FroChic Natural: Xolisa

Origins and current location?

My origins trace back to Keiskammahoek. MaZotsho, MaNdokhala by clan. I was born and raised in East London, where I am currently.

What are you currently up to?

I am studying Psychology at UNISA, modelling at Just Models and radio co-hosting on Mdantsane Fm.

Why did you decide to go natural? Briefly take us through your natural hair journey.

I’ve always had “too much hair” for hairdressers ever since I could remember. My hair was chemically-handled (relaxed) and my mother not knowing what to do with my hair on most mornings, it was easier I guess, to have it relaxed.
In 2001 my mother took me for a hair cut since my hair was again “too much” to handle. As soon as it grew it was back to chemically-handling my hair.
I used artificial hair and extensions from 2007 where I was convinced my hair is better off hidden than exposed to the “too much hair” comments.
In 2010 after undoing a certain hairstyle that was in fashion then, the front section of my hair was shorter than the rest of my hair. Epic fail!
In 2014 the FRESH START took off when I decided to cut it all off. I was scared, couldn’t imagine myself with just my own hair.  However, here I am 3 years later, and it’s done YES 🙂

What are some of the challenges and advantages you’ve experienced​ with having natural hair​?

My hair bent EVERY afro comb and broke EVERY “steel” afro comb. Sorry mom!
Oh & 90% of salon visits meant scalp on fire from the growth pulling and debates on “who is right about MY hair” hahaha, interesting times.

Now I understand my own hair and with research I have peace of mind.
I can do my own hair using all my natural products found in my kitchen.
I’ve saved a lot of money which is a great investment bonus. I can change hairstyles overnight too.

What is your hair care regimen?

Scalp:  Coconut oil (available at Clicks) STRICTLY on my scalp.

Hair:  Are you ready to hear this? Okay here goes, I wash with Sunlight liquid soap (part of my shopping list :D) once a month.

Treatment: I use Leave-In Liquid Hair Mayonnaise with Extra Virgin Oil (available at Clicks) overnight and wash it off after 2 days.

Before bed(EVERY night): I do the informal look of “Bantu locks”, (they are never neat trust me!).
When I know I’m going to have a hectic week I go to the salon to have a “crown plait” done, just for control, you know :-).

What results do you expect from a hair product when you purchase it?

It shouldn’t play with my feelings that’s for sure, if the product says it will detangle I expect it to do just that.

Is it a struggle finding products that work for your natural hair or are you happy with the ones you’re currently using?

I would love to find one for my dandruff. Can something fall from the sky, please??

Are you planning on growing locs in the future?

Is it still procrastinating if I’ve been thinking about it for 2 years now?

Do you have a favourite hair salon?

Yes! “God is Great Salon” in Cradock. The hairdresser Shelly gives the best scalp massages with all my treatments. I can travel 3 hours just for her.

What type of hairstyles do you like to rock?

I use water and wet my hair to shrink it, then it comes out curly and marshmallow-soft the next day. I look so cute even I want to hug me. Haha.

Any hair care tips you’d like to share with the FroChic readers?

Sunlight Liquid Soap really works, try it. Drink your 8 glasses of water per day and eat all your fruits and veggies; nutrition plays a huge role.

What’s your (fashion) style generally?

“Comfort is everything” that’s my motto when it comes to fashion. Seeing that I love shoes they ought to be comfortable and I have to see myself wearing them again in 3 years or so.

Where can the FroChic readers get hold of you?

Blog- ais4appleblog.wordpress.com

Instagram- @xu_bushula

email- xee.bush@gmail.com

Mdantsane Fm- Mondays & Wednesdays 10:00-12:00
talking about “Health & Women Issues”
(live stream link available on the Mdantsane Fm Facebook page)

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