What is your name and where are you from?
N: My Name is Nana Agyemang. I am from Ghana but live in Virginia.
Did you transition or big chop? Share your natural hair journey with us!
N: I have been natural for 5years. Being a dancer in college put a lot of stress on my hair. I would be in practice 3-5 days a week. My hair would be sweaty and I was adding lots of heat in my hair and my leave out .Consequently, my hair began to break off. A friend of mine encouraged me to start wearing full head weaves to protect my hair. I did that for about 6 months and when it was time for my next installment, my friend said “your hair is practically natural. You only have a little perm ends left– let’s just cut it off.” I became fully natural from then.
How would you describe your texture?
N: I honestly do not look too much into the hair scale but comparing my hair to some people who have simple hair as me, I would definitely say I’m in the 4’s. My hair is fine yet coarse if that makes sense. The texture in the middle is much coarser than the textures within the perimeter of my hair.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month, and the rationale behind your various styling decisions.
N: I am very simple with my natural hair. I normally wear my hair in twist outs or a simple bun. Twist outs help elongate and stretch out my hair. I also love doing perm rod sets because they last a really long time, and look better as they get older. I’m a very simple girl when it comes to hair products. Shea butter is my cocaine!!! It’s my holy grail for this afro life lol. I know some people despise the smell. So to subdue the smell, I use a few dabs of peppermint oil into the mix. I also add coconut oil, olive oil and castor oil to add some other essential benefits.
What does wash day look like for you?
N: It depends. When I have a lot of build up, I like to do the ACV (apple cider vinegar) method. I dilute it with water, section my hair, and focus on my scalp. I usually leave that in for about 30 mins .Then, I will follow up with Tresemme shampoo, condition it with Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner and leave-in. Finally, I would do a twist out with my shea butter mix with essential oil such as coconut oil, olive oil and castor oil.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
N: I can easily wear an effortless yet classy bun – high or low.
How do you combat shrinkage?
N: OMG I don’t even think I have mastered the art of combating shrinkage lol. I simply stay away from styles such as wash and go. I like to keep my hair in stretched styles such as twist outs, and I use the pineapple method to elongate my coils/curls at night.
Tell us about your hair color!
N: Initially I did my color on my own. I used Clairol Textures and Tones Honey Blonde and Blonde. I mixed both colors together. Then, I decided to straighten my hair and my hair dresser decided to correct my color due to the imbalanced pH level in the box colors sold in the stores. I believe it loosened my curl pattern when I first colored it. However, that didn’t last long. My tight coils/curls surfaced again in some months.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require extra care and attention?
N: The hairs by my temples have a mind of their own. They are so thin and fine. I had braids some few years back and my hair fell out in that area. I’m still struggling to grow that area back. So I’m very delicate in that area and treat it with care.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
N: Twist Outs, Perm rod set, buns, finger curl, braid out, almost everything really with the exception of wash and go … for now lol. My natural hair is LIMITLESS really.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
N: I would say a wash and go but I think I just need to master a process that works best for me — because we all know one does not simply wash and go. Also, I’ve said in the past that I wouldn’t be dare seen in a twist up do. Nope you couldn’t catch me slipping. Yet, I found myself rocking that hair style. I didn’t look like Celie from Color Purple after all lol. And if I may add, I had a bomb twist out after I took it down. Killing two birds with one stone for sure! So you see, never say never when it comes to natural hair styles. I’m now open to any and everything
Is there a blog/webpage or social media account where we can find you?
N: Yes! You can find me on Instagram @Ashanti_Empress