Hair crush features
I'd love to introduce my very first hair crush on Fola's Oasis! She's a fellow blogger and creator of Nappy Girl products. Based in the Northern part of Nigeria, she has become an expert in my opinion at handling her natural hair. Enjoy!
- Please introduce yourself! What do you do?
My name is Hadassah Agbaps. I’m a Nigerian natural hair blogger and a microbiologist.
- Why did you decide to go or stay natural, and how long have you been natural for?
I’ve been natural all my life and I decided to stay natural because I was so used to caring for my hair in its natural state, loved the volume and the coils that I didn’t see any need to change its texture. I really loved the popping coils when my hair was wet! I also had (still have) a fear of chemical relaxers. I had observed the hair of family and friends through the different stages of being relaxed and I didn’t think the awful smell, grimace from burnt scalps, loss of volume, length, color and overall loss of liveliness to the hair was worth it in the long run.
- What’s your hair type, your regimen and staple hair products?
My hair type is a mixture of 4b and 4c. I’ve noticed a slight change in texture over the years. My predominantly 4c hair is now predominantly 4b. Weird, right? I’d like to attribute it to better health and more definition. My staple products are:
Shampoo: Aussie Moist shampoo for clarifying, Dudu Osun black soap for most wash days.
Conditioners: VO5 Conditioners for cowashing, Organics Root Stimulator Replenishing Conditioner.
Leave in Conditioners: I’ve tried several leave in conditioners and currently, I’m using Cantu Shea Butter repair leave in conditioner.
Sealants: NappyGirl UberMoist Pudding. It’s a blend of yummy butters, essential oils and aloe vera I make. Great sealant, great styler, longer moisture retention.
Gel: Aloe vera gel or Ecostyler.
My regimen is cowash once a week for three weeks and shampoo with either Aussie or African black soap depending on how my scalp and hair feels. If it feels gunky (product buildup), I’d use Aussie, if not I’d use black soap. Remoisturise and seal every 2 days, deep conditioning and protein treatment once a month. My regimen is very flexible depending on what my hair needs.
- Please share a few tips and tricks for retaining length?
Moisture is key to maintaining elasticity (less breakage) of your hair, so spritzing and sealing especially the ends are important to length retention. When combing or styling your hair, do it as carefully as possible to reduce breakage. To prevent hairline breakage, always sleep with a satin scarf (the kind without elastic bands or if it does have, pull it down to the middle of your forehead) in addition to proper moisturizing and gentle styling.
I’ve always been natural so most of my friends and family are pretty used to it. I got pressured to relax it while I was growing up because some people felt natural hair was for kids alone….and that reason wasn’t enough to sway me because I was relaxed with my hair. When people see me for the first time with my afro out, they usually think it’s a wig or something and if they live with me, they can’t believe the versatility and just attribute it to having good hair. I braid, weave, fix a weavon, flat iron and do basically everything relaxed hair can do and more. The mindset of most Nigerian women is that they don’t believe with the right care, they can have good hair too but it’s changing…slightly. My hardest time was during the advent of expensive lace wigs and weaves. I was pressured to get one to belong but after seeing the unhealthy way it was fixed (the glue was a turnoff), I didn’t think it was worth sacrificing my hairline for. The weaves were okay as long as it wasn’t tight and my hair had breathing space. The back to back weave routine can really damage the hair…and unfortunately, most hair stylists wouldn’t tell you that!
- How do you wear your hair to work or formal occasions?
For work, my hairstyle depends on how conservative the office is. If it’s really conservative, my go to style is different variations of a bun, fingercoils and minitwists/outs ( because for me, mini twistouts stay defined for longer)! If the office is more relaxed, I’d wear a half mast afro, chunkier twistouts, frohawks and when I feel like it, a wash and go. I know a lot of new naturals will be dying to rock crazy natural hairstyles…leave it for weekends. My tip is, if you want a unique hairstyle that is neat and formal, you can’t go wrong with bridal natural hairstyles.
The best thing about being natural for me is the bouncy coils and fullness of my hair. Whenever I decide to take it straight, it’s shinier, darker and fuller than most relaxed hair I’ve come across without loading it up with grease and oils. Also, personally, the limp look of wet relaxed hair doesn’t do it for me. I do not hate, just saying what I think. Afterall my best buddy in the world, my sister is relaxed. Some people feel that natural hair takes work but any maintenance for hair or skin or weight is work.
If you want to go natural because it’s a trend, it’s all good but even then, you still have to put in time to care for your hair to rock that trend. If you want to go natural because you feel it’s a healthier option for your hair, my advice is delete all you know about haircare and start over with a different regimen and products. Unlike days back, there are more resources to GUIDE you. I’m still learning everyday.
Also, it’s important to get to KNOW, WORK WITH AND LOVE YOUR TEXTURE!
- Where can one find and follow you on the web?
You can find me on my blog: nappilynigeriangirl.blogspot.com,
Instagram @nappilynigeriangirl and
Thanks again for this feature and I’m looking forward to reading about your journey!
I like her Wash and go