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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Teen Vouge Cover Amandla Stenberg.

It might surprise you to know that I don’t read teen vogue 🙂 however the February issue really caught my eye with this stunning cover. I wondered who this fabulous natural was:

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So after having a read it turns out I have been way out of the loop, she was interviewed by Solange Knowles in the article and her name is Amandla Stenberg. She is an actress from The Hunger Games (Rue, if you watched it remember that little black girl) and she has also done a video which you can see here called “Don’t cash Crop on my Cornrows”.

In the interview which is really good  Amandla discusses that video, her natural hair, and some of her experiences. To top it off the pictures of her are stunning.

I’m so pleased to see a magazine aimed at teenaged girls showing the beauty of a natural fro it all serves to encourage them that wearing their hair out is ok and by the time they are my age natural hair won’t be a thing, a fad or a movement it will just be the norm. Times are changing peeps.

Read the full interview here

 

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Hair Freedom Documentary

So whilst I was away I had an email from Zindzi Rocque Drayton who has made a short online documentary online documentary for the BBC on natural hair, called ‘Hair Freedom’

Zindzi said “I spoke to young Black British women about the joys and struggles of embracing afro hairstyles, in a society that idolises straight hair, even for Black women”. She also added that she was inspired by my blog posts and that really made my day.

Its only 10 mins, so have a watch, and let me know what you think. For me I wish that she had asked a wider range of women so we got even more points of view. That said I agreed with a lot that was said and enjoyed watching it. A good short film!

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