Natural Inspiration- Janice Mutema

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What’s your name and where do you live.
Hi my name is Janice and I live in Weston-super-Mare, Bristol in England.

How would you describe your hair and texture?
I went natural December 2010 after transitioning unknowingly since March that year.

I guess the Chris Rock documentary ‘Good Hair” challenged me. I don’t even think I watched it all but I just remember watching him on TV shows on YouTube talking about it. What I asked myself was, why am I more comfortable with extensions? Why did I decide to relax my hair in the first place and finally , What’s wrong with the hair God created me with?

I had a total mindset shift of realising how society and the mainstream had convinced me to be less of who I truly and naturally should be.

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How do you take care of your hair?
My hair is 4a/4b type. I don’t really know. All I know is compared to when I was a younger, my hair is now soft and fluffy and loooves water!

I twist my hair almost every night (almost). I don’t use too much products on it and finger comb it when detangling. I’m currently doing the CG method (no shampoo just conditioner cleansing) and my hair texture has improved immensely to more defined curls.

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What are your words of inspiration to our readers?
Since I become natural, I have noticed that I really don’t care for people’s opinions. The natural journey is so diverse and for me I found that other people thought I had a problem for going natural. “Don’t you have enough money to relax your hair?” , “Your hair will never grow” , “Is everything ok at home” and to top it off, I had a family member at my house and they brought a texturiser as a gift !!

Fast forward to now, the natural hair movement has developed and people are more accepting but my point is how amazing is it to live in your skin and to top it off, embrace the natural curls that have been frowned upon for so many years by people who were born in it ! We are all beautiful and what I love the most is that although natural hair doesn’t define me, it has set me free

So if you have embarked on the Natural hair journey, don’t give up! For some , it’s not really about the hair but realising your inner beauty and confidence in stepping out of  the status quo

I recently started my own Youtube channel you can find it here: Janice Naturalé

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Lovely Inspiring words Janice, thank you so much!

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Natural Inspiration –Maria Tumolo

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What’s your name and where do you live.

My name is Maria Tumolo and I live in Carshalton, Surrey.

When did you go natural and why?

I returned to my natural hair February 2010. I was planning on becoming a mum but I was already 37 years old, so, I thought it wise to be thehealthiest natural self that I could be. I transitioned for two or three month max, while steadily digesting all the natural hair YouTube videos and blogs I could find. Totally revved up by the YouTube videos I hacked of my own hair one evening, then promptly visited a friend the next day (she has hairdressing experience) for her to trim and shape the mess I’d made of my what was to be a TWA. While I don’t regret one moment of the process, I’d suggest anyone thinking of going natural to be more cautious and rational when it comes to the big chop.

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How would you describe your hair and texture?

I believe that I have 3c hair at the front of my head and 3b texture more to the back. It’s light and bouncy but prone to tangling on itself easily.  When it’s wet or has too much moisture it looks really curly and thin but once dry I can achieve more volume with a braid-out that’s been finger combed. I do experience shrinkage but that’s not an issue for me.

How do you take care of your hair?

Mostly I wash my hair once per week on the weekend with shampoo, preferably with a non SLS one. I use the LOC method (liquid, oil, cream) to help maintain moisture in my hair. However, sometimes if I feel for quick refresh and pick-me-up I will co-wash then follow up with the LOC method as usual. I usually detangle my hair on washday. If I want to change my style then I’ll detangle with a leave-in-conditioner or detangle solution, then re-twist for plait my hair. At home I wear my hair in a ponytail with varying levels of neatness to protect it but when I’m out and about I usually wear it out loose.

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What are your words of inspiration to our readers?

I think it’s a good idea get to know your hair and what it likes. Try to keep your regime simple and use asorganic products as you can find (or make) untill you know what works best for your hair type. Once you know what your hair likes then you can either carry one with your organicproducts or shop for products that contain ingredients that your hair responds well to. Most importantly work with the hair you have and embrace it rather than try to achieve something that may never be your hair destiny.Essentially,I’m a parent blogger however I do have a natural hair page and posts where I also talk about maintaining the mixed textured hair of my children. You can find me via:www.thetigertales.co.uk

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Thank you so much Maria – lovely hair and photos

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Natural Inspiration – Whitney Madueke

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What’s your name and where do you live.

My name is Whitney Madueke. I live in Nigeria, but currently an undergraduate law student at the University of Reading,England.

When did you go natural and why?

My last relaxer was on 20th June ,2012 and I later big chopped on the 13th March, 2012. I was inspired in 2011 to go natural and after a failed attempt, I tried again. I transitioned for almost a year, but in between 2012-2013 my hair was tangling and breaking a lot so I decided to big chop. I went natural because I became tired of relaxed hair, I found it boring and wanted something different. With various websites like Tumblr, displaying the diversity of natural hair, I could not resist. With further research, it fueled my interest even more. The day came when I was ready to be fully natural and now here I am.

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 How would you describe your hair and texture?

I am a 4c girl with tight curls that loves the touch of water. I am prune to massive shrinkage but I love it. It is part of the diversity of my hair.

How do you take care of your hair?

I usually go for a wash-n-go, every 2 days. I use V05 conditioner and/or shampoo, Castor Oil, Indian Hemp and my Shea Butter Leave-in Conditioner. I use the Shea Moisture deep treatment masque more during harsh weathers. In between those 2 days, I drench my hair in water, apply my products then let it air dry. The spritz  method does not work for my low porosity hair. I have a deep conditioner on at least once a week for 30 minutes under a shower cap then I rinse it out. I make homemade recipes as well and I have an apple cider vinegar rinse monthly, to prevent product build up. My hair is more manageable with water, so I try to involve it, in every hair routine. I have a diary on how I care for my hair, helps me maintain a good hair regimen. I would encourage people to get into that habit.

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What are your words of inspiration to our readers?

There is so much information out there about natural hair, use it wisely. I recently started Leazz Way, a blog and vlog on my natural hair, beauty and style, this has inspired loads of people. I would encourage you share your hair stories with people. Enjoy your hair and love it. Never be afraid to ask questions or talk to others about your hair, I do this a lot. Haha, it is a great way to meet people and learn more. You can also find me on

Twitter: http://twitter.com/desourire
Instagram: http://instagram.com/desourire
Tumblr – http://leazzway.tumblr.com

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Beautiful Whitney, thank you

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