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.
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.
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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