In this week’s natural hair story, we are shining the spotlight on Chichi. Chichi is a lover of all things beauty and fashion. Here is Chichi’s hair story…
What is your name and where are you from?
My name is Chichi and I am a freelance beauty blogger from London.
How long have you been natural?
Apart from relaxing my hair between the ages of 11 and 13, I’ve been natural all my life.
What motivated you to go natural?
I had a lot of issues with relaxing my hair – I have a very dry, flaky and sensitive scalp – so the chemicals from the relaxer caused a lot of pain. Plus, I found relaxing my hair too much of a hassle, from my mum’s constant nagging to rude hairdressers. I think hair care should be fun so I reached a point where I’d had enough, so I decided to take matters into my own hands and start looking after my hair myself. I started researching hair care, then I had my hair trimmed and since then I’ve not looked back.
What are your favorite products to use?
I have to use a medicated shampoo for my scalp – Nizoral. I love to use deep conditioning treatments for my hair – I use Aussie’s Deep Conditioning Treatment.
What products (if any) would you never try again?
I find that a lot of shampoos contain sulfates, which can be very drying on the scalp, so I have to avoid a lot of shampoos.
What is your go-to natural hairstyle?
I don’t have a particular style. I tend to put my hair into a protective style and I then when I go out, I undo it, moisturize, comb it out and add a clip to it.
Have you ever felt any insecurities when it comes to your hair?
Yes, definitely! Growing up, I was always made to feel bad about my hair and my looks. I experienced a lot of instances of colorism from my black peers and I’ve always been judged and policed on how I style my hair. Nowadays, I style my hair my way and I don’t really care what people think. I have to do what makes me feel happy and comfortable.
Do you feel that you have ever been treated differently (in the workplace, amongst family or your peers) because of your hair?
In the workplace, no. I am a freelancer and I work from home, by myself for myself, so I don’t really experience any bad treatment.
Growing up, I was treated poorly by my peers for my hair. Funnily enough, whenever I’ve experienced bad treatment, it’s usually from other black people, whereas if I’ve ever received compliments on my hair, it’s usually from people of all races. I do think that the black communities still have a way to go before accepting and embracing all hair types. I think that growing up, the natural movement wasn’t as big as it is now, and a lot of people I knew subscribed to the ‘straight is better’ mentality.
What has been the hardest part of your hair journey?
Learning how to take care of my hair and maintain it, especially with my scalp issues. I’m still learning.
What advice would you offer to those who are looking to start a natural hair journey?
Do it! Don’t worry too much about what others think. Do what is right for you, and make sure you research hair care tips.
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