*Pre­pared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1Me­Nat­u­ral­ly

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Intro­duce your­self!
N:
Salu­ta­tions, from Indi­ana! Natas­sia (pro­nounced nah-TAH-shuh) here.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­ur­al?
N:
Grow­ing up I always had long hair, but I hat­ed get­ting my hair done because the process was so long. My mom start­ed giv­ing me relax­ers in an attempt to make the process eas­i­er (but it was still a daunt­ing process lol). When I got to high school, I start­ed get­ting my hair done pro­fes­sion­al­ly and that is when the night­mare start­ed. Those indus­tri­al relax­ers began to irri­tate my scalp (I’m talk­ing scabs and severe irri­ta­tion) so I start­ed going longer in between relax­ers. In 2006, I had my worst expe­ri­ence with relax­ers (my scalp was fed up with my antics) so I decid­ed it was time we part­ed ways. But main­tain­ing straight hair was no easy task with­out the assis­tance of chem­i­cals.

I began try­ing all the straight­en­ing reg­i­ments on the mar­ket until one day I reached my break­ing point. My hair was shed­ding exces­sive­ly and I was becom­ing more and more frus­trat­ed with the 2 dif­fer­ent tex­tures (although I did not ful­ly under­stand why at the time). I ran­dom­ly came across some nat­ur­al hair videos on YouTube and became curi­ous about my nat­ur­al tex­ture. After a month of toy­ing around with the idea, I did my big chop and the rest is his­to­ry. It was the best deci­sion I ever made. Since I was so used to hav­ing long, thick hair, I had begun to define myself in those terms. I did my BC in May 2010. Chop­ping my hair off was kind of a free­ing expe­ri­ence for me. I’m now rapid­ly approach­ing the 3 year mark.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
N:
I have absolute­ly no clue which tex­ture cat­e­go­ry my hair falls in lol. I attempt­ed to cat­e­go­rize it using the number/letter sys­tem when I first went nat­ur­al but decid­ed it was too much of a headache. I have sev­er­al dif­fer­ent tex­tures: the crown is the most dense sec­tion with a loos­er curl pat­tern, the tem­ples are my most kinky areas, the front cen­ter sec­tion has a rel­a­tive­ly loose curl pat­tern which is very sim­i­lar to the pat­tern in my crown, the cen­ter back sec­tion is my loos­est curl pat­tern. I have very dense, coarse hair which requires lots of mois­ture as it absorbs mois­ture up very quick­ly.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the month.
N:
I typ­i­cal­ly keep my hair in twists because it makes get­ting ready in the morn­ing a much eas­i­er process. Dur­ing the sum­mer months, twist-outs are my style of choice. Dur­ing the win­ter, I pre­fer to keep my hair in var­i­ous sized twists and will often opt to pin my twists into an up-do for even more pro­tec­tion. I have only attempt­ed a blow-out twice in my 2.5 years and I pre­fer to avoid heat as much as pos­si­ble. I clip my ends as often as I see fit. If I notice sin­gle-strand knots or rough ends, I do not hes­i­tate to grab my shears.

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When wear­ing a twist-out, I usu­al­ly mois­tur­ize my hair dai­ly or every oth­er day using my leave-in (based on kim­may­tube) which con­sists of Creation’s Gar­den Leave In Con­di­tion­er with argan oil from Moroc­co, cas­tor oil, jojo­ba oil and aloe vera juice. Some­times I switch it up and use Shea Mois­ture Organ­ic Coconut & Hibis­cus Curl Enhanc­ing Smooth­ie. Shea but­ter (or some oth­er type of but­ter) is ALWAYS used to seal my ends. My hair absolute­ly LOVES but­ters lol (my ends curl up on con­tact). I often refresh my twists with water and aloe vera juice. Dur­ing the win­ter, I sleep with a show­er cap at least twice a week for a mini deep con­di­tion­ing treat­ment.

