Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey.
My name is Sheriden. I’m 23 years old, and I’m a writer who’s all about being transparent, authentic, and putting good, real vibes out into the world. I blog at The Indie Byline where I collect life moments – both big and small, go on the best foodie adventures, and fumble at love one boy at a time lol.
I also have a YouTube channel where I am curating love lessons through real talks with people sharing their views on love and self-love. My natural hair journey started 4 years ago when I decided I just wasn’t about that relaxed hair life no mo’. Since then I have grown, I have chopped, I have dyed, and now I have grown some more lol.
How long have you been natural?
4 years strong! It is annoying at times but I wouldn’t change it for the world. There’s so much personality and versatility with black hair that I love and that goes doubly with being natural. I am actually thinking about getting starter locs this winter...
What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper & why?
I transitioned before going full blown natural for about 6 months. It was easy to deal with the two textures as long as I paid extra attention to my new growth. I wanted some length before I did my big chop and initially wanted to do a year, but after taking out my kinky twists and seeing how struggle my permed ends were, I was just like, “Cut it all off!”
How would you describe your hair?
Kinky. Stubborn. Wild. Free. She marches to the beat of her own drum.
What do you love most about your hair?
The individuality it represents. The air it gives me, the confidence. I like that even if it is a subject of dislike or beauty – it demands the attention of anyone who sees me rocking it. I love feeling how soft it is.
When I cut my fro into a tapered cut a couple of years back, that was another freeing experience. I let go of the weight of some baggage I was carrying around. I made a move for me by cutting my hair and coloring it – donning a new look. It might sound silly to place such an emphasis on short hair but hair means a lot to women, it influences how we feel about ourselves unfortunately and fortunately. So cutting it off and offering an alternative to the “long, straight hair is beautiful” stigma is pretty empowering as a woman.
What has been the most memorable part of your journey? Has it been easy or difficult or both?
The most memorable part was both of my haircuts. I remember being so nervous because I was allowing others’ perception of beauty to influence whether or not I would cut it, so it was a freeing experience when I big chopped. I let go of what people’s standards of beauty were and invented my own.
What are (or were) some of your favorite transitioning hairstyles or current dos?
I love braid styles lol. Box braids, Marley twists, and my latest love has been crochet braids. I am a diva when it comes to head wraps, I love rocking a turban at least a few times a week. I love twist outs when I am wearing my real hair.
What have your experiences been as a ‘natural?’ Any memorable reactions from family or others?
Generally really positive experiences, but my mother didn’t care for it initially. For a while, she couldn’t understand why I wanted to trade my signature wrap style for a teeny weeny afro that black people largely put to bed decades prior. But I think after a few months, it became obvious that this natural was in fact a part of who I am and how I am meant to be, it showed, and she loved it so much, it encouraged her to start her own natural hair journey. Dope!
What is your hair regimen (including fav products)?
My current hair regimen is a weekly cowash with HerbalEssences Hello Hydration Conditioner, proceeded by a prepoo with coconut oiland a deep conditioning treatment with Shea Moisture Yucca & BaobabAnti-Breakage Masque.
What I typically do when I deep condition is place my hair in loose flat twists and then don a head wrap for the day, at the end of the night, I give my hair a cowash with my conditioner of choice (it’s cheap, smells good, and leaves my hair feeling moisturized). When I wash my hair with shampoo (Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo), it’s once a month accompanied by a protein treatment that is one part mayonnaise, one part essential oil of my choice, and one part conditioner.
My day to day practices is basically maintaining the moisture I’ve placed in my hair through the use of the LOC method. After washing, I twist my hair into little twists with that method to ensure a quick dry. Water is my liquid, olive oil is my oil, and raw Shea butter is my cream-based moisturizer. The next day, I untwist with oil on my fingers and wear my hair like that.
I retwist at night with Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie and twist my hair into much chunkier twists, wake up and repeat. The style will either evolve into an afro puff by the end of the week or I’ll just wrap my hair up in my turban again depending on the weather and how I’m feeling.Who is your hair crush?
Yagazie Emezi. Kilo Kish. Hannah Faith. Solange
What are some of your favorite natural hair websites, Youtubers, or blogs?
I don’t really look at a lot of natural hair sites but I love CurlyNikki, HeyFranHey, Talk Tresses, Global Couture, Black Girl Long Hair, & Urban Bush Babes.
Anything you want the readers to know? Inspirational words?
There’s a quote I’m living by lately: “The Sun will rise and set regardless. What we choose to do with the light while it’s here is up to us. Journey wisely.” It’s by Alex Elle, a fellow queen I love and whose life and work ethic inspire my own as a creative.
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