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Tasha // 4B Natural Hair Style Icon

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Introduce yourself!
T:
My name is Tasha Branham. I am originally from St. Louis, Missouri. I now live in Columbus, Ohio. I am the Founder of MILK + HONEY, which specializes in natural hair care products for kinky and coarsely textured hair. I am also a Creative Designer and Brand Strategist for beauty, fashion and lifestyle brands.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
T:
I have been natural since October of 2007. Happy anniversary to me! I’ve been officially natural for six years. My hair has always been really long, but it was so unhealthy. I had tons of breakage and dandruff. In addition to that, I was at a point of my life where I began shedding a lot of “the old me.” I was in a major transition, and when I first did my big chop, people thought I was crazy!

How would you describe your texture?
T:
My texture is mainly 4b. It is coarse and very thick. I don’t have much of a curl pattern. My hair’s texture however is in the “s” pattern and I have LOTS of shrinkage. My hair is also extremely delicate, and breaks really easily.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
T:
The most important concept that I implement is keeping my hair stretched and separated. Because of the thickness of my hair, and the coarseness, it locs and tangles very easily. I moisturize my hair at night and then I set it for styling before bed. My night time regimen is extremely important! I sleep with a satin pillowcase. I only use a bonnet or scarf if the style I am setting requires it. If I am going for a set style where I am stretching my hair such as a braidout or twistout, I use MILK + HONEY’s Honey Butter. It isn’t a water based product, so I do not have to worry about my hair shrinking when I apply the moisturizer. I have found that if I am trying to wear my hair stretched and I use a water based cream, my hair texture will shrink and it will not be as elongated. I am careful of wearing my hair completely out because it is then that my hair is more so prone to tangles and breakage. With my hair being longer, it brushes against my clothing. If I am wearing it out, my ends have to be moisturized! Honey Butter works great because my hair is able to absorb it without losing my stretch.

When I am in protective styling mode, I wear lots and lots of updos. I love updos because they are classy and versatile. I use MILK + HONEY’s Hydrating Hair Custard for my updo styling. Especially if the style has a twistout or braidout texture. I also use MILK + HONEY’s Curl Delight Mist when applying the Hydrating Hair Custard because it gives my hair extra shine and hydration. Moisture is so very important for my hair. VERY! I typically will wear an updo for about 3–4 days before I take it down and re-style. I also re-moisturize when I re-style. I only have about 3–5 different styles that I rotate through. I have found that with my hair, less is more. I can’t wash my hair every few days or every week. I can’t blow dry it often, and I definitely can’t wear styles that cause stress on the scalp like box braids. Let’s not even discuss flat ironing it. I only do that when I need a good trim. All of those things will cause breakage for me. I have learned to listen to what my hair is telling me. My hair and I have found our groove and it must be working because I am only a few inches away from waist length! My hair has never been this healthy!

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What does wash day look like for you?
T:
It took me years to develop a regimen for washing my hair. I divide my hair into four sections. Each section is then rolled into a bun and held in place with clips. I wash my hair in the shower, so I definitely have to be strategic in order not to run out of hot water. I start with one section, and under running water, I use a bar of unscented organic Goat’s Milk Soap to begin lathering my hair. I use both hands, and from the roots to the ends I use a downward motion to clean the hair without tangling. Then, while holding the ends, I use my other hand to massage and clean my scalp. I also use Say Yes to Carrots Conditioner once my hair is shampooed. I love that stuff! I finger detangle under running water or I use a wide tooth comb when needed. I do this for all four sections. Once each section is washed and conditioned, I will place them back into buns to prevent any tangling. I have the process down to about 45 minutes, in the shower. If my hair is really tangled, I will use MILK + HONEY’s Tangle Free Pudding to help work through the knots. Once I am out of the shower, I apply the Hydrating Hair Custard and Curl Delight Mist to each section, and then either two strand twist or braid. There’s no need for any additional combing because at this point my hair is tangle free. I don’t use a lot of product to wash or maintain my hair. My hair has taught me that less is more. I only deep condition if it’s absolutely necessary. (which isn’t that often)

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
T:
Updos! My updos often look intricate, but they’re not! I just grab hair and pin it! I have actually created some of my most complimented hairstyles on days that I have been in a rush and have had to pin it up.

