Shelli- Naturally Glam Hair Idol


CN: How long have you been natural?
I've been natural for about 11 years.

CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
I guess I was a relatively short term transitioner, if you could even call it transitioning. I BC'd at 6 months post relaxer. Those terms and the idea of "transitioning" didn't exist in my world or vocabulary at the time. I got my first relaxer and hair cut at 13 at a salon. From then on, either my mom or I relaxed my hair once every 6 months with a home perm. I could probably count on my 2 hands (maybe even 1) the number of times I got my hair professionally relaxed. I was too cheap for that. Anywho, at about 26, I had a bad experience with a relaxer that a "stylist" insisted she must put on my hair for a doobie at a Dominican blow out spot. I hadn't had a relaxer in 6 months; my norm. The stylist (if you could even call them that, because it was like a huge factory assembly line in this spot) decided to pull that junk through almost the entire length of my hair and not just the new growth!!! My hair started to break off badly after that. So, that was it for me. Plus, I wore my hair curly even with a relaxer because I worked out 5-6 days a week and sweat like a race horse. I very rarely even wore my hair straight for that reason, because it would have meant putting heat on my salty hair on a daily basis. I knew that was a no-no. So, I relaxed my hair, but then I would use products to scrunch in the curls (my hair was never bone straight anyway). So, the decision to go natural was easy and practical for me. I didn't wear my hair straight anyway and I was experiencing breakage, so at the point when I would have usually gotten another relaxer, I did the BC.



CN: What is your current regimen?
LOL. It's changed a lot since discovering CurlyNikki.com on President's Day 2010=). Currently, I'm participating in the GOC, so I'm trying to follow a very consistent regimen. On a weekly basis, I pre-poo and detangle my dry hair with Vatika oil for 20 minutes to an hour (depending on how I feel). I was using the Tangle Teezer to detangle, but now I'm scared because of Nikki's update about it shredding her ends and the fact that I just got a major trim and have fine strands too! So, I'll probably go back to finger detangling. Then, I wash with DevaCare No Poo for color-treated hair (find it more moisturizing than the regular one). I put my hair in 4 twists, not because it re-tangles easily, but because it helps encourage my wavy sections to be more curly. Lately, I've also been using a black tea rinse to see if it decreases my shedding (picked that up from TiaShauntee's "Her Best Hair" blog=). So, I'll pour the rinse over my hair and put on a plastic cap for 20 minutes. Then, without rinsing the tea, I apply my deep conditioner, which has been Darcy Botanicals Pumpkin Seed Conditioning Rinse as of late. I untwist to apply the DC and then re-twist, then I clip the twists on top of my head, pop the plastic cap back on and go under the bonnet dryer on medium heat for an hour (or, if I don't feel like finishing my hair that night, I'll put my satin bonnet over the plastic cap, then put on my twistie turban and go to bed=). After an hour or when I wake up, I let my hair cool for about 15 minutes. Then I'll usually put a "conditioning rinse" over the deep conditioner before rinsing my hair entirely with cool/cold water. The conditioning rinse is just conditioner thinned with water. Lately, I've been using Aussie Moist for that (newer purchase b/c of CN). But, sometimes I use DevaCare One Conditioner for color treated hair (staple of the last 5 years, at least). Once I rinse the DC, I apply a leave-in to my hair in sections and comb through to make sure my hair is detangled (again, was using the Tangle Teezer, but think I'll go back to my wide tooth shower comb). I then apply a styler for hold and moisture and do a twist and curl (TnC). The TnC has become my staple style over the last year because of CN=). Before that, I was a WnG girl for YEARS! Lately, my leave-in has been DevaCare One. I've been experimenting with a variety of products for styling though, including Shea Moisture Coconut Hibiscus Curl Smoothie, the SM Smoothie or Carol's Daughter Healthy Hair Butter (another long time staple) mixed in my palm with Eco Styler Olive Oil and, most recently, I've been testing a friend's new butter product. I've also used CD's Health Hair Butter and Murray's Lock and Loc gel for installing small two strand twists that I wore for a week. Because I'm participating in the GOC and want to see if I can grow my hair to WL, I've been using TnCs to stretch my hair and then putting my hair up in protective styles (buns, faux hawk, pin curled updo, etc). So, that's my weekly regimen. I also try to henna once a month and use Nikki's basic recipe, except I use 100g Jamila henna with 50g Dulhan. I use brewed green tea as my acid, add honey and sometimes I'll use Sally's GVP Conditioning Balm in the mix too. I had been doing a full head of henna 2-3 a month, but my curls have really loosened, and that is not a side effect I desired. I tried amla to preserve the curl, but I experienced a lot of itching with it and think it irritated my scalp and caused excessive shedding last year. So, my new plan is to henna only my roots and do a gloss on the length. I won't give up henna because I love, love, LOVE the red color and it makes my crazy amount of greys look like fire red highlights. Well, I LOVE the highlights in the front. In the back, it makes my head look patchy (lol), so I use a two step henna and indigo for the entire back half of my head=).



