By Ayo Otubanjo
I know this is controversial, and might even be a taboo subject, and I might even be accused of generalising, but next time you happen to be sitting next to Nigerian woman, have a close look at her head or hair. She is either wearing a wig, a weave or something else to hide the true state of her hair and scalp.
As soon as the wig comes off, my heart just sinks to the pit of my stomach and I feel like shouting here is another one of our beautiful women suffering from the “Mama Eko” syndrome – all in the name of beauty!! Being the consummate professional, I don’t let on with my true feelings, but I must admit I have come close to tears when I see some of the worst cases.
So why do these women end up with such distressing looking hair and scalp conditions? Part of the answer lies with this overwhelming desire to create a particular look, sometimes to look more like a local celebrity or to conform to a perceived notion of what it is to look beautiful. I am not here to discuss the ins and outs and whys and wherefores of weaves (the more European look) vs braids (the more ethnic look) or even natural looking hair. My whole raison d’etre is to promote to our beautiful women that the overriding priority, irrespective of what hairstyle you go for, is for you to look after your hair and that starts from the day you are born.
My advice is as follows:
Check the provenance of the relaxers being used by your hairdresser, check the labelling to ensure that it has been made by a reputable brand, read up about the contents, check the instructions for use. You will be amazed at the number of hairdressers who don’t follow the kit instructions or in some extreme cases, can’t even read!! Make sure the chemicals don’t stay on your scalp more than the recommended time period before it is properly rinsed out using the correct ph balanced shampoo and conditioner.
If you are into tight braiding, make sure that the pressure is not too much, and it is not too tight, as the process is being carried out. Only you can tell what is too tight, so tell your hairdresser.
Finally give your hair and scalp a break from relaxing and braiding periodically. My suggestion is to take a break from relaxing and braiding every 28 days and leave your hair natural for 14 days to allow the follicles to recover from any damage that might have been caused from the relaxing and braiding processes.
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Hmmmmmmm it’s ok
Ever since I stopped the relaxers and reduced braiding and fixing of weaves my hair has never been better,honestly.
Natural hair is always the best. Weaves and braids are good every now and then, but not every single time. Hair must be allowed to breathe
You are so on point
Tnx been natural is always the best
Tnx for d info.
Ok. Tnx tnxx
Nice tips. The tips given above are what damaged my permed hair, I had a big chop(cut it completely) I have being on my natural hair for years now, and am loving it..
The article is so true. I wear more of my natural hair out now. I don’t relax and I braid every 2 months if I may and not tight and I don’t leave it more than 30 days
Thanks.I do take good care of my hair
Very very true
Thanks for the write up.
Wish I had a long and relaxed hair, wuldn’t even mind going for months witout wigs or braids but unfortunately I dnt. So I end up braiding or fixing all d time*sad face*
Lol,women and fashion.
I always allow my hair some breathe of fresh air after retouching cos i have a very tender scalp that don’t tolerate any form of stress.
Yes oo.i have it too.tnx
Thank God,now i know iv been treatn my hair right.I took a break from relaxers and just twisted my hair without attachments,i still av it on and intend to do so for 2mnths.
yea I do Dis a lot bt den sum people see making ur hair 24/7 as a sign of being bouyant
Hmmm. Ok ooooo. Well Noted!
Relaxers are the main culprit
Noted,i do all these but my own iya eko na inherited
Even me ooo,I av my dad shape of hair,its nt as if d hair cut ooo,hair nor jst dey their!
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