*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
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.
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 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