Hey ladies! It’s that time of the week again. Say hay girl to Tairen – this week’s Mane Monday. Read her hair story below, and submit your own feature.
Tell us about yourself
Hi, my name is Tairen commonly known by TEE. I am 20 years old and a full time college student, enjoying life in the beautiful and always sunny Southern California. I’m a simplistic young woman who is extremely fascinated with natural hair!
What is your hair like?
My hair is wild! My curls love to be free and all over the place. I would say I have type 3C hair. My hair is really thick and tends to get dry easily so I spend most of the time deep conditioning and refreshing my curls to keep them moisturized.
What made you decide to go on a natural hair journey?
I decided to go natural back in 2012 because I missed how healthy my hair used to be. Growing up I was known in my family for my long, thick and healthy hair but once I entered into middle school I stopped wearing protective styles and started getting my hair pressed out at a salon once a month. When I entered high school I stepped it up a notch and started doing my own hair. I was taking a blow dryer, flat iron and curling iron to my hair pretty much on a weekly basis. When I graduated high school in 2012 I had 4 months of freedom before college and I was searching on YouTube and came across Taren Guy’s channel and I was instantly obsessed with her and her beautiful curls. I decided to give it a try and I did my first braid out and I haven’t looked back since.
How long have you been natural?
I’ve been natural for 3 and a half years.
How would you describe your hair journey & goal?
My hair journey is basically me just learning how to love, appreciate and take care of my curls. I spent so many years trying to maintain bone straight hair, I never thought that I would love and embrace my curls.
Are you transitioning or did you big chop?
I transitioned into being natural. I had a lot of heat damage but I didn’t want to cut my hair so I stuck it out and did twist outs and braid outs for the first 6 months to a year of my natural hair journey.
What are your go-to styles?
I live for a simple wash-n-go. For me it’s the easiest and I always get great results, that I can make last for 5 days. Every once in a while I will switch it up and do twist outs and braid outs.
What are your staple products?
Anything Shea Moisture
Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioner
Cantu Shea Butter Coconut Curling Cream
Coconut Oil, Tea Tree Oil and Jamaican Black Castor Oil
Eco Styler Gel (Argon Oil & Olive Oil)
How do you feel about being natural?
I LOVE being natural! Honestly it was the best decision I’ve ever made. I’ve learned so much about my hair during this journey. I learned how to truly appreciate my hair, by taking care of it one and two I stopped comparing my hair to everyone else’s around me and stopped caring about the perfect defined curls and realized that my hair is amazing no matter if I have first day fresh curls or fifth day stretch out and frizzy curls.
How did people/ your loved ones respond when you decided to go natural?
At first everyone didn’t see the vision I had for my hair because it was so damaged with little to no curls, but once I was done transitioning and my curls started to form and be more defined everyone fell in love with my hair. Now I have cousins and friends that have decided to go natural because my hair journey has inspired them.
Do you have any tips for new transitioners or naturals?
My first tip would be to understand that not everyone’s hair is the same. Even though you may be inspired by someone else’s hair journey you can’t expect your hair to be the same way as theirs, grow at their rate, take to the same exact products and hair care routine as theirs because most times it won’t. The faster you learn how to love, accept and appreciate your hair the more you will enjoy your hair journey, which will make taking care of your hair more of a pleasure than a chore. My second tip is to just be patient. Patients is key when it comes to growing your hair. If you’re transitioning like I did, stick with it and stay consistent it may be a lot of work now but trust me you will enjoy your results so much more. If you big chopped you definitely have to practice patients and really just enjoy every stage of growth your hair is going through because you will look back at pictures and be so proud of yourself and your hair.
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