CN: How long have you been natural?
I have been natural for about two years. My last relaxer was March of 2009 and I did the Big Chop sometime in late July/early August 2009.
CN: What is your current regimen?
My regimen changes depending on the needs of my hair. However, I’ve found that by keeping it simple my hair responds well. I only wash, comb and style my hair once a week. I wash my hair with Shea Moisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Shine Shampoo, Detangle/Condition w/ Aussie Moist or Herbal Essences Hello Hydration. I use my fingers and the Tangle Teezer to detangle my hair. I deep condition once a week with either Lustrasilk Shea Butter Cholesterol or Jessicurl Weekly Deep Conditioning Treatment (I add avocado or jojoba oils to them). I sit under my Huetiful steamer as well. I use Kinky Curly Knot today or Hawaiian Silky 14-in-1 Miracle Worker as my leave in. I use my own Homemade Shea Butter mixture to braid/twist my hair, which keeps my hair beyond moisturized! I will usually braid my hair into 8 or 10 braids for a braid-out, which I will usually pin up into an up-do. I will also do twist-outs from time to time as well. Lately, I’ve been only wearing my hair out on the weekends and keeping it in a protective style during the week. I use Organix Anti-breakage serum to untwist or unbraid my hair.
Maybe once every three weeks, I will do a Honey & oil Pre-poo on my hair if my hair needs “pampering.”
W&G May 2011
CN: How do you maintain length? Moisture?
I’ve been maintaining length by wearing more protective styles. You see in the beginning of my journey I only wore Wash & Go’s, my hair was color treated and I didn’t know exactly how to care for it. I wanted to show off my hair…in ALL its Glory… ALL the time, lol but needless to say, I had a lot of breakage. I’ve learned that protective styles are the key in my hair retaining its length. So usually during the week my hair is in a bun or an up-do and on the weekends I wear it out, whether it’s a Wash & Go, Roller Set or Braid/Twist out. As far as moisture, I make sure to use a good leave-in conditioner EVERY time I wash or co-wash my hair and I’ve been using my Home made Shea Butter mixture. That’s enough to keep my hair silky soft and moisturized. Oh, and since my hair is color-treated, I have to be sure to deep condition often. Often=once a week.
CN: How do you protect your curls a night?
If I’m wearing a braid/twist out, I will re-twist/braid in 4 or 5 chunky twists/braids and cover my head with a satin scarf or bonnet. For wash & go’s I gather my hair into a pineapple and throw on a satin bonnet. If I need to look “cute,” then I’ll sleep on a satin pillowcase. 😉
CN: What would you tell a new natural or transitioning diva?
Slow and steady wins the race! Patience, Patience and some more patience. Go borrow some patience if you don’t have any left, lol. There will be days when you have a love/hate relationship with your hair, you will be lost and think what the Waka Flocka am I doing? Trust me, I’ve been there, but sticking with it is so worth it. Try not to focus too much on growth early on; measurements and mathematics give me a headache anyways. Try focusing on having healthy hair. Healthy hair GROWS!! Seriously though enjoy your journey, keep tomorrow in your radar, but enjoy the “right now.”
Also, pay close attention to your hair and figure out what your hair needs and loves. It does take a few trials and errors when it comes to products, but natural hair is so much more than the products that you use. I would suggest starting with building a regimen and sticking to it. Something as basic as washing, conditioning, deep conditioning and styling; on a consistent basis. Remember to seal those ends with a butter or an oil. Create a hair journal and take pictures to document your journey!
CN: What’s the best thing about being naturally glamorous?
I feel confident, unique and sexy on a Totally Different level. I feel beautiful within and that radiates outward. I love each and every kink, curl and wave that sprouts from my head. Even when I think I’m having a bad hair day, someone tells me how dope my hair is. My styling options are endless. I can be straight, curly, wavy, in a weave, braids, bantu knots, pin-curls, roller sets; the list goes on and on! My natural hair journey has been so liberating for me. It was right on time and has opened my eyes to what real beauty is. Thank God I stumbled upon my journey! Natural hair is the ish….Point, blank, Period. ☺
CN: Anything else you want to add?
I sure would! I would like to say Thanks to all the Naturals or Transitioning Naturals out there for inspiring me and to keep on keepin’ on. Hopefully my story can inspire someone out there as well. I wish you all the best of luck on your prospective journeys! I love the feeling of sisterhood and brotherhood in the natural hair community. Also, a big THANKS to Nikki for creating such a cool environment for us to learn and grow together. You rock Chica! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your site!
Saw the new posts about your current hair. It has grown nicely.
