*Pre­pared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1Me­Nat­u­ral­ly

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Intro­duce your­self!
T:
Hi! My name is Tasha and I’m from Louisiana.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
T:
I have been nat­u­ral for 34 months. May 2013 will make 3 years. I tran­si­tioned for 5 months. I went nat­u­ral because the relax­ers were tak­ing my hair out! My edges and crown were thin­ning! Was not a cute look! I made the best deci­sion of my life to go nat­u­ral! I’m almost bra strap length when stretched/flat ironed. My hair is healthy, shiny, and long!

How would you describe your tex­ture?
T:
I don’t like using the hair typ­ing sys­tem because my hair is full of tex­tures 3c/4a (waves, s-curls, zig zags, coils, light­en­ing bolts (haha) and kinks. I have normal/thick hair with fine strands.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
T:
I main­ly wear my hair in twist outs because my hair hearts them! After wash­ing my hair, I ALWAYS put it in medi­um twists. I like to use Oyin Hand­made prod­ucts. I apply the Hair Dew first, then my cas­tor/extra vir­gin olive oil mix, then Oyin’s Whipped Pud­ding to seal in the mois­ture. I make sure each sec­tion is detan­gled thor­ough­ly before twist­ing using my wide-tooth comb, fol­lowed by my Den­man brush. I twist tight to cre­ate long last­ing curl def­i­n­i­tion. In the sum­mer, I like to use just a leave in con­di­tion­er and oil. My favorite leave-ins are Gio­van­ni Direct Leave-in, Can­tu Shea But­ter Repair Cream, and Oyin Hair Dew. My favorite oils are cas­tor, extra vir­gin olive, coconut, grape seed, and tea tree. Laven­der is great too! 

Through­out the week I wear my hair hang­ing all down, a bun, pony puff, or what­ev­er I come up with at the last min­ute! You know how that is! I exper­i­ment with flat twists, braid-outs, and ban­tu knots. My styles are quick and sim­ple. Twist-outs are a great low manip­u­la­tion style where I can retain length and have fun at the same time. At night I will either re-twist in larg­er twists and mois­tur­ize if need­ed (damp­en with water and apply an oil and/or mois­tur­iz­er (Nour­ish & Shine is excel­lent for this), put my hair in a low or high bun with extra vir­gin olive oil, or a band­ed pony­tail. I have a YouTube video on it called “Bands Will Make It Stretch” It’s a stretch­ing on the go tech­nique I like to use to stretch my twist outs. I don’t comb my hair through the week. When I re-twist at night, I fin­ger detan­gle and remove the shed hairs. This helps my hair from tan­gling.

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What does wash day look like for you?
T:
My Wash day-Week­ly reg­i­men in 5 steps:
Step 1: Hot oil treat­ment with extra vir­gin olive oil. Damp­en hair first, apply oil, then put on a plas­tic cap with a tow­el on top. I let it sit for about 30 min­utes. Some­times hours if I’m being lazy! This is the step where I remove shed hairs/knots/tangles.
Step 2: Wash hair in 2 sec­tions (show­er or sink). Wash scalp with fin­ger pads and squeeze sham­poo down hair shaft. I have start­ed using sham­poos 1 time a mon­th and co-wash­ing (using a con­di­tion­er to wash my hair) in between. My favorite sham­poos are Gio­van­ni Smooth As Silk Deep Mois­ture and Herbal Essences Hel­lo Hydra­tion. I like to use a sul­fate sham­poo to wash out min­er­al oil/petroleum based prod­ucts and a sul­fate-free poo to wash out nat­u­ral prod­ucts. Keeps my hair clean and from dry­ing out.
Step 3: Apply con­di­tion­er. I do a lit­tle fin­ger detan­gling then put my hair in large twists to keep from tan­gling back up dur­ing the rin­se out process. I use Herbal Essences Hel­lo Hydra­tion, Gio­van­ni Smooth As Silk Deep­er Mois­ture or Carol’s Daugh­ter Tui Con­di­tion­er.
Step 4. Apply deep con­di­tion­er. Apply pro­duct with my twists still in. Put on a plas­tic cap, then tow­el on top, and let it sit for about 30 min­utes. I’m obsessed with Carol’s Daugh­ter Monoi Repair. Also, I like to make my own DC using a cheap­ie con­di­tion­er, my favorite oils, and hon­ey! Great DC on a bud­get!
Step 5: Style — This is the step where I detan­gle, mois­tur­ize, and put my hair in medi­um twists for a twist out.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
T:
My go to style when every­thing fails is a bun or big ol’ puff! 

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
T:
I don’t wor­ry too much about shrink­age. Keep­ing my hair in twist outs helps elon­gate my hair and believe it or not, my hair doesn’t shrink that much because I don’t have tight­ly coiled hair. I have a video on a stretch­ing tech­nique I use on my YouTube chan­nel “Stretch­ing Hair for a Big Twist Out”.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
T:
My hair is dry…especially my crown! I com­bat this by con­di­tion­ing on the reg­u­lar and mois­tur­iz­ing when need­ed. Water is my bestie!

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
T:
I have to have “LOB” Leave ins/Oils/Butters and sleep­ing with a sat­in bon­net or hair wrap is a must. It pro­tects the style and keeps my hair from break­ing and dry­ing out.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
T:
Wash and Go’s! My hair turns into a tan­gled mess! Lit­tle to no heat! I only use heat when­ev­er I straight­en my hair, which is 3–4 times a year. Too much heat is dam­ag­ing. Also, NO RUSHING!!! Plan a day where you can give your hair the ten­der, love and care it needs! Rush­ing can lead to set backs if you are not con­di­tion­ing and detan­gling like you should. Take your time. Your hair will thank you in the long run! :)

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
T:
You can find me on my YouTube chan­nel (101 LadyT): www.youtube.com/user/101ladyt. Fol­low me on Insta­gram @ Pash­tash

Meosha

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

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DiJah

Her twist outs are every­thing and then some!

Keisha

Gor­geous lady and beau­ti­ful hair! South rep­re­sentin’! Can’t wait to move back!

kiesh

I fol­low her on YT. Beau­ti­ful, healthy hair!

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