*Pre­pared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1Me­Nat­u­ral­ly

Intro­duce your­self!
N:
My name is Natasha Bet­ti­na, I am orig­i­nal­ly from Den­ver, Col­orado, but I have called Hous­ton, Tex­as home for the last 10 years.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
N:
That is a long sto­ry, but to make it short I went nat­u­ral because my scalp is real­ly sen­si­tive and at the time it felt like my head was on fire, so I decid­ed not to get anoth­er relax­er. My last relax­er was in Feb­ru­ary of 2009. Pri­or to that I always stretched my relax­ers, before I knew exact­ly what stretch­ing was. LOL but, after a health cri­sis my hair start­ed break­ing so I had to big chop in Novem­ber of 2009. My plan pri­or to the health issue was to be a long term tran­si­tion­er because my hus­band is not a fan of short hair, and my hair had nev­er real­ly been short. I cut 18 inch­es of relaxed hair in Novem­ber of 2009 and I have not looked back.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
N:
Hair tex­ture is so rel­a­tive! LOL I think I have every tex­ture there is on my head. ALL the NUMBERS and LETTERS! Seri­ous­ly, my hair is most­ly 3c with the back more like 4a. My front crown area real­ly strug­gles to find any curl at all. For a long time I thought the area was dam­aged, but my mother’s entire head is that way, no curls at all just waves. I would say I have extreme­ly fine, dense hair, if that makes any sense at all.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
N:
Nor­mal­ly I wet, apply con­di­tion­er and detan­gle my hair 3 or 4 times a week. I usu­al­ly only use sham­poo when nec­es­sary. If there is build up, or my scalp needs some extra atten­tion. At least once a week I apply con­di­tion­er to dry hair and let it sit over night for a deep con­di­tion­ing treat­ment. I am pre­dom­i­nate­ly a wash and go girl; I only twist my hair if I want to pin it up. My twists are so sad look­ing! LOL they strug­gle! So I wet, detan­gle, and style by smooth­ing a sec­tion at a time. At night I pre­serve and stretch my hair by putting it into 12 to 16 large twists. In the morn­ing I take those twists out and shake.

Prod­ucts:
• Sis­ter Roberta’s Con­di­tion­ing Sham­poo and the Heal­ing Hands Sham­poo (occa­sion­al­ly)
• Hair Pud­ding Con­di­tion­er (I use this as my leave in)
Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel
Tre­sem­me Nat­u­rals (I use this to detan­gle in the show­er)

Sis­ter Roberta’s prod­ucts can be pur­chased online here: www.sisterrobertasorganichairproducts.com.

What does wash day look like for you?
N:
On wash day I apply Tre­sem­me Nat­u­rals either the night before or in the show­er. I wet, detan­gle and gen­tly agi­tate my scalp. If my scalp feels a lit­tle itchy, I spray a pep­per­mint oil and laven­der mix­ture direct­ly on the prob­lem areas. I rin­se thor­ough­ly and apply hair pud­ding con­di­tion­er and leave it in. Once I get out of the show­er I wrap my hair in an old t-shirt to remove excess water. I get dressed, and by that time my hair is wet, but not soak­ing wet. I then apply Eco Styler Gel in sec­tions by smooth­ing. I do not rake or fin­ger comb, just smooth a sec­tion at a time. I let it air dry with­out touch­ing it any fur­ther. Nor­mal­ly by bed­time it is 90% dry. I put it in 12 to 16 large twists and go to bed. My hair reg­i­men has to be fair­ly sim­ple, because my life is so com­plex!

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
N:
For days when I don’t have a lot of time I bun my wet hair. It always gar­ners a lot of com­pli­ments and takes me less than five min­utes to do. I wet my hair, usu­al­ly in the show­er, apply Tre­sem­me Nat­u­rals and take a stretched out head band, dou­ble it and cre­ate my bun. I just tuck the ends of my hair in the bot­tom half of the band, use Eco Styler Gel on my edges to make it sleek, and there you have it.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
N:
Shrink­age and I have a love hate rela­tion­ship! With­out it my hair would nev­er look as full as it does, so to a cer­tain extent I embrace it. When I wear my hair out how­ev­er, I twist it or pineap­ple it at night to keep it from being stuck to my head when I wake up.

