Shelby // Multi-Texture Style Icon

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*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

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Meosha

Meosha

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

 

10 thoughts on “Shelby // Multi-Texture Style Icon

    • 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!

  1. 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

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