My name is Ebele and I live in London. I am currently studying four A levels (Chemistry, Biology, Economics and English Literature) at King Edward VI Grammar School in Chelmsford.

How long have you been natural?
E:
I’ve been natural my whole life! My mum never relaxed my hair and left it up to me to decide when I got older. I do have horrible memories from when I was younger of my mum and sister having full on combat with my hair and attacking it with combs and blowdryers to try and get it under control, but in the long term it was definitely worth it.

I obviously did not have the normal transition from relaxed to natural, but a transition did occur. A transition whereby I gradually accepted that my hair was a beautiful gift from God and that I did not have to gaze longingly at other girls with straight hair. When I was younger, I did not really notice a difference between my hair and other girls. It was more as I grew up (especially since I went to a predominantly white school) that I realised that I was more of an anomaly. I quickly grew out of this though as I realised that more often than not, people were fascinated by my hair and I relished the idea of being different.

How would you describe your texture?
E:
My hair is very soft and I am very gentle with it, avoiding combing unless necessary. After washing it, it is very tightly coiled and it retains moisture very well. My hair is extremely thick and consequently takes ages to dry, so I tend to blowdry it rather than leave it to air dry.

What’s your styling regimen over the course of the month?
E:
I usually have my hair in braided extensions as it is easier to manage (and means that I can get a few extra minutes in bed in the mornings hehe). When I take the braids out, I wear my hair in a range of protective styles. I try and make sure that my ends are not exposed because the weather in England tends to be very windy/rainy and this leaves my hair feeling brittle if I do styles like a standard ponytail.

For school I usually wrap my hair round into a mini beehive as it is quick and easy. I also put it up into a bun sometimes for the same reason. If I’m feeling particularly creative, I’ll do a combination of canerows, a ‘fringe’ (hair pulled across my forehead) and clip my hair to one side. Whenever I go to sleep, I part my hair into four (or eight if I my hair is feeling brittle) sections and twist them, then seal the ends, clip the sections together and cover my hair with a scarf. This just prevents my hair from knotting whilst I sleep and makes it easier to manage in the morning.

What does wash day look like for you?
E:
Wash ‘day’ is the correct term because it virtually takes a day to wash, blowdry, moisturise and sometimes straighten my hair. It curls up into very small, tight ringlets and I come out of the shower looking like a boy because of the shrinkage that occurs!

How do you combat shrinkage?
E:
It does not really bother me, but I wash my hair in sections and deep condition with a home-made concoction of olive oil & honey.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require extra care and attention?
E:
The back of my hair likes to rebel more than the front so when blowdrying/moisturising, I always work from back to front to make sure that it doesn’t get neglected.

What are two do’s for your texture?
E:
– Deep condition: My hair loves this and stays soft and shiny for days. I used to buy conditioners, but I like how natural my home made ones are. I like to get creative and use all kinds of different food stuffs to condition it. Yoghurt is the next food on the list!

– Moisturise it: I use jojoba oil and Dax on my hair and I have pretty much used the Pink range my whole life because my hair responds well to it.

What are two dont’s for your texture?
E:
– Leave it out in an afro for too long – This is fun and does happen occasionally, but the wind and rain does not have a good impact on it so I tend to keep it under wraps until summer.

– Regular straightening – I used to straighten my hair almost every morning, which looked nice at the time, but caused a lot of damage. Now a simple blowdry a couple of times a month suffices.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
E:
You can follow me on Twitter @Ebble where I like to tweet about my hair as well as a lot of other things 🙂

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23 Comments on "Ebele in London // 4C Natural Hair Style Icon"

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Ogo

Love to see another Naija- Igbo girl! <3

Proms

Ebele, is a Nigerian (Igbo) name which means ‘Mercy’ lol I kno this is random but are you Nigerian?

Ebele

I am indeed! Both my parents are Igbo

Dobs

Beautiful! Love it!

Patricia Kayden

Cyoot!!

Love her style.

Alisha

Her hair is beautiful! Lovely girl!

Abi

Hi fellow londoner! I love your style and how you take advantage of your volume.
All the best with you exams too. 😀

Pamela Nicole

Hello all, your hair is gorgeous my favorite is the Auburn or red hair love the color and really enjoyed reading about your hair. Beautiful young lady! Peace Pam

Cia

I love your pictures! You are a beautiful woman with lovely hair. So thick and full!

Aaniya

Hahahaha Ebele!! this is adorable

Ebele Nwangwu

Hi guys, thank you for all the lovely comments. The beehive is really much simpler than it looks! I brush all my hair upwards so it stands vertically on my head and then tie it right at the end with a hairband. Then I push the bit that is tied up, into the middle of my head and clip it with a big hair grip x

smartsx

beautiful hair. but i hope she isnt blowdrying her hair every wash day!

Ebele Nwangwu

Of course sometimes a towel dry is needed! The hairdryer does make a lot of appearances, but I cover my hair with ‘Fantasia Hair Serum’ to try and minimise the damage x

At_Ease

#needvideotutorial…

Ebele

What would you like me to make a tutorial of?

Zia

I love the beehive hairdo, especially the one with the pink formal dress. Any tips on how to achieve the look?

Sieta

Nice to see a fellow UK natural, especially studying some of the subjects I studied during A levels. I love her style, her volume is amazing.

Monzi

I love her volume!!!! SUUUPER dope! Reminds me why I have thick hair envy. I ADORE the updo with the red gown.

dami

awwh team uk naturals..ur hair is breath taking <3

Amma Mama

Aww so pretty!
I agree with her. I too like keeping my hair in braids & getting those extra mins in bed..lol

Victoria

You live so close to me! And I know that school lool! 😀
Lovely hair and pretty girl 🙂

Vanisha

such thick hair!very cute :]

ttemfash

Lovely hair,and a fellow londoner to boot.

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