So it’s been a long time since I featured a black business on here but finally, finally, finally. I got a hold of Shaneka Neymour of OTT hair. I came across Over The Top hair, through a friend on Facebook and just simply had to get in touch. Since I recently cut my hair again, I could do with some OTT hair. Because some of us naturals know the struggle of growing out from a big chop. You’ve got this little puff ball on your head and all you want to do is put your hair in one, but your bun looks like it barely made it. Yes ladies, I’ve been there. Actually I’m still there. You don’t want to wear a wig, dem braids be itching like you’ve got fire ants crawling all through your scalp and the weave life is something your not ready to commit to. Plus a lot of these extensions look nothing like your natural hair type. So what is left?
*Drum roll please* Oh wait, I said it already. OTT Hair.
Right enough talking, Let’s see what she had to say.
What gave you the idea to start up OTT hair?
The idea sparked one evening about 6 months after I big chopped. Around that time I was ready to start experimenting with protective styles but I didn’t want to wear a wig, weave or braids. What I felt I needed couldn’t be found anywhere so I created it myself. My goals were to save time doing my hair everyday, change up my style with minimal effort and still have a natural look. At the same time I was struggling with my next step career wise so I ended up developing a collection, brand and turned it into something bigger.
What is the end goal for OTT hair and what is next?
I’m passionate about the things I create and share. It’s more than just selling a product. Happy, inspired women is what strive to see at the end of it all. The next step is…shhhhh 🙂
What is your definition of beauty?
My definition of beauty is the love and awareness that we have for ourselves and the way we transform that to connect and interact with others in a positive way. Of course there is physical beauty and we can all do something to enhance our appearance if desired but there’s nothing more beautiful than the energy we project when we feel good inside. That form of beauty can be seen AND felt.
Who is your natural hair inspiration?
I don’t have a specific person as my inspiration, I simply admire the way other naturals try to inspire and support each other along the way.
One piece of advice for black women?
One piece of advice that I would give black women is to allow yourself to be happy. Only you can fill in the blanks.
A few facts about the mind behind OTT hair.
A few facts about me: I will forever be an island girl. I was born and raised in Nassau, Bahamas and have lived in the Netherlands for 15 years. I enjoy music, dancing, and am always exploring ways to keep my mind and body fit.
What’s one thing you think black people need to start doing?
One thing I think black people need to start doing is develop a higher degree of respect for themselves and others. There is so much unnecessary criticism, judgement, jealousy and condemnation within our communities. If you are not happy with your life, it’s time to look in the mirror and work on you, it’s not an opportunity to release negativity into other people’s lives and analyse their choices. We should be aware of what we say, what we do and don’t do and how that affects our own development, successes and journey in the world.