It’s another Hairspiration Friday! Once upon a time, we were school mates. Now I just stalk her blog and hair pictures. Serving us a beautiful head of hair today, meet Oyime!
Hey! Tell us a little about yourself.
Hello!! My name is Oyime. I’m a lawyer and I live in Lagos, Nigeria.
Have you always been natural?
The first time I got my hair relaxed, I was about 10. I had relaxed hair till I was 19 and then I decided to go natural. A lot of people had started going natural and I was curious so I searched YouTube for natural hair and I knew that day that I was going to go natural. Watching those videos made me realise that having my hair natural was an option and I got so excited I actually wanted to cut my hair immediately. I had exams so I decided to wait till my exams were over. On the day I finished my exams, I big chopped. This was in May 2012.
Tell us about your hair! Does she have a name?
My hair doesn’t have a name but I think she’s fabulous. I would classify her as around armpit length at the sides and the back, and chin length in front. I have low porosity hair so it took me a while to figure out what products to use and the best regimen that would help my hair retain moisture. My hair has different textures and my strands are coarse in the middle, medium textured in the front and fine at the back and sides and I have really high density hair.
How do you care for your hair?
I try to save a lot of time when it comes to washdays so if I’m washing my hair on a day I’ve just taken out my braids I detangle my hair as I’m taking out my braids. I put my hair into about 10-12 chunky twists and shampoo with Giovanni Smooth as Silk Deep Moisture Shampoo. After this, I dry it with a cotton t-shirt and deep condition by putting it into smaller twists with Cantu Deep Treatment Masque and put it under a shower cap for 30-45 minutes. I co-wash while it’s still in twists with one of my v05 conditioners. When it’s a bit dry but still damp I moisturise with a mix of Giovanni Direct Leave in Weightless moisture conditioner/Cantu leave in, glycerine and castor oil/shea butter. This usually takes me about 4 hours when I shampoo or 3 hours if I’m just deep conditioning and co-washing.
What are the things your hair cannot do without?
My hair cannot do without deep conditioning. It gets really dry easily so I have to deep condition as often as once a week if it’s not in braids. This helps in keeping dryness under control.
What have you realised your hair doesn’t like at all at all?
Coconut oil and Apple cider vinegar. I tried using them in different ways but coconut oil made my hair feel dry and brittle and so did ACV.
How do you like to wear your hair?
I mostly wear my hair in braids. I went through this phase last year where I did box braids almost every month for the whole year. I decided to start wearing my hair out more often this year so I’ve been having fun doing different styles with my hair like puffs, French braids, mini twists or just having my fro out with a side part. I still love braids as a protective style and they give me a break when I’m not up to styling my hair for a while.
How do you feel about shrinkage?
I really didn’t like shrinkage especially when I had just big chopped. Now, I embrace it because it brings out the beauty in some hair styles (like puffs) and it shows that my hair is healthy. When I want to do a style that requires stretched hair I use thread to do this.
Have you received any negativity from others towards your hair? How did/do you deal?
I’ve received mostly good comments about my hair but there have been a few negative comments. Someone asked if it was brokeness that made me cut my hair and then said it was just a joke, another person said my mini twists were nice but I shouldn’t let my hair grow longer than it is or it would start to look dirty. I mostly just laugh off the negative comments or I ignore them.
Are you facing any hair challenges right now or bad habits you’re trying to break?
I still battle with dryness sometimes and I have to tweak something in my regimen. I use a wide tooth comb when styling my hair sometimes and I end up losing a lot of hair. I’m trying to do this less often and completely eliminate using combs.
If you had one hair regret, it would be…
I didn’t trim my hair until after almost 2 years and I knew I had splits and knots but I kept postponing it and my hair kept breaking. Now I try to trim my hair at least once in 6 months or if there are any split ends I trim them.
Do you have a hair philosophy?
My hair philosophy is basically Listen to your hair. I try not to ignore signs my hair gives me. If it’s breaking a lot or feeling really dry I have to up my deep conditioning or moisturising game.
What is hair to you? Has going natural changed anything about you?
Hair to me is an accessory and a means of expressing yourself. Going natural has built my confidence especially because I big chopped. I was surprised at how bold I felt about going out with less than an inch of hair because I never thought I would cut my hair. Going natural has also taught me patience.
Do you have any hair goals- short or long term?
My hair goal is big, healthy hair
Any last words to anyone considering to go natural or a new natural?
If you’re considering going natural do it because you really want to, because you’re the one who is going to be learning how to take care of your hair and twisting it at night. If you’re a new natural just know that it gets better, have fun with your hair and try and enjoy it at every stage.
Where on the internet can you be found?
Thank you so much, Oyime, for sharing your beautiful hair with us!
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Have an amazing weekend, beauts! :*