Where do you live?
F: I live in Paris, I’m a beauty editor of a French magazine called Ghubar magazine. I’ve also been a beauty blogger for the past 4 years. My blog is dedicated to the beauty of black women around the world www.Blackbeautybag.com
I was born in Paris 33 years ago lol. My parents left their country to came to France to find jobs and get a better life for their family. My mother is a Nigerian native and my father is half Senegalese and Malian.
When did you go natural?
F: It was 5 years ago, when I was on natural hair websites and forums. To see those ladies share their tips and beautiful picture of fros… I was like, ‘OMG!! Natural hairs rocks! I have to try and stop relaxing my hair.’
I did my big chop on April 5, 2006! I will never forget this symbolic day for me. I took my scissors and cut off all my relaxed hair. When I did it friends and family around me said that I was a fool to do that. To be a nappy girl 5 years ago in Paris was very difficult because a lot of black women thought that nappy hair is not pretty.
What’s your regimen?
F: My regimen is very easy. Natural hair loves water and oils. I spray my hair with a mix of water and olive oil every night and twist it and protect it with a silk scarf every night. I’m a huge fan of Carol’s Daughter products like their new macadamia oil, the Kera Care Humecto Conditioner, Activilong Acti Repair olive oil and avocado, Jessicurl and the Chantilly Shea butter of Les secrets de loly (a French natural hair brand.)
I buy a lot of products via the internet because in Paris we can’t found some US products. Sometimes I buy some products in Paris in the beauty supply for black women.
What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
F: Using a lot of heat is not good for our hair, it causes breakage. That’s why I only straighten it once a month. And no more relaxers for my hair. It was always breaking!
What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
F: Oil treatments. My hair loves it! It leaves my hair soft and shiny.
What would you like to see in France in terms of haircare?
F: I wish one day we could have the same type of haircare institutes like the USA or London. And more stylists who know how to care for natural hair. That’s why I am so grateful for American Youtubers for sharing their hair care routine and secrets.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
F: Yes, you can find me on my blog: www.blackbeautybag.com and you can translate it into English:-)
Anything else you want to add?
F: I never imagined that one day I would say that natural hair is beautiful.