Welcome to the second installment of Naturals International (promoting Natural Hair and travel).
The first episode was released in February and I talked to a natural hair/beauty blogger from The Netherlands and you can watch that episode HERE
Lets go ahead and get started. I am joined today with Brandi who lives in Botswana!
How far is Malawi from Botswana?
I’m not sure in terms of kilometers or miles but there is another country between Malawi and Botswana so it takes about 2 days if you are driving. I moved here because my dad got a job here so he moved me and my whole family here.
What languages are spoken in your country?
In Malawi English is the official language and Chichewa is the 2nd official local language that is spoken but there are numerous local languages that I don’t even know.
In Botswana English and Setswana are the official languages but again there are numerous local langauges too.
I don’t know much Setswana but I’m trying to learn. I know the basics.
How do you say the following words in the Dutch language?
Chichewa: Hello is “Mulibwanji” and hair is “sisi”
Setswana: Hello is “Dumelang” and hair is “moriri”
Why did you decide to go natural?
I have been relaxed since the age of five or six. I don’t remember my natural hair before that. I didn’t know how to look after my hair. I was overlapping relaxers. I didn’t know that at the time. My edges were really thin and I wasn’t happy with how it looked. It wasn’t thick enough. It wasn’t long enough so I decided to try this natural thing and see how it goes. I have been natural for just over three years.
Yes it is, very hard! They are not always readily available here but we are able to find oils and some natural products here and there. I buy products anywhere! Pharmacies, supermarkets, Indian shops, health stores and sometimes I get friends to send me products from overseas. In the black hair care aisle you will find a lot of cheap products that are meant for relaxed hair. I’ve had to experiment.
What are your favorite products? Anything unique to Botswana?
I try out Pantene and Tresseme. I would have never looked at that side of the aisle before going natural. There is one lady that sells hair products from home. She gets a lot of her raw material from South Africa, Shea butter, coconut oil, olive oil and she makes moisturizers, hair butters and also sells castor oil. She helps a lot.
What hairstyles are considered “trendy” around you?
Braids are always in! I am a student so we tend to default to braids a lot. The current favored braid style is waist length thin or chunky braids. Weaves are also quite popular. I also see a lot of locs and dyed TWA’s.
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