Naturals we’re almost at the end of this blog series. We really hope you found the information these Naturalistas have shared thus far useful. Our ultimate goal for this series was to inform and educate you about the different hair textures and porosities. As naturals, we are all still learning about our hair. There are levels to this natural hair journey, it doesn’t matter what level you are on we want to help you grow and become more knowledgeable.
The more you know the easier it gets when it comes to picking out the right products and developing a regimen that actually works for you. If you don’t know your hair porosity by now, I truly advise you to take the porosity test. Knowing your hair porosity will help you select the right products for your hair. So you’re not just buying products and wasting your money on products that do not work for you. Let’s face it these natural hair products are expensive. Save your coins, Sis.
One of the things we’ve learned while interviewing the ladies with low porous hair, light products works best for their hair to avoid product build-up. Whereas someone with high porosity hair has to use products with heavy creams and heavy oils. Do you understand? So we advise you to check out the link to the article at the end of this blog post and take the porosity test. If you haven’t done so already. All you need is a glass of water and a couple of strands of hair. Today we’re featuring Tee Tress
Hair Type: 90 percent is 4c and 10 percent is 4b
Hair Porosity: Low porosity hair
Funny story on how I went natural, it wasn’t intentional but more circumstantial. In 2010 when lace fronts first came on the scene I decided to get one. I had the most horrible experience. The stylist glued the lace front directly on my hairline and edges. After about two days, I had to take it off because I had an allergic reaction to the glue on ALL my edges and some of my hair fell out. I decided I had to lay off perms so my edges could grow back and I did not want to continue to irritate my scalp. I transitioned for about a year until most of the permed part grew out. During this time I did a lot of protective styles which I believe helped my natural hair to grow faster. About a year later I was fully natural and never went back to the creamy crack since.
What was your biggest struggle when you first started?
My biggest struggle (especially since I did not plan to go natural) was figuring out styles to do with my hair and also trying to gain confidence in order to wear my natural hair out. It’s way easier now in my opinion to have the courage to go natural and actually wear your hair out because there is such a positive movement around the natural hair community and also lots of resources.
What are your go-to products right now and why do you use them?
One of the go-to products I’ve loved for a while is Cantu Shea Butter coconut curling cream for natural hair. I love this cream because of its thick consistency which really allows it to penetrate through my thick hair. Also, my favorite sealant is Jamaican castor oil also because of its thick consistency.
I also use different products depending on the state of my hair but my top of the lines are Shea Moisture, Cantu, Jane Carter and Carol’s daughter. I wash my hair every 7 to 9 days and I’m currently deep conditioning every wash day as well. I only do a protein pre-poo treatment whenever my hair feels weak (usually after a protective style). I apply mayo on my hair and throw on a shower cap for about 30 to 40 minutes. For styling, I do the LCO method.
What have you learned about your hair thus far?
I’ve learned that my hair is the “happiest” when it’s moisturized!! The best way my hair retains moisture is LCO (Lotion, Cream, Oil) method and the best way to restore my moisture is deep conditioning often, which currently I Deep Condition every wash day (which is about once a week).
Check out Tee Tresses on Instagram @Tee_tresses and Youtube. If you don’t know what your hair texture is. I recommend taking the texture quiz over at NaturallyCurly.com. If you don’t know what your hair porosity is I recommend taking the test as well. You can do it with a glass of water at home. You can find more details about the test in my hair regimen for high porosity hair.
Tune in next week for the rest of this series!
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Dear Pretty Black girl, You are dripping with melanin and a force to be reckoned with. You are made of brown sugar, cocoa, honey and gold. You’ve been crowned with kinks as loose as 3A to as tight as 4C. No matter what type of strands you were crowned with, pretty girl, embrace them unapologetically. You are fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God. -Welcome home, pretty girl!