UK Natural – Esther

Esther is a proud Ghanaian who is embracing her natural hair.  Esther has a social network called The Calabash Hub



When did you go natural?

I grew up with three brothers and when they got their hair cut, for some reason I was next in the chair. I suppose it’s a back home thing where you get your hair cut as your books are important than grooming. When my hair did grow my mum wrapped my hair in thread ( African hair style) and sometimes she hot combed it  (long live the hot comb) – ah! I’m now having flashbacks of the smoke in the kitchen and my ear/scalp being burnt because I moved.



When I was older I was permitted to style my own hair. I’ve tended to be a braid junky, jumbo braids, twists, small braids, cornrow, flat twists. In between I used to have my hair up in a bun– I got the nickname pineapple head from my niece– I wanted my hair to be high to look taller.

My hair is fine so when it was blow dried it became very straight so I have never needed to use relaxer.   I haven’t blow dried my hair for just over a year at the moment as because of this, and the pulling from braids my sides became very fine and receding. I started leaving it out in an afro about three years ago and wearing head wraps mainly which I bought in Ghana – now I have another nickname at work – Mama Afric

How do you take care of your hair?
I tend to wash my hair every two weeks, I pre condition with coconut shampoo which I leave on for about an hour before and I shampoo using Nubian natural.  For conditioner I do a honey rinse using Manuka honey with three parts warm water and then I put on a plastic cap and steam for at least 30mins or as long as possible. Then I rinse this out using warm water.

I tend to leave my hair to part dry by itself, but if I don’t have time I gently part dry with a towel then I then separate my hair and use African Royale Hot Six Oil on my scalp and unrefined shea butter on my hair, which I whipped myself.

For a leave in moisturizer I mix olive, coconut, jojoba and tea tree oil which I have in a small spray bottle that I keep in my bag. At night I section hair into about 6 twists or 9 cornrows and cover with a silk scarf. In the morning I twist out and use either just a small amount of homemade mixture which contains 70% raw shea, base oils and lemon grass essential oil – it makes my hair smell lovely – I now sell it!. If I feel like being a Nubian for the day I wrap my hair and go!


Esther in her headwrap! 




What’s the worst thing you ever did to your hair in the past?
OMG –a friend wanted to do my hair so she put weave in the back, relaxed the front and dyed it with a wash out black hair dye. My hair looked wicked but the next day the front got brittle and started to break away in my hands  – I remember it ended up being about  an inch long and so dry, hair oil wasn’t working. After one week when it calmed down I put my hair back in braids – Never Again!!!

What’s your favourite product and where do you buy it?
I have never been to a hairdresser in London as I’ve always braided my hair myself or sometimes a friend has cornrowed the front and back for me. The first time I went to a hairdresser was in Ghana in January 2010 to have my hair in cornrow – it was a last min decision 2 days before coming back to cold England.

One of my favourite products is Cornrow Magic Herbal Hair and Scalp Soothing Oil – it’s a non greasy deep penetrating hair & scalp oil that’s full of natural stuff.

Your words of wisdom?
Bless up all my natural sisters, wear your crown with glory and embrace the uniqueness that God only gave us. If you are thinking about transitioning speak to us sisters for advice, hair tips and styles. Put your thinking into words, your words into action, you were born natural – go back to your roots! visit me at www.thecalabashhub.com
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Comments

  1. I wish she had more hair photos. Her regime sounds good!!