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Tynisha // 3C/4A Natural Hair Style Icon

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Introduce yourself!
T:
My name is Tynisha Smith-Hatcher. I’m from Denver, CO currently residing in Atlanta, GA.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
T:
I have been natural since 2007, but I have only embraced my “own” hair for 2 years. My decision to go natural was mainly for my daughter. I can’t tell her to love herself and how God created her if I’m hiding who I am with “long-term” weaves. When I speak of long term, I mean I used to believe that I could not go out in public wearing my natural hair. As if my hair was a bad thing, when it’s NOT!!! I also didn’t think that it was professional. I was WRONG!!! Also, the financial burden I put my family through wearing weaves back to back was very costly. We’re saving $1280.00 a year now!!!!

How would you describe your texture?
T:
My hair texture is 3c/4a. My strands are coarse and my hair is thick.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
T:
I almost always wear protective styles…no braids or weaves but short-term protective styles. I like a lot of flirty and jazzy updos, buns and twists. I like to have fun with my hair. Long-term protective styles are boring to me and I have not used heat in a year.

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What does wash day look like for you?
T:
I co-wash my hair every Sunday using Tresemmé Naturals. I have totally eliminated shampoo from my routine. If my hair has product build-up, I mix 1/3 of a cup of Apple Cider Vinegar into a quart of water after I co-wash. After I wash, I LOC (liquid, oil, cream) in moisture with Trader Joe’s Organic Coconut Oil, or Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Creme of Nature Argan Oil 7‑N-1 Leave-In Treatment, and 100% raw Shea Butter.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
T:
When I don’t have a lot of time to style my hair, you can never go wrong with a puff or a bun. Those are my go to styles.

How do you combat shrinkage?
T:
I like my hair nice and stretched for my protective styles. After I wash my hair I will twist or plait it in 4 sections and let it air dry. Once my hair is dry I apply coconut or olive oil and Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Leave-In Conditioning Cream, and pull all of my hair back into one ponytail overnight. In the morning, my hair is nice and stretched. I also use Curl Formers if I want my hair stretched without having to wait for my hair to air dry.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
T:
Since I used to wear weaves back to back, my edges became very thin. I pay more attention to my edges and use Jamaican Black Castor Oil every night. It has really helped my edges.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
T:
Keeping my hair moisturized and my ends tucked, while having fun with my hair at the same time.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
T:
Don’t lose patience and don’t compare your hair to everyone you have a hair crush on. Enjoy your hair, love it, and watch it flourish.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
T:
You can find me on YouTube at tymesheher
Instagram: @ ty_me_she_her
Facebook: facebook/TyniNaturalHair

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smarie

The twisted style when she is in the pink shirt and the twist and tuck style in the photo that is divided into quadrants have got to be some of the best twist styles I’ve ever seen. Not complicated, but classy.

d. rboussard
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d. rboussard

no kidding!!! it’s already saved to my laptop and i can’t wait to try it or a variation of it. amazing!!

JazzWife
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I will also be doing the same; saving the picture of the pinwheel twist. That style has me salivating! #tissueplease

mercy
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mercy

Beautiful…just beautiful!

Bumper1959
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Bumper1959

Some lovely twist styles!

Tamikah
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Tamikah

Wow I had given up on Updos but this is great inspiration, definitely heading over to your you tube channel.

taina
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taina

Really pretty! Shes the queen of protective style!

Black Girl With Long Hair
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Styles for days!

del
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del

I’ve checked her out on YouTube before. Who wouldn’t?? She is SO creative.

Tynisha
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Tynisha

Thank you all for your beautiful comments…BGLH thank you so much for the feature, I’m deeply humbled. I love your site and I get a lot of information from it to incorporate into my regimen. You guys rock!!!!!

Likumbi
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Likumbi

Tynisha thank you so much for sharing your natural hair experience with us. I like what you said about patience and not comparing yourself with a ‘hair crush’. That said your ability to create natural updos that are both professional and fierce is just remarkable! You rock!!

Brittany. L
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Her Protective style game is on point!!!

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KP
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KP

Whoa! Saving $1200 a year is the truth!

Neat hair-styles, Tynisha!

Tyler
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I love the backwards braid do from the firs pic! Never been able to achieve that look myself.

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Mlle Batifole
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Mlle Batifole

Great protective styles! But what immediately caught my attention are her perfect eyebrows and great makeup looks! 🙂

youngin girl
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youngin girl

Yeah, saving money is one of the best decisions too. I like how sensitive you were to your daughter’s image and that you transitioned because of want, not that you had to.

