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Shaka- A Story of Transition

By January 27th, 202127 Comments

CurlyNikki readers, meet Shaka…the big haired DIVA!

CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
S: I was both. I began transitioning in 2005 & ’06 but kept texturizing and my hair was breaking really badly. So in August of 2007, I was sitting at work one day & I was like “eff this” I’m going to lunch.. I went to the barbershop & cut all my hair off! I got a mohawk…been natural ever since.

CN: When did you BC? What was your initial reaction to your natural hair?

S: I bc’ed in August of 2007. The summer of 2007 was very emotional for me & I think I took it out on my hair by going to the barbershop, lol.. When I was at work, I loved it! When I got home later that evening I hated it!! I grew to love the style! It was a drastic change for me. I loved my natural hair & the plans I had for it, so I stayed strong & believed in what I did. I can’t say the same for others lol!

CN: What was your transition routine (products included)?

S: I didn’t have the knowledge as I do now re: transitioning. Thank God for! Those ladies (including you) were/are God sends! I didn’t mess with my hair too much during transition… mainly wash & sets.

CN: What was your staple hair style during the transition?

S: My staple transition style was wash and sets, and blow outs… nothing else.

CN: How did you moisturize your hair to prevent breakage at the new growth line?
S: I used castor oil & coconut oil at the growth line & I didn’t manipulate my hair too much. Patience is definitely key during transition & with natural hair PERIOD..

Why did you choose to go natural?
S: I chose to go natural because of selfish reasons at first… I had a really short haircut in 2001 a la’ Nia Long short & I noticed when I washed it how beautiful it would look while wet. Fast forward years later, and I wanted my hair to look like Tracee Ellis Ross’ & Kelis’ hair! I needed that crazy BIG hair! I was like, ‘that’s me’! So I stopped perming slowly but surely. Now that my hair is growing out, not down (it’s crazy big! I still LOVE the attention & stares my hair gets (I guess it’s the Gemini in me). The random questions people ask, the “where can I purchase the wig you’re wearing?” or the “guurrrll what kinda S curl is that?” or the ” I’m a new transitioner please help because your hair is GORGEOUS!” I LOVE em’ all!! Now that I’ve gained the knowledge by visiting some of the natural sites & doing research my hair is healthy as ever & thick as can be! I LOVE MY HAIR & WOULDN’T CHANGE IT FOR THE WORLD!!!

Shaka- A Story of Transition

Shaka- A Story of Transition


  • Anonymous says:

    I know I'm super late on the updates, but nonetheless, I wish i had the guts to just get up and cut all my hair off. I can't. i'll be transitioning until I have at least 6 inches of new growth. Good for you! Your hair looks AMAZING.

  • RUCreole says:

    Hey Shak!
    Girl why I took so long to get here to read the updates. So glad to see you as the curly hair diva of the day. You are God sent for connecting me to, as always your hair is supa dupa juicy and I am totally envious. I "heart" Shak's hair, she is my daily naturally curly Panamanian Diva! Thanks for all the info, as usual YOU ROCK!

    -Randy ;-)

  • curli says:

    Hey Nikki!! ((HUGZ))
    I sent four pics :o( lol I was wondering y only two came up! How are u girl??? Congrats on the Blog!! I luv it!! Keep up the good work xoxoxo! Thank u for posting my story!

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    OMG! Curli from…I just realized that this was you :) These were the only 2 pics that came through, and while scrolling through the blog a sec ago, I looked into your face and recognized you…then I read back through your interview for the 'infamous mohawk' and there it was. Your growth is AMAZING!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Your hair is gorgeous!

  • curli says:

    Dammit im four days late lmaooo!! I need alerts or something..

    For wash n go's I use an oil rinse first in shower, Curls Milkshake,Elucence MBC ALWAYS ..

    Twistoust- your fav cond.. Mine is Elucence MBC, Shea Butter & castor oil on my ends thats it!
    Im done with the millions of products. Simple works best for me.. Under my sink looks like a BSS.. SMH… I dnt use any of thise things under there..

    First pic hair was achieved by finger styling.. I just took little pieces of hair & twirled..

    Shades are Marc Jacobs.. Can be found in Bloomingdales

    Thanks for all the kind words & compliments ladies!!!
    Oh, & its fotki/newcurli
    Stay Blessed!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Hi, I love your curls!!! I too am natural and one thing we have in common is my hair grows out not down. I was a lil insecure about that because I love my curls and couldn't wait for them to go down but I've definitely gotten used to it and I also get the stares and I love it. What products do you use.

  • Anonymous says:

    Pretty curls!!! :) ~KF519

  • MJ says:

    Beautiful hair! Simply gorgeous!

  • Unknown says:

    Girl…I so love the hair but where did u get those sunnies from?

  • Anonymous says:

    Shaka, your hair is super duper gorgeous!!! You have to give up the goods on how you styled your hair in those pics. The definition is unbelievable!

  • Denise Taylor says:

    wish I could get my hair to look half this good!! I've been natural since 1998 and I still struggle with styling it. Work it!

  • Pisces Bae says:

    Tres faboulous!

  • Sweetdrk1 says:

    I adore your hair…I just did my BC and I am loving it and I appreciate the community for sharing the ups & downs, the dos & donts.

  • Unknown says:

    Beautiful and I love that Gemini attitude! Let's rock!

  • Anonymous says:

    Your hair is ridiculously BEAUTIFUL!! Work it!

  • mysskay says:

    beautiful and great attitude. thanks for sharing!

  • Tina Beanie says:

    Great hair! I double LOL that "Where can I purchase that wig" comment! You know your hair is looking extra fly when they don't think it's real!

  • Anonymous says:

    I love the pics…your hair is beautiful!!! How did you get the texture in the second pic?

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  • GG says:

    I looooooove your hair! If I saw you in person I'd have to stop you and tell you how fabulous it is and ask you a million questions. lol.

  • Butterfly73 says:

    You are fabulous! I love your hair

  • Anonymous says:

    gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous…what type is your hair?

  • Anonymous says:

    love your curl definition. Do you have a fotki? I am a newbie with big hair and i really could use some help! Thnks B

  • Anonymous says:

    What products do use now and how do style?

  • Anonymous says:

    Your curls are fab!! Love it!

  • Anonymous says:

    Absolutely gorgeous head of hair! Fierce and fly! Work it! lol@ "where can I purchase that wig your wearing?"

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