'My biggest fear was not having time for my hair' Mane matters with Ifitumi

Hi Ladies, 
How is the week going? 

Today's naturalista has been natural for about a year. She says she is going to be natural for a long time and her favourite product is shea butter. 

Read more about Ifitimi below...

Can you tell us who you are and what you do?
My name's Ifitumi (FITS). A MUA from Lokoja in Kogi State.

What are your thoughts about natural hair?
Natural hair is beautifully African, it is the real 'YOU'‎ in silent expressions.

When/why did you decide to go natural?
I decided to go natural last year(2014). Precisely-October.

Did you do a BC or you transitioned?
I definitely transitioned
What was the experience like?
I have always been a lover of braids. My friends would even call me Ezenwanyi( lol). I rarely fix my hair. And even if I do,it's once in a blue moon. ‎Under my braids,were revealing undergrowth that got me really frustrated but I decided not to relax for some time to enable my hair regain it's strength due to breakage. I decided to chop off the relaxed ends in March, and decided to go natural. Lol

What was/is your biggest fear about going Natural?
My biggest fear was if I was really going to have time to care for ‎my hair. 
Do you have a regimen you stick to? What is it like?
I knew time was going to be a problem for me, so, I had to adhere to a simple regimen. I do protective styles alot. Wear them for 2-3wks, then wash with my Jojoba shampoo/conditioner. I still use my Aphogee Curlific Texture Treatment. After drying( a little damp), I apply shea butter mixed with olive oil for extra shine, then allow to air dry, or use handdryer on medium heat to dry. My Creme Of Nature'Perfect Edges' or 'Play n Stay' Olive Oil for edge control. When am all free during my wash days, I do some funny kind of concoction of fresh aloe Vera gel,vitamin E gel(I break it n use d oil), and shea butter‎(apply this before washing-it does magic). When am all hasty, I do my wash n go. Lol
What emotional struggles, if any, have you faced since going natural?
No emotional struggles really, but oh dear! I hate combing my hair. Lol
Do you think you are in it for the long haul or is it just a phase?
Ah! I am so going 'lifetime' with this hair. Am loving it. Haba! I get nice comments. Lol

There are people that definitely have negative comments about you hair, how do you deal with that?
Funny enough, I haven't had any negative comments coming in. 

What's your must have product and accessory?
One product I just can't do without - Shea butter(it's all-in-one). ‎Hair accessory -my little hair scarf.

What is your go-to style?
Flat twist  

What advice do you have for anyone just going natural?
If your just going natural? Yeepee! You are in for fun with your hair. Care for it like that doll u had as a baby(lol)‎. Be focused too even though it's going to be challenging. Nothing cute is gotten easy.

Where can we find you? Your social media platforms…
‎C0043D5B4, 2BCFCCD7,IG:@fitsmee,Ifitumi Chenemi Okeme(facebook).

Thank you for your time
Thank you

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