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#BNFroFriday: “I’m a Naturalista that Rocks!” Gorgeous Ghanaian, Sika Osei of 53 Extra shares her Hair Journey with BN Beauty

Eki Ogunbor

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It’s time for another edition of the #BNFroFriday interview.

Today we have gorgeous Ghanaian TV presenter from 53 Extra, Sika Osei. She is also a film producer and in her words “above all I’m a Naturalista that Rocks! I’ve always wanted to say that lol.” Sika is  our first Ghanaian natural to be featured on #BNFroFriday and in this interview she tell us about her journey from relaxing her hair as a teen to getting a big chop after 5 years! Today, she’s even more in love with her hair!

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

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Here’s Sika’s Hair Story

BellaNaija: Tell us about your hair
Sika Osei: My hair was kept natural from childhood till I was in my early teens when I snuck behind my mum’s back to relax it after my friend convinced me to do it! HUGE MISTAKE! Lol. It thinned out my hair and it started falling out. Mum was not pleased. I stayed relaxed till 2011 when I decided to grow out the perm and become natural. My hair colour is 1B and is a mix of a 4B and 4C texture leaning more to the latter. It grows quite thick but inwardly and I have to stretch it out to see the length. It’s also quite challenging to comb out so in the past I have tried texture altering treatments that are natural hair friendly, but it never really worked long term.

BN: Why did you decide to go natural?
SO: My decision to go natural was simply because the chemicals were ruining the thickness of my hair and causing lots of breakage and split ends.

Relaxed Hair

Relaxed Hair

BN: You were once relaxed, how did you make the change?
SO: I’ve had to transition twice. My first transition was gradual allowing the relaxed hair to grow out and eventually cutting the split ends. My second transition however was a few months ago after an unfortunate encounter with a bad texturiser that ended up half way relaxing my hair. This time I went for the Big Chop.

After First Transition

After First Transition

Texturised Hair

Texturised Hair

It was one of the saddest moments in my natural hair journey having to cut all my hair off after 5 years of growth. But ironically it’s ended being a blessing in disguise; empowering and a learning process. Almost everyone freaked out especially those who’ve known me since I started. Some even encouraged me to fix weaves till I grow it out as it made me look too much like a tomboy! Fast forward a few months later, the critics have been won over and this gives me even more reason to rock my locks confidently.

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Big Chop Stage

BN: Are you tempted to go back to having relaxed hair?
SO: I have NO temptation to relax my hair again. With the options of weaves and wigs, there is really no need to relax my hair ever again.

BN: Ever hidden your natural hair?
SO: Yeah. Initially the intention was to just grow it out and give relaxing another try. So it was weaves, wigs and protective styles for the first 2 years. When I started to wear it out it was extremely hard to manage and style and I had no real understanding of it. It didn’t look like It did in the magazines or on the celebs on TV which was disappointing so It was just easier to just hide it.

BN: How long have you kept your natural hair?
SO: 6 years now from when I first transitioned

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After First Transition

BN: How does climate where you live affect your hair?
SO: Well the heat and humidity dries out my hair and doesn’t help with shrinkage. I’m constantly having to wash it because of sweat and dirt, I also apply oils to help keep the hair moist.

BN: How do you cope with this dryness and effects of climate?
SO: You work with what you have and once you begin to understand your hair; ie how it reacts to climate, certain products and how to achieve the looks you want despite everything, the negative effects become a non-factor.

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Straw Curls

BN: What’s your stance on natural vs chemical products?
SO: Just like how I feel about everything else in life: To each their own. Each has its pros and cons and gives you a different look. I think it’s always about what one is confident and comfortable with and feels most beautiful in. Because at the end of the day, for you to really feel beautiful when your hair is in its natural state (especially in this day and age), that’s the height of confidence.

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BN: What’s your daily, weekly and/or monthly hair routine?
SO: I wash as often as I need to depending on how dirty my hair is. Interestingly I wash with a Shea Butter based conditioner and I hardly shampoo. Yes guys, you can wash your hair with just conditioner. I live for Coconut Oil and Castor Oil also, those are my go to oils to keep moisture in and I apply this when the hair is wet. I am all about my home made treatments with Avocado, Eggs and Mayo. This I do once or twice a month. Lastly I keep my hair in twists to stretch it out and maintain length.

