My name is TavyDay, I’m from Philly, residing in Delaware. I’m a mom, a poet, plus size model, and a maniac. My hair journey has been just as expressive as I am.
How long have you been natural?
Short and long for about 10 year’s total – the first 4 years I just let it grow out. I’ve loc’d, coiled, cut, and colored my natural hair a few times in the last 6 years.
What motivated you to go natural?
Being around other natural women was my biggest motivation. Watching them love and cultivate their own natural tresses was inspiring. I went from a new weave monthly to the Big Chop. When I was ready, I was ready. Once natural, I’d wear protective styles like extension braids, or sew-ins (short-term) for some variety and to encourage hair growth.
What have your experiences been as a ‘Black. Natural. Professional’?
When I first transitioned, it was difficult committing to the lifestyle and sometimes the stigma that followed. I felt if I went on an interview, I’d be more comfortable wearing a wig – more acceptable. I’m totally over that and if anything, I am more of an office rebel when it comes to my hair. Right now my hair is about 4 different hues – pink, purple, red, and blonde. I do good work, dress the part, and carry myself very well so no matter how I choose to style my natural hair, my professionalism is of no question.
What is your hair regimen (including fav products)?
My all time favorite product is Sunny Isle’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil. I use it as a hot oil treatment once a month and put it in an applicator bottle for “straight-to-the-scalp” moisturizing daily to weekly. Bi-weekly I shampoo, condition, and leave-in condition with Cantu Shea Butter line – that’s it! Just recently, I did get a little cut before coloring, much healthier for the hair.
Oh, let’s see – Naptural85 on youtube, and newly inspired by @ilovethedoux on instagram. Truthfully, the natural women that follow me, and that I follow in return, their journeys are all inspiring. Even if their hair isn’t natural, I respect confidence & individuality.
Anything you want the readers to know? Inspirational words?
Do you! Hair is expression so do what makes you feel good. Let your hair speak for you when you have nothing to say and no explaining to do. Don’t second guess a cut, a color, or a style. Hair grows back! Don’t be afraid to be a chameleon – keep folks guessing.
A special Thanks to Global Couture Model, Tavyday!