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A Natural Hair Journey: Interview With Mary Mkhonto

by Evenes Ruth Mafupa

One thing I love about providing natural products for hair to you is the fact that it puts me in a space where I can meet some incredibly wonderful people who come to our small office time and again to collect their products. Although this is not always possible, on this Friday afternoon, can I call it being in the right place at the right time as I am not always available at the office for these opportunities. Mary came in on this day and may I say I was the least prepared for anything. I gave her what she was there for and we just started talking and talking. Just to mention, she has beautiful hair (am sure you can see that from the pictures already) and has a wealth of knowledge on natural hair. I mean could I resist? So I asked her if she could give me an interview and she agreed. But then we just went on and on talking about hair and the natural hair community in South Africa. I took her some pictures and since she had time on her hands, we sat in my lounge and the hair talk just went on. Immediately, a thought went through my head about recording our conversation because the information this girl has has is so valuable. She agreed and I took out my camera and from memory asked her a few questions that were articulately answered. What I loved most on Mary is her hair of course, her energy and passion for natural hair and the confidence she exhibits wearing it.Mary is a zoologist, teacher, a commercial model and part time presenter. Let me not go on and on about this. Watch the video and you too will agree with me.

And her concluding remarks ” Hair is not just hair to an African women. What I aim to inspire in women is not to let your hair overpower you but to let it be an instrument and a reflection of your soul being set free. When I ¬†embraced my natural hair, I embraced the simple essence of who I really am and now when I look in the mirror I feel empowered by the women that I have become from it.”mary

Do you relate to Mary’s experience? Did you learn anything from the interview? We would love to know in the comments below.

As always, be blessed and thank you for coming by and reading this post.

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3 comments

Sibongile Amy (Zambian) 22 November 2013 - 08:59

Good article and video. More features of other naturals please Ruth.
I agree with Mary when it comes to embracing who we are as black women with coily or curly hair.
I have also gone heat free since my transition last Sept, only used heat once and noticed breakage within a few weeks. I am now fully natural and intend to stay away from heat as much as possible on my journey to healthy and eventually long hair.

Ruth Mafupa 22 November 2013 - 16:04

Way to go Sibongile. My hair does not respond to heat well also and I think I will pass on it for a while. Thanks for the compliment. You make me want to keep pushing on. More natural hair features in the pipe line. Love and blessings to you.

Milo 13 May 2017 - 19:30

I loved that quote, “hair is not just hair to African women.”We definitely celebrate life and culture with our hair. Thanks so much for the great read!

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