'Learn how to take care of your Natural hair first' Mane matters with Chidinma

Hi Naturalistas

Meet today's Natural

Can you tell us who you are and what you do?
My name is Chidinma, I’m a lawyer but currently pursuing other passions. 

What are your thoughts about natural hair?
Natural hair is as distinct as finger prints, no two heads of Natural hair are the same.

When/why did you decide to go natural?
I decided to quit using relaxers back in April 2014, I was already 5months post relaxer and as usual I didn’t feel like relaxing my hair so I went on Google to find out ways I could take care of my new growths until I felt like relaxing and I was introduced to the beautiful world of natural hair. I felt like big chopping immediately but I was advised by my elder sister to try and research on it very well before taking the plunge. I spent the following 6months learning as much as I could about natural hair, I’m grateful that my sister gave me such advice.

Did you do a BC or you transitioned?
I transitioned for 11 months before big chopping on the 5th of Nov 2014. Due to the fact my hair was already 5months post relaxer, my transition felt like just 6months.

What was the experience like?
I didn’t feel anything lol. I was that lil kid who begged and got a hair cut by 8 &for the next 8 years was on low cut so cutting my hair was no biggie for me.

What was/is your biggest fear about going Natural?
The only fear I had was if I would be able to properly care for it. I saw how my elder sister cared for her relaxed hair & I used to think it was hectic lol but now that I’m taking care of my hair, it’s not as hard as I expected. 

Do you have a regimen you stick to? What is it like?
When my hair is out, I try to deep condition weekly, this has really helped in getting my hair more manageable. I don’t play with moisturising my hair.

What emotional struggles, if any, have you faced since going natural?

Do you think you are in it for the long haul or is it just a phase?
Long haul.
There are people that definitely have negative comments about you hair, how do you deal with that?
I’ve never NOTICED any negativity, those that matter love it. My husband loves it, he (then boyfriend) was one of the people I told about quitting relaxers, he was very cool about it. I even had to describe what I meant by natural hair cause he was too cool about it, I had to chip in Chimamanda kinda hair lol. He has been very Supportive with buying hair products sometimes and on one rare occasion helped with washing my hair lol. My family is used to me making decisions on my hair and they respect it. My elder sister is just happy that I’ve taken interest in my hair, she gives me hair products 

What's your must have product and accessory?
Water, oil, leave in conditioner and bandor tiny scarf strings for puffs

What is your go-to style?

What advice do you have for anyone just going natural?
Take it one step at a time, you can’t learn every thing in a day. Unless you are good with styling your hair, don’t sweat the styling aspect, learn how to take care of your hair first.

Where can we find you? Your social media platforms…
Instagram; @absolutelyfrotastic

What do you all think? Her hair is beautiful. Can't believe it's just One year... This should be a source of motivation for those still not sure about going natural and scared that it won't grow back

Anyways, don't forget to send a mail to manematters@africanaturalistas.com if you want to
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Till then


  1. BEAUTIFUL!!! And she's so right - no 2 heads of hair is the same.

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  2. One year... *mouth wide open *

    1. I was surprised too lol It seems like my hair grew more after transitioning.

  3. One year... *mouth wide open *

  4. toh this your one year . God i am here oh

  5. Replies
    1. Thanks dear, that's the style I love, it's so easy lol

  6. Your hair is growing really fast.It's so beautiful and full of life.Crushing on your pictures no homo

  7. lovely and have joined the Channel

  8. @Bukola,as in one year.very encouraging.

  9. Love her blog and its content and that h-a-i-r.

  10. Throw in transitioning (abi post relaxer period) and you have two years.

    1. Yes,2 years,but still its impressive retention,growth aside.

    2. And also I prefer when people just fix their natural dates from the period they stopped relaxing not the day they chopped it off,far less confusing that way,I think.

    3. Yep...23months and counting.

    4. I've read that the natural hair journey starts when a person let go of the relaxed parts because anyone can slap a relaxer on their hair if they think that transitioning is hard. Also I always state how long I transitioned before I big chopped to avoid such confusions.

    5. Thank you Aurora, it gets confusing and for some people, it might be discouraging to see someones growth rate compared to theirs.

      Hi Lizzy, it starts whenever you stop relaxing. Its also very easy to slap on a relaxer if the natural journey gets too tedious. Thanks for stating how long you transitioned tho, some wont even say.

    6. That for clarifying this Lizzy and like Nkoli said thanks for stating your transition date.

  11. Also, I'm feeling the two afro puffs


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