We would like to start 2015 off with a focus on Namibian naturals and in celebration of the diversity and beauty of the ladies of the African continent. We start with Christina Nadezhda!
So who are you to the World?
I am Christina Nadezhda – 32 years old, mother, sister, daughter, friend and ‘naturalista’. Being natural, I like to count since my last big chop (BC) which was in December 2009. That’s my ‘hairversery’.
What is your hair goal? And what hair regimen do you practice to get to it?
My hair goal right now is to get my hair past armpit length, and reach mid-way down my back by the end of the year. My hair regimen is doing the L.O.C method (which is liquid or leave in conditioner, oil and cream). I use a sulfate free shampoo by Nature’s gate and its Aloe Vera moisturizer as well as a silicone free conditioner; Tresemme Naturals. My oil of choice for now is Grape seed oil, and my cream is Cantu coconut curling cream.
I had a lot of breakage and split ends due to not properly using a heat ‘protectant’ at a salon. I don’t go there any more….. So I cut a few inches off and bought a hair mask, placenta and new Cantu products like lock and twist gel. And what I do now, is wash my hair with shampoo once a week, apply the mask for a few minutes, then rinse and co- wash with conditioner. Then I add the placenta to my ends and the grape seed oil all over my hair. Afterwards I use my cream to moisturize and then add a little bit of the lock and twist gel from Cantu, whilst I braid my hair into 4 thick cornrows and tie it into one big Bantu knot. The aim here is to keep this style for a week and repeat until the end of February with just these products and see how my hair improves. I spritz my hair with water and add grape seed oil through out the week as needed and sleep with a satin scarf.
Tell us about your hair journey.
I was late to relaxing, about 11 or 12. And then I would relax my hair on and off. So I got to know my natural hair pretty early on. I was, however, scissor and color happy. I would dye my hair all sorts of different colors at different times and cut my hair as well. By the time I got to my late 20’s it was too much and I just decided to start from scratch. So in 2007 I did the big chop- shaved it all off. I did it in the middle of winter; which in Austria is not the smartest move. I didn’t know how to care for it since there weren’t a lot of naturals in Vienna, and so I grew it out and a year later shaved it all off again. By December 2009 I decided to really give being natural a go and so I did my third and hopefully last big chop; I wanted to be completely natural (natural products and oils only) and grow my hair healthy and strong. I am now past arm pit length and its been a crazy hair journey. I still get scissor happy but I keep that to dusting and trimming my ends.
Do you have any advice for naturals out there?
My advice is to keep your hair journey simple. One oil, one shampoo, one conditioner, one moisturizing cream and stick to that for a few months. That will be, firstly, great on your wallet and your hair will only need to be used to a few things at a time. Do protective and low manipulation styles if you are transitioning or growing out your hair. Keep blow drys and flat ironing to a bare minimum and always use a heat ‘protectant’. I only blow dried my hair three times last year and I had to cut inches off due to damage; so it is serious. Have fun with your hair. Enjoy the journey, but don’t let it take you over. Don’t buy every product. Don’t try every style. Really get to know your hair. Study it. Work with it. What works for one person may not work for you…be okay with that.
Happy Hair Journey!
Christina also owns her own lifestyle blog, Afropean Queen. Click here to check it out.
Some terminology from the Afrorage team: Big Chop or BC means cutting off all your hair and starting from scratch. A heat ‘protectant’ is a product designed to protect your hair from damage when you apply heat to it. Keep submitting your stories to us and we’ll keep telling the world, happy hair journey naturalista’s!