CN: How do you maintain Length? Moisture?
I never struggled with maintaining length, but I've achieved my longest hair in the last year, which is about an inch past BSL. Recently, I requested a "trim" that turned into a cut and it looks like I've lost a couple of inches=/. I have learned over the years that there are probably four things that stimulate my hair's growth and allow me to maintain a healthy, moisturized head of hair. Those things are deep conditioning every time I wash my hair (once a week or every two weeks), applying a leave-in conditioner and combing through my hair before styling (learned from a Ouidad stylist - makes detangling a breeze the next wash session and keeps my hair moisturized), using a hair butter or oil to seal moisture into my ends and staying away from protein heavy products (conditioners, stylers and gels - thanks Nik;-). Oh, and there is one more thing that I think has been very important, but has not been in my regimen as of late. If I am wearing a WnG, I never re-wet/re-fresh with water. If I re-wet/re-fresh it is with a leave-in conditioner (like Infusium 23) or a regular conditioner diluted with water.

CN: Night time routine?
I sleep on a satin pillowcase and wear either a satin scarf, bonnet or both. I sometimes pineapple if wearing a TnC, but it's still not the best solution for me. My nape hair is almost completely straight and I have to work to make it blend in with the rest of my hair. The pineapple can stretch that hair and ruin my blending efforts. However, given that I've been wearing a lot of protective styles lately, I haven't had to worry about securing loose hairstyles.



CN: What would you tell a new natural, or transitioning diva?
You know, the most important thing for me to tell a new natural or transitioning diva is to love their own head of hair. I think we all have moments of curl envy as we see all the gorgeous heads of hair out there. You may think that someone has the most fabulous head of hair ever and that they couldn't want anything else, but you'd probably be completely wrong. I drool over hair of all different shapes, lengths, curliness, kinkiness, thickness, etc. and wish for thicker hair, curlier hair, hair with more shrinkage, longer hair etc. But, at the end of the day, I'm good with my head of hair=). I enjoy it immensely. So, I think it's important to look at these blogs and youtube videos with a healthy appreciation for all the variety out there, but a healthy appreciation for your own head of hair too. There's nothing I hate more (well, that may be a fib ... but, I'm trying to prove a point;-), then someone saying "you have 'good' hair" or that, if they had my grade of hair, they would have been natural years ago. It's nothing against the person who says it, but I get annoyed that our world that has "taught" people this lie. I just want them to know that no matter the texture or length of their hair, it is and can be beautiful if they take the time and have the patience to learn how to treat their hair well.



CN: What's the best thing about being naturally glamorous?
For me, the best thing is inspiring others to be naturally glamorous! My sister and mom both went natural shortly after I did. My mom rocked a short, tapered cut with a Jerri Curl for a couple of decades!! Long before I decided to stop getting relaxers, my sisters and I would constantly tell her she should stop getting Jerri Curls because the "new growth" at her shaved nape was full of gorgeous curls! So, it was very rewarding when my youngest sister, then my mom, went natural within a few years of my BC. All of our textures are different and I constantly want to get my hands in their curlier heads to experiment with all of the styles that I've learned over the last year=)! Also, a few people at my job went natural after I did, and I think I was the one who inspired them to do so. So, it is really rewarding to see others let go of the "chemical dependency" and embrace healthier hair.

CN: Anything else you want to add?
Yes. Thank YOU Nik for all that you do. Since finding your site (at the recommendation of a friend - Thanks Meesa!), I discovered this whole online universe of natural hair. However, your site, with the information, inspiration and support you provide, is the best out there by far. YOU are my natural hair staple=). So, thank you for starting and maintaining such a wonderful place for all of us to visit, even in the midst of new and far more important responsibilities in your life. YOU are MY Hair Idol=).

55 Weigh in!:
Focused said...

BEAUTIFUL head of hair!

Anonymous said...

Jesus Christ, her hair is beautiful

Kamilah said...

her hair is amazing! It looks so soft and healthy, is there anywhere else we can stalk her?lol

CurlyKye said...

