Let’s face it – dealing with Nigerian natural hair can be so hard. Take it from a couple of girls who gave it a go. It’s not a pot of beans. But thankfully there are tons of women out there who go through the mud so we don’t have to. Like Nigerian Natural hair vlogger – Ijeoma Kola.
Ijeoma is a Nigerian living abroad whose natural hair makes us want to try again. We know what you’re thinking -“Being a naturalista abroad is easier than here in Nigeria” True! But that doesn’t mean the lessons can’t be applied either way.
In her latest vlog she shares her 8-year journey as a natural woman. She takes us along on her discoveries, truths, hard lessons and, of course, the tips!
We watched, and these are the lessons we learned;
- Protective styles help a lot. Ijeoma started her natural hair journey in December of 2009 and trusted protective styles to cope. She did flat twists and updos to help her hair grow and help her transition.
- Speaking of transitioning, she transitioned for over a year before cutting her relaxed ends off. The big chop isn’t the only way.
- If you’re not there yet, you an always try curly weaves. These weaves can help you get used to the idea of having curly hair before you make up your mind on going natural.
- We all have bad hair experiences. Ijeoma has had 2! Irrespective of the bad colouring jobs her hair had, it didn’t push her from trying again. Today she has red hair and is loving it.
- You can always go shorter. Ijeoma grew her hair longer than armpit length and then decided she wanted a shorter tapered cut. You don’t always have to have long natural hair, shorter is equally fine.
We loved watching this video. It made us feel better about wanting to try again. If you have natural Nigerian hair, at the end of this video you’ll experience one of these;
– a new appreciation for your hair
– an epiphany
– a realization that it’s not ‘that serious‘ and you should give yourself more credit.
Let’s say you still need some natural hair advice from a Nigerian girl, check out how to care for your hair when its raining.