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Safia from French Guiana // Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Sep 7, 2011

Introduce yourself 🙂
S:
I’m from FRENCH GUIANA but I currently live in Martinique studying English Language and Civilization at the French West Indies University. I am native of F.G, my parents and grand-parents are also native from there.

What’s interesting about French Guiana?
S:
At first sight, when you arrive in F.G. you are amazed because it’s very green. Actually, we are a part of the Amazonian forest. We have various species of birds, wild animals, fishes and colourful flowers. We have very large rivers and wonderful falls. F.G people are blessed because we don’t suffer natural disasters.

We have a unique carnival led by women dressed in “touloulou” (a character representing the bourgeois women of the 18th and 19th centuries, in their Sunday best, dressed from head to toe.)

The most interesting about F.G is the ethnical diversity. We have Amerindians, Haitians, Dominicans, Brasilians, Surinamians, Indians, Europeans, Chinese, and descendants of African slaves. All of them mix. They are friends and lovers, they are neighbours and colleagues at work. There is no ethnic segregation or social stratification like I’ve noticed in some other countries. I stop here because I can speak all day and all night about my country!

Why did you go natural?
S:
When I was a child I was already wondering why black people transform their hair in a Caucasian way, and the contrary never happens. Then Lauryn Hill arrived in the music industry. She had gorgeous dreadlocks and I said to myself; that is definitely the way I want my hair to look. At this time, my parents disagreed with this hairstyle so I had to wait until I was living by myself to start my dreadlocks. Now they love it and have learned that dreadlocks can be feminine, stylish, clean, trendy and much more.

When did you transition into natural hair?
S:
My parents never relaxed my hair. They used to put it in plaits but later when I entered high school every girl’s hair was relaxed. I decided to do the same because at this age you are searching for your own personality so you try many things until you realize what really fits you. I didn’t like my hair relaxed so I quickly cut it very short and start over with my natural hair. At last, in 2006, when I started living by myself — in my own place with my own money — I started my dreadlocks.

What’s your regimen?
S:
First of all I protect my hair from smoke. I cover my head to go in some clubs where people smoke a lot inside because smoke carries a lot of dust. I also avoid pool water because the chlorine damages hair seriously. I do a shampoo once a week. I don’t use specific products for dreadlocks. I mostly use shampoos with avocado, coconut, or other elements which hydrate hair because I live in sunny places (French Guiana, Martinique, Jamaica) and the sun dries the hair. After each shampoo I let my hair dry naturally then I twist my locs with shea butter or cocoa butter to feed them. When I twist them I use a very strong gel named “Sculpture”, the brand is “AG premium brands”.

What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
S:
When I started my dreadlocks in 2006 I had the terrible idea of coloring my hair in blonde!!! I did it myself, and that was the worst decision I ever made with my hair! A real nightmare!! I left the product on my hair too long so the colour was too bright and my hair was completely damaged. Soon my locks started to break! I had to cut them very short and start over. Even today I have regrets because my hair would be twice as long if I didn’t make this mistake. Trust me, if you want to color your hair and you never did it before, do yourself a favor and go to a professional hair salon!! Personally I will never color them again, even to hide white hair, dwl!

Where do you buy your products?
S:
When I started my dreadlocks I was living in France so I used to buy my gel (Sculpture) in Paris at Château d’eau. This place is well-known for black hair salons and products. But recently the gel was discontinued. I have a few boxes left but I don’t know what I’m gonna do when they’re done. Otherwise my products vary because I travel a lot. I change products each time I move.

What would you like to see in French Guiana in terms of haircare?
S:
French Guianese people are very fashionable, they take great care of their appearance, and hair is treated very carefully. I am very satisfied with the new generation because there are more and more youths with natural hair, especially dreadlocks. The only thing I wish in term of haircare is a decrease in prices, lol! Products and hair salons are very expensive!

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
S:
I have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/enjoylifeninja.

Anything else you want to add?
S:
I congratulate the excellent initiative of the Black Girl with Long Hair Facebook page. The page shows fantastic examples of natural crowns which reinforce black pride.

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MalybooBarbee
9 years ago

SSOOoo I know this blog is about hair and (which hers if of course fab) but her BODY is the TRUTH!! I want to know her workout regimen! lol

demoiselle
demoiselle
9 years ago
Reply to  MalybooBarbee

+10 lol! I was like whoa! I need to get to the gym

E
E
9 years ago

I love the locs they look really good on you, and love the pretty color of your eyes.

Krystal
9 years ago

Beautiful hair, but she’s got a body like “whoa!”

Makes me want to hit the gym something fierce!

Micaela
Micaela
9 years ago
Reply to  Krystal

Ditto!

Boombox
Boombox
9 years ago

I was thinking the same thing about her body!!!! Please share your secret!!!!! Lovely hair but banging Body 🙂

Taheerah
Taheerah
9 years ago

Beautiful hair and body! Very photogenic!

b.
b.
9 years ago

The touloulou sounds so interesting! Growing up in the South with old school family, this is right up my alley. You make me want to visit French Guiana.

What you said about why you went natural is spot on. Thanks for the feature!

Eboni
Eboni
9 years ago

her hair is absoutely gorgeous!! I needed to see this post 🙂

lilkunta
lilkunta
9 years ago

Imma need for her to know her hair IS NOT DREADFUL
call em locs!

Likewaterforchocolat
Likewaterforchocolat
9 years ago
Reply to  lilkunta

I call them locs, depending on who’s wearing them (if the person is dreaful, aka Lil Wayne, I call them dreads). It’s semantics, really. She can call her hair whatever she likes..

On a positive note…she and her hair are georgeous!

Lock-Into-Locks
9 years ago

Beautiful!!!
I would like to know what method she uses to maintain her locs…latch hooking?

Mikki
Mikki
9 years ago

i think she is my new girl crush lol i just want to move to an island somewhere & do whatever she does to look like that, her body is nice, but her face, those eyes, that hair …gorgeous!!! ok im sounding really lesbo right now , no offense to anyone.. im just awe how pretty she is all together, total package..

Maryse
Maryse
9 years ago

gorgeous. absolutely gorgeous. French Guyana is now the next country that I plan to vacation in. AND, I’m not that far — Haiti!

Maryse
Maryse
9 years ago

oops GUIANA!

Patricia Kayden
Patricia Kayden
9 years ago

First time I am reading about someone from French Guiana. Very interesting. When I win the lottery, I must travel there.

Auset
9 years ago

I agree with everyone who said you have a nice body. Your hair makes me want to regrow my locs. You look so beautiful with locs, and love your hair color. Is there something about living near the water and being more likely to wear a bathing suit that makes it more likely you’ll be motivated to stay in such great shape? Just a theory.

Coffey
9 years ago

Great feature! I love reading about the international Style Icons and how they maintain their natural hair!

Rosie
9 years ago

thanks for new vacation spot!

Brad Hill
Brad Hill
8 years ago

Hi. I am doing a book that touches on human trafficking and would be interested in using the Safia 7 picture on the cover. It would be a Kindle E book. LMK how to go about securing rights to use it. Thanks

Brad

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