Women’s Month Natural Hair Feature- Neide

Tell us about yourself

I am a vibrant medical doctor with a keen interest in public health. I am Mozambican but reside in South Africa. I love travel, fashion design and all things that sparkle.

How long have you been natural?

I made the decision to go natural almost 2 years ago.

Did you big chop or transition?

I started off by allowing my natural hair to grow underneath my relaxed hair for a few months and subsequently, I cut the relaxed portion.

What inspired your natural hair journey?

I wanted to look more like me. I used Brazilian hair religiously for many years and it was starting to feel very “unnatural”. I was no longer comfortable and I needed a change. Natural hair reminds me of a simpler time in my childhood. It was a time when I didn’t need anything other than myself to be happy. I find beauty in that.

What’s the one hair care item you cannot live without? And why?

Conditioner. I am not particularly brand loyal. As long as it detangles my hair, I am happy.

What advice do you have for the woman who wants to ‘go natural’?

Go for it! Enjoy it, have fun and fall in love with what you truly look like. The beauty of hair is that we are not confined to any particular style so don’t be afraid to experiment with whatever makes you comfortable.

One female role model and why she inspires you

I don’t think I have one particular role model. I appreciate different qualities in different women. We all have flaws but I choose to see the positive in all of us. Every woman has something about her that I admire.

Anyone else feel like queuing J Cole – No Role Models?

You can follow our favourite doctor @neidejanice08 on Instagram.

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