Occupation: Undergrad student at Kings College
Ethnic Background: Nigeria, Jamaican
Are you natural or permed and why?
I'm natural I have always been natural, never had a perm ever. My mum raised me to not get a perm because she always thought their were negative things about it. I used to straighten my hair a lot though but over the past few years I have put away the heat and gone natural because it looks better in my opinion.
How long have you been natural ?
Like I said I have been natural muy whole life but I started straightning/getting it pressed all the time when I was about 11 up untill the age of 17. After that i changed and started doing twist in my hair and from their i pretty much stopped straightning my hair for about 2-3 years now.
What's your favourite protective style ?
I love using marley twist, me and twist are best friends. That litrally my go to protective style, if not then its twist outs and then I try pin it up. But yeah me and twist are inseprable, I like the the look of it because it gives me that length so I feel like pocohonatas or something like that. I like the the colours I use because I tend to use pinks or burgandys mixed with black. I like to play around a lot so thats my go to style and plus its quick and easy to do, I do my hair my self I dont like going to the hair dressers so I can do my hair in 2-3 hours tops.
Do you do your hair yourself or get it professionally done?
I get my hair done my self, I was it my self and do all my treatments my self. I used to go to the hair dressers when I was younger and I had the same hair dresser for 8 - 9 years of my life but after a while it was to expensive , secondly I kind of learnt some things about hair and I dont really trust other people with my hair because you don't really kniw what energy they are bringing. Yeah, its just easier for me to do it my self I think it was also a part of my journey of finding my self to be able to do my hair my self as opssed to relying on someone else to do my hair for me. Lastly, me doing it my self means that I can do it whenever I want, I'm not having to book an appointment and wait on someone else, I like to be as self sufficient as possible.
How do you maintain your natural hair and your protective hair?
Not going to lie, I am not that good at maintaining my hair underneath my protective style. I do my best to oil my scalp, I keep it moisturised but i'm not going to lie sometimes it will go 2-3 days and I havent done anything to my natural hair. I'm working on that one but I pretty much just oil it and wet it down.
What are your staple hair products?
Okay, my staple hair products are :
- African pride ( going to start using their whole line)
- Shea moisture
- Coconut oil
- Caster oil
- Shea butter
I pretty much mix it up depending on how I feel. My problem is that I am a product junky so im just trying to find exactly what works for me.
Worst/Funniest hair experience?
My funniest experience, In primary school my mum always put my hair in two plaits, I call the dudu plaits because they kind of look like them and everyine knew me to have that hair style. Anyway, the first time I ever got my hair pressed my hair was all the way down to my back and it looked like weave. I came into school on a monday and everyone literally ran towards me because it was like seeing a different person, my hair had changed. The were like omg what did you do to your hair! is it fake? and everyone started pulling at my hair bare in mind i went to a all white school so thats why i was getting this reaction. But they just couldnt conceptioulise that my hair could go from dudu plaits to this long loustrous thing that i had. Yeah, that was kind of funny and that moment kind of stuck by me.
What are your hair aspirations?
I really want to know and understand my hair so that I can use the right products for it. I love big hair I want my hair to be as big as possible, like a lions mane and I want it down my back as well. I also have this thing called PCOS which has realy affected the way my hair grows, I just want to learn how to combat that and let my hair grow back to its normal glory.