My turning point was February this year. I cut off my long treated hair and opted for a natural look. Before I came to Kampala this year, I was living in Mbarara and I had a personal hairdresser. He was really good at his work. He used to advise me on what products I should use for my hair and what I shouldn’t. My hair then really looked pretty. It didn’t break. Every day, I prayed that I would get another person as good as him if moved to another place.
Unfortunately, I met worse fate than I had hoped. I thought Kampala would be a hub of good hairdressers but to my shock, it wasn’t. Many of them are very incompetent.
I thought I would get a salon where my hair would be treated from but I was very disappointed. At all the salons that I went to, the hairdressers would not wash my hair well, they wouldn’t even give me any advice on which product to use or not to use. I feel the hairdressers I met all had an ‘I-don’t-care attitude’. Three weeks later my hair started breaking so much that it attracted the attention of those I worked with.
I knew the only way I had to achieve my glory back was to cut it off. From then on, I decided not to visit the salons again. But natural hair is really hard work.
I don’t shampoo or wash my hair regularly because it’s hard to comb. I wash it once or twice a month. Then I oil it once or twice in a week depending on the weather. Usually, when it is hot, the hair dries up faster than when it is cold,so, I apply more food hair during the hot season. I also do treat the hair once a month just to give it life. I also do plait it before I go to bed to keep it soft and straight so that it is not very painful while combing in the morning. This does not take a lot of time because I do it while watching a movie. I am somehow happy with my hair and the way it looks. I would rather “suffer” looking after it than go to hairdressers who don’t have the slightest idea about how one should keep their hair neat.
As told to Sharon M. Omurungi
Natural Hair is not as complicated as we may think. There are great information on how to take care of our hair.