My name is Tameika Gregory from Greenville, NC. I am the owner of ReZilient Creations. I've also been employed with Vidant Medical Center for 10 years. I am an East Carolina University Alumni with dual degrees in Health Information Management and Health Service Management. I am also a University of Phoenix Alumni with a Master's in Health Administration. I have three children; 2 girls and one boy. They are 11,10, and 8 months. I also have a wonderful husband.
How long have you been natural?
I have been natural for 2.5 years and I'm never looking back to the creamy crack.
What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper& why?
I was looking at how unhealthy my hair was with the relaxer. Seeing the thinning in my hair was the last straw. I wanted to be happy to look in the mirror and see my hair the way it was before my perm days. I was a big chopper. At first, I was afraid to cut my hair for what others may think of it, but was tired of the sew-ins and the headaches that came with it, and so I handed one of my sorors the scissors and told her to cut away.
How would you describe your hair?
I would say that my hair is maybe between 4b and 4c. It is very full and thick. It drinks up oils, water, and moisturizers, but I love that my hair has a mind of its own.
What do you love most about your hair?
I love how well my hair does with twistouts and braidouts. I also love how it is able to bounce back and how it's healthier than it’s ever been.
What has been the most memorable part of your journey? Has it been easy or difficult or both?!
The most memorable part of my journey would be from how far I have come. I started from short, spiky hair to having my hair go past my shoulders in a two year period. Looking back in previous pictures, I can really see the progress. It has been both a difficult and easy journey. Difficult because to this day, I still have difficulties trying to do flat twists or particular hair styles on my hair with no success, but easy because I can easily do a twistout and make it look like a 5 second job.
What are (or were) some of your favorite transitioning hairstyles or current dos’ ?
My favorite styles would be the pompadour styles, flat twist updo’s, my twistouts and bantu knotouts. These are the styles you would most likely see me rock on a daily basis.
What have your experiences been as a ‘natural’? Any memorable reactions from family or others?
Some of my family members and friends were doubtful of me in the beginning and didn’t think I would be able to pull it off. They wanted me to slap the perm in my hair asap, but now they have seen the progress, how great it looks, and how healthy it is. They have complimented me so many times, some have even transitioned and/or become natural just from seeing my outcome. I haven’t received any negative comments since my beginning stage.
My hair regimen is primarily water, oils, and moisturizer daily. Favorite products– ecostyler gel, Miss Jessie’s Leave-in conditioner, Cantu Moisturizer, castor oil, etc.
Adeea Rogers, Natural Hair Daily, My Natural Sistas and Nikkimae2003 to name a few.
Anything you want the readers to know? Inspirational words?
With not only being natural but with other things or situations you may be trying to overcome or see progress, understand it takes time and patience. Never rush what will become beautiful with the time needed to accomplish the finish product.
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