Origins & current location?
I was born in Johannesburg and grew up in Pretoria.
What are you currently up to?
I am currently a final year Publishing student at the University of Pretoria and an editorial intern at an academic publishing house.
Why did you decide to go natural? Briefly take us through your natural hair journey.
As a child, I saw that my mother valued hair from a young age as she would always plait it and make sure it looked neat (both mine and hers). She was a fan of natural hair and kept mine natural until the day she left me at the salon for a little while. That’s when they proceeded to relax my hair, which upset my mom a lot. She made sure to take care of it though, making sure I got hair treatment every two weeks. In Matric I decided to go bald as I had never cut my hair before and that’s where my real hair journey began. I started going onto natural hair blogs to try and figure out how to take care of my hair. Two years later, I did the Big Chop again, this time with a more thorough understanding of what my hair needed to grow.
What are some of the challenges and advantages you’ve experienced with having natural hair?
As with most natural sistas, combing my hair in the mornings. I’m lucky in that as a student, people are not really bothered by how well combed your hair is on a daily basis. I do however need to look neat when I go to work and events or special places. The other challenge is that it is incredibly time consuming. I do not have the patience to twist out or plait my hair every night to ensure that it stretches. So I pretty much just let it coil then de-coil every time I wash it.
What is your hair care regimen?
This may sound really strange, but I use Vaseline Cocoa Butter. I’m one of those people who like to keep things simple, and this is definitely evident in my grooming as well. To wash, I use the ORS (Previously known as Organic Root Stimulator) Aloe Vera Shampoo and condition about once a month with Organic’s Replenishing Conditioner. I also use the Nourishing Sheen Spray on my braids.
What results do you expect from a hair product when you purchase it?
I expect it to do what it says on the label. I don’t purchase hair products that much but if I bought specific hair products, I’d expect them to moisturise my hair while protecting it and helping it grow at the same time.
Is it a struggle finding products that work for your natural hair or are you happy with the ones you’re currently using?
I’m very content with everything I currently use.
Are you planning on growing locs in the future?
No. I like my hair being versatile and changing hairstyles on a regular basis.
Do you have a favourite hair salon?
Not really. I have a hairdresser who does my hair. She’s flexible enough to come to me if necessary, or I just go to her workplace in Sunnyside, Pretoria.
What type of hairstyles do you like to rock?
My Afro 🙂
In winter I like protective styles like weaves or braids, depending on the amount of time I have on that day, and money as well of course.
Any hair care tips you’d like to share with the FroChic readers?
Love your hair the way it is and stop wishing it looked like the next person’s. As Chimamanda would say, “Hair is political,” so let your hair identity be a true reflection of who you are.
What’s your (fashion) style generally?
Simple. I’m also trying to make my wardrobe more elegant though I don’t want to stray from simple and chic.
Where can the FroChic readers get hold of you?
Instagram and Snapchat:
@shaluxo and @noxosha