Choma Queens: Natural hair influencers

Choma queens come in all shapes and sizes. Some wear their crown long and straight, while others prefer to go bald and some embrace their natural curly crowns. Today, we are celebrating a few queens who wear their natural hair and are winning at it. Here are some of my favourite natural hair influencers.

Sinovuyo Mondliwa

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Sinovuyo started her own natural hair care brand out of a passion for natural hair. Her page is all about maintaining the health and strength of your natural hair, as well as lessons she has learnt through her fitness journey. Her patient and consistent effort to learn how to take care of her hair has inspired her to empower others.

Sheila Ndinda

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Sheila is an engaging Kenyan YouTuber with just under 100K subscribers. She uses her social media platforms to educate her followers on how to take care of their natural hair. She creates easy to follow tips through her video tutorials and shares her natural haircare journey to help her followers understand and cope with their own transitioning process.

Evenes Ruth Mapufo

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Evenes is a great example of a smart, skilled and determined woman. As a self-taught hairstylist and founder of her own haircare range, she is able to offer her clients and followers professional advice through her educational blog.

Nkhensani Rikhotso

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Nkhensani is a Youtube and Instagram content creator who shares her experience with her natural hair as well as creative tips on how to style your ‘fro. She also opens up about her self-care journey and gives advice on how to love and care for yourself.

The natural haircare community has grown bigger and stronger over the years. These influencers make it easier for us to take care of our natural hair and wear it with pride. How do you prefer to wear your crown, Choma? Let me know on my social media.

Remember if you or a friend need advice or help, you can contact me here on Ask Choma, send me a Facebook Messagea Twitter DM, or a WhatsApp Message (071 172 3657).

Understanding your hair type

Have you struggled with taking care of your hair; not being able to figure out which products are right for you or how to maintain it? It could be that you just don’t understand your hair type. Well Choma, I put together a bit of info on hair types that I think could help get you on your healthy hair journey. 

The hair type chart

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The most widely used hair type chart was created by Oprah Winfrey’s hairstylist Andre Walker. This chart was created to identify the different hair textures. Here is what these hair types mean:

  • 1 – This type of hair is usually straight, thin, and soft. It’s also not easy to curl and it can be oily.
  • 2a – This type of hair is thin and wavy, and it’s in the form of an “S” pattern. It’s also easier to style compared to the 1-type hair.
  • 2b – This hair type is medium-wavy. It tends to be frizzy and it’s a bit hard to style.
  • 2c – This hair type is wavy-coarse and it has thicker waves. It can get frizzy and is also a bit tricky to style.
  • 3a – This hair type has thick loose curls with an “S” pattern. It can be a combination texture of 2b and 2c hair.
  • 3b – This hair type has medium-tight curls with a combination of texture from 3a and 2c.
  • 3c – This hair type has tight curls that can either be kinky or tightly curled.
  • 4a – This hair type has a kinky and soft texture, that is very fragile and has a more defined curly pattern. This hair retains moisture well but can still be prone to dryness.
  • 4b – This hair type is medium-kinky with more of a “Z” shaped pattern and less defined curls. The hair can be fragile and tightly coiled. It’s also highly susceptible to dryness and breakage.
  • 4c – This hair type is coarse and very kinky. Even though this type of hair type can be mistaken with 4b hair, the difference is 4c hair is tightly kinked and looks like it has no definition. The hair can shrink up to 70% and more, and it looks shorter than it usually is when it’s not stretched.

I know all of this can sound overwhelming but it’s important to understand that we are all different and because of our genetics, our hair is also different – so it’s okay if your hair doesn’t grow as fast as your friend’s hair.

Do you recognise your hair type in the chart and explanation? If you do then that’s great, now you can do more research into your hair type. Knowing your hair type is important because it’ll make it easier for you to take care and maintain your hair so it can stay healthy, and also so that you know which products to use that won’t damage your hair. Let me know what your hair type is in the comments section below. 

Remember if you or a friend need advice or help, you can contact me here on Ask Choma, send me a Facebook Messagea Twitter DM, or a WhatsApp Message (071 172 3657).

Choma Queens: 5 women who embrace their natural hair

Our hair is a fundamental part of self-expression and I know taking care of it can sometimes be frustrating, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t embrace your natural hair. Here are 5 Choma Queens who embrace their hair.

Amy Dove 

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Amy Dove is a blogger and YouTuber from Durban who is also the South African winner of the 2019 #afrikinkyrepyourcountry competition. Amy’s focus is to help people with different hair textures to grow their healthy hair, and she gives tips on how to take care of your curls.  

“You don’t have to conform to society’s standards of beauty. Define your own… Be a Queen in your own curls.” – Amy Dove

Zozibini Tunzi

 

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Zozibini is our official Miss South Africa for 2019. She inspired a lot of people to embrace their natural hair, regardless of the length or texture, when she competed for the prestigious beauty contest and won. 

“Women are not one dimensional and therefore you cannot box their beauty. We are all different and beautiful, and that’s all that matters.” – Zozibini Tunzi

Katlego Tefu

 

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Katlego is known for her natural hair blog #FrodayFridays where she’d share afro-care knowledge, and to celebrate the different kinks, coils, and curls that grow out of our scalps. She also has a YouTube channel where she shares her trick and hacks on how she takes care of, and styles, her natural hair.

 “The easiest way to keep your hair moisturised is by using water.”-  Katlego Tefu

Akona Lali 

 

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Akona is the owner of Honour Your Crown – a natural hair salon that doesn’t use heat or harsh products for natural hair. She believes having a healthy relationship with your hair can help it grow heather and she also gives her followers tips on how to take care of their hair to prevent it from breaking.

“Our hair is versatile and it defies gravity.” – Akona Lali

Nonto Mondlane 

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Nonto is a Durban based natural hair enthusiast who uses her social media platforms to share her natural hair routines and videos of how to style your hair easily and quickly using affordable products.

“It’s okay to love your hair. I may be a little obsessed with mine” – Nonto Mondlane

Embracing your hair is a form of self-care. Our hair is different, which is why it’s important for each of us to embrace our hair journey. Your hair is your crown that deserves your care and love. Embrace every aspect of your beauty – including your hair – as it is, and remember never to undermine it.

Remember if you or a friend need advice or help, you can contact me here on Ask Choma, send me a Facebook Messagea Twitter DM, or a WhatsApp Message (071 172 3657).