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Be Hairspired Series- Miriam’s Hair Story

Be hairspired series- Miriam's hair story

We love to celebrate ladies with amazing hair stories. Today, we have someone with a very exciting transitioning & natural hair journey. So grab a bowl of popcorn, a notepad & enjoy! Here’s Miriam’s hair story.

Name & Location:

My name is Miriam Nwanguma. A naturalista, makeup artist and a foodie based in Abuja, Nigeria.

When & why did you start a healthy hair journey(Miriam’s hair story)?

I have always been an ardent admirer of the African virgin hair. I loved its versatility and how eclectic and earthy it is. I also loved how refreshingly “African” it is in a society where all you see is long bouncy weaves and relaxed hair. However, I was hesitant in chopping off my retouched hair because I’m lucky to be blessed with long healthy and full hair. So, I transitioned for about 7 months and one faithful Friday evening in August 2014, I stood in front of my dressing mirror with scissors in one hand and chopped off all my relaxed hair (I still can’t believe I did that!). The next day I went to a barbing salon for a neater and more even cut. And so my natural hair journey began. Lol.

 

Be hairspired series- Miriam's hair story

What are your future hair goals?

My future goals are: achieving waist length hair ( my shakara will know no bounds), ability to manage and handle my 4b hair myself better because it’s soo full and dense and most times I just go to a salon. And also becoming a style guru cos I love to style my hair. I also hope to go into commercial production of natural hair products, I currently just produce for myself.

Advice for other Nigerian ladies on a hair journey?

My advice for other Nigerian ladies on a hair journey is please be patient with your hair, stop comparing your journey to others, understand your hair, know your hair and above all, love your hair, it’s all yours, so rock it!

Have you experienced setbacks on your hair journey? How did you bounce back?

Setbacks? Hmmm….. a lot of setbacks! I had issues like severe breakage and hair loss, dry and brittle hair. I had to take time and seriously study my hair and study how it reacts to products I use on it. I discovered that with 4b hair, it’s all about moisture, moisture, moisture!!! Also, the importance of detangling before washing cannot be over-emphasized as it makes washing 10 times easier. Also, I learned to wash in matted portions, this reduces breakages drastically and prevents knotting of the hair.

I have severe HIHS (hand-in-Hair Syndrome). Once my hair is out, I can’t keep my fingers off it. I tend to pull off and chop off the knots, especially at the edges and this has led to serious hair loss around my edges. I’m still battling with this…

What is your hair regimen?

My hair regime is pretty straightforward oo. On wash days, I start with hot oil treatment. I apply it on already portioned hair, cover with shower cap and leave it on for about 30mins. Then I wash with my liquid black soap and very warm water which helps in opening up the pores to absorb all the yummy goodness. lol. Then I apply my homemade deep conditioner (if I have the time to make it) or I use my preferred natural hair product which is WE Naturals. After applying the deep conditioner, I use a wide tooth comb to comb my hair gently then braid it in portions again and cover it with a shower cap for about 2-3 hours. I rinse off the deep conditioner with cold water to close the pores and keep the acquired goodness inside. lol. I then apply my conditioner and leave it on for 5 minutes then rinse off, dry my hair with an old t-shirt, apply my leave in conditioner, whipped hair butter, and a little hair oil, comb out the tips by holding it in a puff. Then I style as desired.

During the week, if I discover my hair feels dry, I do a quick co-wash, then style for the rest of the week before the next wash day.

Be hairspired series- Miriam's hair story

 

What is the current length of your hair?

My hair is currently shoulder length when stretched.

What is your favorite way to style your hair?

My favorite way to style my hair is a high puff with the tips stylishly tucked in. This style suits my face perfectly, can be accessorized with pretty bows, bands, and clips and can last for up to 2 weeks.

Be hairspired series- Miriam's hair story

What social media channel(s) can we find you?

my IG handle is @pouts_n_glitaz

Twitter is pouts_n_glitaz

Love Miriam’s hair story & ant to be featured on our Behairspired series,  please send a mail to longnigerianhair@gmail.com

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Hair Lessons from Chimamanda’s Dear Ijeawele…

Hair Lessons from Chimamanda's Dear Ijeawele

One of my favorite award-winning Nigerian feminist authors, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has a new book loaded with awesome tips for Nigerian hair. She is the best-selling author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists. Her new book, Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions is written in form of a letter to a friend who asked the author about how to raise her girl child as a feminist. Of the fifteen suggestions in this book, the tenth suggestion contains valuable hair lessons for ladies on a healthy hair journey.

