/Editor’s Note/ This week, we’re doing a very special ‘CurlSista of the Day‘ where we spotlight the Curlsistas Crew- the team that helps keep this awesome site running! Next up, Chinwe- our contributing writer and hair expert who joined the team this month! Thanks for all your continued hard work! xo.Joy.Name/ Chinwe Adaeze Onuoha
Background/ I was born in the city of Newark, New Jersey and I am of Nigerian descent. #UmuIgboKedu
Where do you live? I live with my family in New Jersey.
What do you do? I am a journalism major at Rutgers University-Newark and I write for 4chairchicks.com and ads.curlsistas.com.
How long have you been a natural gal? I’ve been natural for two years. It’s been a rollercoaster ride, but I’m not ready to get off yet.
What do you love about being natural? I love being natural because I feel like my hair is more versatile compared to when it was relaxed. Before I made the decision to go natural, I thought that I wouldn't be able to do much with it. I also didn’t want to look like I just woke up from a wrestling match every morning because it seemed like being natural required a lot of work and experience. However, once I started studying my hair, I realized that I was furthest from the truth.
What’s your hair regimen? I haven’t developed a hair regimen that I’ve stayed faithful to yet. I am working on that.
Top 5 fave hair products?Tropical Isle’s Black Castor Oil Simplicity Hair Oil Blend Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioner Nature’s Way Coconut Oil Elasta QP’s Olive Oil &Mango Butter Moisturizer
SHOP THIS POST[show_shopthepost_widget id="223000"] Using castor oil and simplicity oil has helped my hair grow thicker and longer. Plus, my edges have thanked me so much for it. I literally went from a “side fade” that I never asked for to longer, thicker edges. #lekwaomachineke In addition, Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioner has helped deep condition my hair when it is really dry, Nature’s Way Coconut Oil and Elasta QP’s Olive Oil & Mango Butter Moisturizer has helped me to combat breakage.
How do you describe your fashion style? It all depends on what I am in the mood to wear, I think. I love wearing well-ironed button down shirts, fitted cargo pants or jeans, with either flats or sneakers. Depending on the occasion, I’ll wear heels –but don't hold your breath, though.
What are your fave stores to shop? I love to shop at Asos.com and Lord&Taylor (thanks, Mom).
Do you have a fave designer? Ralph Lauren.
One item you cant leave home without? My cell phone.
Fave things to do on the weekend? Go to church, spend quality time with friends and family, and write short stories and articles
What do you wish for? I wish to go to Heaven.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? In five years, I would like to see myself living out the dreams that God has planned for me. I don’t know what that is yet, but once I find out, I’ll keep all of my curlsistas posted.
What’s some words of wisdom that you live by? Ever since I could remember, my mother has always told me to “cut my coat according to my size.” That piece of advice has helped me understand the importance of saving money and differentiating what I want from what I need.
What makes you smile? Anything. It's not hard to make me smile or laugh.
Random Fact: I discovered my love for writing in the sixth grade during lunchtime. One of my classmates stated that she was so bored that she could read a book. In an attempt to fit in with the “cool crowd” I wrote a short story in a small notepad and brought it to school the next day. In a matter of a few days, all of the
upperclassmen wanted to read it. Unfortunately, my teacher threatened to take my notebook away because she said that it was “too distracting.” From that moment, my five minutes of fame ended, but my appreciation for narrative did not.