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Hadassah from Nigeria // 4C Natural Hair Style Icon

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What is your name and where are you from? Introduce yourself!
H: My name is Hadassah Agbaps and I’m from Nigeria.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
H: I’ve been natural all my life so I guess I can’t answer in terms of stopping relaxer treatments. I did have several chops over the years, with the last one being about 8 years ago due to an unhealthy love for heat styling tools.

How would you describe your texture? 
H: My hair is predominantly 4c with 4b textures towards my crown. It’s very fine, with medium density and high porosity. It breaks off at the slightest opportunity which forces me to be extra gentle with it. Most times it’s well behaved especially after a cool drink of water and a moisturiser and butter milk shake. It’s always thirsty and hungry though…doesn’t understand what healthy hair diet means because it sure does love its oils and butters.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
H: I henna, shampoo, deep condition and condition (in that order) once a month and co wash once a week on weekends. I don’t style on wash day because I noticed my hair broke, split and knotted more. To fix that, I put my hair in chunky twists to stretch and style the next day. Next day styling will depend on how much time I’ve got but I usually save elaborate hairstyles for church on Sundays. On weekdays, I’ll be most likely be seen in a cheat bun, wash and go or twists in an updo.

When I know I’ll be having a busy month, I follow a 4 step styling pattern. On week 1, I’d henna, shampoo, deep condition, stretch and make medium to mini twists which I rock for two weeks. On the third week, I take down the twists for well defined twist outs and the fourth week, I gradually stretch out the twists in preparation for wash day by bunning or some fancy updo.  Wash day comes and I repeat the cycle for the next month.

What does wash day look like for you?
H: My wash day for the month starts Friday evening. I dry finger detangle with conditioner, apply henna (locally sourced) mixed with conditioner (for easy rinsing) to my hair and leave it overnight. In the morning, I rinse off the henna, shampoo my scalp and roots using sulphate free shampoo. I used to use Aussie Moist Shampoo but switched over to Elucence Moisture Benefits Shampoo. I love trying out new products so my shampoos (and other products) change from time to time. Elucence is my current favourite.

After shampooing, I blot my hair dry and deep condition. I’m in love with ‘manshanu’ a local butter similar to cow ghee. It softens, moisturises and detangles my hair. On days I’m not ready for the oily mess, I use Shea Moisture African Black Soap Purification Masque. I rinse off the deep conditioner with a diluted conditioner, usually VO5 Tea Therapy. I may include a final rinse of ginger/green tea, hibiscus or Apple Cider Vinegar depending on how my hair feels. I try not to do too much at once because I hate staying wet for more than 45mins.

I follow up with coconut oil/palm kernel oil mix and leave in conditioner (Cantu Shea Leave In and Repair Cream, Kinky Curly Knot Today, or Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner). I make about 4 or 6 twists at this time for stretch, and wash day for the month is over. During the weeks that follow, I cowash with VO5 Moisture Milk Conditioner and follow up with oil and leave in. I re-moisturise every two days, so I’m always on the lookout for leave-ins that’ll keep my situation moisturised for two days.

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Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
H: Ah, my favourite go to style is what my sisters call the cheat bun. In a 15 hot minutes, I get a big round globe on my head and I’m fabulous!

How do you combat shrinkage?
H: I generally work with my shrinkage…it saves time. In fact, I love it. It’s like my own little secret. One day my hair is short and barely touching my shoulders, the next day my hair is down my back…all without extensions! What other hair type does that?!

Tell us about your hair color!
H: I have color at the ends of my hair. I did it myself using Dark and Lovely Colour Intensity in Radiant Copper, and I’ve been maintaining the color with henna. It hasn’t changed the texture of my hair. I do have a bit more dryness than I’m used to, but it’s not something a dab of moisturiser can’t solve.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require extra care and attention?
H: My edges…they are super fine and I have to be really gentle with them. I wet them a little everyday while I shower then seal in the moisture with castor oil/palm kernel oil mix so they doesn’t have a dry moment. My edges force me to hunt down my satin bonnet/scarf.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
H: Moisturisers and butters.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
H: Combing and too much manipulation.

