Shana’s Hair Story

Today’s feature is our sorority sister and please believe she is doing great things. She just became a dentist and she has long beautiful locks! When we asked her to share her hair story, she didn’t hesitate. Meet Shana:

nWhen did you decide to go natural and why?

I decided to go natural sometime in 2006.  I have always had a dry scalp problem {since like middle school}.  I figured that maybe the chemicals didn’t help the situation and could have been too harsh on my hair so I decided to grow my relaxer out.  I would allow my hair to grow to a certain point then cut some off, allow it to grow back to that point then cut. I repeated that cycle until the relaxer was completely grown out.

Describe your hair. 

 Two diff textures.  The middle third was completely coarse, while the upper and lower third was soft and kind of thin.  I would always feel like if I let my hair grow to a certain point it would separate and become a little stringy looking.  My hair also lacked body and fullness. All of which played a role in my decision to loc my hair.
How long have you been growing your locs?
 I started loc’n my hair in May of 2008, Memorial weekend.  I will be completely honest, in February of 2008 I had these “sister twist” braids and this girl says to me you would look cute with locs!  It was at that point I started to consider loc’n my hair b/c I was tired of always going out looking one way and coming home looking another. LOL. I also knew that I was in a wedding that  was coming  up in May of that year and it wasn’t the time to experiment so I held off until after that point.
Photo on 9-9-12 at 2.28 PM #2

What’s your hair routine? And/or How do you maintain your gorgeous locs?

 So I wake up in the morning and do absolutely nothing!  I promise that sometimes I rock the same sloppy ponytail bun thing for like 3 days {no judgements please, LOL}.  I swear it’s the best feeling in the world to sleep until the last minute b/c hair is the last thing you have to worry about.  I go to my stylist for maintenance every 3-4 weeks.  It’s like clockwork.  I’m real consistent with who I allow to dib and dab in my hair.  And I always support people I know first.  Audrey Afari of Noire Salon Concepts in Silver Spring, went to high school with me.  She’s awesome! My goal is to have my hair look as fresh as possible ALL the time.  Up to the point where when its time to get my hair washed and styled its only because I want to and not because I need to.  Normally I get a style that I can wear for at least a week, sometimes two.  I wrap my hair daily, that is a necessity!  That way when I do get tired of the style or find a need for change, my roots are still semi-fresh and it looks like I’ve gotten my hair done all over again even though I haven’t.  Its like a 2-in-1 deal.

Do you have any hair goals?

 No hair goals.  People always ask if I will ever cut my hair.  I have no clue. I kind of wonder that myself.  I guess it will all just depend on my state of mind at that time.

What is the greatest lesson that you have learned through your natural journey?

 People say that growing locs helps you establish patience.  Well umm, yeah.  I still don’t have that.  I have also learned that I will forever get my hair done professionally.  I attempted a couple of times to do my own hair and umm, yeah, it’s just not the same. lol.
imageYou are so ambitious! Congrats on becoming a dentist that’s so awesome! What inspires you?
Thank You!  It has definitely been a loooong tough journey, but through it I have learned so much more about myself.  I am inspired by a few things.  My friends inspire me and many of them don’t even know.  We all have a story, that somebody either admires or vows to never do {I mean that in the nicest way, I promise!!}.  My patients inspire me.  There is no better feeling than knowing that you have helped somebody, sometimes in the smallest way possible but they are overly appreciative and look at you like you just saved their life. LOL. (seriously).  Then of course my family inspires me.  Nobody has believed in me or sacrificed half as much as they have for little ole me.  Through all the blood, sweat and tears, in the back of my mind I knew/know that I can’t disappoint my friends, family but most importantly my patients.  So if I’m ever stressed, its seriously because I can’t bear the thought of not succeeding and disappointing those that have had so much faith in my abilities.  It’s kind of like a gift and a curse.

Any upcoming events or anything else you would like to add:

HA! No upcoming events.  I was accepted into a 1 year Residency Program at the Veteran’s Hospital in Philly, which starts on July 1.  GOD willing I will be relocating soon and beginning a new chapter of life!
How can people contact you?
Twitter & IG: @ayeyodicks ; Email: ; LinkedIn: Shana A. Dicks
Your hair is absolutely GORGEOUS! Congrats on all of your accomplishments and your  relocation to Philly. Thanks again for sharing your hair story with us Shana!
The Greene Gals

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