What is your name and where are you from?
My name is Shantel Haynes, I'm from Kansas City, Missouri.
How long have you been natural?
I've been natural since 2007.
What made you go natural?
My dad has beautiful locs and also Shawnta715 from Youtube :)
How did your friends/family react to you going natural?
They loved it! And actually most of the women were all transitioning as well!
What is your hair regimen? Favorite hair products?
I wash/condition once a week, to keep moisture in my strands and a cleansed scalp. I apply my heat protectant, leave- in conditioner and concentrate shea butter on my ends followed up with a blow dry (medium heat on my roots and ends..lastly with coolest setting for blowdry) and always a braid-out to set. Throughout the week I will lightly style and apply grape seed oil to my ends as needed (not too much.) This will last me throughout my week.
I love Cantu leave in conditioner, shea butter, grapeseed oil and coconut oil.
How does your hair affect your career/lifestyle?
It affects it beautifully because Im confident and natural being my true self as I was created.
What is your favorite hairstyle, or protective hairstyle?
My favorite would be my chunky braidouts, for a cute fluffy fro. I love twists in a bun as a protective style.
How do you manage to retain length/moisture?
I clip my ends about every 2- 3 months , water equals moisture so all my 4c or tightly curled girls out there stop running from the water it's your friend. Take it easy on direct heat..(flat ironing etc) I think the most important is overall health so drinking plenty of water and eating fruits and vegetables ,staying away from processed foods aka Alkaline Diet.
What advice can you give those who are thinking about going natural?
You can get great advice from Youtubers but most importantly get in the mirror and learn YOUR hair. Learn what works, what products YOU prefer. However I believe less is more with products. Love yourself! Speak it in the mirror to yourself!
Would you like to add anything else?
I salute the divinity in all who read this post.
Are you on social media?
I'm an artist (supportthearts!) you can view my work @ Knottzz on Instagram. My personal IG is _Littleknottzz