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It’s always been a love story with my hair. Up until 2006 when I cut it all off. Here is my hair story.


I got tired of the cycle. Having cornrows for two weeks, getting them undone on Friday, getting my hair washed, blow-dried, then plated again. This was every year since I started school except during the holidays. I got exhausted!

My hair is very full 4C hair and every hairdresser described it as the worst type of hair to work on. “hii nywele yako ni ngumu” is all they could say as they forced blow-dry combs through my hair as I cried and flinched when they had to comb my edges with that hot comb. So I got tired! Tired of the comments! Tired of the pain. Tired of the routine!


In 2006, on a Friday evening, after getting my hair undone, in preparation for the unbearable cycle – when my mum wasn’t home, I went into the bathroom, took scissors, and cut off my hair. I was done! I was taken to a professional barber the next day instead of a hairdresser and I couldn’t have been happier! I was thrilled that the next time someone touched my hair, I wouldn’t be in pain. My mum was pretty shocked but not mad.

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Beauty standards have come a long way and more people are embracing their natural hair. Women with short hair, fros, locs, or natural protective styles are so common now. Credits to Shay Huchora. Hair Story


Cue in “girl with short hair” stigma – That Monday I went to school, I got made fun of by the boys in my class that I looked like a boy. I came home sad and I told my mum I wanted my ears pierced so people won’t mistake me for a boy. That weekend, I got them pierced. The next year, I went to boarding school and started texturizing my short hair. It used to be called “blow out” Because finer hair was easier to manage as there were pretty much no resources on how to take care of natural 4c hair.


I finished high school and started growing out my hair. I wasn’t serious about natural hair care until 2015. Now, a lot of youtube videos and products are available. I learnt about heat damage, moisturising hair, what kind of shampoos to use, and a lot of DIY hairstyles. Some words like LOC method, pre-poo, and TWA were foreign to me.


My hair got longer and healthier once I learnt the correct way to take care of it. I fell in love with it. I got the trending tapered cut in 2017 and grew it back in 2018 and finally locked my hair in 2020 which has been another journey on its own; but with the basics of natural hair care, it has made it easier.

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Finally locked my hair in 2020. Credits to Shay Huchora


Beauty standards have come a long way and more people are embracing their natural hair. Women with short hair, fros, locs, or natural protective styles are so common now. Hair care brands are coming out with natural hair care products lines. Even salons are now aware of how to take care of natural hair. Going to a salon isn’t a traumatic experience anymore and there are a lot of resources on how to take care of natural hair so everyone is educated. It’s beautiful to see how far we’ve come.


I’ve always loved my kinky, full 4c hair. The people around me just didn’t know how to care
for it. I am glad now I know how to care for it and it is growing beautifully! I document my hair
journey on @shay__locs

Learn more about the different types of hair here.

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