I: I am a high school student in Memphis, TN. I am reppin’ Memphis! I am half African American and half Somalian, most people say I get my hair from my Dad! I have not been to Somalia yet, but I will most likely be traveling there this summer with my father. Somalians’ family, religion (Islam), and work are very significant in their life. In Somalia, most women have natural hair but it is not usually seen because of their religion which requires their hair to be covered. Alot of Somalian women tend to color their hair with henna.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
I: All my life I have wanted to be different from everyone else, and going natural was one way I could be unique since almost everyone in Memphis has perms. When I was about 8 I just stopped getting my hair done and went natural.
Going natural has made me feel unique, it has also brought me more attention; when I go out I am always complimented on my hair.
What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learnt from?
I: Two mistakes I have learned were cutting my hair by myself :( and constantly straightening my hair which caused split ends.
What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
I: The best thing I do for my hair is conditioning my scalp.
What’s your regimen?
I: I condition my hair with a Dominican Republic conditioner called Lafier and I condition my ends with DAX pomade. Every night before I go to bed I comb my hair out gently with a wide toothed comb and braid my hair into 6 braids; 3 on each side. I put a little of DAX pomade on my scalp and on the ends of my hair. This is so when I wake up my hair will not be tangled/dry. It also defines my curls and makes my hair more manageable in the morning.
How does your hair express who you are?
I: It represents my uniqueness and my Somalian heritage.