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India // Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Feb 19, 2012

*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

Introduce yourself!
I:
My name is India. I reside in Houston, Texas (H‑Town)! Houston has been my home for the majority of my life, but I credit Woodville, Texas for my southern upbringing. Woodville is as country as its name. I love the city, but NOTHING can replace the long dirt roads, hot summers, southern cooking, and the large family I have in Woodville.

I am an elementary school teacher. I teach 3rd grade and I LOVE my kiddos! It requires a special type of person to deal with 42 energetic and curious 8–9 year olds. The job can be demanding at moments, but nothing can replace the feeling of making a difference in a child’s life.

In my free time, I edit videos for the You Tube channel I share with my sisters, Toni and Carmen.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
I:
A terrible creamy crack experience made me question why I continued to relax my hair. Once I started thinking about it, there was NO turning back.

When and how did you transition into natural hair?
I:
I decided to go natural September 2008 and I big chopped February 2009. For the most part, I wore curly roller sets or kinky sew in weaves. My Big Chop was spur of moment. I looked in the mirror one morning and decided the relaxed ends just had to go. I grabbed my camera and asked Carmen to come along to record it all.

In what ways (if any) has going natural affected you?
I:
I never thought that going natural would turn into something so BIG for my family and me. The first video I posted to You Tube back in 2008 was a transition to natural style tutorial, to show those also making the transition a style that would help hide new growth. I never thought I would upload on a regular basis and start a channel. Not only that, my sisters soon followed and so did many others around us.

I started to think about my health as well. How could I take such great care of my hair, but neglect my body???? I lost over 45lbs last year and I’ve never felt better. Sharing my experiences and testimonies has inspired many. For someone to say that you’ve helped make a positive difference in their life is one of the BEST feelings in the world. I never saw this coming, but GOD has a plan for all of us and I want to continue to be a positive motivator in the community.

How would you describe your hair?
I:
Super Thick and the mix of Kink & Curl! I love the fact that I can sport an afro one day and a defined curly wash and go the next day if I want to. My hair is also sassy! If she doesn’t want to do something, she just won’t do it. I never win our hair battles so I had to figure out what she liked. She likes to keep it simple. Nothing too tight because it puts too much stress on her, too curly causes too many tangles, and she must have water on a regular basis. Now she likes to show out every now then…Especially with a nice BLOW OUT! She is humble, but at the same time she KNOWS SHE’S THEBOMB.COM.

What is your regimen?
I:
I use what I call the “BREAKDOWN” method on washdays. Simply put, I keep my hair in twisted sections for my entire wash/detangling process. I created a three part video series on our You Tube channel if you want more details. I use Renpure Organics Shampoo and Tresemme Naturals Conditioner. My styling staples are water, oils, a shea butter mixture, Miss Jessie’s Curly Pudding, and new to the list is Carol’s Daughter Macadamia Control Smoother. I usually keep my hair in twists, pulled back, or in a bun.

How do you retain length and moisture in your hair?
I:
By keeping it simple! I usually keep my hair twisted, pinned up, pulled back, or in a bun Monday-Friday and I’ll let it out to breathe for the weekend. As for moisture, I apply a leave-in conditioner straight out of the shower, oil, let it air dry for a few minutes, and finish off by re-twisting my hair with a shea butter mixture or one of my favorite styling products.

What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
I:
I was too rough when I detangled my hair at the beginning of my journey. It took FOREVER to detangle, so I started to take my frustration out on my hair. I would rush to finish quicker while raking vigorously through my hair. Well…of course I started to notice some damage, and my hair was not showing me any love 🙁 Soooo…I took the time and started to schedule hair dates on Saturday or Sunday. Once I got to know her better and started treating her with some TLC, she loved me back 🙂

What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
I:
Leave it alone! Less is more for me, and my hair has responded by showing off and showing out when I let her loose. Keeping my hair in simple twists and protective styles throughout the week has reduced the incidence of knots and breakage.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
I:
You can find me at youtube.com/MyNaturalSistas or https://www.facebook.com/MyNaturalSistas along with my beautiful sisters.

