Two weeks ago I was walking in Burnt Oak, in Northwest London with my little sister looking for an African hair salon that had Marley hair extensions. My hair was in a set of two-strand twists and my sister had her hair in faux dreadlocks. My sister and I had
In my early natural days, I endlessly browsed the interwebs for more tutorials, more reviews – I couldn’t get enough. 3 years later, I’m still not satisfied! From my perception, the natural hair community can be very American-orientated in terms of products and vloggers (which is not a bad thing!)
Despite a growing awareness of the prejudices behind seeing natural hair and natural hairstyles as inherently unkempt and unprofessional, there is still a widely held belief that in order to succeed in the corporate world one must have hair that presents as straight. There is this idea that your hair
“Turn your head to the side.”
“Why? ” I asked.
“Just turn to the side.”
I turned and looked in the mirror in front of me and to my dismay, horror even, the edges of my hair were thin, very thin. What was my friend helping me do? Putting in the cream that
Your hair is too thick.
It is impossible to manage.
I can’t even run a comb through it.
Ah you will pay me extra for this.
This will take all day.
These are the messages I grew up with surrounding my hair, and most of these were messages I got even when my hair was relaxed.
This is series of posts that share tales of “unfortunate” experiences on the natural hair journey. They are my stories and those of other naturalistas who have been willing to share. This story is a story told to me by one of my friends, written from her perspective. If you
A few years ago, I had been in Nigeria for the summer holidays with my family. Before I left Nigeria, I got my hair done in relatively small braids, and went to back to school. When I got my hair done, my hair stylist had mentioned to me that my
We often hear that beauty lies in the eye of the beholder and to a certain extent, it is true. On the flip side, we also know there is a certain standard of beauty in western society today. These ideals often include slim figures, small features and most relevantly: sleek
Embracing your natural hair in all its beauty can become such a tremendous effort, and may have some women thinking of going back to the stress-free days of salon treatments and relaxers. But there are bountiful ways in which natural hair trumps over relaxed hair, and I’ll share my Top
Tell me a little about yourself
My name is Elizabeth Wangeci. I am more comfortable in being called Wangeci than Elizabeth. I use Elizabeth formally. Everyone who knows me knows me as Wangeci. So I'm Wangeci.
I'm Kenya, I live in London, and I am a natural.
How long have you been natural?