*Pre­pared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1Me­Nat­u­ral­ly

Intro­duce your­self!
My name is TeKeyia (yes, the “K” in my first name is cap­i­tal­ized), I was born in San Diego, CA and I am cur­rent­ly liv­ing in Orange Coun­ty, CA about to make my move to Long Beach, CA. At the moment I am work­ing on get­ting to grad school for a mas­ter in edu­ca­tion as well as a teach­ing cre­den­tial.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­ur­al?
This past Sep­tem­ber was 4 years since my big chop. My deci­sion to go nat­ur­al was actu­al­ly real­ly ran­dom. For the most part, the only per­son I trust to do my hair is my moth­er and she had been giv­ing me relax­ers since I was about 10 or 11 years old. When I moved away to col­lege it was such a has­sle to dri­ve down to San Diego just to have my mom relax my hair and there weren’t many salons near UC Irvine where I was attend­ing col­lege, so I decid­ed to just let my hair grow out from the relax­er. As the time passed, I start­ed to vague­ly remem­ber that I had curly hair and I was just real­ly curi­ous as to what my nat­ur­al tex­ture looked like because I hon­est­ly couldn’t remem­ber.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
I have nev­er real­ly been able to fig­ure out the whole hair typ­ing thing, but I think I’m 4a/b. My hair is VERY thick. I don’t think I’ve ever met any­one whose hair is as thick and dense as mine is. I always joke that I have 3 strands of hair per fol­li­cle. And my hair also tan­gles no mat­ter how much I detan­gle it, which can be extreme­ly frus­trat­ing when styling.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the month.
I did a mini-chop in May ‘11 and cut off about 2.5 inch­es of dam­aged ends from not tak­ing good care of my hair when I high­light­ed and straight­ened it. Right around the year mark of my mini-chop my hair had prac­ti­cal­ly grown back to almost armpit length and since then I have been wear­ing my hair in mini-twists for about 3 weeks, then wear­ing a twist out for about a week, wash­ing it, and then putting it back into mini twists.

Typ­i­cal­ly after I wash my hair I will detan­gle and mois­tur­ize with a leave-in of TRE­Sem­mé for curls con­di­tion­er mixed with some water and a lit­tle pep­per­mint oil for the smell. I always use a mix of shea but­ter, coconut oil, jojo­ba oil, a lit­tle vit­a­min E to mois­tur­ize, and my sta­ple for twist­ing is Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel. Styling my hair is very frus­trat­ing, espe­cial­ly because I have so much hair and it takes 2 days at the min­i­mum no mat­ter the style, so I pre­fer to not have to style it often. Usu­al­ly three weeks is just at the point where I am miss­ing my free hair, espe­cial­ly my afro, and a twist out is per­fect for that (even though I DREAD detan­gling a week old twist out/afro).

What does wash day look like for you?
When my hair was short­er I would co-wash with TRE­Sem­mé for curls, detan­gle with a wide tooth comb and my Den­man and then wear a wash-and-go. And for the most part I would wash my hair with sham­poo about once every oth­er month. But now that my hair is longer I will sep­a­rate my hair into four main sec­tions and then each of those sec­tions into four sec­tions for wash­ing. If my hair is feel­ing dry I will pre-poo with coconut oil and Hol­ly­wood Beau­ty Olive Cho­les­terol and try to detan­gle my hair as much as it will allow. After that I usu­al­ly wash my scalp with TRE­Sem­mé Nat­u­rals Sham­poo, then con­di­tion with TRE­Sem­mé for curls and once again detan­gle. Once out of the show­er I get start­ed with my twist­ing rou­tine.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
My go-to style would be my afro. If I have washed my hair and don’t have the time to start my twists I will just leave it in my braid­ed sec­tions from wash­ing. Once my hair has dried I take out the braids and rock a fluffy afro until I find the time to style.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
Shrink­age is the least of my wor­ries. I actu­al­ly don’t mind shrink­age and usu­al­ly my hair will relax from its shrunk­en state around day 4 or 5, so I just go with the flow.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
If I get lazy with tak­ing care of my hair (i.e. not tak­ing the time to deep con­di­tion, wear­ing it out in an afro too long with­out co-wash­ing, and throw­ing it into a puff). It tends to start to break in the front near my hair­line. It’s not very notice­able to oth­er peo­ple, but I can tell because my twists in the front will be a lit­tle skin­nier than the oth­ers. I am hor­ri­ble with wrap­ping my hair at night, but I do sleep with a satin pil­low­case

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
1) Hav­ing a good con­di­tion­er for detan­gling, which is why I’ve stuck with TRE­Sem­mé because it’s just heavy enough for my hair and 2) Tak­ing the time to deep con­di­tion real­ly works won­ders. My hair loves coconut milk as a deep con­di­tion­er.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
1) Don’t wear free hair out for too long and 2) Don’t rush detan­gling.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
Tum­blr: girlwiththeafro.tumblr.com
Insta­gram: girl­wittheafro


Just anoth­er lover of nat­ur­al hair and expres­sion.
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INSPIRATION OVERLOAD!! Lov­ing the thick­ness of your hair…I’m so jeal­ous, but in a good way! : )

Jo Somebody

Love­ly per­son, pret­ty face, gor­geous hair!


