Interview With Shelli The Creator of Hairscapades

Shelli The Creator of HairscapadesShelli I know you are all natural, what is your story? How did you get to where you are?

I got my first relaxer and hair cut at 13 at a salon. From then on, either my mom or I relaxed my hair once every 6 months with a home perm. Even though I had a relaxer, I wore my hair curly 90% of the time, because I worked out 5-6 days a week and I sweat like a race horse.

With that said keeping my hair straight, without damaging it daily with a flat iron, was an impossible task. Flash forward to age 28. I went to a Dominican doobie spot to get my hair straightened. The “stylist” insisted that I had to get a relaxer for her to do my hair and in her over-zealous fervor, she overlapped the relaxer onto my previously treated hair. Shortly thereafter, my hair started to break off badly so that was pretty much it for me, I was done with relaxers.

I allowed my hair to grow out for another 6 months and then big chopped, that was 12 1/2 years ago. Oh, and I big chopped again in ’07 or ’08. Don’t really remember. It was one of those, “I need a change,” bad break-up things ;)!

How would you describe your texture?

My hair has changed as I’ve gotten older. In my 20s and early 30s, I think I was mostly a 3c, sharpie marker sized curls, but with various textures throughout. In my late 30s, my hair started to loosen and now I have 4-5 textures that range from almost straight at my nape to 3c/4a at my crown. The front and nape are pretty silky, shiny and with normal density. My crown is coarser/kinkier, the strands are finer and more breakage prone and porous, but that’s where I have my greatest density.

Shelli The Creator of HairscapadesWhat is your typical weekly regimen?

Once a week, I usually pre-poo with a mix of Vatika Oil and Aubrey GPB and/or Honeysuckle Rose conditioner. Then, I wash with whatever shampoo I’m feeling at the moment. Right now, it’s Shea Moisture Raw Shea Moisture Retention Shampoo. I tend to dilute my shampoo in a dye applicator bottle with water.

I finger detangle with lots of Herbal Essences Hello Hydration and then, I deep condition for about an hour with heat. I allow my hair to cool for 10 minutes or so and then “seal” by applying diluted Herbal Essence Hello Hydration directly over the deep conditioner and rinse with cool/cold water.

After my final rinse I then apply my leave-in, which varies, and will usually set my hair in a braid and curl. Sometimes I use a styler and/or gel with the leave-in, sometimes I don’t. If I don’t have an oil in my leave-in, I’ll seal with an oil, typically Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO) or, my new go-to, my coconut oil whip!!

How do you usually wear your hair?

I typically do a braid and curl or twist and curl to stretch my hair and wear it in an updo 5-6 days a week.

How do you combat dryness?

I find that my wash day routine helps keep my hair moisturized throughout the week. If it feels dry between wash sessions, I’ll apply a moisturizing styler and seal with an oil.

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  1. Tee La
    Tee La'Cara

    I love hairscapes! shelli is such a sweet, down to earth person. She should be on everyone’s list of favorite hair bloggers (imo)

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