My Fave Rockers on IG: @AleshaNoKeys
I started following Alesha on Instagram almost a year ago. I love her vibrant hair color and all the many styles she does with her gorgeous Fro. She is one of my favorite Naturalsitas and you would NOT be disappointed in following her!!
My name is Alesha Sullivan. I am from Memphis, TN and currently reside in Nashville, TN. I am a Software Quality Assurance Test Lead/Automation developer for Asurion (if you have cell phone insurance, it is more than likely provided by us. I have been natural for 1 year and 3 months. I transitioned for a little over 2 years before I decided to cut the relaxed ends.
What or Who inspired you to go natural? Did you bc or transition?
I decided to go natural in March of 2011. I felt that I had mastered my hair in its relaxed state. I knew how to grow and maintain my relaxed hair, and I knew that at some point, I wanted to try to do the same thing to my hair in its natural, unaltered state. I finally decided one day to go for it. It was time for a change so I stopped relaxing my hair.
I slowly transitioned from relaxed to natural. I transitioned for a little over 2 years before I decided to cut the relaxed ends. My hair was middle back length when I started my transition and I just couldn’t do a big chop, so I did mini chops every 3 months and maintained my hair at bra strap length until I grew my natural hair to a length I was comfortable with.
I finally decided to “big chop” one day randomly. I was detangling my hair and became really frustrated (I know we’ve all been there before. Lol), so I went to the store, bought a pair of hair shears, came back home and snipped a piece in the back of my head. After that, it was no turning back, so I kept cutting until all of my relaxed ends were gone. And I don’t regret my decision one bit. I have been completely natural for a little over a year now and I love it!
Top three products and prices.
Shea Moisture’s Manuka Honey and Mafura Oil hair masque ~ $11
Graced by Nature Vanilla conditioner ~ $10
Eden Bodyworks All Natural Deep Conditioner ~ $10
Fave go to hairstyles
My favorite go-to styles are the twistout, wash and go, and the afro puff (one and two puffs are equally cherished. Lol.)
I have recently been calling her Lola. Lol. I picked that name because Lola just seems sweet and sassy with a wild side, and that describes my hair perfectly.
Have you ever tried hair shadowing? Deep Conditioning Color? Splat washables?
I have tried hair shadowing with hair chalks with great results. I have also done “Deep conditioning color” when I refresh my red color. I have been meaning to try Splat washables, but I haven’t gotten around to it.
I used L’Oreal Hi Color Highlights in Magenta and Red to color initially. After I got the color I wanted, I used semi-permanent red (Pravana ChromaSilks and/or Ion Color Brilliance) to refresh and maintain the red color.
Confidence … Self-acceptance … Love
Any advice to the natural newbies?
Since most of us have had relaxed hair since we can remember, we may not know what our natural texture is like (let alone how to care for it), which can be scary. Things that are unfamiliar can be scary. I know that certain textures can be more difficult to manage than others, but that is somewhat the beauty of the journey. Going natural almost forces you to accept yourself in your most pure, unadulterated form. And that kind of confidence and power is not something to be taken lightly. This journey gives you the rare opportunity to embrace the “you” that you were meant to be (speaking on hair as well as other things) and that is amazing. Take this opportunity to fall in love with the person God intended for you to be. Embrace it girl!
What was favorite compliment someone has ever given you on your hair?
A young lady stopped me and told me that my hair looked like living art. That was the dopest compliment ever!
If you could only watch one natural hair vlogger on youtube who would it be? why?
I am not really an avid YouTube watcher (unless I’m trying to learn something new), so I don’t know a lot of vloggers, but of the ones that I have watched, I would have to say Naptural85. I love how her videos are informative, but they also reference the science and/or logic behind the hair. I am a nerd, and I love hair not only for the look of it, but the science behind caring for hair really fascinates me. So when someone can speak to that part of hair care, and do so in an easy to understand, but informative way, I can really appreciate that.
Finish this sentence:
I Rock My Natural because it is me at my most authentic. Authenticity is sexy.