Saturday, 23 November 2013

Hair Crush Features: Berry Dakara

Berry Dakara is my natural hair feature for today. I really like her blog, she's funny, and has a lovely personality-and a lovely smile too!

Check it out:

- Please introduce yourself! What do you do?

Hello! My name is Berry Dakara. Apart from my regular 9-5 job (well, 7-4) I blog as well. I recently moved back to Nigeria after 14 years in the US. I call Atlanta, Boston, Lagos and Port Harcourt ‘home.’

- Why did u decide to go or stay natural, and how long have you been natural for?

I stopped relaxing my hair in 2006, because I wasn’t taking proper care of my hair and it was shedding. I figured that if I went natural, I would be forced to take care of it (in theory, true… in reality, it still took me a while to start taking care of it).

- What’s your hair type, your regimen and staple hair products?

My hair type would be a 4C, although I have different types all over my head. I’ve seen a perfectly straight strand on my head!

Before I talk about my regimen, I must confess that I’m a “Lazy Natural.” This means that I do enough to get by, but I’m not religious with my hair care. I typically DC and wash my hair every 7-10 (sometimes 14) days. I have my spray bottle mix which includes water, leave-in conditioner, and a mix of oils. After my hair’s cleaned, I spray my mix in and seal everything off with a hair butter. I usually flat twist afterwards to keep my hair stretched. If I’m particularly lazy, I’ll do 4 single braids. I carry my spray bottle around with me, and if my hair starts to feel dry/crunchy, I whip it out and quench the thirst.

My staple hair products these days include Goya EVOO, and the hair care range from African Naturalistas.

- Please share a few tips and tricks for retaining length?

o Honestly, I’m not sure if I’m the best person to ask about length retention. I feel like my hair isn’t long at all – blame it on shrinkage and hair envy. I’ve read that protective styles work really well. I guess I do protect my hair because I wear wigs often, and when my hair’s out, it’s usually in a bun or flat twists with the ends hidden. I have to say though, that my hair’s growing, albeit slowly.

- What reactions did u get when u first went natural and/or what reactions do u get now?

My cousin was natural before me, so people around me already were used to it. However, some family members weren’t encouraging. I was asked constantly when I’ll relax. I’m still being asked if I’ll relax for my wedding (NO!!!). My mum has been so-so about it. She says I don’t wear my hair out enough to warrant staying natural. And apparently I don’t style it often either. LOL, I did a Grecian flat twist, and she said I looked like a house girl! She’s quite flashy and I’m more plain and un-fussy, so I think that’s why she has those reactions.

- How do you wear your hair to work or formal occasions?

Like I said, with styling, I usually bust out one of my wigs or I put my hair in a bun. I like the simplicity and elegance of a classic bun. Occasionally, I’ll do a flat twist out.

- What’s the best thing about going natural and what advice do you have for other wanna-be naturals out there?

The best thing about being natural is variety. There’s so much I can do with my hair, although I need to put it into practice more often. My advice would be to have fun with your hair! Try different styles, use accessories to your advantage, and while reading up and doing research on natural hair care, FIND OUT WHAT WORKS FOR YOU! All natural hair is NOT created equal.

- Where can one find and follow u on the web?

My personal blog, Berry Dakara ( I also blog regularly for African Naturalistas ( You can find me on Twitter @BerryChocoLatte and Instagram @Berrydakara


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