Tesa's 5-year old daughter convinced her to go natural, but the transition wasn't easy. Read how she overcame the challenge and even developed her own hair product line!

NC: What are your must-have products and tools?

TC: Paul Mitchell The Conditioner, Aloe Vera Gel, and Vitamin E oil.

NC: What are your favorite hairstyles to wear with your curls?

TC: I have a less-is-more thing going on with my hair. I love simple hairstyles like two strand twists, braids, or flat twists. When I’m feeling like I want to stand out or look super chic I love to rock a fro-hawk, but for the majority of the time in the fall/winter I wear twists and a nice crocheted hat. In the spring/summer I love to let my hair out so that it can do its own thing.

NC: What do you do at nighttime for your hair?

TC: I sleep on a satin pillowcase because almost everything I try to put on my head either falls off or it smashes my hair to the point of no return when I am rocking a wash & go.

NC: What reaction did you get when you first decided to go natural?

TC: The reaction I got was horrible. I had hair that was about three inches past my bra strap when I cut  it, so everyone thought I had lost my mind. My hair wasn’t damaged and falling out. I just wanted to be a good role model for my very impressionable daughter, and I tried to explain that but no one understood my logic. My mom asked if had I lost my mind, my daughter cried (go figure) and my 1-year-old son started calling me daddy, lol. 

NC: Did you big chop or transition? For how long?

TC: I transitioned for 5 months, but I just couldn't handle the two textures. In a fit of anger, I chopped it all off.

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