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Tayarisha // Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Feb 16, 2012

*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

Introduce yourself!
T:
My name is Tayarisha. I’m from Philadelphia! Well, outside of it. Currently attending Swarthmore College. Broadly speaking, I tell stories. Specifically, I make movies, take photos, and write fiction (mostly). I’m a senior with a major in Visual Ethnography.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
T:
I’ve actually had natural hair all my life, and I thank my mother daily for that. I got locks when I was fifteen because my least favorite thing about hair is having to comb it.

In what ways (if any) has going natural affected you?
T:
It hasn’t. I love all that I can do with my hair and I joke every now and then about experience hubris because of it. It’s strong, fun to play with, and reflects how I feel about myself.

How would you describe your hair?
T:
Unceasingly thick. It grows rather quickly (thanks to lots of water and a clean scalp), but the main descriptor would have to be thick thick thick.

What is your regimen?
T:
I wash it twice a week with Organix Shampoo. I’ve got tons of the different types because they all smell so delicious. I use Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter conditioning milk as a leave in conditioner (again, thanks to my moms. A long time shea butter believer.) When it’s wet I braid it into a bunch of smaller braids and often use Shea Moisture’s Curl & Style Milk when doing that. For the scalp I use coconut castor oil, which my hairdresser loves, as do I.

How do you retain length and moisture in your hair?
T:
Drink lots and lots of water! TONS. Love water. It’s pretty much the nectar of the gods. That, and castor oil on my scalp, plus leave in conditioner in the morning if my hair feels dry.

What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
T:
When I was thirteen I secretly bought a hair straightener before my first day of high school because I desperately wanted to fit in. My mom found out before I used it though, and as teenagers and moms do, we got into a huge fight over it. Almost getting into the habit of straightening it was perhaps my biggest mistake. These days I don’t even use a hair dryer unless I absolutely need to. Let the air do its work. Don’t let heat damage your luscious follicles!

What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
T:
Leave-in conditioner and leaving it down and free without any particular style.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
T:
My blog is http://invokethedope.wordpress.com. I mostly post photos and videos of folks I know who are invoking the dope in their lives, and then rant about my thesis film in other posts. My portfolio site is http://www.tayarishapoe.com, where you’ll see lots of photos of my baby nephew. Also most pictures of me on the internet were likely taken by Kat Clark (http://katclark.org).

Anything else you want to add?
T:
Have fun with your hair. Don’t obsess over it! You’re just stressing yourself out! Also, if you’re gonna dye your hair red, don’t use a white towel on your shoulders. Bad idea. The red dye however, is a good idea. :]

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

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merry
merry
8 years ago

i just think it’s dope that she goes to swarthmore college.

Lola
Lola
8 years ago

Her locs are so thin. How does she keep them from breaking?

Kirsten
8 years ago
Reply to  Lola

I have Sisterlocs and they are no different than having traditional locs to be honest. Sometimes they break, but its more of a reflection of the care of your hair than the size. So, if you are pulling, tugging, adding excessive heat, etc. Then they will break.

Nana
Nana
8 years ago

Wow Tayarisha is Swahili for “to prepare something/get something ready”. Lol! I love your locs!! Beautiful!!

NinaG
8 years ago

Tayarisha, you’re beautiful.
especially love that first photo

Maha
Maha
8 years ago

I think it’s dope she has been natural all her life! big ups to the mother, no? If I ever have a daughter I think I would want to loc her hair as well… or give her the option to do so. It is really stupidly controversial in the black community sometimes… because of the whole cut your hair off if you want to remove them thing that is associated with locs… but the funny thing is we all had to cut our hair off to be natural lol… Honestly, after attending an HBCU, all the girls who had locs… Read more »

Eboni
Eboni
8 years ago

ahhh!! I remember seeing one of her photos on Tumblr (pic w/the red plaid shirt) and wishing I could learn more about her AND her gorgeous hair! woo!

See now I want to start sisterlocs but I hear they’re really expensive to start and maintain…? anywhoo it’s worth every penny since they look amamzing on her!!

ANNNDD she’s a creative genious! I never considered Swarthmore for art. Well they must being doing something right because her photography is great!

O0oro0O
8 years ago

You are beautiful and your hair is GORGEOUS waow really, your locs are fascinating. Your make me recall to improve my water intake as you stated water is life almost like “nectar of the gods” ^-^

christina
christina
8 years ago

Tayarisha ! you look beautiful reppin swat well !

Cecily
8 years ago
Reply to  christina

most def! I think that’s 4 Swat ladies on BGLH now. taking over lol

Michelle
Michelle
8 years ago

Lovely photos! Nectar of the gods.……wow, I love that!! 🙂

mali'o
8 years ago

How beautiful your hair is!!! Would you consider submitting a photo to my photo blog? Check it out.

l.v.x
mali’o

Cecily
8 years ago

YAY Tayarisha! 🙂

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