I am introducing my second hair crush today and her name is Mode. (Pronounced mo-day). She is so pretty and UBER-TALENTED. I found her when I saw one of her works on another blog-it was one of her paintings impressed on an iphone 5 case and I went straight to her blog to learn some more. It was indeed eye candy for me and I just couldn't help stalking her blog for days, admiring her paintings, writings and photographs. I found out she has had exhibitions in San Francisco, California and Lagos. This lady is sizzling y'all and if you don't believe it, check out her blog here and see for yourself lol.
Oh, before I forget, she's a natural too. This was just a bonus for me and I contacted her and she thankfully agreed to be featured on Fola's Oasis.
- Please introduce yourself! What do you do?
My name is Modé and I’m an artist. I write, paint and take photographs.
- Why did u decide to go or stay natural, and how long have you been natural for?
I did the big chop summer of 2009. The reason I cut my hair was because my hair broke due to relaxers, then I thought what was the point of putting relaxers that eventually break my hair. It was a vicious psychological cycle that needed to be stopped.
- What’s your hair type, your regimen and staple hair products?
I don’t know about hair types, but I can say my hair is very fine and delicate. I use A’Kin hair products. I wash my hair once a week and deep condition once every two weeks.
- Please share a few tips and tricks for retaining length?
Protective styling has really helped retain my hair. Also pH balanced hair products were vital to my hair being healthy.
- What reactions did u get when u first went natural and/or what reactions do u get now?
Mixed reactions. But a lot of the times there are bad. People telling me to relax my hair or put it in a weave. It hurts and I get irritated but I keep moving.
- How do you wear your hair to work or formal occasions?
I do a lot of flat twists.
- What’s the best thing about going natural and what advice do you have for other wanna-be naturals out there?
It’s freeing. And I’m learning to feel beautiful as my complete and natural self. I’ve always struggled with my hair psychologically, so becoming natural is really helping me confront the typical ideals of beauty and how that perception should be altered. I’ve learnt so much about myself and others being natural. You need patience. Because I think the main reason why a lot of people don’t want to go natural is because they fear of not being as pretty as they were with straight hair. Also they are also under the wrong idea that it’s harder to deal with than relaxed hair and that’s not the case.
- Where can one find and follow u on the web?
PS: You may find and order many more of her works on her blog, (she ships internationally as well) and her works are exhibited at Terra Kulture and Cafe Tranche by Araba in Lagos.
Hope you are having a blessed week peeps!