When Tamara went natural in 2006, there were a lot of misconceptions about natural hair and conversely even less information about natural hair styles. She felt the need to create a space where she could share her experiences and inspire others. So in 2008, Natural Hair Rules was born. When she started the blog, it was “deeper than the Webster’s definition: Rules – a prescribed guide for conduct or action. It stemmed from the fact that there were few outlets of natural hair inspiration and empowerment.” Today, Natural Hair Rules, is one of leading natural hair websites with a Facebook page with over 68,000 likes and a recently launched YouTube channel.
With the success of her website, Tamara is now a natural hair entrepreneur. Or should I say “mompreneur”? In November 2011, she gave birth to a handsome baby boy, Benjamin. After her promotion to motherhood, Tamara began blogging about her love for green and natural parenting on her blog, Boxer and the Baby. As a “mompreneur”, she now works smarter. She creates elegant styles that are elegant yet functional. She also utilizes protective styles such as braids and twisted updos to give herself a break.
Tamara’s Hair Regimen
As a mom of a busy toddler, Tamara has to get the most of her time and products. Her hair regimen is all natural and simple — which works best with her busy lifestyle. For her hair and body, she loves her whipped coconut oil recipe. It has made a huge difference in her hair. She said, “My hair is softer, more moisturized and easier to detangle after each cleansing session because of my whipped coconut oil pre-poo treatment.”
For store-bought products, she alternates between Curls and SheaMoisture. To shampoo, she uses SheaMoisture shampoo or a low suds cleanser from Curls. Her hair loves Curls Coconut Sublime Conditioner. For her leave-in she says, “I think I’m replacing Giovanni Direct Leave-in Conditioner for the Curls Leave-in Conditioner, but the verdict’s still out on that one.” She deep conditions with weekly or bi-weekly with Eden BodyWorks Jojoba Deep Conditioner. She also uses Eden BodyWorks Jojoba Hair Oil.
Tamara has been natural for six years. With years of research, and trial and error, she has refined her hair regimen. Tamara went natural because, she needed a change. Her transformation was both physical and spiritual. She explained, “I learned how to better care for my hair and ultimately my physical and emotional well-being.”
Tamara stresses that trial and error is okay, but it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t educate yourself. “The sole purpose of your hair regimen is to add or help your hair retain moisture. This is something I learned through research and experience. For a long time I was struggling with dry hair”, she explained. Because it was one of her biggest struggles — and the most frequently asked question — it has become a main focus on Natural Hair Rules. “Moisturizing can literally make or break your hair. Dry hair and scalp is a very common problem for women with natural hair. Sometimes its self-inflicted by a bad hair regimen — usually by following misinformation”, explained Tamara.
Natural Hair Rules hopes to dispel myths found on the web by providing well-researched information. That way, black women are well-equipped to care for their natural hair. She says, “I feel no one should be afraid to wear their hair the way God created.” Sound resources like Natural Hair Rules, quell those fears.