Shena and Mom
Born in Flint, and raised outside of Tallahassee, Fl, Shena is a social worker, mom, and sister girl who loves hanging out with her friends. She also loves her mom. Find out what makes her naturally glam!



How long have you been natural?
I've been natural for ten years.

What are your fav products?
Shea moisture curl smoothie, carols daughter hair milk, as I am co-wash, eco gel-olive oil or coconut oil.

What's your favorite look?
I like to change my hair color because I think it gives me a different look even if I have the same style. Unfortunately, my natural hair color is a dull and dusty color that always seems to be darker than I would like.

Shena with her kids
What do you do for fun?
I’m a mother of two so they keep me busy, but I love hanging with friends. Out for drinks, traveling, and now being an active planner (a life of organization is in the near future).


How do you stay healthy?

I joined a gym in Sept., so I’m exercising 3x a week and planning lunches (at least m-thurs. weekly). I cook a lot too so I think that helps my family eat healthy. Also, I'm trying to drink more water daily. I can feel it in my skin, body, and hair when I don’t.

How has having natural hair contributed to your life?

I’m pretty confident at this point because it has been a while and it now seems the healthiest thing for my hair. Perming was definitely damaging my hair and stripping it to the max (I wore color often too). Plus a lot more women now are natural so it is encouraging to see that as well.


Did you have any positive hair role models growing up?
I'm not certain about positive hair role models. My mom's hair is super fine and curly too (she’s biracial), so I couldn’t look at her hair and see my own. A number of my friends and their moms wore their hair permed so I did as well.


Did you have 'hair envy' with your mom?

As a young kid I never really thought about different textures than my mom. I had really long hair and my mom always kept my hair in very neat braids and ponys. I never had hair envy with my mom. She is and always was beautiful to me and I feel I look just like her in a browner skin. I love my hair because it has always been soft, manageable, and a part of me.


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1) Where are you from/live and how long have you been natural?
2) What products do you use on your hair?
3) If you have a business, are in school, have a blog, products you sell, a job in a field you'd like to talk about, have initiatives and organizations you'd like to highlight, advice to give, or family that you are proud of and want to share, please do.
4) How has having natural hair contributed to your life? Your self-esteem?
5) What's been the best part of your natural hair journey or your hair journey in general?
6) What do you do for fun?
7) How do you stay healthy 


Born and raised in Queens, New York, Olushola, aka Shola, which means 'one who is blessed' in Yoruba, is a hair and makeup vlogger who will instantly become your bff in your head! Find out her fav hair care products, her top makeup tip, and how she stays body positive! 

Shola's IG
What hair products do you use?
My new found favorite line is the Shea Moisture Low Porosity Line! Seriously if you're low porosity TRY IT. My favorite deep conditioner is Jessicurl Deep Conditioning treatment (AMAZING). Also Aphogee 2 Minute Reconstructor, and Redken Extreme Anti Snap are my protein staples since I have fine hair. My favorite natural product is Bentonite Clay, it defines my curls and makes my 4C Wash and Go's look so good!

Did you have any hair inspiration growing up?

Honestly, I didn't have any positive hair influences growing up. Looking back everyone including me had TERRIBLE hair care techniques. (Fine tooth combs were the devil!) Luckily YouTube and hair blogs taught me that Black women really could grow long hair and I've been on that quest ever since.


What has having natural hair taught you?
Having natural hair definitely shed some light on how ignorant most people are. It made me realize that it makes it that much more important for me to grow long, strong, natural hair. The more people see natural hair the more positively it will be seen. Honestly, sometimes my self-esteem takes a hit when people prefer to see you with straight hair or a looser curl instead of what comes naturally. Then I look in the mirror and remember that it is beautiful, people are just ignorant to that fact.

What's been the best part of your natural hair journey?

