The beginning steps of natural hair – the Teeny Weeny Afro. Not everyone is brave enough to rock it, but those who do exude the utmost confidence, style and grace. I decided to showcase TWA Beauties for this week in appreciation for the “short and sassy” haircuts out there. Summer is right around the corner and rocking natural hair is the easiest and most carefree during these hot and humid months, so if you’re deciding to go the natural route, let these ladies serve as an inspiration!
It’s a fact: not all naturals desire length, but all should focus on having healthy hair and Timisha’s coif of curls is no exception. I was first introduced to this beauty by way of Instagram and after browsing through her photos, immediately had to follow her. I look forward to the photos she posts, not only of her and her hair, but her lovely daughters, too! I just HAD to ask for an interview and she definitely delivered! Read about her natural journey, her upkeep regimen, and how she works with two natural kids in the household! You really won’t be disappointed!
Name, Age, Location.
Timisha Grandstaff, 27, Columbus, Ohio
What do you do for a living?
I currently work in retail, but eventually I plan on parlaying my HR degree into the fashion and design industry.
Does what you do for a living have any bearing on how you wear your natural?
It really doesn’t. I’ve always been a fan of natural hair and thankfully I work in an industry where personal style in encouraged.
How did your natural hair journey begin?
I’ve actually always worn my hair natural, I’ve never even had a full-blown relaxer (although I have used a texturizer). I’m mixed though, and when I was younger being raised by a caucasian mother, I never fully embraced or understood the beauty of having curls like mine. I always wanted straighter hair, but my mother was adamant that I was not allowed to use any chemicals in my hair. She always told me my hair was beautiful just the way God made it, and although I rebelled against her beliefs when I was a child, as I’ve grown into appreciating my own hair, I fully understand and appreciate the fact that she kept me from changing my it. Into adulthood, and now as a mother of two girls with amazing, beautiful curls, I’ve become more conscious of promoting hair health. I pay attention to what kinds of products we use in our hair and I try and set the example for my daughters that their kinks and curls, just like mine, are an amazing blessing that they should always love, be proud of, and embrace.
How, better than anyone, do you describe your hair?
My hair is like it’s own entity…”she” has a personality of her own, which is often defiant but always beautiful! I have about 3 distinctly different curl patterns ranging from loose to extremely tight. My hair generally grows really fast, but it’s often difficult to notice the growth because its so curly.
I love how you rock your cut and color!! What do you love most about your current cut (and color) and do you plan on growing your hair out?
I had long hair my whole life. I had always wanted to try a shorter cut but I was nervous and often discouraged by my friends and family to go that direction. One day last summer, I just decided to follow my own heart and chop it all off. I had a bit of heat damage from previous flat ironing (which I no longer do) so I figured there was never a better time to start from scratch. I didn’t tell anyone I was cutting it; letting go of years of long hair was something I wanted to do on my own. When I walked into the salon, the stylist who was cutting my hair looked at me and said, “Are you sure you want to do this?”. I was positive! Once I had cut it, I felt incredibly liberated. I was so proud of myself for defying all the opinions of others and doing something just for me. My step sister, mom and kids were the first to see my new cut, and they all loved it! I had it highlighted a few months after the initial cut, but haven’t added any more color since then. I am currently letting it grow out, but I’m not in a rush for it to be long again. I’m just enjoying every step along this journey with my hair.
Three hair products you can’t live without. Go.
Organix Dry Styling Oil, Pantene Pro-V Relaxed and natural conditioner, and Kinky Curly Knot Today.
What is your current hair care/styling regimen? Any special treatments?
I’m pretty simple when it comes to my hair care. I’m a wash-and-go type of woman! I wash my hair with Organix sulfate-free Morrocan Argon Oil shampoo 1-2 times a week, and I finger detangle in the shower while conditioning. I add a homemade leave-in (usually mixed with water) after I get out and my hair is still damp. 3-4 times a week, I use the Organix Dry Styling Oil, but no more than that because I find to much product weighs my hair down. If Im in a rush, I’ll use a diffuser on low heat to speed up the drying process, and if I have the time, I’ll wait until my hair is almost completely dry (just the roots still wet) and diffuse then to give it some body…the bigger the hair, the better! I deep condition once a week and I usually use a mixture of Organix Coconut milk, Olive Oil, and Awapuhi Ginger deep conditioning mask. I apply the products to freshly washed hair and then braid it or twist it back and leave it overnight. I rinse the next morning and style as usual. Most importantly, I respect and understand that my hair is an ever-eveloving part of who I am, so I change and tweak my routine as often as I need to.
I know that you have two girls that are naturally curly (and BEAUTIFUL)! How do you keep their hair healthy and thriving?
Thank you! I absolutely embrace natural and healthy hair care for my girls. I treat their hair as I do my own. I let them wear it out, flowing and free as often as possible in the hopes that they learn to love and embrace their hair at a young age, and also, so they have the freedom to experiment with it as well. With my oldest daughter, who has much looser curls than myself and my younger daughter, I don’t use as much product in her hair because she doesn’t need it and it weighs her hair down too much. I have her wash every 2 days with the same Organix shampoo I use, and then apply a small amount of a mixture of the leave-in and a tiny bit of argon oil for shine and moisture. My youngest has very thick hair and a very tight curl pattern. I wash her hair about twice a week and use a combination of Shea Moisture hair smoothie and Organix Coconut Milk which i comb through her hair while it is damp. I let both girls air-dry and twist their hair back into a bun when they go to bed at night.
There may be some readers who aspire to take the plunge into the natural hair world. Any words of wisdom?
The wisest thing I ever did was stop listening to the hype and stereotypes of those around me. I embraced to beauty of MY HAIR, because that’s exactly what it is: mine. I’m the one who washes it, combs it, carries it, and wears it, so it ultimately only has to be what I want it to be. I love my natural hair, every strand and curl of it, in all its kinky glory, just the way it grows from my scalp, and I think once a woman finds that kind of love, taking the plunge will be the best decision she’s ever made.
Anything else you want to share?
I just want to thank you for giving the opportunity and the forum to share my story and passion about natural hair!
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