*Pre­pared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1Me­Nat­u­ral­ly

Intro­duce your­self!
T:
My name is Tamika Fletcher, I am the co-own­er of Nat­u­ral Resources Salon in Hous­ton, TX. I’ve been nat­u­ral since 1997 and for the last 15 years I’ve had an inti­mate affair with my hair. Like most good rela­tion­ships I’ve tried to be ten­der, kind, patient and under­stand­ing about exact­ly what it is with­out try­ing to change its true iden­ti­ty.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
T:
I start­ed this affair because the rela­tion­ship I had with it before was dam­ag­ing its core, so I decid­ed to change. I kept going back until final­ly I felt like some of the dam­age was pos­si­bly irre­versible men­tal­ly and phys­i­cal­ly. I was los­ing more hair than I was grow­ing. So the answer at that time was to stop every­thing and research bet­ter pos­si­bil­i­ties.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
T:
My hair type is a very curly 3C.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
T:
I sham­poo and con­di­tion my hair once a week. I detan­gle first with Nour­ish – Earth’s Nec­tar Leave in Con­di­tion­er. I twist my hair into large twists pri­or to sham­poo­ing. I sham­poo while in chunky twists to pre­vent tan­gles. I remove the twists dur­ing the con­di­tion­ing, rin­se out step. I then use a blow dry­er and Earth’s Nec­tar Hair Con­di­tion­ing Cream to stretch the curls.

Stretch­ing out curls with a light blow dry makes nat­u­ral pin ups eas­ier, which is my favorite nat­u­ral look when I’m on the go. I’ve nev­er lost curl def­i­n­i­tion using a blow dry­er. How­ev­er, so far in 15 years I’ve been too afraid to flat iron my hair straight or offer the ser­vice at the salon because so many of my friends and cus­tomers suf­fer heat dam­age after flat iron­ing their hair at the 450 degrees it would take to straight­en my hair. So, the most I’ll do is a blow dry. It helps to add vol­ume and length when twist­ing, curling, or pin­ning up hair.

I love micro twist outs on my wet hair for hot sum­mer months, or nat­u­ral two strand pin up buns on hot days when I need to pin it all up and away. My fav go to acces­so­ry is the Upz­ing by Conair. It holds my thick curly hair togeth­er giv­ing me the mod­ern ver­sion of my favorite old school banana clip that my hair has phys­i­cal­ly out­grown.

Tell us about your hair col­or?
T:
My hair col­or can be achieved with Dark and Love­ly Hon­ey Blonde. I def­i­nite­ly have to con­di­tion more often now to make sure I’m bal­anc­ing the effects of the col­or on my hair.

What are some nat­u­ral hair care do’s and don’ts you would rec­om­mend?
T:
One of my favorite tips is nev­er sham­poo tan­gled hair think­ing “the con­di­tion­er will detan­gle it.” you will actu­al­ly have more tan­gles that are eas­ier to break wet. Take the time to gen­tly detan­gle with leave in con­di­tion­er or a small amount of con­di­tion­er mixed with water in a spray bot­tle.

Don’t put ten­sion on your hair­line with hair bands or by pulling it back with hair ties too often. It will weak­en your hair­line over time. Try a two strand flat twist or braid from ear to ear (with­out ten­sion) to frame the face and jazz up a sim­ple Afro style.

Don’t flat iron with high heat. You could pos­si­bly lose a sig­nif­i­cant amount of curl.

Don’t be afraid to exper­i­ment. The first style I rec­om­mend to nat­u­rals is to try every ver­sion of a twist out pos­si­ble (wet hair, dry hair, damp hair, with gel, with oil, blown dry, small twists, large twists!) This is great prac­tice for the basic skills you will need the rest of your “nat­u­ral” life.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
T:
Please look for us on Face­book as Nat­u­ral Resources Salon — we post some­thing new and inter­est­ing every­day!
YouTube: Nat­u­ral­Re­sources TV — lots of infor­ma­tive nat­u­ral hair videos and DIY beau­ty pro­duct videos
Pin­ter­est: nat­u­ral resources salon
Insta­gram: nat­u­ralr­sa­lon

Meosha

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

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J

*intend­ed

J

Beau­ti­ful hair and great col­or.

I looked under the 3C nat­u­rals and was suprised to see dif­fer­ent tex­tures clam­ing 3C and was a lit­tle con­fused as i didn’t realise it looked so dif­fer­ent from each oth­er.

1- http://blackgirllonghair.com/2012/06/lexi-multi-texture-style-icon/
2- http://blackgirllonghair.com/2012/05/frans-3b3c-cleansing-regimen/
3- http://blackgirllonghair.com/2012/05/jennifer-3c-style-icon/

No mal­ice is intend before i get pelt­ed with vir­tu­al toma­toes LOL.I just want to under­stand this a bit bet­ter since Hair Typ­ing ain’t going nowhere we might as well dis­cuss it.

Jamzie

i under­stand what u mean…her hair does not appear 3C to me at all…but then i guess this hair typ­ing thing is sub­jec­tive. Her tex­ture blow­dried reminds me a lot of mine, and i wud con­sid­er myself a type 4 nat­u­ral
Nonetheless…her hair is FABULOUS!! i ADORE her updos! they are cre­ative and chic! n the colour is fan­tas­tic as well…enjoyed read­ing and click­ing thru her pho­tos ;)

Liz

I used to make the mis­take of only view­ing reg­gies that were for what I believe to be my hair type (4abcde…whatevs) but I see now that the typ­ing sys­tem is flawed and good info is just good info. I think it’s too con­fus­ing.

Shay

I agree, so many folks say 3c and it looks like 4a. I love her hair and think its beau­ti­ful regard­less of the hair type. But, when you try to get a reg­i­men togeth­er you com­pare types to see what may best fit your hair. I know there isn’t a one size fits all reg­i­men out there but the sys­tem at least gives you an idea of what is best for your hair.

Jasminicole
hon­est ques­tion: is hair typ­ing real­ly nec­es­sary since you have to find out what works for you regard­less of what works for oth­ers in the same hair cat­e­go­ry? exam­ple: almost EVERY 4 type i’ve read up on loves Coconut oil.… my hair, type 4, doesn’t like it at all!! i’m not sure that every 4abcde hair reg­gie will work for all 4abcde’s, same with every oth­er type. i ask because i think across the board we know some things are “no goes” (espe­cial­ly w/ con­sis­tent use); such as petro­le­ums, sul­fates , some sil­i­cones, no mat­ter what hair type. just say­ing. but again, i’m… Read more »
Auset

Well, Kim­may­tube describer her hair as type 4 (I think), but I def­i­nite­ly remem­ber her say­ing her hair does not like coconut oil. She main­ly uses olive oil.

J

Thanks for under­staing my point,it is help­ful know­ing what works for oth­ers as you can always learn some­thing new. :)

EG

love the hair col­or. glad to know you don’t have to lose your hair if you add col­or.

Annie L.

Repeats to self *must not dare, ever attempt that mag­nif­i­cent col­or, must not…*

What a face! And real­ly liked your sto­ry. “I kept going back until final­ly I felt like some of the dam­age was pos­si­bly irre­versible men­tal­ly and phys­i­cal­ly” — Wow!

Loved the pom­padour roll in the last pic and great tips, you’re fan­tas­tic on cam­era!

Nichelle

The twist­ed styles are divine. The hair col­or divine. Your hair is gor­geous. You in your hair are gor­geous.

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