Etty
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Etty

Her eye-makeup is on POINT!!!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

You have lovely thick hair…but no shade…you are not 3C or 4a…3c is more like mahogany curls and 4a is Naptural 85. Your hair is too coarse to be 3c or 4a. You seem more 4b with some 4a in your texture.

Tia
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Great protective styles!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Let me say first and foremost that you have beautiful and thick natural hair. However (no shade), you do not seem to be 3c/4a. 3c hair is more like Mahogany Curls and 4a is Whitney from Naptural 85. Your hair texture seems more 4b/4c, with some 4a…multi-textured. What annoys me is when girls have coarser hair and don’t seem to want to accept it. Like brown skin girls calling themselves light-skinned. Accept and love your kinky texture!

Tynisha
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Tynisha

My hair is predominately 4a based on the type charts I’ve seen floating around the internet. I’m not a professional in that arena so I may have some 4b’s in there but I don’t have the time to pick strands and compare. The only area of my hair that has a 3c type of curl pattern are my sides and front. It’s not a “natural” curl pattern but it’s a result of the constant heat I put on it when I wore weaves since that was the area of my leave out. I’m not going to cut it off, it… Read more »

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Anonymous

I absolutely love your comment…and the raw honesty it delivers. I actually know her and I have to say that her real life natural hair journey is more discouraging than encouraging. She is DEFINITELY a 4b/c with no natural 3 anything. So much so that she used to have to gel her permed hair down, something that a permed 3 or 4a would never HAVE to do. She has often used weaves and heat to pull off styles and textures, and then attributes them to nature, like calling twist outs (with fully visible parts that haven’t been picked out) wash-and-gos.… Read more »

Yanna
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Yanna

I’m curious.…..how do you know what her hair type is and what she is accepting of? Seems like shade IJS.…Mahogony curls is more like 3A, 3B.…Now the pic with her hair wet looks like it’s mostly 4a to me…she may have some 3c’s in the mix somewhere because the edges look like they are laying down easily.…who are you to say she doesn’t.….and who cares what her hair type is, her hair is beautiful and she seems pretty accepting of it to me.…and those hair type charts are not always on point.

Julie
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Julie

Mahoganycurls definitely isnt a 3a or 3b. She’s predominately 3c. Idk what youre looking at…3a hair is like Moknowshair

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I know what her hair type is because I’m 4a and my hair is curly. Hers is coarse and more kink than curl…that’s how I know. Her updo’s seem like they are the result of blow dried hair — not from hair done on wet hair. On Youtube there are a lot of girls who have coarse hair that complain that none of the girls with their hair type “own” their hair. I call them NID — Naturals in Denial. Her hair is beautiful, but she said it is coarse in her interview. 4a hair is NOT coarse!

Yanna
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Yanna

Why are you so mad “Anonymous” You know her or something…you seem real upset for some reason. Lol Her hair is based upon HER interpretation NOT yours. Tynisha keep doing you girl…I love your hair keep the styles coming. There’s always haters lurking so beware! Lol

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Not mad honey…just honest.…

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I looked at her videos and did not see her one time do her hair in a wet, not blown out state. Her hair looks coarse and has no curl definition. That my dear is 4c (or at best 4b) hair. What is so wrong about pointing that out? There are some women with 4c hair that is absolutely beautiful…it must be a bad thing for some of you because you are getting MAD that I am pointing it out…SMH!

Erica
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Erica

I think that at best her definition of what coarse hair is differs from others. I don’t think her hair is coarse…it’s thick, not coarse. I watch her on youtube and her hair looks very easy to manage. Now my hair is coarse…coarse hair is NOT easily manageable and even when blow dried it has a certain texture to it. Her hair looks really soft.

Tamia
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Tamia

Love all the updo’s 😀 so pretty.

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i’ve seen her pictures all over the internet. I even shared a few on my facebook page. can’t wait to try some of those updos come this spring.
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LA
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LA

Hi Tynisha 🙂

I’ve saved so many of your updos in my “hairspiration” photo folder on my computer and tried a few of your updos. You have been my updo inspiration and totally saved me this winter! So pleasantly surprised by your inclusion here! I saw your photos on the scrolling photo book on the right and was immediately a fan! You’re beautiful–and thanks so much!

Caramelcurls
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Caramelcurls

These are some of THE MOST BEAUTIFUL protective styles I have ever seen! LOVE!! Gorgeous hair on a gorgeous girl!

Tracy
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Tracy

I am soooo glad you guys finally made her a hairstyle icon. I’ve always thought of her as the “Queen B of Updos”. 🙂 Just beautiful.

LuLu
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LuLu

love these awesome updos! Do you think of these on your own? I’ve been looking for more creative hairstyles that I can do and maintain on my own and these are good inspiration.

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