Gorgeous girl with gorgeous curls!

Anonymous said...

great hair! I especially like the twists that are pinned up into an updo. Looks like a great protective style!

Breanna said...

So this is the Shelli that I've seen posting on here alot. My Gawd her hair is freaking gorgeous, if it ever gets to much for you can I have some of it.lol..... On that last picture it looks like it could be Curlynikki hair for real lol.... You have definitely taken good care of you hair and it shows, it's so healthy and thick and love the shine.

Curly B. said...

She has the most gorgeous hair I've ever seen!

Anonymous said...

I love how she said Nikki was her natural staple. That was so sweet of her :)

But her hair is gorgeous.. especially this first pic

Anonymous said...

She sort of looks like your hair twin Nikki!

CURLYNIKKI said...

Shelli is MY hair idol!

Sharmer said...

Wow, her story was a little long for me, but her hair is friggin gorgeous!

Dani said...

HAIR PORN!!!

sugarandcurls said...

B-U-TI-FUL!!!

Ty said...

Go Shelli,Go Shelli!!!!!!! Sista, you are rockin it!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Why'd your mom ever relax your hair?! It's gorgeous!!

Anonymous said...

Love the interview Shelli, I literally couldn't stop reading it. Also like the blending of the Ayurvedic into your routine. And your advice for new naturals and transitioning divas needs to be shouted from mountain tops. I have embraced my hair, and am constantly amazed at all the little feats that we (my hair and I) accomplish. Greetings from NY

Anonymous said...

Thank you all so much for the kind words!!

Sharmer, I'm a talker!! Even as I wrote this, I thought, here I go rambling again!!! LOL!!

Anonymous at 8:48, my mom probably would have never relaxed my hair if it was up to her. But, I just had a big poof of hair as a kid and all the other girls had straight, behaving hair and I wanted mine to be the same (no matter where you go, there you are). Thing is, in HS, I still couldn't control it, so I always had a french braid or a ponytail!! Then ... the Wave Nouveau. Uggghhh. Damaged my hair badly as we put it over the relaxer!! LOL! Well, when I got to college, I finally figured out how to do my hair. But, HS was rough!!

Thank you so much Anonymous @ 9:28.

Breanna and Anonymous @ 5:22, I call that last pic my Curly Nikki impression!! LOL! I love Nikki's hair and was recommended to her site by my friend who said our hair looks similar=).

Nik ... pshaw!!! LOL.

Okay, and one last thing .... sorry for the typos!!! I hate typos and I saw a then that should have been a than and a Health Hair Butter that should have been Healthy=)!!! Ooops! See, that was because I wrote far too much ... rambling again! LOL!!

Shelli

Anonymous said...

Shelli, your hair is absolutely stunning!! Would you mind detailing how you achieved the different styles?

lika b said...

absolutely gorgeous!

EmmaG said...

Girl your hair is gorgeous!. I tried henna once and my hair felt sooo rough even with the DC after but I will give it a try 1 more time as an 8 month transitioner, using your routine. Thank you.

Carm said...

You have my dream hair! :-) It's beautiful

CurLillies said...

Shelli!

Your hair is gorgeous!!!! I totally envy your hair. I recently did the BC and can't wait until my hair gets that long.

Tonya said...

Wow....who wouldn't envy all that beautiful hair and shiny smooth texture!!! Thanks for the details...I'm glad to see that you added a picture of your hair when it was shorter because thats what my hair looks like now. It's 6 months since my BC and stories like yours do inspire me because I'm tired of my big twa. Thanks so much!

ggrox said...

SHELLI IS MY HAIR MENTOR/GURU AND SHE IS AWESOME, HAS AWESOME HAIR, AND IS AN AWESOME PERSON!! I COULD NOT HAVE GIVEN UP THE FLAT IRON WITHOUT HER!! THANK YOU SO MUCH SHELLI!!!

GG

Anonymous said...

Shelli you and your hair are stunning!! I agree with those who have said that you and Nikki are hair twins :)...especially in that last pic. Your comment regarding curl envy and embracing one's hair whilst appreciating others' is so true! I still struggle with moments of wanting a kinkier texture so your hair story has definitely been encouraging. Continue with your GOC regimen...it's working for ya!

reginastwin said...

Beautiful hair Shelli! Your hair texture is similar to mine, so I will definitely try out some of the products you mentioned. I envy your length girl! Keep taking care of that beautiful head of hair! You mentioned you work out 5-6 days a week. Do you also have a diet regimen????

