*Pre­pared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1Me­Nat­u­ral­ly

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Intro­duce your­self!
S:
My name is Shel­by and I’m from Rochester, New York.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
S:
My lit­tle sis­ter who was 13 at the time and I was 17 told me about nat­u­ral hair. She was read­ing hair care blogs and told me if I grow out my relax­er I could have nat­u­ral­ly curly hair. I was in dis­be­lief of what she was telling me because my hair was first relaxed when I was in kinder­garten. At the time I was so envi­ous of any­one with nat­u­ral­ly curly hair, HATED get­ting relax­ers, and my hair was con­stant­ly break­ing off so I was sold after she first told me. I tran­si­tioned my hair for two years until it was to my col­lar­bone when stretched straight; then I cut it. I’ve been nat­u­ral for 2 years now.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
S:
My tex­ture is looser towards the top of my head and the back of my head 3b and 3c every­where else with a few 4a curls here and there. I have thick­er strands of hair and fin­er strands mixed all over my head, but I would con­sid­er my tex­ture to be medi­um coarse all over and not that dense.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
S:
I sport braid outs and a high bun most of the time. I’m a col­lege stu­dent and live in upstate New York so I’m up ear­ly and don’t have time to wash my hair in the morn­ing. I also don’t want to walk to class in the cold with wet hair. I love for my hair to be mois­tur­ized and I find wash and gos dry­ing so I only do it once a mon­th.

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My typ­i­cal hair rou­tine is wash week­ly with Shea Mois­ture sham­poo or Gio­van­ni Smooth as Silk sham­poo, con­di­tion with Aussie Moist or TRE­Sem­me Nat­u­rals. I detan­gle with a wide tooth comb and pad­dle brush in the show­er. I use Shea Mois­ture Deep Treat­ment Masque, par­tial­ly rin­se it out and tow­el dry my hair. Then I load up my hair with coconut oil and seal the ends with shea but­ter. I put my hair in 4 braids and take them out when dry. I deep con­di­tion as need­ed usu­al­ly twice a mon­th.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
S:
A bun with a tur­ban tied scarf on my head. It’s my sig­na­ture hair­style.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
S:
Since my hair is now at a longer length shrink­age isn’t a prob­lem for me.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
S:
Yes, the front of my head is a lit­tle heat dam­aged so I real­ly have to work the curls and I always need extra mois­ture on my ends because my hair is col­or treat­ed.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
S:
Mois­tur­iz­ing dai­ly and a sat­in bon­net and pil­low­case.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
S:
Not mois­tur­iz­ing and comb­ing my hair while dry.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
S:
Insta­gram: itzshel­bii and Tum­blr: itzshebii.tumblr.com

Meosha

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

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awww I like the fact that her 13 year old lit­tle sis­ter gave her a lit­tle push about nat­u­ral hair…that was sweet

Shelby

Thank you all for the love­ly com­pli­ments! It real­ly feels great to have sup­port from oth­ers to keep embrac­ing and lov­ing who you are. Please ask me any­thing I’d love to answer and hear your expe­ri­ences.
Fol­low me on insta­gram itzshel­bii :D

Amma Mama

Such a pret­ty girl!

Dana

Awe­some, and love the length and col­or.

Leesah Zink

ou are so very beau­ti­ful and you are rock­in’ the hair and clothes!

Sarah

Fel­low Roches­tar­i­an curly!! I live in the South Wedge…beautiful hair, by the way :)

Shelby

No way! I need to see more nat­u­rals walk­ing around Rochester. Right now I’m liv­ing in Syra­cuse I attend SU but next time in Rochester I hope I run into anoth­er nat­u­ral sis­ter!

Sandina

Beau­ti­ful hair for a beau­ti­ful girl!

Ev`Yan

I love your look! So mul­ti-faceted. You are beau­ti­ful.

Shelby

Thank so much I try to change up my look any­way I can! Even if its sim­ple like tying my hair in a bun. Keeps life inter­est­ing.

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