*Pre­pared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1Me­Nat­u­ral­ly


Intro­duce your­self!
My name is Bian­ca. In the art world I go by [Bian­ca Emil­ia], so if you see a pic­ture with that on it, it’s my pic­ture! I am a 19 year old girl that lives in Nor­way, more speci­fic Trom­sø (http://www.reiseplaneten.no/miniguider/Tromso/). My mom is from Nor­way. I was born there and raised by her, but my dad is from Nige­ria, as you can tell by my skin and hair. 

For a liv­ing I work at a nurs­ing home now and then, but I’m look­ing for a new job, so that’s not my main thing in life. The things I real­ly spend time on are dif­fer­ent cre­ative things. I’ve danced since I was five (bal­let, jazz bal­let, street jazz and now hip hop), I do a lot of pho­tog­ra­phy and some mod­el jobs now and then (would love to do more of those!). I love cre­ative writ­ing, so I’ve been writ­ing on a blog for over 4 years. I sew, make movies, write scripts etc. A cre­ative soul by oth­er words.

What is the nat­u­ral hair scene like in Nor­way?
As I men­tioned I live in Trom­sø, a place where my hair is very spe­cial. Most of the girls here have straight hair. I have two friends with my hair type (half Nor­we­gian), but they are using relax­ers, as the rest of the peo­ple with hair like mine. I’ve only seen a few peo­ple that have their nat­u­ral afro. It is very nor­mal for peo­ple to have braids and use oth­er tech­niques. All of my friends (and ran­dom peo­ple) are very fas­ci­nat­ed with my hair.

When and how did you tran­si­tion into nat­u­ral hair?
I don’t remem­ber the exact year I did decide to go nat­u­ral, but let me tell you a lit­tle bit about my hair his­to­ry. As far back as I can remem­ber I always hat­ed it. So, when I was younger I did every­thing in my pow­er to change it. I used relax­ers often, dif­fer­ent hair prod­ucts, bleached it, and so on. But as you know an afro can nev­er be straight “nat­u­ral” (as I want­ed).

When I grew old­er I real­ized how much I had dam­aged my hair. I was very unhap­py about my look when it came to my hair and face (liv­ing among pale peo­ple with blue eyes), and I hat­ed the fact that I couldn’t show the nat­u­ral me with­out hat­ing what I would see in the mir­ror. An urge in me start­ed to grow as I became old­er. I real­ly want­ed to be nat­u­ral. I real­ly want­ed to like myself. So I did what I could to make the first thing become real­i­ty. I remem­ber the last time I used a relax­er; stand­ing in the mir­ror look­ing how straight my hair looked with the relax­er in, quite hap­py, but then when it was washed out I real­ized I couldn’t keep doing this. The price wasn’t worth it because as the hair dried the more it looked like my real hair and when I touched it I could feel how destroyed it was. I didn’t want to cut it because I’ve always want­ed long hair, so I kept the dam­aged relaxed hair. Until one day, after about 3 years…I cut it. Sud­den­ly there was an afro on my head. I didn’t like it at first, but I felt proud. Final­ly I was the real, nat­u­ral me again.

I’m still hav­ing trou­ble accept­ing it, but every­thing in its time. This deci­sion has had quite a big affect on me. Now dam­age to my hair doesn’t come from relax­ing, but from the way I han­dle it. Here in Trom­sø we don’t have any hair­dressers that know how to treat my type of hair and the hair­dressers don’t have the prod­ucts that are meant for it. (If you guys have any tips about what hair care prod­ucts I should use, that I can also order from the inter­net please con­tact me at the email address at the end of this inter­view).

How would you describe your hair?
I don’t know if the pic­tures speak for them­selves, but I will try to explain. My hair is scream­ing for mois­ture every sec­ond of the day. The vol­ume is…wow. It is thick, extreme­ly curly, very dry, and just…living its own life. When I wet my hair it hangs down to my breast, but when it dries it reach­es down to a lit­tle longer than my ear.

What is your reg­i­men?
I prob­a­bly don’t take care of my hair as much as I should, but I have invest­ed in a good sham­poo and con­di­tion­er. I use Forever Liv­ing Prod­ucts sham­poo and con­di­tion­er. I use sham­poo when I feel it needs it, but I use con­di­tion­er almost every time I show­er. When I’m going to brush my hair I have to do it when it’s wet, and has con­di­tion­er in it. After that I some­times use Anti Frizz by John Frieda, and the serum that defines your curls from Toni and Guy. I some­times let it air dry, but often I just wrap it in a tow­el.

What mis­takes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
My mis­takes are many, but the main thing was I tried to change it. I’ve tried relaxed and I’ve tried nat­u­ral, and the last one is sure the best for me.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
All the pic­tures in this inter­view are tak­en by me. http://biancaemilia.blogg.no (text, pic­tures and some music tips, but I blog in Nor­we­gian)

http://biancaemilia.tumblr.com (this site is where I post my pho­tog­ra­phy, and also a place where you can ask me ques­tions) I also have twit­ter and face­book, but I only write in Nor­we­gian there.

biancaeaf@hotmail.com (If you would like to con­tact me about any­thing please feel free)


Just anoth­er lover of nat­u­ral hair and expres­sion.
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Final­ly! My exact hair type!


