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Shamilla // 4A/B Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Dec 29, 2012

*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

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Introduce yourself!
S:
My name is Shamilla. I was born in St-Vincent and the Grenadines and my family and I moved to Montreal when I was 5. I LOVE the sun (heat) and I REALLY hate the cold. You would think that I would get used to it by now…NOPE! Also, I am fluent in Franglais/Frenglish (combination of English and French..lol..don’t ask).

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
S:
I think that I wanted something different, a new challenge. My younger sister introduced me to Healthy Hair Journeys during our relaxer days about 6 years ago and we discussed going natural eventually. Plus I was tired of having them darn scabs on my scalp form relaxer burns. My last relaxer was in September of ’09 and I BC’d in July ’10. I was sooo itching to chop it ALL off I couldn’t reach the 1 year transition mark. If my math is correct I have been fully natural for 2 1/2 years since my BC.

How would you describe your texture?
S:
I really don’t fully understand those categories for our hair…but I guess I’m closest to 4a/4b. My hair could get “real hard” (like my mother would say). I have medium strands, but my hair is very thick. Once, I pulled a muscle at my shoulder blade from trying to put my thick hair into a ponytail. I was in pain for about 3 days and I couldn’t lift my arm. Lol true story.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
S:
I love my twists. I don’t know where I would be without them. I wear twists 97% of the time. The other 3% are braid outs and flat-ironed hair (once a year). This month, all twists all day. It’s just much easier for me to handle and I can style them however I want. My strands also benefit more from the moisturizing process since I don’t miss any spots when it’s twisted.

My products list is really short since it’s definitely very difficult to find the products that you really want in Montreal. The variety is very little compared to the US and other parts of Canada. But I did manage to get my hands on a few popular products without having to pay an arm for them:

Leave-in Moisturizer: Kinky Curly Knot Today and Cantu Leave-in (bought in NYC).
Conditioner/Protein: Aubrey Organic’s Honey Suckle and GPB (ordered these online) and ORS Replenishing Pack. Tresemme and Herbal Essences are okay if I mix them with oils. I also like Aussie 3 Minute Miracle and Aphogee 2 Minute Reconstructor.
Shampoo: Almost non existent. One bottle lasts me soooo long. Sometimes years because I usually use a dime sized amount and dilute it with a lot of water. I don’t use a specific brand. I clarify once every 6 (or so) weeks with apple cider vinegar mixed with good ol’ H20.
Oils: Vatika coconut oil is my fave. This stays right in front of my heater during the cold months. This way it doesn’t solidify and it’s always ready for me 🙂 Olive oil is also my fave and Jamaican black castor oil for my lovely edges (front and back). I’ve also used avocado oil, which is okay but it’s expensive here and you can barely find it. I would like to try aloe vera juice, but I’m not in the mood for a hunt right now.

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What does wash day look like for you?
S:
I always wash my hair once every week. Except during the winter months. I wash every 2 weeks. I start by deep conditioning on dry hair in sections (about 6 chunky twists) with either Aubrey, ORS Pack or Aussie (anything thick). Once the hair is well coated, I seal with l’huile d’olive (sometimes the French sneaks up on me) and slap on my Hair Therapy Wrap and I keep this on for about 45 minutes (sometimes longer when I don’t pay attention). If I’m shampooing my hair that week, it’s applied only to my scalp with the help of a squeeze bottle (conditioner still in my hair and hair still twisted). My hair is then rinsed well and voila…I’m ready for styling.
I towel blot the excess water and I start undoing one section/twist at a time, apply a leave-in and do smaller twists at that section. I do this for each section until my entire head is done. I wear these twists until my next wash day (or re-do them at the 1 week mark if I’m washing every 2 weeks).

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
S:
When I’m in a hurry or not in the mood to put too much work into my hair, I just go for chunkier twists instead of medium sized twists. But no matter what, my hair will be in twists some way or another. Or, if it’s already in twists and I’m headed out to the movies with the beau, then I might do a twist out.

How do you combat shrinkage?
S:
I usually don’t. On wash days, after my hair has been twisted and ready for the work week, it stretches out due to tension from my ponytail holder. But if I need my hair stretched out from day one, then I will grab the blow dryer and use the tension method with my hands (instead of the brush).

