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.
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!