What does wash day look like for you?
N:
I usu­al­ly wash my hair every week or every oth­er week. My sham­poos of choice are all from the Gio­van­ni line, my favorite being the Tea Tree Triple Treat­ment Sham­poo. I twist my hair into 6–9 sec­tions and wash my hair with the twists in. This method helps me decrease the risk of tan­gling. I focus most­ly on my scalp and make sure to rinse each sec­tion thor­ough­ly. I fol­low with one of the Gio­van­ni con­di­tion­ers. My favorite is the Deep Mois­ture Con­di­tion­er. I have found that Gio­van­ni con­di­tion­ers give me the per­fect slip for detan­gling. I detan­gle each sec­tion thor­ough­ly with my Den­man brush. After rins­ing, I use a t-shirt to absorb the major­i­ty of the water then I apply my leave-in and seal with oil. I some­times use a styling prod­uct (usu­al­ly Shea Mois­ture or Curls Unleashed Set It Off Curl Boost­ing Jel­ly by Organ­ic Root Stim­u­la­tor) but usu­al­ly I just use Shea but­ter or Jane Carter’s Nour­ish & Shine to style my hair. When I want to slick down my edges, I use Curls Pas­sion Fruit Curl Con­trol Paste.

I deep con­di­tion every oth­er week. One week, I use an egg yolk and oil treat­ment and the oth­er week I use a yogurt and oil treat­ment. My deep con­di­tion­ing time varies. It can last 30 min­utes to 2 hours. I wash out the con­di­tion­er with sham­poo before con­tin­u­ing. On the weeks in between, I usu­al­ly do a hot oil treat­ment before I sham­poo. When I don’t feel like doing the egg or yogurt treat­ment, I just let the Gio­van­ni con­di­tion­er sit on my hair longer (with a show­er cap to lock in the mois­ture).

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
N:
If my hair is not in twists and I’m in a time crunch, I usu­al­ly opt for a high puff, bun or a messy, ran­dom up-do. I like to acces­sorize these looks with var­i­ous head­bands.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
N:
Shrink­age doesn’t real­ly both­er me. I have just learned to accept that my hair will shrink to about half of its actu­al length. If I want a more stretched look, I do twist-outs or braid-outs.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
N:
Since I have sen­si­tive skin, I am very cau­tious about what types of prod­ucts I use on my scalp. I avoid sham­poos with chem­i­cals that may cause irri­ta­tion. I usu­al­ly flat twist my edges to help pro­tect them from break­age (a les­son I learned from my relaxed days). I also pay close atten­tion to the back sec­tion of my hair, which often rubs up against scarves and col­lars of coats. My hair is very prone to sin­gle-strand knots so I make sure I keep it tan­gle free and mois­tur­ized.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
N:
DO use shea but­ter to seal ends. DO take vit­a­mins and drink plen­ty of water. Hair is a bi-prod­uct so it is impor­tant to make sure my body receives the prop­er nutri­ents to ensure healthy strands.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
N:
DON’T use light prod­ucts and expect extreme def­i­n­i­tion. My hair is thick and it only responds to heavy, creamy prod­ucts. Light weight prod­ucts are quick­ly absorbed by hair and do not do a good job of help­ing my curls clump togeth­er. With that being said, DON’T get so caught up in the per­fect curl. I have learned that achiev­ing the per­fect curl is a pipe dream. Wash n’ go hair­styles are not for me. I would rather do a twist-out or braid-out.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
N:
I am on Twit­ter and Insta­gram (@sweytleidy).

Meosha

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

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21 Comments on "Natassia // Natural Hair Style Icon"

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angie

I LOVE THE infant/adult PIC!!!!!!

Alecia

My new years res­o­lu­tion for 2013 was to go nat­ur­al & I’ve been nat­ur­al since the year began. What I real­ly want to know is do I have to do the big chop?

Natassia

Hi there. You don’t have to big chop. You can tran­si­tion and grad­u­al­ly clip away your relaxed ends. You can wear styles that make it eas­i­er to deal with the two dif­fer­ent tex­tures such as roller sets, Ban­tu knot outs, braid-outs, flat twist-outs, etc. Hope that helps.

