Hey there, introduce yourself!
Hey! My Name is Abigail, I run a natural hair instagram page with tips on how to grow and maintain natural hair. I will be an upcoming guest blogger on Asikara discussing natural hair tips, navigating natural hair during quarantine and if you’re trying to figure out your hair during this time I believe I will be able to inform you with the right tools on how to take care of natural hair.
We believe that behind every natural haired girl there's a story, what's yours?
I transitioned into natural hair in 2014 for about a year and then became fully natural in 2015. The first year was the hardest, I made so many mistakes and at the end of 2016 I ended up doing another mini chop due to my hair being heat damaged by a stylist.
After that experience I took the time to learn and study my hair. I come from a background where straight hair and relaxers are the way forward so I had to unlearn many things.
Growing up, I remember my mum relaxing my hair with the revlon kit. I still felt like it wasn’t straight enough and that it was too thick. I was trying really hard to fit in at school as there weren't many black people.
"I wish someone told me then the things I know now. I’ve also been able to help my friends on their natural hair journeys and challenge the way they think about curly, kinky, wavy Afro hair."
What inspired you to start the instagram page afro hair tips?
During the time where I was learning about my hair, around 2015 - I did a lot of research and learned so much. I used to believe my hair was hard and way too thick but in reality just because my hair was thick it didn't mean it was hard.
I wish someone told me then the things I know now. I’ve also been able to help my friends on their natural hair journeys and challenge the way they think about curly, kinky, wavy Afro hair.
My aim is to teach people how to love their hair and see it as beautiful no matter how they choose to wear it. Natural, wigs, braids, weaves, whatever. They are all beautiful.
This is such a beautiful goal. Okay let's see what tips we can get from you - tell us more about protective styling?
I wear all types of protective styles, braids, wigs, flat twists and sometimes just loose twists in my natural hair. I'll be honest I am not the best at cornrows so I opt for flat twists and there are those days I just throw on a headwrap, especially when I am at home and can't be bothered with the effort.
I know the feeling for sure, quarantine has me doing every protective style under the sun. Loose twists are my go to. Speaking of the lockdown how are you coping with everything?
Honestly, with me having asthma and my mum working as a care worker, the lockdown has brought on a bit of anxiety. I did realise though that the best thing we can all do is to stay home, switch off the news once in a while and make sure we take care of ourselves, still doing the things we love to do.
On a positive note, I love learning about hair, beauty and skincare. The lockdown has actually given me time to research all of these things as well as time to establish and hopefully finish the upcoming Afro Hair Tips website!
Communicating with friends via Zoom, Houseparty, FaceTime and other social networking makes the days go so much faster and I’m blessed enough to be able to work from home. When this is this is all over can’t wait to see my family, my mother & my sisters. One of my sister lives in France and the other in Sheffield, I really can't wait to spend time with the people I care about.
You and me both! I miss people so much being an extrovert. There are better days ahead for sure, do you have any goals you'd like to achieve in 2020?
Yes, I want to get back in shape as well as live a healthier lifestyle which I’m trying to stick to in quarantine! As I mentioned i'm working on the Afro Hair Tips website and hopefully i'll get a promotion at work. Things are hopeful for sure.
"My aim is to teach people how to love their hair and see it as beautiful no matter how they choose to wear it. Natural, wigs, braids, weaves, whatever. They are all beautiful."
We are praying you smash every one of those goals, it's nice to hear such positivity. We also can't wait for your natural hair posts, what can we be expecting from you?
Well, I have plenty of things in store, maybe a joint Asikara/AfroHairTips Instagram LIVE discussing all things natural hair, how to maintain and building a healthy hair routine, retaining and growing healthy hair in self isolation and even some DIY's which can be helpful and economical during this lock down.
I absolutely love learning about natural hair too so I can't wait for these discussions. It's a tradition that we always ask our guest bloggers to tell us something interesting about them...it's your turn!
My parents are Ghanaian and I’m actually french! I moved to England when I was 15 and I still have a bit of a French accent at times. Although it’s not something I’ve really explored, I have done a few abstract paintings in my time, a bit random I know, I did my first one when I was 13 on a school trip in France to see the Mont Blanc whilst eating Roblochon cheese from Chamonix.
We asked for one and you gave us two! Love it. I really wasn't expecting you to be French but I love the French language, it's so beautiful. Before you go, what tip can you leave us with?
It has to be a Hair tip - Finding a good solid leave in! I see leave-ins as base a bit like when you do your makeup, before you apply foundation, you use a base. On wash days especially its good to apply a leave in before any creams and or oils.
Thank you so much for that, i'm in the process of finding my favourite leave in right now. I'm still on the hunt. I'm sure it changes each season - that's a story for another day! Where can we find out more tips and tricks?
Of course as I said i'll be doing some guest posts on the Asikara blog but you can keep up to date with all things hair at @afrohairtips on Instagram. Also if you need any advice or help with anything just email firstname.lastname@example.org with your enquiries.
Who's looking forward to our guest blogger hair posts? We are more than excited and cannot wait to share them with you.