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Busayo was originally featured on February 3, 2010. I caught up with her to get an update on how her natural hair journey is coming along.

Introduce yourself!
B:
My name is Busayo and I’m from Toronto, ON. I am a Canadian-Nigerian.

How long have you been natural?
B:
I have been natural for 5 ½ years now.

How has your regimen changed over time?
B:
My regimen is even more simplistic than it was before. As my hair has gotten longer, I do not wash as frequently as I used to. It is too time consuming. I’m back in school so my time is really limited now. That has been the major change, plus I’ve incorporated finger-detangling. I used to wash my hair weekly and sometimes twice in the week (co-wash), but as my hair has grown that has moved to bi-weekly and even tri-weekly.

Do you have any hair goals?
B:
During my pretty minimalist regimen year last year, my hair still managed to retain length, so I’m curious to see how long my hair can get. I’m happy with my length, but I’d like to see if I can grow my hair to a few inches above waist length. I’m estimating that another 4-5 inches should just about do the trick. My focus has now shifted to the front and sides of my hair because those areas grow slower than the crown and back. Plus my hair is layered so the front is especially behind where I’d like it to be. I don’t think I can handle waist length hair, so I’m not striving for that lol. I’m just under 6 feet tall so waist length hair on me is akin to almost hip length on a woman who is about average height. Other than that, my main hair goal has always been to have healthy looking hair and that goal won’t change.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
B:
I just alternate between twists and twist outs or braids and braid outs. I spritz my hair with a mixture of water, glycerin, and oil before twisting or braiding. The rationale for this is to keep my hair stretched to reduce tangling.

What does wash day look like for you?
B:
I start by dry detangling my hair. I coat my hair with olive oil and moisten my hair with a spray of water if it feels too dry. I am on a modified finger-detangling regimen so I only use a comb/brush to detangle every couple of months or so. I section my hair off into 4-6 sections and twist each one. If I have product buildup from using gel or heavy products then I will shampoo my hair (still in sections) with Giovanni Smooth as Silk Shampoo (or any other Giovanni shampoo that I have on hand). I then condition with Tresemme Naturals Conditioner or Giovanni Smooth as Silk Conditioner and rinse out (still in sections). Best case scenario: If I plan in advance what day I’ll be washing then the night before I will coat my hair with coconut oil (this helps to guard against the hair absorbing too much water). On the day of, I will pre-poo with a honey, olive oil, and castor oil mixture. If I have time to deep condition I use Le Kair Cholesterol, and I use it before shampooing.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
B:
My fav go-to is the puff. So easy-peasy! If the weather is not so great then I opt for a bun instead. More recently, my saving grace has been twisting off a section in the front and putting the rest of the hair in big braids and wearing a beanie. The twists in the front hang out to add a lil somethin’ somethin’ to the style.

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How do you combat shrinkage?
B:
I never let my hair air dry unless it is in twists, braids, or banded etc. During the week, I try to wear stretched styles: twists, twist outs, braids, braid outs. I never wear wash and go’s because my hair shrinks more than 50% when wet (this means I will have an excessively long detangling session).

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
B:
The front and sides of my hair. These areas grow slower than the rest of my hair. Also, I’ve been working on growing out my nape area, which I had previously shaved. And I always keep an eye on my edges!

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
B:
1) Using sections to do everything: wash, dry, style and 2) Documenting my progress in notes, pictures, and videos. It’s so important to document because our hair can appear as if it isn’t growing when it really is. It’s also helpful to document products and styles so I can see what worked and didn’t, and I have something to refer to in the future when it’s likely that I would have forgotten what I did the last time.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
B:
Wash and go’s and leaving my hair in big, out styles for long periods of time without retwisting or braiding at night. The only exception is bunning my hair at night since that is still somewhat able to keep my hair semi-stretched.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
B:
My Instagram is: datgirlbee. I’m also on YouTube at www.youtube.com/MissAfrobella. I haven’t posted new videos in a while, but I will resume to regular posting this month! I’m working on a new series specifically geared towards helping out my fellow naturals who may be super busy and don’t have much time to fuss with their hair. This series is for the natural that wants to retain length, reduce frustration, and look good all on a low maintenance budget! Look out for the ‘The Lazy Natural Survival Guide’ where I’ll be sharing my best tips! Coming soon!

Meosha

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

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Aanu

OMG..Wow, girl, people like this makes my transition so much easier. I love this. I love that our names, (well my middle name’s Bisayo) are nearly identical. I’ve been transitioning for a year now.

MissAfrobella

Thanks Aanu! You are hanging in there, girl! One year transitioning is not easy! I salute you! And yes, our names are so similar 🙂

kneeke dimeji

hello Busayo,trust me your is very nice,just want to ask how do you get your natural hair so soft looking,i get scared washing my hair cause it shrinks nd i find it preety hard to comb……..jus a few tips on how u go abt it….thks dear

MissAfrobella
Hi Kneeke and thank you! I try to keep my hair moisturized as much as possible. My hair shrinks a lot as well so to avoid tangling, I stretch my hair majority of the time and at every stage. If I’m detangling my hair, I do it in sections so it is more manageable and so that I can stretch each section. I follow up by washing in sections as well this is to avoid the hair re-tangling. When I style my hair after washing, it is in a style that will give stretch i.e. twists or braids etc. When… Read more »
Abi

I love your hair and your texture is similar to mine. I’ve experienced excessive breakage when ever i take out my braids. I manage my hair by putting it in box braids. Although its growing due to lack of deep conditioning and leaving it in to long, my ends and hair tangle so bad and form single strand knots. I am thinking of trimming it 3 inches in hopes it will help. Could you give me some tips?

MissAfrobella
Thank you Abi. It sounds like you’ve already identified the culprits causing your breakage! My suggestion would be to if possible, stop using extension hair in your box braids if possible. The reason for this is the hair tends to dry out easily when extensions are added to it. Also, it’s much easier to neglect our own hair when it is in that type of style bc of the convenience i.e. leave it in too long, not wash and condition regularly etc. If you don’t like how the style looks without extensions then I suggest not leaving the style in… Read more »
CherishBomb

That puff is huge! I love it!

Busayo

Thank you! I was surprised by its size myself 🙂

Aisha

LOOOOOOOVE!!! Wow what a gorgeous head of hair and gorgeous girl! I love seeing fellow Africans on BGLH. I wouldn’t say I’m a ‘lazy’ natural but as I’m approaching the 2 year fully natural line I’m finding my hair more time consuming and expensive lol so I’m waiting for The Lazy Natural Survival Guide with baited breath 😀

Busayo

Thank you!! Haha, I don’t think any natural can really be considered lazy even if they do the bare minimum of just washing bc that’s a task in itself lol. The series name is just meant to be catchy and not at all insulting. It’s more synonymous with ‘busy’ actually. And yep, around that 2 year mark things really start changing lol. I hope you enjoy the series! The trailer is posted on my channel now 🙂

Alwina

Thank you for sharing! Your hair is giving me great inspiration! Much love from a fellow Nigerian! I look forward to your videos and praying for a successful school program for you. Best wishes!

Busayo

Thanks so much for taking the time to read the interview. It was my pleasure to share! Amen and may God bless you for wishing me well.

The Mane Captain

great hair! I wish my hair grows to similar length 2years from now. I love all your hairstyles! I feel you on the lazy natural side. My hair is half your length and I dread wash days!

I look forward to your new posts!
from another Cdn-Ngn sista
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Busayo

The little things add up over time. Just try your best to be consistent with healthy hair practices and you’ll see results over time! Thanks for the compliment and for your comment! Cdn-Ngn represent!

lynn

Busayo repping Naija!this site is wonderful,reading peoples stories and looking at pictures of their amazing natural hair gave me the courage to big chop.I so can’t wait for my hair to be long and thick.Nigerian girls enough with the brazilian hair obsession.learn to love your hair,and with time it’ll love you back too!

Busayo

This site is wonderful, I agree! Congrats on your big chop!

Yemisi

Your hair is absolutely amazing! I’ve been natural on and off for years but I finally big chopped again about 4 months ago and I’m looking forward to having a head of big healthy hair once again. I’m inspired 🙂

MissAfrobella

Thank you! Congrats on your big chop! Team natural’s happy to have you back 🙂

smegma

are those chunky twists done on stretched/blow dried hair? So lush and full!

