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Style: Adjoa in London

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Introduce yourself!
A:
Hey everyone! My name is Adjoa, but most people call me Adj or AJ. I was born in Ghana (West Africa) but moved to London, England when I was 11 years old and I’ve been living here ever since. I’m currently a final year University student aspiring to be a child psychologist one day.

What is your style philosophy?
A:
Two words MODESTY and SIMPLICITY. I am a Christian! I love God and I live for God so I’m a firm believer is dressing modestly, especially as a woman. For me simplicity is also everything and less is more…it’s all about making every piece you wear your own and putting your stamp on it, even if it’s just a t‑shirt and jeans.

How would you describe your sense of style?
A:
I honestly don’t have a specific sense of style. I kinda go through different phases depending on the season (I don’t know why I do this). In the summer I’m definitely more afrocentric and boho chic, in autumn I have more of a vintage thrifted style, and in the winter I go dark and wear anything and everything black I can find. In the spring hmm, I’m usually all over the place with my style.

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What is the process of deciding what to wear in the morning?
A:
The first thing I always do before I get dressed is pick up my phone and check the weather!! That usually determines what I pick from my closet to wear…I’m also always listening to music every morning so sometimes whatever mood the music puts me in kinda determines what I pick out to wear.

What are the three favorite things in your closet?
A:
Ou! This is a hard one!! Erm…The first thing would have to be my black Jamie skinny jeans from TopShop. I love them and wear them like all the time! Sometimes I buy black denim pants and they fade and turn grey after one wash. But these…ugh!! Super durable!! And I love the way they make my legs look lol. The second thing would have to be my Dr. Martens boots. I have like four pairs and they are my go-to shoes. I wear them all the time!! Especially the black, and they go with practically any outfit and any style, and they are comfyy!! I got two pairs of boots from a shoe store in London called Office, and the other two from the Dr. Martens website. Lastly I would say all of my thrifted items. I couldn’t pick just one because they are all my faves! I got them from different thrift stores around London.

What are some of your favorite shops/websites for clothes, shoes and accessories?
A:
Okay so this is my top 10 list of stores and websites (in no particular order):
‑TopShop/topshop.com
‑Urban Outfitters
‑thrift stores
‑ASOS.com
‑NastyGal.com
‑Primark (UK based)
‑Zara
‑H&M
‑Forever 21 (Accessories)
‑Sammydress.com

How long have you been natural?
A:
I’ve been completely natural for about a year. But I transitioned for about a year, so I’m two years relaxer-free!!

How and why did you transition into natural hair?
A:
My hair encountered its first relaxer when I was like 9 years old…and my relaxed hair was always thick and healthy and a good length. The decision to transition into natural hair was very personal. About two years ago, I started to put all of my confidence in my hair. I used to get compliments about how nice my hair was “for a black African girl” and I used to get so happy!! Like it got so bad that every time I left my house I’d EXPECT people to make a comment about how “nice” my hair was and if no one did I’d get upset. I was literally obsessed with my relaxed hair and hated the sight of my natural hair, so my relaxers were quite frequent. I really thank God for the amazing people He has placed in my life because one of my girls said to me one day “Adj, you are more than your hair, do you know that?”. I remember thinking about what she said all day. Those words changed my life!

That day I decided I was going to transition and begin the process of loving me naturally!! I put my hair away in box braids the year I was transitioning and then finally BC’d in the summer of 2012. It was so hard having short hair, especially with it being an Afro! I really disliked the way I looked and felt so ugly! But with time I learned to love every kink and coil on my head! Like I’m actually so in love with my natural hair! I’ve also learned to love myself and to KNOW and UNDERSTAND I am beautiful, even if I never heard another compliment for the rest of my life…because I’m fearfully and wonderfully made in God’s image!! Going natural is hands down one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life!

