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Intro­duce your­self!
T:
Hola chi­cas, my name is Tiffany and I am from Philadelphia–born and raised ::insert Fresh Prince of Bell Air the­me song:: lol.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
T:
Why did I go natural…well I went nat­u­ral after notic­ing that my hair was becom­ing thin over time from get­ting relax­ers for years. For the most part when I was still get­ting relax­ers my hair was healthy due to my aunt who is a pro­fes­sion­al cos­mol­o­gist doing my hair, and my moth­er. I start­ed doing my hair on my own when I was about 16, but still was able to get it done pro­fes­sion­al­ly from time to time, how­ev­er when I moved back home after grad­u­at­ing from col­lege I felt like my hair was get­ting thin­ner. I tried dif­fer­ent meth­ods of try­ing to regain my thick­ness back by using the bazil­lion dif­fer­ent hair growth oils offered on the mar­ket and get­ting my hair cut in lay­ers to give the illu­sion of thick­er hair. 

I was real­ly inspired by a cowork­er who was nat­u­ral (but at the time I didn’t know what “nat­u­ral” was) and thought her hair was gor­geous, but thought that she was just blessed with the “good hair”. After one day I asked her about her hair and she told me that she was nat­u­ral and stopped get­ting perms for the last 3 years. I became intrigued and found out more with the help of my cous­in who was also nat­u­ral and knowl­edge­able about the world of var­i­ous nat­u­ral hair blogs. I became utter­ly obsessed with nat­u­ral hair blogs to the point that I was read­ing and watch­ing videos from the time I was at work (sssh) till the time it was time to go to bed. I decid­ed that I too would even­tu­al­ly tran­si­tion to go nat­u­ral. I decid­ed that I would do a big chop, but want­ed to tran­si­tion for about 6 months. That dream only last­ed 2 months because I could not deal with the two dif­fer­ent tex­tures. One day I just had enough and asked a friend of a friend who did hair to cut off all of the relaxed ends. It was a com­plete shock to every­one the fol­low­ing day, because I had a short crop the day before and I walked in with a baby fro the fol­low­ing. I have been nat­u­ral offi­cial­ly 3 years and 2 months as of March 12, 2010.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
T:
I think for the most part my hair is like 90% 4a, my crown is a hybrid of 4a and 4b (if that even exists lol) and a small­er por­tion of the back of my head is 3c. So over all I have var­i­ous tex­tures going on through­out my head. My hair over­all is thick, but my strands are fine.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
T:
My styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th main­ly involves twist outs and more twist outs. For the first two years I rocked my hair in a curly fro because I am not gift­ed in cre­at­ing the var­i­ous hair­styles I see on YouTube or the dif­fer­ent hair sites. Also, I think anoth­er rea­son I stuck to a fro was because it was easy to just roll out the bed, spritz or wet my hair, and keep it mov­ing. When I hit the two year mark I decid­ed to get a lil adven­tur­ous and try some of the basic styles such as the puff and even­tu­al­ly I tried a twist out and became hooked once I fig­ured out how to get the results I want­ed. It’s a very rare occa­sion in which you will find me wear­ing my hair in a curly fro or wash n go because my hair takes forever to dry and the detan­gling process is ridicu­lous.

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What does wash day look like for you?
T:
Wash day hap­pens once a week, how­ev­er the process can vary depend­ing on how my hair is look­ing and feel­ing. For the most part I have gone back to using Ter­re­sen­tials Pure Earth Hair Wash because I find that my hair likes prod­ucts that are sim­ple and don’t con­tain a whole lot of processed items with­in the ingre­di­ents. Typ­i­cal­ly because my hair is already stretched out from wear­ing it in twist outs I find it eas­ier to detan­gle. If I am using Ter­ressen­tials that day I will wet my hair to get it damp, apply it through­out my hair, and let it sit for about an hour. I find that this helps to remove any pro­duct buildup from any prod­ucts (i.e. Oyin Hand­made Whipped Pud­ding, my oil mix, or my faux leave in mix­ture) I’ve used through­out the week. After an hour has passed I hop in the show­er and do an addi­tion­al 2 wash­es of the Ter­re­sen­tials sham­poo.

Once done I blot my hair with an old t-shirt and sec­tion my hair into 4 or 5 big sep­a­rate sec­tions and apply about a dime to nick­el sized amount of oil to each sec­tion from mid shaft to the ends. I work it in, twist it up into big mini buns, and go back to the first sec­tion and begin to detan­gle and twist up my hair. The oil makes it eas­ier to detan­gle and pen­e­trate my hair with­out it get­ting over­ly greasy. While twist­ing I will seal with either cas­tor oil (more­so dur­ing the win­ter months or if my hair is extreme­ly dry) or a lil bit of the Whipped Pud­ding. Oyin’s Whipped Pud­ding is the only shea but­ter based pro­duct that my hair likes. My hair is not a fan of shea but­ter prod­ucts, but for some rea­son it can tol­er­ate that one.

