How long have you been natural?
Hi everyone! My name is Tree. I did the Big Chop in July 2009, so I have been natural for 2 years & 10 months. I’m approaching my 3-year curly-versary! I’ve been without a relaxer for exactly 3 years & 2 months.
What is your current regimen?
In the early days I was in the bathroom all day being a slave to my hair. After many epic fails, trials, errors and insomnia, I discovered less is more and simple is best. This “discovery” didn’t happen overnight and certainly is a rite of passage, because you have to take time to LEARN your hair.
Okay… so once per week I shampoo, condition (detangle using my fingers, then wide tooth comb & a quick run of the tangle teezer), deep condition, moisturize, style, seal and protect. That’s it. I have it down to a science and (depending on the style I choose) I’m done in 1 hour or so and that’s it for the entire week ☺. I will pineapple or re-twist my hair at night and throw on a bonnet. In the morning I use my curl refresher spray, fluff and go. I re-moisturize every few days or as needed. I keep it very simple.
Maybe every 2-3 or 3-4 or 5-6 months I will do a Cassia Treatment with conditioner and a pre-poo treatment w/ oils & honey. Just depends on my mood…#Kanyeshrug ☺
|Fluffy wash and go|
Do you have any favorite hair care products?
Umm yeah!! I’ve tried almost.every.single.product.on.the.market. Seriously, I was a known product junkie. Lots of products left my hair well defined, but too hard or gummy feeling & weighed down. I also struggled with moisture retention. My hair was dry and crackly, you know how you grab a handful of hair and it literally crunches in your hand? That was me. Don’t believe me?? See below….*bows head in shame*.
|Very early after my BC…Yikes!|
|1½ years ago when my hair was DRY, brittle, crispy, dead & NOT
growing. I still thought I was fly…look at how I’m posing.
I know…cray, lol.
My obsession for moisture has now become my passion for healthy hair. I began developing, manufacturing & producing my own products to share with the world. They have changed my life and the health of my hair. My company is Tree Naturals Inc., and they are the only products I use. A little goes a long way and my hair is happy, healthy, growing & thriving. My twist/braid outs & wash and gos are always defined, soft & springy. I have terrible hand in hair syndrome…and my hair always smells sooo yummy!
|(Wash & Go)…. I have major shrinkage ☺…but my definition is SICK!|
How do you maintain length? Moisture?
After I wash my hair, I ALWAYS apply my Rice Flower & Shea Leave-in Conditioner. It adds moisture, definition and smells divine. I swear it’s a growth aide & I absolutely can’t live without it. I use it as often as needed to re-moisturize. Next I apply Natasha’s Growth butter AND seal my ends. That step is crucial. Currently, I have no splits and I’m past BSL (Bra Strap Length) as of today! My hair absolutely adores water, so I spray it daily with my refresher spray. I get Single Strand Knots (SSK’s) from time to time if I keep a style in for too long. This is why I wash & style once per week. Last year I started wearing more protective styles and I can see the difference! I try to only wear my hair out on weekends, so for the most part Natasha (my hair’s alter ego ☺) is twisted/braided up, swept into a side bun or rolled and tucked into an up-do. I know for sure by keeping my hair protected helps me maintain length. I only color, trim & use heat 2-3 times per year.
Lately I’ve been eating lots of romaine lettuce, red onions (rich in sulfur, which can help with hair growth), pecans, almonds, apples, brussel sprouts, black beans, Greek yogurt, Fish, Turkey & Chicken. (I eat junk too, but try to have a good balance☺). I also drink tons of water & try to be as active as I can (still working on that, lol). I’ve learned that true nurturing of our hair starts from within.
|Pinned Twists…peep the moisture!…and my hair is fully dried.|
What has been the worst/most damaging thing you have done to your hair?
Obviously in the beginning of my journey coloring was not the best choice. I was already confused and coloring it did not help. Coupled w/unhealthy practices, my hair broke off terribly; (see hot mess pic above in green shirt, lol). My stylist ended up having to cut about 3 inches or so off. Once I stopped fighting my natural texture and trying to make it conform, I began educating myself and finally felt confident enough to color it again. Now, it’s the healthiest it’s ever been! My stylist agrees! I love color, but realize it may not be for everyone. It’s a must that I deep condition regularly. I use my Bamboo, Fig & Lotus Flower Deep Conditioner with either the steam from my shower or my Huetiful steamer, which I love. Quick Tip: Some of my curly friends apply the leave-in conditioner & then sit under their steamer to lock in more moisture! Then they twist/braid w/ their favorite butter/styler. I’ve tried it and love it! I tend to twist on very damp hair, so I wrap my hair in a t-shirt after my “steam session.” As for my color, I use Clairol Soy Professionals in a 7G & 8G (in case anyone was wondering). I get it from Sally’s.
The best thing about being a naturally glamorous girl?
