On the Couch with TammyG

Meet TammyG... a 70's baby that has gone natural twice...this time, for good!


When I was younger, my mom would press my hair with a hot comb on the stove! My hair was long and beautiful but thin. At some point my mother grew tired of pressing my hair every other day, so she decided to put a Kitty Kit Relaxer, which was supposed to be a “gentle” relaxer for kids, in my hair. I was so excited because there was a cute little chocolate girl on the box and her hair was beautiful! I never thought I was beautiful so here was my chance to transform! BIG MISTAKE, but at this time (I’m a 70s baby), that’s what you did to manage a little girl’s hair!


My “naturalhood” journey began in 2002. When I say natural, I am referring to a relaxer free head of hair, not necessarily free of all chemicals. After 8 months, I gave up! At the time, I didn’t view it as a lifestyle change, I was simply doing it so that my hair would grow. I was simply not ready.

In 2004, I decided to give up the relaxer again! This time, I stuck with it. I started to embrace the look of the natural and only straighten it on special occasions. For whatever reason, I still didn’t think I could look “dressed up” unless my hair was straight! I would tell my friends “I’m going to a wedding so I want to look nice”. As if I couldn’t look nice with my hair in its natural curly state!
Within the last 2 1/2 years I have started to understand that my hair is beautiful either way! I was recently introduced to your site and it has been such an eye opener! I have thrown away the Motions products and adopted a completely new hair care regimen for myself and my two children (daughter – age 16, son – age 17 months)! I realize that had I been more educated about natural hair, my hair would be all the way down to my butt by now! I am loving my hair and it is loving me back!

I am going to be donating a kidney to my father next week and will be on restrictions for 4-6 weeks and I am looking for a hairstyle that will last at least 3 weeks! Suggestions anyone? Wish me luck!


My current regimen:

Shampoo – Trader Joe’s shampoo/Giovanni Moisture Shampoo

Conditioner - Herbal Essence Hello Hydration Conditioner/Giovanni Deep Moisture Conditioner

Styling - Kinky Curly Knot Today & Custard with Shea Butter on the ends - Wash & Go /Twist Outs

Styling Refreshers - Eco Styler/Aloe Vera Gel

Spritzer
– Mix of Glycerin, Jojoba Oil, conditioner & H20

I am still learning THANKS TO YOU and your hair wisdom! I have only been using these products for a month now but I am becoming a PJ. I am getting to know my hair all over again. I am confident that I will start to see some significant growth!

My latest purchases: Coconut Oil, Aubrey’s Honey Suckle Rose Conditioner

My next purchases: Oyin Burnt Sugar Pomade (it is still SOLD OUT), and the Ouidad Double Detangler!

11 Weigh in!:
Queenofthe4s said...

You are so brave to donate an organ for your father! That is the ultimate sacrifice of love!

As for your hair, since you have so much hair, I would have it done in really small two-strand twists. You can wear them down for a week or so, and then style them in cute up-do's!

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TwirlyTionne said...

Happy to see this here! Love you mom :)

Moni said...

Your hair is beautiful, but obviously you're even more beautiful inside. I second the suggestion of small two strand twists or box braids, because then you can style/wash them if you feel up to it or just pull them back if you don't. Best wishes for you and your father!

Anonymous said...

i like the idea of twists too. which trader joes' shampoo do you like the most?

Unknown said...

Two strand twists!

Ingrid's Craziness said...

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JazBNatural said...

Wow, look at the picture of her with straight hair. She still looks beautiful with straight hair, but like every other black woman with that look. The curly hair picture at the bottom is so much more exciting IMO.

My suggestion would be small or medium box braids (with no added hair). They can last as long as you want them to whereas two strand twists tend to unravel after a while. I have never gotten two strand twists to last longer than a week without looking frizzy and unraveling.

Unknown said...

Hey Tammy! What a surprise to see you here! Your hair is beautiful! Hope things went well with the surgery! ~ Lynne Wise

rhonda mcknight said...

God bless you for donating a kidney. My novel, Secrets and Lies has a story about organ transplantation, so it's a subject near and dear to my heart.

I echo braids or kinky twist. Your hair is gorgeous.

luvinlife225 said...

Tahmi Foo Foo!!

The highlight oh my day seeing you online.

I hope you're feeling much better.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the woman who said you are beautiful both inside and out. Good luck to your father. Many prayers and good wishes to him and to you. God bless.

Also, I love Trader Joe's products. I am using trader joe's nourish shampoo and conditioner and it's amazing!! my hair has been transformed by these two products. And I think they're each $2.99! Unbelieveablely effective and affordable!

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