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Tae’Lor // 4A Natural Hair Style Icon

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Introduce yourself!
T:
Hey! My name is Tae’Lor Roots and I am originally from Washington, D.C. however, I now reside in NYC where I am a Fashion Merchandising student at LIM College.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
T:
I actually only had a perm for about 3–4 years. I decided to stop processing my hair in the summer of 2011. It was a random decision that I did not think I would really go through with. I just did not like the way the relaxer burned my scalp every time I got one.

How would you describe your texture?
T:
My hair texture is predominantly 4A. My curls are an ‘S’ shape and my hair is very thick and coarse.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
T:
I get asked a lot about my hair regimen, and honestly it is nothing special. I try to shampoo and deep condition at least once a month with olive oil cholesterol and hot oil. Typically, I’ll just co-wash my hair whenever I feel it is necessary (when it feels dry or tangled). After the wash, I put about 10 twists in my hair using leave in conditioner or hair mayonnaise to keep it moist and I try to take them out before they fully dry so my hair shrinks just a little. Adding natural oils (virgin olive oil, coconut oil, argan oil) helps keep the shine and moisture throughout the day.

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What does wash day look like for you?
T:
A wash day is a day that I plan to stay in. I have been trying different sulfate free shampoos to see which one works well with my hair color and maintains moisture. Currently I am using Crème of Nature’s Sulfate-Free Argan Oil Moisture and Shine Shampoo and it is working fairly well. My favorite so far has been Wen; it is an all in one cleansing conditioner that not only cleans my hair thoroughly, but also detangles and softens it. When using regular shampoo, I condition with Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk Conditioner and let it sit for about 15 minutes under a cap before rinsing it out.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
T:
I would love to try new hairstyles, but I rarely have time between school and work. If my hair isn’t in a big red fro, it’s usually in a big red puff ball.

How do you combat shrinkage?
T:
I like my shrinkage. My hair is too long to wear as a high afro, so I let my hair out when it is wet to allow it to shrink and stand tall.

Tell us about your hair color?
T:
My hair color is Ruby Rage by Clairol. My mom went to cosmetology school and has been the only person that has touched my hair (other than when I get braid extensions). She did my color for me after many months of begging. It has changed the texture of my hair. It is not as soft as it once was and it gets tangled more often. I appreciate the attention I get from it, but I definitely would never do it again.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
T:
My only problem area is the tangling. Sometimes the curls get tangled together which causes me to grab my shears and start cutting.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
T:
Always condition and keep oiling.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
T:
Don’t sleep on your hair without a bonnet or silk pillowcase (it will dry your hair out). Don’t use products with sulfates or alcohol.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
T:
Instagram: @Queen_Taelor
Tumblr: RootsAndStems.Tumblr.com
Twitter: @Queen_Taelor

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Aree
Aree
7 years ago

Lovely hair! Love the color! I keep seeing all these reds. Very beautiful.

But will you please tell me where do you get those glasses???!! I am feeling there vibe something serious 😀

Taelor
Taelor
7 years ago
Reply to  Aree

Hey. Both pairs of glasses are from Nordstrom, they’re by Quay eyewear

Aree
Aree
7 years ago
Reply to  Taelor

Ty so much 🙂

kb
kb
7 years ago

beautiful girl and beautiful hair 🙂

Mjay
Mjay
7 years ago

How gorgeous is she?! And the color looks amazing.

treece12
treece12
7 years ago

She is adorable

phy356
phy356
7 years ago

Your hair is lovely!! But I think I’m more envious of your picture with ?uestlove. Love him. Love the Roots and love Jimmy Fallon. Gah! 😛

Nkem
Nkem
7 years ago

Love her hair and style!!!! She. is. GORG. I have a similar body type as hers and looking at her pics most def inspires me with my own style.

Courtney
Courtney
7 years ago

That color!!! <3 <3

Belle
Belle
7 years ago

Love the hair, her style, but most especially that red dress and the sunglasses. Tae’Lor Roots, pray tell where you bought them?

Taelor
Taelor
7 years ago
Reply to  Belle

Quay eyewear at Nordstrom!

Poster Girl
Poster Girl
7 years ago

Girl I live for all of those fly shades you’re wearing! You were slaying at that pool. I love your hair, beautiful!

Sidebar
Sidebar
7 years ago

Did you mean Taylor? We’re going to have to do better than this “creative” spellings. SMH We’re so much better than this. Anyway, nice hair.

Taelor
Taelor
7 years ago
Reply to  Sidebar

We?