I prefer to just let life flow naturally and my hair doesn’t hold me back, it too just flows with me. I love the freedom of walking in the rain, the versatility of going from straight to curly, wavy to blown out, braided, twisted, rocking a mean bantu knot out, obnoxiously BIG fro’s, up-do’s, buns, roller-sets…while being professional in the office. My options are endless and I can take my look from day to night in the blink of an eye. All I need is some lip-gloss and bobby pins! ☺ I love all the textures that make up this unique head of hair…every curl, ringlet, kink and wave. I control how defined, sleek, frizzy or big I want my hair. I love being an inspiration to others, especially the newbies who are just starting out. I hope my experiences can guide them on their own respective journeys.
|My first successful roller set|
Take the time to enjoy each stage of your journey. Take pics throughout (even on not so great hair days), so you can see your growth over time. This is your own path; full of discovery, learning, obsession lol, good days, bad days, respect, peace, love & JOY. I was given the side eye by family, co-workers and strangers on several occasions, but I always knew the end result would be worth it. Now those same folks are coming to me for hair advice. Never allow anyone to tell you “It’s Just Hair,”…it’s more than that. It’s a Lifestyle. Build a regimen, keep it simple, stick to it, keep your faith and keep it moving.
Curly Nikki rocks! This is my 2nd interview on this site and everyone is always so respectful and pleasant. I’ve met so many awesome curlies on here that I now call my friends. Thank you Nik for providing a place for us naturals to get together, learn, grow and exchange our stories and ideas. Sometimes it’s hard to find support or get your questions answered and this site does that! I check it daily and refer everyone I know to check it out as well!
I have tutorials of most of the styles in the pics above on my YouTube page if anyone is interested. Nik asked me to send lots of pics, so I hope it’s not too many. ☺ Feel free to keep up with me on my FB page, Twitter, YouTube and check out my website if you’re interested! (Be sure to sign-up to stay informed of specials, events, give-a-ways, natural hair tips & more!)
I love the color. If only i were so brave!!
Love her hair. Pretty curls. Nice color.
Tree, your hair is seriously lovely! You've got a new subbie in me and I will definitely be checking out your products!
This is Tree again! I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July Holiday. @Tierra, check out my vid on how I do my roller sets here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a73siU08MkY, @be.here.now my colors are a 7G & 8G from the Clairol Soy Professionals line, @RebellePuella in the beginning my texture never changed when I colored it, it was just DRY!!, @Megan thanks so much! That Rice Flower & Shea leave in is my holy grail product! Using that and sealing my ends with a thick yummy butter helps with SSK's for me (and not keeping a style in too long). Thanks again for all the love, kind words and support! Wow, I love being part of this amazing natural hair community! 🙂
I have used Tree Naturals for just shy of a year and all the claims are true! The price point is completely reasonable! Moisture retention is on 1000 daily! Growth is evident! Every product smells lovely (my honey and son use it too)! My hair is soft, thick, can attract dryness in no time, and does not look like Tree's, but the line works for me. My hair can not live w/o the leave-in (trust me I tried). My PJ days ended when I met Tree Naturals and if you try it yours will too! All my basic needs are met on www.treenaturals.com: shampoo (check), condish bar(check), deep condish (check), leave-in (check), styling creme (check), butters galore (check).
Hi this is Tree. @Anon 6:03 here is the tutorial for my Twisted Updo look. I hope you find it helpful!!
Your hair is gorgeous!!! My curls are like yours, and I recently bc'd (out of frustration!) so now my hair sort of looks like your pic in the green shirt. lol. In the shower, with conditioner, my curls look so fly! but once i get out, its like waaa!! all frizz. Your story is giving me inspiration to keep trying…maybe I haven't found the right regime yet…sigh. Keep us posted on your growth and the pics are fabulous!!!
I really love your hair. It looks so soft. Also, I love your products, especially the curl refresher – never stop making it. Just received my order and I can't wait to try the shampoo. Keep making your GREAT products.
Hi Tree-I was wondering what is your hair type? Thanks Rette
Anyone whose hair needs moisture…Tree's products are the BOMB! I am Tree's hair OPPOSITE. I have or had tight coils of dry, brittle hair. I am a 4b/c. I use Tree Naturals Rice Flower Leave in conditioner and her whipped hair butter. My hair has grown an inch and a hair in like 6 months and feels gorgeous!! I even use it on my 17 months old hair and his little bald spot has filled in. My older boys use the Zen men's leave-in. Obviously I'm a Tree Naturals product junkie LOL. Tree, your hair is GORG!! Keep on making this thing happen. Your homie is behind you every step of the way!
Damn she sexy 🙂
Hi LaTresha, I wanted to know did coloring or bleaching your hair (which ever you did)cause any extreme damage or noticeable texture change??
the colors you have in your hair look gorgeous on you!
How do you do your roller sets?
Your hair is sick! I love it and am slightly jealous:)
Oops, sorry Tree! I guess we were writing at the same time!
I have been a subscriber to your channel for a while now, so it was great to see you in an article here as well. Even though I don't think our hair types are that similar, I subbed because your hair deflated when it was wet (you know how some people have big hair even when it has water on it)! Of course, I thought you always had that gorgeous head of hair, but it's nice too know that you have struggled also. I wish you great success with your product line!
