*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
S: Hi! My name is Sharlene. I’m from Cali, Los Angeles and at the moment I’m currently an art student and the co-owner of the online boutique zoelove.bigcartel.com.
When and how did you transition into natural hair?
S: It happened by accident actually. You see I didn’t know how easy it was to go natural. I always wanted a thick, kinky, afro, but at that moment I had a bone straight weave. So to change up my hairstyle I asked my older sister to research kinky extensions so that I could obtain a curly afro.
As she searched for kinky indian hair extensions she happened to come across curlynikki.com by coincidence. I saw all of these pictures of girls with curly afros and wanted my hair exactly like their hair. From browsing on Curly Nikki’s site it led me to two more influential sites called moptopmaven.com and bglh-marketplace.com. Going through these sites helped me realize how easy it was to become a naturalista and how healthy I could make my hair. After all of that research I finally made the ground breaking decision to cut out the tracks in my hair and begin my journey as a natural chica. Lucky for me, my spectacular sister chose to go on the journey with me making this experience so much more rewarding.
In what ways (if any) has going natural affected you?
S: It changed my overall outlook on life and fashion. People that actually understood my wacky personality began to approach and befriend me in comparison to the individuals that approached me when I wore extensions. My style changed immediately after I became natural. I’m assuming because my personality was allowed to shine through. I guess the creative juices that were dormant before were finally revealed through my personal style.
How would you describe your hair?
S: I have very beautiful coarse hair.
What is your regimen?
S: I co-wash once a week with Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut Conditioner. After co-washing I apply Curls Milk Shake Cashmere Curls with an additional oil called Shikakai Herbal Hair Oil. I then finally do a braid out and seal my ends with Castor oil or Shea butter. Most of my hairstyles are braid-outs. I also do henna treatments once a month with Reshma Henna.
How do you retain length and moisture in your hair?
S: I retain length by braiding my hair every night and covering it with a silk scarf. I also put my hair in yarn braids twice a year to give my hair a rest every now and then.
What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
S: Don’t do blow-outs everyday because the end result is nothing but breakage, heartache, and many tears.
What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
S: Deep conditioning and prepoos. They are the bizness.