Anonymous said...

Wow! Beautiful hair thanks so much for sharing your story! :)
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Anonymous said...

I think I mirror everyone elses' sentiments when I say your hair is beautiful!! I also tried amla mid last year and have experienced excessive shedding since. Have the black tea rinses (or anything else for that matter) helped much?

KeetaRay said...

Absolutely gorgeous hair!

Kasey said...

how do you make your hair so shiny??!

Candace4life said...

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Candace4life said...

That's alot of pretty hair, and it's so long and healthy. You and Curlynikki are hair twins that were separated from birth lol...lol... I'm liking the twists updo that you have with the flower very nice.

Anonymous said...

Wow, eleven years natural! That's a long time in the natural world. Ditto, you have gorgeous hair! But as you stated, we have to embrace our own hair, the good and the bad. And each day this is what I try to do. I appreciate you sharing your story. Very good advice you gave, especially about the leave-in or diluted conditioner for next day wash and go's. That's where I am in my journey (almost ready for twist/braid out). That's a great idea! Thank you again for sharing.

wavezncurlz said...

Beautiful!
I am loving the twisted updo. I might try this one myself!

KinkyBoots said...

Shelli, your hair is GORGEOUS! You must give us a tutorial on your protective-style updos, especially the one in Picture #5 with the pretty red flower in your hair! PLEASE show me how to do that!

Anonymous said...

This was one of the best posts I have read. It has encouraged me as a 5 month transitioner. I will be a long time transitioner because I am terrified of the BC. I too would only get a relaxer every 6 months and WnG every 3-4 days. Dealing with two different textures of hair has been interesting but I am up for the challenge. Thanks for the pics and the encouragement. I now believe that I can do this transition and keep my BSL hair. Thanks again as I have read your post 3 times already and get inspired by each read.

Luscious Mahogany said...

Shelli I LOVE LOVE LOVE your hair its beautiful!! I totally agree with your statement that CN site is the best out there it has inspired my BC, linked me an immense amount of knowledge, information, products and support from other on this Natural hair journey. I have a new found self esteem about myself!! Love the hairstyle with the flower, I can't wait for mine to grow a lil more so I can wear flowers!!

Anonymous said...

please tell me she has a fotki:)

Melodee A said...

Shelli, your hair is FABULOUSLY BEAUTIFUL! I will be 2 years natural in July of this year and I am still trying to listen and understand my hair and sometimes I become frustrated in the process. However; when I read posts like yours Shelli I get excited all over again about making the decision to go natural!

As some of the other ladies have mentioned please post a tutorial on how you accomplished the protective style with the flower in your hair... it is SO PRETTY! I'm just getting to the point where I can do a twist and curl where my hair doesn't look crazy lol...

But when I become more adventurous with my styling I would like to have that look in my protective style catalog.....

Anonymous said...

Hi! I'm a Newbie, and I have been searching the site for the Twist and Curl tutorial. Can someone post the link for me? Thanks!

-Bringing Nappy Back

Candace4life said...

@4:32pm

http://www.curlynikki.com/2008/10/as-promised-t-n-c-tutorial-is-here-d.html

Here is the video that CN did for the twist and curl tutorial, hopefully this is what you were looking for :).

Anonymous said...

First and foremost, you are all far too kind! Thank you so much for your wonderful comments=).

Second, I'm going to try to answer the questions posted. If I miss yours, please let me know and I'll respond.

FOTKI: I don't have a blog or a Fotki account and I have no clue how to make video tutorials. However, I created a "Hair Chronicles" photo album on FB around April of last year when friends started asking to see the results of my henna treatments. Then, I created a new album for the GOC. So, here's the public link if you're interested in seeing more hair pics=): https://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2111684&id=1166199954&l=7444697fc6.


TWIST UPDO: In regard to this style about which several inquired, there are a few photos from different angles in my album. It's really nothing special!! I used Kimmaytube's leave-in (diluted with water and applied with spray bottle). Then, I just did two strand twists on slightly damp hair using CD's Healthy Hair Butter and Murray's Loc and Lock Gel. I tried to follow TiaShauntee's technique by creating four sections on my head and then making 6 twists in each section. I asked her about her sections recently and she posted a response with a pic! Here is the link: http://tiashauntee.blogspot.com/2011/02/you-askedi-answered.html.