What type of cam­era did u use** to take those amaz­ing pic­tures? btw I love ur hair<333


What type of cam­era did u see to take those amaz­ing pic­tures? btw I love ur hair<333

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Bianca Emilia

Omg. Hi every­body. I was shocked when I opend the arti­cle and start­ed to scrolling down. Thank you so much for all of the pos­i­tive com­ments on this inter­view. You guys are amaz­ing. I will try to answer all of you, but I’m quite busy the­se days so please be patient with me. Thank you all for shar­ing prod­ucts with me, here, on my mail and on my tum­blr, and thank you all for…everything. I’m speech­less, I real­ly am. I appre­ci­ate every sin­gle word. You guys are the best. Thank you thank you thank you!

Angie B.

I appre­ci­ate ur hon­esty about your strug­gles with accept­ing your hair… not many peo­ple can be open like that. Im glad u opt­ed for Nat­u­ral hair instead of relaxed… u are Beau­ti­ful!!

Hi Bian­ca u’r beautiful.I going in tran­si­tion of going nat­u­ral from relax­er I have like 3″ of my nat­u­ral hair my relax­er hair is by my bra it is scary to cut my hair but I’m not doing the BC I’m going to cut it by my neck so my grow hair meet the same length as my relax­er hair.Product the I’m using is Shea But­ter organ­ic it is fan­tas­tic your hair will look shine and moist also Emeer­gen­cy from nexxus is a deep con­di­tion the u can use every week price but good also I used kinky curls, and… Read more »
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Absolute­ly gor­geous.


Forever Liv­ing prod­ucts, are they the aloe vera prod­ucts? I’ve heard they’re very good, i’m hop­ing to try a few myself. I live in Lon­don there’s so much choice here but there are 2 com­pa­nies on the inter­net you might want to have a look at. She­abut­ter Cot­tage and Beau­ti­ful Roots. There are many more but i’ve used both the­se com­pa­nies and i’d rec­om­mend them. How­ev­er there not exact­ly cheap. Are you able to get hold of coconut oil even olive and as some­one has already sug­gest­ed try con­coct­ing your own hair receip­ies.

Your hair looks great!! You are doing some­thing right. If you are still look­ing for sug­ges­tions on hair prod­ucts to save your­self some mon­ey; use what is offered in your home­town, it is just as good.  When I was in Nor­way dur­ing the win­ter near Stjørdal­shalsen (train­ing with the mil­i­tary out­side in the moun­tains for a freak­ing mon­th!) one can only imag­ine what the weath­er up there can do to hair and skin. How­ev­er, I got by just fine using what was offered in the town stores. I have very thick 4c hair. My face, was anoth­er story…I got wind and sun­burned… Read more »

Thank you so much for your can­dor and hon­esty. It is as beau­ti­ful as you are.


You and your hair are beau­ti­ful!


thanks for shar­ing this inter­view. the pho­to is cap­ti­vat­ing, but the actu­al­ly inter­view was so inter­est­ing.


I’ve been obsessed with her hair and pho­tog­ra­phy for the last week! Awe­some to see how quick­ly she was fea­tured here. Nice to see she’s also new­ly nat­u­ral, like me. :)


Thank you for this inter­view. You are stun­ning and your hair is stun­ning. I hope you look in the mir­ror one day and tru­ly know that. Good luck on your hair jour­ney. It was also an adjust­ment for many of us, but the time does come when you grow to absolute­ly love your hair. With time you begin to under­stand it, to know what works and what doesn’t and your life will be so much richer for it.


I love how sim­ple her reg­i­men is! 

She’s absolute­ly gor­geous!


I appre­ci­ate the hon­esty. She and her hair are gor­geous


Just WOW!! I love your pics! Thick love­ly hair!


What a beau­ti­ful young lady! I enjoyed all of the pics! Love the hair…it’s amaz­ing :)


I absolute­ly loved this post…

Bian­ca, I sent you an email with some real­is­tic pro­duct sug­ges­tions.

Per­son­al­ly speak­ing, I think it’s too much of a has­sle and absurd­ly expen­sive to try to get your hands on most of the prod­ucts found in the US — and I’m Amer­i­can liv­ing in Europe. Grant­ed, I can get my hands on some things when­ev­er I’m back in the States (which is around once a year), but prod­ucts can be quite heavy and not worth the 2nd bag­gage fee (depend­ing on which air­line you’re fly­ing, but most now have this ludi­crous 1 free bag pol­i­cy).


+1. I’m also an Amer­i­can liv­ing in Europe and most Amer­i­can hair prod­ucts are quite sim­ple, you could make them your­self. Plus, there are some real­ly good Euro­pean stores that sell and make good qual­i­ty hair prod­ucts.


Where in Europe are you? I’ve lived in Ger­many, Bel­gium, and now France (very recent arrival). The avail­abil­i­ty of nat­u­ral hair-friend­ly prod­ucts is a lot bet­ter in France and Bel­gium, but every­thing is cheap­er in Ger­many so I rely on a few reli­able prod­ucts I can get any­where (e.g., HE Hel­lo Hydra­tion) and I just buy oils and aloe vera juice on Ama­zon. Again, I’m able to bring things from the States, but they don’t last the whole year so I just make my own con­coc­tions.


Your hair looks great, Bian­ca! It’s a process and jour­ney, so stay patient and dili­gent. I don’t have any daugh­ters, but my two boys are bira­cial and my husband’s great-grand­par­ents were from Nor­way (can’t remem­ber the name of the town though!).


This entry reminds me of why sites like BGLH are so impor­tant…

Bian­ca, it sounds like you’re new to the nat­u­ral hair com­mu­ni­ty. Wel­come to your tribe! You’ll find lots of answers here. :)