Natural Spotlight: Omozo

Omozo of O'Naturals wearing a twist-out on two week old twists

Omozo of O’Naturals wearing a twist-out on two week old twists

As an African natural hair blog, I am committed to the cause of my forebears. Kwame Nkurumah said ‘Africa Must Unite!’ So I really LOVE it when we are able to feature naturals from other African countries. This is a special Natural Spotlight on Omozo who is one of the sisters behind O’Naturals, a natural hair blog based in Lagos, Nigeria. As mentioned in the Full Re-cap of the ZedHair Natural Hair Show that was held in April 2013, we have been wanting to share this post for a long time, but we were waiting for Omozo’s visa to come through. In the end, the High Commission waited until the last minute to turn down the application. It was a such a huge disappointment as we were really looking forward to welcoming Omozo to Zambia. Nevertheless, we felt that there was no reason why we still couldn’t introduce the ZedHair community to her. Who knows, she may make it for the next Natural Hair Show or meet-up. Without further ado, here is Omozo.

Where in Africa are you from? 

Nigeria

Where are you currently based? 

Lagos, Nigeria

When did you decide to go natural? 

Hmmm …. around late 2000 or early 2001

What has been your experience having natural hair so far?

I enjoy it more and more every day. The beginning was not a challenge for me because I enjoy styling and “playing” with my hair so learning the new skill of taking care of natural hair was exciting. I have had negative and positive comments but that does not deter me. I enjoy trying new styles and techniques on my hair. I enjoy leaving my hair out when I can. I enjoy my hair! *HUUUUGE GRIN*

What is your hair regimen?

Very simple! My motto this year is “Back to the basics – Keep it simple” and it applies to my whole life and my hair care regimen. Every 2 weeks I wash, deep condition, use leave-in conditioner, seal and style my hair. My products are the same with a few variations once in a while. Sometimes I add castor oil, coconut oil and Aloe Vera juice or gel to the leave-in conditioner. Sometimes I add honey to my deep conditioner. I make my own hair creams and sprays which I use and sell.

Maintaining my styles between re-styling is also quite simple. I mist every 2-3 days and apply oil or cream. If my hair feels really dry and I don’t want to wash then I rinse and roll!

How did you achieve the hairstyles in these pictures?

Side-swept twisted bantu knot-out

Side-swept twisted bantu knot-out

Week old twists curled with a curling iron

Week old twists curled with a curling iron

Big Twist Updo - using the hair band as my guide, I then used the big twists to cover the hair band. I just placed the twists over the hair band one by one in a clockwise direction.

Big Twist Updo – using the hair band as my guide, I then used the big twists to cover the hair band. I just placed the twists over the hair band one by one in a clockwise direction.

After my last Big Chop in 2008

After my last Big Chop in 2008

Twisted Updo - two strand twists French braided in the front with the rest of the hair pulled back into a bun.

Twisted Updo – two strand twists French braided in the front with the rest of the hair pulled back into a bun.

Any future plans/dreams for your hair?

I want it to be healthy, healthy, healthy and grow, grow, grow. That’s all.

Any advice to those considering going natural?

I have 4:

  1. Taking care of natural hair is not difficult it is just DIFFERENT. Like every new thing you learn there will be a learning curve. It might be confusing, overwhelming, frustrating at the beginning but stick to it and it gets better.
  2. Anything good, long lasting and worthwhile takes time and effort: put in some time and effort and you will get good, long lasting and worthwhile results.
  3. MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS / HAIR: learn the basic principles of moisture, conditioner use and sealing and apply them to YOUR hair. Your hair will never be like “hers” because it is not yours. So aim to learn what the principles are which is far easier than striving to have  “her” hair.
  4. Be content, Don’t be anxious and Enjoy this new journey: you’ll learn a lot about your hair, yourself and other cool stuff!

That’s it for now folks. Stay tuned for more Natural Spotlights from Zambia and beyond…

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