Natural Spotlight: Nwaugo

Nwaugo is someone who we’ve wanted to feature on ZedHair for a long time. We’ve dubbed her the, “Queen of Updo’s” as she always manages to create beautiful, elegant hairstyles that are perfect for work or play. Here is her natural hair story and regimen.

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Where in Africa are you from?
I am from Abia state in Nigeria 🙂

Where are you currently based?
I am currently living in London, UK

When did you decide to go natural?
I decided to go natural around 2008 after I saw a lady enter the hair salon i went to with afro hair and left the salon with sleek hot iron pressed hair. I have very sensitive scalp and suffered burns each time I relaxed my hair so this was the perfect solution to my problem. I decided then to transition from relaxed to natural hair with the help of my hair stylist and  I also wore senegalese twists to give my hair a break from the heat. From 2008 to 2010 I went to the salon to press my natural hair every 3 to 4 weeks and my hair stayed at the same (shoulder) length. In 2011 a friend told me about the healthy hair movement for natural hair and also recommended that I read the science of black hair. I have never looked back.

What has been your experience having natural hair so far?
It has been very liberating and I love love love it :). There is so much information out there on how to look after natural hair and so many styles to try. I am naturally a creative person when it comes to styling my hair so I feel like a kid in a candy store! I keep trying new styles and learning new things so I am loving it 🙂

What is your hair regimen?

There seven steps to my hair care regimen which are listed below:
STEP ONE- Prepoo before Shampoo
I spritz my hair with my water-aloe mixture (half water, half aloe vera juice and a bit of extra virgin olive oil in a spritz bottle) and I apply coconut oil for 2-3 hours or the night before I wash my hair, finger detangle and twist my hair into 8 sections. I then cover my hair with cling film.

STEP TWO – Shampooing
I rub some TRESemme naturals on my strands concentrating on the tips. I do this section by section (unravel each twist, detangle and re-twist). I apply body shop rainforest shampoo (sulphate and silicon free) or liquid black soap (Dudu-Osun) (I make this by adding scrapings of the black soap in an applicator bottle with some water) on my scalp and gently rub/massage my scalp.

STEP THREE – Washing
I rinse out my hair with warm water section by section (unravel, rinse and re-twist). I wrap my hair with a cotton t-shirt or cloth (never a towel as that can be harsh on natural hair) for about 30 minutes.

STEP FOUR – Deep conditioning treatment
I apply my deep conditioner (TRESemme naturals conditioner mixed with honey (1-2 tablespoons), full fat milk/ plain yogurt (2-3 tablespoons), aloe vera juice (3 tablespoons), extra virgin olive oil (1-2 tablespoons) and a lump of shea butter (all mixed together with my fingers). I leave the conditioner in for one hour with a cling film, plastic cap and my hair conditioning cap.
After one hour I wait for about 5 minutes for my hair to cool down then I gently finger detangle and follow up with a wide toothed detangling comb and gently comb through (starting from the tips and work up to the roots).

STEP FIVE – Washing
I rinse the conditioner out with warm water. I do a final rinse with apple cider vinegar mixed with water (room temperature or cool) (480ml water mixed with a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar). First I dip the tips of my twisted hair into the mixture to close my cuticles then pour it all over my hair (I do not rinse it out). I wrap my hair with a cotton t-shirt or cloth for about 30 minutes to 1 hour.

STEP SIX- Moisturise and Seal.
I allow my hair to air dry till 90% dry and moisturise with TRESemme naturals diluted with water (equal parts water and conditioner) or  I use a leave in conditioner (I am currently trying the shea moisture Jamaican black castor oil leave in conditioner). I seal with coconut oil or shea butter then thread it in 8 sections to stretch my hair as it shrinks a lot. When I thread my hair I take extra care not to pull my sides and after I thread each section I check to make sure that the sides are loose.

STEP SEVEN- Styling and Maintenance.
The next day, I do a protective style (10-20 braids/twists) as I run and gym a lot. At the weekend I take down my braids/ twists and leave my hair in a braid out/ twist out hairstyle. I also do a lot of updo styles on my streched hair, braid out/ twist outs to try and keep my hair from rubbing on my clothes and help reduce split ends.

I re-moisturise my hair by lightly spritzing with my water-aloe mixture and sealing with coconut oil every 1-2 days focusing on my ends because they are the driest and oldest part of my hair.

If I have a braid out/ twist out hairstyle, I re- twist my hair every night in big twists (about 8-10 twists) to keep it stretched and tangle free and if I do not have time to twist my hair I put it in a loose bun.

If I have cornrows or braided/twisted extensions, I spritz my hair daily with my water-aloe mixture and I clean my scalp weekly with cotton wool dipped in apple cider vinegar mixed with water (480ml water mixed with a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar) or distilled witch hazel. I do not carry these styles for more than 4-6weeks.

I  always wrap my hair with a satin scarf and bonnet for bed to keep my hair moisturised.

