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Today's naturalista has been natural for about a year. She says she is going to be natural for a long time and her favourite product is shea butter.
Read more about Ifitimi below...
Can you tell us who you are and what you do?
My name's Ifitumi (FITS). A MUA from Lokoja in Kogi State.
What are your thoughts about natural hair?
Natural hair is beautifully African, it is the real 'YOU' in silent expressions.
When/why did you decide to go natural?
I decided to go natural last year(2014). Precisely-October.
Did you do a BC or you transitioned?
I definitely transitioned
What was the experience like?
I have always been a lover of braids. My friends would even call me Ezenwanyi( lol). I rarely fix my hair. And even if I do,it's once in a blue moon. Under my braids,were revealing undergrowth that got me really frustrated but I decided not to relax for some time to enable my hair regain it's strength due to breakage. I decided to chop off the relaxed ends in March, and decided to go natural. Lol
What was/is your biggest fear about going Natural?
My biggest fear was if I was really going to have time to care for my hair.
Do you have a regimen you stick to? What is it like?
I knew time was going to be a problem for me, so, I had to adhere to a simple regimen. I do protective styles alot. Wear them for 2-3wks, then wash with my Jojoba shampoo/conditioner. I still use my Aphogee Curlific Texture Treatment. After drying( a little damp), I apply shea butter mixed with olive oil for extra shine, then allow to air dry, or use handdryer on medium heat to dry. My Creme Of Nature'Perfect Edges' or 'Play n Stay' Olive Oil for edge control. When am all free during my wash days, I do some funny kind of concoction of fresh aloe Vera gel,vitamin E gel(I break it n use d oil), and shea butter(apply this before washing-it does magic). When am all hasty, I do my wash n go. Lol
What emotional struggles, if any, have you faced since going natural?
No emotional struggles really, but oh dear! I hate combing my hair. Lol
Do you think you are in it for the long haul or is it just a phase?
Ah! I am so going 'lifetime' with this hair. Am loving it. Haba! I get nice comments. Lol
There are people that definitely have negative comments about you hair, how do you deal with that?
Funny enough, I haven't had any negative comments coming in.
What's your must have product and accessory?
One product I just can't do without - Shea butter(it's all-in-one). Hair accessory -my little hair scarf.
What is your go-to style?
What advice do you have for anyone just going natural?
If your just going natural? Yeepee! You are in for fun with your hair. Care for it like that doll u had as a baby(lol). Be focused too even though it's going to be challenging. Nothing cute is gotten easy.
Where can we find you? Your social media platforms…
C0043D5B4, 2BCFCCD7,IG:@fitsmee,Ifitumi Chenemi Okeme(facebook).
Thank you for your time
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