*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
N: My name is Natasha Bettina, I am originally from Denver, Colorado, but I have called Houston, Texas home for the last 10 years.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
N: That is a long story, but to make it short I went natural because my scalp is really sensitive and at the time it felt like my head was on fire, so I decided not to get another relaxer. My last relaxer was in February of 2009. Prior to that I always stretched my relaxers, before I knew exactly what stretching was. LOL but, after a health crisis my hair started breaking so I had to big chop in November of 2009. My plan prior to the health issue was to be a long term transitioner because my husband is not a fan of short hair, and my hair had never really been short. I cut 18 inches of relaxed hair in November of 2009 and I have not looked back.
How would you describe your texture?
N: Hair texture is so relative! LOL I think I have every texture there is on my head. ALL the NUMBERS and LETTERS! Seriously, my hair is mostly 3c with the back more like 4a. My front crown area really struggles to find any curl at all. For a long time I thought the area was damaged, but my mother’s entire head is that way, no curls at all just waves. I would say I have extremely fine, dense hair, if that makes any sense at all.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
N: Normally I wet, apply conditioner and detangle my hair 3 or 4 times a week. I usually only use shampoo when necessary. If there is build up, or my scalp needs some extra attention. At least once a week I apply conditioner to dry hair and let it sit over night for a deep conditioning treatment. I am predominately a wash and go girl; I only twist my hair if I want to pin it up. My twists are so sad looking! LOL they struggle! So I wet, detangle, and style by smoothing a section at a time. At night I preserve and stretch my hair by putting it into 12 to 16 large twists. In the morning I take those twists out and shake.
• Sister Roberta’s Conditioning Shampoo and the Healing Hands Shampoo (occasionally)
• Hair Pudding Conditioner (I use this as my leave in)
• Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel
• Tresemme Naturals (I use this to detangle in the shower)
Sister Roberta’s products can be purchased online here: www.sisterrobertasorganichairproducts.com.
What does wash day look like for you?
N: On wash day I apply Tresemme Naturals either the night before or in the shower. I wet, detangle and gently agitate my scalp. If my scalp feels a little itchy, I spray a peppermint oil and lavender mixture directly on the problem areas. I rinse thoroughly and apply hair pudding conditioner and leave it in. Once I get out of the shower I wrap my hair in an old t‑shirt to remove excess water. I get dressed, and by that time my hair is wet, but not soaking wet. I then apply Eco Styler Gel in sections by smoothing. I do not rake or finger comb, just smooth a section at a time. I let it air dry without touching it any further. Normally by bedtime it is 90% dry. I put it in 12 to 16 large twists and go to bed. My hair regimen has to be fairly simple, because my life is so complex!
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
N: For days when I don’t have a lot of time I bun my wet hair. It always garners a lot of compliments and takes me less than five minutes to do. I wet my hair, usually in the shower, apply Tresemme Naturals and take a stretched out head band, double it and create my bun. I just tuck the ends of my hair in the bottom half of the band, use Eco Styler Gel on my edges to make it sleek, and there you have it.
How do you combat shrinkage?
N: Shrinkage and I have a love hate relationship! Without it my hair would never look as full as it does, so to a certain extent I embrace it. When I wear my hair out however, I twist it or pineapple it at night to keep it from being stuck to my head when I wake up.
Tell us about your hair color?
N: The hair color thing is so funny! I was bored with my hair and wanted a slight change. I originally tried a professional brand, but it didn’t take because I didn’t add developer! It did however tangle my hair, so much so that I thought I would have to cut it. I know folks are going to ask why would she try again. Well sometimes we have to live a little! So, after a girlfriend explained how to do it I purchased One ‘n Only Argan Oil Hair Color in 5N with the coordinating developer from Sally’s. At the time it was buy one get one free. Anyway, this time I just colored the front section of my hair where the curl pattern is already nonexistent. I liked the look, and it has stuck. The amount of hair that I actually colored is very small, but it makes such a large impact, especially in photographs.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
N: My crown area. It takes extra manipulation to give it some curl.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
N: The first would be water, h2o; moister is my hair’s best friend. The second would be conditioner, which allows my hair to keep some of the moister.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
N: Don’t comb it with traditional combs. I have the kind of hair that can be detangled with fingers, there is no need to brush or comb it to death. The second would be eliminating the harsh detergents, soaps, and harsh shampoos that disturb my hair’s ability to naturally balance itself. I find when I shampoo too much I have to spend too much time and money to replace the oils my scalp naturally produces.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
N: I blog a bit on natashabettina.com about life’s musings, motherhood, fashion, and all things natural hair: blessings, thank you for reading.