Today, I'm starting a new series on the blog called "In the City". I've been thinking of featuring gorgeous ladies rocking their natural hair for a few months now, and I'm very excited that it's finally happening! I hope this will inspire (and give hope!) to all the curly and kinky women out here in Switzerland and elsewhere on the planet. So please welcome to the stage my girl Gerda! :)
Hi Gerda! Please introduce yourself.
Hello everyone. My name is Gerda, I'm from Togo and I live in Switzerland.
Tell us a little bit about your hair story. When and why did you decide to go natural?
I've always been natural. I've never relaxed my hair even though the idea crossed my mind several times.
What does your hair mean to you?
My hair is a reflexion of my history, my origins and it's as versatile as my personality!
How would you describe your hair texture?
My hair is fine and quite straight naturally (I can't rock an afro!). On the bright side, it's very easy to manage because I don't have to deal with a lot of knotting. BUT my strands are unfortunately dry and fragile.
Could you describe to us your hair regimen?
I wash my hair once a week with a nourishing shampoo and I always deep condition afterwards. I recently discovered Garnier Fructis line "Goodbye Damage" with alma oil and I really like it. It makes my hair soft and easy to detangle. By the way, I always detangle my hair while I shampoo.
Then, I let my hair dry a little bit under a towel. Once my hair is damp, I apply my moisturizing cream and some shea butter. I section my hair into 4 parts and I stretch it using the african threading method. The next morning I style it, et voilà!
For my daily dose of moisture, I spray my hair with my mix of water and castor oil. I also retwist my hair at night and sleep with my satin bonnet to preserve my style.
What's your favorite hairstyle?
Without hesitation: the bantu knot-out!! It's definitely my go-to hairstyle! I also love how you can switch it up by adding flowers and headbands or scarfs. When the curls look less defined, I usually put my hair in a bun or do a flat twist crown.
Tell us the thing you love the most, and the thing you love the less, about your natural hair.
I love the versatility and the fact that I can change my look whenever I want. I'm also lucky because my hair is quite easy to manage and to style. However, my strands are fragile and I tend to lose a lot of hair when I detangle. The maintenance is also an issue because it takes a lot of time, patience and strength!
Is it easy for you to find products that work for your hair?
Usually yes. I buy my shampoos in department stores. I find my styling products, like Miss Jessie's Curly Meringue or the Curl Unleashed No Boundaries Leave-In Conditioner, in african shops (Afrikana, Inside Africa) in Geneva or Lausanne. I have issues finding some good quality shea butter though, so I stock up when I travel to Africa. And I'm also desperately looking for some affordable jojoba oil!
Is there anything else you want to add?
For a long time, I didn't like my natural hair and I used to hide it as much as I could. I'm now really happy to see that people around the world are learning to accept the hair they were born with.
Thanks for answering my questions Gerda! And to you ladies, if you know where to find good shea butter or some jojoba oil, share it in the comment section below!