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Natural Hair Celebrity- Laura Izibor

By January 27th, 202131 Comments



Natural Hair Celebrity- Laura Izibor
The beautiful and talented Laura Izibor is ‘On the Couch’! Finally, right?! This gorgeous and accomplished recording artist has opened for many big hitters, including Aretha Franklin, India.Arie, Estelle, Maxwell and John Legend. I caught up with her in the studio and she dished on her flawless natural curls… in the most amazing accent. It’s not everyday I talk to a Black woman with an Irish accent. Dope.

On her hair story…

I’m mixed race- – my mother is white and my father, Nigerian. My mother did an unbelievably good job considering I was her first child with thick, kinky, afro hair. My mom, to this day, hates when I do anything to it… she likes for me to keep it natural. I so appreciate that about her today, but when I was little, I thought it was unfair. Growing up I was made to wear it natural and I really wasn’t fond of it because there weren’t many kids that looked like me at all. So I would keep it back in a really tight bun, which would somewhat pull it straight. I never wore it out.

When I became a pre-teen, around 12 or 13, I tried to embrace my hair and accept my individuality, and began wearing it out and wild. But then, like that India. Arie song, I went and got it relaxed. I was about 13 and wore it relaxed for a couple of years. It dried my hair out terribly and was very difficult to maintain, so while growing out the relaxer, I got braids. Around 16, I regretfully went down the Jheri Curl path, not knowing that I actually had my own curls. My hair was just dead from all the years I tortured it and there was no discernible curl pattern. So, yes, I got a Jheri Curl and I wore it for about a year. Then I came to New York around 17 and met a friend who is still one of my dearest friends today. She’s from the Bronx and she just straight up said, ‘girl… what are you doing with your hair?!’ I was like, ‘what?! What you talking ‘bout?’ She said, ‘you need to get that grease out of your head…come with me’. So we set a date and she washed my hair and gave me a leave-in conditioner… saying, ‘here, here is a leave-in conditioner, you already have a curl! This will help you moisturize and define it’. I was shocked, amazed, and forever grateful. I didn’t know I had curls! What a surprise! From that day on I banished the grease, locked the Jheri Curl away, and just started rocking different variations of my natural hair. Like sometimes I’d brush it out, or sometimes I’d define it. I love my hair now, and the millions of the things I can do with it.

On her favorite products…

I don’t even know what I use, I switch it up a lot. However, I always use some sort of moisturizing leave-in conditioner while my hair is wet to lock in the curls. It’s so cool… when I wet my hair, I get itty bitty little curls, like baby curls. Then I apply any leave-in conditioner, and either put the diffuser to it or walk out the door and let it dry naturally. Very simple. I’m not one for spending a lot of time, and I don’t braid or twist my hair. Any curl you see is just my hair. A lot of people don’t understand that you can actually do that… that you can put something moisturizing in your hair to hold on to your natural curls.

Natural Hair Celebrity- Laura Izibor
I’ve heard from many hair dressers that it’s healthy to change your products now and again. And I do just that. But I find myself coming back to Miss Jessie’s and Aveda. I love Aveda. They have a great styling creme which is nice for definition and hold. When I’m in a good hair cycle, I do my best to nurture my hair regularly and do lots of conditioning treatments. This is rare though!

On her routine…

When I’m in a full blown promotion tour, I wash it every 3-4 days to keep the curls fresh. But other than that, like when I’m home or on Holiday, I don’t wash it often… maybe once a week, if that. For me, washing as often as every 3 days wears my hair down and leaves me with split ends. Sometimes it’s best when I just leave it alone.

Natural Hair Celebrity- Laura Izibor

On night time maintenance…

I don’t worry about it. I know, I’m awful. I’ve tried to sleep in a bonnet, but when I wake up the next morning, it’s on the other side of the room. They drive me crazy, and somehow, in my sleep, I yank it off and throw it! I like the idea of a silk head wrap and when I’m being good, I’ll use on with great results.

