Please, introduce yourself!
My name is Ngozi Opara. I am an image consultant and hair stylist from Washington, DC. I am very passionate about making people look good and preach the importance of being healthy, loving yourself, and feeling amazing! I have a very strong background in natural hair care but currently solely work with what I deem “the ultimate protective style” (when done correctly) , weaves. I have been natural for 8 years and have been on one heck of a roller coaster ride with my hair, but it’s the BEST decision I have ever made!
What is your current hair care regimen?
My current hair regimen consists of a WHOLE LOT OF PROTECTIVE STYLING and little to no manipulation. I typically wear my hair in a bun where my ends aren’t being exposed or a weave where my hair isn’t being exposed. I wash my hair every week, and alternate between cowashing and washing with a regular sulfate free shampoo. The biggest step in my hair regimen is moisturizing it every 2 days which I do using a mix of essentials oils, aloe vera leaf juice, and any creme moisturizer within reach, lol. I also, on a bi-monthly basis, make an Ayurvedic paste that I use as a treatment on my hair. The most important part of my regimen are the vitamins I take. I think hair and skin care start from within so I make sure I take vitamins.
What is your hair type and what works best for your texture?
I would say that I have 3c/4a hair. My hair type can’t take a lot of the heavier moisturizers such as shea butter (surprisingly) so its hard for me to find one natural haircare line that works best for me. If I don’t make what I use (which I typically do) here are some token products that I must have in my regimen: Tui hair smoothie by Carols Daughter, Miracurl Curling Gelly by Donna Marie, Knot today by Kinky Curly, and Black Vanilla Leave in Conditioner by Carols Daughter.
What reaction did you get when you first decided to go natural?
The reaction I got was “IT’S ABOUT TIME”. I am one of the women whose permed hair NEVER looked good, lol. It was always thin and lifeless so when I originally went natural, it wasn’t a conscious decision, It just made sense.
Did you BC or transition, if so when or for how long?
When I first went natural I tried to transition however like I also tell my clients, when you decide to go natural your permed ends won’t survive. I had a fro with permed strings ( I wont call it hair lol) all over the place so the big chop was NECESSARY.
What makes you love your kinks, curls and coils?
What makes me love my kinks, curls, and coils? They’re mine. They were designed by God to fit me perfectly and they do. (But also products that keep them tamed, lol)
Where can we find you on the web?
On the web… I’m on fb (Ngozi TheStylist Opara) Twitter @ngoziopara. My company’s site it under maintenance but it’s www.nzobeauty.com. I also have a fb group called “Hair Designs by Ngozi!”.
Anything EXTRA you want us to know?
JUST KNOW THAT BEING NATURAL (OR PERMED) SHOULD NEVER BE A PHASE OR A FAD BUT A COMMITMENT TO YOURSELF. Also don’t be afraid to big chop. I have done it 5 times since going natural. Hair grows back! BE HEALTHY. BE BLESSED 🙂