1. Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey. (Name, where you’re from, etc)
My name is Sharon and I’m originally from Nigeria. Currently studying Aeronautical Enginerring in Kharkov, Ukraine. Like every other person, I was born natural; however my mum decided to relax my hair in December 2006 because it was very thick and extremely unmanageable. Getting a hairdresser to agree to styling my hair was a task! In August of 2008, I transitioned unintentionally by protective styling ( mainly braids), I was about 12 years of age and had little or no idea about natural hair care. However, my hair grew reasonably well.
2. How long have you been natural? Have you always embraced your curls?
I’ve been natural for a little over 2 years. Initially I hated my hair type because I have little or no curl definition and bantu knot outs and the likes never looked the same as the tutorial I watched on YouTube. However I absolutely love my hair type now.
3. What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper& why?
Like I mentioned earlier, I transitioned unintentionally. I moved to a colder country and was advised that relaxed hair would break-off due to the cold. Erm I would say I transitioned and big chopped. Towards the later part of 2013 I noticed that my hair was breaking off a whole lot and looking rather lifeless (due to my mismanagement of my hair); hence I decided to big chop in January 2014 and start all over.
4. How would you describe your hair?
My hair is 4c, hardly any curl definition to it. Its Porosity is Low. Its quite thick and coily; and it doesn’t absorb heavy oils efficiently, hence its low porosity nature.
5. What do you love most about your hair?
I love the fact that my hair is extremely bouncy even when I wear it as a fro! Took me a while to realize that 4c hair holds an Afro pretty well, so I’ve been loving that!
6. What has been the most memorable part of your journey?Has it been easy or difficult or both?!
After much research, I got all the products I wanted to try out and I installed braids. Within that time period, I was extremely religious with my hair care regimen, made sure to moisturize with water and seal with oil at night. After 2 months, I took off my braids and the difference in the health of my hair was clearly evident. I have to say, that definitely encouraged me to carry on with my hair journey! Initially it was difficult but I got used to it so now its a lot easier.
7. What are (or were) some of your favorite transitioning hairstyles or current dos’
BRAIDS!! I’m forever braids gang. I find it so much easier to maintain my hair care regimen when I have braids; and they are low maintenance. Having said that, wigs are starting to grow on me now. Good thing about wigs is you can easily take them off at the end of the day, deep condition whenever you want and you always have direct access to your hair on days you feel you want to have your hair out!
8. What have your experiences been as a ‘natural.’ Any memorable reactions from family or others?
So far I’ve loved every moment of it. It has been positive all through. I’m glad I’ve been able to inspire two family members to go natural!
9. What is your hair regimen (including fav products)?
I am not exactly a product junkie, I keep it plain and simple; but my holy grail product is CASTOR OIL. It has been a staple since day one! I know people go on and on about certain products but trust me Castor oil is one that is definitely worth the hype. It really works wonders!
My typical wash day before or after a protective style usually starts off with a pre-poo treatment using coconut oil; sometimes I leave it in over night, other times I don’t. I always wash my hair in sections using Creme of Nature with Argan oil shampoo (or any other shampoo I can lay my hands on at that time), then I do the Apple Cider Vinegar rinse to remove any build-up; I follow this up by deep conditioning with my home-made deep conditioner. After rinsing it out, I apply Cantu leave-in conditioner, Shea butter and castor oil; finger detangle and use a wide-tooth comb ONLY if needed. I’d then braid my hair in sections and let it air dry. I usually avoid using a blow dryer.
10. What are some of your favorite natural hair websites,YouTuber’s, or blogs?
Hmm, I have quite a lot on YouTude. I’d say Msnaturally Mary, Jamaican HairGoddess, Cedya cc, Chizi Duru, Dephne Madyara, Donedo, GeraldinetheGreat, LiveNaturallyLove, Nappy Fu, NaturalltTemi and many more!
11. Anything you want the readers to know? Inspirational words?
Patience! That’s one thing that will help your hair journey. Don’t be too eager to grow your hair waist length in a year. Enjoy it whilst its shoulder length because once it gets longer, I doubt you’d want to cut it that short. Stop comparing your hair to others; even if you have the same hair type, it doesn’t guarantee that your bantu knot out will look the same way. Find out what works best for your hair (i.e styles, products etc). I have personally observed that twist outs are not my thing, but that did not stop me from trying other styles. Don’t waste too much money buying expensive products. You’d be surprised that all you need can be homemade. Be very gentle and patient with your hair. If it helps avoid blowing it out constantly, give it some time so you can see your progress. Last and most definitely not least, take pictures of your hair journey. When you look back you’d be so proud at how far your hair has come. Once you accept your hair type, you’d definitely love it more and want to try new things out!
12. Where can people find you for more information?
YouTube: Sharon Ashley Nwosu
Facebook: Sharon Nwosu