My Blog:

So this is my hair/life blog!  I never thought I would create a hair blog.  I’m always viewing other women’s hair blogs and getting information from them.  I thought, “There’s so much information already out there, what do I have to offer to hair enthusiast like me?”  My friends have been trying to convince me to create a hair something for the longest time, so I asked them aforementioned question and my friend Chantel told me to think of a hair blog as I would think of a senior thesis.  There might be information mentioned in other sources, but I can pull information from many places and add my own unique perspective and therefore contribute a lot to the hair conversation.   I’m not re-inventing the wheel here, but I hope to offer something of value to the hair enthusiast community. Inspiration, links to a better blog, hair style ideas.   Does that make sense? I have no idea. I’m so burnt out and brain dead after writing this thesis, that it’s a miracle that I remembered how to use a computer.

My Name:

So I bet you’re wondering about the name “oyinboprincess” or Oyibo Princess.  If you Googled “oyibo”, and if you are like me you already have, you would see that oyibo means “white person” in Yorubaland, Nigeria.  I know some of you may be thinking, “Oh my goodness! Does she hate her blackness?”

No. Please. Calm down, Tyra Banks.   I love my black people.  I completed my field work for my senior thesis in Ibadan, Nigeria last summer and I absolutely loved it, but I should mention that the people there pretty much always called me oyibo (or onye ocha if they were Igbo).  One of my Igbo friends, Patrick, called me Onye Ocha like it was my name.  The Wikipedia definition says oyibo means white person, and while that is true, it’s only half true.  Nigerians call all foreigners Oyibo. Europeans, Indians, East Asians, Black Americans, even people whose parents are Nigerian and who grew up in the US or the UK (or wherever because like the Chinese, Lebanese, and Indians, Nigerians are pretty much everywhere) are called oyibo by Nigerians, at least in the southwestern part.

I will admit that, at first I hated the name “oyibo” or “onye ocha”.  Where I come from, if you call a black person white it’s an insult, and although I’m actually “half white” (well really 9/16), I felt insulted, because by the American definition and the “one-drop” rule, I am black.  However, my friends and people who cared about me were calling me this name, so I realized that the term was not malevolent.  It was only because of my background and world-view that I saw it as offensive.  In America, we take race very seriously.  In Nigeria, we do not–yes, I said “we”.

Through this word “Oyibo”, my world-view was challenged and through this blog, I hope to challenge your world-view about hair, about health and fitness, about life. And if I cannot accomplish any of the three, I hope that you simply enjoy my blog, like I enjoyed Nigeria.

Oh yes. I forgot to explain the princess part.  It’s pretty simple. A lot of people call me princess so I’m the Oyibo Princess.

My Hair:

I have been “natural” for….okay. Well. That’s a long, complicated story and who cares anyway?  If you care, I will write it later, but for now, as of May 9, 2011, I will say that by some definitions,  I’ve been natural for about 8 years, by other definitions for 4 years.

I’m still trying to figure out my hair type. Some people say it’s a 3c. I disagree with them. I think my hair is 4a, at least according to Andre’s Hair Typing System. Maybe it’s 3c/4a. According to my reading of the  Mizami Hair Typing System, my hair is V and VI. However, I think hair-typing is semi-stupid.  It’s useful in some ways, but no two heads are the same.

My hair goals include the following:

1. Having hair down to my behind in five years (not stretched). Right now, the longest part is past my collar bone when stretched and frames my face when not stretched.  However, strangely enough, the part on the top is really short which is kind of troubling.

2. Having a healthy scalp. I’ve had dandruff and/or a dry scalp for as long as I can remember.  As you will see in this blog, there is a difference between dandruff and a dry scalp.

I have been following a few other hair bloggers and hair vloggers (video blogs on youtube) for quite some time now (2-3 years), especially this year.  Since January 2011, when my hair started breaking off, I have been visiting www.CurlyNikki.com almost every single day, more than I go on Facebook.  Through her website I have discovered www.NaturallyCurly.com , haircrush, Beads Braids and Beyond, Long Hair Don’t Care, and Adventures of a Kinky Curly among others.

I only visit the blogs and vlogs of people who have long hair (with exception of Adventures of a Kinky Curly , but it’s partly because she’s Nigerian).  I want long hair, so my mentors should have long hair too. Also, honestly some bloggers and vloggers out there have no idea what they’re doing and why would I want to be led astray?  Although, there are some people with long hair who recommend some damaging practices which they don’t actually practice themselves. Ugh! But we’ll try to avoid that here.

Disclaimer:  I am not a professional, not that they actually teach you how to care for natural hair or even hair in general in cosmetology school. They just teach you how to make hair “look good” (if even that) while using cancerous materials and heat. I do not care.  They can crucify me for saying that.


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