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CurlSista of the Day: Shanika from Harlem

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/Editor's Note/ It was a great pleasure having Shanika on board for the first ever CurlSistas shoot last week. Her images were some of my faves. She has the most gorgeous bone structure + such an awesome personality!

.Meet Shanika.

Name/ Shanika Hillocks, 23

Where do you live?
Harlem, NY

a mix of Guyanese, Chinese, Vincentian (St. Vincent), Indian, West African + African American

What do you do?
Public Relations

How long have you been a natural gal?
February of this year

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What do you love about being natural?
I love the journey that I'm experiencing, learning what works and doesn't work for my hair texture and embracing the God-given beauty that is natural hair.

What's your hair regimen?
Condition before washing with coconut oil, shampoo with Ouidad cleansing oil and conditioner add Shea Moisture curl enhancing smoothie, "style" (I enhance a few of my curls with my fingers and lay my baby hairs) and let air dry.

Top 5 fave hair products?
- any type of curl refresher spray
- and surprisingly, water in a spray bottle-- it's great for style touch ups

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How do you describe your style?
I would describe my style as classic casual. I like clean cuts and colors during the work week, with a statement necklace or subtle pop of color. On weekends, I'll accentuate my features and express my style a bit more with jumpsuits and rompers, open back pieces and printed maxis.

What are your fave stores to shop?, H&M, Piperlime and Zara

Fave designers?

One item you can't leave home without?
 A notebook (or 2)

What do you wish for?
Health and happiness for my family and friends.

Fave things to do on the weekend?
It wouldn't be a weekend in NYC without a good brunch. As a foodie, I enjoy a good Farmer's Market or street fair for fun food finds.

What makes you smile?
A sunny day, my younger sister and the inside jokes between my best friends.

What are some words of wisdom that you live by?
Pay it forward.

Where can our readers find you (Instagram, twitter, website, etc?)
@shanika_yvette (IG) / @shanikayvette (Twitter)
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Shanika, you are tres chic.
Check back tomorrow for our next amazing CurlSista of the Day feature.

Shanika is wearing an African printed top as a mini dress (similar) courtesy of SINN / Vintage necklace (similar)/ African jewelry / African handmade leather fish purse

Photography: Toni Smailagic
Makeup: Dre Brown
Hair: Valerie Price, owner of Valerie Signature Salon for Natural Hair in Harlem
Stylist: Joy Adaeze, co-founder of

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