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Natural Hair Photo Shoot and Styling Tips

Not only do I like the look and feel of my natural hair, I am easily intrigued by every woman I see wearing their natural hair.  As a service to all of you ladies out there who are contemplating taking the Natural Plunge, here is a slide show of a recent photo shoot featuring myself and two natural beauties, Alnita Reaves-Vaught, and Sade Allen-Steele.  I hope you enjoy!!


Four Years Natural (Sade-Allen Steele)

How They Achieved The Look

“This photo shoot style was achieved with flat twists and just oil.  I prefer a flat twist out when styling my hair because it’s less work for me and the style is already in place.  This style gives me extra body and volume.  When I’m not in the mood for big hair, I will do a tuck and roll.  My hair products of choice are…Taliyah Waajid Healing oil, African Pride Moisture Intense Leave-In, and Shea Moisture Hair Milk.  I shampoo my hair only if it’s really nasty and dirty with Aussie but the majority of the time I co-wash using Aussie conditioner.” –Sade Allen-Steele


Six Years Natural (Alnita Reaves-Vaught)

To achieve this photo shoot style, I used these Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk products:  Leave-In Moisturizer, Styling Foam, and Styling Butter.  I did smaller flat twists for more twist definition and longer hold.  I also like flat twists for protective styles.  I shampoo approximately every ten days, unless I’m in the gym during the week.  In that case, I co-wash at least once a week using Wen cleansing conditioner.  My go-to style is the pony puff when my schedule is tight.” –Alnita Reaves-Vaught

Two Years Natural (Sheryta Spears)

Two Years Natural
(Sheryta Spears)

Normally, I pull all of my hair up to the top of my head because humidity and I don’t get along very well.  When I do video and photo shoots with my band, Tru Sol, I can wear my hair down because it’s only a couple of hours.  For this shoot, I did a regular mid-sized twist out with a spritz of oily water (olive oil or coconut oil) and my favorite hair product, White Sands Orchid Oil.  When I shampoo my hair, I use White Sands Shampoo and Conditioner.  These products are sulfate free and leave my hair soft, smooth, and manageable.” –Sheryta Spears  


Go-Go Juice


Photo Courtesy of Sheryta Spears


The one thing that I have to be conscious of on a daily basis is the health and strength of my voice.  As a singer of Tru Sol Band, I would say I’ve probably sang over 5,000 songs this year alone.  I’ve been on the band for 10 years, so you do the math. 😉  People ask me all of the time, “How do you do it?”  All I can say is, “By the grace of God!”  Also, I’ve found a few remedies along the way that keep my vocal cords fine tuned.

One product that I’ve discovered to be really helpful is Emergen-C.   In my line of work, I freak out at the mere sign of a scratchy throat.  When I feel the sensation coming on, I immediately stop what I’m doing and go grab my Emergen-C packets.  I kid you not, in less than 24 hours, I notice a big difference.  My scratchy throat symptoms are gone.

Not only does taking these packets help my throat, this stuff works wonders on my immune system.  I actually take it daily as a multivitamin.  I really enjoy the taste and how it supports my day-to-day energy.  I feel better about my health when I drink it, and know I am taking better care of my body at the same time.

Here is a list of all of the different flavors Emergen-C has to offer:

  • Super Orange
  • Raspberry
  • Tangerine
  • Cranberry-Pomegranate
  • Tropical
  • Lemon-Lime
  • Acai Berry
  • Pink Lemonade
  • Blue (Triple Berry)
  • Planet (Dragon Fruit)
  • (New) Coconut – Pineapple
  • (New) Strawberry- Kiwi

Emergen-C also offers specialty formulas for joint heath, heart health, kid formulas; and other formulas concentrating on immune health.  For your own free samples, visit

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