Introduce yourself!
Hi! My name is Nyasha Johnson and I’m from Zimbabwe!

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
I was natural my whole life until I turned 17 in high school. I always had a big fro as a child which my mother or grandmother always kept braided, but as soon as I came to the United States I had no idea how to tend to my kinky hair. So after struggling for quite a bit I decided to relax my hair. I enjoyed it for quite some time… but about 2 years later, in 2012 I decided to big chop for the first time in my life. I’d never had short hair before so I was extremely excited.

I decided to go natural again because I started following natural hair blogs such as UrbanBushBabes.com and many others. The way they styled and took care of their hair made me wish I’d never cut off my 17 years worth of fro. But I’m happy I went through this process because I learned not to place so much importance on hair. I also learned how to keep my hair healthy and well maintained. Going natural wasn’t a big spiritual revelation for me, as I had grown up in a household that cherished everything natural. It was more of a new journey in which I would learn how to style and keep up with my hair. So, I have been natural for exactly 2 years now.

How would you describe your texture?
My hair is a mixture of 3c, 4a and 4b. It is soft, fluffy, and a bit thick. How it behaves depends on the weather and how well I’ve moisturized it of course. It usually doesn’t behave the way I want it to, but I’m learning to work around that!

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
I’m such a minimalist when it comes to my hair! I shampoo-wash my fro once a month with Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Shampoo, but I recently switched to Burt’s Bees More Moisture Shampoo (Baobab smells amazing!!!). It doesn’t strip my hair, and it leaves it feeling super clean. But I usually co-wash every weekend using Burt’s Bees More Moisture Conditioner, which I also use as a leave in conditioner. It works wonders for my twist outs! Afterwards I apply olive oil or whatever oil I happen to have.


I avoid styling my hair too much because I’ve noticed that for my hair, it grows best when left alone. So usually I put my hair in twists and wear headwraps during the week, and let it out on the weekend. But when I do style my hair, I do a simple twist out or braid out. I love to wear my fluffy fro and I achieve this by doing a dry twist out on a 4 or 5 day old twist out. I also do my own thick box braids, which allow me to leave my hair alone for no more than a month. I avoid getting them done by other people or at the salon because that way I don’t ruin my edges and my hair doesn’t break. Every other night I spritz my box braids with water that contains rosemary and lavender essential oils and then I apply a light oil over my scalp. It does wonders I tell ya!

What does wash day look like for you?
I comb and detangle my hair before I wash it because that way it won’t tangle when it’s wet. I wash it with Burt’s Bees More Moisture Shampoo. Afterwards I apply Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Replenishing Conditioner, leave it on over night then rinse with cold water the next morning. I follow up with some leave-in conditioner and olive oil and let it air-dry in twists. I love hassle-free hair!

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
Chunky twist outs. Because on the third day it turns into a mega fro!

How do you combat shrinkage?
Shrinkage is the worst… I usually either pull my hair back with an elastic hair band or create an up-do using a silk scarf! It all comes down to being creative and going with the flow.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
The hair right in the middle of my head is very coarse and dry, so it tangles furiously. I keep it extra moisturized. I’m also super careful with my edges.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
Low manipulation and minimal use of products. It’s nice to see other naturalistas try all kinds of fabulous styles (jealous!) but my fro grows wonderfully when left alone 🙂

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
Combing my hair when it’s wet (it’s painful) and wash-and-goes.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
Instagram: cherylnyasha
Blog: www.oldladera.wordpress.com


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

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Beautiful hair Nyasha 🙂
I am from Zambia and thrilled to see another Southern African spotlight feature.

Loads of Hair Love.


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Superb, what a web site it is! This blog gives useful
data to us, keep it up.


All the Zimbos Stand up! Great to see one of us on the blog cause this blog rarely features Southern, or East Africans…I’m not being nasty but its always the West Africans maybe because they the ones who take Natural hair seriously 🙂 and I would love to see more of us from here embracing our Kinks.

You and your hair are fabulous.

youngin girl

Aww, I would like that too. I mean you could be next:)


I know hundreds of Zims naturals including myself but haven’t seen one with so beautiful and long hair, she is indeed an inspiration to many especially the young ones. Mine is beautiful but refuses to grow lols.

Love JAH

You just gave me the ammunition I need to do my own braid extensions. They don’t have to be super neat as long as I can save my edges. Very pretty lady!


Lovely hair and style.


She bears this resemblance to Sophie Okonedo. Beautiful women both. Love love love your style Nyasha.

youngin girl

I’m glad to see a fellow Zimbabwe. This blog is really spreading and your fro is definition.


What an unbelievably beautiful woman! Loved her story and those photos and her style.


Beautiful article and hair, thanks for sharing 🙂


You are very beautiful…thanks for sharing….


lovely girl,hair,sense of style..just everything!


Great hair and I enjoyed her photos. off topic: @ Horton, why do the English call sweaters “jumpers”? Always curious about that


Why do people in the States call them sweaters when you wear them when it’s cold…? 😉

Etymology of the word jumper: https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=jumper+etymology&oq=jumper+ety&aqs=chrome.1.69i57j0l4.5195j0j7&sourceid=chrome&espv=210&es_sm=93&ie=UTF-8


@ anonUK, thanks. When I was growing up in Jamaica, what we called jumpers are called “overalls” elsewhere. Haven’t seen to many of those and not many Jamaicans say that anymore.


I love that yellow jumper

Naomi M.

The way she described her hair is very similar to mine. Beautiful woman and hair, especially those scarf updo’s and the picture with the flowers in the hair. Definite hair swag. Lol.


Wow, we have the same floral powder blue and pink blazer in the 6th pic to the right! I thrifted mine. Is the brand Alfred Dunner, yes? 🙂

Anyway, gorgeous head of hair and you are super beautiful! I love your feature! xx


Love love your beautiful hair. Feloow Zimbo

Stephanie Tabva

You are too handisati ndaona manturals akawanda ekumba.


I’m Zimbabwean too but live in England. Nice to see others from kumusha.


I see her beautiful pictures all over tumblr! I love the pic with the flower headband! So pretty


You’re beautiful and so is your hair!


Thank you for interview and nice photos. Your hairstyle is amazing.