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.
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.
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.
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?
My blog: www.afropelo.wordpress.com
Facebook: Afropelo: The African Hair
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