Interview With A Naturalista: Part II

Radiate Positive

Here’s to my first blog post of 2015!!

To continue my series of “Interview With A Naturalista” with the objective of bringing positive energy and encouragement to the natural hair community, I would like to share my interview with Tyssa. Tyssa is a naturalista who likes to change things up with her beautiful, natural hair be it with color, cutting, or wearing braids that she installs herself. Here’s her interview:

Q: How long have you been natural?

Tyssa: I went natural June 2006 at the age of 19.

Q: What made you go natural?

Tyssa: I wanted to not only see my own hair texture, but also because chemicals just burned my scalp!! My hair never got completely straight and I just got tired of it!!

Q: What do you love most about having natural hair?

Tyssa: I have a lot of versatility even though it took me years to accept and love my hair texture, which is very, very coarse and thick.

Q: What did you find to be your biggest challenge with natural hair?

Tyssa:  The difficulties that I found for me was finding the right products to keep my hair moisturized since I have 4C type hair and very thick 4C type hair. I also noticed that the longer it got, the more work, and because I’m so lazy when it comes to my hair, I just kept it short and never allowed my hair to grow longer than 6 inches before cutting it. It had everything to do with combing and the extra 30 minutes to an hour it took to do it.

Q: What advice/encouragement would you give to someone considering going natural?

Tyssa: I would tell anyone going natural that what works for one person doesn’t work for all, and have fun trying new things and learning about your hair and yourself. It teaches you patience if you don’t have it already. Embrace your textures and don’t worry so much about length but healthy hair instead. I would also tell them not to compare their journey to someone else’s because everyone has their own unique journey.

Q: What are your favorite products to use and protective styles, if any?

Tyssa: I keep my hair in braids as a protective style. As far as products I use, I’m still experimenting because what worked 6 months ago doesn’t work now, and I have to make a lot of my own products because a lot of the products they have on the market I am allergic to the ingredients.

THANK YOU Tyssa for taking the time to speak with me and for sharing your positive and insightful experiences! I hope your journey inspire and help others. 🙂


One comment

  1. I wanted to add that in regards to Tyssa being allergic to many of the products on the market today, my 13 year old daughter is also allergic to a lot of the products, even some natural ones. What I’ve learned with her hair is that I cannot experiment with everything on her hair. She has very sensitive skin as it is, and the same is true with her hair and scalp. I have to stick with the basics of olive oil, coconut oil, and raw African shea butter for her hair. Anything else makes her scalp itchy and flaky and she’ll scratch until she has sores which can cause her hair to fall out in those areas.

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