1. What is your name and where are you from?
My name’s Abena Mante. I’m a Ghanaian.
2. What would you consider your hair type to be?
Definitely 4C.
3. How long have you been natural?
I’ve been natural for close to 3 years now.

4. Why did you decide to go natural?
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!!!!).
1Where can people find you online (Instagram/Twitter/Facebook, etc.)?
@abnamante on Instagram Abena Mante on Facebook