Intro­duce your­self!
Hey there! My name is Fun­mi and I am an 18 year old orig­i­nal­ly from Nige­ria. I cur­rent­ly live in Austin, TX as a sopho­more at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Texas at Austin.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­ur­al?
Fun­ny sto­ry actually…I decid­ed that I want­ed to have nat­ur­al hair at the age of 14. Pri­or to my deci­sion I had relaxed hair since I was about 6, part­ly because the deci­sion was up to my moth­er and also because I wasn’t aware of any alter­na­tives. When I became cog­nizant that relaxed hair was a choice and not a neces­si­ty, I decid­ed that I would try that alter­na­tive. I start­ed pay­ing atten­tion to the very few nat­ur­al peo­ple that I saw in school and the media. I loved the vol­ume and length that I saw in their hair. I also loved the way my hair looked right after I took out corn­rows and wished I could keep that big hair. The big push that caused me to go nat­ur­al was that at this age, I was at a stage where I want­ed to “find myself” and desired to do any­thing that would set me apart from those around me. In a cul­ture where relaxed hair was incred­i­bly preva­lent, hav­ing nat­ur­al hair was one way that I could achieve this goal. 

Look­ing back, I think this was pret­ty shal­low and now this has pret­ty much back­fired since the “nat­ur­al hair move­ment” began right about this time. Hav­ing nat­ur­al hair has become much more com­mon. Despite my self-cen­tered inten­tions, I dis­cov­ered that I love my hair nat­ur­al sim­ply because it feels right to me. I am glad I’ve learned to take care of my hair the way that God gave it to me. I am hap­py that I am able to embrace the beau­ty that he nat­u­ral­ly intend­ed me to have despite the oppo­si­tion that I may encounter. I don’t have to wor­ry about get­ting my hair wet, if it looks straight enough, if it is lying flat enough on my head, and even about comb­ing it every­day. Despite my hap­pi­ness with my own deci­sion, I am a firm sup­port­er of black women wear­ing their hair in a man­ner they feel suits their lifestyle/personality/personal taste. I tran­si­tioned for 15 months and I have been com­plete­ly nat­ur­al for 2 years and 8 months.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
To be hon­est, the hair typ­ing thing con­fus­es me, but I think that I have 4b/4c hair. I have the typ­i­cal “African hair” texture…hair that’s so tight­ly coiled it couldn’t be any more coily. My strands are medi­um sized and accord­ing to every sin­gle hair­dress­er I have ever been to and every friend I have, I have high den­si­ty or thick hair. For some rea­son, I like to tell myself that it is medi­um den­si­ty since it’s all I’ve ever dealt with before. My hair also grows fair­ly slow. Instead of grow­ing at a pace of 6 inch­es per year, I dis­cov­ered that I get 4 inch­es of growth per year.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the month.
After wash­ing my hair, I set it for a twist out. I wear that twist out for as long as I can (usu­al­ly about 2 weeks) then when there is absolute­ly no def­i­n­i­tion left, I pull my hair into a low pony­tail or bun and leave it there until I’m ready for anoth­er wash. I’m pret­ty bad about adding prod­ucts to it dur­ing this time. I usu­al­ly add a lit­tle of my leave-in as need­ed dur­ing the course of the month. This is my rou­tine because I like to keep things sim­ple, but I have to keep my hair stretched.

