As a young girl I adored Essence’s fashion editorials (I still do). To get to that section of the magazine, you are bombarded with beauty ads. One face I always remembered was Tomiko Fraser-Hines, the Maybelline model. She looked like me! Not in absolute resemblance, but a beautiful girl with chocolate skin. A few months ago I noticed that she was an active social media networker I sprung into action and she agreed to interview! Here, she shares Her Confessions about her natural hair. Stay tuned this week, as her hubby Chris Hines will share His Confessions, providing us with another male’s perspective of natural hair!
How long have you been natural?
I have been wearing my hair natural for about 13 years. I’ve worn weaves and relaxed my hair twice (for very short periods of time) during that time, but have always come back to wearing it natural.
What made you decide to go natural?
I HAD to go natural because my hair was breaking quite a bit from using a relaxer. I developed a “stress spot” on the top of my head that, to this day, is still a weak spot on my scalp. Because of the extreme breakage in that area, I visited a trichologist (scalp doctor) who informed me that I could no longer put a relaxer in my hair because the chemicals were to harsh for my scalp.
I love that you are comfortable in the skin (and hair , lol) you’re in. Has your hair affected any decisions you’ve made as a fashion model and actress?
Wearing my hair natural has actually strengthened my confidence as a model and actress. I LOVE my hair and that positive attitude shines through in my pictures and performances.
While natural, what is the one biggest regret /mistake you made?
I don’t personally believe in “regrets” because the actions I’ve taken in my life, though they sometimes didn’t work out the way I wanted them to, have provided me with lessons I wouldn’t have received had I not taken that action. So I don’t regret any of my choices when it comes to my hair (or anything else for that matter). But I did learn, after putting a relaxer in my hair TWICE after being advised not to by two separate hair stylists (I did this several years apart) that my scalp REALLY doesn’t like the chemicals because my hair broke severely both times. Lesson learned! No more relaxers for me.
What is the craziest hairstyle or treatment you have done to your hair?
The craziest thing I’ve done to my hair is continue to put a relaxer in it after being advised not to. I can be a little stubborn at times. : )
What is your current relationship with your hair?
My current relationship can best be described like this: You know how you feel when you begin dating that really cute guy or girl and you get excited just thinking about them? And you want to be around them all of the time and everything they do is amazing? THAT’S how I feel about my hair!! I LOVE MY HAIR! The color, the texture, the way it looks and feels, the beautifully surprising things it does when I try new products and so on. I can’t keep my fingers out of my hair and I smile to myself whenever I see my hair in the mirror. Yes, it’s definitely love! : )
What is the trick or technique are you most thankful for finding out about?
Palm Rolling is my new best friend!! My friend and natural hairstylist guru, Felicia Leatherwood of Loving Your Hair With Natural Care (look her up on Facebook), introduced me to palm rolling and I haven’t looked back. After I wash/wet my hair, I apply my product (I’ll share those below) and then with the palm of my hand, I roll my hair in circular motions to bring up a beautiful curl pattern. I can’t live without the palm roll! [See palm roll tutorial HERE]
[stay tuned! Chris will share HIS CONFESSIONS about natural hair later this week!]
What specific products can you not live without?
My favorite products right now are from Hair Rules and Shea Moisture. I wash and condition my hair with Shea Moisture products. I use the Organic Yucca & Baobab Thickening Shampoo and the Organic Yucca & Baobab Volumizing Conditioner. I style (palm roll) my hair with Hair Rules Curly Whip.
What advice would you give to someone considering going natural?
I would advise anyone going natural to be sure they have the confidence to do so. Not everyone (even loved ones) will support their decision. But if they feel strongly about wearing their hair natural, they should do it…even in the face of resistance. It’s their hair and they can do whatever they please with it, thank you very much. Also, join the many online natural hair communities we are so lucky to have at our disposal these days. You will gain so much knowledge about products, styles and more. And for those who are getting resistance from their significant others, be sure to watch the video included with this interview that my husband and I did about going natural in the face of resistance. Hopefully what we share will give you the confidence you need to jump head first into the natural hair pool. : )
Where can we find out more info about you and your hair and what’s next for you?
Here’s where you can find me!
I invite your readers to LIKE, FOLLOW & SUBSCRIBE to all of those sites if they’d like to keep up with me and my hair! :)You can also find me in the current commercials for GAIN Detergent [HERE] where my natural hair is featured. In addition, I am one of the leads in the upcoming romantic comedy, “Ex-Free” due in theaters this year. Finally, my husband and I have talk show, “Chris and Tomiko Talk About..”, currently on YouTube, but soon-to-be on a major network (fingers crossed) that you should definitely look out for.