This week we have a very special Mami, find out the things that make Roza’s hair the sumptuous crown it is!
” Be gentle with your hair. Everything that matters in life must be built. Including your hair, don’t be in a hurry to have a ponytail of weak, dry and damaged hair, rather have short, thick, moisturized and healthy hair. “– Martha Roza
2. How long have you had your natural hair? I have had my natural hair for 6 years now. Phew!!!
3. What is the most rewarding part of having natural hair?The most rewarding part of having natural hair is not having to go to the salon every two weeks for it to be pumped with chemicals. I also love the versatility and playfulness of my hair
4. Have you found a regimen which works for you? If yes, what is your current regimen?MOISUTRIZING with water!!!!! Funny in high school we didn’t want our hair to get wet or beat up by rain but then I learnt that the best moisturizer is actually water, these days I keep a spray bottle with water in it and literally moisturize my hair to kill boredom. LOC method; L-Liquid, Oil, Cream and styling as desired.
5. What hair products are you currently obsessed with?ALL Livara and Cantu products. I love ‘em all! From shampoos to moisturizing creams- love ‘em, love ‘em
6. Where do you get your products from?Livara shop at Kampala boulevard and Ali’s shop at pioneer mall
7. What is your go-to hairstyle with your natural hair?My All-time favorite is the High-Puff. I often do Twists (especially when I know I am about to have a very busy schedule and won’t have time to love on my hair properly in the mornings), bantu knots and headwraps (for a bad hair day or when I don’t have time)
8. What is your go-to protective style? Headwraps – I can go on headwraps for a month straight…I moisturize and condition my hair underneath and then wrap that African print cloth on top of it.
Braids – box large box braids especially since my front hair is weaker than my middle hair and back hair thus very prone to breakage. So, I plait 2-3 times a year. Am also about to start my wig journey >wink<
9. What did/do you find most challenging about your hair? Taming the mane hunay!!! challenging !!!! especially on a day when don’t have time!! Funny how the hair acts up when I don’t have the time. That was tough!!! My first two years, I would hot comb it but that turned my hair into a dry mess so I let that go
10. Hair advice you live by? HAIR ADVICE!! HERE GOES THE LIST.
- Know your hair!!!! Your hair isn’t the same as your girlfriend’s hair. Take time to know the porosity of your hair, density and volume as this helps one to know how best to love on their hair!
- Research!!! Research about hair products, don’t just use something because everyone is using it. When you know your hair, you will know what products are best for your hair.
- Be gentle with your hair. Everything that matters in life must be built. Including your hair, don’t be in a hurry to have a ponytail of weak, dry and damaged hair, rather have short, thick, moisturized and healthy hair. Care for your hair be gentle with it. We all know African hair is like a whole child – so care for it as you would a child.
- Flee from small tooth combs. They pull and snag at hair causing it to break and become weak. Thus, invest in hair tools – a wide tooth comb (personally I use my fingers to detangle my hair- hey God gave me tools already), hair scissors for when you want to cut split ends – don’t use ordinary scissors as these cause even more split ends)
- Use silk bonnets for sleeping and if you can get one, silk pillow cases too. Avoid cotton or any other material for a sleep bonnet – they damage your hair
- And most importantly, natural hair is not meant to be perfect, it is meant to be fun and funky and enjoyable!!! So, enjoy it!