Introducing 'Dear African Naturalistas' A Q/A Session For All Your Pressing Natural Hair Questions

Every day on our social media platforms, we get quite a number of questions on natural hair ranging from simple things like itchy scalp remedies to extreme cases that require us to refer to a trichologist.

We understand that there's a lot of information out there that can be quite daunting to sieve through. Which is why all our channels are open for questions and answers. As much as possible, to the best of our ability, we want to make your natural hair journeys as stress-free as possible.

'Dear Africanaturalistas' is going to be a monthly Q/A session where we collate all the insightful questions we have received on social media and answer them on the blog to the benefit of you, our blog readers.' So that if anyone else falls into a similar situation, the person might as well learn from the answers we will be giving.

So, if you have any questions, don't forget you can reach us on our social media platforms and we would assist you to the best of our knowledge.

Moving on,

Aisabella987 says: My hair type is 4c but recently I had to change my shampoo and my hair at the back is starting to look more like 4a. Is it as a result of my shampoo or what could it be because I like the look and I would like my entire hair to look like that? Is there a way to change my hair type? 

AN: To be best of our knowledge, shampoos don't really change the texture of your natural hair. You probably already have multiple textures that are more visible now which is completely normal. So, there's really nothing to worry about. Also, there's no way to change your natural curl pattern without chemicals. So, find a way to accept and embrace your multiple textures. 

Antora24 says: I'm tired of my natural hair so I'm considering relaxing it. Nothing I do seems to work. I've been growing it for 4 years now but I haven't fully gotten to shoulder length.The last time I blow dried and straightened it, they didn't do it well so it really damaged my hair & set me back. I had to trim it some time in August last year. No matter the treatment I do, it's so course & dry. 

AN: First of all, we apologize for your setback. It's one of those things that comes with the territory when out natural hair is left in the hands of quacks. Right now, it seems like you would need to go on a strict reconstructive regimen to nurse your hair back to life. You just suffered a setback and you need to recover so this is not really the time to think about length. Focus on the health of your hair and the length will come. Get a good reconstructive product for natural hair. Together with your deep conditioner, start the process of nursing your hair. In the meantime, stay away from manipulative styles.

Shawlerrr says: Which of your products is good for excessive shedding? It keeps breaking off when I'm doing my hair. I shed a lot too. 

AN: Breakage and excessive shedding means that you're due for a protein treatment. Unfortunately, our products currently do not cater for intensive protein treatments. The ApHogee range is a great recommendation. 

Mara_Jarcoh says: I got the African Naturalistas Twist and Curl Pudding. I don't know if I'm not using it right but I can't find any defined curls after a twist out? Any advice? 

AN: The thing about curling products is that you have to try different variations to find the one that gives you the best definition.  So, try it alone. Try it with other products. Try it with other techniques. I'm sure you'll find one that suits you.

Natasha says: I will really like to grow my hair long. I heard Guava leaves and onions work.

AN: As much as we encourage homemade remedies, as a beginner you need to have a well-grounded regimen which includes products, techniques, and a routine. Along the way, as you can decide to experiment with homemade recipes. If they work, good for you. If they don't, move on to the next one. But once you have your regimen on lockdown, give it time, the length will come. As for onions and guava leaves, I'm not so sure of that.

That's all for now. Don't forget to reach out to us for any of your natural hair questions.


  1. This is a good one. You could also include links if any of the questions addresses any topic you've treated before on the site.


  2. I like this concept. It solves people's problems, and other people can also learn from it.


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