Wangu's hair turns heads everywhere she goes!
Name: Wangu Mutua
Occupation: Programme officer in an NGO in Kenya.
When and why did you go natural?
I had been toying with the idea of cutting my hair, then thought of locking my hair but I wasn’t really decided. I decided instead to braid it a lot as I weighed my options. With time the growth was immense. I started looking for someone who could lock my hair, while at the same time reminding myself that if it was done wrong at the beginning that was it (or so I thought). Then I happened to spot a lady at a supermarket with locks that did not look so good. Let’s just say that is how my decision was made. So you can say I transitioned by default not by plan.
Did you transition or big chop?
I transitioned. I would trim off bigger inches of the permed hair anytime I went to braid my hair at the salon. With time all the chemically processed hair was gone. I still kept it under wraps (braided) and was a bit shy to let out my fro. But the very first time I got so many stares I was not sure whether it was good or bad. Granted I also had no clue what to do with my hair. You tube and blogs became my friends.
What is your hair type?
I would say 4a/4b. At the crown it seems to be 4c but at the back it is much softer.
How did others (friends, family and colleagues) react to your decision to go natural?
My girlfriends were wondering what I was going through. But overtime they actually have joined the journey also! My husband was not sure with all the trial and error with the hair products. Oh and the hair blocking the sink and the bathtub (ha). Now I know how to handle the shed hair better. My daughters I think are beneficiaries of this knowledge as I use the same hair products on their hair and it is much easier for them now. My colleagues at work were not sure what all this hair thing was all about. But overtime they have come to accept it and our HR is now on board having big chopped recently.
What’s your current regime?
Right now I co wash mostly twice a week. Over the weekend I deep condition and use a protein treatment once a month, when I also shampoo. Over time am also embracing henna treatments once in a while. My regimen has become much simpler and easier over time. My hair and I are happy. I blow dry every six months when I also trim my hair.
I eat drink and sleep wash n go’s. For my wash n go’s I use a leave in (carol’s daughter), then oil (coconut oil) and seal it with gel (ecostyler).
I like them when they are fresh but overtime I am learning how to make them look good for longer. When sleeping I pineapple the hair and cover my pillow with a large satin scarf (My head cannot hold a satin scarf till morning). In the morning I apply water in praying hands motion (the way you would apply hair products). After that I apply my daily hair moisturizer. This way I can stretch my wash n go’s longer.
What are your Holy Grail products?
If I was to choose one product it would have to be tressame naturals conditioner. I am still searching for a deep treatment. I have just started using Eden body works. The first time it did not go too well (too little slip), but I will try adding some olive oil next time. The As I am moisture milk has been my daily moisturizer for quite some time. However since I discovered the hair dew, I guess I am now so hooked to it. The daily moisturizers are such a life saver since I put them in a small bottle when am travelling (mostly work related), so I don’t have to carry whole lots of products.
What do you like the most about being natural?
Oh where do I start? There is no room for boredom. I can decide to wear my hair however I want. I have come to learn and understand my hair more. Being able to make my hair at home has been such a thrilling hobby. Don’t even start with people asking (what do you do to your hair? Even strangers in airports.) It just gives you a really good feeling.