Shamekia // 4C/B Natural Hair Style Icon

*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

Introduce yourself!
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?
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?
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.
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-Infusion 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?
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.
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?
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?
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?
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?
Moisture and protective styling

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
Excessive heat and poor detangling methods

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
S: where I create handcrafted earrings.
Facebook: “MontgomeryNatural Hair”

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Just another lover of natural hair and expression. - Style Icon Coordinator for BGLH

  • Nubia

    I keep trying to tell folks about Biofusion!! its all that in a bag of chips loll LOVE IT!

  • Regine

    I have 4a hair and like you my favorite product is Hawaiian Silky Curl Activator (HSCA). As the product junkie that I am, I have tried several products, from the most $ to the least $. While I like Kinky Curly Curling Custard (KKCC) – combined with Kinky Curly Knot Today-, I find that HSCA gives me the same curl definition but without the crunch. Also, it is so moisturizing and I don’t need to use anything else. Plus it is about $4 compared to the $16+ or so for KKCC. Your hair lools georgous.

  • She is pretty! Where can you find Biofusion?

    Using plastic rollers for stretching. I’ll be trying that out soon. With my 4b hair, I’m always looking for ways to keep it stretched!

  • Valuable information. Lucky me I found your site unintentionally, and I am surprised why this accident didn’t came about in advance! I bookmarked it.

  • Girl, you just described my hair. I did my mini chop 5 months ago and I am loving it.

    • Jacky

      WOW,you look so beautiful

  • Jacky

    Lovely hair,lovely hairstyles(especially the flat twist updo),lovely style,lovely and pretty girl and a lovely personality,keep it up

  • Ayo Adeosun

    Lovely hair. Thanks for the tip on plastic rollers.

  • chauntelle

    You look beautiful. In a way you remind me of a young Jodie Watley. Very nice natural! Gone Girl!