*Pre­pared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1Me­Nat­u­ral­ly

Schermafbeelding 2011-02-23 om 10.52.00

Intro­duce your­self!
S:
My name is Stephanie. I sleep in Zoeter­meer, The Nether­lands. (I inten­tion­al­ly say sleep because I’m more or less “liv­ing my life” in Ams­ter­dam and Rot­ter­dam.) I’m rep­pin’ Konon­go, Ghana. The father­land – the home where the heart is. I study Com­par­a­tive Arts and Cul­tur­al Stud­ies at the Rad­boud Uni­ver­si­ty Nijmegen. I’m one of the con­tribut­ing edi­tors for SheBreathes.com and also a mem­ber of n8pro, an ini­tia­tive that advis­es var­i­ous cul­tur­al insti­tu­tions in Ams­ter­dam and sur­round­ings. Next to that I also have a side job as a cus­tomer ser­vice rep­re­sen­ta­tive for a well known inter­na­tion­al car­ri­er.

What is the nat­u­ral hair scene like in the Nether­lands?
S:
I don’t think our scene dif­fers that much from yours because the Inter­net blurs all geo­graph­i­cal bor­ders. All the web­sites, blogs, Tum­blr pages, YouTube tuto­ri­als etc. are acces­si­ble by any­one in any coun­try at any time. Since Dutch peo­ple tend to look up to Amer­i­can cul­ture and get eas­i­ly influ­enced by it, we imme­di­ate­ly picked it up when the nat­u­ral hair scene in the US blew up. Although I can count the web­sites on main­tain­ing our hair on one hand it’s great to see peo­ple are get­ting more aware of the beau­ty of it and cel­e­brat­ing it. There is even an annu­al beau­ty pageant for nat­u­ral hair.

In the past few months the media has been pick­ing up rock­ing nat­u­ral hair as a “trend” and “being hip”. Although I think it’s a bit weird how wear­ing out the hair you were born with is seen as hip and trendy, it does bear fruit by offer­ing the major­i­ty of the peo­ple a broad­er per­spec­tive.

When did you go nat­u­ral?
S:
It’s an over­state­ment to say that I real­ly thought over going nat­u­ral. I just did it. Yes, I did it myself stand­ing in front of the mir­ror in the bath­room with sewing scis­sors. I think it was in ’07 when I start­ed to get real­ly tired to say the least, of main­tain­ing relaxed hair. The burn marks as a cause of flat iron­ing while in a hur­ry weren’t a good look and you’re not even allowed to sweat! After not hav­ing my hair relaxed for quite some time I start­ed notic­ing a cute curly out­grow and all I thought was “lem­me see more of that!” Noth­ing rev­o­lu­tion­ary real­ly.

In what ways (if any) has going nat­u­ral affect­ed you?
S:
Over­all it made me more con­scious of the prod­ucts and ingre­di­ents that will boost my inner and out­er health bal­ance. But what has affect­ed me the most is not the going nat­u­ral itself, but see­ing, hear­ing and feel­ing peo­ples’ mis­con­cep­tions about nat­u­ral hair. If I knew that rock­ing my nat­u­ral ‘fro would cause such a stir I would’ve thought twice. For­tu­nate­ly I’ve got thick skin and a sharp tongue, but some days I wish I could get unno­ticed. Strut the street with­out peo­ple star­ing at me and mak­ing (degrad­ing) remarks. Whether you think I’m dope for rock­ing a ‘fro or even the exact oppo­site that’s alright, but remem­ber my hair doesn’t make me dif­fer­ent from any­one else. In terms of hair, I’m not here to make a change, I’m here to stay the same…and now THAT is rev­o­lu­tion­ary.

How would you describe your hair?
S:
This is such a con­fronting ques­tion because I real­ly don’t know. All I know is that I’ve got a lot of hair. My hair is quite thick and dense, super unpre­dictable and only real­ly defined and curly from the moment I step out of the show­er ‘til I touch it, and after I take out my two strand twists.

What’s your reg­i­men?
S:
I have been using CURLS prod­ucts for quite some time now. My hair loves the Coconut Sub­lime Con­di­tion­er and the Whipped Cream. I also make my own glyc­er­ine spritz and use some pure shea but­ter every now and then. Since Fall is on its way I start­ed using the MYhon­ey­child Hon­ey Love Mois­tur­iz­er again once a week. I use Urtekram Sham­poo. My favourite one is the one with a mix­ture of rhas­soul (african soap mud), aloe vera, coconut and corn sug­ar soap, etc.

As far as my reg­i­men goes, I wash my hair with sham­poo and comb it out with a wide tooth comb while the sham­poo is still in my hair. After that I rin­se out the sham­poo and add way too much con­di­tion­er to my hair. Then I comb it again with a medi­um tooth comb and twist my hair while the con­di­tion­er is still in. I rin­se out the con­di­tion­er with luke­warm to cold water while my hair is twist­ed. At last I spray the glyc­er­ine spritz on my hair, apply the CURLS Whipped Cream and twist my hair once again. I wrap my hair in a piece of sat­in fab­ric and let my hair dry overnight. 9 out of 10 times it isn’t ful­ly dry the next day so the first day after I’ve washed is usu­al­ly a bad hair day. (I hard­ly wear out pro­tec­tive styles).

What mis­takes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
S:
Dye­ing it with Schwarzkopf hair dye.

What’s the best/most effec­tive thing you do for your hair?
S:
Doing a super chunky twist out every night.

