Naturalista: Naomi Musonda Mwelwa (Zambia)

Yay!! It’s time for another interview with a fascinating naturalista. It is going to be EPIC!

Today we are interviewing NAOMI aka Omi:) She is a wonderful being from that out of the world all naturalista group – AfroDite. Naomi is a poet, an artist and she is very passionate about the arts.

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

The path was somewhat chosen for me before my creation. Jokes. Being born in a family of predominantly natural women it was an obvious choice.

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

I BC ‘d at some point. I cut off all of my hair. But I didn’t really do much in the way of either since I’ve had natural hair since forever .

Question Three: Why did you choose that route?

I thought my hair was growing unevenly. 🤦🏽‍ the joke was on me.

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

That there is an intricate beauty in a woman accepting her custom made hair and loving it from the roots to the edges. It has become an uplifting, and somewhat spiritual journey for me.

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

Not at all. I would’ve chosen it all over again if I ever hit replay.

Question Six: Please share your regimen.

My regimen would have to be a wash thrice a week. Daily application of easy waves; to keep the coils bouncy and also the comb out spray of Easy Waves mixed with a leave-in conditioner that helps the hair remain soft and moist.

Question Seven: What are your three hair staples?

Never ever ever again will I use a comb. Except when braiding. Hahaha but seriously I’d have to say my Easy Waves, my Sunsilk Conditioner which goes hand in hand with my dye cause it keeps the hair color on point and my Alma oil.

Question Eight: What is your go to style?

My go-to style now is a brush cut. I am obsessed with keeping the sides and back as short and neat as possible. #OCDstruggles

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

Celebrity I’d have to say Corinne Bailey Rae and Chrisette Michelle. Non-celeb; my mom, she has amazingly gorgeous soft African hair. And also a good friend of mine Towela Kaira.

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

Memorable? Hmmm… I guess the hair bonding my mum and I had, from waking up at 5am on school days to stretch and painfully comb out my hair in her ever consistent pineapple puff style. The trauma! Hahaha. Although I look forward to having a baby girl so that I can do that with her too. Hopefully it won’t be as painful. My mum taught me everything I know about being a naturalista. 

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

How simple it is really to take care of your hair. Relaxed hair is mostly styling and begging the hair descendants to keep your hair from falling off. With the natural hair route the process is stress-free and comfier than the creamy crack. What has surprised me the most is how low maintenance it has been, and how affordable the products are.

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pic credit: Naomi. M


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

Well I was recently stopped in the street by a lady who ran over to me with her child on her back. I noticed immediately her golden short hair do and then she spoke about how she had been struggling to maintain it so I gave her the low down on products and regimens and she seemed thankful for it. I have never met her again but I hope she’s out there and her hair is enjoying every ounce of that coconut oil.

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

Being authentic. Being real. Being the real me. It’s liberating.

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QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS: Who is Naomi?

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

I am a diesel head. I love cars.

Two: Favourite hobby/hobbies?

Revamping car engines and 1980 Contessas. Of course when I am not writing poetry or reading.

Three: Three things you can’t live without?

My journal, a book; (any book) and hopefully someday my husband (if you’re out there, I’m waiting on you…. hurry up man! (Hahaha)

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

Both in glory; Maya Angelou and my Grandfather; we’d have sloppy joes cause I’d love to see how they struggle to keep the bun together as they eat it. *evil laugh*

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

Mind reading. Definitely. Watch out world.

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pic credit: Naomi. M


Contact/Follow Naomi at:

Facebook: Revo official (fashionhouse page)
Facebook: Blank Canvas (artist page)
Instagram: revostructure34
Twitter: For the life of me I cannot remember but loosely probably Blank canvas something… or the other.

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Thank you so much Naomi! For answering these questions and more:) It was incredible having you on the blog.

Cheers,

Shaz.

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