1. What is your name and where are you from?
My name is Ewuradwoa Ahwoi and I’m from Ghana.
2. What would you consider your hair type and hair porosity to be?
My hair is predominantly 4c with a mix of 4b in the middle and back sections of my hair. I have high porosity hair (absorbs moisture very quickly but releases moisture just as quickly).
3. How long have you been natural?
I’ve been natural for 6 and a half years.
4. Why did you decide to go natural?
I actually didn’t “go natural” from a perm/texturizer/textlax, etc. Right from Junior High School to Senior High School, my hair had to be in a very low cut (school rules) and once I completed high school I didn’t have to cut it anymore so I just left it to grow.
5. What was the hardest thing about returning natural?
I always wanted long hair so the hardest part about growing my natural hair out was learning to embrace the length at every stage it was and learning to accept shrinkage. Now that I’m years into my hair journey I’m all for “health over length”.
6. What does your hair regimen comprise of?
I usually wash and condition my hair every two weeks and also alternate between protein treatments and deep conditioning. I moisturise my hair every other day as well. I do all these even when my hair is in any kind of protective style.
7. What do you love most about your hair?
The versatility! I love to explore different styles with my own hair as well as with extensions similar to my hair type and with having natural hair the possibilities are endless. My social media posts are proof of that lol.
8. What do you dislike most about your hair?
The degree to which it can tangle up on those days I slack with preventing that.
9. Which 3 products do you swear by?
Water, shea butter, and a good moisturiser.
10. What are your top 3 natural hair tips?
-Moisturise your hair both in and out of protective styles.
– Wash your hair religiously to keep your scalp and hair clean even when in protective styles.
– Let damaged ends GO! And go easy on blow-drying or straightening. Use alternate ways to stretch your hair (braiding, twisting, threading, etc.) but if you do apply heat always use a heat protectant. Remember: health over length (besides, with health comes length).
11. Any encouragement for rookie naturals?
Patience, patience, patience! 🙂 Your hair is growing, just embrace the beautiful way it grows from your scalp. Make it a point to avoid comparisons with other naturals – be it about length, density, curl pattern, texture, whatever – focus on your hair. Find people online with similar hair to yours and apply their good tips to your journey (shout out to my 4c sistas). Lastly, take progress pictures – they really do help you to keep track of your hair
12. Where can people find you online (Instagram/Twitter/Facebook, etc.)?
I’m a hair stylist, makeup artist, and YouTube content creator (Follow and subscribe for hair and makeup tutorials!):
Instagram (@b_radw_): instagram.com/b_radw_
YouTube (@picturadw): bit.ly/picturadw
Tumblr (@ahoythere7): ahoythere7.tumblr.com