Where do you live?
S: I am originally from Uganda. I moved to Canada in 1991. I live in Calgary, AB. I’m a plus-size model, university student and community organizer.
Why did you go natural?
S: In 2007 a hairstylist left relaxer in my hair for too long. Some areas of my scalp were burnt and my hair began to break. I started researching natural hairstyles in 2008. I became a member of the BGLH online community, natural hair blogs and watched lots of inspirational hair videos on YouTube. I think all natural hairstyles are beautiful. I have locked hair and find it easier for me to manage.
When I started wearing locks someone said to me, “You look more African with this hairstyle”. I found their comment very interesting… I am proud to be an African and regardless of how I choose to wear my hair my roots will always remain the same. I’m happy with my decision to get locks and to finally have healthy hair again.
What’s your regimen?
S: I spritz my locks everyday with my homemade mix of water and peppermint oil. My locks get thirsty and require lots of water. I wash and braid my locks (damp) before bed once a week. I don’t like to use too many products in my hair. I use oil treatments and leave in conditioners every two weeks. I always wrap my locks before going to bed. I use Sisterlocks (shampoo) and Creme of Nature (conditioner) products. They work well for my hair. These products also smell very lovely…hehe.
What mistakes have you made that you’ve learned from?
S: I’m still learning more about my hair. I once made the mistake of showering late and sleeping with wet locks. Slightly damp hair is ok… it will dry during the night. I don’t recommend sleeping with wet hair unless one wants a cold, clammy and wet pillow haha. Also, my hairstylist told me that when hair is wet it becomes fragile so it breaks easily.
What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
S: I never blow-dry my locks. I always air dry. That’s the best method that works for me. Blow-drying applies too much heat to ones hair and takes away moisture. Lastly, I cover my hair when I’m at home to help keep my locks clean and lint-free.