I’m Tiss, from rainy old England. WooooOooOoo
2. What is your hair type?
The hair typing system never seems to fit me perfectly, but I’d say I’m a mix of 3c and 4a. It’s all a bit random!
I went natural towards the end of 2014, after getting fed up with my horribly damaged hair. School bullies made my relationship with my hair complicated, but with age and exposure to Instagram came more confidence in my natural texture!
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
The most challenging thing was definitely balancing my hair’s needs with my disability. I have trouble with using my hands sometimes, and I get fatigued easily. But I’ve managed to devise a system that works for my hair and my body.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
Wash day is every Sunday, and it looks a little like this (if all goes smoothly!):
- Pre-poo, usually with coconut oil for thirty minutes
- Use a moisturising cleanser like a co-wash or sulfate-free shampoo
- Slather on the conditioner and finger detangle
- Time for a moisturising or protein treatment! I alternate between the two every other week.
- Usually I’ll style my hair into a loose high puff; then later in the week I’ll refresh with conditioner and wear a wash n go for three or four days.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
In the morning I spritz my hair with a water and oil mix, and smooth down the front if I’m wearing it up. If my hair is out, I spritz and then shake it around until it loosens up!
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
At night, I spritz my hair again. If it’s out, I put it into a loose pineapple. Then I tie a silk scarf over it to keep my hair protected and moisturised.
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
I never straighten or blow out my hair, mainly because I never want to! I used to diffuse it after washing, but now I just sit in front of a fan and read or something—it’s like super-speed air drying and it’s my favourite trick.
Yes! Braids are one of my favourite protective styles, but you have to be careful—if they’re too tight your edges will disintegrate. I wear them once or twice a year. Mainly in winter, because it gets collllllddddd here! Freezing weather will dry out my hair real fast, so protection is necessary. And then, of course, I often rock them in the summer because.. well, it’s a look.
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
Honestly, fingers over everything. But if I had to choose, wide-tooth comb!
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
Usually loose—my puffs aren't really protective. I do wear a lot of wigs in the winter, though.
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
Ooooohhh my god, yes. In my mid-teens, just before my first ever festival, I decided to get my roots relaxed so I could look fresh. So OF COURSE I get the most horrifying burn right at the front of my head. Thankfully it was on one side, so I just flipped my hair over it. It traumatises me to this day.
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
My biggest tip for hair health: water water water. I spritz my hair twice daily because it drinks the moisture up like dry earth. To stay strong and healthy, your hair needs to be hydrated. Figure out a method that works for you and use it to keep your hair watered regularly! Steam is a great way to do so too, if you don’t like getting your hair wet.
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
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