Kgomotso (@CoilyMe_Natural) is a bubbly, enthusiastic 22-year-old young engineering graduate, currently pursuing her master’s degree. Born and bred in Mamelodi which is in Pretoria but is currently based in Johannesburg.
I started my hair journey in April 2016, after having chemically relaxed hair for a major part of my life. The decision to go natural was one of self-discovery, cliché I know because every naturalista says that about their journey. But really, the decision was just me taking a risk in my life. Natural hair was never a thing I knew about, it was never something I’ve really experienced for myself as an adult, and thus it was a new playing-field for me.
I made the decision to transition as the big-chop was never an option for me. This led me to follow a Canadian youtuber. She, like myself had transitioned to natural hair and was documenting her journey on YouTube. This is where I learnt majority of what I know about natural hair, from which products I needed, how to take care of my hair as well as how to deal with the challenges of transitioning to natural hair. I transitioned for a year until I decided that I couldn’t deal with the two textures anymore and I decided to chop the damaged ends off.
At first the transition from long-silky hair to short, coily natural hair was scary, I was still getting used to the hair as a new part of my life, not to mention the culture shock to the people around me. But I knew that I wanted to do it and that’s what kept me on the path for so long. Due to the determination, I carried on with my hair journey struggling but always recovering. I then decided to document my natural hair journey on Instagram because the people around me started getting interested in my natural hair. I would get questions on how I look after my hair, how I achieve the styles I did and general day to day life with natural hair. But alongside this interest was the misconceptions surrounding natural hair.
A lot of young women just didn’t have positive views regarding natural hair, especially in the professional space. So I decided to take it upon myself to show them the positive side of natural hair, through living this life and documenting it on Instagram. I also generally do enjoy hair, from my relaxed hair days till today. Blogging on Instagram for me is where I can express my creative side and my thoughts while educating at the same time. I also love trying out natural hair brands and thus I get to give my honest reviews and share my experiences. This platform has also allowed me to meet other fellow instagramers from all spheres of life all with a common goal of reaching out to people. I am still new to this platform and I’m learning quite a lot. The future definitely looks bright!
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