Kayce
Kayce
7 years ago
Reply to  Sidebar

I think the spelling is unique and cool. And amazing hair loving all the pics!

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/09/13/are-blacks-names-weird-or-are-you-just-racist.html

elsa
elsa
7 years ago
Reply to  Sidebar

No she wrote it right. She didnt mean Taylor. She meant her name. Her name is Taelor (or correct Tae’Lor). Beautiful girl with beautiful hair btw.

Courtney
Courtney
7 years ago
Reply to  Sidebar

Ummmm okay lol

Nappy4C Rocks
Nappy4C Rocks
7 years ago
Reply to  Courtney

do not use the word ‘ummm’, cause these folks will thumbs down ya!

Me
Me
7 years ago

Absolutely gorgeous skin tone! Lovely hair too!

Cece Danielle
Cece Danielle
7 years ago

My hair looks just like this!

Ivy
Ivy
7 years ago

Beautiful hair, beautiful woman! I love your style.. Anyone ever tell you that you favor Tiara Thomas? (writer of Wale’s “Bad”)

darkchildlovethyhair
7 years ago

Absolutely stunning.Can’t wait for my hair to grow out 🙂

Ghetto Ass Name
Ghetto Ass Name
7 years ago

LAWD. Please tell me that’s not your birth name.…

Sassy24
Sassy24
7 years ago

Pretty love the hair color it compliments your skin tone.

https://www.facebook.com/Neosoulsistahs3000

Stunning

Amma Mama
7 years ago

She’s a beauty and I like how she spells her name, quite unique.

http://ammamama.wordpress.com/

Amma Mama
7 years ago
Reply to  Amma Mama

I had a bad experience with color! It looked great, lots of compliments but my hair would not retain moisture, it was hard & dry.

Camillia
Camillia
7 years ago

Very lovely!!

Kesi
Kesi
7 years ago

I like your hair color and style Tae’Lor. Moderators- I don’t know what your posting rules and standards are, and I have seen that we have generally tolerated the trolls almost daily ( distracting from the essence of what this site is meant to portray) but I think today we are at the point of bullying, and hope that you would exercise your editing power and delete those posts that are really so unkind and consider either warning/banning the posters. Things will only continue to get worse on this site and will detract from the credibility of the excellent work… Read more »

Asana
7 years ago

Wow your hair & color and that red dress! Good God! Beautiful!!!

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sherry mccrae
sherry mccrae
7 years ago

Very Nice Tay’loe…loving it. And you know how to rock it.

shelikes
shelikes
7 years ago

pretty colors!!!!! skin, hair so much warmth, i love it!!!!!

D.K.
7 years ago

Wow, no words. Awesome hair, skin, style… Diggin’ it! Whoo!

http://vertmoot.blogspot.com

kemz
7 years ago

Wow, her style is crazy! This article just came in time. I just wrote about how I want to dye my hair and what color on my blog.

fromshytoconfident.blogspot.com

alt-K
alt-K
7 years ago

Love the color! My hair color is the same right now except my hair is loc’d. Love your style, Sis!

Shirley
Shirley
7 years ago

Magnifique! I just love everything about you. so energetic. I hear you on colour- gotta love your mum! I totally love your mum! Love the look and style. Tres bien

NewbieNatural
NewbieNatural
7 years ago

Why are people trolling on here about her name? It’s a very unique and creative name. If people don’t like it, then they can go kick rocks! But anyways, I love your hair. And that picture in the red dress! You need to be on a red carpet somewhere. You’re my new hairspiration!!!

Taelor
Taelor
7 years ago
Reply to  NewbieNatural

Thank you! I really appreciate it =)

hmm
hmm
7 years ago

What do you moisturize with??

Taelor
Taelor
7 years ago
Reply to  hmm

Mostly coconut oil and olive oil.

Guest1234
Guest1234
7 years ago

Pretty!!!

Shahidah
7 years ago

I NEEEEEEEEED to be able to look that good in a red dress!!!!! OMG the pics are gorgeous. How is it we are the same complexion yet your skin looks like cream???? I’m so jealous BEAUTIFUL!!!

Iva
Iva
7 years ago

Your hair and style are gorgeous!! And so glad to see someone not afraid of shrinkage, although an afro can never be too high! Unless you are sitting in front of me in a movie theater. 😉

Suzan
Suzan
7 years ago

Stunning.….

Angela
Angela
7 years ago

It is so refreshing to see someone rocking shrunken hair! It’s beautiful!

Ann Marie
Ann Marie
7 years ago

You’re so beautiful. That picture of you in the pool looks like a CoverGirl ad!

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