The Naturalistas Hair 2
Hellurrrr…I apologise to all for the slightly late post but believe me, it’s worth it!!! Hows your Wednesday rolling in by the way? Pretty amazing eh? Add a little slice of Kirk Franklin’s Wanna be Happy and read on!! Meanwhile, naturalistas in the room, hola! I got some juice for you today. Yay!
So last Wednesday, I went on about how I can’t carry a natural hair except Bradley Cooper personally asks me to..hehehe..but also wrote about the different natural hair styles I admire here. This week I have an even more exciting post for y’all. It’s the queen of naturalistas herself!! Berry Dakara! I love her grace and how she carries her hair. I asked her to write a guest post and need I say, I’m Stoked!! Hope you enjoy as much as I did.
Hi, my name is Berry Dakara and I blog over at Berrydakara.com. I have been a naturalista longer than the average Nigerian natural – I stopped relaxing my hair in 2006. I’m closing in on 10 years natural!!! I would like to say that it’s been an easy journey, but that would be a lie. Let’s start at the beginning.
I stopped relaxing my hair because it was breaking quite a bit, and was really thin. One of my cousins had natural hair at the time, and I thought her hair was quite strong, so I decided to go in that direction. Little did I know that the main reason my hair was breaking was because of poor hair care practices. In fact, for the first few years of being natural, I continued those poor habits. Needless to say, my natural hair wasn’t thriving.
In 2012 or 2013, I had moved back to Nigeria from the US and started blogging. African Naturalistas, a hair care blog and indigenous hair products brand, asked me to start blogging weekly for them. At that point, I felt that it wouldn’t make sense to “preach while sinning.” So I started making sure to care for my hair better. I introduced a regimen which consists of
- Deep Conditioning and washing my hair biweekly,
- Keeping my hair moisturized in between – my spray bottle contains water, leave-in conditioner, and oils
- Stretching my hair every night to avoid tangles – preferably via twists.
- Keeping my ends protected most of the time (well I try to) using protective styles, like buns or wearing clip-ins.
I don’t really have favorite products, but I mostly use African Naturalistas, Cantu, and Herbal Essences.
The main thing that I’ve learned through this time is that consistency is key. When people tell me my natural hair is soft, I explain that it’s taken consistent and regular practice of my regimen. Trust me, if I don’t moisturize my hair in a week, or I don’t have it stretched nightly, my hair becomes a hard, tangled disaster! So, my advice – listen to your hair, how does she respond to different products or styles, follow what is good for YOUR hair.
Ya heard??!!! Listen to YOUR hair. Hmm…who wants our next blogger spotlight to beam on this naturalista extraordinaire?? I do. lol. Hope you jotted down one or two tips. Thanks a million Berry. It’s a wrap dolls. Looking forward to reading from you guys…Enjoy the rest of your day.
*hugs and kisses*
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