My name is Shannon. I’m a 30 year old black male from Gary, Indiana.
Are you relaxed, natural, texturized or texlaxed?
What’s your story how did you get to where you are?
My name is Shannon. I’m a 30 year old black male living in the state of Indiana. Growing up I was always told I had “good hair”. It was always very curly if it ever got the chance to grow past the fade that I was ‘made’ to get. Not that I lobbied for long hair or anything, but being so young I just never considered other options.
Fast forward to my teenage years. I let my hair grow and would get it braided and blown out. I even straightened it from time to time with an old school straightening comb. At some point I cut it all off and later in life, I let it grow again but this time I thought that I should stop blow drying it and just let it dry curly.
Problem is, I knew how difficult it was to get it untangled if I left it curly for too many days. So I had a bit of a dilemma, what eventually happened was I left it alone for so long it turned into dreadlocks! I went with it and before I knew it I had shoulder length dreads. People actually thought that I got my hair twisted, but I didn’t I never needed to.
I worked at Abercrombie and ended up cutting my dreads in late ’09 early 2010, I didn’t get a fade so I retained a bit of length. The way I started my dreads meant that my roots weren’t twisted, so I had the barber cut just below the dread point.
Fast forward, after years of trial and error, I think that it have an almost perfect regimen for my hair. I recently discovered the healthiest way to straighten my hair without a flat iron.
Of course this method doesn’t get my hair as straight as a flat iron, but I do not care for my hair being as straight as a board anymore (Well.. maybe from time to time, especially for length checks). I joined this site for advice and to give a males perspective on growing and living with long hair.
What is your typical weekly regimen?
While my hair is wet (not soaking) I use a Revlon spin brush on the lowest setting and I use a bit of olive oil or coconut oil as a heat protectant. The process of using the brush is simple, I feed a section to it and spin it around the brush and let it sit for 20-30 seconds depending on how wet my hair is. Straightening it slowly like this leaves it still very conditioned.
Are you happy with your progress so far?
I’m happy. I think that I’m impatient though. I’m eager for it to grow so sometimes I must admit I don’t think it’s growing fast enough. I believe that when I get back into a regular exercise routine and start eating better then that it will expedite my hair growth.
What’s your signature style?
I have so many variations ranging from curly to blown out to loose straight to jet straight. So I guess I don’t have a signature style!
How do you ensure that your ends are protected from the elements and your hands?
My ends are a huge concern for me. I’m not good at getting a regular trims like I need to so in the elements I’ll usually have it put up in a doubled up ponytail underneath a hat.
Do you have a goal length or are you more concerned about the health of your hair?
My goal length will be achieved the day I go to sit on the toilet and am worried that my hair will interfere with the process.
Is there anything that you hair hates?
My hair hates people that think I should cut my hair!
Do you have any favorite hair products?
Wen, Wen and mor Wen. I’ve heard people say it doesn’t work for them. I feel for those people.
Where can we find you online?
My Instagram is @RLstableKing41381. Search the hashtag #shannonmeans