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What does wash day look like for you?
Wash day comes with much dread. When the day final­ly comes, I have already been pro­cras­ti­nat­ing for a few days pri­or. Any­ways, I sep­a­rate my hair into six sec­tions before wash­ing. I take down the sec­tions one at a time, wash it, then put it in a twist. After wash­ing each sec­tion, I do the same process again with con­di­tion­er. While I con­di­tion, I detan­gle each of the six sec­tions one at a time with a wide tooth comb. Then I rinse out the con­di­tion­er. I then put my leave-in con­di­tion­er in and do a twist out. My twist out method is the same that Napu­ral85 uses in the Twist Out 101 video. I make about 25 flat twists on my head and take them out the next day. I have been play­ing with sham­poo and con­di­tion­er com­bi­na­tions late­ly, but my sta­ple is Crème of Nature Sun­flower and Coconut Sham­poo and Organ­ic Root Stim­u­la­tor Olive Oil Replen­ish­ing Deep Con­di­tion­er. I also use kimmaytube’s leave-in con­di­tion­er recipe (on youtube) minus the aloe vera juice.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
I must admit that I’m a rather sim­ple girl. For me, this means a pony­tail or bun.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
I keep my hair stretched at all times. I repeat­ed­ly wear twist outs.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
I have a ten­der area between my crown and nape due to a scalp burn from a relax­er when I was about 10. My hair is more sen­si­tive and slight­ly thin­ner there. And by thin­ner, I mean that it’s prob­a­bly nor­mal hair den­si­ty instead of high den­si­ty.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
Reg­u­lar mois­ture is a pret­ty big do. My hair is nat­u­ral­ly dry…and I mean REALLY dry. Even after I mois­tur­ize it, it’s still pret­ty dry. This makes me believe that I may have not per­fect­ed this aspect of my hair care reg­i­men, but I’m on my way! Also, keep­ing my hair stretched is a must!

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
Wash and go’s are a HUGE don’t. If I want to keep my san­i­ty dur­ing detan­gling ses­sions I have to keep my hair stretched at all times. My hair is just too long to wear it in its afro state any­more. Comb­ing my hair too often is also a waste of time and hair. I usu­al­ly comb it once every 2–3 weeks when­ev­er I wash it (I know it sounds crazy). Last­ly, I have to be care­ful with heat. I have straight­ened my hair twice dur­ing my nat­ur­al hair jour­ney. My last encounter with the straight­en­ing iron was Novem­ber 2011. I used the high­est heat set­ting on the Babyliss Straight­en­ing Iron (I believe this was 450F). I used heat pro­tec­tant and had a cocky atti­tude that my hair would come out fine. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, I got some per­ma­nent heat dam­age and hum­bling from this expe­ri­ence. Oh well, you live and you learn! And on the bright side, blow outs seem to not affect my tex­ture at all!

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
Fol­low me on Tum­blr at http://oluwafunmilayo.tumblr.com/ where I talk about my jour­ney with Christ. Your beau­ty should not come from out­ward adorn­ment, such as elab­o­rate hair­styles and the wear­ing of gold jew­el­ry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfad­ing beau­ty of a gen­tle and qui­et spir­it, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 1st Peter 3:3–4


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

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This is a REALLY good inter­view! What a beau­ti­ful full head of coily hair!


Wow! Great inter­view! Fun­mi is beau­ti­ful, and I loved all of her hair­styles :) I love how thick and gor­geous her hair is!


She reminds me of anoth­er niger­ian youtube/vlogger named Tina. Gor­geous hair.


Beau­ti­ful hair!

Hi Fun­mi! I have a very sim­i­lar hair texture/type as you do and I had the same issue about the dry­ness but then I made a shea but­ter mix­ture with white African shea but­ter to be exact and I mixed it with all the good oils i could find in my house plus a few store bought ones: olive oil, saf­flower oil, coconut oil, jojo­ba oil, cas­tor oil, and grape­seed oil. I mixed all these oils into my shea but­ter base and on wash day after I co-washed my hair real­ly good(I co wash every week), I twist­ed my drip­ping… Read more »

Thanks so much for the sug­ges­tion! I will def­i­nite­ly try it out.


Great arti­cle! love your hair and your spir­it! I am on my way to hair like that.


Very love­ly .

Jojo satoes

Luv ur lus­cious locs Fun­mi!


I love Funmi’s hair, smile, and spirit–super inspir­ing!


Loved this! If only I were patient enough to grow out my hair. Thanks for shar­ing!

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Hey there I am African

I actu­al­ly enjoyed every­thing about this inter­view, it felt like a con­ver­sa­tion <3 Africa