Busayo // Natural Hair Style Icon *Update*


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

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

How has your regimen changed over time?
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.


How do you combat shrinkage?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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!

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

  • 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!

    • 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 :-)

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

  • 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

    • 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!

    • 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.

  • 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

    • 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 :)

  • That puff is huge! I love it!

    • 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?

    • 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 long i.e. no more than 4-6 weeks. Also, make sure to moisturize the braids every couple of days or so. A trim is a great way to stop breakage. It’ll also make your hair less prone to tangling excessively at the ends. But only cut as much as is necessary. You don’t want to over-cut and sacrifice length (if longer hair is one of your hair goals).

  • 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

    • 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 it comes to detangling, it’s best to start with your fingers and then move to a comb afterward. Use your fingers to smooth and gently pull on smaller sections of hair to remove the shed hairs. Those shed hairs are responsible for a lot of extra tangling when combing. After you’ve done that, if your hair still requires additional detangling, use a wide-toothed comb and start from the ends of your hair and work your way up–again do this in small sections. You should comb your hair while it is is damp with either a product that has slip or some water and oil. You don’t want your hair to be soaking wet though just lubricated so that it can be handled without breaking. I hope this helps you!

  • 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.

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