What is your signature hairstyle?
A:
Everyone that knows me knows my signature hairstyle has to be box braids! I love my braids! But I recently did my own Havana twists and I’m in total love, so I think Havana twists are going to be my signature hairstyle now.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
A:
Over the course of the month if my hair is not in some type of protective style, I will wash it every 10 ‑14 days and wear a twist out. Then I put my hair in a puff for the last few days of the cycle, or sometimes I leave my hair in twists for the whole 2 weeks. Being a student, I barely have time to do anything fancy with my hair unless it’s necessary. I mostly use The LUV Naturals line (Detangler, Shampoo, Conditioner and Leave-In Conditioner) for my wash days, then use the Tangles and Beyond Shea Buttercreme for my twists. I seal with a mixture of oils I put together that work really well for my hair. (olive oil, coconut oil, Jamaican black castor oil, vitamin E oil, and grapeseed oil) During the week I moisturize my hair when needed.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
A:
Yes I have an Instagram: agoodthing92. I also just opened an ask.fm account, so if anyone has any questions they would like to ask it’s ask.fm/agoodthing92.

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Just another lover of natural hair and expression. - Style Icon Coordinator for BGLH

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Asana
7 years ago

Yess ohhhh a fellow Ghanaian! You look fabulous and good luck with your endeavors. <3

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Angela
Angela
7 years ago
Reply to  Asana

Name twin ^_^ (Adwoa) .. love your hair and style 🙂

nollyA
nollyA
7 years ago
Reply to  Angela

mine is adjuah GHANA GIRLS!!! girls abr3

MissAdjoa
MissAdjoa
7 years ago
Reply to  Angela

Yaaay! #teamMondayborns!! Thanks for the love. I appreciate it.

Dotty
Dotty
7 years ago

I’m convinced I’m the only 4c who never wears her hair out due to my worries about time constraints and lack of styling skill while everyone else does it with such style!

Fiona
Fiona
7 years ago
Reply to  Dotty

Nope, your not the only one. I’m in dental school so my hairs stays in a bun. At this point I can’t even remember the last time I had the time to wash it lol.

Gina
Gina
7 years ago
Reply to  Dotty

Definitely not alone! I cannot afford the time to experiment and, most likely, fail different styles. I actually like protective styling, though. I love braids and twists.

CC
CC
7 years ago
Reply to  Gina

Im glad I am not alone. I avoid my hair being out because I just dont seem to make it look good — I believe I have think hair, but when I am trying to have my hair all big and out it looks horribly flat and just meh! I always end up putting my hair in twists

Coley Cole
Coley Cole
7 years ago

She is fly. Cute lady!

WhyMe?
WhyMe?
7 years ago

lovely! Lady, you need to wear RED lipstick 24/7 🙂

MissAdjoa
MissAdjoa
7 years ago
Reply to  WhyMe?

LOL! I’ll try it for about a week an see how it goes Lol! I haven’t worn red lipstick for a while so thanks for the re-uniting.

tmc (toronto meet up, nov 16)

wow, i can’t believe people would make comments about having nice hair as a black African. what an insult to us natural africans. btw, I have an IG page called African Naturals, pls follow, tag your pics.
you have nice hair and a nice style!
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VeeVee Brown
VeeVee Brown
7 years ago

Agreed. It wasn’t a compliment but bloody racist. Basically they are saying that black African girls don’t usually have ‘nice hair’ and you’re an exception. reminds me of ‘you’re pretty for a black girl’ comment.

Shanice
Shanice
7 years ago

OMG. Those havanna twists? You did that! You just inspired me to do that style tomorrow. Love your style btw 🙂

MissAdjoa
MissAdjoa
7 years ago
Reply to  Shanice

Thaaaank you!!! 🙂 glad you were inspired! If u can, show me what it looks like when u. do it! <3 <3

VeeVee Brown
VeeVee Brown
7 years ago

Let’s big up the Black British girls. Yay! Your hair is awesome.

MissAdjoa
MissAdjoa
7 years ago
Reply to  VeeVee Brown

Whoop Whoop!! Lol & thank you girl!! 🙂

luminous
luminous
7 years ago

Beautiful lady!

lahblooplah
lahblooplah
7 years ago

ahhhh!!!!!!! so nice to see thick beautiful kinky hair!!! (sidenote: doesn’t mean i dont find other textures beautiful, i just love the diversity that’s all)

WhyMe?
WhyMe?
7 years ago
Reply to  lahblooplah

@lahblooplah, I LOVE to see thick, beautiful, kinky hair…want to see more of it…want to see more beautiful ladies just like Ms. Adjoa

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Beautiful!!!

