'I went natural because I was tired of visiting the salon' Mane Matters with Ifeoluwa

Hi Naturalistas,

How are you all doing?

Been a minute.


Here is a feature on a naturalista I have been stalking on Instagram for a little while. 


Can we meet you?
My name is Ifeoluwa Omoyele and I am a naturalist 

What's your hair story? When and how did you decide to go natural?
I have always  been a relaxed hair person since I was a young girl at the age of 8years old from what I can remember, I decided to go natural because I was tired of visiting the salon to retouch/ relax my hair. Early year 2014, I went to my hairdresser to get my hair done. On getting there, I remembered I was complaining to her that I wanted to do something different and unique from what I usually do every time, so she said my hair was long over due for relaxing, that I might as well go natural so since that day I decided to join the naturalist group.

How easy was it for you to get information at the beginning given the oversaturation of content on the Internet? Was there any person that helped you through?
It was pretty much easy because I just went into transitioning instead of starting from the scratch meaning cutting my whole relaxed hair off, all I kept doing was having protective hairstyle mostly single twisting and braiding with extension.
Yeah, my hairdresser helped me from the start by advising me to do more of conditioning, steaming and protective hairstyles.

Work us through your regimen.
As I said earlier my regimen is deep conditioning, steaming, protective hairstyle mainly and twist out as well, also once in a blue moon, weaves (human hair)

What products does your natural hair swear by?
This might sound funny, the only product that works for my hair is a mixture of water and Shea butter because my hair hasn't been really friendly with any other products (maybe there will be one in future) and with the mixture of water and Shea butter I can get and style any natural hairstyle I want with my hair, you name it like: bantu knots, loose curls, tight curls and so on.

What's your favorite Made in Nigeria product and how do you feel about the progress 
we've made in recent times?
As of now I will say Shea butter because I haven't really tried or use any made in Nigeria product for my hair. 

How was the response from both family and friends? Did they give you a hard time coming to terms with your natural hair?
The responses has been good and great so far, even though some of my friends do make comments that they want to cut my hair off cause of its fullness and longitude (side face/don't touch my hair 😊but I still see it all as great compliments and pushes more to want to rock my natural hair always. 

Do you prefer to buy products from the store or whip yours yourself?
For me it is both ways because I have to buy the Shea butter and makes the mixture myself.

What hairstyle have you perfected over time?
Over time, I am now perfect in doing/ making bantu knots and twist out.

Have you tried any hair supplements before? What do you think about them?
No, I haven't tried any hair supplements before. 

Who is your Instagram natural hair crush?
I will definitely say myself 😊

Do you watch natural hair vlogs? Who are your favorite vloggers?
No I don't 

Have you been tempted to relax/texlax your hair? If not, what keeps you going?
No I haven't been tempted and I doubt I will ever be tempted to relax/texlax because I love 
the way my hair is and want to see more of the outcome of my decision so there's no going back for me.

Is there any particular hair experience/challenge you'd like to share with us?
Yeah there is and it was during my transitioning, my relaxed hair kept shredding off from time 
to time and I was not so happy about it back then because I thought I was losing my hair but later realised that for me to achieve what I want I have to let go of the relaxed part of my hair because it was too weak for my natural hair to bear, after the whole transitioning my natural hair came out beautifully.
Has social media influenced any of your hair decisions?
Yeah, just for hairstyles 

Protective styling or nah? What your go-to style?
Single twisting/ twist out

Do you read/follow the African Naturalistas blog? If yes, for how long?
Yeah I do follow African Naturalistas on Instagram. 

Thank for your time. How do we keep in touch with you?
You're welcome, Here is my Instagram handle: @ifeifonlaja and whatsapp number is: +447506005735.

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Enjoy the rest of the week.

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