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#BNFroFriday: Owner of HairvolutionbyBee Lounge, Adebobola Adedeji speaks to BN Beauty about her Lovely Texlaxed Hair and Healthy Hair Journey

Eki Ogunbor

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Today’s #BNFroFriday interview features the lovely Adebobola Adedeji. Popularly known as Bee, Adebobola is a Food Safety Specialist, Baker, healthy hair enthusiast and a salon owner. She told us, “I’ve always loved my hair but I didn’t know the best and right way to care for it until about 2 years ago.” It was this love for healthy hair that made her open her hair salon called HairvolutionbyBee Lounge, which is in Ile-Ife. Read all about her healthy hair journey below and how she just might be going natural soon!

BellaNaija: Tell us about your hair  
Adebobola Adedeji: I’m Nigerian (Yoruba) and my natural curl pattern is 4B/4C. My hair is quite dark/black. However, I have a number of grey strands in front. I started using Henna to cover the grey strands so they are red now.

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BN: When did your journey to healthy hair care start and how did it start?
AA: I started my healthy hair journey in May, 2014. Before then, I was so frustrated with the amount of breakage I was having, so I decided to do some research on the Internet. I found pictures of several African and Nigerian ladies that had waist length hair. I was amazed and this made me challenge myself, that if they could do it, I could too.

I started learning and unlearning things. I discovered a lot of bad hair practices that were responsible for my hair woes. One major challenge I encountered on my healthy hair journey was “salons”. Most were ignorant, and some were also obstinate and set in their ways.

I resorted to making my hair myself for almost 2 years until I decided to open a healthy hair salon; HairvolutionbyBee Lounge, Ile-Ife. I believe this would help a lot of hairlistas around here. (Follow her on Instagram with @hairvolutionbybee)

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BN: How often do you wash your hair what products do you use?
AA: I wash my hair at least once in two weeks but I’ve also learnt to listen to my hair. Sometimes wash days are more frequent, other times less so. I will never go longer than 3-4 weeks without washing my hair though.

Products

Shampoos: Creme of Nature moisture and Shine Shampoo, ORS Creamy Aloe Shampoo, Vitale Olive Oil Anti-breakage Neutralizing Shampoo, Liquid African Black soap

Deep Conditioners: ORS Replenishing Conditioner, ORS Hair Mayonnaise, Motions Moisture Plus Conditioner, Aphogee Keratin Two Minutes Reconstructor, Aphogee Two Step Protein Treatment.

Rinse-Out Conditioners: Alberto VO5 Conditioners

Leave-in Conditioners: Profectiv Megagrowth Daily Leave-in Strengthener, Aphogee Green Tea Keratin Restructurizer, African Pride Moisture Intense Shea Butter Miracle Leave in Conditioner

Oils and Butters: Grapeseed oil, Vitamin E oil, Coconut oil, HairvolutionbyBee Whipped Shea butter, Lavender oil, Peppermint oil and Tea Tree oil

Moisturisers: Luster’s S.curl Activator Moisturizer, Cantu Shea Butter Natural Hair Creamy Lotion

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BN: Do you think your long hair is more genes than actually taking care of your hair?
AA: The length of my hair is definitely not genes but it’s a result of good hair care practices. My hair was struggling before I started my healthy hair journey as pictured.

BN: Do you fully relax or texlax, how often and do you believe in spacing it out?
AA: I texlax my hair. I touch-up every 16-20 weeks. Relaxer/Texlax stretching or spacing is key in having healthy relaxed/texlaxed hair. One major culprit of unhealthy relaxed hair is overprocessing especially by overlapping touch-ups.

Relaxers should ONLY be applied to NEW GROWTH. This would be difficult if the new growth is less than one inch. Since the average hair growth rate is 0.5 inches per month, it’s best to wait at least 8 weeks, preferably 10 – 12 weeks before retouching.

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BN: What’s your stance on natural vs chemical products
AA: I prefer natural products because everything used on skin or hair eventually gets absorbed into the body. So one must be careful. However, there are some chemical ingredients that are good for some hair types. For example, my hair loves good silicone.

BN: At what age do you think it’s suitable for a child to relax their natural hair?
AA: Sigh. This is a tough one. I personally prefer kids keep their natural hair. However, if a parent feels it’s best to chemically alter their child’s hair, they should make sure it’s done properly and by a professional. I also think the child should not be younger than five years old.

BN: Have you ever coloured your hair, what was the result/outcome, would you do it again?
AA: I’ve never used artificial colour on my hair and I don’t plan to. I believe the relaxer is enough chemical stress for my hair. I use Henna, and I love the results in terms of strengthening and red highlights so far.

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BN; How often do you cut/trim?
AA: I’m somewhat “scissors happy” so I trim/dust a lot. The state of my ends usually determine when I trim, but I definitely trim after every texlax touch up. At least 4 to 5 times in a year overall

BN: How does climate where you live affect your hair? How do you deal with negative effects of climate?
AA: I usually adjust my regimen or products to suit the weather or season. I use more Glycerin/Honey based products during rainy season, while I moisturise more and seal with heavy butters during dry season.

BN: Have you ever experienced breakage with your current hair, and if so what did you do?
AA: Whenever I notice breakage, I try to determine if my hair needs more moisture or protein. Then I give it TLC by reducing manipulation. I also do tea rinses every now and then to reduce shedding.

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BN: Have you ever considered going natural or felt pressured to?
AA: I would definitely go natural (love it) but not yet. I’m still loving my texlaxed hair for now. I’ve personally encouraged a lot of people to go natural, my mom inclusive. I’m just not ready yet.

