In this new year, please allow me to continue my monthly natural hair feature, which has become one of the most popular series on LME and also one of my favorites as I have learned a lot from all the beautiful ladies I have interviewed so far. To kick off the new year, please meet Deola, a fashion and beauty blogger from Nigeria who shares with us her favorite products and go-to natural hairstyles.

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How long have you been natural?

I have been natural for close to 4 years.

What made you decide to go natural?

Relaxers literally destroyed my hair and it started to fall out so badly that I had a small bald patch on the back of my head. The original plan was just to stop using relaxers for a while to allow my hair to grow back and then continue but I found the natural life so much better.

What is your experience so far as a natural?

It’s been an interesting journey. I have learnt to love and appreciate my hair and myself in a whole different way.

Please describe your natural hair texture/type.

My hair is definitely 4c. So coarse and kinky.

What are your favorite natural hair products and what have they done for your hair?

My favorite natural hair products are As I Am Cleansing Conditioner for quick and easy wash, Olori Damage Be Gone Deep Conditioning Treatment for an awesome deep conditioner and Design Essentials Contours Styling Gel for curl definition for my twist outs.

Describe your hair care regimen and reason behind it.

During the weekend, I wash my hair with As I Am Coconut Cleansing Conditioner, then deep condition with Olori Damage Be Gone Deep Conditioner, Moisturize with Kinky Apothecary’s Whipped Shea Batter (which is to die for) and then do bantu knots with Design Essential Contours Styling Gel. Two/three days later, I unravel the knots for a nice twist out.

What are your go-to natural hairstyles?

I love a good twist out. Right now, I have bantu knots for two/three days and then unravel them to some popping curls.

What advice do you have for new or old naturals hoping to grow their hair healthier?

PATIENCE! It takes a while to know what your hair likes/dislikes. Be patient and your hair will thank you for it.

Do you have a blog and/or social media page people can visit for more info?

YES! You can visit my fashion and beauty blog at and follow me on Twitter and Instagram – d3ola.

Check out some of Deola’s natural hair moments below:

New Year

New Year

I think it’s right to say Deola is the queen of bantu knots. Have you used any of the products she listed as her favorites? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below or tweet me @Linda_LMExpose