*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.
— Style Icon Coor­di­na­tor for BGLH

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


Final­ly! My exact hair type!