How did you achieve the hairstyle in these pictures? 


Teyonah Parris Inspired Updo :

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I deep conditioned, moisturized, sealed with coconut oil and threaded my hair to stretch it.
The next day, I removed the thread and rubbed some avocado oil, Jojoba oil then shea moisture curl enhancing smoothie from root to tip for each section then used a detangling comb to comb through the hair gently.
I sectioned the hair into three and the back two sections were secured with a hair band forming two ponytails. Each ponytail was sectioned into two equal parts which were then twisted (The twist was loose at the base then tighter at the tips) and pinned into place at opposing ends. Eco styler gel was added to the edges and I used a denman brush to smooth the edges.
For the front section, I rubbed some afroveda hair butter and smoothed with a denman brush then the hair was twisted (again the twist was loose at the base then tighter at the tips) and pinned into place. I rubbed some Eco styler gel and tied a silk scarf for 15 to 30 minutes to give me a smooth look.
Here is a link to a video tutorial to show you how the style is achieved:
Watch “RedCarpet-Ready Natural Hair Updo Inspired by Tey…” on YouTube – RedCarpet-Ready Natural Hair Updo Inspired by Tey…:http://youtu.be/-0vtFNrTXHc

Twist out:

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I applied Jane carter solution wrap and roll from root to tip to deep conditioned, dry stretched hair (stretched with cotton) and two strand twisted my hair. I had about 18 two strand twists in total. When I got to about 1-2 inches of hair at the tip, I added a bit of the wrap and roll solution then twisted the hair (as if I am trying to do finger coils) then a bantu knot. The next day, I rubbed some avocado oil on my hands and on the hair then unravelled the hair gently and separated. I then used an afro comb at the base of my hair and fluffed to add volume.

High buns:

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I deep conditioned, moisturized, sealed with coconut oil and threaded my hair to stretch it.
The next day I removed the thread and rubbed some shea moisture curl enhancing smoothie from root to tip for each section then used a detangling comb to comb through the hair gently and brushed the sides of my hair with a denman brush. I then used a hair tie to create a puff or side puff then rolled hair into a bun and pinned into place. I rubbed some aloe vera gel on the sides and tied a silk scarf for 15 to 30 minutes.

Pompadour with criss cross back:

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I deep conditioned, moisturized, sealed with coconut oil and threaded my hair to stretch it.
The next day, I removed the thread and rubbed some avocado oil, Jojoba oil then shea moisture curl enhancing smoothie from root to tip for each section then used a detangling comb to comb through the hair gently.
I made 8 sections and the back 6 sections were placed on top of each other to create a criss cross pattern and pinned into place at the top.
For the front section, I rolled the hair into a pompadour and pinned into place. I rubbed some aloe vera gel on the sides and tied a silk scarf for 30 minutes to give me a smooth look.

Eva Longoria inspired Updo:

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This style was created on 2 weeks old cotton stretched hair. I rubbed some shea moisture curl enhancing smoothie on sections of hair from root to tip and combed through. I then rubbed some shea moisture Jamaican black castor oil edge treatment on my edges and brushed with a denman brush. I sectioned the hair into 3. The middle section was secured with a hair band to form a ponytail. The back section was rolled upwards and pinned into place covering the ponytail, and forming a hump at the front. The front section was brought loosely backwards and pinned into place. Then I tied a silk scarf for 30 minutes to give me a smooth look.
Here is a link to a video tutorial to show you how the style is achieved :
Watch “Get the Look | Eva Longoria Inspired Updo” on YouTube – Get the Look | Eva Longoria Inspired Updo: http://youtu.be/WKTBFtlV00g

Any future plans/dreams for your hair?
When I started my healthy hair regimen my goal was to have healthy bra strap length hair which was achieved in December 2013. My current goal is to enjoy my hair, continue to try out new styles, keep my hair healthy, keep learning and inspire others who have chosen to embrace their natural beauty :).

Any advice to those considering going natural?
Just do it. When you start your natural hair journey read as much as possible and find vloggers that have similar hair textures as you to help you figure out a healthy hair regimen that works best for you. Keep your hair moisturised and keep your scalp clean. Be patient and enjoy your hair journey. Also try not to compare your hair growth rate, texture or thickness with others as this can sometimes lead to discouragement. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different styles to figure out what suits you and always have a simple ‘Plan B’ hair style for when a new style doesn’t turn out right.  Lastly, love your natural hair for you are fearfully and wonderfully made :).

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4 responses to “Natural Spotlight: Nwaugo

  1. Pingback: Protective Style Challenge: Week 6 Rolling Mohawk | ZedHair·

  2. Here im searching the internet in the USA and I come across my BFF’s all the way from the UK interview about her beautiful natural hair. YOU INSPIRED ME TO GO NATURAL AND YOU ARE INSPIRING OTHERS. LOVE YOU. YOU ARE SO GORGEOUS AND I CANT WAIT TO SHARE.

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