MG Spotlight- Shawanna

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MG Spotlight- Shawanna

Shawanna  Q. Where are you from and how is the natural scene there?

A. I currently reside in Los Angeles, California. I have worked in the beauty industry for 10 years and have just recently been amazed with the explosion of the natural hair care industry. The store I currently work in carries Miss Jessie’s, Kinky Curly, Curls and Deva Curl and we will be expanding with more lines by the end of 2009.

Q. Did you transition to natural hair? If so, what were your experiences?

A. I became natural in 2001 by chance. I had worn a fluorescent pink pixie cut and my cousin looked at me one night and said, “You would look incredible with natural hair” that night we cut it and I have been hooked ever since!

At first my cut was so short it was close to a bald fade. I had never wore my hair that short before — so it took me a while to get used to it. One day I looked in the mirror and finally saw myself. As my hair began to grow out, I realized the curl pattern in my hair had a great coil and that I did not need much maintenance (just keep it clean and moisturized). I then began to rock a short afro, from there I went to cornrows and finally my signature look which is my dry twist out.

Q. Did you have any support?

A. My cousin who cut my hair and wears her own bald immediately embraced me. Initially my mother was SHOCKED!!! I never realized how much my mother loved my hair until I went natural. My boyfriend at the time was indecisive but grew to appreciate my new natural look.

Q. Has there been any differences in your life after going natural?

A. I have more time!. I never realized how much time I spent on using heat and color and salon appointments. I am complimented often about just having natural hair. I feel there is such a powerful confidence that I exude more by owning my natural beauty.

ShawannaQ. In your opinion, what has been some of the best things about having natural hair?

A. The best thing about being natural is I find that there is more conversation amongst my peers. We acknowledge and compliment each other more. I love the power in actually recognizing Black owned companies for carrying products for natural hair. I feel I am part of a movement that not everyone can understand and I hope some day they will.

Q. If you were stranded on a deserted island and had to choose three items for your hair, what are three things you would have to have for your hair?

1.Coconut Oil - Natures Hydrator I can use to wash and style my hair. I can drink it use it on my skin and it is plentiful.
2. Nubone Wide tooth Comb – This comb is indestructible I figure i will need to detangle my hair from all of the sea salt in the ocean. I can also use as a hair accessories.
3. Satin Scarf – I will protect my hair from the sun and keep it hydrated all while looking cute :).

Q. How do you maintain your hair?

A. I am a MOISTURE JUNKIE at my job I have access to some of the most luxurious products so I have learned to include bits and pieces in my regimine I will list my fave shampoos, conditioners and styling products:


1. Moroccan Oil Shampoo - Sulfate and Paraben Free great for a hydrating wash, keeps my hair soft and brings about a very natural shine.
2. Come Clean by Kinky-Curly – I use this shampoo to clarify or before any deep conditiong treatment.
3. Curls Curlicious Cleansing Cream - Makes my hair sooo shiny and detangles excellently.


1. Moroccan Oil Hydrating Mask - Argon treats my dry strands and silkens my hair great before any two strand twist.
2. Osmo Essence Deep Treatment – Intense Deep Condtioner that can also be used as a leave in great when I want to rock my fro.
3. Knot Today by Kinky Curly -  Slippery Elm and a wide tooth comb preferrably (NUBONE) equals a Happy Nappy Head :). I love that I can leave this product in.
4. Lanza Leave In – Vegetable Keratin silkens the hair and keeps it manageable.


1. Hair Milk and Tui Oil Carol’s Daughter – Great for twist outs, fros, and cornrows. I also like to add before shower and steam into my hair to rehydrate my hair. Keeps hair very soft and smells great.
2. Miss Jessie’s Unscented Curly Pudding and Buttercream Original - Buttercreams weight helps to keep my twists elongated. I just add a lil unscented to the mix and the combination of the two keeps me defrizzed for the whole week.
3. Moroccan Oil - AMAZING, AMAZING, AMAZING! I like this product on wet hair after I shampoo and condition to prep and style or as a post style gloss.
4. Kinky Curling Custard - Once I learned exactly how much my hair needed it became the most versatile product in my cabinet. I use it for shingling, coil outs, pony puffs even for dry twists.

Shawanna  Q. What advice would you give someone who was thinking of going natural?

A. I would say research go online and ask questions amongst peers. I always recommend to my clients because there is a plethora of information here. I would tell them to find a few styles
online or in magazines to show to their stylist and let them know that they don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on name brand hair products.

Q. Any final thoughts?

A. I love natural hair products and interacting with my customers that have tons of questions. If you’re ever in the Los Angeles area, please check me out – I can be reached at beautylosangeles(at) Also, I am such a SUPER FAN OF THIS SITE! I wish readers of this site continued success during their natural hair journeys. :) Love and Light, Shawanna

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