Rockin Naturals You May Not Know But Should: Tangela
My name is Tangela Woodley. I am a graduating senior at the University of Michigan. I am majoring in Sociology and Communications Studies with aspirations in marketing. I’ve been natural for about 2 years. I’m a Gemini, I love talking, I’m in a comedy group on campus, and I model sometimes for my friends who are photographers.
What or Who inspired you to go natural? Did you bc or transition?
I transitioned. I have not had my hair permed since I was about 12 but I was most definitely abusing the flat iron. I had a lot of heat damage which I dealt with for a long time. Then I finally started cutting on my hair slowly. There’s still a little left, but it blends in nicely, so you can’t really tell. I went natural because I had a lot of natural influences around me and I was just tired of spending so much time burning up my hair. I’m a college student so I didn’t have time to spend 5+ hours straightening my hair. It was a slow transition but once I got the hang of this lifestyle, I definitely am not interested in going back!
What are your current hair goals?
I just want really big hair! It’s already pretty large but I have long length goals! Of course, to get there, it has to be healthy, so I am also striving for strong, healthy hair.
Top 3 products and prices.
Naturalicious Ooh La Lock Box which includes the 5-in-1 Clay Treatment (does the work of cleanser, conditioner, deep conditioner, leave-in conditioner, and detangler all in one), Moisture Infusion Styling Creme, Divine Shine Moisture Lock Frizz Fighter, and Heavenly Hydration Hair Mist. $43
Frizz Free Curls Coconut Conditioner. $10
Terressentials Clay Shampoo. $20
Is there a product you have used that you would NEVER use again? Why?
I don’t have anything against Shea Moisture, but their conditioner just doesn’t do it for me. My hair is not soft or manageable after putting it on and detangling isn’t all that easy.
Do you have a favorite go to hairstyle?
My wash-n-go fro, or a bun.
How do you protect you hair at night?
I have a jumbo bonnet which is actually the biggest thing I’ve ever seen. When I have my fro, I put my hair into 2-3 pineapples (ponytails) down the middle, kind of like a mohawk, which stretches the hair without smashing the curls, then I shake it out in the mornings.
Do you have a name for your hair or If you had to give your hair a name what would it be?
If I were to name my hair, she deserves to be a Rihanna. She’s fierce and wild baby!
If your hair is colored what do you use to do so?
Yes, my hair is colored. I get it colored professionally. Stay away from those box dyes! I go to BadBoy Salon in Madison Heights, MI ! Most definitely check him out if you’re in the area!
Sum up your natural hair journey in three words.
Wild, struggle, acceptance
Any advice to the natural newbies?
Products are not supposed to make your hair do things it doesn’t do on its own. I used to use mousse and gels and all that crap to try to make my hair curly and it would be so hard and crunchy. Don’t do it! Embrace what your hair is! If it is damaged, cut that junk off! (you don’t have to do it all at once, you can go little by little) don’t be afraid of twistouts and protective styles! And where it wild! Shake what ya mama gave ya!
What is your favorite compliment you have ever been given on your hair?
Honestly, I don’t even know, I get so many!
If you could tell your younger self NOW something about your natural hair THEN what would that be?
Love your hair as it is. You are truly beautiful without manipulating your hair with products, chemicals, and excessive heat.
Do you have a favorite YouTube Vlogger?
Alyssa Forever! ItsMyRayeRaye! Taren Guy!
Finish this sentence:
I Rock My Natural because I’m wild and free.
Keep Rockin Tangela!!
Social Media links
Facebook: Tangela Woodley