My name is Idorenyin. I’m from Nigeria, though based in South Africa.
2. What would you consider your hair type and hair porosity to be?
I’ve got a mix of type 4 kinks, primarily 4c. I’ve got high porosity hair.
3. How long have you been natural?
It will be 3 years by the end of this November.
4. Why did you decide to go natural?
Curiosity. I was curious to see how I would look with an afro. Also, I loved doing a roller set on my relaxed hair for volume, so I thought, let me cut out the middle man and just have voluminous hair at once.
5. What was the hardest thing about returning natural?
It takes more time to handle. I had to learn how to comb, to detangle, to manage the hair in sections, etc. With relaxed hair I could just glide my comb through all my hair and call it a day. Not so with the fro lol. That being said, I’ve always enjoyed my hair care days so I’ve gotten used to enjoying the hours with my fro come wash day.
6. What does your hair regimen comprise of?
When my fro is out (from a protective style), I usually wash it once every 10 – 14 days.
Wash day consists of a hot oil treatment (a mix of avocado, olive and Jamaican black castor oil), wash (Tresseme shampoo or Bentonite clay wash) and deep condition (homemade or store bought; I particularly love the hair mayonnaise by ORS).
I use the LCO method for moisturizing after wash day and thereafter, whenever I feel my hair needs it.
L: water or olive oil leave-in hair conditioner (by Ultimate Organic Therapy) and aloe vera gel
I’ve noticed that I’ve gotten even more confident since going natural; I feel the natural hair just compliments my features perfectly. I also love that I get to have both long and short hair because of shrinkage.
8. What do you dislike most about your hair?
Its unpredictability. You can use the same method to do a twist/braid out/bantu knot, etc. and end up with a totally different look all the time lol. I do sometimes miss the quickness and ease of care that came with relaxed hair.
9. Which 3 products do you swear by?
My hot oil mix (made primarily with avocado, olive and Jamaican black castor oil)Shea butterBentonite clay for my wash days
10. What are your top 3 natural hair care tips?
– I think it’s important to use minimal to no heat on natural hair.
– Break the “rules” and get to know what works for your hair, not everything will work for everyone.
– Be in the right mindset and make sure you have enough time when tackling your hair e.g. don’t try detangling before work because you end up rushing and doing a mediocre job which can lead to breakage in the long run.
11. Any encouragement for rookie naturals?
– Patience is key: your hair will grow but it won’t feel like it if you’re constantly watching it and doing length checks, etc.
– Enjoy the different stages of your hair growth and journey. You’ll miss the short hair when your hair grows out so try different things while you still can.
12. Where can people find you online (Instagram/Twitter/Facebook, etc.)?
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!