It’s Hairspiration Friday!!! ‘Nuff said…
Hey girlie! Tell us about you!
My name is Sophea… I like to spell my name with an ea…lol… I’m a student of University of Lagos studying Zoology. I hope to become an Environmental consultant. I live in Lagos.
Have you always been natural? If not, when did you go natural?
I decided to go natural in December 2013. I was making my “Christmas” hair and I saw how limp and lifeless my hair was. I didn’t know what to do, so I started researching on the internet about how to take care of relaxed hair and I saw some articles on natural hair and decide to read them; curlynikki,blackhairinformation, britishcurlies, thekinkandi, to name a few. I saw beautiful pictures of girls who were natural not because it was a religious law but because it was what they wanted to do and in January 2014, I started the journey. I couldn’t big chop so I transitioned for the whole of 2014 and in December 2014, I cut off all my straight ends myself. It felt surreal and liberating but most of all I was happy. So I have been fully natural for 3-4 months now.
Tell us about your hair! Does she have a name? How does she feel? How would you classify her if you had to?
The name of my hair is Vivian and I call her that because Vivian means ‘lively’. My hair is a mix of all the 4 hair types, but I feel I’m a 4c with some 4b and 4a scattered in front and the middle. I don’t know about length because my hair shrinks 100% no chill but when stretched it gets to the nape of my neck. But she’s just 4 months old… No biggie.
How do you care for your hair? Do you have a regimen? Any staple products?
I wash my hair with dudu osun black soap (shampoo is too drying for my hair) and then condition with Palmolive naturals milk and honey conditioner when I’m feeling fancy, but for cowashing I use Vo5 or Gentelle hair fruits conditioner, DC with mayo,egg(if I need an extra boost of protein) olive oil, honey. These are my staple Deep conditioning products but from time to time, I add avocado,banana,yogurt… whatever works. If I don’t have the strength to be a DIY queen, I use ORS hair mayo and some olive oil heated up, then I do a hot oil treatment also. For three weeks, my hair is in a protective style majorly a weave then i take down and wear my hair out for a week treating my hair then covering it up again. My staple hair product is my Africa best kid’s styling gel. Shea butter is another staple.
What are the things your hair cannot do without?
My hair cannot do without water, deep conditioning and a satin scarf.
What have you realised your hair doesn’t like at all at all?
My hair hates gel on it when not wet – I tried it once and Vivian turned to a giant ball of cotton.
How do you like to wear your hair? Usual hairstyles? Favourite style? Protective styling?
I like protective styling – marley twists, weaves and braids – but when I’m not wearing a protective style my go to style is a bantu knot out on damp hair. Sometimes I do a wash and go or I just wear my fro in all its shrunken glory.
How do you feel about shrinkage? Do you fight it? Do you embrace it?
Shrinkage is a sign of healthy hair so I don’t fight it or hate it, but when I want to do an out style like a twistout or bantu knot out, I stretch my hair by letting it dry in six braids on my head and when loosened it looks stretched. Sometimes I stretch with a blow dryer but that is just sometimes because I hate heat on my head so much.
Have you received any negativity from others towards your hair? How did/do you deal?
Ah yes! When I was doing my internship one woman asked me to go and comb my hair. I was wearing a flat twist out style and I thought I looked nice but she said that she doesn’t like my hair. I told her I’m a natural and this is how my hair is; it can’t be controlled. She gave me this bitchy look. My friends think I’m crazy for not using a relaxer. This reaction was worse when I was transitioning though.
Are you facing any hair challenges right now or bad habits you’re trying to break?
I, like many naturals, have the hand in hair syndrome. Apparently I’m still fascinated by my hair.
If you had one hair regret, it would be…
Not going natural sooner.
Do you have a hair philosophy? What principles are you determined to live by on this hair journey?
If you take care of it, it will grow.
What is hair to you? Has going natural changed anything about you?
My hair is like my baby for now. Yes it has made me a patient person. When I do twistouts, bantu knotouts or a washday, I need all the patience in this world. It has also given me a self esteem boost just when I needed it.
Do you have any hair goals- short or long term?
No hair goals, but I plan to loc my hair when I’m 40 or 50.
Damn! Talk about long term plans. I like! Any last words to anyone considering to go natural or a new natural?
You must have a tough skin. If you don’t have one, grow one. Enjoy the journey because it’s a fun ride. Don’t look for what is wrong with your hair but rather what is beautiful about it.
Preach it Sophea! Where on the internet can you be found?
I have a blog – vogueandkinks.wordpress.com. Such a mouthful. It’s about my hair, definitely, but other fun things about life and love. You can also find me on IG: @sopheaposh Twitter: @_Sopheeyah
Thank you Sophi…Sophea! Thank you for sharing with us today! Have you been hairspired, beauts?