natural hair.

Vee L. Harrison
9 years ago

This article was as beautiful as its subject! Caress Sahura has really helped redefine black beauty and what it means to our culture.

Alex
Alex
9 years ago

I really enjoyed this post but there is something that gets on my nerves when I read them, most of the Style Icons say that “we were brought up to hate our hair” but thats not true. I am transitioning and the reason why I chose to was because I have always loved big hair and it FINALLY dawned on me that if I stop relaxing my hair it would eventually become as big as I want. But one thing that’s not true for me was that I was taught to “hate” my hair. My mother permed my hair because… Read more »

caress
caress
9 years ago
Reply to  Alex

Greetings alex! My intention was not to upset you or anyone else for that matter with the statement that was made…I to o never disliked or hated my hair,i too had long beautiful thick jet black healthy hair, and like you as well i asked for a perm at a young age because i did not know any better so trust me im with you! But when i say“WE“it becomes bigger than you and i, we as a people way before our existence was taught to hate our hair so it may not be true for me or you but… Read more »

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