The best part of my hair journey was trying out the maximum hydration method and realizing my 4b/4c hair had a curl pattern. Tiny, delicate, pretty coils popped up and I was so surprised! I thought 4c was just naturally an afro texture. Now I have the flexibility to wear a defined wash and go OR pick it out and wear a nice fro. Also, I never realized how dry my hair was until that method reversed it! Lastly, discovering and accepting my whole natural self has made me a much better person.

Shola's IG
What's your makeup philosophy and what makeup advice do you give women?
My makeup philosophy is do what makes YOU happy and don't judge what you're not into! Makeup is an art first and foremost. One makeup tip I give EVERYONE is if your foundation has longevity issues or transfer problems triple up on your setting spray! Any good setting spray that claims to keep your makeup on longer will do (such as Urban Decay All Nighter or Ben Nye Setting Spray). Spray it on your face BEFORE foundation, spray it on your brush while applying foundation, and spray AFTER foundation. It literally won't budge!


Shola's IG
What's your exercise routine?
I don't have an exercise routine if we're being honest! But I do follow a strict ketogenic diet which allows me to drop some holiday pounds pretty steadily. This is my favorite and the most effective diet that I've ever done. It is a very low carb and high fat (yay) diet that literally clears up my skin, flattens my tummy, and drops weight. I do miss chocolate though!

Shola's IG
How do you stay body positive?
Honestly, developing positive body esteem has been the hardest personal struggle for me. Believe it or not, the only thing that has ever worked for me is literally faking it till I made it. After faking being positive and confident you start to finally believe yourself and see positive things in the mirror. Also a BIG one is to continue to take care of yourself. Despite feeling unattractive sometimes you have to dress up, buy nice stylish clothes, do your hair nicely and maybe even put makeup on. People tend to stop doing those things when they're not feeling so confident but that just makes it worse! Break that cycle.

For more Shola follow her Instagram & youtube channel!

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If you'd like to be featured in Naturally Glam- whether you live here or abroad- submit your photos to [email protected] and answer these questions!

1) Where are you from/live and how long have you been natural?
2) What products do you use on your hair?
3) If you have a business, are in school, have a blog, products you sell, a job in a field you'd like to talk about, have initiatives and organizations you'd like to highlight, advice to give, or family that you are proud of and want to share, please do.
4) How has having natural hair contributed to your life? Your self-esteem?
5) What's been the best part of your natural hair journey or your hair journey in general?

Megan L. McGlover via IG
Take one look at Megan L. McGlover, originally from Anaheim, California, currently residing in LA, and it's clear that confidence is not her issue. But it wasn't always that way, like many of us she struggled with what she calls 'a thick grade of "undesirable hair."' Natural for 15 years, and in school, find out how Megan made the transition to the confident Queen you see today, and what she learned from her Mama that she uses in everyday life!

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Megan's IG
What products do you use on your hair?
I use different products, to be honest. I was using Shea Moisture until they made that mistake. Sometimes I use the Curly Pudding by Miss Jessies’s, Curls products as well. I use the ICE gel because it’s alcohol free. While I think some products are better than others, what you put in your body trumps it all in my opinion. No pun intended!

Did you have any hair inspiration growing up?

Interestingly enough, growing up my hair inspirerers were my two sisters. My eldest was the queen of individual braids and my older sister did the corn-rolls and platted looks. I only started going to the shop to get my hair braided at the infamous “Braids of the 80’s” on Crenshaw when both sisters went to college and no one was left to do my hair… my Mother did not braid, she pressed the glory right out the hair. I’m sure I still have burn marks on my ears.

