Hi lovely curlistas! My name is Ikeoluwa A. (EK for short) I am a Material Science Engineering masters student at University of California, Irvine. Also I am Nigerian with a 4c hair type. I grew up in Nigeria believing that hair perming was the best way to manage my kind of hair texture. At about 20 years old, after having countless of perm mishaps, and finally getting my hair healthier by reducing the amount of times I perm my hair yearly, I decided to go natural. I decided to transition in the year 2011, and I failed woefully. I couldn’t maintain two different textures.
I permed my hair again after after 8 months of transitioning. In 2012, I decided to do the big chop. Since then, I have been loving and learning my hair everyday. One of the reasons I decided to be more open about my hair and encourage others is because I want people to understand that 4C hair is good hair and it can be managed well just like every other kind of hair textures.
Major key to keeping my hair healthy is moisture!. Whatever, however I rock my hair, I always make sure it is moisturized. That reduces breakage for 4c hair more than any other hair secrets.
I encourage everyone no matter what your hair looks like, but especially my 4c hair sisters to love their hair, not to compare their hair journey, but to just enjoy the process. It is empowering!