Busayo

Yes, they were done on freshly blow dried hair. Thanks for your comment 🙂

Lu

Oh nonononono this is too good to be true. We need to be friends!! Lol. And you’re repping Naija! And nearly 6ft tall girls! Boo boo, I’m gonna need you to adopt me and all of my breaking hair, like right now! Your hair is like my dream hair. Gorgeoussss! Ok done!

Busayo

Lol. Sounds like you’re both Nigerian and tall like me! Let’s get your hair back on track. Are you on Instagram? Hit me up at datgirlbee

Caramelcurls

LOVE her hair, and I have GOT to try some of these styles!

Busayo

Thank you :). I’d luv to see how the styles look on your hair! If you have Instagram, post a pic and tag me at datgirlbee.

Arcadia Maximo

I’m in love with her hair, it is super gorgeous!

Busayo

Thanks so much 🙂

Jo Somebody

Beautiful hair! I love all the looks, but the cover photo with the chunky twists really caught my eye. I dunno why I love chunky twists so much! Lol!

Busayo

Chunky twists are the best! I luv them too! Thanks for your comment 🙂

mlank64

Lovely lush beautiful hair.

Busayo

Thank you 🙂

merry

pretty hair.

Busayo

Thank you 🙂

Kinky Canuck

Toronto in the house!!!! Im in love with your hair, very beautiful and inspirational. Im 8 months in and i’m finding it challenging finding quality products in Toronto. Out of curiosity do you use silicone moisturizers and/or sulfate shampoos? Or do you follow the curly girl method?

Busayo

Congrats, you’re almost at a year! I don’t follow the curly girl method but I don’t think my moisturizers have silicones. I use cantu Shea butter leave in. And I use sulphate free shampoos to avoid my hair getting stripped.

D.K.

I just wanted to say: Second column, second pic, with the banded head and puff= hotness. I love the many looks!

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Busayo

Thank you 🙂

cynthia J

Love her twist out hair style in the 2nd column, third row, 2nd picture. Just beautiful!!!!

Busayo

Thank you 🙂

Nkem

9ja babe una represent!!!! I love your hair!!

Busayo

Yes ooo! Lol Thank you my dear!

Stace

Lovely texture. Looks very manageable from all the styles you put it in. Wow at being so tall.

Busayo

Thank you 🙂
It’s gotten easier to manage over the years as I’ve gained more and more experience.

Oluchi

wow, how did you get your hair like that on the third picture across?

Busayo

That’s a half wig that I blended my hair with. One of my fav protective styles 🙂

hmm

Im wondering too. Is that a wig?

geri

you are so adorable with gorgeous eyes! love the hair styles…man i wish my hair was this long RIGHT NOW!

Busayo

You’re so sweet! Thank you 🙂
The length will be there before you know it!

jungfrau1010

Really gorgeous hair. I luv your low maintenance routine.

Busayo

Thank you 🙂 Low maintenance is about all I can handle lol.

T.

Oh, such beautiful hair. I started this comment intending to say which style I like best, but then I couldn’t pick one, they’re all so good.

Busayo

Lol, thank you 🙂

Daynajoe

What an absolutely gorgeous head of hair and lady! Love the hairstyles as well. So refreshing to not see the silly question “What is your hair type?” in this interview. Her hair type, as with all all the lovely ladies with healthy tresses who are featured on this site, is “Beautiful.”

Thanks for sharing.

Busayo

Thank you so much! Such a lovely comment.

TWA4now

Very nice!

Busayo

Thank you 🙂

Ash Anna

Your hair is on point! I just chopped off a lot of breakage due to my box braids being in for 10 weeks:( I have a similar texture cept it shrinks to a mini fro

Busayo

Thank you! Just nurse it back to health and it will respond. If you haven’t already, try spritzing your hair with a mixture of glycerin, water, and olive oil (or another oil) to infuse your hair with moisture. After a long stint of braids, the reason for hair breakage is usually dryness. I know you didn’t ask but just wanted to share in hopes that it may help.

Sassy24

Gorg… just subscribed to your channel 🙂

Busayo

Thanks so much. I really appreciate it 🙂

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