T: My name is Tessa Urhoghide. I am half Dutch and half Nigerian. I was born and raised in the Netherlands.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
T: I think it has been 5 years since I had my last relaxer/texturizer. Before that my hair wasn’t always relaxed or texturized. When I was growing up my mom took really good care of my natural hair and it was healthy and long. Most of the time she put it in braids. I was 11 years old when I had my first relaxer. And after that I had a texturizer called ‘’curly’’ that made my hair a lot thinner because a hairdresser convinced me I had to do that because my hair was too thick to manage. When my hair was relaxed/texturized it was really damaged and I had a lot of breakage, so one day me and my mom decided to cut all of the relaxed/texturizer ends off and grow my natural hair back. I did not like the short afro straight away, so I wore it most of the time in braids with extensions. I did not know how to take care of my hair right away until one day I found YouTube videos with ladies sharing their knowledge about taking care of afro hair. It has been about 4 years that I have known how to take care of my hair and deal with my texture, and I’m in love with my natural hair!
How would you describe your texture?
T: My hair is one big mix of different textures. I have a lot of different curl patterns. I am still not sure how many because it looks different every time! In the front and in the crown I have more looser curls, type 3b/3c, on the sides and back of my hair I have a lot of really tight coils 4a, 4b and 4c, in the back of my neck I have more of a looser curl type, 3b/3c.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
T: When it comes to styling I keep it really simple. Most of the time I wear wash and go’s. I like to use natural hair products like my homemade shea butter mix with unrefined shea butter. I put a little bit on each twist after washing and seal it with an oil like jojoba oil and put Eco Styler Gel on top for extra defined curls. Recently I tried the Cantu Shea Butter Leave in Conditioner, and I change my regimen sometimes by replacing my shea butter mix with the Cantu. I switch it up every time! I know that the Cantu Leave in Conditioner is not a natural hair product, but it makes my curls more defined. After styling I just let it air dry. I don’t like to use heat on my hair because I noticed it makes my hair more vulnerable.
What does wash day look like for you?
T: I keep my hair wash regimen really simple too. I wash my hair once a month with an organic sulfate free tea tree shampoo and follow up with a conditioner. Once a month or when I feel like my hair is looking weak, I deep condition my hair before washing with a homemade natural deep conditioner. I co-wash my hair once or twice a week with the Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Conditioner and detangle my hair in the shower with a wide tooth comb. I part my hair in 6 sections and twist the sections up when I’m done. After washing I put my hair in a cotton t‑shirt and let it dry a little bit. When my hair is about 50% dry. My hair is ready for styling!
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
T: My favorite go-to hairstyle for days when I don’t have a lot of time is a ponytail on top of my head.
How do you combat shrinkage?
T: I have a lot of shrinkage! And I used to hate it and wear my hair in a pony puff for days until it stretched out or I used a blow dryer to stretch my hair, but I stopped using heat on my hair so now I wear my hair just the way it is and accept the shrinkage.
Tell us about your hair color?
T: My hair is not one color. In the beginning I was scared of using hair dye so I started using henna. I liked the red shine that the henna gave my natural dark brown hair. I started to fall in love with red hair so I decided one day to try a red hair dye with no parabens and dyed my hair on the top and in the front. I loved the results, but now some pieces look blond because the color faded. I still love the hair color that I have now, but I am growing my natural hair color back. I never noticed any change to my hair texture that the hair dye could have caused.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require extra care and attention?
T: I don’t have any.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
T: Cut my hair regularly at least once every three months because I get single strand knots.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
T: Don’t use heat.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
T: No blog, but you can find me on Instagram @tessaosayo.