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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
— 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?
— 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?
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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Love to see anoth­er Nai­ja- Igbo girl! <3


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


I am indeed! Both my par­ents are Igbo


Beau­ti­ful! Love it!

Patricia Kayden


Love her style.


Her hair is beau­ti­ful! Love­ly girl!


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

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


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


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


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




What would you like me to make a tuto­r­i­al of?


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


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.


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


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


You live so close to me! And I know that school lool! :D
Love­ly hair and pret­ty girl :)


such thick hair!very cute :]


Love­ly hair,and a fel­low lon­don­er to boot.