Origins & current location?
Born and raised in Cape Town.
What are you currently up to?
Working full-time as an administrator for a property valuations and consultancy company.
Why did you decide to go natural?
I had this long hair that was “thick” and too much to handle (according to my Mom). She started to use straightener on my hair with a hope that it would make my hair more manageable. I’m sure she didn’t realise that I merely had a lot of hair on my hair and not “thick” as she thought. When the craze of using relaxer to make your hair straight and silky started, my Mom started using it on my hair.
When I grew older and started to take care of my hair myself, I kept on thinking of how long and curly my hair was when I was about 5 years old. After many years of cutting, relaxing and blow drying my hair weekly, I got tired of all the relaxing and blowing my hair. At one point my hair felt like straw at the ends and I started to ask myself….”what if I could just start over?” When I finally mentioned to my husband that I would like to shave my hair off completely to start over so that my ‘original’ hair can grow, he laughed and said that I’m being silly. After months of telling friends of my intentions, I finally got the courage and had my sister cut everything and my husband used the clippers to finish the job. (Huge shock to everyone the next day).
Briefly take us through your natural hair journey.
I dived straight into the BIG CHOP on 1 September 2010. I have been natural ever since and loved every step of the way. I have recently cut my hair very short, just wanting to do something new.
What do you love/dislike about your hair?
I love the fact that I can get away with a wash-n-go when I need to. I love that it grows so quick. What I hate most is the fact that my hair soaks up moisture real quick and I have to constantly moisturise it. Another thing is, out of the few times I do a blow out, my hair frizzes up within minutes. Very frustrating.
What are some of the challenges and advantages you’ve experienced?
As I’ve mentioned before, it grows quick. After only one week, one can see a difference.
One of the challenges is getting hold of products that actually works. It’s a nightmare.
What is your hair care regimen?
I wash my hair about 2 times per week. I use shampoo 2 times per month, usually sulphate-free shampoo like Clicks Detangling shampoo. The rest of the times I use conditioner – TRESemme Naturals. To be honest…I fail to be consistent with deep conditioning but when I do, I add olive oil or coconut oil to any thick conditioner, heat it up a few seconds in the microwave and apply to freshly washed hair. I do the LOC method once every 2 months using leave in conditioner like Glyco Lemon brand, coconut oil mixed with olive oil and Akiva Moisture whip (a product a friend of mine makes with shea butter and oils).
I have also recently started to wash my hair with bicarbonate of soda…it feels really good.
What results do you expect from a hair product when you purchase it?
I love products that moisturise my hair and not weigh it down. Or ones that don’t make me look like someone spilled a bottle of oil over my hair. Products should give definition to my curls.
Is it a struggle finding products that work for your hair type or are you happy with the ones you’re currently using?
Omg…don’t let me get started. I spend a lot of time researching about what my hair needs and reading blogs about natural hair and reading about all the different kinds of products that caters for natural hair overseas; its so frustrating. As you can see, I stick to the basics…olive oil and coconut oil. Works for me, for now.
Are you planning on locking in the future?
Which type of natural hairstyle(s) do you like to rock?
I love my wash and go but I do try out lots of hairstyles.
Do you have a favourite hair salon?
I never go to a salon…they simply don’t and won’t understand my hair.
Any hair care tips you’d like to share with our readers?
Moisturise and protect. Drink water….
Where can the FroChic readers get hold of you?
I’m on Instagram and Twitter: @newly_natural_j
I am a pinner…just search for Juwayra Januarie.