Tell us your name and where you are from? 

Shantell Martin, from good old Thamesmead in London.

What do you do? Is there a resistance or compatibility with your hair in your field of work?

I’m a creator of lines and experiential performances or you could just call me an Artist. Big and crazy hair are pretty much welcomed in my field.

Tell us a little more about visual drawing and the performance aspect of your shows?

I like to draw, but love to draw to or with an audience. When performing live my output is through a projector, so that I can project and draw with light on a large scale onto walls, DJ’s, dancers or audience members.

How long have you been natural?

I’ve been natural all my life. Every now and then though I’ll add some semi-permanent color.

Describe your hair.   

My hair is fun, full, dark brown, pretty heavy and nice n curly. I wear  it predominately tied up to one side so that there is a hidden bun and with my curly hair coming over. I also always have a comb in my hair to brush the front part straight whenever I feel like it. 

What is your hair regimen?

Its super low maintenance, I wash my hair once a week, my regimen looks something like this:

-Wash with simple conditioner (something like Whole Foods 365 hair conditioner)

-Brush thru entire hair with fingers while washing

-After washing add a good amount of non-scented body moisturizer to all my hair (any brand is good)

-Dry with a hair-dyer for about twenty minutes and then tie up as I do

 -I only shampoo every now and then.

What is your best hair advice?

Keep it simple and don’t forget to trim on a regular basis (every three or four months).

What is the strangest comment, request or hair story?

A few weeks ago a young kid asked me if I could take off my hat, which I thought was pretty funny.

Also while living in Japan people would constantly ask over and over again if my hair was natural and if they could touch it.

How would you describe your personal fashion style?

Very comfortable, fun and casual.

Photo by Heart Agency

What advice would you give to people who might be afraid to show their true fashion for fear of being judged by others?

Be you! The more people do what feels and comes natural to them the more we can start to break down and change the social stereotypes and barriers that we build up around us.

What would you say to others who judge individuals negatively for their personal fashion style?

I’d want them to first ask where the core of their judgments came from …really? Are they just spitting out stuff that has been told to them over and over again in the past. To judge someone negatively you need to create those negative thoughts in your mind, meaning that you are probably not very happy because if you were it would be kinda hard to create those feelings and thoughts with the intent to be negative towards someone.

When it comes to your style who, what or where does your inspiration come from?

I’m attracted to nice fun patterns, colors and imagery and enjoy wearing those altogether whether it matches or not.

If you could name one person from the past or present whose closet you would love to raid, who would it be?

Probably designer Daisuke Sakaguchi in London, because I know he has my size in a lot of fun t’s, shirts and shorts that I would totally love to wear.

Do you have a blog/website?

Yes check out: shantellmartin.com  

Photo by: Juan Miguel Marin

Anything else?

Hair and style are similar to drawing in the sense that many people feel intimidated to draw in their own unique way as they believe that they simply can’t do it or there are many people out there that just do it better. If you do you over and over again, you are able to create your own story and a style. For example if you can only draw a stick man, draw it over and over again and eventually your style comes through and you own it.

Photo by: Brandan Babineaux

What makes you an Urban Bush Babe?

Not sure about babe, but growing up in the heart of Thamesmead, I can most definitely say I was an urban kid and still am at heart!

Photo by: Brandan Babineaux