*Pre­pared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1Me­Nat­u­ral­ly

Intro­duce your­self!
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-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?
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

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

Meosha

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

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32 Comments on "Shamekia // 4C/B Natural Hair Style Icon"

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chauntelle

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

Ayo Adeosun

Love­ly hair. Thanks for the tip on plas­tic rollers.

Jacky

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

NERLINE GERMAIN

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

WOW,you look so beau­ti­ful

fast get a girlfriend

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.

Adeyinka

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!

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.

Nubia

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

MimiRose

Final­ly! My hair twin! We have the (almost) exact same tex­ture. Your hair is gor­geous! I have been nat­u­ral now for 2 years. My hair looks like yours in a twist out, but I have to twist it right back up every night to pro­tect the ends(learned this the hard way)–I have to be oh so care­ful with my ends…seeing your lus­cious locks gives me hope. Nice to see com­ments from oth­er 4c/b hair divas/icons too. In anoth­er year, I hope my hair is as long as yours is now. Keep up the good work;-)

soulsentwined

such love­ly thick hair and I’m lov­ing all the updos

Jerica

The­se styles are off the chain! *tak­ing notes*

EG

Beau­ti­ful young lady with a gor­geous head of hair.

Coconut And Cream

Gor­geous girl — I love her smile too

C+C

kisha

those fat flat twist lov­in’ them
so pret­ty

Landry

Absolute­ly beau­ti­ful hair, style, and face! I love your cat eye make­up as well!!

DreamGirl

Great hair girl,question what do you use for shine? Your hair is so gorge and shiny

Arian

She is cute as a but­ton. LOVELY hair!

mlank64

Very Beau­ti­ful wom­an. Love her full and long hair.

Tee

Nice! She is pret­ty. She looks like Malin­da Williams.

Annie L.

2nd w/the Malin­da Williams like­ness :)

And love the rear shot of that gor­geous pin­tuck, I can’t eeven begin to fath­om how she did that.….

Great site design and the ear­ring fea­tur­ing the nat­u­ral with the yel­low back­ground is love­ly.

kdubs

I love that streak!!!

Shanitta

Heyyy fel­low native Shreve­porter!!! Love your style and your hus­tle madam, keep it up!

anastasia

Gor­geous lady! Nice to see some 4b/c fine haired nat­u­rals rock­ing’ awe­some hair­styles=)

Pat

Awe­some thick hair

laila

she’s gor­geous, like a doll.

For the Love of Curls

I love your styles. You should def­i­nite­ly have a YouTube chan­nel.

Ms.TWA

Thank you for show­ing this gor­geous 4c/b, it gives me hope for my 4c/b twa. :-)

Zanthe

Wow love­ly and so good to see anoth­er 4b/c around here. I agree about the dry­ness fac­tor with this hair type and I would love to know how she finds styling with this den­si­ty as I have the same den­si­ty and strug­gle to style it.

JenniD

My hair is the exact same tex­ture and den­si­ty. The best way to style for me is to keep my hair in its stretched state. If you keep it stretched get­ting those styles like hers aren’t hard. This hair type get tan­g­ly easy too so I have to find a lot of styles that I can leave in for a few days at a time like pinned up twist up dos. I save the out styles for a few times a mon­th. Only advice I can give on dry­ness is to mois­tur­ize twice a day.

Zanthe

I’m think­ing of try­ing thread­ing to gain more length to play with. At the moment I only do twists. Thanks for the advice and yes tan­gles make me fear out styles as well as the fact that this hair type thrives when left alone in a PS.

Candi

You’re incred­i­ble; Con­grat­u­la­tions on being BGLH spot­light!

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