I have know Anjola for YEARS! I recently reconnected with Anjola via Facebook and realised that she was natural now and guess what! She has amazing hair! Sooooo.... I decided to interview her and I was glad when she agreed to do the interview.
Anjola is a wonderful person so I hope you enjoy this interview and when you're done reading it, you go check her out online (the links will be left down below), subscribe to her YouTube channel and 'Like' her Facebook page.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hello guys! I’m Anjola Fagbemi of TheBejewelledBud. A self proclaimed fashion enthusiast and modish minimalist. I am a Fashion and Lifestyle blogger who is currently in University. I also produce video content on YouTube and I am a photographer!
How long have you been natural?
I just did my big chop in January 2014, so I've been “natural” for about five months now and I love my hair! (Well sometimes I feel like copping it off too lol.)
When did you get your first relaxer and why'd you get it?
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had straight hair. I had no say in the decision to relax it because I was really young and my mum made the decision. It was second nature to get a relaxer as soon as I had growth so I just kept getting it in because it was normal to me.
What made you decide to go natural?
I had a friend in A levels who was trying her best to convince me to transition and go natural. She was ahead of the craze and was one of the first people I had seen who was actively taking charge of her hair. When she big chopped, I was utterly and absolutely convinced because she had the most magnificent afro. I took on the challenge because I wanted to see how big my afro could get!
How did your family and friends react to the idea of you going natural?
Oh my gosh, you would have thought the sky was falling because they were all opposed to it. My mum fought it so hard, and my cousins joked that it was because she had worked so hard to grow my relaxed hair to the beautiful, long position it was at that moment in time. The hair dressers advised me against it; my aunties didn’t want me to, and my friends had no clue because I had just changed schools and they were basically clueless about my journey.
What's your hair journey been like so far (and how has it changed your perception on some things)?
At first, it was just a huge relief to chop all the dead ends off because my mum had finally agreed to let me get rid of it. But then, I had no clue of what to do with it so I ended up wearing a hat to church the next day because I couldn’t get it to look right. But, so far my hair has taught me how to be patient! There are so many days (like today) were I feel like chopping it all off, and other days were I absolutely love it.
What is your daily hair regimen (including your night-time routine)?
It’s summer time and I’ve hardly stayed at one location for a week so having a regimen has been really tough! Right now I have a weave in so it is very low maintenance but before that I had a bunch of regimens! My old regimen consisted of deep conditioning and washing my hair ever weekend ( If I was lazy I could skip a week of doing anything to it). After which, I would twist my hair or bantu it into a style it would remain in for the rest of the week!
Do you think you might be changing or incorporating new things to your regimen soon? If so, what do you have in mind?
My most recent one is the no-comb regimen combined with a minimal product regimen. Not combing the hair as often reduces breakage and reducing the amount of products used increases the amount of moisture the hair strands receive.
What are your go-to hairstyles, which is your fav. and how do you achieve it?
At one point in time, I could only pull my hair up in high buns because it was so short and it is still my go-to. I haven’t got the length to rock that many styles yet.
What are your must-have hair accessories and tools?
Huge hair ties and a ribbon. A ribbon is one of the only things that can squeeze all my hair in at times!
How do you deal with hair issues such as: breakage and length retention?
To combat breakage I hardly comb my hair; and if I do, I do so gently- working my way from my ends to my roots.
What products do you currently use, and how are they working for you?
I currently use Argan oil based products, and I find that they moisturize really well!
Hand-In-Hair syndrome - an issue I have now only that....it's not my hand. Do you have this issue? Do people ask before touching your hair or do they just randomly reach out and touch (or grab) it? How does this make you feel? What is your reaction to this?
It bothered me a lot before but don’t really care anymore. Random people just stick their hands in my hair, and it was a shock at first; but, now I just stand there (while quietly thinking of how messy my style is going to end up).
What do you love the most about being naturally curly?
I can defy gravity. That’s pretty cool, huh?
Any to say to the natural teens, parents, kids and grandparents?
You guys are so beautiful! I admire your courage and willingness to find your definition of beauty even though it is different from what the society might portray it as. I think you are strong for stepping out on a limb to learn more about who you are through your hair, and you are awesome.
Where can we find you online?
My fashion and lifestyle blog: bejewelledbud.com
My YouTube channel where I share more hair related things: TheBejewelledBud
My Tumblr, for my creative expression: TheBejewelledBud
And of course Facebook: TheBejeweledBud
I hope you enjoyed reading this interview and you check out Anjola online soon! :)