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Tenesha // 4A Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Oct 12, 2013

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Introduce yourself!
T:
My name is Tenesha, most people call me ‘T’, and I’m from Chicago, IL.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
T:
I have been natural for 3 years now! I celebrated my Natural-versary on August 4th. I went natural because I was curious about what my hair would look like if I no longer relaxed it. When my daughter was born in May of 2009, I instantly became captivated and inspired by her hair. I relaxed my hair for the last time in July of 2009 and transitioned for a little over a year. With the help of YouTube and CurlyNikki.com I was able to care for and style my hair during that time. I never felt alone, or that I didn’t know what I was doing.

How would you describe your texture?
T:
This question stumps me every time! I honestly do not know. I do think that my hair is mostly 4a with some 3c. I have medium/normal strands, neither fine nor coarse. I just know that I have a lot of hair on this head of mine.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
T:
I always, always, always do braid outs. This is my all time favorite hairstyle. Braid outs work so much better for my texture than twist outs ever did. When I style my hair, I use 3 products: a leave-in, sealant, and a gel for hold. I’m using Kinky Curly Knot Today or Tresemme Naturals as leave-ins, my shea butter mix to seal, and Kinky Curly Curling Custard to set my braids. I really only braid my hair mainly to stretch it because 9 times out of 10 my hair ends up in a bun. I’m a busy mom of three and wearing my hair out every day is unrealistic. I experiment with other styles when I have the time. I don’t like using heat on my hair ever, if at all. I only flat iron it twice a year.

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What does wash day look like for you?
T:
Wash day starts with a pre-wash treatment (hot oil, deep condition, or cassia). I then cleanse my hair with a cowash using Tresemme Naturals or a cleansing conditioner. My favorites at the moment are CURLS Curlicious Curls Cleansing Cream and Camille Rose Naturals Caramel Co-Wash. I detangle outside of the shower with my fingers. I use my leave-in as my detangler and I do not rinse it out. Saves me so much time, and I don’t have to hop in and out of the shower. As stated above, I use either Tresemme Naturals as a leave-in or Kinky Curly Knot Today. That’s it!

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
T:
I am all about that Bun lifestyle!! Slap on a cute headband or some cutesy accessory and voila! You’re done.

How do you combat shrinkage?
T:
By keeping my hair stretched. Braidouts and Buns, my two Bs.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
T:
The front of my hair is quite delicate. The curl pattern is almost non-existent. This area is most susceptible to damage. I have to be very gentle when it comes to styling.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
T:
Sealing my hair with shea butter has been my testament for a long as I can remember. It locks in the moisture, keeps my hair from drying out, and leaves it so, so soft. Low manipulation is key as well. I save time, reduce frizz and breakage, and maintain my style for longer when I keep my hands out of my hair.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
T:
Wash and Go’s are a no no. They are few and far between. This style just does not agree with me! Too much shrinkage, crazy tangles, it’s just a no for me. I do not ever lay my head down without something silk or satin to protect it. Whether it be my scarf, bonnet or pillowcase, I can’t be without any of them.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
T:
Instagram: @pretty_curl_swag
YouTube: youtube.com/user/misstenesha623

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Rayven
Rayven
7 years ago

Im also a 4a sister who prefers braid outs over twist outs. Great pics!

Tenesha
Tenesha
7 years ago
Reply to  Rayven

Team Braidout!! Thanks 😉

treece12
treece12
7 years ago

Such beautiful hair, wow!

Djanira
Djanira
7 years ago

Love it!

LBell
LBell
7 years ago

I’d love to know how you do those buns. Video tutorial maybe?

LovingMe2
LovingMe2
7 years ago

Gorgeous! Thank you 🙂

Colalover
7 years ago

Beautiful and your hair is fabulouscand chic!

Tenesha
Tenesha
7 years ago

Thank you ladies xoxo
@LBell I could try and do a tut, they’re super easy 😀

Latte
Latte
7 years ago

Hey hair/regimen twin– I sure wish I knew how to do that fabulous bun! Fabulous hair! Woohoo–Team braidout.

Tenesha
Tenesha
7 years ago
Reply to  Latte

I guess I will have to do a tutorial soon!! Thx for the Love!!

cminini
7 years ago

very nice. I will marry u

Tenesha
Tenesha
7 years ago
Reply to  cminini

Thank you! And thx for the proposal lol

Coconut + Cream
7 years ago
Reply to  cminini

Haha! I read this in a deep Nigerian accent!
‑excellent

lahblooplah
lahblooplah
7 years ago

hahahah same “i dey marry you-oh”

Coconut + Cream
7 years ago

Wonderful hair, face, personality! Loved this interview

angie
angie
7 years ago

Great hair. Looks healthy and strong. I must ask. How do you get those straight hair curls? they look lovely and the light hits the color so nicely.….

loving them.

