Fierce Fro Feature: Hadassah Agbaps

Hello my lovely readers, this right here is Hadassah Agbaps. she is one of my few hair crushes and I'm proud to feature her on blog :)
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How long have you been natural? 

25 years which is all my life

What's your hair story?

Hmmm...I can't say it's a hair story because the only type of hair I've known is my natural hair. Yes there were times when I didn't want to be different as most Nigerian girls had relaxed hair. During those times, I'd heat straighten my hair but the heat damage wasn't worth it in the end and I had to chop off my hair. I've experimented with different products some of which caused more harm than good. All in all,I've gathered experience about natural hair care.

How do you feel about your hair? 

I love my hair, I love my coils, the volume....everything and wouldn't change it for anything.

What are some of your favorite products?

My all time favorite shampoo is Aussie Moist. It cleans my hair without drying it out and it smells lovely. My go to sulfate free shampoo bar is Dudu Osun African black soap. I use it from head to toe. I don't have a favorite conditioner but I keep coming back to ORS Replenishing Conditioner for a protein boost, NaturVital sage conditioner for sensitive skin to cowash. It's CG friendly. For deep conditioning, I use Emily Millionaire Coconut and herbs or Cantu Shea Repair Leave in. For sealing I love NappyGirl UberMoist Pudding made by me using all natural products. My two favorite styling gels are Ecostyler gel and FOTE Aloe Vera gel.

Describe your hair regimen

Once a month I shampoo using Aussie Moist shampoo. I start with an overnight DC using Emilymillionaire coconut and herbs. Then I shampoo my scalp, rinse, blot dry and apply either ORS (if my very fine hair needs a protein boost) or NaturVital/VO5. Then I condition for 15mins under a shower cap then rinse with cold water. In my last rinse I put an oil in the water. Every two weeks I cowash my hair. I also exclusively fingerdetangle my hair. I notice less breakage. Every two days, I spray a mix of water, Cantu shea repair and oil.

What are your favorite hairstyles?

Minitwists and minitwist outs. I love it because it's low maintenance and reduces over manipulation of my hair.

What has been the hardest part of your natural hair journey? 

What has being natural taught you? * I've not really had any difficult part since I'm used to my hair. My only challenge is reducing breakage to grow out my hair. I want to grow my hair to bra strap or midback without stretching it for a length check. Being natural has taught me confidence especially in Nigeria where natural hair is looked down on as inferior to weaves. I'm proud to be different and unique. Even if the all Nigerian women go natural, no two heads of kinky hair are the same.

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What tips/suggestions do you have for other naturals/transitioners?

Observe how your hair responds to different products and if a product works for you, stick to it. Different products have different pH levels and if your hair accepts a product, changing it will kind of unbalance your hair again. It's like moving house. Don't sleep with your hair as is. Always braid or twist to avoid problems and time wasting in the morning. Hot oil treatments is the best! I make sure to do it once a month at least and I don't need grease for gloss!

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