Fatou Bom Bittaye
by on July 13, 2016
Greetings Everyone,
Am a Gambian, West African. Just to tell a little bit about my becoming "naturalista". In short, my hair began shedding and changing colour like you wouldn't believe, i did every to restore my hair back but nothing, so i started searching on the net and came across videos about becoming natural.
So i thought "NO" this is not for me because my hair is so thick and coarse that if didn't apply Perm i wouldn't be able to even comb it. But as i kept searching, i come to see that so many people have my kind of hair, so confidence started building until i finally did it. I transitioned for four months and big chopped for about 8 months now. I wish i had done it earlier, am loving it. i feel am being myself more than ever.
That was the first step. the second step was i didn't have the courage to wear my hair out to work. One day one of my colleagues came to work with her big chop and every body was talking....that's the fear i had. So, i derived the courage from her and the next day i wore my hair out to work. I got compliments the most, just some few negatives which were from men. Now i wear my hair out anytime i want. It's growing and am not using too many products....you won't even them around in the Gambia. All i have is my Shea butter mixed with coconut oil & fresh Aloe Vera, i washed hair every week at first with a 2 in 1 Shampoo & Conditioner, my spray bottle(mix water & coconut oil), i do a lot of protective hair styles and wigs. SO, that my natural hair story and i believe that: Despite our diverse cultures, backgrounds and education, we all share the same stories with our hair.
Talking about sharing the same hair story i came across a event in Paris organised by NHA(Natural Hair Academy) dedicated only to black hair only. Hundreds of black diasporans attended it including Youtubers, bloggers, followers, etc. Below is a link to of ladies with natural hair telling their own stories too:
Check this out.: http://trueafrica.co/article/10-women-tell-us-keep-hair-natural.
Thank you for you attention. See you next time. Have a great week ahead.
Kume Ozoro
Wow! This is nice :heart_eyes:
Fatou Bom Bittaye
Thanks Kume
Kume Ozoro
You're welcome :smiley: Now, you knew we were gonna ask for pictures, right? People please comment seconding my motion that Fatou put up pictures of her lovely Afro Hair. We all wanna see it, don't we? :hand:
Onyinye Olufunmi Nwangwu
I really do love your post and the fact that you make do with what is available to you.
Amadi Ijeoma
Yea !!! That's a natural sis in the Gambia. For the last four months or so I've done nothing than protective styling.. No wig or extension. The style I rocked yesterday, I got compliments all through...Fatou pls I second kume, pls show us some pics.... Lols
Kume Ozoro
:smiley: Thanks I was beginning to feel lonely om that one :blush:
Fatou Bom Bittaye
Thanks OnyinyeOlufunmi Nwangwu. We've got to believe in ourselves
Fatou Bom Bittaye
Amadi, Thanks
Fatou Bom Bittaye
Lol...i will show my hair my next post. that's the plan, But am also waiting for your Bantu products.