1. What’s your name and where are you from?
S’bahle Ngubane from Durban.
2. Describe your hair a little (eg. hair porosity, hair type, hair texture, hair density, personality, etc).
My hair type is a mixture of 4B and 4C, this happened when I bleached it, it completely changed my hair type however it used to be 4B. I have extremely low porosity, it literally takes a while when its wash day (a hassle I tell you). I have really thick and coarse hair. I have to comb my hair in sections as it is quite a hack when I do it in one go.
3. How long have you been natural?
I have been natural for 4 years now, however, I did the big chop in November 2017 so, uhm, a year and a few months now (lol)
4. Why did you decide to go natural?
My reason for going natural was actually a financially based decision, because I have thick hair I would finish about 2 tubs of relaxer and within a week my hair was back to being frizzy again. So I challenged myself to transition and I basically never looked back.
5. What was the hardest thing about returning natural?
I think the hardest thing about returning natural was the fact that I would always go crazy when shrinkage occurred. Secondly, handling the comb was more than a mission (I kid you not there would be tears in the corner of my eyes)
6. What does your hair regimen comprise of?
Okay so my hair regimen, yikes okay. I mix olive oil, amla oil and Dark and Lovely Hair Moisturizer in one container, I then moisturize my hair in sections before I do my bantu knots, this is done when I want my hair to look more like a long perm and when I want it to have that soft and shiny feel. The other is my Design Essentials products (LOVE), I mixed a leave in conditioner with a detangler and I really have never been happier, my afro is softer (SO SOFT). All of these are in a spritz bottle, and let’s not forget water, water, water. Before I became a product junkie it used to be just water but my hair was sooo dry, it was breaking. So yay products and water. Also, I do not use heat, EVER. The only time I have used heat was when I dyed my hair. Otherwise wash day is me washing my hair with Design Essentials or Dove shampoo (NO SULPHATES) thereafter it’s bantu knots until my hair is dry.
7. What do you love most about your hair?
I love the fact that my hair is actually thicker than most (you hardly see the scalp, no lies). Now that I pay attention to it, it is muuuch easier to handle.
8. What do you dislike most about your hair?
Okay, I love the fact that its thick and sometimes I don’t. Because of braiding purposes, most braiders shy away from my hair and some really caan’t handle my hair. I actually have been to a salon where a lady found it so difficult to comb my hair, I combed it myself and told her to handle the dryer.
9. Which 3 products do you swear by?
Olive oil, Design Essentials Detangling Moisturizer and amla oil. (I am pretty much old school)
10. What are your top 3 hair tips?
Less heat firstly, heat causes your hair to break and I wish I had learned this earlier. Secondly when you dye your hair moisturize like your life depends on it, dye changes not only your hair type but the texture as well and if not taken care of it will be disastrous (trust me I know), also avoid bleaching. And lastly love your hair, give it time, braid it but not too tight, learn it, know it, allow it to grow the way it wants to.
11. Any encouragement for rookie naturals?
To the rookies, focus on healthy hair more than length because your hair may be long but it also may be unhealthy. Embrace the shrinkage (annoying I know) but be patient with your journey also don’t compare yourself to other rookies, hair does not grow the same way.
12. Where can people find you online (Instagram/YouTube/Facebook, etc.)?
I am hardly on Facebook, but I am on Instagram: @sbashlay_