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On the Couch with Teyah

By January 27th, 202121 Comments

On the Couch with Teyah
I’ve decided to go back to my au naturale roots. YES! Now just a little background on my hair journey:

I’ve ALWAYS had long and extremely thick hair. I’m talking so thick that my ears would become
hot and flushed when my hair covered them. I was that girl in school whose ponytail was bigger than her body. (don’t laugh…ok you can laugh) Oh yes, that was me, lol. But anyway, my mom never used a lot of chemicals (we did get occasional texturizers every 3 to 6 months) and my sister and I wore styles that consisted mainly of twists, pigtails, braids and the occasional press and curl. So fast forwarding to high school, I still had a ton of hair. As most girls do, I experimented with cuts, colors and such. I never thought it was a big deal because I never had a problem growing hair. I could cut it in January and it would be back in December. Not a problem.

College was the same way but it was that time that I started coming into my own. My own style,
“swag” if you will! I started seeing more and more people with natural hair. So I slowly began to spread out the length of time between “texturizers” until I was doing it only about once a year and then phasing it out completely. To make an even longer story short I have been without chemicals since 2001. I’ve always had sensitive skin and about a year ago I had very bad flare up on my scalp. I used some products for seborrheic dermatitis (which shall remain nameless),
which caused my hair to dry out really bad and ultimately fall out in some spots. Needless to say I was devastated. After going to my dermatologist, I was healed and back on track to a healthy head. Even though my hair was coming back, it still wasn’t as luxurious and healthy as it had been. And regardless of how I tried to manipulate it in various styles, it just wasn’t right. So, I decided to do that big chop and start all over. It was a drastic change but I felt great and
now there’s no turning back!!!!!!

Here are pics from day one of the big chop to a little color to where I am now. I even threw a pic in there of my big sis and I. She’s a natural diva as well! Enjoy!

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  • Unknown says:

    Great story, love the hair!

  • Teyah says:

    I loved my fade too! lol It was soooo easy. My hair has grown so much since then. I don't have the color anymore but I'm thinking about trying some henna. The waves were pretty easy to get. What I would normally do is apply a little conditioner and shea butter when my hair was soaking wet. Then I would use a wave brush and softly brush toward the grain. I'd then wrap it in silk scarf or wave cap. In the morning my waves would be good to go! Everyone, please please check out my blog:

    I talk more about my hair journey and showcase more pics. Thanks again!

  • Teyah says:

    Thank you, Marilie! BC'ing was the best thing I could have done. Happy Hair growing to you as well!

  • Teyah says:

    Hello everyone!!! Thank you so much for all the love! I had no idea that I had been featured until someone came up to my sister and said "I saw you on Curly Nikki!" I love it!

  • Delphi says:

    I struggled with seborrehic dermatitis (huge patches of skin flaking away, bleeding, dry, scaly mess!), and the car-load of stuff I got from the dermatologist worked for a while… I found that apple cider vinegar and a few other "naturalish" remedies have solved my skin problems. Good luck to you, because I know how horribly painful it can be.

  • Dana says:

    Beautiful. I love it.

  • SaBrina says:

    Wow all of the pictures that you have listed are gorgeous. You can really rock that fad Teyah, as a matter of fact don't grow any more hair j/k. Look at the wave pattern that is so cool and I really love the brown color that you have listed as well. You and your sister are rocking the natural look and doing it very well. Welcome to the Natural world, and thanks for showing us that you can still look gorgeous with short hair cut into this style.

  • Jamila Reddy says:

    This makes me miss my TWA! They both look great!

  • Napturally Fab says:

    Wow! I recently experienced something similar, and I feel another BC coming for me too (just did one May 2009), oh well. I was experiencing some serious itching and scalp tenderness (I mean it hurt to touch my scalp) then I noticed the hair in my crown had broke off down to the scalp I panicked and ran to the dermatologist. He perscribed some medication which stoped the itching and cleared up the scaling but I'm left with a short patch about the size of a lemon on the top of my haead, and the rest of my hair is about 5-6 inches. It ain't easy trying to cover that up, been slicking my hair back and wearing a faux afro puff from the BSS. Thank God for fake hair. Just waiting for my patch to grow out and then chop, chop.

  • Anonymous says:

    Love it!! Especially the color and cut. 🙂 ~KF519

  • bludini1 says:

    FIERCE!! That color is on fire!!!!! The waves are fantastic!!!!

  • Balls Of Beauty says:

    looooove the amber rose! PLEASE gimme tips on how u got them 360 waves????

  • Anonymous says:

    Your waves are on swim! LOL so serious that looks sooo good on her. Alot better than guys if i might add. 🙂

  • Barbara Naturally Speaking says:

    Gorgeous curls!!

  • The Chocolate Loveliness That Is Fraña says:

    Love love love your story, and love your hair! Your fade is nice, and the color is rockin!

  • iri9109 says:

    that fade is sooooo dope on her…esp the auburnish color

  • Lori says:

    The cut is so cute and looks great on you. I hope you're happy with the results. Your hair will grow back long and thick again because it'll be even healthier this time around. Good luck!

  • Sherri says:

    Hi Teyah!
    Thanks for sharing your story. I have seborrheic dermatitis and have found that taking care of my scalp and my natural coils at the same time can be difficult with the prescription products my doctor recommended. They often solve my scalp issues but leave my hair dry. Do you have any suggestions?

    Thanks again for sharing!

  • candice says:

    Awesome! I love coming to this site (and others) it keeps me motivated and on the road to natural. I am trying to transition slowly but I feel the BC calling. I am getting a lot of breakage and do not understand how people do long transitions. You are beautiful and the cut looks great! You have me leaning toward chopping it!

  • HairPolitik says:

    I love love love the fade! Definitely hot! You have a beautiful face and the haircut highlights it perfectly well. The color looks nice on you too!

  • Marilie says:

    Both you and your sister are beautiful! I BC'd in June for the same reason. My hair wasn't flourishing. Nothing like starting over again. And now I'm going to pursue locs. 🙂

    Happy Health Hair Growing!

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