*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
T: I’m Taryn Andre, an art student residing in Atlanta. My focus is fashion design. My goal is to be able to do things my way on my time, and I understand that you have to be really bold and willing to take risks even when it seems like the people around you that are conforming to the norm are going to go further than you. Maybe they will, maybe they won’t. Who cares, it’s all an illusion. So I plan on staying on the path that I am drawing for myself.
How long have you been natural?
T: I’ve been natural for 4 years and these 4 years have probably been the easiest ‘hair years’ of my life.
How and why did you transition into natural hair?
T: I think I did the transition because my lifestyle changed. I was always on the go, always had a deadline to meet, so spending hours upon hours on hair wasn’t really important anymore. I hated being attached to my hair, always touching it when it was permed, carrying around a comb, freaking out if the wind blew to hard, not enjoying the pool or acting like I would melt in the rain because I didn’t want to get my hair wet…slowly but surely all of that started to become stupid to me, so I stopped perming it and it grew out in about a year and a half.
What are your must-have products for shampooing, conditioning and styling your hair?
T: Very seldom do I wash my hair with shampoo, but when I do I use horse shampoo because it’s a lot less harsh B.S. than they put in regular human shampoo. I just started using a product called As I Am, which is a coconut conditioner. I like it, it does the job and it smells pretty good as well. The one thing that I simply cannot live without is African shea butter. That’s my ‘everything’ moisturizer. I use it on my hair when I want to twist it, on my skin, and as a lip balm, etc.
What is your signature hairstyle?
T: The side pom-pom puff. It takes about 5 minutes to do and it can be dressed up or dressed down.
Did going natural affect your style choices at all?
T: Yes it did. I noticed that I stopped wearing heavy oversized jewelry. My style has become a lot more minimal and clean. Not just in the way I dress, but more so in the way that I design. Less is more for me these days.
How would you describe your personal style?
T: My personal style is clean and simple. I like shapes and style lines. It’s pretty hard for me to actually find clothes that I like in fast fashion stores. I know when something is worth the money and when it isn’t so I usually only go to H&M or Forever21 to buy simple stuff off the sale rack like t‑shirts, and I design the rest of my wardrobe. Overall I refer to myself as the stylish tomboy. If I wear a dress, it has to have some kind of masculine quality to it. So the kind of woman I am is also the kind of woman that I design for.
I also have no problem wearing the same clothes every week. I honestly don’t like having a lot of clothes. I’m always getting rid of things in my closet. My goal is to have a few key essential pieces (both store bought and designed by me) that I can wear over and over in different ways.
What are the three favorite things in your closet?
T: My sole cut out Calvin Klein wedges, white shorts and a white dress I designed for my apparel III class this past spring.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?