Young 22 year old, half Dominican & half Haitian, Christian born in the Bronx but raised all over!! Reader and passionate is what I would use to describe myself. To many I’m known as CurlyTayTay, but to my close friends I’m known as Tay. I am a natural hair stylist who came up with the idea of consulting women on how to take care of their hair for cheap.
How long have you been natural?
I’ve been natural for about 4 years now.
What made you decide to go natural?
In 2010, I decided to go natural when I went away for college and I didn’t trust anyone with my hair, so I stopped getting relaxers until I got back to the city. October 2009 was the last time I got my last relaxer. I had never heard of the term “natural”, so I just figured I was taking more time than usual to get a relaxer. My mom was my stylist at the time and when I got back from school she just did not want to relax my hair anymore. She said, “go natural your hair is curly” and I’m like “what!?!?” I had no memory of my hair in its natural state because I got a perm when I was about 8 or 9 years old. About 10 months passed when I figured out what was going on with my hair and that’s when I realized I was ‘transitioning’ because that word wasn’t even being used by that time. I transitioned for about 10 months and the two different textures were too much for me to handle, so my mom gave me what we call now a ‘big chop’ but it wasn’t a shocker back then because my hair was already about chin length and that was how it all began. I’d then straighten my hair for about a year and a half before I started seeing YouTube videos of Naptural85. She taught me everything that I know today about taking care of my hair and I am so thankful for her because if it wasn’t for her I probably would have a relaxer in my hair again.
What is your hair care regimen?
My hair care regimen is washing as often as once per week or every two weeks. I don’t really care for what’s in the product; I love sulfates because I do not like the aftermath of having oily hair because my hair is naturally oily. I love to feel my scalp and my strands to be squeaky clean. After I shampoo, I deep condition every time I wash my hair. I condition with any regular conditioner or a Dominican brand. Since it takes a while to style my hair, I usual style it the next day. At least once a month, I use a hot oil treatment and I style my hair with a base of an oil first. Then, I use conditioner as a leave in and a thick cream consistency because my hair is very dry on its own. I style my hair every two weeks and this part of my regimen allows it to stay extremely moisturized. And I love the fact that I do not have to manipulate my strands too much because my styles stay in for a week or even two weeks.
What do you love best about being natural?
What I love best about being natural is the diversity. I love the fact that I don’t have to sit under a hair dryer to dry my hair anymore, unless I have a flexi rod set or something that I cannot sleep with because I am extremely tender headed.
Is there anything you did while being natural that you regret? If so, what?
There was one thing that I did while being natural that I regret, which was straightening my hair for so long, that my hair could have been twice as long today. I’m more focused on having healthier hair, than long hair and I learned from my mistakes and I’m grateful for that.
What are a few hair care tips you would give to newly Curlfriendz or someone deciding to transition?
Some tips that I can give transitioning naturals would be to go for the big chop as soon as possible. The sooner you do it, the sooner you learn and understand your real hair, the sooner you learn what works for you and what doesn’t work for your hair. Stay patient and with time it does get easier. TRUST ME!!
What inspired you to start your own business/ pursue your passion?
I went through a rough time in my life. I prayed and asked God what was it that he wanted me to do and that’s where I came up with the idea of helping other girls take care of their hair and styling their hair for them; and that’s where the idea came off starting my own business of styling natural hair. Besides having a huge passion for hair, I love working with people and just helping people understand their hair. It’s been about 2 years now and I am absolutely thankful to God for giving me this opportunity to not only help women, but encourage them to take care of their hair.
Tell all of our Curlfriendz where they can find you on social media.
If you’d like to learn more about hair with me, feel free to follow me on twitter and Instagram @curlytaytay and subscribe to my channel on YouTube at Maiteandres23. I love doing giveaways and getting to know new people. Thank you for your time and God bless.