1. What’s your name and where are you from?
My name is Nyaweji Sakulanda. Born and raised in Zambia.
2. Describe your hair a little (eg. hair porosity, hair type, hair texture, hair density, personality, etc).
My hair is beautifully 4C. It’s thick and black and I love it!
3. How long have you been natural?
I’ve been natural since 2015. That was the last time I put any relaxer in my hair.
4. Why did you decide to go natural?
I finally decided to start respecting and loving my hair. I remembered its natural glory from my childhood and I wanted that back. One of the best decisions I’ve ever made
5. What was the hardest thing about returning natural?
Bad hair days for us naturals are REALLY bad hair days. It’s been tough.
6. What does your hair regimen comprise of?
– Lots of protective hairstyles. I try to only wear my hair out once every 3 months.
– I stick to the same shampoo and conditioner.
– I use the LOC method on wash day no matter what. I can slack on other days but NEVER wash day. That day is critical to my hair’s health.
– Grease, grease, grease! My hair can get really dry so I use lots of greasy oils in between washes. My hair loves this. It works for me.
– My edges have a mind of their own so, I try to care for them more than the rest of my hair.
7. What do you love most about your hair?
I love how thick my hair is. This is what I hated most about my hair but now I love this the most! It’s my crowning glory.
8. What do you dislike most about your hair?
That it breaks so quickly and easily when I put the wrong thing in it or don’t put enough of the right thing.
9. Which 3 products do you swear by?
Amla oil, coconut oil and Aunt Jackie’s Curl-la la Curl Custard.
10. What are your top 3 hair tips?
– Water is your hair’s best friend. Try to style while wet, condition while wet, moisturize while wet.
– Leave your edges alone! They don’t always have to be laid.
– Anything “mini” is too much tension for your hair.
11. Any encouragement for rookie naturals?
– Inspiration is fine. But your hair can never be just like anyone else. That’s okay.
– If it works for your hair, don’t doubt. USE IT.
– If you want to copy hairstyles, etc. Learn and get inspiration from people with your hair length. As your hair grows, your options will too. Take it easy.
– Health over length ALWAYS. Thank me later.
12. Where can people find you online (Instagram/YouTube/Facebook, etc.)?