Busayo was originally featured on February 3, 2010. I caught up with her to get an update on how her natural hair journey is coming along.
B: My name is Busayo and I’m from Toronto, ON. I am a Canadian-Nigerian.
How long have you been natural?
B: I have been natural for 5 ½ years now.
How has your regimen changed over time?
B: My regimen is even more simplistic than it was before. As my hair has gotten longer, I do not wash as frequently as I used to. It is too time consuming. I’m back in school so my time is really limited now. That has been the major change, plus I’ve incorporated finger-detangling. I used to wash my hair weekly and sometimes twice in the week (co-wash), but as my hair has grown that has moved to bi-weekly and even tri-weekly.
Do you have any hair goals?
B: During my pretty minimalist regimen year last year, my hair still managed to retain length, so I’m curious to see how long my hair can get. I’m happy with my length, but I’d like to see if I can grow my hair to a few inches above waist length. I’m estimating that another 4–5 inches should just about do the trick. My focus has now shifted to the front and sides of my hair because those areas grow slower than the crown and back. Plus my hair is layered so the front is especially behind where I’d like it to be. I don’t think I can handle waist length hair, so I’m not striving for that lol. I’m just under 6 feet tall so waist length hair on me is akin to almost hip length on a woman who is about average height. Other than that, my main hair goal has always been to have healthy looking hair and that goal won’t change.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
B: I just alternate between twists and twist outs or braids and braid outs. I spritz my hair with a mixture of water, glycerin, and oil before twisting or braiding. The rationale for this is to keep my hair stretched to reduce tangling.
What does wash day look like for you?
B: I start by dry detangling my hair. I coat my hair with olive oil and moisten my hair with a spray of water if it feels too dry. I am on a modified finger-detangling regimen so I only use a comb/brush to detangle every couple of months or so. I section my hair off into 4–6 sections and twist each one. If I have product buildup from using gel or heavy products then I will shampoo my hair (still in sections) with Giovanni Smooth as Silk Shampoo (or any other Giovanni shampoo that I have on hand). I then condition with Tresemme Naturals Conditioner or Giovanni Smooth as Silk Conditioner and rinse out (still in sections). Best case scenario: If I plan in advance what day I’ll be washing then the night before I will coat my hair with coconut oil (this helps to guard against the hair absorbing too much water). On the day of, I will pre-poo with a honey, olive oil, and castor oil mixture. If I have time to deep condition I use Le Kair Cholesterol, and I use it before shampooing.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
B: My fav go-to is the puff. So easy-peasy! If the weather is not so great then I opt for a bun instead. More recently, my saving grace has been twisting off a section in the front and putting the rest of the hair in big braids and wearing a beanie. The twists in the front hang out to add a lil somethin’ somethin’ to the style.
How do you combat shrinkage?
B: I never let my hair air dry unless it is in twists, braids, or banded etc. During the week, I try to wear stretched styles: twists, twist outs, braids, braid outs. I never wear wash and go’s because my hair shrinks more than 50% when wet (this means I will have an excessively long detangling session).
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
B: The front and sides of my hair. These areas grow slower than the rest of my hair. Also, I’ve been working on growing out my nape area, which I had previously shaved. And I always keep an eye on my edges!
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
B: 1) Using sections to do everything: wash, dry, style and 2) Documenting my progress in notes, pictures, and videos. It’s so important to document because our hair can appear as if it isn’t growing when it really is. It’s also helpful to document products and styles so I can see what worked and didn’t, and I have something to refer to in the future when it’s likely that I would have forgotten what I did the last time.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
B: Wash and go’s and leaving my hair in big, out styles for long periods of time without retwisting or braiding at night. The only exception is bunning my hair at night since that is still somewhat able to keep my hair semi-stretched.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
B: My Instagram is: datgirlbee. I’m also on YouTube at www.youtube.com/MissAfrobella. I haven’t posted new videos in a while, but I will resume to regular posting this month! I’m working on a new series specifically geared towards helping out my fellow naturals who may be super busy and don’t have much time to fuss with their hair. This series is for the natural that wants to retain length, reduce frustration, and look good all on a low maintenance budget! Look out for the ‘The Lazy Natural Survival Guide’ where I’ll be sharing my best tips! Coming soon!