Tuke Morgan is not just a beautiful soul with an envious natural hair she’s also a creative force to be reckoned with. She’s a Saxophonist, a food photographer, a blogger and a Youtuber. She’s been playing the Saxophone since 2009 and finally released her first single, Trust in 2015. I reached out to Tuke to learn more about her natural hair and how us mere mortals can achieve a healthy hair like hers.

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How long have you been natural?

I’ve been Natural since August 2011, so I’ve been wearing my natural hair for about 4 years and 8 months but I have 3 years and 5 months of growth as I had to Big Chop and start over in August 2012 because of heat damage.

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Bantu knot when Tuke had heat damage

What made you decide to go natural?

I’ve always loved my curls but had to texturize my hair at the age of 9 for my cousin’s wedding; she wanted us flower girls to rock the same hairstyle. My hair was still pretty curly though and when I did cornrows to school, the tips twirled in a really cute way. I always wondered what my natural hair would look like as most of my cousins on my mum’s side rocked their afros. Plus, my hair started to become flat and lacked personality and texture after a while. Also, around that time, I wanted to be known as a Female Saxophonist and I thought natural hair would differentiate me from Yolanda Brown, a pretty popular black female saxophonist with relaxed hair.

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What is your experience so far as a natural?

My experience has been an interesting one, full of ups and downs. When I first went Natural, people asked me questions like:
– Why is your hair like this
– Why did you cut your hair
– When will you make your hair i.e. braids/weave
– Are you trying to be a Rasta, etc.

I used to take these comment personally, get upset or offended. Now, I just brush off the comments as I know the person speaking doesn’t know better. Plus I get way more positive comments now, people want to touch my hair, they wonder why it’s so soft and I nail the Afrocentric look pretty well. I’ve inspired a few people to go natural and people around me know I’m natural and proud. I’ve learnt that everyone’s hair is different and unique, what is good for the goose might be bad for the gander. My hair doesn’t always react to products the same way it does to people on Youtube. I’ve settled on the products I use after a lot of experimenting and trial and error. Plus I keep it simple, and take into account the fact that I live in a very humid country, so certain styles won’t last over here without puffing up.

Please describe your natural hair texture/type.

4B/4C

What are your favorite natural hair products and what have they done for your hair?

I love Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Water, Whipped Shea Butter & Argan Oil Ecostyler.
JBCO for my edges, Water to add moisture, Whipped Shea Butter to Seal and Argan Oil Ecostyler to lay my edges and define my twists.

Describe your hair care regimen and the reason behind it.

Co-wash once a week with my Simple/Giovanni Smooth as silk/Herbal Essences Hello Hydration conditioner.
Deep condition once a month/when I think it’s necessary with Olori Deep Conditioning Treatment
Shampoo twice a month with my Simple/Giovanni Smooth as silk/Herbal Essences Hello Hydration/Clarifying shampoo.
LOC method before I cornrow at night.
Jamaican Black Castor oil massaged into my edges every couple of days.
My regimen is what I know I can stick to faithfully. It took some time before I finally created this routine as I tried out many products to know what works for my hair.

What are your go-to natural hairstyles?

An Afro puff is my go to hairstyle. My alternative go-tos are fro hawks and just leaving my afro out.

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What advice do you have for new or old naturals hoping to grow their hair healthier?

Don’t manipulate your hair too much.
Don’t get frustrated because your hair isn’t growing as fast as you want it to.
Do watch videos online for advice but remember that everyone’s hair is different.
When you get tired of styling your fro, get a protective style done so you don’t yield into the temptation of relaxing it.
Talk and learn from other Naturals, you can attend Natural Hair Events too.
Enjoy the Journey!

Do you have a blog and/or social media page people can visit for more info?

Twitter – @tukemorgan
Instagram – @tukemorgan
Blog – http://www.tukesquest.com/
Website – http://www.tukemorgan.com/
Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHGYmIXyTaaEbgx1StaABVA/videos