Been a while since I last posted an interview. I finally got my friend, Nefertiti, to answer a few questions. I haven’t really talked about Locs on this blog so I hope she answers questions for those that have locs or are thinking of getting them. If you have any questions, please leave them a comment and she will answer as best she can.
A few words on Nef since she didn’t answer the question herself – she has an amazing sense of humor (when we are chatting, I am constantly typing LOL!), awkward (like me), very intelligent, likes to read about varying things (she even has Igbo Novels that she reads), has a thing for kitchen gadgets and is a wife and a mother. I am proud to call her friend.
NN: About Nefertiti?
Question don jam answer. Next please!
NN: Have you always had natural hair?
Not since I was a child. And I hated it because it was so painful. One of my happiest memories was catching lice in primary school and having my hair cut. I kept it short until SS3, when I got a perm and carried it until I had my BC in October 2008
NN: Why did you decide to go natural?
First of all, I’ve always liked Whoopi Goldberg’s hair. Yes, I’m the only one I know who does too. More importantly, with apologies, I’ve never liked going to hair salons. I’m a pretty low-maintenance kind of person so I did a little research and discovered that locs can be as high or as low maintenance as you want it to be. I guess I’m somewhere in mid-maintenance which means that I don’t have free-form locs (too chicken to try) but I also haven’t been in a salon since July 2009 (apologies again). How’s that for efficiency?
NN: Any frustrations with going natural?
I disliked the salon sessions to get the locs started. Seriously, though, apart from the early days of waiting for my locs to lock, and looking quite odd, I haven’t really had a lot of frustrations. Oh, I also used to have to go to Ikeja to buy my locking gel from a particular shop. But not anymore, and I shall reveal all under current hair regimen
NN: How do you manage to have natural hair and remain professional?
Hmm. Well, I had a few comments early on, but nowadays, I usually don’t even remember I’ve got locs and I like to think that my colleagues are used to it by now
NN: What is your current hair regimen?
The best thing about my locs (and many people may disagree) is the freedom it gives me. And thank you, NN, for the hair talk about sebum (ugly but useful word). In keeping with the low-maintenance groove, I guess my current hair regimen is mostly live and let live. I try to get in a wash every week with the most basic shampoo I can get and (thanks to you again), twist the fresh growth with any oil I can find in the kitchen. I used olive oil in the past, but since I’ve run out of that, I confess that I’ve been using groundnut oil. I smell like kuli-kuli at first but it dissipates fast. I hope to make/buy coconut oil one of these days. Locs don’t take too kindly to hair products because they’ll just build up into nasty grunge that you can’t easily remove. That’s another thing I disliked about the salons (my pet peeve). They didn’t seem to realise that for locs, less is more when it comes to piling on the products
NN: Do you have a hair goal?
I don’t think so. Maybe I just want to see how long I can keep it up. My mom has the same goal, but with a very different motive
NN: What is the one thing you have done with your hair that you think has made it healthy?
Probably avoiding hair salons. Don’t get me started!
NN: Any tips for the ladies?
Chicas, not everyone will want to carry natural hair, least of all, locs. Just go with what you can live with and try to let others live with their choice. Even if you know they are only trying to deny their Blackness. And it’s all fake and cost them a month’s pay. And it’s going to give them Mama-Iyabo.
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