What would you like to see in the Nether­lands in terms of hair­care?
S:
Like I said there aren’t many web­sites on hair­care so you can imag­ine there are even less web shops offer­ing nat­u­ral hair prod­ucts. And all prod­ucts are being import­ed from the US so it’s like dou­ble the price yall have to pay! So it’s obvi­ous that I would like to see a big­ger range of prod­ucts to choose from for a rea­son­able price. I know it’s wrong for me to say, but I like if not love, your unsta­ble dol­lar! Hehe.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
S:
Continuouslyevolving.tumblr.com and when the time is right I’ll be back on Face­book. facebook.com/graceagainstthemachine.

Meosha

Just anoth­er lover of nat­u­ral hair and expres­sion.
— Style Icon Coor­di­na­tor for BGLH

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26 Comments on "Stephanie in the Netherlands // Natural Hair Style Icon"

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Mimi

Her hair, style and philoso­phies are beau­ti­ful and she‘s Ghana­ian (like me)! What‘s not to love?

DS
Yay! I’m so hap­py to have our Stephanie fea­tured on one of my favourite hair sites! I share many of Stephanie sen­ti­ments about hair, so again it’s beau­ti­ful to see her fea­tured here. It’s indica­tive of a world­wide move­ment to just love self, and how much we’re alike than we are no mat­ter what part of the world we come from. Wom­en of colour share sim­i­lar strug­gles with our hair and it’s great to see a col­lec­tive shar­ing pot of opin­ions, rea­sons, ideas, etc, on hair. But, I must say (I’m bias of course) Stephanie not only has amaz­ing hair, but… Read more »
Q

This girl is so beau­ti­ful.. I also study in Nijmegen… Saw her one time on the train just when i had to get off„ I could­nt take my eyes off of her hair.

Josephine

beau­ti­ful beau­ti­ful!

Lala

I absolute­ly LOVE your blog! I just added it in my book­marks! LOL!

Lucia

Lov­ing it!
U know u’re my girl and i’m a big fan :-)
Hair­do always looks nice!
& style well y’all saw the pic­tures!

NaturallyTrish

i love ur hair but most of all i love ur out­look on being a nat­u­ral ! its absolute­ly inspir­ing !!

nellboogie

So Hot! Love it!!!!

Chrissy

Hey!

I think I saw you @ appel­sap fes­ti­val and thought you and your hair were absolute­ly stun­ning!!! Such a small world we live in!

foxyr

I com­plete­ly can relate to her com­ment about some­times wish­ing you can go unno­ticed in pub­lic. Although I’m becom­ing more com­fort­able with the fre­quent stares I receive in pub­lic, I wish peo­ple would focus less on my hair at times. There are more impor­tant things going on in the world, oth­er than my curly afro. I can­not wait until the day when rock­ing an afro or one’s own nat­u­ral hair is no longer a big deal!

kristine

So beau­ti­ful! And the sense of style — Wow! I am impressed and inspired!

lenny

got­ta love my sis­ter, look­in good and unique as always

Clara

Beau­ti­ful hair! Beau­ti­ful wom­an! Hap­py to see a fel­low Ghana­ian rep­pin #Team Nat­u­ral!

Tequila b

Love this! i used to live in Bussum,Noord- Hol­land Nether­lands and believe it or not but nat­u­ral hair is respect­ed more than straight hair there. Every wom­an of col­or you see on screen has nat­u­ral hair in the Nether­lands (It’s inspir­ing). There are tons of Afro cater­ing salons in Ams­ter­dam and Almere.
Doei

dyhnic

It’s true what Tequi­la b says on screen in adver­tis­ing brochures and mag­a­zi­nes you always see nat­u­ral hair. In the Nether­lands many peo­ple of col­or wear their nat­u­ral hair men and wom­en. Espe­cial­ly the Cape Verdean and Moroc­cans youth. And from young men and men you will get more atten­tion with nat­u­ral hair, I noticed.

Amma Mama

HOT
#GO GHANA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

maantwiwaa

i know,was so excit­ed to read she’s from Ghana n she’s so pret­ty hihi­h­hi

Naturalista

Her style is PHENOMENAL. DANG SIS!

Sieta

It’s so won­der­ful see­ing a fel­low Dutch nat­u­ral being fea­tured here ^^ 

Your hair is echt mooi!

June

I can see why peo­ple are always star­ing at her! Gor­geous wom­an with great hair and a great (and unique) sense of style. I love what she said about stay­ing the same.

Since going nat­u­ral, I have been more adven­tur­ous with my style. If I am going to be noticed any­way I might as well be as out there as I want with­out fear of not con­form­ing. I am grow­ing increas­ing­ly imper­vi­ous to the stares.

JP23

GREAT POST! LOVE HER HAIR

Zyaran

The hair looks real­ly good and it’s so thick. The out­fit pieces came out great, some of them I would nev­er have thought to put all togeth­er but it looks great.

Mau

As a fel­low Dutchie, I won­der how you man­age to wear your hair out so much! I only man­age when it’s not winter/raining/humid, which leaves about five days in the year, lol. Seri­ous­ly, how do you do it?
It’s always so much fun for me to see how oth­er nat­u­rals dress their hair and their bod­ies, par­tic­u­lar­ly when they have a very unique and beau­ti­ful style. Heel mooi :)

Kg.sunshine

Beau­ti­ful hair! Can you tell what style you’re wear­ing when it’s pulled back? It’s looks real­ly com­fort­able, soft & pret­ty.

ss

so gor­geous and love her sense of style

Mcleand

OMG OMG OMG!! Can we talk about the clothes!!! LOVING IT (plus the hair of course)

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