I stumbled upon your blog and waoh, it was great!!
I’ve been totally natural since January, didnt do a big chop, transitioned from February last year.
I live in Abuja, Nigeria now and I would definitely like to be on your blog… Reading through, the post about natural hair in Africa, Nigeria is sad but true.L says~That was a crazy post, check it out here. Someone also commented that its more about fashion, I agree with that.
My sister would look at my natural hair and say its woolly, lol. and she can never let her hair grow natural. Well I guess it’s every man to his own.
But the main reason why I wanted to go natural was, no relaxer ever relaxed my hair well and my scalp always got burnt, I was scared of that and I had a friend in secondary school who had a mark on her ear where relaxer burnt her, I didn’t want any of that sad story.
I had a low cut for a pretty long time, my mum made me cut all my hair off when I was 8, I carried that through secondary school and started growing it back at about 14, relaxed after about two years and the sad story continued, when I tried transitioning the first time, my older sister said I looked South African L asks~What’s distinct about the South African look?, and incidentally we went on hols to South Africa that time… she also said, people with natural hairs looked unkempt and I shouldn’t do it, got back to school after the Hols and my friends made me relax it and that was the last time any relaxer touched my hair (Feburuary 2008) Since then, I’ve been loving this ride.
Cheers, thank you so much for your blog!
BGLH: Where are you from?
ANTONIA: Nigeria. Born and Breed!
BGLH: What’s interesting about the place where you live?
ANTONIA: I live in Abuja, the capital city — the “naija” spirit/culture in it’s totality. There is something about it that makes one keep living in this frustrating country, no matter where you go it’s simply unforgettable.
BGLH: What is the climate/weather like?
ANTONIA: There are only two seasons Dry and Wet, then the Harmattan which is under the dry season. It’s mostly HOT HOT HOT around here, some states with mountains get really cold sometimes, especially during the Harmattan season.
BGLH: What is the natural hair scene like?
ANTONIA: Natural hair is generally not received well, especially if you are above the age of 15. The fashion definitely influences this, but many cry about natural hair not being manageable. My sister talked about wanting to get out of bed, put her hair in a pony tail and just go, something you can’t achieve with natural hair. Natural hair is only accepted (female) if it’s lowcut, dreads on female is still associated with ills or if you are a “Deeper life” (a popular church here where female members aren’t allowed to perm their hair) or maybe you are ill.
BGLH: Where do you buy your hair products?
ANTONIA: There is no online shopping for us here, so you have to buy what’s available. I buy hair products from any local store, I use Motions shampoo, Emily millionaire natural herbs and oil, this is very good! L says~Interesting. Never heard of that! and then olive oil. Most other stuff i get (bananas, egg, mayo, honey, shea butter, e.t.c) and mix myself. L says~Way to go girl!
BGLH: Do you have natural hair ‘meetups’ in your country?
ANTONIA: Nope. I only have one friend Jasmine, who is transitioning. We encourage ourselves, lol. My other friends are stll bewildered at our decision.
BGLH: What do you like about being natural in your country?
ANTONIA: I like that i am true to myself. I also realised that quite a number of people secretly like it, especially guys 😀 L says~lol at the excited smiley face!
BGLH: What would you like to see in your country in terms of natural hair care?
ANTONIA: I would love to see people embrace it and not look down on it. It’s the hair God gave you for chrissakes! Lol, I know the hot weather isn’t helping but I would love that people would make use of all the natural stuff good for hair, the fulanis and hausas majorly make use of this advantage and they have great tresses.
L says~Here’s a photo of a Fulani woman that we profiled during African Style week:
The African Style week series was A‑MAZING, so please check it out here if you slept on this!
BGLH: Anything else you want to add?
ANTONIA: I have self inflicted Alopecia at a spot at the back of my head, its coverable but i want it to grow out fast, HELP! Also if there is a way you guys can help us with getting products here, that would be awesome.