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Hair Story: Shaniqua Johnson, Atlanta girl

“I went natural because I was trying to live a healthier lifestyle. I decided I didn’t want to use relaxers anymore.” Shaniqua Johnson, Atlanta, GA

When did you start your natural hair journey?


How did you transition to natural hair?

I big chopped

What protective hairstyles did you use while transitioning to natural?

Bantu knots, braids, twists, tapered barber cut

What were your go-to products during your transition?

Taliah Waajid and Aunt Jackie’s

What mistakes did you make along the way?

Not getting trim regularly. Getting color and bleach on unhealthy hair.

How did your family react to your natural hair journey?

Some were unhappy that I cut my hair. They had some real negative things to say.

If you relaxed your hair, did you ever go back to “the creamy crack”?

Nope, I’ll never go back

What’s your current hair regimen?

Shampoo and condition every 2 weeks, steam every other wash day, trim every 4-5 months

What are your favorite hairstyles?

2 strand twists, twistout, silk press once a year, knotless braids

What advice would you give to naturalistas out there?

Love your hair regardless of what anybody negative has to say.

Where can we find you on the socials?

You can find me on @the.nenej and https://Youtube.com/Nene J

Anthea Ancalade
Anthea Ancalade

Anthea is the creator and founder of CurleeMe. Her love for natural hair care has led her through this journey. When she’s not running CurleeMe, she’s designing websites or spending time with her family.

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