Megan's IG
How did you learn to do your hair?
We taught each other how to do hair. Because of my sisters, I have always done my own hair. I’ve had my locs for 15 years and have washed, twisted and styled them this entire time. It’s my hair and I’m proud of my crown. From teenage years, I braided my own hair, once spending 23 hours straight (except for bathroom breaks) braiding micro individuals. When I had a mohawk I faded my sides in my bathroom mirror, when I wore weaves, I installed them, I put weaves in my sister’s and Mother’s hair as well. So you’re asking, “Damn girl, why didn’t you open a shop?” LOL Doing hair is like being beautifully black or being great at sports, or being great in school, or being a good dancer, a great speaker… well duh of course you’re good at it, You Are Black! Doing hair in my humble but very proud opinion, is a natural knee-jerk talent because it is an Ancestral trait that is transferred down through our cell makeup and DNA. How do I know this is true? Because no one taught my sisters how to do what they did and Youtube wasn’t popp’in back then. So how did they figure it out? Who taught me to twist my locs, when I’m the only person in my family who has ever had them? Who showed me how to care for them? The Ancestors. Ase’

Megan's IG
How has having natural hair contributed to your life/self-esteem?
I decided to grow my locs because I wanted to be natural but my natural isn’t that, “throw water on your hair, slick it into a ponytail and roll” type of natural. Rather mine is the, “dial a friend to come over and hold one side down while you try to gather the other side, then ask yet another friend to hand you 3-bands!” kind. So the press and curl wasn’t working for me and I simply did not want to put in another perm. Because I rocked braids often, I was used to being natural, but I didn’t always want to spend the amount of time putting in braids and keeping them neat (that’s big for me). The other important factor was my workout schedule. I’ve always loved to workout and I sweat a lot. So there goes the press and curl. I’ll admit, I was nervous at first because I was so used to changing my hairstyles constantly, and being locked into locs was a true commitment.

Self-esteem… chile please! There is NOTHING better than telling someone, “No this is my real hair.” I had to reach back and kiss myself just now. There’s nothing wrong with extensions, there’s nothing wrong with any choice you make, but for me, a girl who grew up with a thick grade of “undesirable hair,” I never dreamed that I would one day have a ponytail that grazes my back pockets as I walk. I’m proud of my hair, I’m proud of my heritage, and that has come from my experience with locs.

Megan's IG
What's been the best part of your natural hair journey?
My journey has taught me more about me and much less about the need we may sometimes feel for others. Simply, we hold our own joy, we hold our own peace, we hold in our hands and our hearts… Our Own Beauty. Having natural hair has affirmed that. What I eat comes out in my hair, there’s no one I can blame for that. What I eat and drink comes out in my skin… there’s no one I can complain to about that. I hold Me in the very palm of My Hands… and that, my Sistahs is the best palm roll your hair can ever receive.
Megan's IG
 How do you stay fit?
As I’ve gotten older I like to run. I run from 3 to 5 miles a day and 10 to 12 on the weekends. I’ve always lifted weights and enjoyed exercise. It’s an INCREDIBLE way to relieve stress, to think, become clear, and it teaches others how to treat you. My dedication to myself usually intimidates those whom are not ready for loyalty. Not just in intimate relationships, but in general. Because they see that I do not “play” with myself, thus Don’t Play With Me.  I also love to cook. I mean I love to cook. My Mother was an excellent chef and through Her I have been able to understand flavor... almost like fashion (which I learned from Her as well). In Her designs she mixed and matched patterns, just like we mix and match flavors. In this way, I can be adventurous in the kitchen and stay healthy.

Love ya Long… Love ya Strong!

Megan L. McGlover

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If you'd like to be featured in Naturally Glam- whether you live here or abroad- submit your photos to [email protected] and answer these questions!

1) Where are you from/live and how long have you been natural?
2) What products do you use on your hair?
3) If you have a business, are in school, have a blog, products you sell, a job in a field you'd like to talk about, have initiatives and organizations you'd like to highlight, advice to give, or family that you are proud of and want to share, please do.
4) How has having natural hair contributed to your life? Your self-esteem?
5) What's been the best part of your natural hair journey or your hair journey in general?

MaameYaa Boafo
You may have seen Ghanaian, Pakistani-born, Harlem-based actress MaameYaa Boafo in the hilarious and highly addictive 'An African City' webseries, in numerous TV commercials, or currently receiving rave reviews in the off-Broadway hit 'SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY.' Find out how MaameYaa keeps her hair close-up ready, and the song that best describes her natural hair journey!

