Where are you from?
M: I live in a city called Norwich, in the East of England. My parents came here in the 1970s. My mum is from Barbados and my dad is Nigerian. I was born here and have lived here ever since, but I do go back to the Caribbean from time to time.
What’s interesting about the UK?
M: I think Britain is very quirky when it comes to art and expression. Some great music and ideas have come out of this tiny island!
What is the natural hair scene like?
M: It’s definitely something that’s growing (no pun intended!) particularly in London and larger cities. In Norwich, where I live, there isn’t a huge black community, and most of the girls here tend to wear weaves. It is refreshing to see an afro but it’s not something that you come across often enough. Most people here are pretty accepting. I haven’t really experienced any objections!
When did you go natural?
M: I went natural in 2002. I’d made a decision to opt out of the rat-race and to live a life that was totally true to myself. I loc-ed up on 6th December 2002, the day after I gave up my office job! I’ve done a hell of a lot of growing since then!
What’s your regimen?
M: I don’t like to spend too long on my hair so I tend to co-wash once or twice a week using Faith In Nature conditioner as it doesn’t contain any harmful ingredients. I deep-condition once a week using extra-virgin olive oil and shea butter. Then I do 2‑strand twists on my hair while it’s still wet (all the less tedious when I can watch Doctor Who at the same time!) I use a homemade mixture of unrefined shea butter, aloe vera gel, and coconut oil as a moisturizer. I’ve yet to find anything that works better on my hair. I take the twists out the next morning, fluff it up, and I’m good to go.
Where do you buy your products?
M: Norwich is pretty good for natural shampoos and conditioners, but shea butter has yet to find itself here, so I buy that online.