*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
S: I’m Shea Rose, from Boston. I am a Singer-songwriter, Rocker, Rapper and music for social change activist.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
S: My hair never took well to perms and it just didn’t feel right going back every month or so putting chemicals in my hair.
When and how did you transition into natural hair?
S: Oh gosh it’s been like eight years or so. I started off just chopping everything off and then letting my hair grow from there.
In what ways (if any) has going natural affected you?
S: I feel more accepting of myself and the skin I was born in!
How would you describe your hair?
S: My hair is thicker than thick so I’ve learned to be very patient with it. Commercials and advertising promote this fantasy of wash and go. But truthfully our hair needs more time and care, and that’s good because it means we have to take time out of our daily hustle to take care of mind, body, soul and yes hair!
What is your regimen?
S: Every other week I go to a salon for a wash, condition and blow dry. The hair stylist I see works with natural hair and she is super creative, so sometimes I’ll have her braid it or I do twists and then take them out when I want to rock my afro. I just bought Carol’s Daughter hair pomade last week and I’ve started to incorporate that into my moisturizing regimen. I love it. At night, even when I’m tired, I’m sure to throw some big plats in my hair to keep it from drying out and getting tangled.
How do you retain length and moisture in your hair?
S: In the winter I’m especially conscious of moisturizing my hair, so I will add a moisturizing shampoo and a few hot oil treatments to my regimen.
What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
S: I’ve learned that using excessive heat or chemicals without proper understanding can damage the hair and scalp.
What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
S: Treat it with kindness!