Why did you choose to go natural?
I first went natural back in 2007 because I was fed up of putting chemicals in my hair. I was always getting burned and would suffer hair breakage at the back of my head which is not as thick as the hair on the crown of my head. So although my hair appeared healthy and long, it was very short at the nape. I then decided to texturise my hair thinking it would be any better but that proved to be nonsense! This time my hair starting breaking at the front!…something that had never happened to me before!
How long have you been natural for?
I have gone natural twice in my life, first in 2007 then again in 2009. My last texturiser was in January 2009. I transitioned for a while first by wearing my hair in braids and kinky twists. I have been fully natural since March 2009… that was when I decided to cut the relaxed ends off. I was left with about 2-3 inches of hair, I couldn’t even get it into a ponytail! lol… I still remember the look on my brother’s face…he was horrified!!!
How did family & friends react to your decision to go natural?
My friends were cool and it didn’t seem to surprise them, they knew I preferred natural hair anyway. My mum wasn’t too impressed and thought I was a little crazy but she actually didn’t mind too much as long as she wouldn’t be the one to braid it! My brother thought I had joined the Black Panthers! So a mixture of reactions really.
Has being natural changed you at all?
Not really, I am still the same person my family and friends know. I guess the only thing is I now am involved in a few projects to help other ladies care for their hair properly. I feel honoured to be able to do this and know that I am able to make a difference in someones life. Our hair is a big part of our beauty and if we don’t feel confident about how we look then it affects how we feel inside.
Do you have a hair regimen, If so what is it?
First I apply coconut oil to my hair the night before, cover with a shower cap then put a satin scarf on top.
Shampoo hair twice and rinse thoroughly
Apply moisturising conditioner, section into about 8 parts, detangle then twist each section
Apply shower cap and sit under hooded dryer for about 25 minutes
Do not remove twists, rinse thoroughly
Take down one section at a time, apply leave in conditioner/cream and then retwist
I apply beeswax to seal my ends
Leave to air dry over night
Style as usual
I avoid heat and chemicals to try and reduce dryness and breakage
What is your favourite go-to hairstyle?
An afro puff without a doubt. It is quick, easy and when I slick down my edges I get that flawless look! It’s a style you can wear to any occasion.
What is your favourite hair product(s)?
Qhemet Biologics Amla and Olive Heavy cream
Have you made any mistakes with your natural hair? If so what advice would you give to other naturals?
I tried the Kinky Curly Curling Custard and used way too much product because I though it was required for the bush I call hair! I ended up having to wash it all out and wasted about 2 hours “shingling” the stuff in! Never again. You can view my experience on my youtube channel.
Any words of encouragement?
Learn as much as you can from ladies like myself and there are many on youtube. However, please remember we are all different so what might work on one person’s hair may not work on yours. Do not let this dishearten you. The best thing is trial and error.
Experiment with different products, add extra oils etc to customise it for your hair. Maybe make your own concoction according to what you know your hair needs. Experiment with different hair styles suited for your face shape. Two strand twist is the easiest protective style you can do on your own.
If you are challenged in the area of hairstyling, find a good hairstylist who knows how to do natural hair.
If you are thinking of relaxing, ask yourself why. Is it because you afraid others won’t like your hair, you think your hair is unmanageable, you cannot braid?
If it is because of any of these reasons or similar then you are not alone. Many of us were once feeling the same way but through a little research and a few hours on youtube you will quickly find easy techniques on how to care for your luscious locks. If you still want to relax then go ahead, you can still apply these healthy hair principles to your relaxed locks and enjoy healthy long hair.
For more details about me, my tutorials and workshops:
You can visit my blog: www.naturallynubian01.blogspot.com
or my youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/NaturallyNubian?feature=mhum