1. Try not to link hair with pain: Most ladies still link natural hair with pain. However, you should know that hair that is properly moisturized gives little or no pain. You can either use the L.O.C(Liquid,oil.cream) or L.C.O (Liquid, cream, oil) method to moisturize your hair.

Hair Lessons from Chimamanda's Dear Ijeawele
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2. Learn to do your own hair: Not only will this save you from inexperienced stylists who know little about managing natural hair, you will also learn new ways to style your hair.

3. Avoid tight hairstyles:  In Chimamanda’s words:

 I suggest that you redefine ‘neat.’ Part of the reason that hair is about pain for so many girls is that adults are determined to conform to a version of ‘neat’ that means Too Tight and Scalp-Destroying and Headache-Infusing.
We need to stop. I’ve seen girls in school in Nigeria being terribly harassed for their hair not being ‘neat,’ merely because some of their God-given hair had curled up in glorious tight little balls at their temples. Make Chizalum’s hair loose. And make that your definition of neat.

Hair Lessons from Chimamanda's Dear Ijeawele

4. Avoid tiny-teethed comb:  One of the hair lessons is that combing your hair with that popular tail comb is a no-no because the teeth of the comb are too tiny for the thickness of Nigerian hair. I have this comb, but I only use the tail to part my hair for style. Use wide-tooth combs for your hair instead.

5.Your Hair is Beautiful as it is: Whether you have chosen to go natural, or you still prefer to relax your hair, the choice you make concerning your hair is yours & you should embrace it.

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REFERENCES

http://chimamanda.com/books/dear-ijeawele-or-a-feminist-manifesto-in-fifteen-suggestions/

https://web.facebook.com/chimamandaadichie/posts/10154412708460944?_rdr

Chimamanda’s latest book: Dear Ijeawele, Or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

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Be Hairspired | 4C Hair Chic- Noushky

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Hello ladies! It’s another interesting & exciting week of the Be Hairspired Series. Our guest is a 4C hair chic with loads of tips on how to grow your hair long & healthy. Let’s meet Noushky!

Please introduce yourself and your location.

My name is Noushky and I am from New York City!

What are your future hair goals? 

My hair goal is to maintain healthy hair because length does not equal to hair health.

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When & why did you start a healthy hair journey?

I started my hair health journey when I was 17 and did not perfect it till now.  My reason for starting my journey was that I realized the less I manipulated my hair the more I achieved length and thickness.

What are your future hair goals?

My hair goal is to maintain healthy hair because, hair length does not equal to hair health.

Advice for Nigerian ladies on a hair journey? 

Be your own hair guru. There will be times when you will watch online hair tutorials in the hopes that your hair will achieve the same desired look. You will purchase the same product do the exact method as the person in the tutorial yet the results are different and sometimes not satisfying. That’s the best part of your hair journey. Trial and error, understanding what works for that person’s hair may not work for yours. This is what makes it a hair journey.

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Have you experienced setbacks on your hair journey? 

When I highlighted my hair.  At first, I thought adding color to random parts of my hair would give me a hip look, as a consequence, the ends of my hair dried out and I had to trim it.

What is your hair regimen?

Being that, I have 4C hair type, I have to focus on retaining moisture and length. I co-wash my hair once every two weeks and in the end of the month I shampoo. In addition, I like moisturizing my hair with curl milks or hair butters and detangle my hair with my fingers.

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What is your current hair length? 

My current hair length is shoulder length in the front and armpit length in the back.

What is your favorite way to style your hair? 

Pineapple hairstyle! It is a great professional hairstyle and I am able to refresh the hairstyle by spritzing my hair with water and twisting the ends before I go to sleep.

Where can we find you on social media? 

You can find me breaking combs on Instagram-   @BreakingDenmanBrushes .

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Be Hairspired|Meet Naija Naturalista- Tosin

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Hi ladies! I am excited about today’s hair feature on our Be Hairspired series. She is a naturalista with an amazing hair journey. Whether you are relaxed, transitioning or a naturalista, I am sure you will learn a lot from her.

– Let’s meet you
I’m Tosin Farai, a student of the University of Ibadan. Also, the CEO of Afropelo. Born and raised in Ibadan. Proudly Ibadan girl!

