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Aboyowa from Nigeria // 4C Natural Hair Style Icon

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Introduce yourself:
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Hiii! My name is Aboyowa Adjuah Oritsegbubemi Wood (try pronouncing that lmao) and I’m 19 yrs. old. I’m Nigerian with a slight Ghanaian tint but I currently reside in Chicago IL.

Did you transition or big chop? Share your natural hair journey with us!
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I transitioned for 8 months then big chopped on March 31st 2013. My intention was to transition for a whole year but I just couldn’t deal with the two textures anymore. I washed my hair that night and the relaxed parts of my hair that had already started chopping off just transformed into a huge dread at the center of my head, so I got a nice sharp pair of scissors and cut all the relaxed ends off! In total, I’ve been fully natural for 1 year and 7 months but my entire journey from my last relaxer has taken 2 years and almost 4 months so my hair is around bra strap length.

I decided to go natural because I’ve always been obsessed with afros in different forms. Also I wanted to prove to a lot of people that Nigerian hair could grow long because for some reason, a lot of people have this backward ignorant mentality that Nigerian hair doesn’t grow. I don’t understand how someone’s nationality affects their hair growth o (in my Nigerian accent). At that time, I was also trying to buy a big afro looking curly wig and all the good ones I saw were really expensive so I decided to grow my own LOL. During my transition period and even a little after I went fully natural, wigs were my best friend. I was introduced into the world of beautiful synthetic curly wigs (creta girl my number 1) which were a lot cheaper and looked just as good as the human hair ones in my opinion. I also fell deeper into natural hair channels on YouTube like Fusion of Cultures, Taren Guy and naturally GG .I hardly found any 4c youtubers (and I reallyyy searched) that truly inspired me though and I was a bit discouraged till I found Jouelzy. She saved me!!!

How would you describe your texture?
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My curl pattern is 99.3582% 4C but as for my hair texture I have very coarse, thick and dense hair. I’ve always had very thick hair even when I was relaxed. Funny story, my hair was so coarse that each time I got a relaxer I had to wait extra time just to get it reasonably straight. Since the relaxer burnt, I’d sit under a huge fan or open the freezer door and put my head almost inside just to cool it down. Lmao, good times!

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month, and the rationale behind your various styling decisions.
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I can do a lot of styles but I usually stick with fros (twists and perm rods, braids and perm rods, flexi rod sets, perm rod sets) because I love them or buns when I’m too lazy to do anything else. Unfortunately I’m not a product junkie at all so I can’t really give you a lot of product suggestions. 90% of the time I style my hair with just water. However, the Crème of Nature Moisturizing Shampoo is my go to shampoo. I also like Shea Moisture’s African Black Soap Conditioner. The only items that have been upgraded to Holy Grail status for me are pure raw shea butter and 100% argan oil (I just discovered this baby). Those two things and of course WATER are all my hair needs to flourish. The shea butter and argan oil leave my hair feeling soooo soft and smooth. The argan oil is especially good for my split ends, hair elasticity, and skin.

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What does wash day look like for you?
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I wash my hair every 2 weeks (try to) and depending on the state of my hair it can take 45 minutes to 2 hrs, 2hrs being very very extreme and rare. Before I wash I ALWAYS finger detangle on damp hair to remove as much of the shed and broken hairs as possible so I don’t have to spend a lot of time detangling while I’m washing in the shower. I then divide my hair into 8 sections and wash section by section with my Crème of Nature Misturizing Shampoo. Then I rinse everything together and let it air-dry in the twists. When it’s still a bit damp, I apply my argan oil, Shea Moisture African Black Soap Conditioner, then shea butter in that order to condition my hair.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
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BUNS BUNS BUNS.