Tenesha
Tenesha
7 years ago
Reply to  angie

I used flexi rods!! I rolled my hair up on the skinny red ones (no product). Left in overnight, next morning..BAM!! I simply re-rolled each night.

Ana
Ana
7 years ago
Reply to  Tenesha

Was this done on freshly washed or stretched hair?

Tenesha
Tenesha
7 years ago
Reply to  Ana

Flat ironed hair 🙂

Ana
Ana
7 years ago
Reply to  Tenesha

Ty. I’m 1 year natural, I tried flat ironing my hair and it was a major fail — I blow dried my hair before I did so. Any tips or tutorial?

Tenesha
Tenesha
7 years ago
Reply to  Ana

Girrrrl, I am the worst person to ask LOL! I can’t get my hair as straight as I would like it, never could. I’m going to try roller setting next instead of blow drying to see if I can get silkier results. If not, I quit!

Felicia
Felicia
7 years ago

Luv your hair!! What color did you use?

AnonUK
AnonUK
7 years ago
Reply to  Felicia

+1 — your colour is beautiful. It looks really elegant as well, though that might be the colour combined with the awesome hairstyles 🙂

Tenesha
Tenesha
7 years ago
Reply to  Felicia

My color was a combination of previously dyed hair (circa 2010, then again in 2012) I used garnier brand..don’t remember the color, PLUS I used to use HENNA. I’ve since grown it out.

Ray
Ray
7 years ago

Gorgeous hair, that braid out in the first pic is gorgeous! Love the hair color and even those small twists in a pony tail, just lovely hair.

I love me some braid outs too, love the pattern they give especially with some gel and the stretch as well!

keisha
keisha
7 years ago

beautiful woman and GORGEOUS CURLS! BEAUTIFUL BUNS!!! love your style and cute headbands!

Shemika
Shemika
7 years ago

My new ‘haircrush’ 🙂

Jo Somebody
Jo Somebody
7 years ago

Such lovely, lovely hair! That twist ponytail is simply GORGEOUS!

@Brokeandinfamous
7 years ago

What did you use on the twists?

Tenesha
Tenesha
7 years ago

Kinky curly curling custard and Shea butter 😉

gurlwiththefro
gurlwiththefro
7 years ago

I love how these women never look a day over 21. Something about natural beauty that brings youth. And of course, ya know, black don’t crack! Lol

Dee
Dee
7 years ago

Great hair,great styles, hair looks so perfect!

Aundrea
Aundrea
7 years ago

I would LOVE to know your hair straightening process. You have so much hair and it’s beautiful. How do you straighten it w/o damage?

Tenesha
Tenesha
7 years ago
Reply to  Aundrea

Ummm. It might be because I have noooo clue what I’m doing! Lol. I don’t like straightening my hair for fear of damage, plus my hair just doesn’t get very straight. So, I really only flat iron twice a year. That could be why I don’t get any damage.

mangomadness
mangomadness
7 years ago

Lovely feature! I’m have have 4b/c and I live in braid-outs and buns.

Chan
7 years ago

WOW your hair is gorgeous! Your twists are amazing. So beautiful!

Andie
Andie
7 years ago

Love the hair color and your hair is gorgeous!

Katia
Katia
7 years ago

Your hair is so amazing
I feel depressed comparing to my short hair

la*belle
la*belle
7 years ago
Reply to  Katia

Katia, my hair is also much shorter than hers, but with good love and care we can both get there.

la*belle
la*belle
7 years ago

Lovely head of hair! Wow…

Camillia
Camillia
7 years ago

Very nice! Loving all of her different looks too!

Genia
Genia
7 years ago

I found my hair twin !!! Lol. My curl pattern in the front is almost non-existent pattern, and the rest of my hair is 4a. I’m a try braid outs. I usually wear my hair in flat twist updo

Shell
7 years ago

Your hair is lovely, Tenesha.

Caramelcurls
Caramelcurls
7 years ago

Gorgeous hair that looks SO healthy–LOVE it!

alt-K
alt-K
7 years ago

Just beautiful! 🙂

CherishBomb
7 years ago

Her hair is beautiful! I love the buns!

Lisa
Lisa
7 years ago

Mom of 3?!?!?! I swore you were 17 from the first picture :O flawless skin!

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Jordan
Jordan
7 years ago

in the 1st pic she favors Toni from Girlfriends. Very pretty hair

Kelcie
Kelcie
7 years ago

Looks good!!

lovely day
lovely day
6 years ago

Omg, we are hair twins! I wear my hair in a flat twist out puff and the texture looks identical to your ponytail. I also use kinky curly products. Love em!

foreveryung
foreveryung
6 years ago

I still say you have the BEST hair texture up in this joint! And you are so tiny and sweet. 🙂 Wish I knew your secret to all that hair?

Aliyah
Aliyah
6 years ago

Lol my hair twin im a 4a with some 3c parte except my hair is coarse . I have aa small part or my hair that is just puffy with no curl pattern. The rest of my hair is coily curly lol and I love doing twist outs .

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