Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper? What was your journey like?
I was a big chopper. I didn’t spend a lot of time thinking it over. I woke up and decided that would be the day. I went to the barber shop and told the barber to cut it all off. My journey since that day has been great.
Had you always embraced your texture?
No, I started getting relaxers at a very early age, so I didn’t know the true texture of my hair until I went natural.
How did family and friends react to your decision to go natural? What was your response to them?
Some family and friends were not happy about me cutting all my hair off. My ex-fiance was not a fan at all. It took some time for him to get use to the new me. However, I did not allow the naysayers to knock me off course.
Describe your hair (fine or coarse, thin or thick, highly porous, low, etc.)
My hair is SUPER coarse and thick.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done to your hair?
The craziest thing I have ever done to my hair was rock a wash-n-go. My hair turned into a bird’s nest by the time it aired dry and what made matters worse, I was headed to the Beyonce concert the next day. So, I spent the day of the concert (6/7 hours) detangling, conditioning, cutting, trimming, and trying to style my hair. At one point, I stood in the bathroom and cried like a 3 year old (stomping and everything). Wash-n-go…NEVER AGAIN!
What’s your biggest hair related regret?
My biggest hair related regret, not going natural sooner.
What's your current hair routine? How often do you wash, condition, and style? Favorite products! Deets!
My current hair routine consists of weekly co-washes, conditions and bi-weekly deep treatments, followed by flat two-strand twists. I absolutely love As I am: Coconut Cowash Cleansing Conditioner, Carol’s Daugther: Macadonia Heat Serum protectant (for blow drying) and Jane Carter’s Nourish & Shine cream, Oyin: burnt sugar promade and pure coconut oil.
What’s your favorite hairstyle? Where do you get hairstyle inspiration?
My favorite hairstyle is a great twist-out. I get my hairstyle inspiration from Pinterest and all the beautiful sisters rocking their natural styles.
Who is your curl crush?
How do you maintain your hair at night?
I am married to re-twisting my hair every night unless the next day is wash day and I always sleep with a satin bonnet and pillowcase.
How do you maintain healthy length?
I maintain healthy length by paying attention to my hair and clipping my ends when necessary.
What's the best thing about being natural?
The best thing about being natural…I get to show the world how beautiful I am with what GOD has given me from the start. MY hair, like my life is a gift and I treat as such.
Where can folks find you on the web?
Folks can find me on Facebook @ Tanya Hicks, Instagram @ MsTanyalachelle, Wordpress @ www.tanyatypeitwrite.com