BTW ladies, unless it was just added, there is an "ingredients" tab on the website. HTH!
This is Tree again….I think the links for my social media are broken. Keep up with me here!
Hi everyone! This is LaTresha AKA "Tree" 🙂 Thanks for all the sweet comments! You're far too kind lol. I do appreciate it! Yes, there is an Ingredient listing section on my website on the home page. It is to the left and labeled "Ingredients". @Candace4Life, I get my hair colored professionally…I'd be bald headed if I did it lol, @Anon 8:53 honestly I still get SSK's if I keep my hair "out" for too long. My hair is sooo curly it coils around itself like a snake! I would suggest the Rice Flower & Shea Leave-In Conditioner first..it's versatile and an be used as a leave in, moisturizer and to help with definition and then a butter of your choice. Hi to all my subbies and thanks so much for the love!! #teamnatural 🙂
What a fun and generous interview! I really enjoyed reading your honest, healthy, balanced attitude towards hair, your natural journey and where you're at right now. Love the color and bounce and love your humor and encouragement for other naturals. Best of luck with your line!
Tree! I watch you on youtube because you seem closer to my hair type I struggle with moisture I try Shea moisture the moisture.is gone my hair gets ssk's alot. I have yet to find a good creamy leave in or a deep conditioner that moisturizes I am on a college student budget and soon to be a law student. Her hair looks bomb shiny and healthy even her flat ironed hair does too.
I am subbie…. luv your hair and want to try your products as well… I would really love it if you would post the product ingredients on your website (apologies if they are on there, but I cannot find them)…
This woman is so beautiful and so is her hair. I think I'm going to be sick. LOL!!! I have to come back and digest all the info later on today. OMG!! Yes I will be checking out the hair care line too.
Hi Latresha im really struggling with moisture and ive been natural for 2 yrs i was wondering do you ever eliminate your single strand knots with your routine you follow. I ask because my hair is very course and thick and curly and no matter how i moisturize my hair i always have them. Which products would you suggest for dry 4a/4b hair from your line i am a college student and also on a budget. Thanks in advance
LaTresha – Your hair is straight RIDIC! I developed an immediate Hair.Crush. especially for the wash n go pics….geez.
Thanks for sharing your journey!#love
i checked your website, is there a listing of product ingredients available? my hair does not like certain things and I just need to make sure before trying to order…thanks…
Your hair is just as gorgeous as you. I'm going to check out your line, I hope the leave in works for me. I'm on the prowl for a liquid leave in rather than creams I have been using. I'm still learning what my hair likes.
"ou know how you grab a handful of hair and it literally crunches in your hand?"
STORY OF MY LIFE RIGHT NOW. And I've been natural for over a year. Fail!
Your hair looks like it's dripping with moisture. I've never seen anything like it in any head of hair….will be checking out your hair line 🙂
Welp… I was looking for a new leave in and deep conditioner and now I have found it. Hope my hair likes Tree Naturals as much as hers!
Beautiful girl and love your hair color!!! Can we get a tutorial on how to achieve your twisted updo??? Pretty pleeeeeeease lol!
GOTTA LOVE THAT HAIR!!! Mine used to be soooo busted but ever since I started using your products….MOISTURE!! Thanks for sharing yet again! Can't wait to receive my next batch of Tree Naturals leave in and deep condish!!
Great article, much needed info and last but not least…..gorgeous hair!! On my way to treenaturals.com!!
OMGOsh … your hair is absolutely GORGEOUS!! I have always loved that look, but my hair never took to blonde and when it was lightened, it broke off horribly. Of course, I wasn't DCing too much back then either!! Now that it's greying, I get red highlights with henna … so I'll stick with that. But, absolutely LOVING your hair and that is the healthiest blonde out of a bottle that I've ever seen in my life, I believe!! Just stunning!
her products are reasonably priced. i will be trying out a few things for my self
Your hair is gorgeous & so healthy. I love your color its da bomb.
LaTresha, your hair is beautiful. I love the color. Thanks for sharing your journey via the pictures. You were still working it even in the shot with the dry hair — goes to show you that attitude is half the battle! 🙂 Looks like you have achieved that perfect moisture balance.
ETA: I clicked on your treenaturals website and was able to bring up your Facebook and twitter page that way. 🙂
Your hair is gorgeous, and it has definitely come a long way since the BC. The haircolor that you mentioned do you apply that yourself or professionally. I myself use Clairol Instincts and Jazz Rinses.Also is your Facebook and twitter working for those links?, because I can't get it to work on my side. Unless my firewall is blocking it.
I LOVE her hair. Beautiful. I remember seeing her on youtube and fell in love with Tree's hair. It's so healthy and you can tell how well moisturized it is. I'm still trying to figure how to retain moisture in my hair.
Beautiful girl and hair. I too <3 color, but my coarse fine hair WONT STAND FOR IT!HA Love your honesty though, it's refreshing!lol