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#BNFroFriday: Happy Birthday! BellaNaija’s Eki talks About Her 6 year Natural Hair Journey

Eki Ogunbor

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Hey everyone! Today’s edition of the #BNFroFriday interview features me, Eki Ogunbor. I’m a personal style blogger at www.thechameleonblogger.com and I’m a part of the BN team, posting style, living and beauty content. A few BellaNaijarians have asked me to share my story and today is my birthday? so I thought why not! I decided to do this interview to also encourage you to share your hair journey with us too!

We started this series with celebrities, but if you’re reading this and would like to talk about your real hair journey – natural or relaxed, do email us – [email protected]

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So here’s my story!

BellaNaija: Tell us about your hair 
Eki Ogunbor: I’m fully Nigerian with black 4c hair. I was relaxed for 5 years in my life before I went back to being natural again and now it’s been six years since my big chop. I also tried texlaxing/texturizing once but I ended up cutting those ends off, I’ll never try it again.

BN: Why did you decide to go natural?
EO: I was tired of relaxing my hair. I could sit for hours doing braids but I couldn’t stand relaxing my hair and so I started thinking of a way out. Initially I thought the way out would be to cut my hair till I realized I had a friend with natural hair, she was a big inspiration for me.

Relaxed Hair

Relaxed Hair

BN: How did you make the change? 
EO: I transitioned for 6 months but I did the big chop after. I did this because I wanted to get a feel of my hair texture before committing to the journey and I did the big chop because I really wanted to see what I’d look like with really short hair.
My family was really shocked when I cut off all my hair, others were really angry because I had long relaxed hair but my friend Tayo who was the only person I knew with natural hair at the time, helped me and introduced me to forums like this online and I was able to learn a lot.

Big Chop

Big Chop

BN: Are you tempted to go back to it?
EO: I’m not tempted just yet because I don’t think relaxed/straight hair fits me as well as big curly hair and my natural hair is big and curly so why change that? It’s all about what works for you really, if big curly hair isn’t your look then go straight!

BN: Ever hidden your natural hair?
EO: Yes I have, this happened a lot when I was in school. Taking proper care of hair can become stressful so I’m all for protective styling even until now. It also helps the health of my hair, it’s really one of my secret weapons because I can be quite lazy when it comes to time consuming haircare, I just want to get up and go!

2015

2015

BN: How long have you kept your natural hair? 
EO: I’ve been natural since April 2010 so this is my sixth year being natural. I’ve cut it a few times since then but that’s my thing with hair, it’ll always grow back regardless of how long it takes, it’s just the way God made us.

BN: How does climate where you live affect your hair?
EO: My hair gets very dry sometimes. I don’t know if it’s my fault because I don’t like greasy hair so I don’t use a lot of oil but sometimes the weather contributes to this dryness.

BN: How do you deal with this dryness?
EO: I deep condition or do a hot oil treatment every now and then ideally every week or two. I also love how moisturiser feels on my hair so I moisturise and seal my ends whenever I can.

March 2011

March 2011

BN: What’s you stance on natural vs chemical products?
EO: I’m for both. My shampoo and conditioner are a mixture of chemicals and natural products. From Herbal Essences to Shea Moisture, they all contain ingredients with various functions for the health of my hair.

BN: What’s your daily, weekly and/or monthly hair routine?
EO: I always have one protective style or the other which I get done at O’Naturals natural hair salon and they take good care of my hair there because I don’t always have time to do it myself. They also advice on the hair care routine that’s best for the style I have on and how to prolong it’s neatness till my next visit. Between protective styles, I wash and deep condition with different products like the Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla range, the Cantu Shea Butter range especially the co-wash shampoo and Herbal Essences Hello Hydration range. I also use a lot of Coconut Oil (hair and scalp), Castor Oil (mostly scalp) and Shea Butter (hair, to seal in moisture).

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BN: What advice would you give to people thinking of going natural?
EO: Patience.
Do Your Research and Be Patient! The patience bit is the most important part in my opinion, be patient while making your decision. Watch videos, read books, magazines and articles. Don’t do it for anybody, don’t let anyone’s words influence your decision. It is YOUR hair on YOUR head not your mum’s, your friend’s or your sister’s. It’s YOUR journey.
Also, be patient with your hair: if you disturb it and don’t take care of it, it will disturb you! If you’re bothered about growth, do what you need to do for the health of your hair and watch it flourish. Great things take time.

BN: What do you like best about your hair and being natural?
EO: I love that it’s full and I can manipulate the curls or straighten it to achieve any look I want. Sometimes it’s like my hair has it’s own personality, it does whatever it wants and I enjoy that part of my journey, learning more about a part of me.

