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Intro­duce your­self!
S: Hey! My name is Sheneka but most peo­ple call me Nek and I’m a Geor­gia gal.

Did you tran­si­tion or big chop? Share your nat­u­ral hair jour­ney with us! 
S: I tran­si­tioned and ini­tial­ly “going nat­u­ral” wasn’t apart of the plan. What ini­tial­ly hap­pened: I hadn’t had a perm for about 5 months, kept push­ing it off to the next mon­th ( this was in 2010) and I thought to myself…well let’s just see how anoth­er 3 months with­out a perm goes & I start­ed to notice grad­u­al changes in my hair which I liked, so I com­mit­ted to get­ting no more perms. I trimmed off the per­med hair the more my hair grew & even­tu­al­ly, Voilà! my curls!

How would you describe your tex­ture?
S: My tex­ture is a mix­ture of 3c/4a. My hair is pret­ty thick & coarse espe­cial­ly towards the crown area. I have my good days and bad days in ref­er­ence to behav­ior, kin­da depends on the way I want or have it styled but for the most part it does a pret­ty love­ly job!

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th
S: I love love love dif­fer­ent styles! Give me big curls, lit­tle curls, buns, roman­tic lit­tle braids, funky Mohawks…I enjoy them all because I enjoy hav­ing fun with my hair, it’s anoth­er way for me to express myself! So through­out the mon­th I switch it up. To cre­ate my curls I typ­i­cal­ly use Flexi rods, sponge rollers or perm rods. I also use my curling iron every now & then (with ORS Heat Pro­tec­tant Serum) and ban­tu knot outs every once in a while. My hair doesn’t seem too fond of braid outs so I don’t do those as often. I’m dig­ging wash n’ gos a lot more now! I have to admit that’s most­ly due to find­ing the right prod­ucts. To define my Wash n’ Go curls I use either African Pride Boun­cy Curls Pud­ding or Shea Mois­ture Curl Enhanc­ing Smooth­ie, (both provide mois­ture & shine). For the oth­er curling tech­niques I men­tioned above I use Olive Oil Smooth-N-Hold pud­ding, Cre­me OF Nature Style & Shine Foam­ing Mousse and Cre­me of Nature Argan Oil.

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What does wash day look like for you? 
S: Okay let’s see…after detan­gling, I usu­al­ly part my hair into 3–4 sec­tions and wash each sec­tion with Shea Mois­ture Thick­en­ing Sham­poo. Some wash days I deep con­di­tion using ORS Hair May­on­naise (about 30 mins) and oth­er wash days I do pro­tein treat­ments using Palmer’s Pro­tein Pack (15–20 mins), depend­ing on which I think my hair needs. Then I blow dry (with my heat pro­tec­tant) or wash n’ go. I rarely do my roller sets on wet hair, so yep I do use heat for blow dry­ing but my hair does fine with it. As I men­tioned I prefer dif­fer­ent styles & stretched/blow dried hair allows me to do that eas­ier.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
S: I’d say a pom­padour or pinned up with a few loose curls hang­ing.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
S: Eek! Shrink­age!  I use my blow dry­er on low heat rather than allow­ing it to air dry on wash n’ go days. For the roller sets which are pret­ty shrunk­en too ini­tial­ly, I just use my pick.

Tell us about your hair col­or?
S: My hair was hon­ey blonde and then light gold­en blonde for a long while, I have recent­ly allowed the col­or to grow out. I do my own col­or using Dark&Lovely Fade Resis­tant Rich Con­di­tion­ing Col­or. It has worked best for my hair, so I stuck to it. It didn’t change my hair tex­ture, it actu­al­ly use to bring out my curl pat­tern odd­ly enough.

What are some of your prob­lem areas that require extra care and atten­tion? 
S: The crown area and parts of the back are always super shrunk­en & kinky so it takes a lit­tle more time & ten­der care around those areas.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
S: Mois­ture, mois­ture mois­ture! &  curling pud­dings please :) !

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
S: Rough detan­gling & wash­ing, so I tend to do my hair myself.

Is there a blog/webpage or social media account where we can find you?
S: Sure! Insta­gram: Luvs_2s­mile  I have a few hair style pics you can take a look at & feel free to com­ment or leave ques­tions on my pics, I don’t mind respond­ing! Thank you guys!

Christina Patrice

Born, raised, and liv­ing in Los Ange­les, Christi­na is BGLH’s res­i­dent tran­si­tion­ing expert and pro­duct junkie. In addi­tion to lov­ing all things hair, she is a fit­ness novice and advo­cate of wear­ing san­dals year-round. For more infor­ma­tion on tran­si­tion­ing, nat­u­ral hair, and her own hair jour­ney, vis­it maneobjective.com. Or, if you like pic­tures fol­low Christi­na on Insta­gram @maneobjective.

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11 Comments on "Sheneka from Georgia // 3C/4A Natural Hair Style Icon"

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Saige

I love how thick your hair is. In your ten­th pic it looks like u just added a few pins here and there but it looks so fab­u­lous and effort­less­ly gor­geous! I have no idea how to make my fine hair do that

kia

Love the high bun with curly ten­drils.

Stace

Great Icon choice. Loved the var­i­ous styles that she showed, so that we could real­ly get a sense of her hairs tex­ture and char­ac­ter. I like the col­or in the wash n go style pic­ture.

Vgg

Yaas hunty yaas! I loved all the many pics too not just 3–4,great way to start off 2015 icons:)

Yondel Benjamin

Thanks for the hair­spi­ra­tion. Look­ing for­ward to con­tin­ue grow­ing out my hair in 2015. Beau­ti­ful ver­sa­tile pics!

laid

Baby Hairs LAID

youngin girl

You look Good girl. I like the pom­padour, It stands out and the way you gave it hold­ness. I also like the halo twist and messy bun.

Cherryfrostedpomegrante
Cherryfrostedpomegrante

OMIGAWD!! I LOVE ALL THE PICS! My hair is quite sim­i­lar. A lit­tle more thick at the fore­head actu­al­ly (is that the crown area?) and 3c even­ly through­out else­where. Inspired!

Desiree

Beau­ti­ful!!

Tee

Love all the styles, you wear them well. Gor­geous ?

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