How do you combat shrinkage?
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A lot of times I don’t mind my shrinkage but when I really want huge hair I stretch my hair with the African threading method. I rarely get blow outs. I only do them 2 to 3 times a year.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require extra care and attention?
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The hair at my crown. It is the most fragile and it grows the slowest. The hair there is shorter than the hair in the rest of my head. While I was still transitioning, a friend of mine did a sew-in for me but I guessed that day she got a lil carried away and made it really really tight. In my life I had never had hair that tight before, I don’t know why I didn’t say anything. I guess I didn’t want to stress her because she was doing me a favor and it was for free. Also I assumed the pain wouldn’t last that long n I didn’t know how bad the effects could be. I literally felt the blood in my head jumping up and down on that spot. I was on advil for almost a month and I still felt the pain. When I took out the weave, to my amazement, I had a HUGE scab at the center of my head. I never expected it. I was actually seriously injured and there was no hair there at all. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. In my mind, I was almost sure hair was never going to grow there again. I was so sad lol .I started to pray and massage that spot everyday with Jamaican black castor oil and I made sure there was ZERO tension on that spot. Eventually the hair started to grow back. My God in heaven that is not asleep did not allow my enemies to laugh at me.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
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MOISTURIZEEEEEE I can’t stress this enough! Please moisturize and incorporate more protective styles into your general styling. Also something I just realized. If you have course tightly coiled hair and you are thinking of going natural or already natural, please learn how to do your hair yourself. I had to force myself into learning how to corn row this November. I observed that when other people braided my hair for me they either did it too tight or they ripped my hair out while trying to work through the thickness. I really can’t blame them because I know my hair is really thick so I just simply learned to do it myself. Remember,  nobody will have as much patience with your hair as you will.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
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Don’t have unrealistic expectations for your hair. Try to get inspiration for hairstyles from people with hair similar to yours so you don’t get discouraged.

Don’t automatically assume everything bad with regards to hair is associated with the 4c hair type. People need to realize 4c hair behaves differently and appears differently on different heads. 4c hair is not always coarse or dry. 4c hair does not always grow at a slower rate. 4c hair does not always break like crazy, the list goes on. If you automatically assume that all the bad things are associated with 4c hair then your journey will be difficult for you because you will always be expecting bad results. You have to love and learn your own 4c hair and know how it behaves. This will also help you to know how to style your hair, what products you should get and how to take care of your hair generally.

Is there a blog/webpage or social media account where we can find you?
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Yupp, I am on YouTube and Instagram as @westafricanbaby

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About Christina Patrice

Born, raised, and living in Los Angeles, Christina is BGLH's resident transitioning expert and product junkie. In addition to loving all things hair, she is a fitness novice and advocate of wearing sandals year-round. For more information on transitioning, natural hair, and her own hair journey, visit maneobjective.com. Or, if you like pictures follow Christina on Instagram @maneobjective.

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Lisa
Lisa
6 years ago

Pretty lady with beautiful hair. This was quite an entertaining read!

that fro tho
that fro tho
6 years ago

She’s so gorgeous . Ily ur fro .

Aboyowa
Aboyowa
6 years ago
Reply to  that fro tho

thank you!!

Nkem
3 years ago
Reply to  Aboyowa

Wow.. I can’t believe that I found my inspiration.. Your hair sounds just like mine and I’m so happy you use such few products.. I must confess that I absolutely love your hair and how you take care of it. I hope mine grows this long some day..
You rock girl.. Keep making Nigerians proud darling

ManestreamBeauty
6 years ago

Awesomely beautiful hair, Aboyowa.

Ms. Vee
Ms. Vee
6 years ago

Yes ooo (in my accent)! The ancient myth that 4c hair doesn’t grow, especially if straight out of West Africa (my experience as well). Let the ignorant eat their hearts out.

Nonetheless this girl is too cute and my newest hair crush 🙂

Aboyowa
Aboyowa
6 years ago
Reply to  Ms. Vee

LMAOOO thank you thank you!!!!

Caramelcurls
Caramelcurls
6 years ago

Beautiful girl!! I love her hair, style, and personality!

Nompumelelo
Nompumelelo
6 years ago

2 years 4 months and BSL.. wow!

Nompumelelo
Nompumelelo
6 years ago

2 years 4 months & BSL.. wow!

Indigo
Indigo
6 years ago

OMG!!!absolutely lovely…a true 4C ICON

Nikki
Nikki
6 years ago

Her hair tho <3 _ <3 i <3 it!!!! :* Gorgeous girl, and gorgeous hair ^_^ (i use a lot of emojis, ik ik..)

Carlee
Carlee
6 years ago

Awesome feature! I’m also Nigerian-American. You rep the 4c so well! I’m heading to your Youtube!

