Ghana Natural Hair Chick: GHC's Friday Frotastistic Feature on Amma Mama

Thursday, January 9, 2014

GHC's Friday Frotastistic Feature on Amma Mama

Hello everyone!I believe we're all great and healthy and our hair is happy!Today is Friday and from now on I will try to make Fridays frotastic for you by posting a feature on a healthy haired lady.If you want to be featured here simply email me at nyvonne2010@gmail.com.You don't have to be natural to be featured,just on a healthy hair journey.


Today's frotastic lady is Amma.Popularly known as Amma Mama on social media, she has been featured on Black Girl Long Hair and has some amazing hair.Here's a short interview with her.Enjoy!

1.How long have you had natural hair?
    I have been natural for four years. I big chopped on Oct 11,2009.
2.How did you go natural?Did you transition and for how long? Did you big chop and do you have any picture from that time?


   I transitioned for about 8 months. I wanted to transition longer and allow my natural hair to get longer.
However, my new        growth and relaxed ends were in a tangled battle. I couldn't even comb my hair. Out of frustration, I let my sister-in law big chop it for me. This picture is a couple of days post-big chop. I asked her to cornrow the front.

3.What helped you during your transition?Any tips for transitioners?
    During my transition, cornrows with extensions helped me and so did roller sets. Roller sets really helped to hide my new growth but it still allowed me to wear my hair out. Natural hair blogs such as Black Girl Long Hair helped me not to run back to to the creamy crack. My advice to transitioners would be to big chop when it becomes too difficult to handle the two different textures. If you're uncomfortable with the length of your natural hair, big chop it and then keep it in a protective style until you're comfortable enough with its length to wear it out. However, don't hold onto the relaxed ends if they're troubling you like mines were. The tangles & frustration are not worth it.
4.How did your family respond to your decision to go natural and how did you handle it?
    My immediate family, my mom and three older brothers were very supportive. My extended family such as my female cousins didn't understand why I would cut off my "long" relaxed hair.
5.What has been your greatest challenge with your hair and how did you handle it?
    My greatest challenge has been dealing very DRY hair after a over processed at home dye job (BAD idea). I dealt with it by cutting the dye out of my hair little by little until it was all gone.
6.What do you love most about your hair and what was your proudest moment?
   I LOVE the thickness of my hair. My proudest moment was learning how to flat two strand twist.
7.Please share your regimen/hair care routine with us.
   I usually wash and blow-dry my hair once a month.
 I wash my hair with Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo.
I condition with the Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Hair Masque for about 30 minutes to 1 hr (sometimes under the hair dryer).
I rinse it out and then use a wide tooth comb to detangle my hair using the Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Extra-Moisture Detangler.
  I then put my hair into big two strand twists & then let it air dry for a little bit. I then unravel the twists and put Grape Seed Oil (as a heat protectant) on my hair from the root to tip and then I blow dry my hair. Once my hair is blow dried, I twist my hair into two big flat two strand twists which I call Celie Twists (they look like Milkmaid braids but are twists as in the first picture below.)
8.What would you say is the most important thing that has helped you retain length and health of your hair?
   The most important thing that has helped me retain length is protective styling. My hair flourishes when I am not manipulating  it. It likes to be left alone.
9.Please share a few of your favorite hairstyles and pictures with us.
Celie Twists {My hair is worn like this most of the time.)

   


Marley Twists




Blown out Afro





Bantu Knot Out




Cornrows with extensions {great protective style for me}.


I LOVE my Afro Puffs!





My first and only press in back 2011


10.Any final tips/advice?
     I would say that managing my natural has not been easy. There were times I wanted to relax my hair again. I secretly told myself that I would. However, that is no longer an option for me after four years. My hair is manageable and it is beautiful. It is work but a beautiful work created by the hands of God. Be patient with your natural hair and learn how to manage what God gave you. There are many helpful blogs, books and YouTube channels dedicated to natural hair care. Do your research and find out what works best for your natural hair. 



And that's Amma!She can be found on http://allthingsammamama.com/ and on Facebook and Instagram as Amma Mama.To be featured on Friday's Column, email nyvonne2010@gmail.com. Thank you for visiting and have a fabulous day!