Love Felicia! I totally agree, I think natural hair is a movement and it’s here to stay. I think it’smore than just a trend because it has to do with self acceptance, self knowledge and self love which are things that aren’t just a fad. It’s also become something bigger than hair, a lot of new friendships have formed all over the world thanks to the natural hair movement.
Versatility Beauty&Fashion is so honored to have the chance to interview this beautiful Naturalhair blogger and that she has also joined the Healthy Movement with Versatility Beauty&Fashion 2015. Meet Nandi Zulu, the owner, the founder and the blogger of Hairofheritage, from Malmo, Sweden with roots from South Africa, who has passion for life and the Natural Hair movement. In this interview Nandi shares her perspective about the natural hair community, her tips and tricks to achieve healthier hair for women with curly or coily hair.
Who is Nandi Zulu?
She is many things; woman, mother, sister, girlfriend, friend, dreamer, blogger, etc. Which I
guess makes her a very typical woman in the 21st century.
Tell us about your blog Hairofheritage.com?
Hair of Heritage started in 2011 as a way to pay forward what I had then learned about my hair
and how to care for it. It was a way for me to share natural hair related things as well as
create a platform I thought was missing at the time. There were plenty of blogs and vlogs
about natural hair, but I wanted something that told our story here in Sweden. This April the
blog celebrates four years online, which I still have a hard time believing! It’s also a place
where I get to write, which is my secret (not so anymore, lol) passion.
How would you describe your inner beauty?
My inner beauty is calm and confident, very caring and loving.
What do you love about your beauty?
That its uniquely mine.
What do you love the most when it comes to your beautiful hair?
I love so many things about my hair, growing up I disliked it a lot. I love that it can be styled in
so many ways and that it is ever changing. I love that it has a life of it’s own, even though it
frustrates me at times. I love that it is mine.
What three things would you recommend for women with curly/coily hair?
- Don’t let your hair keep you from doing things you want to do!
- Be nice to your hair: keep it moisturized.
- Learn how to treat your hair: it takes time. Don’t be afraid of trial and error, its the only way to
figure out what works for your hair.
What three things would you not recommend women with curly/coily hair?
- Don’t relax your hair. I’m not completely against relaxers, it’s just that I wouldn’t recommend
anyone to do it.
- Don’t try to make your hair into something it isn’t! If you were born with a certain curl pattern
embrace it, don’t try to force it into something else.
- Don’t trust quick fixes! If a product or a hairdresser claims they can fix your hair quickly don’t
trust them, healthy hair takes time and patience.
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?
Love Felicia! I totally agree, I think natural hair is a movement and it’s here to stay. I think it’s
more than just a trend because it has to do with self acceptance, self knowledge and self love
which are things that aren’t just a fad. It’s also become something bigger than hair, a lot of
new friendships have formed all over the world thanks to the natural hair movement. I’ve met
and been in contact with people I never would have if it wasn’t for the natural hair movement.
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 prohealth and believes that workingout 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 think anything can be harmful if it’s taken to the extreme, even working out. You only have
one body so it’s important to treat it well. Working out is also addictive and I think that also
makes people do it to the extreme. I do however think that this “health craze” that seems to
be going on is quite good, people want to take care of their bodies; eat right, exercise, etc. We
have more knowledge about what is and what isn’t healthy, and I think that will keep on
increasing as well.
How often do you work out/ how often do you think one should work out to feel good?
To be honest I don’t work out at all. I enjoy walking places, but that’s it. I also go through
phases when I practise Ashtanga yoga, but it’s been a while now. I’m naturally slim and have
always been, unfortunately this makes me less motivated to work out than someone that
struggles with their weight.From a health perspective though, I’d say working out two or three times a week is ideal.
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, and healthier soul this year of 2015?
Healthier body: Cut down on sugar. This is my constant battle, I’m a heavy sugar addict.
Healthier hair: I had a baby last year, and for the first few months after he was born I really ignored my hair. Now I’m caring for it again. My goal is definitely to keep it healthy this year.
Healthier soul (inner beauty):To write more, to remember to breathe and to allow myself to slow down and take breaks.
Interview: by Charity Odum