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Introduce yourself!
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.

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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.

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kb

very pretty! 🙂

Toni
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Toni

You are so pretty, especially in the picture with the tribal markings on your face. Are you a model ?

Mandy
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Mandy

There is literally a photo of her on the catwalk. So yes, I think it’s safe to assume she’s a model…

A
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A

There is no need to be rude.

kayla
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kayla

You are so gorgeous

Ev`Yan
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Gorgeous hair! And so much of it!

Sassy24
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Sassy24

Pretty

D.K.
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Love the color; it so works on you! Interesting that the henna didn’t change your texture too because I’ve been doing some research and am kinda scared to dye my hair with anything other than sun-in (and I don’t want to get touch ups every two weeks 🙂 Oh well). Kudos to your mom for biting the hair bullet!

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Nancy
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Nancy

Try henna. I had no loosening of curl, but all the benefits. My hair 4a & 3c

loverlyone
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loverlyone

D.K., PLEASE do not use Sun-In! I used it and it made my hair sooooo dry and brittle. Take it from me, it is not worth it.

Stacey
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Stacey

Let me second that!! I tried Sun-in last month for a few “safe, subtle highlights”… Disaster!! The color did lighten a bit, but it too a lot of heat to do so, and in the process my hair has visibly been damaged and lost it’s curl pattern in some parts 🙁

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JazzyJaz

Did the red hair dye lighten your hair? What did you use to lighten it?

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Candice
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Candice

What a lovely woman. I love her hair color. I wish I knew the exact color red she used. I’m worried about the high potential for “clown hair”.

Osayo More
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Thank you so much lovely people!

Like my FB page facebook.com/OsayoMore if you want to know MORE about me and my naturalhair care. On this page i will also post photos, videos and answer your questions about your hair, my hair, your products and my products, my blog is coming soon so stay in touch!

Xx Tessa
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