Photo: Ofoe Amegavie
How do you maintain your hair as an actress? 
I don’t do anything different to my hair based on my profession. Other than the fact that I wash and trim my own hair, I would say that I probably have the same hair regimen as other natural girls - i.e. twisting it before going to bed, wearing a silk or satin scarf as a wrap to protect breakage, doing a hot oil treatment, etc...

What products do you use on your hair? 
Mostly shea butter and Jamaican castor oil

Do you change your look depending on the role/audition? 
Regarding auditions, it depends on the role and the character description. Regarding productions, sometimes I’ve been asked to keep my hair as is or they will have a hair dresser to style us.

MaameYaa in 'School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play'
What went into the hair choice for the play 'School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play?' 
It's a story about boarding school girls in Ghana during the 80's. In Ghana, girls wear their hair natural and in a very short cut when they attend public schools, and the playwright Jocelyn Bioh wanted to stay very true to that- our wig maker Cookie Jordan made awesome short hair wigs for us.

As a young girl, did you wear your hair short and natural? 
No I did not, I had long hair that my mother permed because it was easier for her to manage when we were living in Europe. I went natural in my second year in graduate school; one day I just decided to cut it all off while washing my hair.


What's the best part about wearing your hair natural? 
That it’s all mine- that I don’t have to dread doing a perm touch up or worry about a track showing from a weave. Since becoming natural, I’ve discovered that I’m tender-headed so with the exception of big box braids once in a blue moon, I prefer to wear my hair as it is, or sometimes I’ll cornrow it and wear a natural looking wig. 

Has having natural hair contributed to your self-esteem in any way? 
I think India Arie said it best “I am not my hair” so when I first did the big chop, and saw how people negatively responded, I had to make the choice to stay confident with my decision.

Follow MaameYaa on instagram MaameYaaBoafo.com

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If you'd like to be featured in Naturally Glam- whether you live here or abroad- submit your photos to [email protected] and answer these questions!

1) Where are you from and how long have you been natural?
2) What products do you use on your hair?
3) If you have a business, are in school, have a blog, products you sell, a job in a field you'd like to talk about, have initiatives and organizations you'd like to highlight, advice to give, or family that you are proud of and want to share, please do.
4) How has having natural hair contributed to your life? Your self-esteem?
5) What's been the best part of your natural hair journey or your hair journey in general?

KeKe
Naturally Glam- the reboot- is back and we're putting you in the spotlight! Up this week is certified hairstylist and instructor Ikea- aka- KeKe! Styling for over 17 years, this DC woman who spent most of her childhood in Georgia, knows a thing or two about expressing her creativity through innovative hair styles. Check out some of her most creative looks and find out why being natural is a lifestyle!

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How long have you been natural?
Everything about my lifestyle has been natural for as long as I can remember. My mom was the headwrap Queen everywhere we lived so you can get an idea of what type of household I was raised in. She taught me to be a forward thinking, self-loving naturalista through her actions; not just her words. I can attribute much about my personality and style to her powerful influence. She never put chemicals in my hair. She let me try getting it pressed out once when I was about 9, but she burned my forehead so bad, that I never asked her to do it again, lol. It wasn't till I was 16 years old that I attempted to give straight hair another try. I had already been renting a booth for 2 years, in a local salon, as a braider. In addition to braiding though, I also had a chance to learn from the master stylists working around me. With their help, I figured I could make this "perm" thing work- despite all the horror stories I had heard. Long story short, my hair was "technically" healthy for all of 1 year. The additional "perm" year I endured was spent trying to save my poor over-processed lifeless hair. So after my high-school graduation, I decided to ditch the creamy crack and go-BACK natural. Our hair is SO much stronger in its natural state. In my humble opinion, altered hair is often weaker and much more fragile.