How do you combat shrinkage?
T:
Braid outs and bantu knot outs are my friend! My nighttime regimen always includes some form of stretching my hair. Whether I am two strand twisting it, braiding it, putting it in a bun, or setting it in bantu knots. This helps me win the war against shrinkage. It is very humid in Ohio in the summer months, so often times shrinkage wins and I submit. I just try wearing styles that keep my hair stretched and my ends neatly tucked away for those humid months.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
T:
I have a section of hair in the back of my head that is 3c-4a. It is so silky and soft, but it locs and knots up so easily! I have to keep a close watch on that section and finger detangle often to ensure no locs form. I also have to be really careful with my edges. They have always been thin, genetically, and I have to make sure that I don’t wear the same style for too long or else it will cause stress and then breakage.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
T:
Less is more. I’m not a product junkie. I would love to experiment, but I have to listen to my hair. When I first became natural, I was buying everything trying to find what worked. I quickly found that my hair has a mind of its own and that I needed to start listening to it. I also stray from doing lots of different styles. My hair and scalp don’t respond well to lots of manipulation. I live by the motto of keeping it simple and giving my hair what it asks for. I also moisturize heavily! Without moisture, I can pretty much say goodbye to length retention and hello to flakes and breakage! My hair loves moisture. Creams, oils and butters.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
T:
No wash and goes and SLS shampoos! SLS shampoos make my hair feel like straw. Any shampoo with SLS in it is a no-go for me. It totally dries my hair and I would even venture to say that it causes tangles. I also have come to the realization that wash and goes aren’t for everyone. *sad face* Although they are pretty to look at, my hair isn’t wash and go hair. It’s thick, doesn’t have a real curl pattern, and I have massive shrinkage.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
T:
You can find me on most social media sites. I love chatter 🙂

Blog: www.milkandhoneyhairblog.com
Instagram: @tashabranham @milkandhoneyhair
Twitter: @tashabranham @milkandhoneyhc
Tumblr: @milkandhoneyhair

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Saye
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Saye

You have Lovely hair and you are pretty as well.

Tasha
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Thank you so much!!!

Chandra
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Chandra

beautiful hair. beautiful woman.

Tasha
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Thanks Chandra!!!

mlank64
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mlank64

Beautiful. Love your style

Tasha
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Thank you!!!

no1hatar
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no1hatar

You look ok. But you shod perms it. I dont like this weeve. What kind of hair is that? Where u bi it from? I mean it cute in a nappy headed way? I dunno i jus cant wear a nappy weeve? Why don you buy indien remy strait? You aint all that.

DreamGirl
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DreamGirl

Hahaha clearly you aren’t one of us,we’ll pray for you!!!

no1hatar
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no1hatar

What? Girl u. Is trippen! Im a strong black woman. I got my section 8 an im bout to go hairstylin school. Im not strippen no more. Girl you haten. Ima get paid, and you still gone be on foodstamos haten You aint smart enuf to fool the governmenr. An get section 8. Plus my man bring that cold hard cash sweety. Im extramly inteligent. Im not tge black barbie, barbie is the white,me! Holla wen you get on my level sis!

Why?
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Why?

This is a joke. I refuse to believe that people think this way and see nothing wrong with it. No way!!!!!

Funny
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Funny

I refuse to believe people have the nerve to be insulting and can’t even spell. Please tell me this is a joke.

SJ
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SJ

This clearly was not written by a regular reader of BGLH (and probably not even black woman), but rather, by your typical internet troll trying to get the best of our nerves. So ladies, pay it no mind! smh

Roberta
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Roberta

lol bye troll

no1hatar
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no1hatar

I aint no troll sis. Yu saying im ugly. Please sis. looki igot a man. An my booty is wonderland. When you wanna get your weeves done let me know.