Anything else you want to add?
I:
Love You and what you were blessed with! Love others and Celebrate the differences you find in others instead of putting them down. We’re all unique and beautiful in our own special way! God Bless You All!

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

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Maria
8 years ago

Great interview! Showing love from H‑Town! It is sooo true about keeping it simple. When you get too fancy your hair starts going rebel on you.

Lydia
Lydia
8 years ago

Love the hair. Simply stunning

Etty
Etty
8 years ago

Am I the only one who doesn’t see any picture of her besides the main one???

sunshyne84
sunshyne84
8 years ago

Love her sister channel.

Shasha
Shasha
8 years ago
Reply to  sunshyne84

+1

Cheeky
Cheeky
8 years ago

More pictures please! I wanted to see the different styles she referenced in the article.

zyaran
zyaran
8 years ago
Reply to  Cheeky

There are more pics listed, did you scroll through the whole article. She is gorgeous, and I love their youtube channel.

Shytella
Shytella
8 years ago

Love it! I’m Happy to see her hear I sub her channel and her and her sisters are awesome…got a lot of great tips!!!

African Violet
African Violet
8 years ago

How timely is this feature?! I just discovered her (and her sisters’) YouTube channel on Friday, and I subscribed immediately. I like that they’re all at different stages of growth, which can be helpful for a lot of women. They have beautiful hair!

Wathair
Wathair
8 years ago

I really like India and her sisters. I remember watching their big chop videos before I big-chopped 15 months ago and they definitely inspired me to be positive and hold my head up. I continue to subscribe and learn from their youtube channel. Thanks for highlighting this curly.

dudubeauty
8 years ago

I love their You-tube channel!

Shannon
Shannon
8 years ago

FORTY-TWO CHIRRUN?!?!? I’m sorry, I could barely read the post after that.

LET’S GIVE IT UP FOR OUR TEACHERS!!!! They deserve LIMITLESS APPLAUSE.

mangomadness
mangomadness
8 years ago
Reply to  Shannon

+1000

herlucidsKy
8 years ago
Reply to  Shannon

Agreed!!!!

Trini
Trini
8 years ago
Reply to  Shannon

Welcome to our world! I thought NYC was crowded. I’m hoping that she has an assitant for at least part of the day. Her gorgeous mane doesn’t seem to be suffering though.

Trini
Trini
8 years ago
Reply to  Trini

assistant”

Tatiana
8 years ago

If she doesn’t want to do something, she just won’t do it. I never win our hair battles…” THIS! I can totally relate. 🙂

Jai
Jai
8 years ago

I recently subscribed to her channel, she’s so sweet. Thanks for the interview.

TxGirl
8 years ago

I’m from Jasper. I lived in Woodville for one aweful yr, Moss Hill actually. I love ur hair and can’t wait for mine to get longer.

df
df
8 years ago

this is the third or fourth natural hair icon from HOUSTON! wow…I’m so proud! I wish I could see more naturals when in public but you guys show that there are many natural heads in this city.

Sieta
8 years ago

I’ve watched her on YouTube for a while now, really love her hair! She’s made great progress + her videos are wonderful quality.

Kay
Kay
8 years ago

I actually started following these sistahs after discovering SheaCocoLuv’s channel last year. There was a vid that she did that almost had me in tears! She was laying on her bed, video camera above her head and she was talking about self unconditional love. That night.…I big chopped myself because I wanted to discover that place. Thanks and keep doing what you’re doing! Congrats on your hair weight loss and marriage journeys!!!

George Greene
8 years ago

Maintaining natural hair takes time,care, and the right products. http://youtu.be/vTAa8jQKRkw I use and recommend natural coconut products for my clients.Try the for yourself.http://tinyurl.com/82o62hp
Try Tropical Traditions and leave your comment on my website.You can thank me later.
Beautiful Naturally,Always.

Lys
Lys
8 years ago

I love India and her YouTube channel I’m so glad she was featured on here 🙂

Simone
Simone
8 years ago

She is wonderful!! I will be checking her out on youtube and facebook!

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