When did you and your husband meet?
N: I meet my husband through a friend/colleague in 2010. She had invited me for a concert at her church. But since I did not have a means to go there and get back home (the venue was far from my place), she called a friend who lived in my neighborhood and who also went to her church to kindly pick me from home and take me back after the concert that day. The friend/church member picked me up and we hit it from there. We became good friends and by 2011 we dated. In July 2012 he proposed.
When and where did you get married?
N: Dec 21st, 2012. Got married in Lagos, Nigeria.
How was your big day?
N: It was a weekday wedding, the Friday before the Christmas week. We had three events to do that day: traditional wedding, church wedding & the wedding reception, so it was a very busy day. I thank God it went well. Though it was a work day loads of people showed up and brightened the day for us. It was a simple, energetic & colorful wedding.
What was your process of deciding how to style your hair?
N: I wanted something different from the “normal bridal look”. I wanted a creative but simple & classy look. So I thought it would be great to go natural for my wedding day. Kept the ‘secret’ from a lot of people because I knew they’d try to discourage me. However, my biggest fans and moral supporters were my husband (who LOVES my natural hair), my sister (who was my beautiful MOH) and my very good friend/sister, Chiwunma aka Chewy (who was my natural hair dresser). I didn’t have an idea of what I’d do that day but I trusted Chewy to do a good job, which she did!
How did you wear your hair?
N: The night before the wedding, Chewy conditioned my hair with mayonnaise hair conditioner, braided the side of my hair then twisted the remaining part. Then she added original coconut oil (real coconut oil extracted from coconut. No additives) and left my hair to air dry over the night. The next day she loosened the twists and just packed it in a nice simple style.
How did your family/husband/guests receive your hair at the wedding?
N: Well, when I hinted my mum about it she was a bit skeptical. But knowing her daughter, she just let me do my thing. Till date, I get people saying they loved my hair and that they had not seen any bride do something like that. At the end of the day my family and guests received it with positive “oohs” and “ahhhs”. Best of all, my husband LOVED it!
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
N: Check out my blog: peridotlady.blogspot.com
Photo Credit: Godwin Abulele of D‑Xtreme Studio