So….this was my second newspaper feature published on the 9th of February. I was reached out to by Daily Trust journalist, Latifat Opoola (bless her). This comes slightly over a year after my first feature. Truly feels amazing to be able to share bits of the natural hair care gospel with others!
Find below the full Q & A from my interview.
Amal Auma: Natural Hair Enthusiast, Blogger, Entrepreneur
1. Why do we have trouble growing natural hair, is it the way we maintain the hair or what? As African women, growing our natural hair (to it’s healthiest state) takes a lot of patience, nurturing, learning and requires a lot of time. Not everybody is that dedicated or has the time to properly tender to their hair, hence the false notion that growing out kinky (African) hair is tedious and unattainable.
Ultimately, good hair is very achievable as long as a good hair care and maintenance regimen is adopted.
2. When is the best time to wash and treat natural hair? There’s no universal best time to wash or care for the hair. It’s mostly dependent on individual preferences and what works for you. For me, I wash and deep condition my hair biweekly while I do a co-wash (conditioner wash) weekly.
Some naturalistas with equally beautiful and healthy hair wash and condition weekly, while others wash as seldom as monthly. At the end of the day, understanding what your hair loves is key.
3. What hair care (natural) products can be used by those growing natural hair? I get asked this question a lot. I would say this majorly depends on the individual’s budget. Some people assume the pricier the product, the more effective but this is not always the case. A typical example of this is the inexpensive Shea Butter.
Shea butter has been my staple hair product from day one and is one of the most versatile and effective natural hair care products I know. It is rich in fatty oils that have benefits like softening the hair and promoting growth, and is easily accessible in Nigeria.
Unrefined shea butter can be purchased from any local market while organic whipped shea butter (such as the Silky Shea Goodness by JNSQNaturals) which is a preferred variation because it is rich in essential oils, can be purchased via online platforms like Instagram.
Other less expensive but effective natural hair care brands are Cantu or Aunt Jackie’s. Cantu particularly has good leave-in and deep conditioners. On the pricier side is the Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO) that stimulates the scalp thereby promoting hair growth. Another good but pricey brand is SheaMoisture. SheaMoisture deep conditioners are effective and a personal favourite.
4. What would you suggest to those that may have at one time relaxed their hair but want to go back to natural hair This was me about 2 and a half years ago. As long as it’s something they truly want, I would advise them to definitely go for it. They could either do a big chop or transition from relaxed to natural (like I did). Secondly, they should be sure to do their research by watching hair videos, reading natural hair blogs or asking fellow naturalistas for hair care tips and hacks.
When they eventually become fully natural, they must embrace and enjoy their natural hair journey and hair growth pace WITHOUT comparing their hair to others, as this can be discouraging to some. Remember, everybody’s hair grows at different paces and sometimes genes play a huge role in hair growth rate.
5. What other advice can you give to those who want to have healthy natural hair? Recommended food to eat also? As mentioned earlier as long as you adopt good hair care practices, you have nothing to worry about and as they say, knowledge is key. Learn about what works for your hair type (4a, b or c) and the Dos and Don’ts of natural hair care. Ask questions where needed, you’ll find that more often than not people are too happy to share their long, healthy hair ‘secrets’.
More importantly DO NOT take deep conditioning and keeping your hair hydrated and moisturised for granted because those are the major keys for healthy beautiful hair growth.
When it comes to what to eat for better hair growth, what matters is to ensure you endeavour to incorporate foods rich in vitamin E, proteins, fruits and veggies into your diet. Drink enough water, stay healthy and everything else would fall into place.
Online link to the article: https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/how-to-maintain-your-natural-hair.html
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