I also want to prove a point that chemically altered hair can also be long and healthy. It’s about the hair care and consistent regimen

BN: What are your favourite styles to rock and why? How do you care for your hair when it’s in its protective style?
AA: I love wigs, I believe wigs are the ultimate protective styles. When using wigs, I put my hair in cornrows or calabar braids. Then I spritz them with a moisturising spray, put on a wig cap then put on the wig. I also moisturise and seal my hair and oil my scalp at least once in 3 days. I wash, deep condition and redo my braids or cornrows every 2/3 weeks.

I also love crochet styles and simple updos. I love them because they are quite easy for me to make and/or install myself. Yes… I make my own wigs. They also allow my scalp to breathe and I have good access to care for my hair too.

Thank you very much for the opportunity

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Thanks for sharing your story Bee!

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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

20 Comments

  1. hashva

    October 14, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    so starting this hair journey for my daughter and I….

  2. Majestic

    October 14, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    I think I will better be texlaxed than natural. I just need a coach. So many products to be used. Hoping to start the journey soon

  3. A.M

    October 14, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Beautiful, healthy hair!

  4. gbenga

    October 14, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Ur haiir make sense faa!!!..its nice..i meaan i can stare at it all dayy..lool

    check out my site Plusheer.com

  5. Roma

    October 14, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Beautiful hair.

  6. Pink

    October 14, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Gorgeous hair!

  7. ho

    October 14, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    all thise products on hair wen penson Neva shop bellyful… that’s y I jealous mens life,barb’ ur hair and pour water always

  8. Me

    October 14, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    Bella Naija is subtly starting the perm your hair movement!!!

  9. ...

    October 14, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    I think relaxing or using any chemical product on a child’s hair is torturous and should not be condoned or allowed. Have you ever seen the look on children’s faces when they are getting their hair relaxed, combed (agressively), hot combed, braided (especially tightly or those tiny braids), etc.? Kids don’t need that stuff… so my people please work with your child’s hair with love, patience and care or go to a knowledgeable professional. A lot of parents use harsh products on their kids hair because they don’t have the patience to work with certain hair type. Instead of wetting hair, applying oil/conditioner then using fingers to detangle knots and overly tight curls, they’ll just pull it with comb… even worse, they do it on dry hair! Imagine the pain and breakage that comes from that. Biko nu, stop doing tight anf (or) tiny braids on kids, stop using glue or using too many products, stop weaving their hair and stop braiding the edges and act surprised when it starts to resemble a rat chew toy. Their scalp can’t handle such pressure, pain and routine. A little patience goes a long way when it comes haircare especially children’s hair, so make una leave all these gra gra stuff before kids start walking around with 1 strand of thin struggle hair lmao.

    • A.M

      October 15, 2016 at 7:18 pm

      I had hoped this beautiful article wouldn’t be misinterpreted by the natural hair community. I was wrong.

  10. Denzel

    October 14, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    Nigerians equate long hair with healthy hair

    • Yimu

      October 14, 2016 at 8:01 pm

      LOL. Na so but it’s not just Nigerians, hair obsessed folks especially many African Americans think say length na the definition of healthy hair. Volume is much more important as well as lush (healthy glow, quality texture and all that stuff). I dey laugh inside tire when I see some people with struggle pony tail or long stringy hair talking about long hair don’t care. I commend this babe’s hustle but her hair is not appealing to me and it doesn’t have a healthy glow or appearance. It’s quite average for someone who is supposed to be an informed and experienced stylist and salon owner for that matter. Then again, she said she started her journey just few years ago and she already jumped into salon which is typical of some of our people. We no go finish learning first and we wan start teaching.

    • A.M

      October 15, 2016 at 7:25 pm

      The only thing I agree with you on is volume. I love voluminous hair even more than I love long hair but that’s just my preference. I know people who prefer bone straight hair..no thickness at all. I’d like to say that her hair appeals to me though. It’s healthy and it’s beautiful. Stop being a hater.. you people tk this natural hair thing too seriously , it’s just hair. I suggest you read chimamanda’s recent piece. You can skip through other parts right till you get to where she discussed “difference”. If it’s so hard to respect another humans choice even if you can’t comprehend it, it’s worrisome.

    • Yimu

      October 17, 2016 at 4:52 pm

      @ A.M: Your comment is hypocritical and amusing at the same time. What makes me a hater… because I don’t fancy her hair? It’s immature to label someone a hater for not fawning over someone or something. You find her hair appealing, I don’t… which part of it is hating? If I’m a hater for not liking it, does that mean you are an ass kisser for liking it? It’s amazing you referenced Chimamanda’s piece on “difference” yet you labeled me a hater for having an outlook and opinion that differs from yours lmbo. Abeg save your bow legged advice for yourself and practice wetin you dey yab before you try to preach to others.

    • Bee

      October 14, 2016 at 11:43 pm

      Nigerian/African hair, can’t go past some certain lengths without proper care and nursing it to “health”. This is especially as a result of the texture and structure. It tends to be dry, brittle and very prone to breakage without adequate care. Hence, long Nigerian hair is likely healthy. The state of the ends also matter though.

  11. Bee

    October 14, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    Thanks for feature! And thanks for the great comments guys!!!

    • Kemi

      October 15, 2016 at 6:34 am

      Am happy for youBobola.its awesome seeing your feature here .

    • Bee

      October 15, 2016 at 10:52 am

      Thank you!

  12. Kay

    October 15, 2016 at 7:42 am

    Whoa her hair is beauriful,making me consider texlaxing my natural hair sef!

  13. R. dee

    November 2, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    Nice hair

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