We love discovering a new fashion blogger on the rise and Tiffany of StyleByTiff.com is our new style crush. Her blog covers outfits she’s put together, great shopping deals, and trying new styles with her natural hair. Read how Tiffany learned to love and celebrate her gorgeous kinky 4c curls.
1. Why did you go natural? How long have you been natural?
Going natural was not easy for me at all. My whole family was natural and I was still addicted to relaxing my hair. I always remembered what one of my aunts told me: my hair was so nappy that no one even wanted to do it before my mom relaxed my hair. This had a negative impact on how I felt towards my hair.
After college, I decided it would be ok to stop relaxing my hair but keep it covered up with weave. I wore weave for years nonstop. I wouldn’t give my real hair even a day to be out and because of this, the front (my leave out) of my hair broke off.
I figured it was time to actually take care of my real hair. Also, peer pressure from my family and best friend contributed to me going natural. I have been wearing my natural hair out for 2 years now.
2. Can you summarize your current hair regimen?
I just found a regimen that works for me after two years of struggling to figure my hair out. My hair is finally becoming healthier because of this routine. I shampoo my hair every other week. I also condition and deep condition my hair every week.
I try to stick to low manipulation by doing a twist out on wet hair using leave in conditioner and style cream twice a week. This prevents my hair from drying out and breaking off.
3. What are your staple hair products? Which could you not live without and why?!
I am still working on finding my staple products. YouTube and Instagram natural hair bloggers make me feel like there is always something new I need to try. What I’m currently using for shampoo and conditioner is Juice Organics and Mielle Organics.
I have been using Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave-in Conditioner to help repair my breakage. The one product I could not live without is Camille Rose Natural’s Almond Jai Twisting Butter. It’s the only product that works every time no matter what style I do. It could be a twist out or a rod set. It’s my holy grail.
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4. As a blogger/YouTuber do you feel pressure to always have your hair perfect?!
I defiantly feel the pressure to always have perfect hair, especially being a 4c girl. I redo my hair the night before in a twist out or rod set before every event. It’s so funny because those will be the days my hair ends up not drying by the morning or looking crazy.
I am learning that this is my hair texture and just rock my fro how it is. If that doesn’t work, I go to my go-to style: a puff.
5. What are your hair goals for the rest of 2018?
My hair goal is to get my hair back to a healthy state. I experienced breakage around 6 months ago from using blow dryers to stretch out my hair. I am done with heat for a while. I am embracing my shrinkage and loving my 4c kinky curls while also keeping manipulating to a minimum.
6. Who is your celeb curl crush?
To be honest, I don’t have a celeb hair crush even. Even though natural hair is becoming more mainstream and accepted, I feel there are not a lot of celebs who are embracing the movement. My curl crush is actually a YouTuber @thenotoriouskia.
Her hair is always bomb and is always in the most perfect curly fro. By watching her videos, I learned to perfect my twist outs and she was the one who put me on to Camille rose products.
7. For many naturals it’s a journey to fully understand their hair. It’s a process of trial and error. What was your “Curls Understood” moment (the moment you felt like, “I’ve got this!” or any essential advice you wish you had known at the beginning of your hair journey)?
My moment was this summer when I went to a Devachan Salon in SoHo New York. I was over my hair at this point and ready to shave it all off. The stylist gave me words of encouragement with my hair. My shampoo girl gave me so much advice on how to take better care of my hair.
All of a sudden, this new found confidence came and made me feel like I can handle this kinky hair. Two things I wish I would have known at the beginning of my hair journey are all I need in my hair is moisture and to let my hair be whatever it wants to be.