My name is Rasheta.  I am from a small town in Florida called Deland. I am a Registered Nurse and Captain in the United States Air Force.

How long have you been natural? 

I have been natural since 2003.

What motivated you to transition?
I transitioned while I was in Nursing school at Florida A&M University. I decided to transition because the health of my hair was suffering. Perms were very damaging to my hair and I suffered a lot of breakage and stunted growth.

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How would you describe your hair?

I would describe my hair as big, bold and fierce! I absolutely love my hair and wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m not really into hair typing but would say I have a combination of 4a/4b texture.

What do you love most about your hair?

What I love about my hair is the versatility. I feel that it is a lot easier to do styles in my hair than it was when I was relaxed.  Since my hair is so big and full, I can create different looks and styles effortlessly. I also love the fact that my hair is very healthy and flourishing since I have been natural.

What has been the most memorable part of the journey?
The most memorable part of my journey was the day I decided to wear my natural hair out for the first time.  I was so nervous and I was so scared at what reaction I would receive. It wasn’t as bad I imagined it would be. My journey has not been hard thanks to YouTube! There are tons of amazing naturals there that have helped me through this process.

What were your favorite hairstyles doing your transition?
During my transition, I mostly wore wigs and weaves. If I could turn back the hands of time, I would have big chopped and gotten it over with! LOL

Any reactions from friends and family?
My experience being natural has been a very positive one. My friends and family love it and many have actually gone natural as a result of my journey. I get so many compliments and a natural and that was surprising to me at first.I was so amazed and flattered by all the positive feedback and comments that I received/recieve.

What is your hair regimen?
My regimen including weekly co-washing and deep conditioning w/ Aubrey Organics honeysuckle rose and Aubrey Organics GPB conditioner. I deep condition w the GPB conditioner.( I also alternate my deep conditioner with Shea moisture deep conditioners as well.)While the deep conditioner is on my hair I sit under my heutiful hair steamer.I coat my hair with extra virgin olive oil along with the deep conditioner.Once I’m done steaming,I rinse my hair and apply my moisturizing conditioner which if AubreyOrganics honeysuckle rose.I them use an old t-shirt and dry my hair.I then use the loc method for moisture.For the loc method after I wash my hair I use Giovanni Direct Leave in Conditioner followed by an oil and end with Shea moistures curl enhancing smoothie. I put my hair it twist and braids and then cover with a satin scarf.I do the LOC method everyday and during the week I use water instead of the Giovani direct leave in.I keep my hair in a protective style during the week and only wear my hair in a afro or loose on the weekends. I also take Hairfinity vitamins and I love them.

Who are your favorite vloggers?
My favorite natural hair you tubers are myself (,Naptural85,Taren Guy, FushionOfCultures, Nikki Mae and Hair Crush(Chime Edwards).

Any advice?
New naturals always look at my hair and tell me that they cannot wait until there hair gets big like mine. It is very important to embrace each stage of your journey because it is wonderful. I look back at my old pics and love my hair at each stage. The most important thing to do is make sure you show your hair a lot of TLC bc healthy hair is growing hair. I also would like to say that every texture is beautiful! You do not have to have a 3a curl pattern in order to have beautiful hair.All natural hair is beautiful and admirable.Do not forget that!

Where can we find you online?
I can be found on Instagram @ LuvLeeLioness, on YouTube, on the cover and in the winter issue of Naturally Happy Hair Magazine and on Facebook as Rasheta Cannon.

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