Jacky

BEAUTIFUL HAIR!!!

Lisa

Hel­lo, thanks for shar­ing. When you sleep with a show­er cap, is your hair ful­ly con­di­tioned at the same time? 

Also, It seems like my split ends have been unre­al late­ly. Do you have any sug­ges­tions. I just got 3 inch­es cut off and they are split­ting again. Only thing I can think of is I was press­ing my hair fre­quent­ly in the recent months. I have not applied heat to my nat­ur­al hair in 5 years.

Your hair is beau­ti­ful!
Thanks!

Natassia

Hi and thanks for read­ing lol. I usu­al­ly apply a mois­tur­iz­er (such as Shea Moisutre) then place on the show­er cap and my satin bon­net. In the morn­ing, I apply oil to seal every­thing in. 

Exces­sive heat could have been the cul­prit. My sug­ges­tion would be to try using a pro­tein treat­ment once a month (for deep con­di­tion­ing). I would also sug­gest using some­thing to close your cuti­cles after you fin­ish your wash/conditioning such as water and ACV or water and aloe Vera juice. Envi­ron­men­tal ele­ments can also play a role in split ends so I sug­gest pro­tec­tive styling. Hope that helps :)

Dana

Love, love, love! Awe­some jour­ney so far and love the baby pic too.

http://www.neosoulsistahs.com/

Fab­u­lous! I extra love that pic­ture of you as a lit­tle girl and a big girl!!!

http://www.neosoulsistahs.com/

Fabulous!I extra love your baby pic, cur­rent pic!

CherishBomb

I love her hair. I was sin­cere­ly hop­ing she had a YouTube chan­nel where I could watch a tuto­r­i­al on that flat-twist updo with sun­glass­es. I real­ly love it. Guess I’ll have to fig­ure it out myself. Oh well, exper­i­ment­ing usu­al­ly yields a few total­ly new hair­styles!

Natassia

Hi there. Thanks for the love. Although I don’t cur­rent­ly have a YouTube chan­nel, I can give some insight on the hair­style. The small­er sec­tions in the front are 2 strand flat twists as is the sec­tion on the left. The “pom­padour” is actu­al two, large, loose 2-strand twists that I bob­by pinned and fluffed until I got the look I want­ed. The back was sim­ply two strand twists that I pinned up. Hope this helps. Hap­py styling :)

CherishBomb

Thanks so much! You wouldn’t hap­pen to have a bet­ter shot of the back I can take a peek at for ref­er­ence, would you?

Natassia

Unfor­tu­nate­ly, I didn’t find any­thing with much more detail. I hope you still give it a try because I’d love to see your inter­pre­ta­tion. I’m def­i­nite­ly going to check out your chan­nel.

CherishBomb

I’ll just have to be cre­ative with the back then :) thanks!

Natassia

No prob­lem at all :) I’ll look through my pics and see what I have. If I find a good one, I’ll post it. If you try it, I’d love to see your results.

CherishBomb

Awe­some. If I get it right, it’s def­i­nite­ly going on my YT chan­nel as a tuto­r­i­al. It’s too cute not to share. http://www.youtube.com/cherishbomb

KARAJ

SO LOVE THE PROTECTIVE STYLE VERY CUTE!

Kayla

Great inter­view and love­ly hair! I can com­plete­ly relate to her rea­son­ing for going nat­ur­al; my scalp is extreme­ly sen­si­tive as well.

Gayle Allen
Luuv it … Pro­tec­tive styles … I just don’t want to put the time in for that twist … sigh … did it for a cou­ple of months after my first BC back in 1999 and my hair grew fast but it would take me 2 hrs and my hair looks real­ly thick by strands; I guess were on the fine side and it didn’t last a week. I end­ed up wet­ting my head in between to re-set. But it takes my @ least and hour to detan­gle. So?? My hair is healthy which is the most impor­tant but I… Read more »
Gayle Allen

Sor­ry for the typo’s … geesh :-)

Sen

Gor­geous hair!

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