Afro hair Germany - Hair stories from Verona Amma - Afro 4c hair
Verona Amma Bediako, 23y.
originally from Ghana.
I live in Karlsruhe and am a sports and gymnastics teacher. Of course since 2015
"Be natural, be you" is my motto for my hair and I would like to incorporate this into all areas of my life as much as possible. There is only one of you and that is unique.
My mom is a hairstylist and she always styled and treated my hair with relaxer. The difference with her is that even though she used relaxer on my hair, she still knew how to take care of my hair. As a result, I didn't have to deal with severe heat damage and didn't have to do the "Big Chop".
Honestly, my hair is very easy to care for.
I have a Wash & Go treatment almost every day. I use a water spray bottle to lightly dampen my hair, use my conditioner and put a small amount into my hair to moisturize my hair. I then style my hair with my afro comb and lightly comb out my afro hair to accentuate it and let it dry with the humidity. I wash my hair with a shampoo 1-2 times a month and take the opportunity to give my hair extra care afterwards so that it can get its proteins through an egg mayonnaise cure or yogurt cure. When I use the cures I let the cure sit for a while at least 1 hour. I still find it better the longer you leave the conditioner in your hair the better the result and most importantly you can see the difference when you comb from tip to root, after washing with shampoo and when you apply the conditioner directly apply afterwards. Then I wash it off with water. Finally, an oil treatment usually follows overnight with hair growth oil or olive oil. And the following day my Wash & Go routine begins. I also use my hair mask 1-2 times, which I use like a leave-in conditioner, and finish with 2 braids or another protective hairstyle such as Bantu knots. I like to use protective hairstyles like braids in winter to protect my hair from the cold.
There are days when I don't comb my hair. But when I do I usually comb it when it's damp and when I want to wear my afro open I use the afro comb to give it a little volume.
I also stretch my hair with my fingers. When you wear your hair, you know how long it is, and that's really important. It is important that you love and accept your hair type, texture and look.
Another important factor for me is the timing of damaged tips. Most people feel like they should wait for their hair to grow long before cutting it, but it doesn't have to be that way. Always trim your split ends to avoid further damage. My mother cuts my hair professionally, but if I have to cut it myself, I cut it when it's damp. Trimming every 3 months is good, but you should also know when your hair needs a trim. I trim my tips 2 times a year and this has proven very helpful.
My hair problems and how I overcame it:
I would combine hair problems with the fact that sometimes I'm lazy and have no motivation to really take care of my hair. And if I'm not motivated, my hair suffers a lot.
I overcame that by telling myself I have to do it. I've had a "bad hair day" from time to time, but I'm really motivated when I watch hair videos of other people with natural hair and how they care for their hair. The routines are different, but I try the same styles for myself and it always works.
My hair is like a precious crown one deserves to wear, and to exude a sense of self-esteem. In the society we live in today, the authentic side is often hidden or covered, in which one does not dare to show one's natural transparent side instead of hiding behind a wig.
We are so happy that Verona took the bold step of sharing her story with us and hope her story will encourage you to love yourself and your hair even more.
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