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I instantly fell in love with Kela mid last year as she is a Wash & Go gal (you guys know I love my Wash & Go’s) and she just has fun with her hair and look… I hope you guys will love her just as much as I do…
Intro:- Hello Loves! My name is Tekela but I’m also known as NaturallyKela. I am an Admissions Specialist at a University and I am also a graduate student pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration. I’m a daughter, aunt, sister, friend, poet at heart, and a Free Spirit. I am also a Vlogger/Blogger.
WITJ – When and why did you decide to go back to your natural tresses?
T – I had considered it since my mother gave me my first relaxer. I always wanted curly hair. Before graduating college I had went to a professional cosmetologist for color. My hair became damaged and was slowly breaking. After college I had moved to Tampa, FL and ended up moving to Atlanta, GA. With a little bit of love and care my hair was healthy again. Everywhere I went I was surrounded by women with beautiful tresses. I was shocked when they would tell me they were natural. I decided I would stretch my relaxers out instead of getting one every 4-6 weeks. That 4-6 weeks quickly grew to eleven months. I transitioned then cut my hair.
WITJ – Has your natural hair always been well received by people around you?
T – My maternal grandmother was a little hesitant. Now I know she prefers my natural hair straight. My mother loved it so much that she eventually became natural as well. I’ve actually been told by a lot of people from my hometown that I’ve influenced their decision. I wear my hair confidently, therefore people are drawn to it and to me.
WITJ – How would you describe your natural texture?
T – I have a few textures. Lots of curls and coils all around. For general purposes, I say that my hair is 3c-4a and there could possibly be some 3b.
WITJ – Could we have a brief break down of what your hair regimen consists of?
T – Well let me say, I really don’t have a set regimen anymore. It got a little overwhelming for me. I’m simple hence my hair’s name (Free Spirit). I go with the flow and let her tell me what she needs. I shampoo and condition my hair as often as it needs it. I try to do so at least once a week. I have a full head of hair but my hair is fine. I like a clean scalp so when I shampoo I use a moisturizing shampoo. Same thing with conditioners. I have a Huetiful Steamer that I try to use once a week but at least once a month. I deep condition each time I use it. I sometimes add Extra Virgin Olive Oil to my conditioners when doing Co-Washes. Depending on a few variables (weather, mood, events, workout schedule) I decide how I want to wear it for the week. I’ve recently started doing the pineapple method (putting hair in a high ponytail) to preserve my hair at night (when I wear twist outs, braid outs, wash & go).
WITJ – Have you had any hair set backs and what most frustrates you about you hair and why?
T – I’ve been fortunate enough to not have any major set backs thus far. I think the biggest thing for me in the beginning was wanting a looser curl pattern and super long hair within the first year. It was a learning process. I wore my hair straight almost my whole first year (somehow I’ve managed to not have heat damage) and never really gave my natural curl pattern a chance. After becoming comfortable with myself and my multi-textured hair, I was able to get a better understanding for my hair’s likes and dislikes.
WITJ – What do you love about your hair and would you ever go back to relaxing?
T – I love the versatility of my natural hair therefore I would never go back to relaxers. There’s a saying “Never Say Never” but I’m pretty much set on having relaxer free hair. For me, hairstyles are as versatile as what I allow myself to create.
WITJ – What are your go to styles?
T – When all else fails, a three strand twist out always prevails for me. Rod Sets, Wash & Go styles, and straight hair are next.
WITJ – Do you have any hair goal, if so, what are these?
T – My main hair goal is to have healthy hair. Length is a major deal for most naturals. I’m all about health. After health there’s a great shape. Eventually I do want longer hair because I’ve never had hair grow longer than my bra strap. Health hair leads to longer hair so it will come in due time.
WITJ – What advise would you give someone contemplating going natural?
T – I would tell anyone who is considering going natural to drop whatever thoughts they may have of what being “natural” is. I think a lot of people become natural and then find that their hair is totally different from what they thought it would be. Embrace what grows from your roots. Nurture it.
WITJ – If you were stranded in the Amazonian rainforest which one product could you not live without and why?
T – Luckily I’m already surrounded by water so I’d say a great leave in conditioner. I’m sure I’d find something in nature to help seal in moisture as well. lol
Where can we find you? (websites)
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