*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
K: My name is Kasheera LaTash. Born and raised in Philly, PA! I’m a natural hair~beauty~fashion vlogger, screenplay writer and aspiring singer.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
K: I remember a few years ago I came across a forum where black women were being accused of trying to be white and having self hate issues because we relaxed our hair. I remember being so angry and saying to myself “I relax my hair because I want to, not because I’m trying to be something I’m not!” But as the anger faded, a few days later I realized that I didn’t really have a good reason for relaxing my hair. It was something that I grew up doing. I begged for one as a child because everyone else had one and I wanted what they had. lol
As I got older relaxers became something I did without thinking. You know like something you always do and you never stop to ask yourself why you do it. It was just automatic. New growth = Time to get a touch up! So that forum had me thinking really hard and for the first time I was actually considering going natural. I was really excited about this change because it meant I could take care of my own hair and stop going to salons. No more money being wasted, and I would never have to worry about a relaxer possibly damaging my hair again. I say “again because in 2002, a home relaxer made my hair fall out really badly. I went from 11 inches to about 1 inch in the back of my head (like a T-boz cut), but that still wasn’t enough to make me stop. Nope, it was a forum that led me on the path of asking important questions and finally making a change.
When and how did you transition into natural hair?
K: I began my transition to natural hair in March of 2009. I started watching videos on YouTube and found so much inspiration!! My go to styles were twist outs and rod sets. I transitioned for 18 long months! I didn’t think I’d look good with short hair and was too scared to big chop. It was very difficult working with the two textures, but I dealt with it as long as I could. I kept setting Big chop dates and they would come and pass. What was I waiting for? I guess I didn’t want to lose my length, but in October of 2010 I had finally had enough!! I wanted to be completely natural. I ended up cutting off my relaxed ends myself. After I did it I wished I had done it sooner!!
In what ways (if any) has going natural affected you?
K: Going Natural has showed me that I can be beautiful just as I am, naturally! I’ve learned to worry less about what others think and to just be myself because half the time other people are more concerned with their own life anyway. I used to worry about how other people would see my hair and it seems silly to me now because they could care less. I’ve learned that if I exude confidence, then others will pick up on that and respect that as well.
How would you describe your hair?
K: My hair is very thick. My texture is tightly coiled with small ringlets and it grows outward and up like a tree. lol My hair really doesn’t lay down naturally unless I wear a twist/braid out. I have lots of volume!
What is your regimen?
K: My regimen is really simple. I wash my hair once a week with Dr. Bronners Castle Soap and condition with Earthly Delights Conditioner. I detangle using the Tangle Teezer. If my scalp becomes really dry I’ll do an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse and apply jojoba oil to my scalp.
How do you retain length and moisture in your hair?
K: I usually moisturize with the leave in Kinky Curly Knot Today, shea butter and flax seed gel. I also use jojoba oil and castor oil occasionally. I retain length by doing twists, pulling the twists back into a ponytail, and banding the ponytail.
What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
K: One mistake I’ve made with my hair is washing it too much. In the past I would dry out my scalp and hair, so now I wash once a week and if I do wash it more than that I’ll just do a conditioner wash.
What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
K: The most effective thing I do for my hair right now is doing big twists before I get in the shower and washing my hair with the twists in. This keeps my hair elongated and keeps it from getting too tangled.
Anything else you want to add?
K: Love the naturally fabulous you!!