Welcome back to our four part series Natural At Any Stage In Life: A Four Part Natural Hair Journey. We are half way through the stories of four women who are sharing their natural hair stories. Having natural hair is an amazing thing as it has a way of connecting people, sometimes people whom we’ve never met before. We can make these connects practically anywhere, and it doesn’t matter your background, upbringing or education as it is our natural hair journey that will forever join us.

Over the course of this series you will meet Olamide, Reese, Yemi and Nagawa, who will be sharing their natural journey’s and what they love most about their natural hair.

Nagawa, 40’s, Business Executive, Civic Leader and Wellness Enthusiast

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When did you first go natural?

I’ve been “natural” most of my life with the exception of a few periodic stints of hair relaxers, including a jheri curl. LOL! But for the past three plus years I’ve been natural, without any form of straightening or hair alterations.

How are you currently rocking your hair and why?

Right now I’m currently sporting a short frohawk. It’s totally me! I’m all about being FREE! Free to be me, free to express myself creatively, free to live an active lifestyle, free to spend time with family and friends, free to advocate for others and free to focus my money and time on what matters most to me.

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Sideview of Nagawa’s frohawk.

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Sideview of Nagawa’s frohawk.

What do you love the most about your hair?

I am in love with the natural texture and artistic expression of my hair. I also love the fact that “no wind nor rain nor winter’s cold can stop me. My natural hair can stand its ground pretty well. My natural hair is bold and beautiful without much effort!

More thoughts from Nagawa…

My natural hairstyle works well for me personally and professionally. It suits me from morning until evening and fits any occasion. My natural hairstyle “speaks” to everyone. It transcends cultures and is always open. It is genuinely me.

More about Nagawa: She’s the Founder and Principal of Nspire Health Solutions which is a mission driven Health and Life Sciences strategic consultancy that aspires to not only extend life through scientific and technological advancements, but also to put life back into living individually and collectively. She has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a BS in Economics from the State University of New York at Albany. I live in the Chicago area with my husband and son and we enjoy exploring and living life to the fullest every day! To keep up with Nagawa follow her on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/wired2inspire.

Do you have a natural hair journey to share? Did Nagawa’s story resonate with you? Leave your comments below as we would love to hear from you.

Join us tomorrow for our final story in our natural hair series featuring Yemi, a 20-something Digital Product Designer. For even more natural hair stories check out Ndidi and Blacktavist as they share their loc journey, why they love them so much and what they wish they knew before they got them.

I hope you enjoyed learning more about Nagawa! I appreciate you for reading To keep up with me follow me on Instagram @chantalkamya and on Medium medium.com/@ckamya!

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Chantal is a project manager by day, writer/graphic designer by night, and a former business school career coach and career development professor. Through her writing, one-on-one coaching and group classes she strives to give practical, thoughtful and inspiring tips/ideas on communication and personal branding, to encourage purpose-driven women to achieve their professional and personal goals. She is the founder of leonandlucie.com, a website with everyday products with African-inspired designs. She shares thoughts on life as a Congolese-Ugandan American, with mild obsessions with hair/beauty, family, healthy living, good food and African clothes at medium.com/@ckamya and instagram.com/chantalkamya.
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