If I find that my hair needs to be clar­i­fied (I may do it once or every oth­er mon­th) I will use apple cider vine­gar and co-wash with Tre­sem­me Nat­u­rals and deep con­di­tion under my Hueti­ful Hair Steam­er with a mix­ture of con­di­tion­ers on hand (i.e. Aubrey Organ­ics Rosa Mos­que­ta Nour­ish­ing Con­di­tion­er or if I feel like splurg­ing Komenuka Bijin Mois­tur­iz­ing Hair Treat­ment / Con­di­tion­er with Nat­u­ral Rice Bran). I mix a small amount of the con­di­tion­er (s) about the size of a half dol­lar, my oil mix, and some hon­ey. I warm it up for about 15 sec­onds in the microwave, apply it to damp hair, and sit up under the steam­er. I then rin­se and sec­tion it as men­tioned ear­lier. My oil mix con­sists of: olive oil, grape seed oil, avo­cado oil (which is already mixed with coconut oil), jojoba oil, a bit of cas­tor oil, a few drops of rose­mary oil and laven­der oil. If my scalp is itchy I use the same mix, but add a few drops of tea tree oil.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
T:
My every­day style is just wear­ing my hair out in twist outs. As I said, I’m not the best at cre­at­ing styles so I just let it be, or if the weath­er is crap­py or my hair is look­ing dry I will throw it up into a bun.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
T:
Some days I embrace my shrink­age because it allows for me to put it in up styles that I used to do when my hair was short­er. In the instances that I want my hair to look a bit stretched I usu­al­ly keep my hair in twist out styles so usu­al­ly if not on the first day when I’m twist­ing them or the sec­ond day at night (while your hair is twist­ed and slight­ly damp) I will pin my twists to the oth­er side of my head and let them dry com­plete­ly so the fol­low­ing morn­ing when you let it down it’s a bit stretched.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
T:
I don’t real­ly have any prob­lem areas. I will say that my crown (where it’s like this weird 4a/4b hybrid) requires for me to take my time when detan­gling and twist­ing that area and I believe that I may also be slight­ly ten­der head­ed in that area.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
T:
Mois­tur­ize and keep your hair­styles sim­ple and let it be. As I said I wash my hair once a week, but through­out the week if I see that my hair is get­ting or feel­ing dry I will mist it light­ly with some water and work a lit­tle bit of my oil mix through my hair and retwist and seal it with a tiny bit of Oyin’s Whipped Pud­ding or cas­tor oil, or I’ll use this spritz mix of a bit of Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave in Con­di­tion­er, my oil mix, water and re-twist. I find that the dri­er my hair becomes, it’s like a wel­come par­ty for sin­gle strand knots to form. I also find the less pro­duct I use and “sim­pler” the pro­duct is, the bet­ter my hair feels and coop­er­ates with me…lol.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
T:
Because my hair is longer now wash and goes are a hel­lz no. My hair is too curly and I feel like my hair is try­ing to have par­ties with oth­er areas of my hair, which equals tan­gles and a longer time to detan­gle. The oth­er no no is not mois­tur­iz­ing when your hair is appar­ent­ly dry and going longer than a week with­out wash­ing it.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
T:
I used to have a blog but I no longer update it, how­ev­er you can def­i­nite­ly find me on Insta­gram at @tiffso.

Meosha

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

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32 Comments on "Tiffany // 4A Natural Hair Style Icon"

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Christina

The TWA Looks sooo Good on you! :)

Stay

I LOVE YOUR HAIR!! You seem pret­ty cool too :-P

Jacky

Beau­ti­ful hair tex­ture

James

hehe­he.… tru­ly beyond all imaig­na­tion bound­aries:) do you also have any­thing left in your won­der­ing mind about the­se two pics? sure, I’d like to hear yours (eri_hariono@yahoo.com)

Dominique

So I’m going through the site and decide to take a look at the style icons. I con­sid­er myself a 4a (not real­ly sure) so I click on that group. A famil­iar face pops up. Is that Tiffany from Inter­na­tion­al House? *pondering*…It is lol! Your hair looks gor­geous!!!

Camillia

Very pret­ty!

RukiyatG

I am sooo appre­cia­tive of the thor­ough descrip­tion of your hair reg­i­men! Although I’m not a pro­duct junkie, I am a process junkie and read­ing the steps in the reg­i­mens of oth­er Nat­u­rals helps me assess/ tweak/ per­fect my own. Your hair is awe­some; keep up the good work! <3

Avj21

Her hair kin­da sounds like mine. Most of my hair is 4a and I have some 3c in the back.

D.K.

Awe­some hair and per­son­al­i­ty; you look good, girl!

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ladyluo

Love the hair and the reg­i­men

Kelcie

Looks good girl!! Rock it!

Tiffso

Thank you every­one :)

topsarg

I’m so proud of my niece Tiffany. You look FAAAAANTASTIC!! I’m all nat­u­ral too..,.…BALD!!!

TWA4now

#hair­crush!

cacey

your hair is so pret­ty!

Tiffso

Thanks chi­ca

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I want­ed to thank you for this very good read!! I absolute­ly enjoyed every lit­tle bit of it. I have you book marked to look at new stuff you post…|

JENNID

Lol. @ the hel­lz no on the wash n gos. You have mas­tered the twist out girl. Looks so good and full.

deb

oh god i think i’ve final­ly found my hair twin too! Thank you for post­ing your shrunk­en twa pics that real­ly show off your texture…I have the same type of hair, a mix of tiny coils on a bed of frizzy kinks.…very cool! beau­ti­ful girl and beau­ti­ful hair :)

Tiffso

Thank you Deb :)

Yabby

Awww, soo beau­ti­ful! She’s my hair twin as well! Except for the fact I just cut my fro anoth­er 3 inch­es off. Short­er hair goes well with my lifestyle, but I see­ing this makes me want to grow it out again.

Tiffso

Thank you Yab­by :) and go for it !!

Sassy24

pret­ty

Tiffso

Thank you Ms. Sassy

Alisha

I think we’re hair twins, too. So is that like quadru­plets? Lol. Great post.

Tiffso

haha :) and thank you

Kristi

I final­ly found a hair twin! :)

Tiffso

Hair Sissstt­ter­rrrrrr lol :)

The Poster Girl_Shar

Love your hair, I think I final­ly found a hair twin! I also love your insta­gram, you have a great since of humor.

Tiffso

Thank you :)

keisha

gor­geous wom­an and hair!

Tiffso

Thank you chi­ca

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