Tell me about yourself!
My name is Sherelle. I am 30 years old. I live in west London. I have recently come back from teaching in a British school in Egypt for a year. It was a wonderful experience for me and such a beautiful county.
Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper? What was your journey like?
I am currently a transitioned. I don’t think I can big chop right now. I’m not yet that confident to have short hair. I decided to go natural last year December, so it’s been about a year of not relaxing my hair. I am enjoying the experience of my natural hair journey. I do have some bad days, but I will never go back to relaxing my hair again.
Had you always embraced your texture?
I remember from a young child up to the age of 14 I was natural, but I didn’t really have any knowledge of how to take care of my hair properly. So. I relaxed my hair it and made it easier manage and hassle free.
How did family and friends react to your decision to go natural? What was your response to them?
My friends and family were fine with my decision they did question if I would ever relax my hair again, which I told them I wouldn’t. Some thought I would probably give in after a few months and relax my hair. But 1 year later I’m still going strong. I would recommend everyone who has relaxed hair to go natural. It’s much more healthier. I have now realized all the years of relaxing my hair was so damaging for me.
Describe your hair (fine or coarse, thin or thick, highly porous, low, etc.)
My hair is quite thick. Because I’m dealing with two different types of texture I don’t like the look of my transitioning hair at times. The top is soft and the bottom where I still have relaxed ends is brittle and tends to get dry quicker.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done to your hair?
The craziest think I have done to my hair was try to trim my hair myself. Big mistake. I ended up with one side longer than the other.
What’s your biggest hair related regret?
I would say my biggest regret is relaxing my hair for so many years of my life. Relaxing my hair broke my edges, gave me dry scalp, and my hair would only grow to a certain length.
What’s your current hair routine? How often do you wash, condition, and style? Favorite products! Deets!
My current routine is conditioning my hair once a week with Tresemme Naturals and doing the LOC method every two days. After conditioning and moisturizing my hair, I will band my hair in sections just so I can strengthen my hair. The products I use in my hair are water, Shea Butter Organics Plus Moisturizer, and a Shea butter mix I make myself. It consist of raw Shea butter and coconut oil which I melt down. I place it in the fridge until it’s set. I use this to seal in the moisture in my hair. Once in a while I will do a hot oil treatment. I use extra virgin olive oil, warm it up, apply it to my hair for half a hour then rinse out. All the products I use are my favorite.
What’s your favorite hairstyle? Where do you get hairstyle inspiration?
My favorite hair styles are braid outs because I’m dealing with two textures and I wear my hair out a lot. By doing this it helps me to style out my relaxed ends and get it to blend in with my natural hair. I usually create my own hairstyles, but I also watch a lot of natural hair journey videos. They inspire me. I like to watch how other people care for their hair. I learn a lot from them and try to apply what they do into my daily routine.
Who is your curl crush?
My curl crush is Alicia James. Her hair is beautiful, long, and healthy. I watch most of her videos. She also inspires me.
How do you maintain your hair at night?
At night if my hair gets dry, just before bed I do the LOC method and braid my hair in two. I also sleep with a satin scarf because it will not cause my hair to break.
How do you maintain healthy length?
My hair is growing nicely since going natural. To maintain the length, I will trim my hair when needed and use natural only products in my hair to keep it healthy.
What’s the best thing about being natural?
The best thing about going natural is the versatlitity of different hair styles I can do. The healthier look, the thickness, and the natural products I can use knowing they won’t damage my hair.
Where can folks find you on the web?
Facebook: sherelle shantel henry