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#BNFroFriday: “I love my hair and I carry it with pride” Simsi Kaempf shares her Natural Hair Journey on BN Beauty

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Today’s #BNFroFriday interview features easy going and beautiful Simsi Kaempf. She is a student of mass communication, who is currently studying at Babcock university. She loves listening to music, watching anime and playing with her dogs. Her favourite colour is blue, she loves burgers and she hates looking for her keys.

Simsi documents all her adventures on Instagram @fatbellysu and in her spare time, she models.

BellaNaija: Tell us about your hair 
Simsi Kaempf: I am of an African and European decent and my hair texture is a mix of 3C at the back and 4A and 4B in the middle and at the front of my head. My hair is currently in its raw state, and by that, I mean to say that it is at its natural colour which is dark brown, and its texture hasn’t be altered.

BN: Why did you decide to go natural?
SK: I decided to go natural because my hair started breaking at the tip and it gradually made its way from below my shoulder length to my jawline. From there, I decided to start all over which I did by cutting off the relaxed part of my hair.

BN: How did you make the change?
SK: As I said, I chopped off the most part of my hair which was the relaxed part. I thought about it for some time before I cut it off. So I wasn’t scared. In 2015, I went to the hair salon and told them exactly what I wanted and when it was done, it was done. I was advised by the hairdresser not to cut my front hair low because it would end up looking like a toothbrush, so I listened. I still had some relaxed part at the front of my hair for some time until I trimmed it off myself. I liked the look it gave me.

Before cutting my hair, I gave my mum a heads up and she wasn’t against it. My friends weren’t really surprised because I had also given them a heads up. I got tonnes of compliments afterwards from people and I also got questions on how I achieved the ‘fro. Sometimes, I get people asking me if it is my real hair; It makes me chuckle always.

BN: Do you get tempted to relax your hair? 
SK: I don’t really get tempted to relax my hair but when I do, I just think about how long I’ve grown my hair for.

BN: Did/Do you ever hide your natural hair? 
SK: Hide my natural hair? NEVER! I love my hair the way it is and I carry it with pride.

BN: How long have you kept your natural hair?
SK: My big chop was on the 2nd of July 2015 so it is soon going to be 2 years. I honestly just trimmed it once afterwards and that was this year sometime in February

BN: How does climate where you live affect your hair?
SK: Whenever I’m in school, my hair becomes easily dry because I’m constantly walking under the sun and I rarely put it in any protective style.

BN: Do you have any other hair problems
SK: Not at all. My hair is pretty stubborn on its own but we always come to an understanding.

BN: How do you deal with the negative effect of climate and the hair problems you face as a natural? 
SK: I just put in more effort and time in moisturising my hair

BN: What’s your stance on natural vs chemical products?
SK: I feel natural products are less harmful to the hair than chemical products. I do use both types of product but I use more of the natural ones than I do of the chemical ones.

BN: What’s your daily, weekly and/or monthly hair routine?
SK: All I do is wash my hair once a week and moisturise it every 2-3 days. My hair cannot do without shea butter because it just can’t.

BN: What advice would you give to people thinking of going natural?
SK: A lot of people these days go natural because it is the “in thing” and when they get there, they give up because taking care of the hair afterwards isn’t as easy as they thought it would be. I advise people wanting to go natural to do some research first, watch videos on YouTube to see how it is done before taking the step.

BN: What do you like best about your hair?
SK: I like the look and also knowing that it doesn’t just look healthy but it is healthy as well.

BN: What are your favourite styles to rock and why?
SK: I’ve tried a couple of styles with my hair but I always come back to the high puff and the afro. They’re the easiest and quickest styles to achieve for me.

BN: Do you have any hair crushes?
SK: I currently don’t have any.

BN: Are you particular about sleek edges? If so what do you use to get the look?
SK: Not really…

BN: What hair accessories can you NOT live without?
SK: I can’t do without my silk scarf that’s what I use to achieve the high puff look.

BN: If you were stuck on an island, what 3 hair products would you take with you?
SK: This is a tough one… I’d take my shea butter of course, shampoo and deep conditioner.

BN: What’s your remedy for a bad hair day?
SK: I just put my hair in a high puff and that’s it.

BN: If you have to start over again, would you?
SK: I have come a long way in this journey, I’m not thinking of starting over again.

BN: What is the best part about being a Naturalista?
SK: There are so many good parts. It saves me so much money from constantly going to the salon to get my hair done, but that’s for me because I know some naturalistas that spend a lot on products and accessories. Then, I don’t have to hide from the rain compared to when my hair was relaxed. Also, there are way more styles I can achieve with my natural hair; from twist out to high puffs.

See More Photos of Simsi’s Hair

Relaxed Hair

Kinky Attachment (protective style)

Braids

Thanks for sharing your story with us, Simsi!

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Have a great weekend.

Angel is a Fashion and Style blogger and loves to be described as a woman with creativity and grace. Angel is a Mass Communication graduate with a degree from North American University. All things Fashion, Beauty and Architectural Designs are her thing. Follow her on Instagram @styleconnaisseur

11 Comments

  1. The Real Oma

    May 19, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Fine girl, her hair is gorgeous

  2. SoniaPaloma

    May 19, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    My dear, your edges are sleek and laid to the gods i can see why you don’t have a problem with it. Compared to mine, buhaha forest is best to describe it. Strong as F and when i use edge control , after 30 mins the forest starts singing ‘arise o compatriot’ *i tire*

    I digress, you and your hair are beautiful

  3. Bisi sexy

    May 19, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Going natural is easier for mix breed like her,she is fine

    • Cocolette

      May 19, 2017 at 8:40 pm

      When people say ‘mixed breed’ I just think of a dog ?
      When will my own hair fully co-operate like this na?

    • Anon

      May 19, 2017 at 9:33 pm

      A term usually used for animals.

    • Jay

      May 20, 2017 at 11:36 am

      Going natural is “easier” for any “breed”. Of course you need to make sure you hair is moisturized, your hair will be tough to managed relaxed or not if it’s not moisturized, and you use the right products that work for you. You don’t have to be mixed for natural hair to be easy for you to manage.

    • icrossmyheart

      May 20, 2017 at 3:57 pm

      Please check out 22nd century woman and tell me if she is “mixed breed” or “double breed”. Her hair by the way is almost knee-length. While you are at it, check out Igbo girl: EFFICIENTLY NATURAL on youtube as well. Maybe Igbos are also “mixed breed”.

      most black people and their ignorance. No be today. No wonder white people fit colonize you, throw a pseudo-independence at you and you shout that you are finally “free”.

      NATURAL HAIR THAT NATURALLY GROWS FROM YOUR SCALP IS FOR EVERYONE until you decide to choose other hairstyles to complement your aesthetics, schedule, etc. It is NOT ONLY for “mixed breed” people. Abeg.

    • Lolo

      May 24, 2017 at 1:31 pm

      Lmao.mix-breed???

  4. Mawi

    May 19, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Beautiful lady!

  5. lola

    May 20, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Thanks Jay! Was about to write the same thing! And again, ‘mixed breed?’

  6. Chikki

    May 20, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Chikki looking like jollof rice, so beautiful like puff puff <3

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