Hi Your hair is beautiful. I really love the colors. Do you color it yourself?
Hi there….:) I'm really curious about your homemade shea butter. Is it a combination of products and if so what are they, or are you really, actually making your own Shea butter? Thanks!
Loved your story and of course your hair; natural hair rocks!!!!!!!!!
Hi Melinda…this is LaTresha. This is the third time I've colored my hair since being natural…my 1st go around was completely damaging (only because I was uneducated in caring for my hair). My ends looked like the end of a broom stick lol. Unfortunately, I had to get about 3" cut off and start over. You may want to get a trim and see if that helps, but I would not flat iron anymore, because it may make your already delicate ends extra dry. You may also want to try honey & oil pre-poos and weekly deep conditioning treatments (if you're not doing that already). I hope this helps!!
I have been natural since 2009 and have not applied heat since 2008. Yesterday, I decided to flat iron my hair just to see the length but it was so bouncy I wanted to wear it out. However, after combing it I noticed my color-treated ends were so frizzy, I decided against it. I applied a shea butter mixture beforehand) Any suggestions?
I absolutely love you hair!!!
Hi this is LaTresha….thanks Shelli! Maybe I will give Cassia I try…why am I so scurred? LOL….@ahairstory…there are a bunch of yummy things in my mixture, shea, cocoa butter, my special blend of oils…check out my youtube page for more info. Thanks Alicia!! Love you girl!!
LaTresha (Tree) is my BFF and I can say that she is as beautiful inside as she is on the outside. I'm so proud of you girl. She has inspired my own natural hair journey. She is starting her own line of natural hair products. Visit her youtube page for more info! You Rock Girlie!!
Beauuuuuutiful hair! It grew a lot and it's sooooooo shiny!
What's in your shea butter mixture?!?!?
Gorgeous, gorgeous hair! And, I love the color too!!! It's just so flattering to your hair shape and your features/skin tone! Unfortunately for me, bleached colors broke my hair off something horrible, even natural. But, I get henna highlights now (henna on my grey), so I'll take it! Anywho, lovely! (And, you could use henna [body art quality] if you want your blonde red or cassia if you want to keep your color and just want the conditioning benefits). Oh, and great advice too!
She's beautiful and had such great tips too! Those protective styles are bomb. I think I'm going to go back on that path.
Beautiful hair Latresha!
This is LaTresha….@BlondeByDesire, to achieve my W&G's I apply product to soaking wet hair. I use the Kinky Curly Knot Today & Kinky Curly Curling Custard. I apply my homemade shea butter once it has dried. I will either sit under a hooded dryer, diffuse or airdry…depends on my time). I use my fingers & afro pick to fluff. That's it!!
Oh my your hair is so awesome! Love, love, love the color! Can't wait until I have enough natural hair to achieve that volume!
I want to die my hair the same color, but am kind of scared. It rocks on her though!
Stunning…really feeling the color!
Hi guys this is LaTresha and first off thank you all for the lovely compliments…I am so flattered! @Niah girl yes I LOVE my huetiful steamer and will admit that I don't know how I made it before…it's worth the investment. It's like taking your hair to the spa lol. @Elexis…no offense at all…I take that as a compliment!! 🙂 I've thought about henna/cassia, but I'm scurred, I don't think I can do that since I color my hair. ??
Good luck to you all!
you will be lost and think what the Waka Flocka am I doing?
Hilarious!! Lol, I think your hair is gorgeous and love the color. I wonder if I can do that or something similar with henna?? Anyway, fun and helpful interview. I keep seeing posts about keeping a hair journal and have failed to do so yet, but I'm seriously thinking about stopping the laziness.
Gorgeous!!!! That colour pops and suits you to a T.
Love, love your hair. How do you achieve your WNG (method) – what products to you use.
I love the color.
Gurl your darn hair rocks!
i WANT YOUR HAIR!!!!soo beautiful girl ;0 i wanna dye mine that color in the front, but im a hennahead so i dont think it will work out….
omgoodness, can someone tell me how to achieve this hair color?
Gorgeous!!! No offense to the straight look but you look way better with the curly, it fits u better 🙂
Your hair is beautiful! Thanks for the post 🙂
Your hair is amazing! Fabulous!
Your hair is funky!! I love it!!
you're hair is absolutely gorgeous!!! simple as That and the color is fab too. My question to you is, how do you feel about the Huetiful steamer? i have been toying with the thought of dishing out the $100+ for it but i want to make sure that it really does make a difference on your hair. i haven't seen many reviews on it, so for now, i'm asking around. Thanks and stay Gorg!