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Tara // Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Aug 19, 2011

Where do you live?
T:
Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. I am a student studying fashion design.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
T:
I decided to go natural unexpectedly. It was during the summer and I had just washed my hair. My mom, who also is natural, twists her own hair and I just loved how beautiful the twist looked when she finished doing her hair. So I wanted to experiment with that hairstyle and she did it for me. She told me she always twisted my hair when I was a baby until she made the worst decision ever of relaxing my hair at the age of 5. From there on I just stuck with the twist and embraced it through high school just loving how my hair was going back into its natural state. As a child I never noticed how tightly coiled my hair was till now.

In what ways (if any) has going natural affected you?
T:
Going natural gave me even more confidence with my appearance. Now I’m not really concerned about me having to getting a relaxer just because my hair starts to get thick in the roots and having to look a certain way for society to except me. I go outside now and I get more compliments on how thick and healthy my hair looks naturally.

How would you describe your hair?
T:
My hair has a mind of its own lol. My hair is thick and voluminous, which I love about it. I still like the straight look which is why I love the versatility of my hair but by the next day it will get big and poofy. It tends to be dry sometimes so I always try to keep it moisturized.

What is a brief description of your regimen?
T:
Before I wash my hair, I put a VO5 Conditioner Tea Therapy to make my hair soft and easy to comb through, especially for when I have just taken out my twists. Washing my hair I use Pantene Medium- Thick (Frizzy to Smooth) Shampoo and for conditioner I use Mane n’ Tail Deep Conditioner. After blow drying, I keep my hair moisturized with Organic Root Simulator Jojoba Oil, which also adds shine to my hair.

What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
T:
Keeping my hair in twists. It’s the best thing for me especially since I’m in school and I have to get up early in the morning to go into another borough. I can style them and they last a long time.

Anything else you want to add?
T:
Love and embrace the natural you.

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JJ

I’ve got thin fine hair and I’m getting serious hair envy now.

Dolores
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Dolores

Your blow-out looks lovely! I like how a blow-out still looks fluffy and has body when hair is natural!

Niambi
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Niambi

I have the same problem JJ! Tara, your hair is beautiful!

LBell
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LBell

Tara, your picture reminds me of the first time I got my natural hair professionally heat-straightened. Up until then I’d always assumed I had thin hair. Come to find out it was the relaxer that made my hair so limp and thin-looking. I literally could not keep my hands out of my straightened hair…it was so thick and full of body (there’s an old-school word for you, lol).

It’s been almost 8 years since I last straightened my natural hair. Your picture has me seriously thinking about it for fall! Thanks for sharing.

Destinee
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Beautiful head of hair!

Yirssi
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I love her hair in the last picture. Very cute.

Robin Nicole
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Robin Nicole

Lovely!

Leslie@ The tale of going natural
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Her hair is thick and gorgeous!

http://thetaleofgoingnatural.blogspot.com

Oh Bother
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Oh Bother

LOVELY!!!

Kweenie
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Kweenie

I had a brain fart moment where I thought you were “Tara” from True Blood. LOL. You look great!

ohbother
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ohbother

The do have similar features. I love Tara from True Blood.

Fatty B.
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Lookin good girl! I really like that twisted style!

Gatz
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Gatz

Beautiful gal and hair!

Tara Melissa
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Showing my fellow Tara some love!

Tiesha Patadia
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