Deb
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Deb

you are a HORRIBLE troll, at least try to be interesting if you are going to take the time to tarnish your character and humanity by being an a‑hole hiding behind a screen.

Ashley
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Ashley

This person isn’t even black, and probably isn’t even a woman. Nice try.

Why?
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Why?

Where do you get your standards from I wonder and why do you think it is ok to think this way? If she loves it why impose your unwelcome thoughts on her? Did she ask for your opinion? Do you think it’s ok for people to express themselves in the manner you just did when you are the one being addressed? What matters is what she likes and what she believes to be beautiful because in the end that is all that matters. Your opinion is worthless. Please re-evaluate your thought process and in the mean time…PLEASE do not reproduce.… Read more »

no1hatar
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no1hatar

I know right! Tell em sis because i tried to offer a weeve. They ignant and they aint hearen it. Don try to educate these dolla general chicks. They not educated like us.

anonymous
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anonymous

Hahahaha lol

Why?
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Why?

Uhhh„„ that comment was for you “no1hatar”… Unless you’re being funny…But I will repeat it again… Dear “no1hatar” Where do you get your standards from I wonder and why do you think it is ok to think this way? If she loves it why impose your unwelcome thoughts on her? Did she ask for your opinion? Do you think it’s ok for people to express themselves in the manner you just did when you are the one being addressed? What matters is what she likes and what she believes to be beautiful because in the end that is all that… Read more »

no1hatar
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no1hatar

Wat? You n me is frends. Sista guuurl. u know wat u is trippen. *wink* aight u playen a litle jokey joke hahaha

Funny
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Funny

Why are you even on this site…clearly we represent NATURAL hair and you have the audacity to ask her to relax her hair?

no1hatar
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no1hatar

You jus haten cuz you don look like DIS! I looked good even AFTAER I GOT LOCKED UP! Young n fine sis!

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Hansy
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Hansy

Troll

Natasha
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Natasha

LOOOOL. So pathetic it’s funny.

BrinkyDinks
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BrinkyDinks

+1. I’m actually cracking up because it’s so ludicrous. Please stop entertaining no1hatar. This person clearly is taking the piss.

DreamGirl
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DreamGirl

I love your hair,every pic is giving me life. I love the simplicity of your regime,i have recently gone back to doing less on my hair and its doing wonders. Just one question,what do you use as a sealant?

Tasha
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Thank you!

My hair loves coconut oil as a sealant. Its my fav.

elsa
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elsa

beautiful hair and woman 🙂

Tasha
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Thank you Elsa!!!

Pen
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Pen

Umm, could no1hatar’s comments please be removed? They were clearly posted by some weirdo racist.

Lola
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Lola

Such pretty hair, I have 4b hair and it is so versatile.

Chat
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Chat

Beautiful hair!

Aly
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Aly

Ugh, jet black hair is always gorgeous. You are tempting me to dye my hair black. Also, I am loving the versatility of your 4b hair. The styles are fab.

Jane
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Jane

Love 4B/4C hair, so. many. possibilities. Your hair is so healthy and full too O_O

On another note, I will never understand why people continue to respond to obvious trolls. It’s like insisting on arguing with a toddler. Stop.

no1hatar
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no1hatar

I knoooow werd!! Sick,of these trolls!

AnonSince87
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AnonSince87

Exactly, so obvious that she’s being silly and yet people are responding with articulate replies. Just ignore it. Don’t even thumb her down *sigh*

Deb
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Deb

hopefully they’ll be deleted soon.

Dotty
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Dotty

Wow, you have loads of hair and it seems like you keep things very simple with your regimen. Good read.

Trini
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Trini

.…..just beautiful! Especially loving your twistouts and braidouts.

AnonSince87
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AnonSince87

Love!

