I started my blog when I moved to Paris to let my family and friends know what I was up to. They were complaining that I was not posting any news or pictures about my life in Paris on Facebook so I thought why not start a blog instead? You can read about anything from natural hair to where to eat the best burger in town.
It has been such an honor to interview this beautiful lady with such a happy and joyful soul. Meet Hanna Thedros the owner and the founder of her fashion and beauty blog dejavutheblog.com. In this interview Hanna shares her recommendations for healthy hair care for ladies with curly and coily hair, her thoughts about the ideal of beauty, her love for the natural hair community and movement and last but not least her healthy hair, soul and body goals for this year of 2015.
Who is Hanna Thedros?
Oh, who am I? First thing that comes to my mind describing myself is: happy! What else can I tell you all about me? Well, I am from Sweden but moved to Paris about five years ago and now you might say “she is Swedish?” I was born and raised in Sweden but my parents are from a small and beautiful country in east Africa called Eritrea. 1984 was the year I saw daylight for the first time and I sure hope I will have many more days to see the sunrise. I am a fun young lady that loves to laugh and do exactly what everybody tells me not to do. Well, not all the time but what I mean is I go where my intuitions tells me to go and I tend to listen less to the rational voices. My curiosity and stubbornness have helped me come a long way in life and also in some trouble but hey, you must try it to know it! What I keep very close to my heart and what I also have enormous passion about is my family, food, styling, hair (#teamnatural) and music.
Tell us about dejavutheblog.com!
I started my blog when I moved to Paris to let my family and friends know what I was up to. They were complaining that I was not posting any news or pictures about my life in Paris on Facebook so I thought why not start a blog instead? You can read about anything from natural hair to where to eat the best burger in town. Or, what I like to wear and where I like to go for drinks in Paris. Nothing new really, just my perspective on things!
How would you describe your inner beauty?
My inner beauty can best be described as a comfortable and happy place with positive energy. I love laughing and I tend to see life from the bright side which I also insist that people around me do too. Then we have the comfort part that I have worked hard on throughout the years and have resulted in me loving myself exactly the way I am. Self-love is the most attractive way one can ever look and you owe it to yourself to know that you are amazing and perfect the way YOU are.
What do you love the most when it comes to your beautiful hair?
There are so many reasons to why I love my hair so it’s hard to say what I love the most! But I think what I love the most is that I overcame the “shame” about being a curly girl. It was not easy growing up in a society where what you looked like was so far from what “everybody” else looked like. Everything about me was basically “wrong” but I got over that with time and I love my hair now.
What three things would you recommend for women with curly/coily hair?
- Be patience. Listen to what you hair needs and don’t compare your hair to others. Never.Ever!
- Use products that are good for YOUR hair and as natural as possible.
- Detangle your hair with your fingers more than with combs. It’s so much healthier for your hair.
What three things would you not recommend women with curly/coily hair?
- Don’t use any kind of chemicals on it! Get off that “creamy crack” and rock what nature gave you!
- Heat! It might take a bit longer to dry your hair but low heat is the best option for your hair.
- Don’t “hide it” too much! Protective hairstyles are always good but remember to let the hair breath from time to time.
Four years ago, Versatility Beauty&Fashion interviewed the famous natural hair stylist Felicia Leatherwood. One of the questions Versatility Beauty&Fashion asked her was what she thought about the trend amongst women with coily or curly hair becoming natural. She responded that in her perspective becoming natural is not a trend, but more as a movement. Do you agree or disagree with Felicia Leatherwood statement about becoming natural is a movement?
I would have to agree with Felicia Leatherwood. Trends come and go but #teamnatural is here to stay and it’s only betting bigger by the minute. To be honest, I had no idea that this was such a big deal till a few years ago when people started commenting things on by blog talking about “being natural” and what my hair regimen was. I have been natural my whole life so I was a bit confused at first but then I reached out to Google and discovered a whole new world, haha!
There has been a lot of discussions about why there most be one type of ideal beauty. Since 2013 the ideal of woman’s body is to look strong and therefore the new ideal of beauty is ”Strong is the new skinny”. Versatility Beauty&Fashion is pro-health and believes that working-out is the best medicine you can give to your body and soul. But some women misunderstand the ideal and work out too much that they hurt themselves. Instead of taking a break to let their injury fully heal; they take pills to counteract the injury to sustain their work out in fear of gaining weight! What are your thoughts about today’s attitude of the ”new” ideal of body?
I like that fact that being strong is something women are adapting more to these days! The human body is amazing and muscles are not just for men! However, we must learn to see the beauty in the ways we are created and not take it too far. If your mindset is not in tone with your body, you will never be happy with what you look like. I do agree that it’s easier said than done living in a world where we are constantly being bombarded with images of what “beauty is”. But we owe it to ourselves to keep a health mindset and then work on being the best you can be. Physically and mentally!
How often do you work out/ how often do you think one should work out to feel good?
Gaaaah, I don’t like this question! Haha! Ok, to be honest have I not worked out on a regular basis in over ten years. I was a very active kid growing up doing a lot of sports and there were times I used to practice athletics five times a week. I stopped all that when I moved from home to study in another city and I really never managed to stay disciplined on my own. For me, it was always about getting ready for a competition and never about staying in shape so I still have a hard time going to the gym. But, I kind of compensate that with my work! I am basically on my feet walking around in the store for eight hours a day! How often one should work out to feel good is a very personal questions and we all should do what works best for us! Find an activity you love and that will keep you motivated to feel good to keep you going. For me, till this day, I need a coach and a team to be able to work out on a regular basis, I still have this (annoying) competitive mentality when it comes to sports/working out that I just can’t do it “to stay in shape” but rather “kick some ass” on the field.
Versatility Beauty&Fashion has started the Healthy movement with Versatility Beauty&Fashion 2015, where we want to inspire women around the world to set goals for achieving healthy hair, healthy body and healthy soul(inner beauty) this year of 2015. If you would like to join the movement what would your goals be to achieve:
- Healthier body
- Healthier hair
- Healthier soul (inner beauty)
this year of 2015?
I would say healthier body and healthier soul. You can never stop learning about how amazingly the mind works and I got so many levels of “good places” do discover.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
I would like to say: keep up the good work! And thank you for letting me express myself on your platform!
Interview: by Charity Odum
Images: by Dejavutheblog.com