Tell me about yourself!
My name is Shanee’ (Sha-nay) and I’m from Detroit, MI. I am recent graduate with a degree in Health Behavior and Health Education. I am also a very new hair blogger for Envieechic.com.
Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper? What was your journey like?
I was neither. I have been natural all of my 23 years but faithfully pressed/flat ironed my hair. My hair would periodically fall out or thin due to stress or braids so after my last sew-in I decided to go heat free. I have been heat-free now for almost 6 months.
Had you always embraced your texture?
I honestly had no idea what my natural hair texture was until about 6 months ago. I always thought my hair would be “matted” if I let it air dry so I was pretty shocked when it didn’t. In the beginning I had a lot of heat damage so my hair did not curl very well. Now my hair has recovered quite a bit (thanks to much deep conditioning and protein treatments) and I love my multi-textured hair.
How did family and friends react to your decision to go natural? What was your response to them?
Well most of my family thought it was a phase I was going through and wouldn’t last. Since I have a history of frequently changing my hairstyles. In the beginning my mom wasn’t very fond of the natural look, but after a while she got used to seeing me with shrunken curls.
Describe your hair (fine or coarse, thin or thick, highly porous, low, etc.)
I call my hair Diana, because she is the ultimate diva. My strands are very fine and fragile. I like to joke and say that if I sneeze my hair falls out! LOL. Any amount of tension, even very light tension, my edges thin. My hair has always been thin but gives the appearance of being thick when in its natural state. My hair is multi-textured partly due to being color treated. The top and front is more wavy resembling 3c hair. The back and sides are somewhere between 4a/4b. My hair is very, very soft and requires very little heat to straighten. With any amount of humidity, moisture or touching Diana frizzes like crazy.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done to your hair?
It isn’t very crazy but I’d say dying my hair blonde is probably the craziest. My hair has been an auburn color since I was a senior in high school, but for my 22nd birthday I decided I wanted a change. I decided that change would be to dye the top/front of my hair sand/caramel blonde. I say this is crazy because as I stated before my hair is very sensitive and fragile so I took a big risk going blonde. Thankfully my hair only suffered very minor damage.
What’s your biggest hair related regret?
I would say my biggest regret is not going heat-free sooner. Wearing my natural texture helped me a lot with my self confidence. I have always been shy and suffered with some self-esteem issues. Having a big, bushy, golden fro it becomes kind of hard to hide in the shadows lol. It was something about seeing myself in the most natural state allowed me to learn how to truly love who I am.
What’s your current hair routine? How often do you wash, condition, and style? Favorite products! Deets!
I co-wash my hair every week. Depending on what my hair needs, I go between Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat conditioner and Mielle Organics dew berry co-wash conditioner. Most weeks I deep condition my hair as well with either Shea Moistures Jamaican Black Castor Oil Deep Conditioner or Mielle Organics Babassu Oil and Mint Deep Conditioning Protein/Moisture Replenisher. I only wash my hair with shampoo once a month with Creme of Nature Soothing shampoo. I sometimes will do more if I’ve used gel to style my hair that week. To moisturize my hair, I use the LOC method. Currently I use Shea Moisture JBCO leave in, Mielle Organics Mint Almond Oil and Eden Bodyworks Coconut Shea curl Defining Creme. As you can see I am very fond of Mielle Organics and Shea Moisture.
What’s your favorite hairstyle? Where do you get hairstyle inspiration?
Right now my favorite base style is a braid out with a curl (perm rods on the ends). I use this style to do my frohawks and high puffs. I love this style because it gives me the illusion of volume and thickness. YouTuba and Instagram are my saving grace.
Who is your curl crush?
I have so many curl crushes but I would say Taren Guy, Froginny, Helgashappynappy, Rerefined, and Kai aka The Notorious Kia.
How do you maintain your hair at night?
I usually do the multiple mini pineapple method or I will to big flat twists/braids.
How do you maintain healthy length?
I maintain my length by being faithful to my regimen. I do not allow myself to slack off and skip a step. Also protective styling is a must for me since I am very prone to single strand knots.
What’s the best thing about being natural?
The best thing about being natural is the versatility and individuality. I love that no two curlies are the same. We’re all so different that people can’t help but stare.
Where can folks find you on the web?
I can be found on IG @_FlawsomeFro and on my facebook group “Curls, Kinks, and Coils. Oh My!”