Meet our fine Mami of the Week, the lovely Dinah
Itʼs got to be Volume over Length any day people.Dinah
- What is your name? Social media handles: My name is Dinah Nambi Kakande, dinah_kakande for both Twitter and Instagram and dinahann31 for Snapchat.
2. How long have you had your natural hair? Could say Iʼve had my hair for 5 years but I had a chop at the start of this year so itʼs a bit abstract.
3. What is the most rewarding part of having natural hair? Iʼm a very spontaneous person who easily gets bored by things so having natural hair is fulfilling because of the multiple things I can do with it when itʼs out yeah.
4. Have you found a regimen which works for you? If yes, what is your current regimen? Iʼve found a regimen since my chop. Before Iʼd just let grow haha but my friends; Hilda Afekuru & @ kinky_glory_256 (IG) have been of significant help on this bumpy journey. I used to do straws all the time Iʼd have it out or like hot comb it so you can imagine the heat I used to apply to it. So first I eliminated heat from the equation. Iʼm going to lay out what I do with my hair when I have it out:
- Before washing Hair
- Comb the Hair
- Mix honey, 2 cover fulls of apple cider vinegar, and a little sprinkle of sodium bicarbonate.
- Pour some warm water on your scalp to open the pores.
- And then apply the mixture to your hair and let it rest there for an hour or an hour and half.
- After the hour, wash the hair with egg shampoo.
- Then rinse out the shampoo and the mixture with rice water in the first wash out. The rice water makes the hair manageable and helps with hair growth.
- The second hair wash, use regular egg shampoo and then use warm water first to exfoliate the scalp further and then cold water to close the pores.
- After that process, dry the hair, boil water and put your bottle of castor oil to gain some heat from that boiled water.
- Apply Cantu Shea Butter Leave- in Conditioning Repair cream on the damp hair.
- After the hair drying, I apply the warm castor oil on the hair scalp and then plait a protective hair style like twist outs, flat twists or twist outs.
- To always keep my hair moist; Mix Leave-in conditioner, Castor oil, Olive oil, some honey and Rose water in a spray bottle. It keeps the hair moist when it feels dry. – And after spraying the hair with the said mixture, apply coconut oil to the hair. I know this seems like a lot of work but you get what you give and honestly why not give it your all (haha) jk jk I do this only like once when I have the hair out.
5. What hair products are you currently obsessed with? Currently obsessed with the Jamaican Black castor oil.
6. Where do you get your products from? I get them from Pioneer mall (Ali the Indian man’s shop) and Eve& Nico’s also at Pioneer Mall , then Afros and mo.
7. What is your go-to hairstyle with your natural hair? Bantu twist outs (here I really gotta shout out my friend Hilda because that’s really my Slime). Iʼd be lying if I said I know how to even twist hair hahahahaha, I plan to learn before I have my kids though) and of course headwraps, because they save my bad days tirelessly.
8. What is your go-to protective style? I love to do curls when I donʼt have the hair out because they really are the homie man they last up to like 2 months.
9. What did/do you find most challenging about your hair? Most challenging thing was the dandruff but thatʼs laid off now. Also my hair absorbs any kind of liquid so basically Eco Styler and other shit just canʼt lay it man.
10. Hair advice you live by? Itʼs got to be Volume over Length any day people. I honestly regret all the time I spent heating my hair because it would be really healthier by now. Itʼs been a turbulent street but Iʼm getting where I hope to be.
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