Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Mane matters with Ibukun Akinnawo

Good Morning Naturalistas, 

I want to introduce you to Ibukun, she just did a BC and she is excited about her natural hair journey. Enjoy her interview.




AN: Can you tell us who you are and what you do?


Ibukun: Hello! I'm Ibukun Akinnawo. I'm a Music major at University of Lagos, most of the time. Sometimes I write freelance and model, but I'm really just a simple girl who loves good coffee, the mall, meaningful conversations, blogging and God.

AN: How did you hear about African Naturalistas?

Ibukun: My friend, Tomi Ajayi, told me about African Naturalistas

AN: How long have you had your natural hair?

Ibukun: I've been completely natural for about a week now. But I transitioned from January till last week so I like to think I've been natural for about 8 months.


AN: Why did you decide to go natural?

Ibukun: Well, partly because I'm pretty impulsive and adventurous and heaven knows I'm sick of going to the salon and spending so much money on my hair every 3 weeks. I figured it would be cheaper and easier to manage my hair by myself. Now I won't have it any other way. Plus with the support I've been getting from a couple of naturals in my life is a huge blessing.

AN: Did you do a BC or you transitioned?

 Ibukun: I transitioned then chopped


AN: What was your BC experience like?

Ibukun: I was excited to see what I'd look like without the hair I struggled to grow out for 2 years. None of that I'm-not-sure-i'm-making-the-right-decision vibe. I had my friend, Tomi, cut it for me right after lunch.



AN: What was/is your biggest fear about going Natural?

Ibukun: My biggest fear was that I'd look horrible with natural hair. When I mentioned it to a couple of people in my life, they strongly advised against it, so I learned to keep my mouth shut some. I overcame the fear after I found out it was a popular one. And I'm glad I did. Another one was the fear that this would become a religion for me. I hear some people talk about their hair like it's their significant other- I couldn't deal with that. I don't want to be the girl that's constantly blogging, tweeting, talking about her hair. So I'm going to try not to go overboard with it.

AN: Do you think you are in it for the long haul or is it just a phase?

 Ibukun: Definitely long haul

AN: Whats your must have product and accessory?

Ibukun: Um right now I'd say my moisturizer (aka my water and oils). I'm not a sucker for anything else yet. But I love my ankara bow. I got it at the last NITC meet-up *grin*


AN: Whats you advice to anyone planning to ditch relaxers?

Ibukun: Just do it. Don't over analyse it. Don't over think it and don't tell everybody.

AN: Thank you for your time

Ibukun: You're absolutely welcome!

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