With her sisterlocs, dimples, bright smile and positive personality, it was a pleasure interviewing this week’s naturalista – Shanika!
SpecialKinks (SK): State your name and country of birth
My name is Shanika Grimes and I was born and reside in Barbados.
Shanika: I am 25 years old.
SK: How long have you been natural or transitioning?
Shanika: I have been natural for most of my life, I just had a four year experiment.
SK: Why did you decide to go natural?
Shanika: I chose to go natural because I burned myself so much flatironing and straightening my hair it was exhausting and I didn’t feel beautiful pretending to be something I wasn’t.
SK: Why did you choose to big chop or transition?
Shanika: It was just two months after my last relaxer and my natural hair was growing back out, I just got frustrated and cut off all my straightened ends!
SK: How easy or difficult was it in the beginning stages when you chopped or started your transition?
SK: What is your hair regimen?
Shanika: I oil my hair every night by adding a little castor oil and water. I then twist my hair into jumbo twists. When I wake up I untwist and go.
SK: Name your favourite products
Shanika: Castor oil!
SK: How easy or difficult is it sourcing products that you love to use on your hair where you live or reside?
Shanika: It’s difficult to find pure castor oil in hair care stores so I just stick to the supermarket!
SK: Favourite style
Shanika: Just down is my favorite style. I may do a light braid up for elegant occasions, anything else is way too much work. (SK: I understand this, because I always thought locs were an escape from the hours of styling frequently. Glad to know I’m not crazy and alone in this thinking.)
SK: Tell me about a great hair day or a bad hair day in short.
Shanika: The worst hair day I have had recently was after I bleached my hair and dyed it red, no treatment could save it and I had to have it cut to recover it. It was so awful!! (SK: Ouch! I’m so sorry.)
SK: Describe your hair in one word, and why?
SK: Name something outrageous or edgy or just different you would love to try with your hair but have not had the guts to try YET!
Shanika: I did the worst to it in dying it red, now I am just waiting for it to grow back. (Cuh dear, best wishes!)