How long have you been natural and why did you decide to go this route?
I’ve been natural for exactly two years. I decided three years ago, but I was not comfortable with the aesthetic change and was accustomed to relaxed hairstyles. I finally just walked into a salon after receiving a new job offer and was so excited that I took the plunge and cut my hair.
Which five hair products do you swear by?
I love the AfroBotanics Nehanda Moisturising Leave-In Conditioner. It doesn’t leave any residue and I love the texture of my hair after applying it.
The Ruutos Washing Conditioner (I hardly ever shampoo my hair).
I use apple cider vinegar to remove product build-up every two months.
Native Child Shea Butter. I love that it’s 100% pure shea butter and isn’t mixed with other ingredients.
What’s your daily hair regime?
I’ve got faux locs for the first time, so I haven’t been able to wash my hair. The locs will come undone if I wash them, which isn’t ideal because a clean, healthy scalp is the foundation of healthy hair. However, I’m looking forward to undoing them, because I’ll learn something about the style and how it impacted my hair.
When I have braids, I wash my hair weekly and moisturise with leave-in conditioner only to avoid product build-up at the roots.
My daily routine when my Afro is out is spritzing/hydrating the hair with water. I then apply a leave-in conditioner, a moisturiser and an oil. I’ve found that trying to moisturise dry hair that hasn’t been hydrated with water is a waste of time, as the oil sits on top.
The most important thing about natural hair is… It’s more work than relaxed hair, but you get used to it and it’s more rewarding. Moisture is key. Relax and learn as you go along.
My biggest hair mistake was tying my hair back with a thin stocking string. It broke my hair at the front. My hair is still recovering and I don’t do it as often anymore – only once every two weeks. I’m currently trying to find a solution for Afro hair ties.