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Teesha // 4A/B Natural Hair Style Icon

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Introduce yourself!
T:
Hey, guys! I’m Teesha and I’m from Norfolk, Virginia. I currently reside in Central New York!

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
T:
I have been natural for two years and four months! I transitioned for thirteen months before I big chopped, so I have three years and five months of growth. Since I can remember, whenever I admired someone’s hair, it was natural – before I even knew it was “natural”! Namely, Yaya Alafia from America’s Next Top Model. I saw her hair and fell in LOVE! It took me finding the natural hair community online and seeing how amazing natural hair is. As soon as I learned about transitioning, I decided not to get any more relaxers!

How would you describe your texture?
T:
I’m not really big on hair typing, but I’d say I’m a combination of 4a and 4b. My hair behaves pretty well, as long as it is stretched! If I let it get shrunken, it takes forever to detangle. Shrinkage is my hair’s worst enemy! My hair is both coarse and dense. That really helped me in the beginning (and now), to be able to make it look bigger when it wasn’t as long as I wanted it to be.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
T:
Over the course of a month I do one really good protein treatment with Aphogee Two Step Protein Treatment because my hair has become very protein needy. Without that, I get crazy breakage. Then I shampoo every two weeks with Dr. Woods’ Pure Almond Castile Soap and deep condition with Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner. The weeks I don’t shampoo, I deep condition with Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle then wash it out. Co-washing and conditioning in one is a big timesaver, plus it leaves my hair super moist! If I’m not in a long-term protective style, I usually just spend my week in a bun. Every few weeks I get the itch to wear it down so for a few days I’ll just stretch it, fluff it out, and go!

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What does wash day look like for you?
T:
A typical wash day (when I’m not cutting corners) for me includes several showers, wrinkly skin, and making sure I’m properly hydrated so that I don’t pass out in the shower. Haha, also washing my hair in two to four sections with Dr. Woods Pure Almond Castile Soap. Then I finger detangle with Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner and let that sit until I get around to rinsing it out. I seal it with a shea butter mix (raw shea butter, coconut oil, Vitamin E, olive oil and lavender oil) while it’s still wet, and ordinarily I would let it air dry overnight in four braids, but since I don’t have much time anymore I let it air dry until it’s about 70% dry, then blow dry on cool.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
T:
My go-to hairstyle, hands down, is pinning it to one side and fluffing it out as much as I can on the other side. You know, kind of pretending to be Cassie. This style never, ever fails me!

How do you combat shrinkage?
T:
I fight shrinkage by making sure I don’t go any longer than a few nights without stretching it. Stretching it every night is ideal. I moisturize and put my hair in two braids or two bantu knots — anything that is quick and has enough tension to stretch it out.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
T:
THE FRONT! My protective styles always include either wearing some of the front out, or brushing it back into a bun. That part of my hair is definitely struggling.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
T:
Two do’s for my hair are lots of moisture and stretching to keep it from getting dry (the less stretched, the more dry my hair gets).

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
T:
Too much manipulation and not enough protective styling are my biggest don’ts.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
T:
I always start personal blogs and the perfectionist in me deletes them. But you can find me at http://www.imatoilet.tumblr.com or on Instagram @cupidblitzen!

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Just another lover of natural hair and expression. - Style Icon Coordinator for BGLH

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SJ
SJ
7 years ago

This girl is my hair twin! Same length, curl pattern, the only difference is that my hair is a bit more on the fine side. Beautiful!

Jj
Jj
7 years ago

wow just wow..in LOVE!!

Roberta
Roberta
7 years ago

omg she is so ridiculously gorgeous and i love her hair!! serious face envy going on now lol.

Carla
7 years ago

Goodness black women we ARE beautiful! There’s something so special about each and every one of us being unique from our skin tone, to our size, right down to every single strand on our heads. Can’t wait for the world to see, but more importantly I can’t wait for us to notice 🙂

apples
apples
7 years ago

Pretty girl!

T
T
7 years ago

That high hair bun in the last picture…
Literally everything!!!

Taasha Renee
Taasha Renee
7 years ago

LOVE THE VERSATILITY SHE DOES WITH HER HAITSTYLES!!! Beautiful

Sophie
Sophie
7 years ago

Haha, love the Cassie comment. Great icon again, beautiful!

