TIGI Tackles Transitioning: Tauri Talks About Transitioning to Natural Hair


2011-11-03 13:10:39

TIGI Tackles Transitioning: Tauri Talks About Transitioning to Natural Hair

Tauri's mane adventure: overcoming the fear of going natural.

Tauri's Tips for Transitioning to Natural Hair

  1. Stay away from heat! "If you must, protect your hair." Tauri admits that in the weeks before she did her big chop, she broke down and let a hair stylist hot comb her hair for a friend's wedding. "Big mistake! When I cut my hair, I had damage and ended up a bit shorter than I had hoped."
  2. Find fun natural styles. "I transitioned for nine months with mostly braids. When I needed a more polished look, I did a roller set or Bantu knot-outs."
  3. Involve everyone!  "It was such a fun journey to learn about my hair. I dragged my co-workers, friends and family along with me. My blonde German fiancée learned so much. He saw me put braids in and helped me take them out," says Laws-Phillips. One big advantage of involving people is that she rarely received mean spirited comments. "In fact a co-worker and fellow natural did my big chop, and I never felt so loved as the day I debuted my two inches of curls to the ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ of fellow co-workers. When presented with the story of an adult taking the journey into self-acceptance and awareness, I find everyone embraces you.”
  4. Do research. Look at different styles. What works for others may not work for you.
  5. Be gentle. Kinky hair can be fragile. "I have stopped over-detangling. One time in the shower is plenty!”
  6. Experiment with products. Find out what your hair likes. "Olive oil is too heavy for me, but I adore jojoba oil,” says Laws-Phillips.
  7. Water is your friend. "My hair is happiest when I co-wash one to two times per week and wash/condition and deep condition it weekly.”

Some of Laws-Phillips’ favorite look and Tigi products include:

- For a super defined curly ‘fro, she mixes Catwalk Curlesque Curls Rock Amplifier with Catwalk Curlesque Defining Serum She shingles the Curls Rock Amplifier through her hair and then when it's 75% dry, she goes over the ends with the serum, which she emulsifies between her hands.

- For an everyday wash and go look, she applies Sleek Mystique Fast Fixx Style Prep in the shower and then sections her hair and applies a "gumball-sized amount" ofCatwalk Session Series Wet Look Gel. "Then I shake, shake, shake and put a t-shirt on my head to catch the drips while get ready. I can't tell you the joyous squeal I let out when I figured out that I didn't have to shingle to get definition, and I'm done in about three minutes."

- For her "best twist and curl to date," she uses Catwalk Sleek Mystique Blow Out Balm to protect her hair and shorten the blow-dry time. "I do a modified chasing method using my Denman brush and blowing my hair lightly until it's 80 percent dry to stretch it." Then she uses S-Factor Spun Satin to define the twists.

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As co-founder of, a website for curly hair she began with her business partner and friend, Gretchen Heber, Michelle Breyer helped create the leading community and resource for people with curly hair. Frustrated by the lack of information on curly hair and the limited products available in the marketplace, the duo launched the site in 1998 with the help of a 14-year-old web designer. When Procter & Gamble called three years later to advertise to the® audience, Breyer knew they had indeed created a force in the industry, providing helpful information and unparalleled expertise for what was then considered a niche market.

Curlesque products define curl, if your hair has curl it will define it. The Sleek Mystique Blow Out Balm will protect from heat damage and the S-Factor Spun Satin will define twist and braid out styles on both relaxed and natural hair. I blow dry on low to medium and have had no problems with heat damage. With transitioning hair always be gentle and patient! Good Luck.
I am in my 11th. month of transititiong and I have a lot of new growth. Will these products work on my transititiong hair?