'I'm impressed by how healthy my hair is now and can't imagine going back to relaxers' Mane matters with Anna Suberu

Hi Naturalistas

Meet Anna

Can you tell us who you are and what you do?
My name is Anna and when I'm not caught up with schoolwork I'm either playing chef(running a part time catering business or making neck accessories (chokers to be precise). I also do a little bit of writing and blogging. @noasarch.wordpress.com

What are your thoughts about natural hair?
I love it! 

When/why did you decide to go natural?
I would say for about two years I had tentatively considered going natural but I had little or no encouragement to go through with it,up until recently, I just did it!
I officially went natural in February 2016.

Did you do a BC or you transitioned?
I transitioned for about  7months and then I did the big chop. 

What was the experience like?

It was exhilarating to say the least.. When I chopped off the first section of hair I was horrified.. It was exciting and scary all at once. 

What was/is your biggest fear about going Natural?
Not retaining enough length. Or just generally lack of "growth". 

Do you have a regimen you stick to? What is it like?
I'm currently working on having a steady routine. Right now I just try to pay close attention to my hairs needs.  I do protective styles and whenever I take them out  (after three weeks at the most)  I wash with Dudu osun,  once in two weeks and then I deep condition my hair after each wash, I use the LOC method and then do a protein treatment every five months or so lol I'm not faithful with that aspect.
protective style
What emotional struggles, if any, have you faced since going natural?
I think my major struggle was during the TWA stage.. I could never step out with my natural hair mostly because I felt I would look awkward. I had been so used to long relaxed hair at the time and I felt people would see me differently. 

Do you think you are in it for the long haul or is it just a phase?
I'm definitely in it for the long haul.. This 'natch hair' ain't going nowhere!  I'm so impressed by how healthy my hair is right now I can't imagine going back to chemical relaxers 

There are people that definitely have negative comments about your hair, how do you deal with that?
I just shrug it off because I feel they don't know better.. Natural hair is healthy and so versatile and I love how it defines my identity as an African. 
Protective style

What's your must have product and accessory?
My must have product is definitely eco styler gel.. It does wonders for every style and I can't go without a velvet rope in my purse.. It's perfect for a puff.. Blowout.. Everything! And to keep my edges laid. 

What is your go-to style?
Formerly a regular puff was my main but right now I'm stuck on braids outs(suggested to me by a dear friend and fellow naturalista).. The curl definition is just divine! 

What advice do you have for anyone just going natural?
I'd say stay strong because there will be a lot of negative attitudes  and little encouragement but it's all worth it..  Wear your mane with pride! 

Where can we find you? Your social media platforms…
My instagram @noasarch , twitter  @anna_suberu and snapchat @annasuberu and of course my blog http://noasarch.wordpress.com

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Till then


  1. You go girl! And you're so pretty!


  2. Seeing this makes me miss my TWA. Thanks for sharing

  3. I would have loved to see her hair up close.


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