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On becoming Natural.

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.

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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.

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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!

With ❤️

Jessica Hugo.

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40 thoughts on “On becoming Natural.”

      1. My hair right now is 3 inches short of bra strap length . It’s definitely thicker and healthier for sure . Its not . I mainly do pineapples or buns because I don’t like to manipulate my hair much .

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  1. Aww Natural hair discussions are just close to my heart. You’ve got lovely textured hair. I think my journey to becoming natural was much similar to yours. Interest was sparked by the natural hair movement… Plus my relaxed hair was so u healthy. My scalp was so sensitive and bled each time I relaxed, even though I used children relaxers. So I just quit relaxing and never looked back. It hasn’t been easy Caring for my hair, but I don’t have too many routines. I just keep it simple and also do protective hairstyles to retain length 😊

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    1. I can relate Joan, the relaxer thing wasn’t really helping my hair. The color was almost bronzing out. Lol. I don’t have too many routines too, sometimes I just lock it in braids and let it be. Wen it’s out, I look for style inspirations and hit the streets. I am not thinking of relaxing for any reason at all. 🤗

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  2. Natural most of my life but relaxed my hair three times between the ages of 12-14. Was a tragic period of my hair life.

    I’m 4c and right now my focus is on protective styles (braids) because the UK is too cold for natural hairstyles! My staple products are vegetable glycerin and a shea butter mix that I make myself which includes natural oils and a few essential oils.

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    1. Great!!! Braids is sure one lovely protective style I love. My hair loves coconut oil but I keep experimenting with other natural oils too and it turns out good. I know dat thing wit weather and we should surely protect our hair from harsh weather conditions.

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  3. Naturally, you look great! And yes, I go natural with my hair too. Wash and wear works best for me. I just cut about 15 inches off the length of my hair but it’s still long. It’s also highlighted in blondish gray streaks by Mother Nature!

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    1. Awwhhh… thanks a lot Ruth, blushing. Lol. I’ve never tried the wash and wear cos I’m scared my hair might just tangle but I may one day, see how it goes. Being a 4c hair type, my hair shrinks sometimes. So I’m alsways trying to keep it soft and stretched.
      Thanks for your comment.

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  4. I found after my last pregnancy I was thinning and I’ve always had naturally curly hair, but over the years it became more wavy. Lately I’ve used less and less product and treatment in my hair and I’ve regained 90% of my curl and can leave it product free without it sagging and becoming a flat curl.

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    1. I dunno, but there seems to be a connection between loss of hair/thinning and after pregnancy. But I guess with good hair-care maintenance, you’re good to go! Just stay away from adverse hair products and drink lots of water. Good you’re regaining your curls back. 👍👍

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  5. What an interesting article! I’m having a baby in October and hoping that I don’t have hair issues after the fact – the hard part of being a woman! You look amazing though!

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    1. Awwwh Angie, thanks a lot! 😊😊. It’s so scary thinking about hair issues after child-birth but it’s nothing we can’t surmount. Just continue with a good hair routine and drink adequate water. You’ll be super fine.
      Thanks for being here. And congrats in advance. hugs

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    1. oh thanks Dominika. It is convincingly quite easy to go natural seeing many others have positive results with theirs. I’m of the opinion anything that POSITIVELY influences your life should be embraced. That’s why we learn everyday in order to grow and change our perspectives on certain things 😊. I’m still learning to style my hair in various ways though, my go-to style has been twist out or bun. Less manipulation and keeping it simple. Thanks for your comment.

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  6. Going natural was the best decision I’ve ever made! I’ve been natural for seven years now and feel like I’ve gotten to know a lot more about who I am and what I like because of my hair (which sounds weird but it’s true!). I danced in my kitchen the first time I was able to put my hair in a bun because it showed how I came from where I was. Love your twist out in the pictures!

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    1. Hahaha @ danced in your kitchen 😂. I can feel that moment. I used to alws check d length of my hair & whenever I felt there was an inch or two more, i danced too.
      I swear, it was the best decision! Thank you somuch for the compliments and your comment. ❤️

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  7. your hair looks thick and healthy! Mine is natural now for about 6 years or so and i love it! It has grown so much that now I need help each time to get it washed! Thanks for sharing and all the best with it.

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  8. Don’t know if I’d call myself a naturalista yet but I enjoy the love I put into caring for my hair. Currently I am doing more of wigs and weapons. My fave hair products for now is shea butter, black soap and coconut oil. Feels good to not think of relaxer schedules and make plans to relax my hair though. I love how your hair looks namesake 💕

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  9. Your hair is gorgeously beautiful, looks very healthy. I’ve been natural for 2years and 8months now, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Relaxers gave me a negative blow too, returning natural has enabled me reclaim my crown.
    Thanks for the mention beautiful.

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    1. It’s not very easy to maintain esp wen u have limited time to cater to it. Plus you have to find products that your hair would love. The struggle is real but we can alws keep it stylish or locked in braids or weaves.
      Thanks for your comment.

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  10. I’ve been natural for over 3 years and it’s been great. My hair is also 4C and can be so difficult to manage but I use a lot of water on my hair and I’ve been making my hair myself for over 2 years and haven’t visited a salon so that helps me manage it better. Most times I just braid it and wear a hand made wig or twist it (two strand). Either way, it’s been good although I can be such a lazy natural. But this has made me retain length. I rarely use combs too.

    Your hair looks great!

    http://www.zinnyfactor.com

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    1. Oh wow!!! That’s great, I think the two strand twists leaves the hair soft and stretched. And I agree, it can be tedious being natural but it’s definitely worth it. Thanks for your comment Zinny.

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  11. I’ve been natural almost 5 years. I’ve spent so much money on products and my hair rejects it lol. I love being natural! Patience is key.

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