Tell us about your hair col­or?
N:
The hair col­or thing is so fun­ny! I was bored with my hair and want­ed a slight change. I orig­i­nal­ly tried a pro­fes­sion­al brand, but it didn’t take because I didn’t add devel­op­er! It did how­ev­er tan­gle my hair, so much so that I thought I would have to cut it. I know folks are going to ask why would she try again. Well some­times we have to live a lit­tle! So, after a girl­friend explained how to do it I pur­chased One ‘n Only Argan Oil Hair Col­or in 5N with the coor­di­nat­ing devel­op­er from Sally’s. At the time it was buy one get one free. Any­way, this time I just col­ored the front sec­tion of my hair where the curl pat­tern is already nonex­is­tent. I liked the look, and it has stuck. The amount of hair that I actu­al­ly col­ored is very small, but it makes such a large impact, espe­cial­ly in pho­tographs.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
N:
My crown area. It takes extra manip­u­la­tion to give it some curl.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
N:
The first would be water, h2o; moister is my hair’s best friend. The sec­ond would be con­di­tion­er, which allows my hair to keep some of the moister.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
N:
Don’t comb it with tra­di­tion­al combs. I have the kind of hair that can be detan­gled with fin­gers, there is no need to brush or comb it to death. The sec­ond would be elim­i­nat­ing the harsh deter­gents, soaps, and harsh sham­poos that dis­turb my hair’s abil­i­ty to nat­u­ral­ly bal­ance itself. I find when I sham­poo too much I have to spend too much time and mon­ey to replace the oils my scalp nat­u­ral­ly pro­duces.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
N:
I blog a bit on natashabettina.com about life’s mus­ings, moth­er­hood, fash­ion, and all things nat­u­ral hair: bless­ings, thank you for read­ing.

Meosha

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

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T.

Beau­ti­ful hair, beau­ti­ful skin, beau­ti­ful bone struc­ture. What I love most about BGLH is the reg­u­lar reminders of how beau­ti­ful we black wom­en are!

Cleo

+ 100,000

Rstyles

+1, love that remark!

Reppin JA

+2 u said it all T

Kayla

Now if this aint a sim­ple reg­i­men I don’t know what is!

Adel

Hip LENGTH? Wow girl, I am very proud of you! You are such an inspi­ra­tion! I dfneeiti­ly know that feel­ing of stretch­ing and it being a hot mess, but then just want­i­ng to con­tin­ue because of the great pro­gress. I cant wait to see pic­tures of your long, beau­ti­ful tress­es! ttyl­healthy hair bless­ings!

Yayer

Her hair looks love­ly. I love the mane in the third pic­ture along.

NatashaBettina

Thank you ALL for the LOVE! ?More hair pho­tos can be found at: http://instagram.com/natashabettina

Bridget J.

Love your hair and the sim­plic­i­ty of your hair reg­i­men. Just curi­ous, which hair pud­ding con­di­tion­er do you use?

Natasha Bettina

I use the hair pud­ding made by Sis Rober­ta. http://sisterrobertasorganichairproducts.com/
Thank you so much!

Anon

She looks like an ancient Egyp­tian queen.

Bridget J.

+1 she has a regal look indeed

shelikes

I love black wom­en with pret­ty faces who wear afros, so the 2nd pic­ture going across is my favorite. You have a beau­ti­ful smile. I took a quick peek at your blog. Makes my day. I love black wom­en who love their kids. It is obvi­ous that you find every­day joy in rais­ing them. Keep up the good work.

April

I love her col­or, her hair and her skin. She’s beau­ti­ful all around and looks great with­out make­up. Has to be my favorite fea­ture.

Natasha Bettina

Thank you ALL for read­ing! I am blush­ing!
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Lulu

dem cheek­bones tho!
Beau­ti­ful, beau­ti­ful! The blow out pic is my favorite. I’m see­ing there’s so many beau­ti­ful nat­u­rals here in Hous­ton but I nev­er see many on a day to day basis!

Natasha, have you been able to vis­it Ten­drils and Curls? It’s an awe­some store, they have SO MANY good prod­ucts and the mom and own­er are the nicest wom­en ever. So sweet.

Natasha Bettina

No I haven’t vist­ed them. My mom is vis­it­ing for the hol­i­days that might be an adven­ture for us to try! Thank you!

Mika

Gor­geous pic­tures. Se looks like a queen. That bone struc­ture is to die for and then all that beau­ti­ful hair to boot!! Def­i­nite­ly an ICON!

D.P.

You have absolute­ly gor­geous hair. It’s so fem­i­nine. You are beau­ti­ful

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Ashley

She is a cutie pie.

crist_lite

u look like a black mona lisa in that blow out pic..LOOOOOVE!

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