Hair styles by KeKe
What do you do and why do you love it?
My entire career has been about promoting healthy resilient hair for all ethnicities. My clientele includes men, women and children from all demographics. My specialties are textured hair and braiding, but I provide all other types of styling as well. I love to create unorthodox styles using my own specialized techniques, mixed media and rare colors.

Do you have any favorite black-owned products?
As for black-owned products, growing up, I favored the usual classic brands like Creme of Nature, Dudley's, and Luster's pink oil moisturizer...but since completing Trichology training (Trichology is the study of the conditions and diseases of the human hair and scalp), I've realized that healthy hair is about more than just using products simply because they are made by people that look like you. Now to clarify, supporting black-owned businesses is nothing new to me. My mother raised me around positive figures with pro-black dispositions, so I've been hip to the power of the Black dollar for quite some time. With that being said though, the brand that I prefer to use on myself, all my family members, and that I recommend to all my clientele is Monat. They provide all natural, anti-aging haircare product systems that rectify a wide range of hair and scalp issues, such as the many forms of alopecia, Psoriasis, eczema, thinning, shedding, split ends, curl management, etc. The list goes on and on. It's just really good for natural black hair textures, as well as other textures, which is why I became a market partner within the company. My Trichology instructor once described beauty supply store products as "band-aids," able to calm the symptoms of the true problems. These days, I've focused my attention more on finding the "cures." Nothing at all against any entrepreneurs killing it in the beauty industry right now, but the unprecedented results I've seen from Monat speak for themselves. I like to recommend Talia Waajid and Design Essentials products as well :-)

What's the best part about what you do?
I am a hair restoration specialist and I absolutely love what I do! There is no greater feeling than to share a client's progress with them. I live for time-lapse "reveal" days and being bombarded with questions about hair health. Many stylists aren't receptive to questions, and don't share brand or up-keep knowledge with clients from what I hear. I try my hardest everyday to be the opposite of that. I'm an open-book with my clients and anyone who'd like help achieving their optimal hair goals. 


Has having natural hair contributed to you meeting your life goals? 
Having natural hair has definitely contributed to me meeting my life goals so far ;-). I'm a walking billboard. My quirky, game-changing hair styles that are floating around on social media were first tested on myself. I couldn't attempt even a portion of the styles I’ve done without having the resilience of natural hair. Also, I love the look on the faces of other women of color, when they see the eclectic styles and colors I mash together. Many (if not all) tell me, they never would've imagined my styles on dark-skinned women. I WANT TO CHANGE THAT!

What's been the best part of your natural hair journey and what hair advice do you give other women?
The best part of my hair journey has been the experience and expertise I've gained over the years, that I can share with other people.

The most rewarding thing to me, about styling is, the creative freedom. Ideas are constantly blooming in my head and I feel really lucky to have the open-minded type of clientele to unleash them on. I love creating trends.

The best hair advice I can give to women is: please take care of your mind and your body. Stress is the #1 hair killer outside of dehydration. It short circuits the hair follicles, essentially frying them from the root- aka- the quickest way to hair loss. As for your body, drink Alkaline water. Alkaline water neutralizes acidity and inflammation within the body. 90% of what's happening to your hair is because of imbalances WITHIN the body.

THANK YOU for giving me the opportunity to share my opinions!!!

Keep up with KeKe on her instagram @rebel_svage

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If you'd like to be featured in Naturally Glam- whether you live here or abroad- submit your photos to [email protected] and answer these questions!

1) Where are you from and how long have you been natural?
2) Do you have any fav black-owned products that you use?
3) What do you do and why do you love it?
5) If you have a business, are in school, have a blog, products you sell, a job in a field you'd like to talk about, have initiatives and organizations you'd like to highlight, advice to give, or family that you are proud of and want to share, please do.
6) How has having natural hair contributed to your life? Your self-esteem?
7) What's been the best part of your natural hair journey or your hair journey in general?