BNS: Has fame changed you at all? Lala Akindoju: Naahh. I doubt it. And I’m very conscious of not losing myself to fame. Even though fame comes with paying more attention to certain things.
BNS: Things like? Lala Akindoju: Things like being camera ready, getting the right angles on the red carpet, especially with clothes. I also can’t give every single person my personal number anymore [laughs].
BNS: Do you think [natural hair] is a trend? Lala Akindoju: I think so, but it will evolve -especially as representation is now so important. Showing younger girls of colour they can be beautiful with their natural hair is crucial. And I’m loving how seriously a lot of us are taking the message.
BNS: Trends come and go – do you believe this is one that’s here you to stay or people will move on to something newer and shinier? Lala Akindoju: I think it’s here to stay.
BNS: What have you learnt from your stylist about taking care of your natural hair? Lala Akindoju: Moisture is key! In between hair appointments, I make sure I keep my scalp oiled and I use a leave-in conditioner daily. I also make time to steam and deep condition once a month at the very least.
BNS: Why did you start the natural hair series? Lala Akindoju: First I loved the hairstyles from my childhood and I felt like a lot of younger girls don’t know about these hairstyles. Plus I was a little nostalgic – missing the days when we were younger and things just seemed simpler and easier. I also wanted to encourage people to be confident with these hairstyles people call ‘razz’.
I was pleasantly surprised by the reactions to it, people actually responded really positively and some even told me they’d tried some of the styles out or planned to. Also – it’s really hot. ‘Not everytime wig’! [laughs].
BNS: What are your fave protective styles? You’ve mentioned wigs and weaves – Do you braid or is it always in diff cornrow styles? Lala Akindoju: Twists are my fave especially because I can put them up and do twist outs later. I’m also really into braids and cornrows with extensions at the moment. I swear by hair products for hair as light as air and the quality is phenomenal.
BNS: When you went natural did you transition or was it a big chop situation? Lala Akindoju: Big chop no. I actually felt ugly and unattractive at the time but I got into it and became more confident about it.