Vixens: Tarika A Vixen Simply and Truly

- What’s your name and where are you from?  

I’m Tarika Saada - doctoral student, educator, sister, lover (wife), friend. I live in Atlanta by way of New Jersey.

- How has being natural affected your life? How do you feel about this natural hair “movement”?
Natural hair has made me more in tune with who I am and who I want to become.  My decision to toss the relaxer was simply because I was done (tired) with straight hair – it just wasn’t me anymore. At the time I began transitioning, I was reading a great deal of literature on culture, race, and oppression. I realized that the relaxer was something that made many black women feel attractive, but for the wrong reasons.  Now, 5 years later, the natural hair movement has blossomed. It’s trending. And I’m happy that more women have made healthier decisions to toss the relaxer as well.
- Do you have staple hair products? If so what are they?  
I like to try and buy new products, especially products created by black-owned businesses. I don’t have many staple hair products but the Design Essentials Twist & Set Setting Lotion is a must-have for just about any style. It’ll change your life. No for real, it will. See my video:


- Hard as it may seem how would you describe your hair and the regime you use to maintain it?  
My hair: Kinky. Curly. Wavy. At the same damn time. Much like other naturals, I have a number of textures. The key to great hair, though, is moisture, so I get my moisture fix through oils, butters, hair lotions, and OD-ing on conditioner and steam treatments. For inspiration, I hit up Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube. Please believe the styling options are limitless. Lately, though, I haven’t been coming with the haute-ness. My workout routine causes me to sweat and recently I’ve been a little lazy when it comes to styling.

- Designers are already preparing for Fall , what are some trends you are looking forward to?
I’m really looking forward to mixing textures, prints, and patterns in terms of fashion. Who cares what they say? If I like it, I’m wearing it. For hair, I’m looking forward to trying some straight styles while the weather is cooler. You’re probably thinking, “Pressed hair? That’s natural hair blasphemy.” But it’s cool. Try new things and discover styles you like. It’ll only be for a week or so.  

- Sexuality is celebrated here on The Vixen Box through “The Clitoris Taboo” series on the blog, how do you describe sexuality for you? 

My sexuality? I don’t really talk about it – not that I feel it’s wrong to talk about it. I’m me. You’re you. Let’s all be happy. J

- Music is such a great medium? What and who are you listening to now?  

I love music and Pandora keeps me groovin’. My current rotation is kind of scattered. No rhyme or reason. For example, I’m listening to Tevin Campbell, Peabo Bryson, Pleasure P (my guilty pleasure), and Tupac. *shrugs*  

- Here at The Vixen Box, health and fitness is major. I know for me I am working on getting myself right physically and emotionally by eating clean and incorporating exercise into my life. What do you do as far as health and fitness to stay or reach a level of good health?  
This summer, I was inspired by a number of women in my circle to start making healthier choices. My diet and my fitness plan are now not something I’m ashamed to speak about publicly. Lol. I workout nearly everyday and ensure the right amount of fruits and veggies. Membership at LA Fitness, fitness classes at school, and my Nike Run app have allowed me to see/feel the difference. I love it!

- Do you meditate? If so, do you mind sharing how often and what the benefits have been for you?
 I can’t say that I have a time set aside for meditation. I do, however, read a great deal of literature that shapes my actions and beliefs. In my quiet thoughts, I reflect on how I can change the world by changing myself. This seems cliché, but it’s worth a shot.

- Describe your blog and how readers can stay in contact with you:   
Officially, I began blogging two years ago to document my natural hair journey. Now, I talk about anything that moves or interests me. From body waxing to breast cancer to fitness to hair – it's all here.  Check me out:

- What makes you a Vixen:  (Here at The Vixen Box  a Vixen is someone who loves, accepts everything and everyone for who they are. They spread love, share love, and give love. Conquering the world one day at a time, while keeping it funky and edgy.) 
What makes Tarika a vixen? She’s changing herself, recognizing her potential, and willing to be authentic. Tarika is growing and evolving. She is a VIXEN. Simply and truly.

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