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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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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 :)

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
themanecaptain.blogspot.ca

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!

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.

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 :D

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 :)

CherishBomb

That puff is huge! I love it!

Busayo

Thank you! I was sur­prised by its size myself :)

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 too… Read more »
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 »
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 :)

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