Yellowsisi
Yellowsisi
7 years ago

Her hair is so beautiful and healthy that I’m left speechless. Once again I’m left puzzled by how one sister’s protective style is left for one week and another for a month and they both turn out with very long hair!!!!

#notetoself: just listen to your OWN hair.

alice
alice
7 years ago

This girl is gorgeous and her hair is gorgeous..my word…just lovely lovely hair. I love her regimen. sounds super simple.

Sinovuyo
Sinovuyo
7 years ago

Epitome of beauty. And that head of hair is beyond!

Tasha
7 years ago

I think she’s my favorite 🙂 Love the versatility. And I stole a style idea lol

cookie
cookie
7 years ago

Girl…I rarely comment but you and your hair are stunning! I love your style and your hair looks thick and simple

Luvmykurlz
Luvmykurlz
7 years ago

I LOVE the pic with the low bun:-) How did you get it like that? The high bun in the last pic is beautiful too!

KP
KP
7 years ago
Reply to  Luvmykurlz

I agree the low bun looks great. Is there a tutorial for it?

mlank64
mlank64
7 years ago

Those updos and buns are giving me life!!!

ColorMeKinky
ColorMeKinky
7 years ago

Beautiful ! i just big chopped in september after transitioning for 9 mo. your my inspiration ! same curl pattern too! gorgeous !

Jenna Marie Christian
Jenna Marie Christian
7 years ago

beautiful

luminous
luminous
7 years ago

Beautiful lady and gorgeous hair! She is so my hair twin: same color, texture, and everything. I’m loving all the hairstyles. Get it, girl!

Teesha
Teesha
7 years ago

Thank you, guys! There’s no tutorial for the low bun. 🙁 It’s actually a Southern Tease bun that went way wrong. 🙂

Amma Mama
7 years ago

She is beautiful <3

Christina
Christina
7 years ago

AWESOME hair! Your natural hair truly highlightens your Beauty- just Wow! Very Inspirational,expecially since i have the Same curl Pattern (have been transitioning for 9 months now..:)).
Greetings from Germany!

elsa
elsa
7 years ago

beautiful hair and woman.

Lady J
7 years ago

I love her hair! I love seeing type 4 hair beauties on this site. Just when I think my hair can’t grow, it gives me hope! Lol natural hair is just so beautiful

JoAnn
JoAnn
7 years ago

Beautiful lady and gorgeous hair! THanks for sharing your routine.

geri
geri
7 years ago

she is beyond beautiful! i love all of her hair & her style.

Karen
Karen
7 years ago

You do not have to restrict yourself to long wash sessions in the shower! They sell hose attachments at the 99¢ Store now! You can definitely find one at a decent beauty supply store.

The most I have to do is unscrew the aerator from the faucet, slip the nozzle on, and I don’t have to worry about passing out in the shower.

treece12
treece12
7 years ago

I love her buns- her eyes are beautiful as well

Natasha
Natasha
7 years ago

I absolutely love her hair! Beautiful woman.

gapch
gapch
7 years ago

love the picture with the red yellow green & black ear rings.

Asana
7 years ago

Beautiful hair and earrings! I’m digging the nose ring!

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myra
myra
7 years ago

Beautiful hair. She is gorgeous.

Vintage
Vintage
7 years ago

Perfect doesn’t even describe her hair enough. I cannot WAIT till my hair grows out to try out those hairstyles she likes. They look so good!

Liz
Liz
7 years ago

So beautiful! I’m so jealous, you make my heart beat faster! Your hair is so different than mine, and I think we’re the same length, but wow all that versatility is enviable. Do you do those twists by yourself????

https://www.facebook.com/Neosoulsistahs3000

Beautiful hair and girl.

cacey
cacey
7 years ago

that side bun is to die for ^.^

Roo
Roo
7 years ago

I absolutely LOVE the hairstyles you do. And you look amazing! I love your look!

Jasmine W
6 years ago

You are one of my main hair crushes! I saw your picture someplace and pinned it on my pinterest board! Love your style and love your hair:)

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Dee
Dee
6 years ago

Beautiful hair hun

Chrissie
Chrissie
6 years ago

I can’t even get over how gorgeous these styles are right now.

melissa
melissa
5 years ago

Whats her instagram name. The link that is provided doesnt work.

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