I did use the Senegalese twist method for the first inch of the twists to try to keep them close to my scalp (twist each section of the twist first, then twist the two pieces together in the opposite direction. There are several youtube videos demonstrating the technique. That's where I learned how to do it). Then, I just rolled all the twists on small flexi-rods (I used the pink ones), with about 3 twists per flexi. I used DevaCurl Set It Free on the ends before rolling. In the morning, I took the rollers out and applied a little Jamaican Black Castor Oil (love, love, LOVE) to seal my ends. Then, I just did a french twist, leaving the curled ends out, and secured with bobby pins. I have to say, I think my twists are so wimpy and I sooo envy those with deliciously lush twists (like in the post prior to my story). So, I was very pleasantly surprised that so many wanted to know about this style. Thank you again. You really made me smile=).

BLACK TEA RINSE: The jury is still out on that one. I have my third one in my head right now and really need to get to applying my DC=). I figured I'd give it several tries before making a decision. It certainly didn't make me lose any more hair than usual and, I think it might he contributing to the shine!

Okay, I'm going to continue in another post because I'm not sure how long of one the site with accept.

Shelli

Anonymous said...

DIET (for Reginastwin): I am really lazy about cooking and grocery shopping! LOL! So, I'm really simple. Breakfast is usually oatmeal with a cup of thawed blueberries (Dole!) and two boiled eggs (one with the yolk, one whites only). I have a mid morning snack consisting of a fruit yogurt (Fage Greek 2% or 0% fat is the business. I'll also go with Stonyfield organic. Lunch and dinner are Lean Cuisines or some other frozen low fat meal!! I go with whatever is on sale!! LCs are my faves though. Eating Right is really good too, but they don't see to go on sale. I try to have a piece of fruit with lunch and dinner too. With the frozen meals, I stick mostly with those that are chicken and rice or fish and rice based. I don't eat the ones with red meat ever (just not a fan of read meat) and I don't choose the pastas ones if I have a choice, unless they are whole wheat. I drink lots of water, have a cup of coffee every morning (I know, but can't give that up) and then, if I feel like something other than water, green or some other type of tea during the day. But, mostly I just drink water. I gave up soda and juice about a decade ago too and really have no desire to drink it. I'll drink a very occasional juice, not even once every couple of months. But, I never drink soda. Just no desire for it.

Anonymous at 12:36, 3:39 and Tonya: I just wanted to say that your posts made me really happy I submitted my story. I wanted to show my BC picture to encourage those who are contemplating transitioning, struggling with it or are newly natural and wondering if their hair would ever grow. I think seeing where others began really lets those who took the plunge know that their "dream hair" can become their "real hair."

Anonymous at 12:36, since you're transitioning and want to avoid the BC, I was wondering if you ever saw the Satin Scarf Braid out technique demonstrated by Nina Pruitt on Youtube?!?! If not, here's the link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcDvkTe5a0Y&feature=relmfu

She has been able to transition beautifully using this technique and the Kimmaytube leave-in recipe.

HENNA: Anonymous at 9:49. Definitely try it with adding a 1/2 cup to cup of the Sally's GVP Conditioning Balm and then a DC after. Just make sure you don't add too much liquid or, as Nikki said, you'll end up with a runny, drippy mess=)!

Okay, and last but not least, my girl GG=)! Hey GG=)!!! I'm so glad you stepped away from the flat iron!!! I can't wait to see the growth you achieve now that you decided to grow out your recently acquired TWA=).

Again, thank you all and I hope these answers help some of you. If the twist description isn't good enough, maybe I'll try to figure out how to make a video=).

Shelli

Anonymous said...

Wow your hair is beautiful!!!!

Amber

Anonymous said...

Amazing hair….I’m wowed for sure. Is there any way you can give a play by play (how many twists, placement, products that work the best, and you ends) on your twist out? It’s truly breathtaking and exactly what I’ve been attempting to achieve!

Anonymous said...

