*Pre­pared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1Me­Nat­u­ral­ly

Intro­duce your­self!
E:
Rashina Sjo­gren and I am from New Jer­sey. I am 28 years old and I’m Pana­ma­ni­an.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
E:
I went nat­u­ral because relax­ers made my hair extreme­ly dry and tan­g­ly. I nev­er need­ed one to begin with real­ly, my hair is just so thick I was look­ing for a res­cue! I’ve been nat­u­ral for 7 years and count­ing.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
E:
My hair is pre­dom­i­nant­ly 3c with some strands of 3a, 3b and 4a. My hair needs lots of mois­ture. Even though I am nat­u­ral, I straight­ened my hair all through the win­ter months. Ear­lier this year I dis­cov­ered that using the flat iron ruined my curl pat­tern and since, I have been work­ing real­ly hair to get beau­ti­ful curls back. My hair is unique in its a com­plete mix­ture of fine and coarse strands. My hair is extreme­ly thick and very dense.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
E:
I have no par­tic­u­lar reg­i­men. Since my curl pat­tern was quite dam­aged when I went to wear my hair curly this sum­mer, I have been doing twist outs for the last 4 months straight. No wash and go’s at all. Well, may­be once! lol I am a true pro­duct junkie so I like to try my twist outs with dif­fer­ent prod­ucts each time. I like to use a leave in con­di­tion­er for my twist out (Knot Today, Infu­sium 23 or Mixed Chicks) and will put a heav­ier cream mois­tur­iz­er or curling cream like Curls Unleashed Curl Defin­ing Cre­me, as well as coconut oil for seal­ing and Curls Unleashed Curl Boost­ing Jel­ly to fin­ger curl the ends with. I’ve tried a twist out with Shea Mois­ture Curling Smooth­ie, but it only looked nice on the very first day. After that it was very frizzy. I usu­al­ly do this once every 6 to 7 days. I will leave the twist in for the first 1–3 days depend­ing on my mood and how I can style them. Then when I take them out, I wear my hair out until it starts to frizz on the 5th day and I will wear a loose bun on the last day before I wash again! At night I re twist but only in 4 big sec­tions and I always always wear my pink sat­in head wrap/bonnet durag ma bob! It’s my best bud!

What does wash day look like for you?
E:
I have recent­ly just start­ed to pre poo with my favorite item — raw coconut oil. I also use this as a mois­tur­iz­er and sealant. I take a gen­er­ous amount and melt between my palms by rub­bing them togeth­er for about 10 sec­onds until it com­plete­ly liq­ue­fies. I rake this through my hair. I leave it on all day through my dai­ly activ­i­ties or through the night, but just rock a bun so it doesn’t look too greasy. I alter­nate between co wash­ing with what­ev­er good con­di­tion­er I have around (again I am a pro­duct junkie). I have Mixed Chicks Deep Con­di­tion­er, my fav co wash of all time! I have some Carol’s Daugh­ter lying around, Shea Mois­ture Deep Treat­ment Mask. I’ve even used V05 Mois­ture Milks a few times! lol And I also wash with sul­fate free sham­poo when I am not co wash­ing. Curls Sul­fate Free Sham­poo is cur­rent­ly on deck for that!

I detan­gle with a large flat brush. I tried the fin­ger comb­ing thing for a while but hon­est­ly, with all the hair have, it just was not for me. It was a mess and I am glad­ddd that’s over! So I’m back to my flat brush. And detan­gling while co wash­ing is sooo sim­ple and tan­gle free. I usu­al­ly do it in 4 sec­tions while the water is still run­ning through it from the show­er head. I start at my ends and work my way up the strand mak­ing sure to detan­gle the roots as well. I deep con­di­tion with again what­ev­er new pro­duct I have pur­chased and around. I’ve made my own with avo­cado and olive oil. That was AHHHH-MAAAAAY-ZING! Spelled just like that :) I use Olive Oil treat­ments in the lit­tle pouch­es from the Beau­ty Sup­ply store and they are just as good, but not as raw and nat­u­ral. Since my curl pat­tern was a mess, I also incor­po­rat­ed a light pro­tein treat­ment by Aphogee called 2 min­ute Ker­at­in Recon­struc­tor. This has seemed to help but I’ve only done it twice, being sure not to over­dose in the pro­tein as it could have an adverse effect and that’s a No No! I do not use heat to deep con­di­tion, but I use steam instead. I wash once every 5–7 days and that about sums up that fias­co of an event. Oh and it def­i­nite­ly takes a few hours! :)

