Here is another ClassyCurly profile for some inspiration that we all may need at one time or another.
Name: Tiffany Shackelford
Social Media names: @2bluchainz IG- @2bluchainzz
Hair Type: 4A 3C combo
How long have you been natural?
I have been natural for three years and I transitioned for a year.
Why did you go natural?
It all started my freshmen year of college. I was broke and could not afford a perm. I started to look up ways to take care of my hair and not perm it. I wanted to heat train my hair but as I did more research VIA YouTube and Curly Nikki, I realized that may not be the best option for me. I started doing braid-outs and eventually realized that my natural hair was the hair that I always wanted. I noticed the growth and how strong my hair became. It was no longer thin. My texture was full and thick and I loved it. I feel like going natural was a gift to my hair.
When did you Big chop?
I don't quite remember when I big chopped because I was cutting off my ends throughout the year and eventually I was all natural. I do remember it being during my second semester of my freshmen year. At the time I really did not know what a "Big Chop" was.
A short regimen you can share?
I switch up washing my hair and co-washing every other week. Then I braid it or twist it and wear it out for the week. I used to be really extreme and co-wash during the week and washing every week with a pre-poo but ain't nobody got time for that. lol I had to simplify my routine because being a busy college student doesn't allow me to do that. About once a month during the winter I straighten my hair to see my length and clip my ends. I also try to color my hair about 3 or 4 times a year for right now.
Do you have any Favorite Products?
Shampoo - Giovanni Moisture Shampoo and Clear (gold bottle)
Conditioners - Aussie Moist and Dr. Miracle's Curl Care conditioner
DC - NAAUT Brazilian Keratin and Organic Root Stimulator Hair Mayonnaise
Stylers - Eco styler gel and Shea Moisture Curling Soufflé
I couldn't do it without these products !!!
Do you have any advice on Going Natural?
Be patient and willing to try new things. Going natural shouldn't be scary because all you're doing is being yourself. Don't let other people's opinion change your mind. Personally going natural has been one of the best personal decisions I've made. I'm glad that I did it and i tried something new. Another thing is to find what works for you. Just like you, your hair is unique so you have to find a unique regimen for you.