Nubiahbella
Nubiahbella
6 years ago

Beautiful hair and lady.
Interesting about people equating “Nigerian Hair” with hair that don’t grow AND tough. Yet all Nigerians and Ghanaian hair icons featured here and the ones I have met in my everyday life seem to have thicker, voluminous and long hair.

Aboyowa
Aboyowa
6 years ago
Reply to  Nubiahbella

Thank you sooo much!! Exactly I don’t know where people get such misconceptions from

nya
nya
6 years ago

I laughed out loud through most of this interview. Your God in heaven wasn’t asleep and he certainly did not allow your enemies to laugh at you.???????? I loved your interview and the big hair. My hair loves shea butter too and when I discovered this it’s almost like the heavens opened. Will be trying argan oil soon. Only heard good things.

Jenni
Jenni
6 years ago

I love your personality just by reading this! An absolute beauty!! I’m loving the hair and the info you gave regarding 4c! YASSSSSSSSSSS!! #4C inspiration!!!

MommieDearest
MommieDearest
6 years ago

OMG what a beautiful, BEAUTIFUL young lady! You are gorgeous and your hair is to die for. This is one of the best interviews I’ve read on here in a while.

youngin girl
youngin girl
6 years ago

I like it. Your hair looks obviously healthy, full and big. I also like big hair too and I’m 19 myself. I transitioned at age 17 but for me I’m heading towards your way. I still need to find the right products for me. I just can’t believe I haven’t been recieving any email from this blog. I subscribed in 2012 and then I press the style icon to find out that there are new icons. I believed this whole time that there weren’t any icon’s coming in. I was actually exuberant when I read that your from Nigeria and… Read more »

kia
kia
6 years ago

youre extremely gorgeous. i love your hair

Jacky
Jacky
6 years ago

Wow! what a lovely head of hair and cute girl.

I’m glad to see fellow Nigerians repping the natural hair movement.

Obby
Obby
6 years ago

Love love love ur hair. It’s beauuut. I’m Nigerian too. And my hair is like neck length. This just gives me hope ^_^.

la*belle
la*belle
6 years ago

Gorgeous girl and hair.

Wanjiku
Wanjiku
6 years ago

Hehe Girl you’re so funny! I lol“d throughout when reading this! Beautiful girl with beautiful HAir!

Yvette M
6 years ago

I love your ‘fro. Its all that I hope mine will be one day. I am definitely going to check out your channel.

Redseouls
Redseouls
6 years ago

What a gorgeous girl with gorgeous curls!!! Thanks for sharing!!

aboyowa
aboyowa
6 years ago
Reply to  Redseouls

thank you!!!

Erinma
Erinma
6 years ago

Yes a Nigerian sister!!!!

alexis
alexis
6 years ago

this girl and her hair are bangin!

LBell
LBell
6 years ago

Fun girl, gorgeous hair, but I have to know: How do you pronounce “Oritsegbubemi”? Also, I assume it means something…if so, what?

Signed,
Woman With No Middle Name 🙂

aboyowa
aboyowa
6 years ago
Reply to  LBell

haha thank you!!! ill pronounce my full name just for you on my next video I promise!

Blue Bunny
Blue Bunny
6 years ago

Your fro is beautiful and full.

thelady
thelady
6 years ago

your hair styles are so cute

Aboyowa
Aboyowa
6 years ago
Reply to  thelady

Thank you !!

Claudette
Claudette
6 years ago

I can second the opinion that no one else will be as careful of your hair as you yourself are. So true. I don’t cainrow too tightly or comb hair to death but other people do.

geri
geri
6 years ago

nigeria!!! <3 same here.…you’re adorable!

Shell
6 years ago

Your hair is beautiful and thick!

Tobe
Tobe
6 years ago

Hey. Totally love your hair. I’m Nigerian too and I’ve been fully natural for 2 years and 6 months. My hair is definitely thriving. Its a little longer than BSL.I always have to get blowouts before installing braids which is my go to protective hairdo. I’m really impressed with how you manage to incorporate so few products and practically no heat into your regimen. 4c hair rules jare!!!!!!

Nicole
Nicole
6 years ago

Gorgeous!

Jordie
Jordie
6 years ago

Tell me how you do curl at your 4c hair? Please give me your secret.

Kathy
Kathy
6 years ago

You are beautiful girl, love your hair, your tips are simple to follow…congrats

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