By: on April 10, 2017
In the Gambia, keeping natural hair wasn't that common few years ago but now it is becoming a trend. Even if one is not keeping their natural hair already, they are thinking of going natural, "au naturel":smile:. Deciding to go natural is easy, what becomes the challenge is whether to go through "transitioning"(i.e., gradually growing out your perm) or do the "big chop"(snipping off your relaxed hair and starting over from scratch). You come across people who would tell you that "i have decided/...
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By: on April 8, 2017
Well... Not really sure how to start off this post but I guess I'll just start anyway. Quite frankly I have never been a fan of the natural African hair and this is owing to the fact that I had basically what you would call a great hair. She was thick, long, generously full and yes, stubborn. Don't be surprised am personifying her because she definitely had a mind of her own. I can still recur how I would run from one beauty parlour to another looking for the perfect product and relaxer t...
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By: on March 31, 2017
When i first went natural, every natural girl and their mother was talking about the term "cowash" i was quite confused as to what it meant at first until, they told me it meant conditioner wash. The term never really went down with me because i loved the feeling of clean hair and i was convinced a conditioner couldn't do that so i just stuck with shampooing my hair. So, i stumbled on the picture above a few weeks ago and i was taken aback. I got quite curious so i started to look for any...
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By: on February 25, 2017
That was how I just decided to try giving my hair some curls; hoping that twisting the hair and loosening it after a day or two would give my hair the desired tiny curls. I was less busy, home alone and bored; and I had washed my hair earlier in the morning, so I decided to put the time to use, I generously applied haircream and hair mayonnaise to my hair, then I sat down in front of the mirror and started picking my hair and twisting it in very tiny portions, after some hours I finished...
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By: on December 15, 2016
So I decided to eat a lot of vegetables and protein oriented foods during the break, along with plenty of water in my second year of hair growth. Then I resumed back to school, and they were like "Uzo, is diz your real hair?", "What did you do to your hair?", "Your hair is growing fast", and many nice stuff people said. You guessed right, I was all smiles. Shey you know that feeling? You should, dear. That was my turning point and I still look forward to having a healthier and bigger crown. ...
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By: on December 13, 2016
After keeping her braids in for 5 weeks, our heroine took them out and immediately cut off the texturized ends. Her 6 months of progress had been wasted. While she was in braids, her grandmother’s one year death anniversary came up. As she sat together with her family reminiscing about her, she was reminded of a time in their younger years when her grandmother used to live with them and take care of her hair. She remembered that she would wash their hair with nme djale, the local black soap ...
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By: on December 4, 2016
You know that moment and the feeling that comes with the fact that you are in the midst of fellow black beauties who are growing their hair and yours is a hairless scalp cez mum won't allow you grow your crown? It's a feeling of intense pain I tell you..... & that used to be my story. You know that thing they say about change, huh? Yeea, you guessed right. Change is constant. One day I got tired of other girls laughing at my "shine bright like a diamond". That was the day I started my hair j...
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By: on November 11, 2016
This is not the first time that I've worn my hair short for an extended period of time. One weekend when I was six years old, I decided that I wanted to cut my hair. But not in some usual, “maybe at some distant future moment” like some normal person might have thought. Nope. I had to cut my hair right away. I don't recall what the impetus was, but there's a good chance that it had something to do with my brother. Even though I would have never admitted it to him at the time I admired my bro...
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By: on November 9, 2016
The huge Afro on the young woman in the picture on her phone made her smile. Instinctively, her fingers flew to her short hair. She had just washed it with ordinary bath soap and some conditioner she found in her old salon bag. As is characteristic of African hair types, her hair had shrunk, making it look shorter than it really was. She put her phone down and went over to her mirror. Pulling at a group of strands she figured it was about 2 and half inches long. She couldn’t wait unti...
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By: on November 7, 2016
Sometimes a situation that has gone wrong can be salvaged; other times the best thing to do is to get rid of everything and start afresh. When she was given the permission by her mother to chemically straighten her hair, she had just graduated from Senior Secondary School. It was the most exciting thing to happen to her since turning 18 a few months before. At the salon, she screamed for the hairstylist to wash out the straightening cream after 10 minutes, but it had started burning lon...
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By: on October 28, 2016
............after all I'd heard n seen on afro hair, finally I started ma own journey. First I had to"pull the bull by its horn". dea I was with scissors n comb looking forward to seeing the new me in the mirror, with one eye closed, not knowing how I'll look after cutting off all the "unhealthy" n "unwanted" hair. den I had it all knotted n it looked like :point_down::point_down: .....🙈 not so bad huh...!! For the first weeks of going natural I used only :point_down: ...to kip i...
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By: on October 21, 2016
Hey yhu...yes yhu ma dear AfroLover :point_right::boy:/:girl::point_left: ....ever wonder how tough/smooth the road to #AfroBae/Boo is...? Here's a bit of ma cracking days to ma hair today. ........precisely 4yrs ago, I was so soaked in the life of hair extensions n straighteners n any hair food dat served as junk to ma hair...buh since it looked beautiful n long, huh! Who cares den? lol (even pizza + cola taste good buh is it healthy?) I lived dat first quarter of ma hair life in d...
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