Lena’s Hair has Hair Story
Name : Lena
Age : 26
City : Köln (Germany)
Myfrolover: Hey Lena! What triggered your choice to go natural?
Lena : I was in Spain for holidays and had my hair in cornrows. The hot sunny weather and the salty water of the ocean messed up the cornrows, so I decided to take them out and just wear my hair natural. In this case it means: half relaxed and half Fro.
I hadn’t thought about transitioning before, I just came back from spain and stopped relaxing my hair. I was tired of it.
Oh wow, so how long have you been natural now ?
I think I’m 8 years natural now!
That’s pretty long ! How did you feel after the chop?
It wasnt a big deal for me to take the scissors and just cut off my relaxed ends. It just felt right. I felt very good and free.
So brave 🙂 but tell me what reactions did you get?
My family and friends loved it and encouraged me to rock the afro. The People in the streets had different opinions about my hair. I still remember one of the first days i wore my afro in the streets and a little Boy laughed at me and said: Mum look, she has the same hair as “Pumuckl”!
How did that affect you in the beginning?
The positive reactions from my friends and family helped me to ignore some negativ from the society.
How has the journey affected your self perception?
I didn’t know any one else back then who was wearing their natural hair so it gives me the strengh to be myself and to accept my natural hair.
What is people’s reaction now?
Mostly very positiv!
What are the joys and struggles of the journey?
Hmmm lets start with the struggles, I didn’t know how to handle and manage the curls so I started to experiment to get the right hair routine for my hair. There were no youtube tutorials or blogs or at least I didn’t know them so I had to figure it out by myself. The joy of the Journey was definitely when my hair started to grow and the curls got healthier.
What is your hair routine?
I wash my hair 1-2 times a week. I normally just co-wash my hair. Sometimes I use shampoo for better cleaning. After the co wash I put in a leave in conditioner and let my hair air dry. Sometimes i also use oils or gels on top of the leave in conditioner. I try to deep condition my hair at least once a month.
What is your go-to style ?
Wash and go 🙂
Name 3 products you couldn’t live without :
1. Shea moisture curl enhancing Smoothie
2. all kind of oils (coconut Oil, joboba Oil, argan Oil)
3. a good conditioner with a good slip to detangle. “Theorie argan Oil Ultimate repair conditioner” is my current one.
Thanks so much for the interview ! Your curls are FROsome❤️