2015 - Straightened Hair

2015 – Straightened Hair

BN: What are your favourite styles to rock and why?
EO: Any form of protective styling, ANY! But one style I love with my own hair is a simple blow out and sometimes a twist out/curly fro on stretched out hair. I also wear a lot of wigs when I want a straight look to switch things up

Favourite Styles & Protective Styling all by O’Naturals

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2015

2015

2014

2014

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2016

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2016

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2016

Credits: Eki Ogunbor | @thechameleonblogger

Eki is the Editor for BellaNaija Style and Lifestyle Editor for BellaNaija.com She has a Vogue Fashion Certificate from Conde Nast College of Fashion & Design and also attended Central Saint Martins, London College of Fashion and the University of Kent. Eki headed the Design Operations at a top Nigerian womenswear fashion brand before finding love at BellaNaija Style.Eki loves all things creative. Follow her on Instagram @ekiogunbor BellaNaija Style: [email protected] | @bellanaijastyle BellaNaija Beauty: @bellanaijabeauty BellaNaija Living: [email protected] | @bellanaijaliving

29 Comments

  1. Nne

    May 6, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    Love! ?❤

  2. Cookies?

    May 6, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Damn girl!! Why art thou soo fine? Meanwhile your hair is making me green over here.?

  3. OmaOma

    May 6, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    Nice!!!!???

  4. Drknite

    May 6, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    Happy Birthday boo thang! Enjoy your special day.

  5. Lydia Otubanjo

    Lydia Otubanjo

    May 6, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    ???? YAASSS!!!! Love it I cannot wait for your tenth year pictures! I wish my twa would get a grip and grow lol. Happy birthday beautiful… ???? You inspire me.

  6. Ginger

    May 6, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    Beautiful,curvy African woman. Love!

  7. ogeAdiro

    May 6, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    Beauty wey no get borders! Who needs hair with this kind beauty.
    When I see a woman with your type of natural hair I just assume that she’s smart. That Chimamanda effect. Experience has been trying teach me otherwise though. But I still no wan learn.

  8. nna

    May 6, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    Your hair is amazing, it warranted my first post on bellanaija since i started viewing bellanaija 5 years ago.

  9. Blessed more!

    May 6, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    Happy birthday Eki! And I love, love, love your hair 🙂

  10. sweet

    May 6, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    Babe forget natural hair -you fine no be small- your skin is biutifulele……..my neck is long if I dare shoe my natural hair…..hmmmn! ….make I no talk

  11. Great Lady

    May 6, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Seeing your hair has solidified my decision of going natural. You’re beautiful ma’am.

  12. Audrey

    May 6, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    Can we talk about how beautiful she is for a minute? Goodness!

  13. mrs chidukane

    May 6, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    You’re so gorgeous! Your hair and beauty has encouraged me to do the big chop for the 3rd time, lol.

  14. Nk

    May 6, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    lovely hair! happy birthday

  15. Tolu

    May 6, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    Now I believe the beautiful ones are already existing.
    She’s a goddess!!!

  16. Tunmi

    May 6, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    Bruhhh high she is gorgeous ????????? and the hair suits her face

  17. ATL's finest

    May 6, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    #TEAMNATURAL#???? lovely skin/face. HBD EKi

  18. I love Shea butter

    May 6, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    Happy birthday beauty! Taurus babies rock. Beautiful as your hair.

  19. can we marry please?

    May 6, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    please be my wife!

  20. Rosie

    May 6, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    @Audrey….ah yes, we can talk about her beauty. You should see her physically, she is pwetttty in and out. Happy birthday Eki… no comment about the hair, am too jealous…

  21. ThankGodForMe

    May 6, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    Africa

  22. tony

    May 6, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    my kind of OMo… even like the 5head…. I mean 4head… hehehe Inbox your number joor!!!

  23. Jadesola Odujole

    May 6, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    Daaaammnn Gurl!!! You fine!! And that hair! Oh My…
    You just made me drop some rhymes…
    Now that we know the hair secret, we’ll like the life secrets too ?????

  24. xxxx

    May 6, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    I woke up one day saw how chopped out my front hair was and decided to look for ways to grow it back. By the end of the day I started transitioning. I later found out that was what it is called from my youtube video viewing.
    I have come to love taking care of my hair. It’s rather fun to me. And I length check every minute. Lol.
    I have equally come to love veggies, salad and fruit alot. So if for nothing else, this transitioning is helping my health long term.
    I just started and I look forward to the day I can rock an afro at least.
    And by the way my front hair is growing out fine. Lol.
    It’s cool.

  25. editor

    May 6, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    love how versatile she is with styling!

  26. A-nony

    May 6, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    Oh my!!!! I saw her at sweet kiwi today. I kept looking at her hair (the last picture) and I was like “wow”!!!!! Y’all should see the hair in real life. The picture doesn’t do her justice.

  27. Anon

    May 7, 2016 at 12:01 am

    I’m not a team natural person, however Eki e ma ran mma. You also have a beautiful forehead. It adds a lot to your beauty.

  28. Mz Socially Awkward...

    May 7, 2016 at 12:46 am

    That last photo… I need the deets on how to get that done.

    Belated birthday wishes, Eki. Your hair is gorgeous (as are you). ?

  29. Ej

    May 7, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Pls which product did u use for ur front hair?

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