*Pre­pared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1Me­Nat­u­ral­ly

Intro­duce your­self!
T:
My name is Tam­my McK­night. I was born and raised in Flo­rence, SC, but I reside in Jack­sonville, FL.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
T:
It wasn’t my inten­tion to go nat­u­ral at first…I was just try­ing to get my hair as healthy and long as pos­si­ble while in its relaxed state. I began to ‘stretch’ my relax­er from every 6–8 weeks to ever 4 months. Once I got used to hav­ing a relax­er every 4 months, I start­ed stretch­ing for 6 months. That’s when I got a glimpse of my nat­u­ral curl pat­tern and fell in love :)! My relaxed hair jour­ney was very suc­cess­ful, going from ear length to near bra strap length in a lit­tle over a year…but those lit­tle coils had me at hel­lo lol! I’ve been com­plete­ly nat­u­ral for 10 months. I tran­si­tioned for 6 ½ months before Big Chop­ping.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
T:
My hair is pre­dom­i­nant­ly 3c/4a and extreme­ly thick and coarse. I’ve always had a ‘head full of hair’…even when it was unhealthy, it was still thick lol!

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
T:
I try to wear pro­tec­tive styles (buns, faux buns, and updos) at least 2–3 weeks in the mon­th. This keeps me from manip­u­lat­ing my hair too much and helps retain length. I don’t wear full twistouts too often most­ly because I’m not a huge fan of retwist­ing every night, which is nec­es­sary to pre­vent my hair from tan­gling. I prefer twistout bangs with a bun includ­ed. It’s less hair to manip­u­late, and the major­i­ty of my hair is pro­tect­ed. My oth­er go-to style is ‘ole faithful’…the puff lol. It’s sim­ple and requires very lit­tle for upkeep.

What does wash day look like for you?
T:
My wash days are long lol! I first spray my hair with water till damp and part in four sec­tions. Sec­ond­ly I apply my deep con­di­tion­er, which varies depend­ing on how my hair feels. My hair is pro­tein sen­si­tive so I add mayo or an egg (only when need­ed) to my deep con­di­tion­er (Aussie 3 Min­ute Mir­a­cle Deep Con­di­tion­er, Organ­ic Root Stim­u­la­tor Pak, B.A.S.K. Y.A.M. Nec­tar or Sal­ly Hansen’s Cho­les­terol are some of my pri­ma­ry DC’s). I add at least 3 oils to my deep con­di­tion­er, main­ly cas­tor oil, pep­per­mint oil, and rose­mary oil. I deep con­di­tion under the dry­er for no less that 45 min­utes. If time per­mits, I’ll deep con­di­tion overnight. Third­ly, I’ll co-wash the deep con­di­tion­er out using a cheap con­di­tion­er like VO5 Mois­tur­iz­ing Con­di­tion­er.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
T:
The major­i­ty of my styles are pro­tec­tive styles that last for at least a week, but when my hair gets out of hand, I slap a puff in it!

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
T:
After wash­ing my hair, I’ll twist it, stretch the twists, and pin them down using bob­by pins until they are dry.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
T:
My hair is prone to fairy knots (sin­gle strand knots) so I have to keep my hair mois­tur­ized, and I’ve found that keep­ing my coils clumped togeth­er reduces the risk of fairy knots as well.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
T:
Week­ly deep con­di­tions and pro­tec­tive styling.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
T:
Comb­ing while the hair is dry and not mois­tur­iz­ing dai­ly.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
T:
You can find me on IG @mz_tammy or Youtube @ SupaNat­u­ral­Tam­my.

Meosha

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

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55 Comments on "Tammy // 4A Natural Hair Style Icon"

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Jazzy

How do u get your hair curly an what prod­ucts do you use?

Janet

i love love Tam­my ‚i love you style ‚have hair like your but i do know how to style them ‚always i put pas­ta on it,
Can you please give advice @janetsm78@yahoo.ca

MrsGlam

Pret­ty girl, gor­geous hair!

E Morain

My Prom is com­ing up very soon and I had want­ed a hair­style sim­i­lar to a few of your own, would you mind telling me who does your hair? AND how I could achieve a sim­i­lar style. THANK YOU!

Kinky Canuck

Wow, you are gor­geous!! Also, LOVE the hair!!! Flaw­less style… keep it up

Abi

GORGEOUS curl pat­tern and colour.

Youngin girl

Jaw-drop­ping. All the com­ments here empha­sized it. Her hair styles are cute, fun and unique. She is one of my favorite hair icon’s.

Ly'Nardra Graham

What Prod­ucts Do You Use ?

Mechelle

Hi Tam­my!! I was born and raised in Flo­rence as well, just had to say hel­lo to a fel­low Florid­i­an????. Your hair is stun­ning!! I was search­ing for hair­style ideas for my 7 y/o daugh­ter I’m fight­ing to keep her nat­u­ral until she’s able to make her own hair deci­sions but feel­ing pres­sure from fam­i­ly and friends to just relax her hair. ???? any­who your pics are amaz­ing so I’ll be look­ing you up on IG. Take care!????

Mechelle

I did not add all those ques­tion marks. Lol those are emo­jis which appar­ent­ly this site does not appre­ci­ate.

April Anderson
Hel­lo Tam­my! I have to say that your hair tex­ture is my hair twin. That makes me so hap­py because I have been strug­gling for months to fig­ure out what my hair type is. LOL I stopped get­ting relax­ers almost 3 years ago but was still straight­en­ing my hair with a blow-dryer/flat iron every 2 weeks. The front of my hair still has very straight ends (I nev­er did BC). When I do wear it nat­u­ral I have to use perm rods on the ends. Thank you so much for con­tribut­ing to this forum, I will def­i­nite­ly look you up… Read more »
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