I present to you our second feature on the natural hair tag!
Charity is actually a fun and creative person and you can tell through her responses…lol
Read our chat below:
Tell us about yourself in Forty (40) words or less.
Hey guys! I’m Charity Okorie, a graduate of mass communication. I love to write whenever I can. I love romantic comedies, reading books, making friends, bargains, eating cake and ice-cream in no particular order.
I live in Lagos where I try to navigate work, my nonexistent love life, my friends and family and not to forget my natural hair!
*Sorry that’s 19 words extra!
Have you always been natural?
No, I’ve not . I am about a year and five months into it.
Why did you decide to go natural?
It has been something I thought of doing but didn’t actually make the move till December 2016 when I had my second and most significant big chop.
When did you make the decision to go natural?
I started taking it serious in 2016 but kept pushing back the date for my big chop so I transitioned most of 2016, which by the way was not as easy as I thought. Then by September, I had my first chop taking off a little relaxed hair.
My mum was livid because I had a really long relaxed hair. Then December I had my major big chop that left me with an afro.
Did you Big Chop straightaway or transition?
I did a bit of both because I spent most of 2016 on braids and that made the transition easy but those times were the most defining for me because most times I felt like giving up especially when it was time to take off my braids and I had to deal with my unrelaxed due hair mixed with my relaxed tips.
Transitioning was not easy for me!
What did your family and friends think about your decision?
My mum like I said earlier was livid. I practically had to hide my hair from her.
My friends didn’t know till much later when I posted the pictures online and they were really supportive and said I really looked good.
What has been your greatest challenge so far while managing your hair? How have you managed it?
For me personally, it’s been all about the products. Going natural honestly is quite expensive. From the essential oils, deep condition, leave in conditioners, sulphur free shampoos. I could go on and on.
It takes a lot but it’s all worth it when I can literally wake up in the morning, shower with my hair and take it out. No stress involved.
Another challenge for me would be styling my hair. I can’t do that and I have to get a stylist to do that. That also sucks.
What do you love most about your hair?
I love the texture, how afro-ish (is that even a word) it looks when I’m out of the shower.
I also love the fact that it’s not difficult to navigate when I braid it. I also love how it behaves most of the time.
Have you ever had a ‘bad hair’ day? Tell us about it.
Yes. The first time I tried to dye my hair I didn’t have the patience to wait for the dye to set in and I had to wash off and it left me looking weird a bit. That was not a good experience for me.
What are those products/accessories you can’t do without?
Jojoba oil, Leave in conditioner, Spray Bottle and a hair tie!
What’s your go to style?
My afro or my hair tied up a bun.
Do you style your hair yourself every time or you go to salons?
Most times I do my self and I’m blessed to have stylists around me so I don’t go to the salon unless it’s necessary.
What’s your current regimen?
I don’t really have a regimen. I see a lot of videos and posts online but I just go with the flow. One hair day at a time….lol
Has going natural influenced other aspects of your life? If yes, how?
Yes. I realized there is more to hair growth than what we apply on the hair. I’ve been conscious of what I eat and when I eat. I’ve also learnt to listen to my hair and figure out what works. One day at time.
What would you like to tell someone considering going natural?
Do a lot of research. This can never be overrated because you need to know a lot especially from those that have been there.
Also if possible try to meet up with someone who is natural let them put you through.
Let’s get social – where can we find you on social media?