How long have you been natural?
My last and final relaxer was June 2009, and I big chopped in May 2010 after a year of transitioning with braids and weaves. I did a tapered cut in February 2015 because I was bored with my hair.
What made you go natural?
I did not originally intend to go natural, I just had a roommate who braided my hair for free one summer. I ended up wearing those the whole summer, and during that time I noticed Essence Magazine (I’m a loyal subscriber lol) started coming out with articles about being natural. After Essence I ended up spending hours reading blogs and watching YouTube videos, and became curious to see my natural hair texture (my mom relaxed my hair when I was toddler).
What is your hair type?
What products do you use?
My hair is very porous and prone to dryness, so I try to use products that are shea butter and/or aloe vera based. I also try my best to use products that are paraben-free, and prefer all-natural brands. I do try a lot of brands, but here are some products that I recommend.
Do you do product reviews?
How do you wash and moisturize your hair?
What is your hair color?
Tons of info about my hair color, as well as tips for caring for colored hair, can be found here.
Do you wear weaves or wigs?
Sometimes you just have to put your hair away! All my twist, braid, wig, and weave adventures can be found here.
What is your ethnicity?
I’m proudly Nigerian, born in Port Harcourt!! Igbo kwenu!
What are you getting your PhD in?
I am getting a PhD in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University. Sociomedical Sciences probably means nothing to you (it’s ok, even my parents still don’t get it), so I tend to say I am studying the history of public health. My dissertation is about the history of race, racism, and asthma in the black community. Here’s one aspect of my research.
How do I get into a PhD program?
I’m not a graduate admissions counselor, so the best way to find out how to get into your program of choice is to talk to students, faculty, and administrative staff in that program. I do have some tips on how to apply to PhD programs, whether you should go directly after college (no!), and how to balance school with the rest of your life here.
Who is Bae?
How do you travel so much?
I don’t spend too much money on material things. I also scour for flight deals like it’s my job! Here are all my travel tips and adventures.
How can I start a blog and how do you make money?
Here is some generic advice about how to start a blog, but if you want more hands on help, reach out for blogger coaching. There are lots of different ways to make income – whether full-time or supplemental as a blogger, and here is a testament to that.
Where can I read more of your story?
See the Press page.