1. What's your name and where are you from?
My name is Shannon. I am from Jamaica, but I reside in Georgia, USA.
2. What is your hair type?
The front of my hair is 4a, and the back is 4b/4c. Overall my hair is type H (Healthy).
3. When did you go natural and what made you do it?
I don't quite remember when I decided to go natural because I was very young (maybe 10) but I decided to start my healthy hair journey in Summer 2011 because my hair was extremely heat damaged.
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
The most challenging thing about going natural and my healthy hair journey as a whole was learning to deal with my hair as it grew and the textures changed.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
If my hair is out (in a "wash & go") I wash weekly and moisturize at least 3-4 times a week. If it's in a protective style I moisturize weekly or as needed. Usually cleanse every other week, but if my hair is dry or itchy I'll wash.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
Each morning I remove my satin bonnet, shake and fluff, then style my hair.
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
Each night I assess my hair for dryness, itchy scalp, etc. and tend to it as needed and then put on a satin bonnet.
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
Practically not at all. If I'm in a rush I might sit under a hooded dryer while deep conditioning. I did have a sew-in with leave out at the top in January 2015, but I haven't flat-ironed my entire head since March 2014.
9. Do you braid your hair? If so, how often do you do so in a year?
I do my signature twists (big or medium) anywhere from 2 to 4 times a year. The video to my process is below:
s10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
Wide-tooth comb, but I'm considering trying out the Denman brush.
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
I would say about 50/50. Mostly protective styles during the summer and loose mostly during the fall.
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
When I was younger my aunt cut almost 1/3 of my length (thinking I had extensions in my braids) and I suffered extreme heat damage during my early teens. For the length, I couldn't really do much, but for the heat damage I started to moisturize, deep condition and use protein treatments as well as protective styles more. I stopped using heat as much and eventually not at all.
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
Moisturize and use protective styles. Do everything in moderation.
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
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