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
E:
I am so sim­ple dim­ple. My go to hair­style is a bun. I work in an office set­ting and can’t afford for my hair to look too crazy. A bun can be worn high, low, in the mid­dle or even on the side for var­i­ous looks.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
E:
I don’t real­ly com­bat shrink­age. My hair shrinks accord­ing to the prod­ucts I use. Because my hair is extreme­ly long, shrink­age does not both­er me real­ly at all!

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
E:
The top, very cen­ter of my hair is very coarse. I believe this is where I have some 4a strands. The tex­ture is just super dry and I always have to put extra pro­duct there.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
E:
Well I’ve learned that mois­ture is my hair’s best friend for soft beau­ti­ful tress­es that every­one will com­pli­ment you on!

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
E:
My tex­ture does not like Gel of any sort. May­be on the ends a lit­tle for con­trol but oth­er than that it dries it out, even when put over a leave in con­di­tion­er.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
E:
I do not have a blog or web­page about my hair, but I’m alwaysssss post­ing pic­tures of my hair con­coc­tions and results on my Insta­gram. You can find me at pic­tureper­fec­ct.

Meosha

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

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29 Comments on "Rashina // 3C Natural Hair Style Icon"

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Georgette

Hi Shi­na love the pics and acces­sories!!!

Faye

Luving your hair. The bun pic is super cute!!! Can’t wait til I can at least get half the length that you have.

miesha

beau­ti­ful! sim­plic­i­ty!

Mika

Beau­ti­ful hair!! I love her styles too. So chic.

Jacky

My first reac­tion when i saw your first pic­ture was “WOW! is that her real hair?”,You have a gor­geous head of curls and you’re very pretty,keep rock­ing those curls girl.

Rashina

lol yup its for real & thick! Thank you soooo much!

Marcia

Love your hair and reg­i­men! Great fea­ture

Rashina

Thank you !

Carmelcurls

Absolute­ly gorg’ hair..‘nough said. ;)

Rashina

aww thanks!

Keedy

VERY pret­ty! I love all of her hair­styles. I can’t wait until I get more length.

Rashina

Thanks! you will get there :)

Tonya

Im for­tu­nate enough to know this lady and YESSS its def­i­nite­ly time she be fea­tured on this site. :) her jour­ney has been amaz­ing.

Natalee

I can’t wait until the day my hair is long enough to not care about the shrink­age. Your hair is so full and gorgeous…officially inspired.

Rashina

glad you are inspire :) Thanks a lot!

Vsez

Gor­geous hair! Viva Pana­ma!

Rashina

Thank you :)

Yayer

Con­fi­dent reg­i­men and also doesn’t care about shrink­age.

Rashina

Thank you!!!!!

eve-audrey

i am real­ly enjoy­ing the hair icons the­se days! you are very pret­ty and it is nice too see nat­u­rals from all over the world!

Rashina

Thank you

Lily

her hair is so pret­ty

Rashina

Thank you!!

Toya

Beau­ti­ful hair!!!

Rashina

Thanks!

keisha

Loved your humor­ous detailed analy­sis! Super cute hair!

Rashina

Thanks a bunch!

Felicia

You are so pret­ty and your hair is beau­ti­ful!

Rashina

Thank you very much!

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