Before I thought of returning natural, ( I wore my hair naturally from birth till about 14years old) I’d seen many of our Nollywood movie stars, rocking their natural hair. The likes of Monalisa Chinda, Omoni Oboli, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Chioma Chukwuka-Akpotha, Uche Jumbo, etc. And then Solange Knowle’s hair was to die for! They all looked so pretty wearing their natural mane.The natural hair movement made a comeback from the days of Diana Ross and became a trend. I’d see different hair textures and styles all over social media and I often wondered how they’re able to cater to those kinky textured hair. As far as I’m concerned, leaving my hair unrelaxed and then wearing it out in whatever style was a ‘deeper life’ thing abeg!
Interestingly, people were getting creative with it and incorporating it into their regular street styles, corporate and even church outfits. It looked really amazing. My hair stopped growing at a point while using relaxers and was fast thinning out and almost going into extinction. I used to have a long,(about 18″) thick, black hair but before I knew it, it started going into exile abi disappearing Lol. Blame it on pregnancy and child-birth hormones but I also knew applying different forms of chemicals in form of relaxer, using heat regularly to style, and braiding different hair styles that put pressure on the roots and edges, may have contributed.
And so I thought… why not embark on a healthy hair journey again, Where I can do away with applying those chemicals and then use natural products in its stead, and style my hair in such a way it doesn’t stress my edges. I mean everything is going organic and it seems the healthy way. Organic skin care, organic food, organic everything. So I started reading blogs and anything on natural hair care tips and began my transitioning journey around April last year. I followed black elegance to get regular updates and so by July last year, (three months later) I did the big chop! My hair is one year & one month post BC yay!!!
To keep my hair stretched, after dampening with water and LOCing, I usually do the two-strand twist every night or thread it and loosen the following morning. The result is always amazing.
My hair type is 4c, with normal (medium) porosity. The twist-out has become my go-to hair style aside from braids and I do love to wear my hair out almost every time. It’s simple, yet stylish.
Do I want to remain natural? Most definitely!!! I want to keep growing my hair in its natural state using every natural means. It’s healthier for me.
How do I maintain it? I try as much as I can, and to be honest, I’m not so religious with it but I keep up with deep conditioning and protein treatments atleast once in a month if I’m not on any protective hairstyle. And to reduce frequent manipulation so I can retain length, I braid.
Are you a naturalista? Do you intend to become one? Let’s discuss some more in the comments!