The best thing about being curly…

The versatility. I think it’s nice that we can go back and forth. It’s kind of hard to create the curly look if you don’t have them, but for those of us with curly hair, we can easily wear it straight, and then rock curls the next day. That versatility is priceless! I go back and forth with my look. Especially last year… I wore it straight a lot and also bunned quite a bit. Curly hair is beautiful and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Natural Hair Celebrity- Laura Izibor

Keep up with Laura on her site– http://www.lauraizibor.com/

31 Comments

  • Samantha says:

    I saw a pic of Nnneka some years ago and I was like, "I love her hair!" 🙂
    I love Laura Izibor's hair so so much too! My dad's Nigerian like hers, but while her mum's Irish, mine's English. Gaah! I love the Irish accent and like it gets dark skinned girls attention when they have that accent, or like people just want to hear them talk because of it. Wish that was the same with the English accent lol. 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    Excellent interview!

  • Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the intereview! Glad to see another natural celeb and I love how simple her routine is. ~KF519

  • Anonymous says:

    Huge Laura fan! thanks for the interview!

  • Anonymous says:

    Awesome interview!

  • Anonymous says:

    Thanks for your hard work Nikki!

    I've never heard of this singer, forgive me guys, but boy am I a fan now BEAUTIFUL VOICE!!!

    Please try to get Annie Ilonzeh, she was on General Hospital but is now going to be on the new Charlie's Angels show. Her curls are so FAB and it looks like she never has straightened her hair she is representing the curly girls at all times no matter the role!

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    nothing about a new CD but she was in the studio 🙂

    And yes! I've been trying to hook up with Nneka for a year. They agreed and then we lost communication. I'm following up and waiting on a response :-/ Hopefully soon!!!!

  • Naijaprincess says:

    Wohoo! Another naija in the house! Igbo Kwenu! Nigeria Kwenu! Africa Kwenu! America, hi! LOL. I LOVE Laura. I also love Nneka Egbuna, who is a born and bred Warri girl and Asa- both naturals and both great musicians. Nikki can we please get a celebrity interview with Asa?

  • Naijaprincess says:

    "oh, and I'm trying to get up with nneka!"

    Oh My Gosh!!! You are Nikki?!? I literally just died and went to heaven. I seriously ADORE Nneka. No words. Great musician, very politically conscious, especially as it relates to Nigerian politics and the conflict in the Niger delta. I encourage everyone to check out her music- you can get a feel for her on youtube. "Heartbeat" is one of my favorite songs ;o)

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  • KreyolKatt says:

    (Kicking up my feet and squealing)I LOVE LAURA IZIBOR!!!!!!! This is one interview I've been waiting for. I watch her youtube videos all day and I have to admit, half the time I'm listening to her beautiful voice, the other half, I'm drooling over her gorgeous hair. Great interview Nikki!!! I can relate to her getting a Jheri Curl, not knowing she had her own curls. While I was permed, I was constantly using my crimper ( high school), doing straw sets, and braid-outs… not knowing I had my own awesome waves, spirals, and curls.

  • keisha says:

    I love her! Thanks for the interview Nik! Keep em coming!Can you pls see if you can get Essence Atkins?

  • Anonymous says:

    I agree with Emilienne—why do people always have to provide this piece of information? As if we didn't know that one or both of your parents were black? Duh? Really? Sadly, I am immediately turned off when the intro is "I'm mixed"—It's like introducing yourself: "I'm a female. I have a vagina." Really? It always seems like people with brown and black skin are constantly justifying and explaining their melanin. Odd.

    I am going to check out the singer on you tube. I like her voice.

  • Emilienne says:

    I always find weird when people answer random question by telling first their heritage like it's linked

    She could have just said, on her hair , I have thick, kinky, afro hair r whatever.

    It's like someone saying I am light skinned, my parent are white and black etc…

    Anyway,

    She has gorgeous hair and I like the fact that looks really effortless.

  • MommieDearest says:

    Great interview. I love her CD and I'm anxiously awaiting another one. Nikki, did she happen to mention when she will release some new music?

