*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
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.
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!