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.
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.
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.
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.
Where can we find you on social media?
I’m active on IG: @jowhomentie
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