*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
T: My name is Teal. I was born in south Florida and actually just left not too long ago to go to college in Illinois. My racial background is white and black (Jamaican and Trini).
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
T: The only time my hair was ever not natural was when I had my hair relaxed when I was in 7th grade. I kept up with it, however my hair decided to start curling back. I had the same thing done again, but gave up on the upkeep after a while and let my hair do as it pleased. After three years of having awkwardly partly curly, partly wavy hair, I cut it. My hair was at about my waist, and I cut it to the middle of my ears. I’ve been natural now for five years.
How would you describe your texture?
T: I’d say my texture is 3C, although I’m not too sure. My hair is definitely thick.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
T: I have a basic hair regimen. Each day I comb my hair in the shower with a wide toothed comb, and then put in conditioner. I focus on the ends and the middle rather than the scalp and roots. With the conditioner in, I brush my hair with a paddle brush. I usually wrap my hair in a towel and do whatever else I have to do to get ready. I only shampoo once a week, sometimes less. I tend to go on the instinct of when my head gets too itchy. I actually don’t have any preferred products. I used Tresemme for a while. I just recently (as in a couple days ago) started using Shea Moisture products, and I have to say they smell delicious.
What does wash day look like for you?
T: Washing my hair goes like this: comb, shampoo, rinse, comb, condition, brush. Again, no preferred products yet.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
T: I actually don’t style my hair much. I part it just off the middle and let it go wild which is pretty quick and easy. If an even quicker method is needed, I put my hair in a bun.
How do you combat shrinkage?
T: I actually don’t do anything to avoid shrinkage. I just let my hair grow out.
Tell us about your hair color?
T: I wanted to dye a part of my hair an awesome color that would actually show up, so I had my friend bleach the bottom portion before she dyed it purple. After a while I dyed it a light brown. The bleach loosened up the curls which led to the effect of longer looking hair. People would ask me if they were extensions because of how much longer that portion was from the rest of my hair.
I ended up cutting those parts so they don’t look like extensions. Now with the bottom part of my hair being shorter than the rest, but without looking shorter, I have to pay attention to make sure it still looks right and will probably have to occasionally trim the rest of my hair so eventually it’ll all even out.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
T: Make conditioner your best friend. If I don’t condition, my curls loosen and frizz.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
T: Do not over shampoo. One shampoo a week is too much sometimes because it dries up my hair.