It isn't so often that you come across someone who has exceptional talent, is beautiful inside and out, is hilarious, and exudes self-confidence. I have known Noredia for years- from way back in university- and even though we lost touch for a long while, I found out that she hasn't changed one bit! I am pleased that she has focused on her passion and interests and all, and another thing- she is a naturalista and a very proud one at that. So of course I had to feature her. Check it out.
Please introduce yourself! What do you do?
I'm Noredia, an inter-galactic time-travelling Karate-fighting Delta Ninja.
No, seriously :)
Why did u decide to go or stay natural, and how long have you been natural for?
This is my 2nd round of being natural. It's a pain, but I like looking at my hair texture and seeing my hair growth. My hair is me, I guess. I'll be 2 years natural later this year.
I think my hair type is 4C. I moisturise and my hair likes water, so we are happy to pour water on it. I usually do a deep-condition before washing with a clay soap (shampoo sorta dries my hair). I don't know if I have any staple hair products, but I do like Olive Oil, Coconut oil, ORS Replenishing conditioner (lovely smell), Emily Millionaire (support Nigeria, buy Nigerian!), Raw Shea Butter, VO5 Conditioner. I've tried Natural Nigerian's Leave-in conditioner, it's a bit light, but gosh that scent! I wish it came in body lotion.
Well, I'm still learning about my hair, but I noticed it breaks more when I comb when wet. Be patient when detangling (and I'm not a patient person). Have lots of bobby pins around you. My mum told me the more you weave, the softer your hair becomes and it seems true.
What reactions did u get when u first went natural and/or what reactions do u get now?
I was in the US when I first went natural and it was cool. The second time though, in Nigeria, meehhnnn! Not pretty. Reactions now? Well, everyone goes "oh you look like Asa" or "well you're creative, I knew as soon as I looked at your hair". And I don't get that. But I'll be honest, a lot of people are not supportive of natural hair, I'm constantly asked "why did you do this to yourself, don't you wanna get married, does this mean you'll do dada [dreadlocks] and smoke weed, cover it up na!". But then others come up and love it, so it makes it better.
If it's not in braids, I pin it up with bobby pins. I like retro styles, so I just fuss around with it until I feel I resemble a 1950s schoolteacher (yay!). I sometimes do single twists. I'm not very good at styling, so I leave the creative styles to the pros. Last year, I used some sort or shoelace thread to do "kiko" style (yoruba snake threads). I got kisses and compliments from the older generation, including the lovely Taiwo Ajayi-Lycett! I felt very elegant.
What’s the best thing about going natural and what advice do you have for other wanna-be naturals out there?
Sweetie, start loving yourself right now and gathering all the confidence you can muster. You will need it. Dress well, natural hair has been associated with unkempt for too long. In fact, once I wear a short, clingy dress, guys start liking my natural hair, lol. Embrace your texture, this is what links you to your ancestry, love that dark, soft woollyness. African hair is akin to African society: no-one understood it, so we applied as much European practices to it in the hopes that we would figure it out. That's not going to work, you need to find your own solutions. Every time I look into the mirror, I feel happy seeing my hair (knots and all). So I pray you get to that happy place soon.
When I'm not flying from galaxy to galaxy, conquering planets and slaying hearts, I'm blogging at www.naijapretty.blogspot.com and www.alizarene.blogspot.com. But most times, I'm somewhere 1000 miles from Mars in my spacecraft, mapping out new constellations in pink marker.No, seriously!
I laughed when I read through her responses. She really is funny. Oh and did you see her art works? And her make up jobs? Yes she paints, and is also a make up artist. On her blog are several pics and details of jobs she has done for TV, movies, fashion shows, modelling shoots etc I just had to showcase a few of them in this post. Talk of multi-talent. :)
Hope you enjoyed this post!