July 9, 2014

Naomi is Naturally Glam!



My name is Naomi, I am a Ghanaian girl, born in Amsterdam, NL, but currently living in Birmingham, UK. I’m 18 years old, a health and social care student, a freelance hair dresser and a new health and fitness freak! My hair journey is quite exciting really, very unexpected and always changing, I love it!

How long have you been natural?

I did my big chop February 20, 2012.




What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper & why?

My journey started really randomly. I was stretching my relaxers for a longer period of time. I used to relax my hair every 6 – 8 weeks and I decided to stretch my relaxer for 6 months. When I was like 2 months into the stretching process, I was a bit tired of always braiding and weaving it up, so I went on YouTube to look up styles for inspiration and saw Laila-Jean (FusionofCultures) and her transitioning story.  That was the moment that I decided to go natural. I am very spontaneous when making decisions, I don’t really think about them, but after I saw her video I started thinking about the past and about things that happened and what it would mean to cut all my hair off and start from the beginning. This hair journey was a start of a new beginning for me and also showing appreciation to my roots. It has influenced me in so many different ways, mostly positive, I will never regret the choice I made to go back natural.


How would you describe your hair?
My hair is a whole bunch of kinks, coils and curls! It’s very different from a lot naturals that I have seen, most of them have like 2 mixed textures or just one, mine is a whole bunch, so it's kind of hard to put it in one specific category, haha!


What do you love most about your hair?

The way that it shrinks up and elongates whenever I want it to! My hair shrinks up a whole lot! It can bring me right back to the beginning of my journey or back to APL.



What has been the most memorable part of your journey? Has it been easy or difficult or both?!
Probably my big chop, cause that’s when it all started. A newly natural learning about hair, the different methods that can be used, the different products, textures everything! When you first go natural, you don’t really know about the specific kind of regimen that works for you so you will have to spend a lot of money to find out.



What were some of your favorite transitioning hairstyles? 
When transitioning, I did a lot of flexi rod sets.They kind of prepared me for my puffs that I have now and my favourite styles now are my 3 – 6 day braid outs! For protective styles, box braids are my number one.



What have your experiences been as a ‘natural?’ Any memorable reactions from family or others?
My 7 year old brother told me that I should never go back to straight hair and that he likes me better naturally. And when people on the streets always stare when I walk by and the wind is blowing lol, the look on their faces is too funny! And I get hit on more lol, I guess natural hair is the new sexy, whoop!

What is your hair regimen (including fav products)?
I rinse my hair once a week with Apple Cider Vinegar, I like using ACV better than shampoo cause it doesn’t strip my hair, but still really cleanses my scalp. I do a Deep Condition on my hair twice a month with Shea Moisture’s restorative conditioner or some type of kitchen concoction . I detangle my hair with Tresemme Naturals moisture conditioner under running water or while my deep conditioner is still in my hair and I do that with my wide tooth shower comb. After every time I rinse/DC my hair, I apply Kinky Kurly Knot Today leave-in or Dr.Bronners Organic Hair Creme Lavender Coconut and seal it with Coconut oil (in the winter with shea butter) and apply Extra Virgin Olive Oil to my scalp, That’s my main problem area. After sealing, I will probably do a braid- or twist-out or just let it air dry. When I do a braid-out, I’ll apply Shea Moisture’s styling milk to my hair and 100% natural Shea butter to my ends and then smooth them out with my Denman brush. If I am doing a twist-out, I will use Shea Moisture’s curl enhancing smoothie on my hair and then apply 100% natural Shea butter to my ends and then again, smooth them out with my Denman brush. When I am out of my Shea Moisture products, I then use Beautiful textures Curl Control Defining Pudding for both my twist- and braid outs. If I do anything special to my hair like a protein treatment or hot oil treatment I only do that once every 2 months or whenever my hair looks beat up and skip my DC for that time. When I wear my hair in a puff, I slick my edges down with home made flaxseed gel, my Denman brush and a soft bristle brush and tie it with a satin scarf for at least 5 minutes. And if that’s not the case then it’s always wild and out or protected!

Anything you want the readers to know? Inspirational words?
It’s a journey expect the ups and downs, just keep going you won’t regret it!Where can people find you for more information? Blog:http://afroquesdiary.blogspot.com Instagram: afroque_ YouTube: Tumblr: http://afroque.tumblr.com


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