Hi, I’m Carol.
You may know me best as Tassahai. I’ve been a Sisterlocks and Microlocks Consultant in London since 2001 and a beauty therapist since 2005. Over the years I’ve taken various food courses and also trained as a raw chef at Deliciously Raw Culinary School which trains in raw living plant-based cuisine. I’m a certified Raw Food Teacher and Coach and in my spare time I now study dietary theories as a trainee health coach at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. All of this has had a major influence on the Tassahai philosophy; you are made up of the stuff you eat, so if you want beautiful hair, you have to obtain the right nutrients to build it! (Read more about the Tassahai philosophy here.)
How did I get here?
Well, I went natural and started wearing locks as a hairstyle around 1997. I discovered the Sisterlocks website in November 2000 and saw a picture of the most gorgeous micro-sized locks – from that moment my mind was made up. It took me about a month to find the only UK consultant here in London and that’s how my Sisterlocks journey began… a meeting in an Islington coffee shop one lunchtime. Arrangements were made and over the period of about a month we undid my old traditional locks and reinstalled 840 micro-sized Sisterlocks.
Leap of faith
I loved my new hair, I really really did – so much so, that a mere month later, I took a massive leap of faith and ended up on a plane to San Diego to do my Sisterlocks training! It was a scary but exciting time because no one had ever travelled from the UK to train in Sisterlocks before. There was no established and ready market here and you certainly didn’t walk down the street or stand at a bus stop and see people with Sisterlocks the way you do now.
It would be another 3 years and 4 years respectively before the founding of Facebook and YouTube, so in the absence of social media in a virgin market, my very first clients were referred to me by the Home Office in the US. These were mainly American and Caribbean vacationers who needed an interim retightening whilst they were in the UK. A magazine article and a few exhibition stands later, and the clients started to pour in – not just from the UK, but from as far away as Zimbabwe and Australia. The rest, as they say, is history, and it has been a lovely journey. Since setting out all those years ago, I’ve birthed many heads and have trained others to become loctitians and run their own businesses.
The makings of a foodie
My dear departed granny started teaching me to cook around the age of 12. Back in those days it was almost a rite of passage that girls grew up learning how to cook and keep house. My grandparents had a business a few miles away so it became my responsibility to regularly prepare meals for a family of 8. Not everyone ate the same thing so sometimes I had to prepare three separate dinners to accommodate differing needs, and if it wasn’t tasty or didn’t meet the grade I would know about it! It was an early baptism of fire in the kitchen, but on the plus side it meant that when I moved away from home as a young adult, preparing tasty cooked meals from scratch was a doddle. My background was firmly entrenched in my Jamaican roots and I guess it became my default setting.
One day I was organising a dinner party at home and realised that I was actually bored with this default. I could cook all this Jamaican fare with my eyes closed… rice and peas, mac ‘n’ cheese, roast potatoes, coleslaw, potato salad, greens of some sort, ribs, chicken, goat, pork, beef, fish, perhaps in a soup, brown-stewed, roasted, curried, steamed, jerked, ackee and saltfish, green bananas, yams, dumplings, that sort of thing. I really wanted to discover and learn how to cook new food and teach others to do the same. That led me to discover raw food cuisine and the bounty of colour, flavour and health/beauty benefits offered by a plant-based diet.
So there it is. Now I get to combine all my interests in hair, health and food and I’d love to help you too. Please do check back often and sign up for exciting information regarding hair care, recipes, events, trainings and of course the blog.
To good health and beautiful hair.