– When & why did you start a healthy hair journey?
Ok my hair journey. Well it was sometime in 2014, when I started hearing about the whole #teamnatural hype. It was all over the internet, and around that time was when my relaxed hair was really pissing me off, was just cutting and I started getting tired of relaxing. I just wanted something different. So I decided to transition around August. Didn’t last long though, I eventually did the big chop in November that year.

What are your future hair goals?
Well I really want to see where this hair is going. I actually have waist length in mind, not just for my personal interests, but to also show people that Nigerian hair does grow, and it’s also not as expensive as most of these naturalista today make it look. That’s actually the Afropelo goal.

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Advice for other Nigerian ladies on a hair journey?
Well like I just said, its not that expensive. If you can’t afford deep conditioners, make your own! You just need to understand your hair personally, and your schedule as well to get a good regimen. Not everything out there is meant for you, take time and do the right things.

Have you experienced setbacks on your hair journey? How did you bounce back?
Setbacks. Ah yes! That’s one I’m even just overcoming. My hair is quite thick and I just realized its low porosity. That caused a major issue for me. It got so hard for moisture to penetrate and detangling was almost impossible. Then the worst was styling cause it was just too hard. With better research and patience, I see better things to do, also what to add and remove from my regimen.

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­What is your hair regimen?
Well my regimen changes as my hair gets longer with time, but basically, when my hair is out, I make sure to deep condition with heat and detangle once every week and moisturize twice a week. I also try to steam before i moisturize mid week, this helps my low-porosity hair take in moisture. Then i do rinses a lot when I deep condition, mostly the tea rinse. Once or twice a month, according to how my hair feels, I replace the deep conditioner with a hot oil treatment. I do a lot of protective styles, this goes a long way in maintaining length.

I do either twists or cornrow styles once I moisturize and leave this for half the week, or the whole week. Then spritz my hair with my spray bottle and use my satin scarf for the night. By the next morning, my style is refreshed so I don’t have to manipulate it again.
When I really have no time, mostly in school, cause of my tasking course, I do long-term protective styles, mostly mini twists, crotchet braids or regular braids.

What is the current length of your hair?
Hmm. Last time i did a length check it was somewhere below my neck. About 8-9 inches.

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What is your favorite way to style your hair?
Oh twists!! I love my twists. Apart from how well they protect my length, they also always look so good on me; my hair type really accommodates it. Even when it’s rough, still looks soo good! That’s a style that makes me love my natural hair.

What social media channel(s) can we find you?
Anywhere! Lol
My blog: www.afropelo.wordpress.com
Instagram: @the_afropelo

Facebook: Afropelo: The African Hair

Are you a relaxed, transitioning or a naturalista & want to be featured on our Be Hairspired series, please send a mail to longnigerianhair@gmail.com

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Natural Hair Feature – Meet Mentie

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Hi everyone! For today’s Be Hairspired series, it will be a natural hair feature of a Nigerian with amazing healthy and long hair. The Be Hairspired series was created to motivated other Nigerian women who still believe that Nigerian hair cannot grow long or be healthy. We usually run relaxed, transitioning or natural hair feature s. Let’s meet our hair inspiration for today.

Your Name and  location please?

My name is Mentie Jowho and I am currently in Lagos, Nigeria

When & why did you start a healthy hair journey?

 Well I started back in 2012 when I was contemplating getting a fancy haircut. That period, my hair was very healthy and was relaxed but I was bored. I spoke to my cousin and my sister who were both natural about it and they encouraged me to try it. I ended up transitioning for about 20 months before I finally chopped off the relaxed ends.

Our natural hair feature for today is Mentie. She is Nigerian with a healthy & long hair. She takes us through her set-backs as well as her top styles.

What are your future hair goals?

Well currently I am aiming to get to waist length but my major goal is to maintain at least mid-back length. I have thick strands but I have problem areas like the front of my hair. Hopefully it would flourish with constant care.

Advice for other Nigerian ladies on a hair journey?

Well, try different things. Don’t get stuck in a rut. That’s the only way to really know how to handle your hair and make it thrive. It took a while for me to realize what my hair likes and things it doesn’t. For instance, I can’t use coconut oil directly in my hair. I’ll end up having flakes and an itchy scalp.

Our natural hair feature for today is Mentie. She is Nigerian with a healthy & long hair. She takes us through her set-backs as well as her top styles.

Have you experienced setbacks on your hair journey? If yea, how did you bounce back?

Like I said earlier, I like trying different things until I find what works. I have tried most DIY methods and I sometimes end up with bad results. For instance, I did a banana DC with honey and Mayo and my hair was dry for weeks on end. I had to keep doing several moisture treatments to reverse the damage. But without this setback, I won’t have realized I can’t handle so much protein in my hair. So I think having setbacks is a good lesson as well.

