It’s Wednesday and it’s about time I caught up on one of my favourite ABY features, ABY Naturalista! Today Freda Fro shares her natural dos and don’ts.
Tell us about yourself
My name is Alfreda Ashiofu, but most people on the web know me as Freda Fro. I’m 20 yrs old, a health major, and I was born and raised in Nigeria but currently reside in Texas.
What’s your heritage (roots)?
I’m 100% Nigerian, as far as I know tracing back to several of my “forefathers” lol!
What was your hair like before you went natural?
I was growing it out from my boarding school low cut, and it had been relaxed for a little over three years. My hair however would always come out looking texlaxed no matter the strength of the relaxer or how long it was left on for! However, it was about APL and full before I stopped relaxing.
Why did you go natural?
By accident, I just stopped getting relaxers because of band and cologuard practice, then I cut my hair into a short bob. soon after I washed it after God knows how long!, and I saw curls….I relaxed at a young age, so “natural hair” was a stranger to me at that time.
Did you go Big Chop or transition?
I unknowingly transitioned, and still big chopped anyways.
How long have you been natural?
2 years and 6 months
What’s your hair regimen or routine?
I co-wash my hair in 6-7 sections using Silkience Silky-Smooth Moisturizing Conditioner, I generally finger detangle, but when I’m in a hurry I use a wide tooth detangling comb. After washing, I dry my hair with a T-shirt, apply the same conditioner I use to co-wash then seal it in with my shea butter mix or crisco shortening. Once a week I deep condition my hair with my diy palm oil mix(recipe can be found on my blog). Every now and then I do test out products for review purposes and end up using a shampoo.
Do you protective style or go with the flow?
I normally create about 20 twists with my hair and wear it for a week or two, then afterwards wear it as a twistout.
Your favourite/go to hair styles?
Flat twist & puff, Cornrow out, twist outs, twists, curlformer sets, and wash n’ go’s.
Any tips or tricks you have to share with readers?
When I shampoo, I like to condition and detangle with a comb first, then apply the shampoo over the conditioner. I find that it saves time as opposed to pre-pooing, and it also prevents the shampoo from stripping the hair of too much moisture.
Have you ever been tempted to relax?
Nope! I hated the relaxed look on me.
Your favourite products or brands
Most of the stuff used on my hair a re DIY, but I do love the Silkience Silky-Smooth Conditioner, a few Pantene products and the Eden Body Works All Natural Deep Conditioner.
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Thanks for sharing with us Alfreda 🙂
I must say that palm oil DIY tip sounds tempting. I might get up to trying it out.
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