Origins and current location?
Well I was born in Johannesburg but I’ve been in Polokwane for over ten years, so I’m a Polokwane girl.
What are you currently up to?
I’m a call centre agent. In my spare time I’m researching on natural hair or spending time with my family.
How long have you been natural? Briefly take us through your natural hair journey.
I was natural all my life when one day, I think I was in grade 7, I saw this cute box of relaxer my mom was using on my sister’s hair, I felt jealous and also wanted to look like those beautiful girls on the box. Well, two weeks there after my hair broke off because I was combing it too much (I was too baar that the comb went through my hair so easy). My mom cut my hair(mama knows best) and it went back to normal. I then stayed natural accepting that I’ve got a lot of curly hair and I couldn’t wear it straight like most coloureds… well, that’s until it was time for my matric ball in 2006, I did a reverse perm because I wanted a straight, sleek look. Oh boy! that was the bullet I shot myself with in the foot because following my matric I got pregnant and my hair just stopped growing and it was breaking so bad. I was switching up between natural and relaxed hair right till 2010 in march. I just decided to do one last BC (big chop) and I haven’t looked back since. This year I’m officially 1 year natural again. lol
Why did you decide to go natural?
Because my hair was perfect before I started with the creamy crack, I missed my childhood hair and hair straightner just doesn’t work for me. Every time I got a relaxer or whatever, two weeks later, it would fall out.
What do you love about your hair?
Hmmm??… I love that it’s versatile. I can go from an afro to a sleek blow out without extensions or chemicals. I love that it demands TLC. It has taught me to eat right, exercise, and take better care of myself. And the reaction I get for all the different things I do to it… I LOVE IT!! It’s so unique.
What are some of the challenges and advantages you’ve experienced since you went natural?
Advantages: I don’t have to run for my life when it rains.lol. There is no more shrinkage, I never have a bad hair day, falling in love with the way God made me, no more forcing. lol.
Challenges: breaking through to society that an afro is just as beautiful as straight hair. My spending habits; I’m a product junkie! But that is because our biggest challenge is not being able to find the correct product.
What does your hair care regimen look like?
Monthly I do a henna treatment it strengthens the hair and gives it a bit off colour I also get a trim after 6-8 weeks, if I don’t, my hair starts to break. Weekly I wash using Mega Growth Profectiv shampoo. I just learned to detangle — by first using a cheap condish, twisting my hair and doing a deep treatment with my favourite conditioners. I love mixing things and creating a concoctions. I also add olive oil, put a shower cap and sit for as long as I can. Then I just redo it into smaller twists using JO’M beeswax shea butter & other products or leave it au naturale.
What hair products do you use and where do you buy them?
I’m still trying out a lot of products to see what suites me, it’s only a year that I’ve been natural the “right way”. I mostly buy at Clicks or Checkers or Ebony (an Indian owned shop). I use Profectiv Mega Growth, their products are good. I also use JO’M hair products, their shea butter & beeswax works good for my twist. ORS (organic root stimulator) — I love their Smooth n Hold Pudding for my afro. Soft n free also has a new “natural” range milk protein & olive oil. Natural oils are also a must.
Do you struggle finding products that work for your hair or are you happy with the ones you’re currently using?
It’s a struggle especially reading what people are doing overseas, the wide range of products they have for natural type 4 hair and the support they give each other, but you have to make it work. Improvise and be more natural. My key is reading the ingredients, water must be number one and if you can’t pronounce the first three ingredients it’s a no-no!
Do you have a favourite natural hair salon where you treat your hair?
No, the only time I go to a salon is to get braids done, or to get my hair trimmed.
Which type of natural hairstyle(s) do you like to rock?
I’m so lazy so I mostly wear a fro, or twist if I don’t want to manipulate my hair too much. It’s longer now so I sometimes do flat twists and wear a clip-on pony tail. Once a month(actually when I think of it), when I get my hair trimmed, I have it blown out.
Planning on locking in the future?
No ways. My mom has been trying to get me to loc my hair but it’s too restrictive, if I want locs I just do a twist.
Which celebrity’s natural hair do you love or admire (local or international)?
Sho I admire so many. Tracie Ellis Ross, wow, fell in love the first time I laid eyes on that hair; Regina King; Claire Mawisa, such a beauty; Renate Stuurman; Corrine bailey Rae; Tracie Thoms, just to name a few (or I will never stop)
Any tips you’d like to share with our readers?
If you really want beautiful natural hair try taking a holistic approach to it, it will change not only your hair regimen but your way of life and thinking for the better… also always remember, water is key.