My name is Sandra Githinji. I am from Nairobi, Kenya and currently living in Melbourne, Australia.
2. What would you consider your hair type to be?
I have always believed my hair type to be 4C, although I have patches of looser texture. I’m not big on hair typing, but 4C hair care regimens have benefited my hair growth.
3. How long have you been natural?
The end of 2016 will mark 4 years since I returned to my natural hair.
4. Why did you decide to go natural?
My reason for going natural sort of evolved through multiple catalysts. When I landed in Melbourne 4 years ago, I soon realised black hair care was close to none existent and what was available was far too expensive for a student. I had traded in my relaxer for texturiser before I even left Kenya, and after my first texturiser here in Melbourne, I started wearing clip-ins. A combination of the clip-ins and stretching out my texturiser resulted in a lot of hair breakage, that left me with natural hair and wisps of texturised ends. This is when I turned to wigs and started watching natural hair Youtubers, and began to question why my hair never grew past neck length, and was it truly possible to grow long African hair?
Looking back now, I think what truly propelled me to chop off the wisps of texturised ends and not go in for a retouch, was the glimmer of hope that I could grow my natural hair full and long. Walking out in my natural hair didn’t hold any stigma for me, what I truly desired was healthy, long hair full of life.
5. What was the hardest thing about returning natural?
It would have to be seeing naturals on YouTube style their hair so effortlessly, grow inches in a matter of months when I was still learning how to navigate this “foreign” texture. It is truly a tragedy when we compare our chapter 1 to another’s chapter 10. Patience was the first lesson learnt when it comes to natural hair care.
6. What does your hair regimen comprise of?
My hair care regimen has shifted, changed and evolved through the years. One thing I have maintained is use of heat only once a year. My 1st year comprised of coconut oil and leave in conditioner, the 2nd introduced sulphate free shampoo, the 3rd was the beginning of co-washing and deep conditioning.
Now in my 4th year my regimen is quite simple, co-wash once a week, shampoo once a month with a sulphate free shampoo, deep condition once a week (alternating protein, moisturising and henna treatments) and oil my scalp 3 times a week with a mixture of oils I can swear by. Majority of the time I am protective styling with a lace wig that allows me access to my hair.
7. What do you love most about your hair?
The texture. Simply running my fingers through the grooves and curls is such a joyous feeling! I also love how shrinkage hides your growth and every length check is so exciting.
8. What do you dislike most about your hair?
The time it takes to co-wash, deep condition and detangle! I literally have a day in the week simply dedicated to my hair. This is the nature of natural hair, it requires to be nurtured.
Keep it simple (Fewer products that work).Keep your hands out of your hair (Low manipulation).Keep your eyes on you (Listen to your hair and do not get swayed by every other natural hair care regimen).
11. Any encouragement for rookie naturals?
Your hair is growing! It always is, just focus on retaining that length and keeping your hair HEALTHY, that is more important that length, that will result in length. Always, always remember to be kind to yourself.
12. Where can people find you online (Instagram/Twitter/Facebook, etc.)?
I am most active on my Instagram: @spatialauthor where I post updates on the progress of my hair.
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!