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Shawnta // Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Sep 9, 2010

Where do you live?
S:
I live in Baltimore, MD. I am a natural stylist, salon owner and product manufacturer.

Why did you go natural?
S:
I went natural in 1993 because I was on a spiritual journey through the Rastafarian faith. I did not want to cut my hair (and this was before locks were oh so popular) so I wore single plaits for a year and let my hair lock underneath the synthetic hair.

Going natural has allowed me to embrace and love myself in ways that I could have never foreseen. As I was transitioning, I was undergoing chemotherapy for cancer. I did not lose any of my hair during the 3 months of treatment.

What’s your regimen?
S:
I have learned over the years that less is best. I have tried all types things and I’ve realized that my hair wants to be left alone. It wants to be clean and moisturized. I shampoo my hair with tea tree, maybe once every two to three weeks. I do maintenance with my product TayButta’s Natural Remedies. That’s it. I don’t do anything to my hair in between maintenance.

I actually cut my hair as soon as I can sit on it. I have cut my hair 3 times in 16 years.

How do you retain length?
S:
The key to long hair is preventing breakage by keeping it moisturized and not applying too much heat and tension.

What mistakes have you made with your hair that you learned from?
S:
I have learned not to over-process the hair, I’ve learned to show special attention to color treated hair with deep conditioners and protein treatments. Ive learned not to over twist or twist locks too often, because that too will cause breakage.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
S:
You can find out more information at www.taybutta.com and my Facebook page.

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iri9109
iri9109
10 years ago

her locs are beautiful

Arielle Yanaba
Arielle Yanaba
10 years ago

I can’t wait until my locs are this long…beautiful hair!

Kirsten
Kirsten
10 years ago

I love her locs!!! I just started my sisterlocs and I am sooo excited to see more loc styles on here!!!

Nepenthe
10 years ago

Absolutely beautiful hair, I love it. :]

Sherica
Sherica
10 years ago

Your locs are absolutely stunning,and so are you!

Cherie
10 years ago

Her locs are gorgeous! I’m eager for mine to grow.

Black Married Momma
10 years ago

Love her locs! And I want that last hairstyle. As a locker for 5‑plus years this time, I love seeing mature lockers in all their glory. Mine are hitting mid-back now — goal is waist!

regallocness
regallocness
10 years ago

So glad to see a girl with locs!! I just started locing my hair a month ago. Hers are gorgeous 🙂

Kasandra
Kasandra
10 years ago

LOVE her locs! can’t wait for mines to be this long!

more loc’d girls on here!

Infiniti Naturals
10 years ago

Thank you, Thank you, and Thank you for all the compliments. I love my hair…and you should too. It shouldn’t matter what length, or thickess, or color, appreciate each stage of your healthy hair as it grows, transitions or whatever it’s doing. “Love yourself naturally.” 🙂
Shawnta’

bnme
bnme
10 years ago

it’s always good to see loc icons! thank you!

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