stella saba
by on September 29, 2016
My name is Stella Saba and I've been natural for almost two years now. I did not do the big chop. All I did was trim off the relaxed part; though I was scared because automatically my hair became an Afro; I was unable to get it into a pony tail like I used to; and then I did not even know my hair type. I was still a leaner. In fact, I did not even know how to twist my hair. My sister always had to do it for me.
But as time went on I got to realize that:
1.) I have the 4c hair type - which by the way is the most hated hair among the natural hair community because it is seen as ugly, dirty, not good looking, no curls, and it's nappy
2.) Natural hair is as expensive as buying human hair. lol
3.) You need to have patience when growing natural hair. There is no short cut to growing long natural hair.
4.) The DIY products you need for natural hair is what we already have in our kitchen. Funny, but it’s the truth. Examples are fruits - all kinds of fruits, and oils. And you can always learn more on DIY natural hair products.
5.) Learn to love your hair; especially for those of us with type 4 hair
I did not have a hard time accepting my 4c hair, the reason being that I have always loved my hair right from the get go. But it was sad to watch videos on YouTube about ladies who hated their type 4c hair and read articles relating to such issues.
One of my favourite styles is the twist out or just the mini twist. I love it so much because it’s very simple to learn. It was the first hair style I learned while getting to know more about my natural hair. As time went on I began to watch lots and lots of YouTube videos to learn more about the different types of hair styles that will fit my type of hair and to learn how to take care of my hair. But sometimes not everything you watch on YouTube can be replicated, even if you have the same exact hair type with the person. Sometimes you just have to be creative and be you own perfect stylist. lol :smile: especially in a country like Nigeria where wifi is a huge problem. Most times I just go on Instagram and hash tag the hair style I want and then I'll also be creative about executing it.
Those with the type 4c hair always experience this problem, especially when it comes to products. Some people buy the most expensive products for their hair and at the end the hair will not grow or sometimes takes forever to grow. It’s always hard when you watch videos on YouTube and see all this big youtubers with brand name hair products, and you begin to spend your last kobo to get the same products just to achieve the same hair style. From my own experience, too much hair products on your hair is just not good. And having natural hair in a country like Nigeria, it’s a huge issue and very expensive.
For example I know this lady whose videos I watch a lot on YouTube. She uses all kinds of brand name hair products, but her hair still remains the same. But sometimes people don’t use products to grow hair but to maintain it. I am a living proof of that. You use what you have, and your hair will still grow. I hardly use brand name products, except when my hair is shedding. Asides from that, I use my local naija Shea butter.
My favourite hair product is the Cantu Shea Leave-In Conditioner. It does not work with some people’s hair but it works with mine. And also, the Africa Shea Butter. II use that also. I'm not a product junky. I'm the type that if you don’t have money to buy the brand name natural hair products, you work with the ones you have. It's pretty expensive to buy natural hair products, so most times I just use my normal conditioner and shampoo. It seems like the more people go natural, the more the products get expensive.
But before I go further I just wanted to let you all know that before I embarked, and even after I embarked on my natural hair hair journey, my hair was a comb breaker. It was really hard. And for a fact, my hair was thick and lookedl like a jungle, which made it even harder to comb through. So I came up with something at that time which I did not even know was a method to make your hair soft and easy to comb. Below is the method I used to make my hair soft:
1- Section my hair into 4 parts
2- Apply any type of conditioner to each section and comb
3- Leave in for like 30 mins
4- Then shampoo and condition as usual
5- Mix honey and any kind of oil, while hair is still wet
6- Section hair into 4 parts
7- Apply the mixed honey and oil into every section
8- Leave in for 15 mins, then rinse out
9- Then style as usual
Also avoid anything that has to do with heat, like blow drying and straightening your hair always. It breaks the hair. And if for once you want to use heat on your hair make sure you use a heat protector spray. Or you can try the African Threading method. Leave if for hours or days and when you take the thread out your hair will be stretched.
This method to make my hair soft Is what I do every Saturday to prepare my hair for the week . You can do it every two weeks. When people see my hair they think I performed some kind of magic or use some miracle hair products.
Like I said earlier, ,natural hair needs patience, love and care. The way you care for your human hair is the same way you will care for your Natural hair by giving it more attention.
For my protective hair styles, most times I get my ideas from YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and Google. But most times when I see the style I want and it’s a type 2 or 3 hair that was used to get that style I become creative. Now i'm a fan of the braid out and I turn it into a very beautiful updo. I also love braids but i'm not a big fan of the weave. And protective hair styles do not necessarily have to be weave or braids, but can be when you style your hair and do not disturb it for days,
I hope this helps a whole lot, especially to those with the type 4c hair. We are all Africans and i'm sure that’s the common hair type among us.
I have a YouTube channel where I do video tutorials and you can also connect with me on my Instagram page.