Beautifully Nappy

My story

Hello everyone,

The name “BeautifullyNappy” is a summary of my belief that natural hair is gorgeous and we don’t need to hide it! We should learn about it, love it and watch it grow (If that’s what you are aiming for)!

MY NATURAL STORY

My older sister is a doctor and she was always harping on about how nature is best and chemicals are the devil. I ignored her and called her a leaf-eating hippie (yes I was very proud of this nickname). However, when I turned 17 my face started sprouting pimples and I was desperate for a cure! Well I tried her natural remedies and voilà THEY WORKED!! Thus, I became a super hippie natural freak as well!! 🙂

Okay, so that’s the story of how I became a 100% organic baby as my friends would say, now this is my natural hair story.

I become natural in year 2009, because all of a sudden all the hair at the back of my head fell off. My dear friend cut my hair, and like all good Nigerian girls my plan was to wait for it to grow back and then relax it yet again!!!! There a few myths you learn as a Nigerian girl growing up, and the number one beauty secret you learn is that your natural hair should be “done” in some way.  That is, relaxed, braided or hidden in a weave!  Just to give you all a heads up, I would be making lots of references to the Nigerian view on natural hair and how it’s evolving throughout my blog. Mainly because I am Nigerian, and I have heard the funniest things since I started my hair journey, including comments like…..”But it can never be silky”, “relax it, it would be so long then”, “you think this is hair….abeg relax it!!” Anyway I digress, back to my story!

At the time, I had no idea that natural needed any special care, I would wash and condition it with my usual shampoo and conditioner (full of parabens and other chemicals harmful to your hair) and put it in a braid or weave.  It grew to about 6 inches at the longest point as at August 2012, I had long hair for a black girl, I still believed this myth that black hair couldn’t grow past a certain length except you were mixed!( I know! the horrible notions we grow up with). My hair was constantly breaking, because I had no idea how to care for it, but at the time I thought I was doing great!!!

Anyway, I was ready to relax my hair at this point, I was convinced it wasn’t going to grow. Another crazy myth I grew up with, “when your natural hair has stopped growing it is now time to relax it”!! At that time I wasn’t aware that  hair was always growing, and what made it stagnant was little to no length retention. However, the day before I decided to relax my hair, I went online oddly enough to find tips to care for natural hair ( I was still fantasizing about Rapunzel hair!!), I found so much information, but  two things I found  touched a nerve:

  1. Clips from the movie  “Good Hair”

  1. The Tyra Banks show on “What is Good Hair”

After watching these programmes, my hair became a statement and a crown! It wasn’t just something superficial anymore; I learnt suddenly how important it was that I accepted my hair just the way God made it! I decided I would never relax my hair and that I would learn to love it and rock it Beautiful and Nappy!

Since then, I have been taking care of my hair based on lots of things I have learnt from blogs and some of my own ideas; my hair has grown a lovely 5 inches since August 2012 and I am in love with it (no its crazy I really do love it!!). I am going to share all the things I have done to improve my hair and all the things I will be doing to improve my hair, so I hope you enjoy the ride!!!

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21 Comments

  1. Lara

    October 14, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Way to go gal 😉 my hair is currently about 5 inches long and i hope to get my “Rapunzel Hair” someday 😀 Look forward to all the tips you have to offer. Thumbs up.

    1. beautifullynappy

      October 14, 2013 at 3:46 pm

      Aww thanks! Whoop my first follower!

  2. Lara

    October 14, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    😀 you’re welcome dear

  3. Nini

    December 2, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    I love your blog Esi! Might go natural soon 🙂

    1. beautifullynappy

      December 2, 2013 at 11:48 pm

      Yes you must! Natural is the way! And its fun 🙂

  4. justvou

    January 1, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    My heart leaps with joy each time I come across a Nigerian Natural Hair blogger… Our Nigerian hair really isn’t stressed. We need to stop relaxing it…lol All the best on your journey. You have lovely hair…

    1. beautifullynappy

      January 1, 2014 at 3:38 pm

      You hair looks really beautiful as well! Comments like these really give me the motivation to keep up with this 🙂 @justvou

      1. justvou

        January 1, 2014 at 3:43 pm

        Keep going dear… We’ll get ’em off the creamy crack twist by twist…(Oh do I sound like a Natural hair Nazi or what? haha)

        1. beautifullynappy

          January 1, 2014 at 8:02 pm

          lmao!!!!! No way! My friend calls me that all the time! She says I am the hair Nazi! teeeheee! But Natural hair to me is worth the fuss! Long or short its great 🙂

  5. freda fro

    February 23, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Your hair is gorgeous! I’m Nigerian too, and I’ve heard some of those snarky remarks from fellow Nigerians, and I just try to educate the ones that are willing to learn.

    1. beautifullynappy

      March 9, 2014 at 10:25 pm

      Whooop thanks! Shall check out the full details in the morning

  6. botanical obsession

    July 6, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Nice inspiring bio girl. Keep sharing your learnings with the world. Namaste (Go Vegan!) xx

  7. latasia24

    November 6, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Great bio! I’m looking forward to reading your blogs! 🙂

  8. Sharn topheth

    March 26, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    Natural African hair is beautiful and the main problem is how to manage and take care of it. I want to take better care of my daughters’ hair so that they can have beautiful natural African hair. I am relaxed but wish to grow natural some day. I am afraid that I will not be able to manage my hair and for me to look like an adult, because the natural hair really makes an adult look like a child, and besides I am short and small. So I look forward in being knowledgeable about affordable products that I can use and the ways that I can better care for natural African hair.

  9. Elsie

    May 18, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    Hey dear, thanks a lot for sharing. Well I just made up my mind to go natural lastweek lol, problem is, do I need to chop off and start from scratch or do I leave it and not retouch till the natural one comes out? Kindly advice pls. Thanks alot.

  10. Oreoluwa OLUDIYA

    December 22, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Wow!…my sister is a natural hair freak. I’ve been on natural hair for a long tym, becos relaxer cuts & weakens my already soft hair. Reading ur posts, has really encouraged me. I’m gingering my gurlfrnds 2 go on d natural ride wif me, & I op 2 get my rapunzel hair 1 day. U go girl!.

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