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
S:
That would definitely be my edges. After I had my daughter, postpartum shedding was no stranger, so I’ve been working extra hard at getting my edges back to their initial full state with the help of Jamaican black castor oil and making sure that no direct tension is used at that area. So far the results are wonderful. Another problem area is the hair at the crown of my head is more course that the rest, so I usually moisturize/condition there generously.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
S:
Most def deep conditioning faithfully during every wash. Always sleeping on a satin pillowcase and using a satin hair wrap under my winter hat. (You should see the confused looks on people’s faces at the movies or even at church when I’m tying that thing around my head before I slap on my hat…too bad I don’t care)

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
S:
Wash and gos — Tried it a few times, and every time was a complete disaster. (Too many SSKs)

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
S:
I’m on YouTube, but I’m not as dedicated to it as I would like to be. But for those who are interested YT user => s4spirals. I’m also on Instagram as ShamillaBella 🙂

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About Meosha

Just another lover of natural hair and expression. - Style Icon Coordinator for BGLH

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Jj
Jj
7 years ago

Pretty girl n pretty hair! Love seeing 4a/b textures:)

Rachel
7 years ago

Beautiful beautiful hair!

Karen
Karen
7 years ago

This is beautiful…excellent regimen

Canuck
Canuck
7 years ago

Montreal and Toronto are the best/only places to get black hair products. If you can’t find them there than you won’t find them anywhere else unfortunately

Michele
Michele
7 years ago

For a variety of natural products, I would recommend Honey Fig (http://www.honeyfig.com/). It’s a Canadian company that sells a variety of natural hair products, check it out and give it a try.

Rushan Hamilton
Rushan Hamilton
7 years ago

I live in NS, so it’s even worse hunting for products. If you really want aloe vera juice you can order it from (www.newdirectionsaromatics.com) They sell all kinds of butters, and oils.

Nora
Nora
7 years ago

correction http://www.newdirectionsaromatics.ca they have a Canadian site. Located in Mississauga Ontario.I buy from them at least once a year. They sell shea butter and other natural oils, powders, muds, at wholesale prices.

T.
T.
7 years ago

For naturalistas in Canada, try Earthtones Naturals: http://www.earthtonesnaturals.com. It’s a Canadian company, making excellent products. Their Curl Enhancing Gelly is the truth.

Lee
Lee
7 years ago

I especially loved the picture of her hair half straightened and half kinky. It reminded me of how versatile natural hair really is

Takumi
6 years ago
Reply to  Lee

[..YouTube..] I am going to miss watching this seiers, and I swear, this had better be one of the best finales of all time, it feels like watching Cowboy Bebop, and it was bittersweet for the fact it’s almost over, and it had one hell of a finale, I am hoping 24 has that same effect, and yes, Jack Bauer is going Badass till the end, GO JACK!!!

divinelystamped
divinelystamped
7 years ago

Her hair is so beautiful!

Love JAH
Love JAH
7 years ago

Pretty pretty hair!

hehe
hehe
7 years ago

Yes a Vincy! Beautiful hair!

tash
tash
7 years ago

yea a fellow vincy!!! love ya hair!!!

ann
ann
7 years ago

I buy my avocado oil and my aloe vera juice at “Au Savon Populaire” it’s a shop in Montreal where they sell natural products for the skin and the hair. They even carry the giovanni line. their prices are quite cheap in comparison to other places.

Chic Noir
7 years ago

Her hair is sublime. I know many sisters on this site want ultra
Long hair but her hair is the perfect length IMO.

Notice how simple her regime is… You don’t need to spend 2k per year on your hair if you’re looking for length and health.

dee
dee
7 years ago

Yay! A fellow Canadian natural lady, and to top it off she’s from MTL 🙂

Dana
Dana
7 years ago

Definitely, love the length, shine, regiment, and especially the conversation with your sister. It’s so important for women to have support/support each other with this, even if it’s just in conversation. Good job!

ttemfash
ttemfash
7 years ago

lovely hair.

Dawn
Dawn
7 years ago

Great feature. I know all about the scarf under the hat routine.

BTW–Maybe I’m alone on this matter, but this new layout for the site is confusing and just displeasing to the eye.

chris
chris
7 years ago

Love your hair and your regiment sounds pretty straight forward, natural and not at all time consuming…thanks for sharing

Nikky Napps
Nikky Napps
7 years ago

Hey Guys I’ve started a new natural blog that I would love for you to check out! Thanks For the support!

http://nikkynapps.blogspot.com/

zyaran
zyaran
7 years ago

Wow that hair is gorgeous, and is definitely taken care of. I love those twists, had to save those to my favorite pics files. Keep up the good work..

Kimberly
Kimberly
7 years ago

Your hair looks to be healthy and grows fast!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

Mika
7 years ago

Those twists are gorgeoussssssss!

dee
dee
7 years ago

Your hair is so beautiful and inspirational. We are hair twins for sure

Rhonique Lewis
7 years ago

Hey I’m from St. Vincent too. Natural 4 yrs next month, BSL. Whoo-hoo Vincies with long hair!

Tamara
Tamara
7 years ago

Wow, I finally found someone who my hair is similar too! Your hair is very pretty. I’m still in my TWA but it’s growing. God bless you.

Youngin girl
Youngin girl
7 years ago

Very well kept and tidy. So many styles.

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