Introducing Zain.. drum roll please

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Hi all,

As you know nothing brings me greater joy than witnessing and presenting another newly natural into our midst. Today, it brings me great pleasure to welcome and introduce Zain; a friend, fellow blogger, semi-newly natural sister and over-all really cool and awesome chic...

Zain is one of those gorgeous tom-boys who need no effort to look frickin' amazing.. her Arabic gene background is reflected in her thick, deep dark curls.. I can't wait to see her hair grow out... Enough said. Here she is a brief insight into her Big Chop...

1. Why and when did you first relax your hair? What is your hair story BEFORE your BC?

I relaxed my hair first in 2005 just before my O level exams. Before that, i had it natural, occasionally blow dried, mostly plaited. I relaxed it, to get a new look. Plus then, it just seemed like the easier, more sophisticated option. Aah, to be young. I've never ever been a big fan of the salon, and i'm a bit tom boyish so i was usually that 18 year old with the ridiculous growth for a while before i realised i needed to start taking care of it if i wanted to still have hair at some point.

Before the BC, it was the same thing every year: January - Cut my hair, May - Colour it ; from Aug- let it grow back and plait a bit till Dec then i do it all over again in January. I get bored really really fast, can you tell?


Before the BC


2. What made you decide to finally do the Big Chop? What were your feelings and thoughts when you did it?

Three Things:

a) Mary's hair looked amazing plus she's like a walking PR person for the natural hair movement. Relentless!! lol.

b) Seeing Naomi Campbell's alopicia! lordy, lord! i wanted to still have hair at that age. Gaddaym!

c) I had coloured my hair twice at the beginnning of this year. I was warned that it'll make my hair very weak so i was in the salon religiously every weekend, treating and conditioning but that didnt do much. My hair was extremely weak and had thinned out by July and in August I randomly decided to go BC. I was apprehensive since i have a "five-head" and wasn't too sure how i'd look but i LOOOOOOVED it! *sigh* Don't know why i waited this long.


Just after the chop! August 2010. Freeedoooom...

3. What reactions have you received since doing the BC from your friends and family?

Friends and family are used to me changing my look every so often but it's been positive, so far. I've had a few people asking "Why", and i'd just shrug and say "Why not?". I have one friend who wants to go BC now as a result so..yeah, viva la revolution! lol


Watch it grow!!! Late September 2010

4. What products do you currently use?

I know this will get any decent natural girl's stomach churning since there's like a regiment of products and armory of oils and conditioners and such but, I'm really quite horrible with keeping track of all these products and spritz. Generally, i wash my hair every morning with conditioner, and apply some coconut, rosemary and olive oil and thats it for the day. Oh and ECO styler every so often...i know i have it around somewhere.


after a wash

5. What are your natural hair goals?

I'm split between keeping at this length and letting it grow. I guess i'l know when i know. Bottom line, i want it thicker and healthier whatever length i decide to keep it at. I'm getting there :). Wait, i lie. I just realised, at some point, i would very much like to rock a Big Ass Afro.

close up

6. What is the best thing for you about being natural?

Gosh, where to start, No Salon time! No dryer! aaah, those things were the bain of my existence. But best thing ever, being able to wash my hair every single day. No more matrix moves in the shower to make sure the water doesnt touch the hurr. Quite liberating. lol. Its the little things. Its the little things :)


in corn-rows.. yep, corn-rows!

Natural and loving it. Peace yaol!

Thanks for reading!
Be sure to check out Zain's blog on http://zainszen.blogspot.com/
Be warned though, shes not entirely normal... seriously.. it's a damn good read though!!

Take care!

Nyashy Washy said...

Congrats.....I love the blog by the way....really funny...

Chilli Mango said...

Hilarious blog!!!

Zain said...

Thanks guys. :)

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