Meet Tyra. She’s the amazing and talented graphic designer that helped me turn my vision for Hollistics into reality. Not only is she professional, patient and kind, she’s natural!
What’s your name? tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Tyra Nicole Dumars, I am a senior designer that handles a variety of design related activities, both web and print, that keep me on my toes. I am pursing my Master’s in Design Management at Pratt Institute where I am learning to love the journey of strategic design.
I love horror movies, it all began with Child’s Play and Pet Cemetery. I like to travel to new places and just recently have a new found interest in kick boxing. I like pickles and ice cream, pickles and candy, pickles and… well, I love pickles.
How long have you been natural and what made you decide to do so?
I have been natural for 1 year and 4 months. Honestly, I was working out 3-4 times a week and the washing was wearing heavily on my hair or it was always in a ponytail. I started growing out my hair first to see how/what my grade of hair would look like and once I saw it I was ecstatic. I did the big chop and I have been rocking my natural every since. I love that there is an easy to my natural look and as it get longer I am looking forward to trying many more styles
Did you transition or Big chop right away?
My transition period was 4 months and for my 29 Birthday I chopped it all off.
Did you have the support of your family, friends, boyfriend or husband when you transitioned? How do they feel about it now?
My mother and older sister questioned me the most about why. However my younger sister (who is natural) was all for it. She was really the most supportive person chanting me on. My Husband was also very supportive and now loves my natural and wishes all women would go natural. All of my mother’s children are now natural with the exception of my older sister, who claims that her hair is to thick to go natural.
What’s your hair care routine?
I usually only have to do hard hair work on wash days. I wake up on Saturday morning and spray my hair with a mixture of olive oil and water. Then I wash with Baby Bee Shampoo & Wash by Burts Bees. I condition my hair with Burt’s Very Volumizing Pomegranate & Soy Conditioner. I let the conditioner sit for 30mins to an hour before running warm water to rinse. I spray a little more olive oil and will occasionally use a natural style cream or pudding to pull out coils for styling. However for the most part I just go after the last olive oil spray.
After the was my styles are usual short to accommodation the tight coils but after about two weeks I have pull them out to be a full blown afro and work with styles that support that length.
What’s your go-to hair style?
My go to hair style is to pick out my coils and then bobby pin the sides for a mini frohawk look. It is easy and works well when I have to quickly be out of the house, which is most days.
If you could only use 3 hair products for the rest of your life, but could have an unlimited supply of all 3, which would you choose?
LOL this if funny because I probably only use three things. I would have to say olive oil, conditioner, and bobby pins for days!
What’s the best thing about being natural?
That I can wake up and go most days and still look fly.
What’s the hardest thing about being natural?
The days that I cannot just wake up and still look fly… Lol. Those days are rough because I hair just wont do right especially if I didn’t do any preparation work the night before.
What advice would you give anyone thinking of going natural?
It is the best decision you will every make
Anything else you’d like to say?
Thanks for inviting me to be a Hollistic story and I wish you the best of luck with this new venture