Isn't she lovely!? This cutie pie has a surprise for all of you!!! I won't hold it in any longer. Let's meet our Queen Tanisha!
Who does your hair?
I currently get my hair done at "Before and After Salon" in Carytown. My stylist's name is Tonya, whom I went to high school with. She takes great care of my hair!!
What are your three favorite products? Why?
- Ion frizz free line- My hair tends to be frizzy and the shampoo and conditioner helps reduce the frizz
- Cantu Shea Butter Repair Cream- Smells good and I use along with my leave in conditioner. This product was recommended by many women on youtube who are natural so I decided to give it a try.
- Silk Elements Heat Protectant spray- Its very light and leaves my very soft and smelling great.
Please describe your hair routine.
I decided not to do the big chop and went for the long transition and let my perm grow out. I have been wearing weaves for the past two years while transitioning. Weaves are low maintenance for me and allow me to let my hair rest. When I am not wearing a weave, I do a twist set or I straighten my hair. I wash it at least once a week and may co-wash once or twice a week. I make sure to use a good leave-in conditioner and heat-protectant when I flat iron. I also deep condition every two weeks. I am looking online for more natural hairstyles to add some versatility to my look.
What is your favorite quote of the moment?
"The best way to gain self-confidence is to do what you are afraid to do." This quote goes perfectly with the 'going natural' idea.
How does it feel to be selected as the All Tressed Up Queen of the Week?
It feels good to share my story to others who are considering going natural and those who are frustrated at times (like myself). I think this is a great way to reach millions of women who can relate to my struggle. I am learning to embrace my hair each day.
Is there anything you would like to promote or share with the world?
I want people to know that going natural can definitely be a challenge but the end results are worth the trouble. I have fine and soft hair and never should have ever permed by hair from the beginning. Since I started transitioning in October 2008, I have noticed my hair is much stronger and growing alot faster. A healthy diet, minimal heat, and getting my ends trimmed regularly was/is my routine. I still struggle with dealing and seeing my hair in its natural state but, I am slowly learning to appreciate MY hair! I feel like I have become 'a slave to weaves' but I am making a promise to myself to let it go. Youtube videos have definitely been helpful and I have also found encouragement on the many natural hair blogs.