Monday, 31 August 2015

Diary of an Honest Naturalista: Week 117


As a lady with natural hair, one word I have never stopped hearing is moisture. Everywhere you go, every blog you open, someone is always screaming moisture into your e-hears.

One would think that with all the shouts of moisture, ladies will be agitating to moisturise that hair everyday, but reality sets in, and laziness plays its role. Unfortunately, I am one of its victims. I tried as much as possible to moisturise my hair once a week, and that was it.

My hair grew, but I knew it could be better if I just put in a little more effort. So I decided to take the little things serious, and I started with moisture. I started moisturising my hair every morning, by spraying with water and oil mix, before LOCing.

While in standing front of my mirror last week, and getting ready for work, my mum barged into my room, in her usual fashion, intending to ask me something, when she stopped short.

She looked at me, looked at my hair, and stooped to look into my face to make sure I was the one. She was so dramatic in her movement that I wondered what was wrong.

“Anna, is this you?”

I didn’t even answer

“Is this your hair?”

Again, I didn’t answer.

“Anna, your hair is shining o. It looks so strong and elastic. It doesn’t even look like your real hair. What did you do to it?”

I didn’t need a prophet to confirm what she was saying. I was on medium sized twists, and had been admiring my hair in the mirror. The difference in length and health was amazing. My hair had really improved since I started moisturising daily. I was really impressed.

“I didn’t do anything to it. Just the usual.” I said, willing her to leave me, and go away so I could get ready for work.

“Are you sure?” She eyed me. “Or are there some hormones you people are now pumping into your bodies to make your hair shine like this. You know all you naturalistas, there is nothing you cannot do just for this hair of yours.”

“Mummy, I am not doing anything. I need to wear my clothes, and leave for work.”

“Ehn, wear your clothes now. Abi you are not covering body for me. What are you covering for your mother? Is it not me that saw your nakedness all the time you knew nothing? Or is it part of your natural hair rules that if your mother sees you naked, your hair will not grow again?”

Oh gosh, my mum couldn’t just stop.

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First it was hormones, now it is nakedness. She just found a way of turning every topic back to my hair. I looked at the time, I was going to be late if I wasn’t careful. I went into my wardrobe, took my dress and underwear, and walked out, straight into the bathroom, leaving my mum in my room, with her drama as she watched me.

“Okay o. You can go. Maybe your daughter will also hide her nakedness from you in future just because she wants her hair to grow.” She said with defeat.

Whatever mehn. My mum can say whatever she wants to say. The good news is that daily moisturising of my hair is making a whole lot of difference, and not even my mum’s drama can put a shade on that.

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31 comments :

  1. lol yes mama i dont need you looking at my nakedness

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    1. Yes o. I still hide when my mum barges into my room unannounced, and she now gives me the side eye, lol.

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  2. I know deep down you were throwing a confetti for your mom's awesome remarks lol.

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    1. Lol. I don't think she was. How you doing?

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  3. Lol I wish there was a depiction of your mum's reaction to your hair. She's hilarious

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  4. From hair to hormones to nakedness to your daughter. . .trust african mums to find relation between anything and everything. Yho. I'm glad I'm not the only one. Hmm. . .maybe I should start upping my moisture game too. How my hair survived this ungodly winter remains a history to me
    Hope you made it in time for work Anna

    Urban Mnguni

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    1. Please, up your moisture game o. A moisturised hair is a happy hair, trust me.

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  5. I've never really understood how to moisturize my hair daily.

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    1. Lol. Just put moisture on it daily. Simple as ABC.

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  6. Loool see everybody commenting o! Everyone wants prize :D

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    1. And see how you are pouring sand in our garri. I want to win too, lol.

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  7. Ha ha haaa!I think I really need to try moisturising my hair daily!But its such a challenge!I have somehow managed to convince myself to up my water intake so that I might be able to help my moisture levels from the inside out,but even that am struggling with lol!Great read!

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    1. Lol. Well, from the hair science I studied, protein intake has a lot of great effect of your hair, but not water intake. Water intake is more beneficial for the skin.

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  8. Yup! I used to moisturize on a daily basis. Now, it's every other day.

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    1. Yes. It's good to know what our hair wants at every phase.

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  9. I rarely moisturise my hair which is so bad. Would definitely start doing it regularly. Ur mum tho... lol

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    1. You should. You would see a remarkable difference.

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  10. LOOOL @ '“Ehn, wear your clothes now. Abi you are not covering body for me. What are you covering for your mother?". LOOL

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  11. African mothers are all the same,lol. I will try moisturizing my hair often but it time when i spritz my scalp itches.

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    1. Just try to avoid too much product build up, in order to prevent the itch.

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  12. Ever since I started moisturizing twice daily (once in three to four days was my routine before, no wonder my hair was breaking off with the quickness), my hair has been on its best behaviour. Less breakage and such, more length retention.

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    1. I don't think people understand the impact moisture has until they get to see it with their eyes.

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  13. How do I moisturize my hair that is always in threads because that is the style that is convenient for me? The threads would not allow the water to touch the hair but only the roots. Thanks.

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