Where do you live?
I was born in the Windy City of Chicago to par­ents of Nige­ri­an her­itage, (Yep, 100% Nai­ja) and I still cur­rent­ly reside in The Windy City. I am cur­rent­ly work­ing as a con­sul­tant and pho­tog­ra­pher.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
Hon­est­ly, the deci­sion “to go nat­u­ral” nev­er real­ly stemmed from any­where, it was just the result that would be achieved when I decid­ed to stop relax­ing my hair. I had had a relax­er for the major­i­ty of my child­hood, ado­les­cent and young adult life, so I nev­er real­ly knew my “real hair tex­ture”. But in 2006, I final­ly grew tired of get­ting relaxed, I grew tired of hav­ing to sched­ule faith­ful 6–8 wk appoint­ments to keep the look up, and most­ly, I grew very tired of not being able to scratch my head the night before because I knew that my scalp would burn the next day. So in Decem­ber of that year, it end­ed my 10 year relaxed hair jour­ney.

I worked with two tex­ture pat­terns for the dura­tion of going from relaxed to nat­u­ral because 1. It didn’t real­ly both­er me, and 2. Get­ting a BC (big chop) wasn’t an option. Hon­est­ly, it wasn’t much of a has­sle. I kept kinky twists, roller sets and sew-ins the major­i­ty of the time and when I had about an inch or so left of relaxed hair, I final­ly just cut that off. My tran­si­tion took about 2.5 years.

I was very unaware of what it meant to tru­ly go nat­u­ral, thus no BC, not know­ing what pro­tec­tive styles were, co-wash­es, pre-poos, etc. Nat­u­ral hair had its own lingo….who knew?

In what ways (if any) has going nat­u­ral affect­ed you?
None, I’m still the same quirky, inter­est­ing, lov­able per­son I was as a relaxed wom­an. But I do think that it’s given off the impres­sion that I’m more con­fi­dent. My mom and 4 sis­ters, who are all still per­med, and even my dad often won­der how I could pull off such hair­styles and make it look so easy. So I guess in a sense, it has made me much more bold. I don’t wor­ry about my hair get­ting wet, hav­ing bad hair days, etc, because I can either pull it up into a puff, wear it big, throw on a beret or just wash-it-and-go! Ahh…the pos­si­bil­i­ties!

What’s your reg­i­men?
I don’t have a set-in-stone reg­i­men, but I do make sure that my hair is always mois­tur­ized. Mois­ture is the key!

In the win­ter months, I co-wash about 1x or 2x a week and dai­ly apply cas­tor oil to my scalp, and coconut oil/EVOO (extra vir­gin olive oil)/shea but­ter [not in that order but some­times used simul­ta­ne­ous­ly] to my hair for dai­ly mois­ture. Dry, nat­u­ral hair is sooo not attrac­tive, nei­ther is it healthy.

In the sum­mer time, I co-wash every oth­er day, and apply coconut oil/EVOO/cas­tor oil, shea but­ter while wet [not in that order, but some­times used simul­ta­ne­ous­ly] then style.

I rarely sham­poo my hair, usu­al­ly about 1x or 2x a month….I don’t get much pro­duct buildup, and I’m not a fan of the harsh­ness of sham­poos, even those that are sul­fate free, so I only do it when I feel like I need to clar­i­fy. For this, I use the Organix Shea But­ter Sham­poo.

Some of my sta­ples:
Coconut oil, EVOO, Cas­tor Oil, SHEA BUTTER, V05 Con­di­tion­ers, Suave Coconut Con­di­tion­er, Mane-N-Tail Detan­gler, Infu­sium 23 Leave In, Eco Styler, Can­tu Shea But­ter Leave-In, & Lutrasilk’s Cho­les­terols.

What mis­takes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
I wouldn’t real­ly call them mis­takes, but I would say, I have real­ly learned the effects of what heat dam­age could do to your hair. Now thank­ful­ly, I found Youtube, BGLH, and var­i­ous oth­er pages on FB, and thus start­ed to real­ly do research on nat­u­ral hair because look­ing back, It’s very mirac­u­lous that my hair nei­ther fell out, nor suf­fered from heat dam­age.

For the dura­tion of me “tran­si­tion­ing” or grow­ing out the perm, if my hair wasn’t in braids, It was always worn straight. Though I used heat pro­tec­tants and serums, I straight­ened my hair every week. Like I said pre­vi­ous­ly, going nat­u­ral wasn’t some­thing I decid­ed, it just hap­pened, so my aim was strict­ly to avoid the perm. But in doing research and see­ing videos, and read­ing tes­ti­mo­ni­als, and even­tu­al­ly becom­ing au nat­u­rale, my per­spec­tive was altered and this made me cut down on the heat, [I’m cur­rent­ly on a 1 year NO HEAT chal­lenge of my own and lov­ing it!!!!]

What’s the best/most effec­tive thing you do for your hair?
The best thing I do is keep it clean and mois­tur­ized! Can this be over-empha­sized? I used to hear that a lit­tle bit of “dirt” in your hair was good, but um….not a fan of that one…. Some­thing about clean, mois­tur­ized hair just gets me excit­ed.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
Yes, it’s belovedosaruchi.blogspot.com

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Ruth, I enjoyed the Q&A. My hair wants to be like yours when it grows up! :-)


Thanks De


Beau­ti­ful hair!!!!


love your hair and your fash­ion


Thanks ladies!

@DaliSalvadorAde- thanks for the com­ment, as for the BC ques­tion, the rea­son why it was nev­er con­sid­ered was because like I said above, my goal was nev­er to real­ly go nat­u­ral in a sense.…It was main­ly to stop relax­ing my hair. My hair was healthy, long and in good shape, I just want­i­ng to avoid perms so there was no need to cut off my hair.

Hope that answers it =)

And thanks Von­nie! Big ups for the Windy city =)


wow, i feel like I wrote this, down to liv­ing in chicago and everything…practically the same jour­ney, except i only tran­si­tioned for 10 months. Go Ruth! Beau­ti­ful hair :D



I sec­ond that! That first pic is too cute. You’re work­ing that out­fit girl! I’m suu­u­per proud of my Nige­ri­an sis­ters work­ing the nat­u­ral styles! I sin­cere­ly believe a lot of Nige­ri­an-Amer­i­cans are tak­ing a hold of being nat­u­ral and real­ly run­ning with it! Let’s hope it reach­es back home too. 

Quick ques­tion though: Why was a big chop total­ly out of the ques­tion?


The first pic is super­fly­dope. The red flow­er in her hair, the red shoes, and the red under­gar­ment with the white dress are hot. And the hair is the icing on the cake.


Lov­ing that first pic!


Thanks ladies!

@Luvvie- thanks gurlie =)


YESSSS Ruth!!! You bet­ter WORK, chi­ca! Your hair is always on point. You’re the per­fect BGLH style icon.


Love this Ruthy!!! You’re hair is awe­some!


Lol, thnx Big Sis



You are so fun­ny. But in all seri­ous­ness, great job Ruth. I am so proud!!

Miss Judy


yay!!! Ruth you are so beau­ti­ful!