I came across Fatima on Instagram on my usual scroll through. I was immediately struck by how thick and healthy her hair looks. I asked her to share her hair experiences here. She answered a few questions for the blog.
Where are you from? Where do you live?
My name is Fatima Yikona. I am natively Zambian, born and bred in the city of Lusaka. I am currently a medical student and enjoy my trade. Like the average student, I am tied to my books, but like any social being I have a number of other hobbies. Important to this piece is my love for hair care. I have been on my hair journey since 2012 and I started to blog in 2013.
What is your hair type?
I have 4b texlaxed hair.
Please share your hair regimen.
Every night, I moisturize and seal my hair in sections and cover it with a satin scarf. In the morning, I use a little oil to finger detangle and set my hair for the day.
- I do a pre-shampoo treatment before every wash using a mixture of conditioner, oils and honey. This is my favourite part of my regimen because it gives my hair the much needed extra treatment. I literally feel the difference when I do not do it. My pre-shampoo treatments range from two hours to overnight (on a lazy day lol).
- I shampoo once every week to a week and a half using a sulfate free shampoo.
- I then follow up with a protein or moisturizing conditioner with heat for at least 30 minutes.
- I use a leave in conditioner most of the time after rinsing out the deep treatment.
- I clarify my hair (using a clarifying shampoo) every 6 weeks.
- I retouch my new growth every 12 to 14 weeks.
Do you have any staple products?
I have to admit I am a product junkie especially when it comes to conditioner. I have a number of favourite products but when it comes down to it, the products below get the staple banner.
- Sheamoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Shampoo
- Aphogee 2 Minute Reconstructor
- ORS Hairepair Nourishing Conditioner
- Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioner
- Hollywood Beauty Olive(or Carrot) Creme
- Jamaican Black Castor Oil
- Fantasia IC Carrot Serum
Have you ever had a setback with your hair?
I’ve had several setbacks from the time I started my hair journey. My last major setback involved bad techniques by a hair stylist which almost sent me to the barber. It left me with evidently thinner hair which I am still trying to recover from. It is very important to learn how to manage your own hair and not depend on others who do not understand healthy hair care. There is a very big difference between hair care and styling hair. I have found that my hair does great under my care.
How long did it take you to get to your current length?
I have been between neck length and shoulder length for most of my life, never beyond full shoulder length. I started my hair journey in 2012 after a terrible setback which left me at neck length with uneven hair. I am currently at bra strap length. The sole contributors to my progress have been low manipulation ( I only detangle my hair on wash day), constant conditioning treatments which strengthen and moisturise my hair, cool to low heat when drying my hair and of course time.
Any ‘hair secrets’ you’d like to share?
I’d advise African ladies out there to believe in themselves. We have been made to believe certain things are out of reach for us. You will never know how much potential you have while holding onto such beliefs. When I began my hair journey, I was obsessed with length checks. It’s very important to focus on the state of the hair – ‘health over length’ all the time. With healthy hair, length simply falls into place. Setting goals and remaining consistent yields great results. In all this, remember to be patient.
You can find out more about Fatima and her fabulous hair on the following social platforms: