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[YOU ‘DO WHAT?] Black Hair Care Confessional from Abi Ishola

Whether you wear your hair natural, relaxed, long or short, keeping your mane tamed can break the bank and eat up your free time! But for some, the price and effort to ensure your tresses stay in check is worth it. That’s why we’re introducing this brand new series to spotlight our readers’ coolest ‘dos. Do you pay a pretty penny or do you know how to handle your hair with frugality? Send your submissions to beautifullybrown@ebony.com for a chance to break down the cost of your coif.

NAME: Abi Ishola

SIGNATURE STYLE: A short crop cut or TWA (a.k.a. “Teeny Weeny Afro”)

PRICE TAG: About $170 every three months

OCCUPATION/PASSION PROJECT: Multimedia Journalist and Founder of @BeyondClassicallyBeautiful and ScriptsandSightings.com

WHY IS THE TEENY WEENY AFRO YOUR GO-TO RIGHT NOW?

I love it, because it’s chic, easy and the perfect complement to my round face.

WHAT PRODUCTS AND PROCESSES DO YOU USE TO STYLE YOUR TWA? 

I wash my hair with L’Oréal’s EverCréme Cleansing Conditioner.  It’s great, because it doesn’t dry out my hair.  Then I use Alaffia’s EveryDay Coconut Conditioner. For extra moisture, I use a leave-in conditioner by Jane Carter Solution right before I style my hair with Eco Styler Olive Oil Styling Gel.

On a day-to-day basis, I get in the shower without a shower cap, let my hair get misty, then I add a bit of Miss Jessie’s Pillow Soft Curls and a bit of grape seed oil for shine.

To get the textured look I like, I use a product called Nu Dred to twist my hair.

HOW MUCH DO ALL THESE PRODUCTS COST? 

My hair is very inexpensive to maintain. The total cost of all of the products I use is $70, Since I purchase large sizes I could go months without buying any products. There are times I get curious and purchase a new product that’s not a part of my regimen, but that’s rare.

HOW OFTEN DO YOU HAVE TO CUT YOUR ‘FRO TO KEEP IT TEENY?

I usually wait about three months to cut my hair, which usually costs under $100.

CAN WE FIND YOU ON SOCIAL MEDIA?

Yes, I’m on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Follow Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond on Instagram @nanaekuawriter.

 

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