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

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
N:
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?
N:
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.
N:
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.

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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?
N:
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.
N:
Chunky twist outs. Because on the third day it turns into a mega fro!

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
N:
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?
N:
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?
N:
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?
N:
Comb­ing my hair when it’s wet (it’s painful) and wash-and-goes.

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

Meosha

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

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Sibongile

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

Loads of Hair Love.

Sibongile.

garcinia cambogia

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

khanyi

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:)

kitso

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!

Hansy

Love­ly hair and style.

Obi

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.

Elle

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

Kimberly

Beau­ti­ful arti­cle and hair, thanks for shar­ing :)

Cheryl

You are very beautiful…thanks for shar­ing.…

Jj

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

Pat

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

AnonUK

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

Pat

@ 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.

HortonHearsA...

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.

Tai

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

kitso

Love love your beau­ti­ful hair. Feloow Zim­bo

Stephanie Tabva

You are too han­d­is­ati ndaona man­tu­rals akawan­da ekum­ba.

Dee

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

norris

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

ehjayl

You’re beau­ti­ful and so is your hair!

LosHairos

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

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