MissAdjoa
MissAdjoa
7 years ago

Thankyou. I appreciate it. <3

John Styler
7 years ago

Looking good! I just love your hair in the first set of pictures, it’s freaking AWESOME!

Kita
7 years ago

alls i know is sammydress.com is the bomb THANKS!!!!

Kristel
7 years ago

gorgiousssss!
Everything about you is beautiful!

MissAdjoa
MissAdjoa
7 years ago
Reply to  Kristel

*shyface* thank youuu! <3

Princess C
Princess C
7 years ago

Beautiful hair! Please share who does your braids/twists?

MissAdjoa
MissAdjoa
7 years ago
Reply to  Princess C

Thankyou! 🙂 and I do them myself! <3

Amma Mama
Amma Mama
7 years ago

She is beautiful. I loveee her hair and style! Less is more indeed. Ghana stand up! <3…lol

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MissAdjoa
MissAdjoa
7 years ago
Reply to  Amma Mama

LOL! at the “Ghana stand up comment” thank youuu tho I appreciate it and I’m definitely gonna check out your ‘Wordpress’

Poshnera
Poshnera
7 years ago

She is gorgeous and I love her hair and the Marley Twists, she is winning from every angle. Just lovely!

AnonSince87
AnonSince87
7 years ago

You are stunning! What is the brand of the colour in your hair (reddish brown)?

MissAdjoa
MissAdjoa
7 years ago
Reply to  AnonSince87

Heyy! I used Dark&Lovely and the color was “Red Hot Rhythm” 🙂 hope that helps. <3

AnonSince87
AnonSince87
7 years ago
Reply to  MissAdjoa

Thanks 🙂

luvnM3napturally
luvnM3napturally
7 years ago

love your fro, beautiful smile

MissAdjoa
MissAdjoa
6 years ago

Thaaaanks I appreciate it!! ??

proverbs31
proverbs31
7 years ago

Hello… just wanted to mention that you are a beautiful woman (I am also African & 28yrs old), but wearing a midriff top is not modest. Even the white dress at the top of the page is hardly modest. As daughters of Christ, would He be pleased to see any of us in that kind of attire? Could we stand in the presence of a holy God with a short dress on or midriff top? Our clothing is not only worn to honor Jesus, but also to cover our bodies so we don’t cause our brothers in Christ to stumble.… Read more »

Donna
Donna
7 years ago

@MissAdjoa. I live in London too. Is the Luv Naturals line available here or did you order it from the States?

thanks!

MissAdjoa
MissAdjoa
6 years ago
Reply to  Donna

I lived in America for a year last year and stacked up before I came back cuz my hair loves it!!!

misslolu
7 years ago

I’m British (from London) and west African too! Woop Woop! Your are so beautiful and your Havana twists are amazing, i’m so jel. Where do you get your hair from?

misslolu
7 years ago

I’m British (London) and West African too (Nigerian). You’re so pretty and your Havana twists give me life, i’m so jel. Where do you get your hair from?

BeUtifullyHuman
BeUtifullyHuman
7 years ago

Beautiful Hair, Beautiful Spirit, Beautiful Girl. Your love for The King shines all through this interview. You go girl!

chikodili
chikodili
7 years ago

u remind me of lauryn hill in her prime

GSoldier
GSoldier
7 years ago

I Loved the whole article. Especially on how and why you returned natural. I loved it especially because it was all pure choicec and self-realisation and a battle of the mind. Not because relaxers weren’t a choice anymore. They were but you just didn’t choose them anymore. And indeed, you are beautifully and wonderfully made! =)

Youngin girl
Youngin girl
7 years ago

Everything about you in these photos are Afrocentric. You made me stare and go, ‘Dang, I can’t miss this.’ Your hair is beautiful and your style suits your personality. You deserve a good thing from Jesus.

Kan
Kan
7 years ago

OK, I just love this girl. She is beautiful inside and out! What a beauty!!

KKE
KKE
6 years ago

@MissAdjoa. Pretty skin, Pretty Hair, Beautiful lady.
Can I please know the brand of extentions you use for your havana twists and is it self-installed?
TIA

Webpage
6 years ago

Awesome, numerous highly great tips! I value you crafting this posting and the rest of your web-site is awesome!

Sedem
Sedem
6 years ago

ayyy, my ghanaian sista!..love the style n u r very pretty

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