WOW love­ly head of hair and on such a beau­ti­ful girl.I love the afros the afro puffs and all the oth­er styles most of all.


and a love­ly atti­tude to match that love­ly hair,lovely face and love­ly per­son


Pret­ty hair.….
quick ques­tion what prod­ucts you use in the win­ter…
.I love your name!
I’ve yet to find any­one w/my name…but than again I wasn’t born here…hehe


For the most part I try and keep my hair up in the win­ter because I wear a lot of bean­ies. My sta­ple prod­ucts no mat­ter the sea­son are shea but­ter and coconut oil because I live in Cal­i­for­nia (we don’t real­ly have sea­sons). But recent­ly I have been in love with oil grape­seed, it’s real­ly helped me retain moister and gives my hair a great shine.


Such amaz­ing per­son­al style to match that gor­geous head of hair!


my hair goal!!!!!

Chic Noir

OMG your hair is gor­geous. So thick and lucious look­ing.


Great blog right here! Also your web site loads up very fast! What host are you using? Can I get your asso­ciate link to your host? I drisee my web site loaded up as fast as yours lol


Loves it!


I LOVE HER HAIR! My hair­spi­ra­tion!


+1 OMG yes!

For the Love of Curls

Wel­come to the LBC! You look so pret­ty when you smile. Great hair.


Your hair is very beau­ti­ful! I love the first pho­to the best!
Did you have any chal­lenges grow­ing your hair out with wash and gos?
How long was your hair when you stopped doing them?
My tex­ture is very sim­i­lar to yours, I’ve worn wash and gos all sum­mer, but now my ends seem to rel­ish knot­ting up for no rea­son!
Any tips?


I think I stopped doing wash n gos when my hair got passed my ears when wet. Any longer than that and a wash n go would look a mess for my hair. When my hair starts to have to many sin­gle stand knots and my ends are feel­ing a lit­tle crispy, I always deep con­di­tion with cho­les­terol, coconut milk and olive oil. If your hair, espe­cial­ly your ends, doesn’t feel like silk while you comb­ing the mix through, you prob­a­bly just need a trim. Hope that helps :)

I am more than excit­ed to have been able to share a lit­tle about with hair with you all. I remem­ber when I first decid­ed to do my big chop, I was all over the inter­net look­ing for pic­tures and sto­ries for encour­age­ment. Thank you so much to every­one for their com­ple­ments. And just a side­bar about the K in my first name being cap­i­tal­ized: My mom has always told me that when she was think­ing of how she was going to spell my name, she want­ed some­thing that looked pret­ty and some­how the cap­i­tal K was the cher­ry on… Read more »

You hair is beau­ti­ful, you are beau­ti­ful, and your name is beau­ti­ful. Peri­od.


beau­ti­ful hair, YAY type4 hair!


“yes, the “K” in my first name is cap­i­tal­ized” Lol 

Why my peo­ple why? Some of these names are just.…..Beautiful hair, though.


This is a clas­sic exam­ple of how some peo­ple can NOT be nice. Even with com­pli­ments, they have to be rude. Plus I noticed you didn’t put your fan­tas­tic real name. Why, my per­son, why?

Some of these names are just what…failing to con­form to what you deem as an accept­able name? If we can learn to pro­nounce E-liz-a-beth (four whole syl­la­bles!) or MaryAnn (look at that…a cap­i­tal let­ter in the mid­dle!) then what exact­ly is the big deal? And real­ly, no shade here. I’m gen­uine­ly curi­ous. I nev­er under­stood the whole “good name/bad name” thing. Actu­al­ly, that’s a lie. I under­stand exact­ly where it comes from. It’s still a shame that not only do we acqui­esce and accept it, but we join in. “Why my peo­ple, why?” is exact­ly right. TeKeyia, that is one beau­ti­ful… Read more »

Okay, Shaka-dee’sh,ei&a LOL You non con­formist you!




Your com­ment is beyond rude.


luv the hair!


My hair tan­gles no mat­ter what too. It’s sim­i­lar to her hair in den­si­ty only. I think her hair looks great!


that hair is so thick that just look­ing at it makes my arms hurt…but boy is it gorgeous!!I love how the same hair can look dif­fer­ent depend­ing on how you style it…and of course, I like the cap­i­tal K right in the mid­dle of the name, too cool!!


Love your hair!! Espe­cial­ly the way it is styled in the first pic. Mimi twists are my friend too!!








Your hair tex­ture is sim­i­lar to mine, but not as dense. Your hair is gor­geous! Love type 4 hair!!!


I have very fine 4b hair but I can appre­ci­ate a huge fro..your hair is stun­ning!!


Beau­ti­ful Sis, its amaz­ing how dif­fer­ent 4a hair can look depend­ing on prod­ucts and the hair is style, we rock!


Yes!! The ver­sa­til­i­ty of her hair is tru­ly amaz­ing wow!!!!


Thats what I love about nat­ur­al 4a hair it is tru­ly amaz­ing, you can rock it curly or kinky!


u read my mind!! i’m like, her hair looked kinky, curly, coily depend­ing on the state and how it was styled! her hair is gor­geous!


WOW! Beau­ti­ful!