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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Iyobo's Interview - Mommies & Babies Series

Here is the second instalment of our Mommies & Babies Series. Iyobo, the Mommy we interviewed below, does not have natural hair but has chosen to keep her daughter's hair natural. Enjoy! 

Name: Iyobo Innih.

Where are you from and where do you live: I am a Nigerian and I live in Lagos Nigeria.

What do you do: Asset management.

You have a daughter whose hair you are keeping natural: Yes

How old is she: 18 months

Why have you decided to keep her hair natural: My mum did that for my sister and she had beautiful hair before she relaxed it. I want the same for my daughter. 

Did you ever relax her hair: No. And I don't intend to anytime soon.

Do you and your daughter use the same hair products? If not, what products do you use for your daughter: No we don't. I use kids organics or organics conditioning shampoo. When I leave her fro out for a day, I use Miss Jessie's curly meringue and when we braid we use the baby buttercream by Miss Jessie as well.

What hair regimen and techniques do you use for her: I wash her hair every 2 weeks to prevent her scalp from drying out due to over washing. I moisturize her hair and scalp when I wash and every other day with a braid sheen to maintain her braids and keep them looking fresh for as long as possible.

Do you make her hair or do you take her to the salon: I do it myself. I am not ready to have anyone else do her hair yet. Salon visits tend to be stressful for kids. Don't want to bother her with that yet.

Challenges in caring for her hair – Does she cry / does she dread "hair days" or is it a great time all around/ do people pass negative comments: She hardly cries. Even when she does, once I pop Barney into the DVD player she sits still although grudgingly. 

What are you learning as you care for your daughter’s hair: Natural hair on a child isn't easy to maintain. Also, I am learning how to braid hair which I never thought was possible. 

What do you say to other mothers about caring for their daughters’ natural hair: Most important thing is to understand your daughters' hair texture and learn to buy the right products for her hair.

What do you prefer for mother – daughter events: dancing or singing: Dancing (Omozo says: especially when she carries her daughter on her hip and does this winding thing. Her daughter loves it!)

Keep it natural!


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