*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
S: My name is Tele1028 and I am from Cypress, Texas.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
S: Relaxers were murder to my scalp. I hated preparing my mind for relaxer day. After that I started wearing braids and weaves and finally decided to see what my hair would do if I showed it a little TLC. I’ve been natural since 2007, but started taking care of it January 2012.
How would you describe your texture?
S: My strands are fine and from what I understand about hair typing I am 4c all over except for one patch at the top left hand side, which grows in very limp and thin. My head full of 4c hair takes over and hides it very well.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
S: I wake up every morning and my hair is usually in twists and twist outs or a bun. If it’s dry I mist with water and seal with olive oil, or I just use coconut oil. My hair and scalp LOVE coconut oil.
What does wash day look like for you?
S: In my dreams I wash my hair every Saturday, but in reality I wash every 2 to 3 weeks. I am not an “It must be natural products or it’s wrong kind of girl.” I use Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner. Before I begin I separate my hair in 6 parts. I detangle with conditioner and coconut oil. After I detangle I cover my hair with a plastic bag and let it sit a while while I clean, read or whatever. Next, wash and condition. Then I use Cantu Shea Butter for a leave- in and seal with olive oil and coconut oil. I also deep condition once a month with Hollywood Beauty Olive Cholesterol Deep Conditioning Creme.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
S: If I’m short on time I spritz my edges with water, put on a little Cantu, seal it with oil and high bun it.
How do you combat shrinkage?
S: After I wash I let it dry in big twists. If I’m wearing a twist out I stretch it with a bun at night.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
S: That special patch at the top left corner of my head. I have to be very, very gentle. It tangles very quickly.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
S: Wash n go’s and the banding method (a dry tangled mess).