LesLi
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LesLi

Awesome how you care for your hair and your results. Very motivating. Can’t wait to have similar results!

Jazine
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Jazine

Gorgeous, gorgeous, and more gorgeous. Rock it!

LBell
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LBell

First off: People! Stop feeding the trolls!

Secondly: I too have that looser patch of hair at the back of my head. It was the first patch to break off when I was relaxed and when I started locking (with two-strand twists) it was the first patch to completely loc up. Lately I haven’t had any issues with it because I’ve taken its request — which I now know is “Please LEAVE ME ALONE” — and applied it to the rest of my head. lol

treece12
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treece12

Whoo, the thickness! Girl how do you do it? I love to see thick hair but I am getting tired of my own

ChiChi
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ChiChi

I found my hair twin! You’re gorgeous! & reading your responses about sealants for your hair, I use coconut oil as well. We have the exact texture and I can’t wait until my hair reaches that length. This month makes it 3yrs HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Lol I feel as though it should be longer but I’m just now taking care of it (since discovering BGLH) thanks for the inspiration Tasha!
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B
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B

Beautiful hair, your up dos do look very intricate & pretty! I am sooo loving the thickness of your hair, as someone with fine hair I can’t jelp but wish my twists could be so thick! And great job pubbing your product, you said all the right things to get a product junkie like me to cliover to your website!

Jesse
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Jesse

Your hair is beautiful! The pictures here show so much versatility in the styling of your hair. I love it! I have hair texture very similar to yours. I also have thin hair strands but a lot of hair. I am just realizing that my hair really relies on moisture more than butters and oils.

cacey
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cacey

what a gorgeous head of hair you have! my jaw dropped when i saw the first picture.

Mitey
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Mitey

Oh wow, a hair post I can relate to, specifically to the wash day and night moisturising and styling before bed. I wash my hair in the shower no matter the time of day: it’s easier to stand under running water and detangle, and not have to worry about wetting your clothes. I’m still discovering what my hair likes. But I do know it doesn’t respond well to chain store moisturisers and conditioning treatments. Thank you guys at BGLH for this insightful post.

Marcos
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vitamin b, if you have hard water, install a water soetnfr, try the Pantene renewal Pro‑V Restoratives. and cold water. just like a pet in the winter bulks up hair to keep warm.. so the same as your head. and if you are taking any meds that may be causing the hair loss.. look at side affects of all meds.References :

Mel
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Mel

Nice hair, and I love that “natural” necklace!

Youngin girl
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Youngin girl

Go girl. You own a company and your two other things. I like how detailed oriented you were. Some women can relate.

Jacky
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Jacky

Beautiful!

ChiChi
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ChiChi

Please do a tutorial on that updo. I love it!!!!

Loshon
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Loshon

Tasha, you have some serious thickness & I love it! I have been experiencing so some serious breakage & im still trying to figure things out. There’s so much info out there, that it’s overwhelming. So yep! I became a product junkie lol. What were some of different regimes that you followed to reduce breakage? Did you have to cut a lot of hair???

Kelcie
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Kelcie

Yep, that’s my hair all the way!! Deets on the natural necklace.

Sandra
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Sandra

I really love this article and I find myself in everything that she’s dealing with.

I will def follow her and bookmark this page cause that’s a good reminder for my hair maintenance.

CherishBomb
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I would like to see a tutorial for the style between the wedding picture and the cell phone shot. It looks complicated and simple at the same time.

Jackie
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Jackie

Finally I have a hair twin !!!! we have the exact same issues too ! my hair tangles and breaks so easily if not gently detangled, my hair is only about 8 months post big chop and is therefore not long enough to part into sections yet 🙁

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Neena M
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Neena M

Omg,I think I just Found my hair twin!

ChiChi
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ChiChi

Do anyone know if there’s a tutorial on the updo in the 8th picture? I’m obsessed with this hairstyle and would love to do it on my hair! 🙂

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