Thank you! Anon @ 10:27, truly those last two pics from January and February this year were the first time I achieved results like that. The thing is, I'm wondering if I'm going to achieve them again! I don't really have a formula for twist placement or number. However, I think in those two pics I had anywhere from 8 to 12? I was trying to following Nikki's placement (someone graciously posted the link to her TnC tutorial video above), except I usually don't get as many twists. As for product, in the first pic, I think I used a little of the Kimmaytube leave-in (diluted with distilled water as my hair is fine and would get weighed down with the "full" strength formula). I let my hair air dry for a while. It's better for me if I do twists on only slightly damp hair. I get better volume. I then mixed a finger full of SheaMoisture Coconut and Hibiscus Hair Smoothie in my palm with an equal amount of Eco Styler Olive Oil gel and applied to each section before twisting. I think I sprayed the ends with DevaCurl Set it Free before rolling each twist individually on small pink flexi-rods. I usually roll the entire bottom half of my twist and sometimes take it to the base of the twist (which I think I did in the last photo). Oh, and anywhere in the back where I have a part with a twist on each side, I take those small Goody Comfort-Flex barrettes and secure the two adjacent twists together to help prevent noticeable parts in the back,. I'm prone to have a noticeable part done the back. This has helped prevent that. I have to sit under the dryer (medium heat), because my hair NEVER dries overnight. So, I try to let it air dry as much as possible, but almost always have to go under the dryer for at least 30 minutes. When I released the twists, I put a little Vatika oil on my palms, unraveled and fluffed at the roots. I try not to disturb the curls at the end too much, but I will carefully separate a few to increase volume.

In the last pic, I actually only used a fingerful of DevaCurl for each twist before applying a product I was testing for a friend called Butter Than Love (it's "Coming Soon." http://www.wondercurl.com/products.html). She asked that I use the product alone as she saw I like to mix things and she's trying to create a single product that does it all. I didn't use anything to style, but told her I have to use a leave-in=). So, that's all I used to twist for the last pic, Deva One as a leave-in and BTL as a styler. I applied a little more BTL to my ends before again rolling on the pink flexis. I released the twists when dry. That time, I think I used my Jamaican Black Castor Oil. My hair loves it and it enhances shine.

So, the one thing I didn't mention above is that, in the second pic, I used the Tangle Teezer to detangle each section of my hair after applying product and before twisting. I was scared the TT might be causing split ends, so I returned it. I'm interested in whether I'll get the same smooth results with my TnC today as I just used a wide tooth comb to detangle after applying my leave-in. Guess we'll see if I'm able to reproduce the results.

Oh, and one final thing ... ya'll all know these are good hair days=). Plus, the flash of a camera, combined with the lighting in a bathroom can make for some wonderful hair shots=)!! I swear, I was pleased with my hair when I took these pics ... hence the reason I was taking them. However, I don't think my hair looked anywhere near as shiny in person as it did in that last pic!!!! LOL!! As I alluded to above, when I took that pic, I was seriously thinking, "I finally achieved the CurlyNikki hair shot!!!" The other pics are accurate reflections of what I saw in the mirror though.

Hope that helps.

Shelli

Curl-a-licious said...

You need to make a tutorial for the braids/twist pics #4&5! They are too fabulous :]

Anonymous said...

Curl-alicious,

I posted how I did the twists above. As to the braid style, I got that from a post from Catrina on CurlyNikki and youtube.

http://www.curlynikki.com/search?q=catrina

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7teMqnOQaM

Shelli

Anonymous said...

I have always thought hair was like a fingerprint, unique to the individual. Looking at her hair type versus mine, it would be pointless to ask what products she uses or how she gets such a defined or wonderful twistout etc etc ad nauseum because in the end my hair is not the same texture and type as hers.

Yes she has lovely hair but I don't understand why people need blow by blow accounts of people's regimens because what they actually like about someone's hair styles is often the result of texture, type and length. Same with that Haircrush on Youtube.

skillsgill said...

Shelli here,

Several people have mentioned to me that the link to the FB album above is not working. Since then, I've created a GOC blog on NaturallyCurly.com. You can "follow" me there if you're interested. Here is the link:

http://www.naturallycurly.com/blog_contests/view_blog/kimcolesgrowout/1846

Thank you.

Miss*Tress said...

Great post and comment thread. Thanks for posting such detailed responses, Shelli. You and your hair are beautiful.

skillsgill said...

Thank you so much Miss Tress=)!!!

Shelli

Anonymous said...

I figured that, in case anyone is reading post, I'd provide an update that I've created my own blog at Wordpress.

http://hairscapades.wordpress.com/

It's new, so I don't have a ton of content yet. But, I have posted my TnC pictorial and will be adding other style "tutorials" to the site. Thanks!

Shelli

kymani Shadine said...

Beautiful after reading your post, i cant wait to reacquaint myself to my natural hair, i am transitioning at the mo. You have a lot of valid points regarding expectations and individual natural textures.
xoxo

hairscapades said...

Hi Kymani! I just saw this! Thank you so much! Hope that you'll visit my site as well and find encouragement there too. But, I "stays" on CurlyNikki;)! It's my fave and most frequented hair site:)!

Shelli

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