Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Mariama's Hair Stats

Why did you go natural?
Like Zainab, it wasn’t deliberate. I’ve had natural hair at varying times in my life, but I didn’t know I was ‘natural’. My mum used to relax my hair when I was younger, then when I got into secondary school I began to take care of my own hair and would get it corn-rowed. Then one day when I was 15 I relaxed it – just for fun – and I hated it.

I used to sleep in rollers to make my hair big and curly again until I discovered straighteners. Every other morning I would use them to curl my hair (now I think about it, it’s such a paradoxical action) and my hair broke off and would never grow past my shoulders. Because of this I cut my hair into a short bob and would get weaves to emulate the length I never thought I could have. During the summertime I began wearing my natural hair and noticed how quickly my hair was growing. I discovered YouTube videos and looked online for healthy hair tips and the rest is history!

When did you go fully natural? 
In April 2012, I stopped wearing weaves and using heat (but I never say never!).

What is your hair aim?
At the moment my hair is the longest it has ever been and I want to continue on until I reach waist length (hopefully by my graduation in Summer 2015).

What is your hair type?

A mix of all the 4s. At the moment it is dense, coarse with a low porosity but it has changed over time.

Zainab's Hair Stats

Why did you go natural?
It wasn’t really a conscious choice, I had a really short hair cut in summer 2011 and I went to a certain hairdressers to maintain the look. I remember being really offended when the stylist kept repeating, “You really need a relaxer” as he was doing my hair and it made me wonder if relaxers were really that necessary. I wore weaves throughout the winter months to protect my hair and when I took the weave out I had a lot of new growth and I didn’t have time to relax it!

At the same time I began watching YouTube videos of Naptural85. I used to come home everyday and watch them over and over again, I just couldn’t believe that black hair could grow! I began to consider that being relaxed wasn’t all that it was cracked up to be and I thought why not try and go natural?

When did you go fully natural?
I chopped off my relaxed ends in July 2012. I think my last relaxer before that was August 2011.

What is your hair type?
4b in the crown and 4c everywhere else! It is very kinky, coarse, dense (it takes me a while to find my scalp anyway) and highly porous.

What is your hair aim?

I want to be armpit length (APL) by graduation in two and half years.

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Why make a blog?

Hi guys,

As you already (or may not know) we're Mariama and Zainab Marfo and we've decided to make a natural hair blog! Why you ask... WHY?! Cos we did... so... there. Actually we decided to make it because this 'new' natural hair movement has made its way to the UK shores but unlike the USA we don't have seem to have the blogs, vlogs and posts to enable our natural hair to be the best it can be. We're just two po' black girls tryna make it in a natural world!

So here we are, hoping to give people some tips, advice and document our natural journeys. So stay tuned for posts, videos and pictures for your pleasure! (Not that kind of pleasure... I know what you were thinking!)

See ya later,

Maz and Zee xx