Today’s curlista is Tamala from Louisiana. She shares her big chop journey in this lovely interview. You can view curlistas featured previously at the links below:-
- Cyrena, Birmingham, UK Shares Her Natural Hair Story
- Featured Curlista: Shana from New Jersey Shares Her Natural Hair Story
- Featured Curlista – Chequira, Jamaica/Los Angeles/Dubai
If you would like to be featured in the curlistas series, share your story and pictures with us HERE.
Tell Us a Little Bit About Yourself
My name is Tamala and I’m from Baton Rouge, Louisiana but currently residing in New Orleans. I’m 30 years old and a professional counsellor.
Tell Us About Your Journey So Far, Your Challenges, etc
I got my last relaxer February 12, 2014 (almost 2 years!) and I big chopped on May 31, 2014. The biggest challenge I’ve had has been adjusting once I big chopped.
It was VERY difficult due to being overly concerned with other people’s opinions, but I learned a lot about myself during that time.
I haven’t had any setbacks yet since I’m deathly afraid of straightening my hair or getting colour, but I get so bored that getting colour probably wouldn’t be a good idea anyway.
My journey has been more of a reflection of self.
What Does Your Regimen Look Like?
My regimen is pretty simple. I wash my hair every other week or twice per month. Each time I start by co-washing, then shampooing, and follow up with a deep conditioner.
I sit under my bonnet dryer for 30+ minutes, depending on how lazy I feel. Lol. After that, I usually style by either doing a twist out or a wash and go.
What Are Your Favourite Oils & How Do You Use Them?
My favourite oil is olive oil. It’s very light and I use it to pre-poo, as a hot oil treatment, and to seal. I typically add oil every other day for shine and to seal in added moisture.
What Are Your Favourite Hair Care Products?
My favourite hair care products are Shea Moisture; from the shampoos, deep conditioners, rinse out and leave-in conditioners!
What’s Your Advice for Those Starting a Hair Care Journey?
Best advice is Patience! I know we get tired of hearing that but I swear my hair grew overnight in its stages!
Each time it seems like I just woke up not knowing what to do because it was a different length. If you love it, it will grow!
Where Can We Find You Online?
Instagram and YouTube @awl_about_tee.