*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
S: My name is Shamekia and I am originally from Shreveport, Louisiana but I live in Montgomery, Alabama.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
S: I decided to go natural due to severely damaged hair and the need for something new in my life mentally and physically. I wore extensions for years and did not take care of my own hair. I big chopped with my husband’s clippers and a prayer. It was one of the BEST days of my life!!! I have been natural for 3 years.
How would you describe your texture?
S: My texture is a mixture of 4c/4b and my strands are very delicate and somewhat thin (in my opinion). My hair is easy to manage, but it took some dedication and patience to find what worked.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
S: I protective style very often because of convenience and to retain as much length as possible. As far as products go, I have literally tried everything. I change products so often, but this is what I am using right now: Bio-Fusion Curly Pomade and sesame oil to seal my ends. My go-to for super moisture is Hawaiian Silky Gel Activator. It’s heavy and holds moisture until wash day.
What does wash day look like for you?
S: Co-wash with VO5 Conditioner followed by Yes to Carrots Conditioner then Shea Moisture Conditioning Mask or old school Cholesterol Conditioner (for deep conditioning).
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
S: Updo styles are my favorite! Large flat twists pinned up or tuck and pin styles are what I wear to work. I love to put flowers in my hair as accents and loose clips.
How do you combat shrinkage?
S: I stretch my hair with large plastic rollers or use the tension method with my blow dryer on a cool setting.
Tell us about your hair color?
S: My natural hair color is dark brown. It is very resistant to color so I don’t do it often. My current bronze streak I did myself and I have not noticed any change in texture. I used Textures & Tones and the color was actually a blonde color :) I have also used Henna for its conditioning properties and only noticed a tint around my edges.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
S: Dryness is my problem. 4b/4c hair is prone to dryness so I am constantly looking for different ways to keep my hair moisturized.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
S: Moisture and protective styling
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
S: Excessive heat and poor detangling methods