I have got a Ghanaian mom who is so pre-occupied about image that she suggested I braid my hair prior to leaving for Ghana. I went natural, for the second time, about 6 months ago, much to mother dearest’s horror! I also added a bit of flavour to my new “fro” by doing a block section of colour. This was a very daring move for me, as I had never dyed my hair ever before.
So fast track about 6 months later and I am ready to embark on a journey to Ghana. I completely ignored all of mother’s subtle suggestions to put away my un-tamed mane so that I could come across as more presentable in Ghana. On reaching Ghana and meeting family, I found that no one had any issues with my afro at all; on the contrary, my cousin, who is a hair dresser, actually commented that natural hair styles were becoming very popular in Ghana. She offered to do one of Accra’s favourite hairstyles on my hair; natural twists with the front of the hair cane (or corn) rowed.
I was very pleased with the results I must say, and I learned something completely new about my hair. When twisting your natural hair, be careful not to make the actual twists too tight, otherwise they will just not come out right. On this occasion, my cousin used a twist loc gel in my hair, but for a more bouncy effect, she recommended pure raw Shea Butter. And make sure this Shea Butter is very pale in appearance, as there are common ones around, especially in London, that have a yellowish appearance. These ones have been mixed with chemicals. Here is how my hairstyle turned out.
Here is another picture for a closer look, almost looks like a tarantula, doesn’t it?
Yes people, the natural hair movement is happening on African soil too. Another popular variation of this hairstyle, if you can imagine it, is to cane row the hair upwards so as to get a sort of mow-hawk effect, then carry on with the twists through the centre of the hair. Don’t forget to use that raw Shea Butter, if you can get your hands on it. And while I am on the subject of Shea Butter, I met a lady today who had flawless skin. I asked her what she used on her skin, and she said all she used was Shea Butter as a moisturiser and drink lots of water. There are a whole lot of other natural ingredients and remedies Ghanaians use for health and beauty purposes. Once I do a bit more research I will come back and do another post on these.