Welcome to My African HAIRitage Style! This is the beginning of my hair journey. I know it has been a long time coming *covers face*. Feel free to read on the MAHS Story to understand what this blog encapsulates. I had my first blog (more like a private diary on tumblr) some years ago but when my mum fell ill (August 2010) and I was faced with commencing a full time masters programme, I had to give up a lot of things. Pretty much had no life for at least 6 months because I was a living robot. It took God’s grace and strength to keep me going and I am grateful for how far He has brought me. Now that I can juggle things a bit more I have started creating time for my passions and hobbies again. There is nothing better than living purposefully and most importantly enjoying everyday life regardless of where you find yourself. This brings me to this blog, it is particularly for my friends as my healthy hair journey improvement is evident and they have watched the progress from seeing me and also my facebook pictures overtime. I get a lot of questions about my hair and can no longer reply to every single person’s message pretty much repeating the same answers. This seems like a better place to answer your questions, share my hair journey experience+knowledge, you will get to see my fashion style ever so often and my personal beauty tips sometimes because I feel those things compliment my hair and my personality as a whole.
My hair journey has not been all smooth as it may seem to the outsider. I am from a culture where because of bad hair handling techniques and lack of knowledge it has become an acceptable stereotype to generalise that African women in my case “Naija babe no dey grow long hair”. I hope that changes in the near future because even the bible says “my people perish for lack of knowledge”. I am on a mission to prevent hair perishing from lack of knowledge. You could say I am on a hair crusade.
When it comes to what I put my hair through before my latest hair journey let us just say it has seen it all. I had my hair in low cut as a teenager, done Craig David puff puff, mum even threaded my hair one time whilst I was in university, I had texturised my hair (only to get the effect of a relaxer after some years which was not my aim), what about those childhood memories of those ‘aunties’ that put my head inbetween their thighs *ewww* in the name of making my hair for school, how the salons I would go to would blow dry my hair to oblivion and half the hair on my head would be on the floor, the way they man-handled my hair and called it combing of my hair whilst giving me a migraine, the ones that would plait my hair so tight and I would end up with what looked like boils on my scalp, I had dyed my hair almost all colours of the rainbow and as a Pastor’s daughter you definitely get judged for that lmao. I was unperturbed but I had reached my wits end and wanted a change because I wanted to see my hair grow! I was tired of stagnancy!! It just could not be that God intended the African hair to be short or could it?
Having in mind the sort of negative stereotypes that had blinded pretty much everyone around me I seemed like the odd one out talking about hair health. So, you can imagine the negative feedback I received from a lot of friends and family when I decided to cut my hair again in 2009 saying I wanted not just healthy hair but also waist length Nigerian Afro Hair by December 2014. In the words of some of my paddies (aka friends), “shey na beans abi na potato” meaning impossible in Nigerian pigin. I mean I sounded crazy! Even I did not have a clue how that would be achieved. I did a good job hiding my hair whilst it was short hidden under a weave, hat or scarf but for pretty much almost a year no one saw my hair other than the people styling it. I started asking my Caucasian friends questions about their hair routine, my Asian Sisters, experimented with products, searched online, read books and I tried even products people around me classified as non-Afro hair products! I became a product junkie lol but a product junkie with a purpose because I was observing, monitoring and comparing till I found what was best for my hair to achieve styles and to maintain it’s health. I just wanted to find what worked for me, the curious young lady that I am. I must say by my second year in I had less products and stuck to them. Trust me there is no need to change your product if it is working/doing the job it ought to do for you.
3 years and 5 months later it is safe to say it paid off. Take a ride with me through a healthy hair journey from my own lens. Some tips and information might work for you and others might not (does not matter whether or not you have opted to use chemicals or are chemical free) but that’s all part of the journey, YOUR journey. Love you my friends, let’s get our hair healthy! I will post in Hair 101 our first Hair Science Class for Beginners. Catch you later.
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