I’m from Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa. The natural scene here is just budding. Most women here wear their hair relaxed in between weaves and braids. Natural hair is hard to come by in the cities and is still frowned upon at the work place. Although locs are very common, the natural hair community is a tiny one, but its growing one diva at a time. (smile)
I’ve been natural since February 2011. When I began my natural journey, I didn’t transition
when I chopped my hair. Since I didn’t know what I was doing, I just wanted a short shaggy style to wear for a while; until I came across natural hair blogs. My relaxed hair was falling from a color treatment that I had done back in November 2010. I fell in love my kinks as soon as I saw them and I learned how to take care of my hair by doing research.
My husband was very supportive. My family has learned to expect anything from me as far as my hair goes, so they just went with the flow. My close friends have been very supportive as well. Most of my encouragement however came from the natural hair online websites.
Most of my experiences have been positive apart from being offered a comb ‘on a light note’ by a friend. Her negative remark was just in case I don’t own one and that’s the reason my hair is so ‘untidy.’ I just told her that I thought her ‘horse hair’ needed the comb more and we both burst out laughing.. I wasn’t kidding though.
I love the versatility of natural hair. Getting to discover my texture and learning how to work with it is such an adventure for me! I love the way my hair loves water and I’m so glad I can wash it more often and have found a clean scalp is just so refreshing! I can’t wait to see what becomes of it!
I mostly wear a shaggy wash-n-go since I’m still in TWA stage. I co-wash once or twice a week with Enliven Passion & Mango Fruit Conditioner; I moisturize with Africa’s Best Shea Butter & Tea Tree leave-in then seal it with natural oils. I deep condition every weekend; I alternate DC treatments with Henna treatment and hot oil treatments. I also spritz my hair 2 or 3 times during the day because it gets extremely dry (4C) with a mixture of extra virgin olive oil, leave-in conditioner and water shaken together .
Do your research widely so that you’re well prepared. Accept, love and pamper your hair, it will thank you by growing.