My elder sister inspired my natural hair journey. When I completed senior high school, she advised that I keep my hair natural. I didn’t listen to her at first though because I was in a hurry to start braiding. Here in Ghana government-run senior high school students are required to keep cropped hair. I was in a huge rush (I had been keeping my hair cropped all through primary, junior high and senior high school) so I went and had my hair blown (semi-perm) to enable me to braid. Mind you, my hair’s very hard so I thought that was the only way to braid.
After I took off the braids, I went to the barber’s and got a chop. I wanted to keep the natural look because my sister kept telling me I’d rock it well. I had a throwback of when I tried my first perm after junior high school and the cuts I sustained on my scalp because the cream couldn’t tame my hard hair. With my sister’s advice and my previous perm experience, I decided to go natural.
5. What was the hardest thing about returning natural?
The fact that combing my hard hair at first was a struggle and negative comments from some hairdressers and other people about natural hair not being for me. I got past that after a few weeks.
6. What does your hair regimen comprise of?
I don’t have a very rigid regimen. I wash at least once a week if I don’t have braids on (getting used to the idea of regular braids now). I do a lot of hot oil treatments. Honey mask deep condition once a week with honey, coconut oil, and olive oil. After every wash, I base with coconut oil and shea butter – they are my favourite.
7. What do you love most about your hair?
Her thickness, shrinkage and colour. Plus being natural has opened me up to great opportunities. Being natural got me the opportunity to work as an ambassador for AfricansGoneNatural (a really big organisation).
8. What do you dislike most about your hair?
The way she tangles up at the least opportunity.
9. Which 3 products do you swear by?
Coconut oil, shea butter and olive oil. I don’t have any specific product line I like but I’ve used Cantu leave-in a lot and WeNaturals coconut oil.
10. What are your top 3 natural hair tips?
Twisting the hair before laying your head on a pillow. Regular deep conditioning. Keeping the hair moist with water all the time (natural hair loves water!!!!).
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I'm Chisomo, a Communication Science graduate in my mid-twenties who lives on endless cups of tea. I'm also a natural hair enthusiast, a stay-at-home daughter, a sister, a wanderer and lover of all things pretty who loves Jesus on so many levels I can't even explain.
Oh, fro! began as a result of a simple expression used by a girl in love with, you guessed it, her fro. This is just my tiny space where I share about my hair, regimen and all things hair...and a few tidbits of things I love. So find a comfy spot, settle in and I hope you enjoy every bit of this bumpy ride as much as I do!