What is your hair regimen?

I co wash or water only wash weekly and do a shampoo and DC once a month. If I’m extra lazy, I extend it to 6 weeks. I incorporate ACV rinses and water and tea tree mix rinses because they help with build-up. Since I hardly use styling products, I tend not to have really bad build-up. I make sure I sleep on a satin pillowcase and once in a while I use a silk or satin scarf.

Our natural hair feature for today is Mentie. She is Nigerian with a healthy & long hair. She takes us through her set-backs as well as her top styles.

What is the current length of your hair?

My hair is at mid back length and I think 16-18 inches depending on the area being measured.

What is your favourite way to style your hair?

When I’m not using extensions, twists and milk maid braids with flat twists.

Our natural hair feature for today is Mentie. She is Nigerian with a healthy & long hair. She takes us through her set-backs as well as her top styles.

Where can we find you on social media?

I’m active on IG: @jowhomentie

For a relaxed or natural hair feature, please send a mail to longnigerianhair@gmail.com

 

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Be Hairspired! Meet Morayo

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Hello ladies! Welcome to another series of Be Hairspired. This series is to done to encourage Nigerian women on a hair journey and those about to embark on their hair journey as well.  Morayo is up today. She transitioned from relaxed to natural hair. Her name “Morayo” means “I have seen Joy”.

Let’s meet Morayo:

When & why did you start a healthy hair journey?        

I started my healthy hair journey in 2014 September when I got tired of using relaxers and I wasn’t enjoying the quality and texture of my hair so I decided that month that I was going to see to it that I took good care of my hair.

Current length of Hair?                      

The length of my hair is 8 inches

Morayo is featured on our Be Hairspired series. - Long Nigerian Hair

What are your hair goals?      

My hair goals include having a thick and beautiful long hair, I’m not there yet so I still on the journey.

 What is your hair regimen?

My hair regimen includes co-wash, deep conditioning, leave in conditioning. Long and short I make sure my hair is moisturized so it never runs out of oils and water.

Have you experienced setbacks on your hair journey?

Transitioning isn’t easy as well as the big chop so I had to hide my hair a lot under protective styles like braids and twist out to grow out the natural ones and my hair broke a lot but i surrounded myself with people of like minds about natural hair and they helped me. Man is not an island you know?

My advice for you is to keep proud of your hair flaunt it however little, scanty, full or lengthy be proud of it.

 

Morayo is featured on our Be Hairspired series. - Long Nigerian Hair

 

Advice for Other Nigerian Ladies on a Hair Journey?

Use hair accessories to embellish your hair. Natural twist always looks good on you so you have to be creative with it.

Most important advice when you start your hair journey don’t be in a hurry to try out new products use the basic ones like coconut oil, Shea butter, castor oil use natural hair treatment including a good shampoo that doesn’t have sulfate and condition your hair … you know the rest and you hair will be alright as long as you moisturized it.

Favorite Nigerian Hairstyle & Why

My favorite style is Didi any type of Didi and I like the Mohawk kind of patewo style if you know what I mean. Weaving by the sides and twisting at the center.

To be featured on our Be Hairspired series, send a mail to longnigerianhair@gmail.com

 

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Be Hairspired – Meet Folu

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Our “Be Hairspired” series is to motivate other Nigerian women who doubt that the Nigerian hair cannot be long & healthy. It is also to encourge those that are being featured as well on their hair journeys.

Today, let’s meet Folu:

When & why did you start a healthy hair journey?

I started my hair journey beginning of last year and it was because my hair was in bad need of moisture as it was breaking constantly and also partly due to my friend Joy.

What is your current length?

Current length is around 12″ definitely past should length, already along my back.

What are your hair goals?

Hair goals are healthy and moisturized hair with that great strength and bounce you see in all those hair commercials.

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Have you experienced setbacks on your hair journey?

My hair set back was sometime this year when I did not caution my stylist whenever he retouched my hair as he always used relaxers to the tip. After a few months, my hair started breaking again and thinning out towards the end. I chopped off a bit and continued the journey and warned my stylist and after a while, everything was back to normal.

Any advice for other Nigerian ladies on a hair journey?

Always spritz your hair will coconut oil and water. Use JBCO religiously, get good hair products that work for your hair as per conditioners, shampoo, deep protein treatments etc.

 

 

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