Naturalista: Kasela Kalebwe (Zambia)

Hi hi!!! How has everyone been doing? It’s been a whirlwind here. Always busy but we are here again doing another interview!

Today we will be interviewing Kasela Kalebwe. She is like a sister to me, and grew up before my very eyes in Botswana. Then she moved back to Zambia for tertiary and has been there since. Though I want to believe she has many homes:) Kasela is a wonderful person, with an contagiously happy personality.

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pic credit: Kasela. K

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

KK: Natural hair is so beautiful. But from my childhood all I remember is an afro comb in my mother’s hand terrorizing my head. Sad to say but I associated natural hair with pain. It is only recently when I saw a revolution that came with natural hair management that I thought twice about relaxer. Best decision ever!

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

KK: I started to transition. Just for two months, during this time I kept my hair in weaves then when it was a bearable length I chopped it.

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pic credit: Kasela. K

Question Three: Why did you choose the transition route?

KK: I did not want to start of bald that’s why I transitioned.

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

KK: Because my hair was in either a weave or braids, the entire time I transitioned I didn’t really learn any lessons. *hides*

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

KK: I would have read more and prepared before I chopped it. And I should have gone to a barber – I decided to be brave and do it myself… My back hair will forever be longer than my front lol.

Question Six: Please share your regimen.

KK: I am not a hard core naturalista. I have been termed pretty lazy even. I usually have some protective style on so I will oil and sometimes moisturise. But when it’s just me and the hair, I wash it on weekends. I simply wash with shampoo and then use leave in conditioner … Then I apply some Shea butter/coconut/glycerine then voila… Done!

Question Seven: What are your three hair staples?

KK: Water, Shea butter and glycerine.

Question Eight: What is your go to style?

KK: Headband…

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pic credit: Kasela. K

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

KK: Mukukwa Yondela. I think she just has such gorgeous hair.


pic credit: Kasela. K

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

KK: Bad hair days, lol. They make you feel so vain…

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

KK: It has given me confidence. I love myself more, my hair and my body – It was unexpected so it is quite a lovely surprise…

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

KK: “Do you miss having relaxed hair?” My answer is always an emphatic “No!”

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

KK: It means not backing down from a challenge. Natural hair is not the easiest hair to work with – It has a very strong personality.

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pic credit: Kasela. K


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

KK: If I tell you, it won’t be something people do not know anymore, lol.

Two: Favourite hobby/hobbies?

KK: Reading – I cannot overemphasize this.

Three: Three things you can’t live without?

KK: Bible, Paul and Pinterest.

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

KK: My mum. We would have really cold Coca-Cola and fresh bread straight from the oven.

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

KK: Reading minds.

Contact/Follow Kasela at:

Instagram: kaselakalebwe

Thank you Kas for allowing the opportunity to interview you. It has been nothing short of amazing having you on the blog, I loved it.

Till next time.




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