Natural Spotlight: Nadia

Where in Africa are you from?
I am from Nigeria.
When did you decide to go natural?
I hacked off my perm in June of 2010.
What has been your experience having natural hair so far?
It has been very exciting. The last time I was “au naturelle” was when I was in high school (boarding house) in Nigeria. I rocked short natural hair for about 3 years. At that time I had to, because it was easier for me to maintain. After I left the boarding house, the first thing I did was get a perm. I remember how excited I was to have my hair permed. I finally felt beautiful in my long straight silky hair.
Since then I have had short hair, but it was always permed. June last year I decided I was done with the perm and the flat ironing. The many hours spent on it finally got to me. My experience since the Big Chop has been amazing. I love my afro the most.
What is your hair regimen?
I really don’t have one — shampoo and condition, that’s all.
How did you achieve the hairstyle in these pictures?
I did most of these myself. For the the afro, I just wash and dry and I don’t comb out. I like the untamed afro look. The twists below I did myself.
Any future plans/dreams for your hair?
Yes, I decided to lock it up, and just had it done. Here are the pictures of how it looks now.

Any advice to those considering going natural?
Yes, do not be afraid to try it. You can still do everything you did with the perm. You can still sew in your weave, braid or straighten it with a flat iron (I do not recommend you do this often because we all know that frequent heat is not good for your hair). However, your hair will be healthy underneath all that, and you will not be stuck with wigs when you are older because you are now bald from all the years of constant perming.

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