  • Levone says:

    Great interview! I've never heard of her before today, but I'll definitely check out her work. Thanks for another great interview.

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    oh, and I'm trying to get up with nneka!

  • Natmane says:

    Love Laura Izibor!!Another great interview Nikki:)
    @ Thea I know what you mean. I'm Nigerian and convincing our sisters to go natural is one of the most difficult things to do. They see my hair growth and be like "your hair is growing o!what did you do?". You tell how great going natural is and the next question comes "when are you going to relax it?"…0_o.. eish man that was valuable time I'll never get back!

  • Anonymous says:

    Another great interview Nik! Keep them coming. I had no idea who she was until today, but I'll definitely check out her music. Love the hair!

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    Thanks ladies! She was amazingly sweet and down to earth.

    @ anon 2:33, later in the interview, in a piece that I cut (random banter), she referred to herself as black after discussing an interaction she had with Russ Parr who also commented on her accent.

  • Anonymous says:

    @ Nikki, in the interview she didn't call herself black. she said she was Irish and Nigerian. just wondering why you called her black, i mean its not a in a bad why, just that a lot of mixed people prefer not to choose either race.

  • Anonymous says:

    Great interview. 🙂

  • Tawanna says:

    Love her!!! I was actually at that concert in the youtube video. I was one of the ones close to the stage. Let me tell you, all of us close to the stage were natural! The people in Laura's band were natural. It was awesome and she sounds amazing! She was opening that night for Chrisette Michelle, who also had a natural background singer! And who also was amazing. That was a great night.

  • D. Denae says:

    Thanks sooo much for doing an interview with Laura Izibor. I was wondering when someone would(big ups to Nikki!!!). I have always admired Laura's hair and singing. Her album is the bomb! She would make a great addition to the Essence festival again if she isn't already listed. Great interview, lovely artist, Gorgeous Curls!
    LovingMeTees

  • Chimmy O. says:

    I really love seeing artists that are Nigerian. Lol if you like her Irish accent you'd love my cousin's Swedish accent. We Nigerians are everywhere lol. It's so wonderful when someone helps you to embrace your hair. I love my friends dearly that are relaxed, but omg they drive me nuts when they say, "I wouldn't look good natural," "My hair is different from yours, it's harder to take care of," Come on sistas, you have to try. They are just scared of the unknown, I would like to just magically grow their natural hair to about 4-6 inches, wash it for them, and do a quick style(two strand twists, twist and curl, etc) so they can see the beauty that is their hair. I love when people are just astonished by what their hair can really do. I just seriously wish my friends would get over that hurdle of being dependent on the relaxer. Oh my friend's favorite excuse is that it's going to be hard to go natural in college…I always give the side eye to that one because I am currently doing it. I rock every type of style to class. My hair is growing, and everyone compliments me. I tell her it'll be harder in the business world, especially when you're in the between stages of growth like myself. I would like to rock a super cute and high fashion twa sometimes, but I can't, unless I want knots galore.

    Sorry for this massive rant lol, I really enjoy Laura's look, her hair, and her beautiful voice. I wish you could interview Ayo and Nneka, they are some of my other fave Nigerian singers.

  • Nikki says:

    I love her!!! She is one of my hair idols : ).

  • karla4805 says:

    I've seen her in concert when I went to see Maxwell. This was a few years ago and I had never heard of her. I was a fan when the concert was over, her voice is soooo soulful and different. I loved her music and her hair was beautiful. Great interview Nikki!

  • sweett says:

    I LOVE LAURA IZIBOR!

    also, her hair is dope.

    that is all. 🙂

  • GGmadeit says:

    I love her sound and the hair was a bonus! Great interview!! I love that she just lets her hair do what it wants!!

  • Shante says:

    Great interview! I haven't read all of the celeb interviews, but I can really identify with Laura and her hairstory.

  • TiAnna Mae says:

    This lady has great hair! She gets some of the best hair cuts too! I can't wait to have my hair cut into a curly bob like hers.

    tiannamae.blogspot.com

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