Is there a blog, webpage, or social media account where we can find you?
H: Yes, I’m on Instagram @nappilynigeriangirl and twitter @nappilynigerian

I have a blog nappilynigeriangirl.blogspot.com, and I was forced to open a Facebook page…NappilyNigerianGirl.…I think…

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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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LBell

Yay for another diva who “gets it” when it comes to shrinkage! Gorgeous!

dedesantos
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dedesantos

Her face and hair are gorgeous. I’m currently trying to tweak my wash da routine and might take a few pointers from her

IB
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IB

Beautiful hair. I love her answer to the shrinkage question too.

Dee
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Dee

Very beautiful lady & hair!!

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Great interview! Love love the hair and the cheat bun will now be part of my arsenal!

Kimmie
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Kimmie

Hair Crush! I love ur hair soooo much. It’s almost just like mine and i love seeing girls with my hair texture. Keep doing u sista!

seddiie
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seddiie

i love your hair and your hairstyles.

Hadassah Agbaps
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Hadassah Agbaps

Thank you, Seddie!

lis
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lis

A beauty. You really need to do a tutorial on that first updo with the heart pin.pretty please…I have no hairstyling skills.thanks.

Adía
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Adía

That’s my favorite too

Hadassah Agbaps
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Hadassah Agbaps

Thanks Lis, I’ll try to do a pictorial soon.

melissa
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melissa

Gorgeous hair. and your routine sounds so elaborate.
8 years is quite a while. Am only in my 2nd year. cant wait to see what the next 6 years will be like.

Myllee
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Myllee

Tssssssssssssskkkkkkkkkk these Nigerians women always with their long and thick hair lol! #jealous Her updos are giving me life.

Youngin girl
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Youngin girl

Yes, a style icon. I like your styling routine and creative methods. Your face really does bring out the bright side of your hair and the same for your face. Your hair is cute in photos 2, 4, and 17.

Shae | Afroniquely You Blog
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Absolutely LOVE this!! Her hair is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your routine with us.

Yvette
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Yvette

Love, love Hadassah’s hair and her blog. Definitely one of the people who inspired me to think of transitioning. You go girl, rep Africa 🙂

Sara
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Looks very nice!!!

nononsense
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nononsense

OBSESSED! You are beautiful, fellow Naija sister!

Hadassah Agbaps
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Hadassah Agbaps

Thank you, Youngin girl

Ms. Vee
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Ms. Vee

The hair is hot 😉

Elodie Careme
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Elodie Careme

I am not gonna cry (ok maybe I will) but as a 4C you give me hope to grow my hair…it’s my 3rd big chop and each time I get tired to wait and I get mad at my hair..but with good care and patient you are the proof that 4C hair can be long, splendid and shine. You look absolutely gorgeous and I like your different styles..I’m donna stop there I m getting too enthusiastic. LOL!

MagenticAims
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MagenticAims

what lovely hair. It looks healthy and Hadassah really is an inspiration! Keep going.

AfroCapricornette
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AfroCapricornette

Sigh.…hair crush. I love all your styles especially the style with the heart shaped hair pin. If you could just give us tips on that, Hadassah? Are you from Jos?

olivia
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olivia

So this is what i will do : Moisturize my hair twice a week, use carrot oil(works really good for my hair) then when my hair gets to a nice length i pick it out some days and leave it alone other days. Put on a stocking cap to if i can find my 😆 and get my moms to braid my hair like this http://newaylook.com/best-short-box-braids-ideas/ . Im trying to decide between a curly flat top or natural dreads.

olivia
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olivia

So this is what i will do : Moisturize my hair twice a week, use carrot oil(works really good for my hair) then when my hair gets to a nice length i pick it out some days and leave it alone other days. Put on a stocking cap to if i can find my 😆 and get my moms to braid my hair like this http://newaylook.com/best-short-box-braids-ideas/. Im trying to decide between a curly flat top or natural dreads.

metanoia
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metanoia

cool

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