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BN: What advice would you give to people thinking of going natural?
SO: Two things. Firstly, don’t be swayed by those who constantly complain about how hard and expensive maintaining natural hair is! Nothing good starts easy but it gets easier and well worth it. Secondly, don’t compare your natural hair to others. It’s completely different textures that behave and look different. It’s really comes down to getting to know your hair and what it likes.

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BN: What do you like best about your hair and being natural?
SO: I love that my natural hair brings out my face and all its features. It makes me look younger which is a plus and it’s awfully liberating and freeing to not have to always succumb to societal standards of what beautiful hair is. The growth process is fun as each stage allows you to explore new styles and also gives you a new look. But the best thing about my hair is that it makes me stand out and I like standing out!

BN: What are your favourite styles to rock?
SO: My hair is short now so I’m enjoying rocking twist outs and straw curls

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Photo Credits: Chini from Studio Wellbrook @chini_studiowellbrook, Bernard Okulaja | @bernardokulaja

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

15 Comments

  1. Catherine

    May 13, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Woohoooo go sexy!!!!

  2. Me

    May 13, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    Soooo bored of these “hair journey” artlcles.. As India arie said “I am not my hair”…..#offtowatchpaintdryinstead #exits

    • Just my 1 Cents

      May 13, 2016 at 5:30 pm

      lol no be only you. Who hair eppp?
      Gorgeous lady nevertheless

    • Tunmi

      May 13, 2016 at 5:58 pm

      See the amazing thing about blogs is that there is more than one. And even at that, there is more than one topic. Let me borrow from Ali Baba’s post, “you are not the target”

  3. Helen

    May 13, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    Nice.

  4. def

    May 13, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    Ehnn, if mine looks scraggly and I ve any amount of difficulty owning it.
    Perm it.
    Looooooool.
    As they say here-“its not that deep”.

  5. Tyz

    May 13, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    My favourite TV girl! !! ??

  6. Tunmi

    May 13, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    Woahhhhhh sue looks really good with short hair

  7. mouth mouth

    May 13, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    THERE IS SOMETHING THAT I REALIZE TODAY, I NEVER PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO GIRLS WITH WEAVE AND PERMED HAIR, I SEE THEM AS VERY LESS INTELLIGENT FOR NOT EMBRACING THEIR NATURAL SELF AND TRYING SO HARD TO WEAR OYIBO HAIR, IN FACT THEY NOW WEAR BLOND . TELL ME HOW AS A BUSINESS MAN LIKE MYSELF WILL TAKE THIS GIRLS SERIOUS IF YOU ROCKING BLOND WHITE OYIBO HAIR AND YOU ARE BLACK ?YOU MAY HAVE GOOD EDUCATION BUT I FEEL YOU ARE NOT AS POWERFUL AS YOU THINK AND SO DO WHITE PEOPLE WILL FEEL THE SAME WAY. THEY ARE GOOD FOR OFFICE AND KEEP THEM TYPING TILL THE END OF THE DAY. DO NOT MISTAKENLY ASK THEM FOR OPINION TILL YOU SEE THEM EMBRACING THEIR NATURAL SELF

    • Anonymous

      May 14, 2016 at 9:54 am

      You need to shut up, talk about stupid! smh.

    • Rhon

      May 15, 2016 at 1:25 am

      Well, so much for free speech…

  8. AmaPra Twia(Ghana)

    May 13, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    Her name is very interesting as Sika in Twi means money. So her name is Money Osei. Anyways, her hair is very pretty.

  9. Anon

    May 14, 2016 at 4:29 am

    Natural hair, overly made up face. I’m seeing you.

  10. Nach

    May 14, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Am so tired of all these team natural.Majority of the ladies in Deeper life have always had natural hair.Many people living abroad don’t use relaxers.Why all these.I even heard there is a group for people with Natural Hair.Na wa o Nigeria

  11. Trouble shooter

    May 14, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    Oh pulease, say the truth and shame the devil… U decided to go natural because its currently in vogue n not because the chemicals in relaxers causes hair breakage. #yimu… Patiently waiting for d day all ye naturalistas will relax your hair one by one.

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