Hello! My name is Tanisha Thomas and my healthy hair journey began about 2012. I have worn my hair relaxed for over 20 years and could never grow my hair past my shoulders. Even getting to the shoulders was a stretch – without damage and hair trimmings. I was looking at old pictures of myself as a kid and my hair was down to my back, but my mother had no idea how to care for my hair growing up. So eventually, it broke off tremendously and had so much trauma from me coloring it and relaxing it that it just never grew. When my third daughter was born in 2014, I had stopped relaxing completely during my pregnancy and I just wanted to do something different.
I went on a natural hair journey and came across The Innate Life through a YouTube blogger Curly Proverbz. I was very skeptical as most of the hair models on the website were not women of color, but I took a chance and ordered the Problematic Scalp Treatment. Within the first couple of uses, I could see a difference in my scalp and the texture of my hair. It became softer and more manageable – and I was starting to notice growth. The craziest thing is, I was just looking for healthy hair and ended up finding the Holy Grail of hair products.
HOW DID YOU CARE FOR YOUR HAIR BEFORE USING THE INNATE LIFE?
I did not have any routine hair habits. I would wash my hair with Pantene and deep condition it overnight, often causing hygral fatigue and mushy-feeling hair. I did try to at least deep condition it, I was making my own Ayurvedic hair masks and shea butter from Curly Proverbz’s channel.
WHAT MADE YOU SEEK OUT THE INNATE LIFE? HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT OUR PRODUCTS?
WHAT IS YOUR HAIRCARE ROUTINE NOW?
On wash day, I use varying shampoos and conditioners because I have 48-year old aging hair and it seems to need something different every time I wash it. I tried the shampoo and conditioners from The Innate Life, but they did not work very well on my 3c hair in the condition it was in at the time. I derma roll my edges and crown once a week before applying the Problematic Scalp Treatment. I alternate with the Rosemary Scalp Treatment depending on how oily my hair was that week. I wash and deep condition with L’oreal products which pairs very nicely with The Innate Life products!
HOW DID YOUR HAIR CHANGE + HOW LONG DID IT TAKE FOR YOU TO SEE RESULTS?
I would honestly say I started seeing results after the first use! My new growth was softer. Even my grays come in more manageable around my edges and that is the area that is always stiff and sticking up. Since I started my hair journey 10 years ago, my hair has grown from about ear-length (after my big chop to cut all of my relaxer and damage off) to officially waist length and unofficially butt length and closing in! :) I also no longer need to trim my split ends like I did when I was relaxed, so this is showing more hair growth to me because I can retain my length. Ankle length hair in 2024!! And thank you so much for being such an amazing brand! I cry almost every day seeing how long my hair is and I will never be cutting it off ever again!
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