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.
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