Naturalista: Mwenya Fundafunda (Zambia)

Hi TheLyricwriter readers! I’m back again with another smashing interview. I hear you asking “How come you never post anything else these days?” Well to answer your question, I am just busy. Crazy busy, I basically live off chaos, plus my internet connection can be haphazard. But I promise to be back with more articles and poems. May I just say I appreciate each one of you who reads, likes, comments, shares and reblogs everything that I write. THANK YOU!

Well then, let’s jump right into it. Today we have are interviewing MWENYA! She is one amazing lady, very easy to chat to and is absolutely gorgeous.

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pic credit: Mwenya. F

Question One: Why did you choose to become a Naturalista?

MF: I didn’t choose to become natural, I’ve been natural most of my life because mum didn’t believe in the creamy crack for kids.

Question Two: Did you big chop (BC) or transition:

MF: I transitioned.

Question Three: Why did you choose the transition route?

MF: I transitioned because I don’t like having short hair. I like it on everyone else. I just prefer slightly longer than short hair on my head.

Question Four: What did you discover about going the natural route?

MF: I discovered that you don’t take care of your hair, it’ll break badly.

Question Five: What would you have done differently? Do you regret the decision?

MF: I don’t regret going back to having natural hair. I just wish it hadn’t taken me close to 10 years of heat damaging my hair, to learn that my hair could grow beautiful if I learnt to take care of it.

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(Heat damaged hair in 2015) Pic credit: Mwenya. F

Question Six: Please share your regimen.

MF: Umm… I shampoo my hair about once a month, deep condition every week. I use conditioner, and honey when I can. Apply conditioner and olive oil. I’m lazy so I normally bun or pineapple my hair if it’s not braided so I spray it with water and aloe every night.

Question Seven: What are your three hair staples?

MF: Olive oil, conditioner and a spray bottle with water.

Question Eight: What is your go to style?

MF: Box braids for a protective. A bun for when I don’t have a protective style on.

Question Nine: Who is your celebrity/otherwise hair crush?

MF: My little sister… ssshh… Don’t tell her. Also Chinwe Juliet of Igbo Curls.

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(Little sister) Pic credit: Mwenya. F



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Question Ten: What are the most memorable moments of being a Naturalista?

MF: The moment I realized I actually loved my hair natural, as kinky as 4c hair is. That was a little cheesy there.

Umm… the day I did my Afro and it stayed big all day.

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pic credit: Mwenya. F

Question Eleven: What has surprised you most about going natural?

MF: How my hair actually became manageable and soft with care. My entire life I’ve had difficult hair, buh now it’s actually manageable.

Question Twelve: What is the most common question people ask you about your hair?

MF: “What do you use for your hair?”

Question Thirteen: What does being a Naturalista mean to you?

MF: It’s an expression of self-love for me. Don’t get me wrong I am not saying people with relaxed hair don’t love themselves and their permed hair. For me it means loving and accepting me as I am, all parts of me including the crazy hair I have on my head.

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pic credit: Mwenya. F


One: The one thing people don’t know about you?

MF: Buh buh it’s a secret.

Lol, I think I have weird toes.

Two: Favourite hobby/hobbies?

MF: I wish I could saying travelling and being adventurous, buh watching series/movies is my new hobby.

Three: Three things you can’t live without?

MF: Food, water and clean air.

Four: If you could have a meal with anyone (passed away or alive) who would it be? What would you eat?

MF: My family and closest friends, we’d have an amazing braai.

Five: If you had one super power what would it be?

MF: I’d go with In’utu’s answer… Mind reading

Contact/Follow Mwenya at:

Instagram: mwenya_fundafunda

Facebook: Mwenya Fundafunda

Twitter: I have not used my twitter account in 2-3 years.

Thank you so much Mwenya. It was wonderful having you here, you are an amazing being, and your hair leaves me in awe.




9 thoughts on “Naturalista: Mwenya Fundafunda (Zambia)

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  1. So MsLyricWriter I have meant to ask
    A lot of people on here have been talking of deep conditioning ..whats that 🙈then using conditioner…there are lots of conditioners on the market any recommendation???
    Am fresh on this naturalista journey

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    1. Deep Conditioning is like rejuvenating your hair and adding moisture back into it. Putting back nutrients, this makes it soft and strengthens it. You can use any really. I usually just DIY. Any conditioner of choice (I have used Tresemme only so far), then add some coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil and sometimes a bit of ACV.


    2. I add just enough to to it for one go. Then apply to the hair after washing, put on a plastic bag and a scarf.
      I have a friend who likes Tresemme Breakage Defence (I want to try that). The one I used to have is called Remoisture (finished one. I need to buy another one). Hope this helps??
      We are advised to DC every week/two weeks. After 40mins – 1hr, wash it off. Dry and mositurise.

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