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Have you ever thought about becoming a hair model? For the guys, I bet you didn’t know that you can make an extra buck (or a shilling in this case) by simply becoming a hair model or even modelling hair. Natural hair enthusiast, Patsy Mugabi got an opportunity to interview Sandra Nakawunde regarding her journey of becoming a natural hair model.

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Nakawunde's YouTube channel
Nakawunde’s YouTube channel

If you haven’t watched that video yet, you can do so by clicking here.

Who is Nakawunde?

Apart from the obvious case of being a natural hair model, she is a content creator. Sandra, is popularly known as Nakawunde from her YouTube channel and Instagram page. I am impressed by the milestones she has made in the natural hair community as many are. Nakawunde is a soon to be mum; so we know that her YouTube and Instagram are going to be EPIC. (The millennial in me demands to be heard)She is also of Ugandan Origin. (proudly waves the East African Flag). She is currently based in Paris with her husband. Having met her in Kampala last year, I can also say that she is such a ball of energy and warm vibes!

When I asked her for tips on becoming a hair model, here is what she had to say;

 How did you start your journey of becoming a hair model?

In a recent interview with Black, Beauty &Hair, Nakawunde shares how she started.

“I wanted to model to represent people of my skin tone, hair texture and dress size in the industry. About a year ago I decided “it’s now or never” to try modelling. It was a personal challenge to build up my self-confidence, put myself out there and see how far I could go with modelling. I’m enjoying my journey so far and I think I’ve shown that if I can do it anyone can.”

First tip; Get started right now! Shoot your shot with that hair brand, photographer, blogger and even other models.

Sandra Nakawunde on Black Beauty magazine cover.
Sandra Nakawunde on Black Beauty magazine cover.

Care to share what made you decide to model your natural hair?

We are in living in a time where natural hair is still not considered professional, but instead called nappy and even shabby. Like the song, I am not my hair by India Arie-So why even bother modelling natural hair?

Actually, I’ve always been natural. My mum didn’t allow me to put any chemicals in my hair. She said when I got to 16 years old I could make my own decision. By the time I turned 16 I had already learned how to manage my natural hair so I didn’t even contemplate relaxing it. So thanks mum for teaching me to embrace my hair in all environments and style it for all occasions – I’ve proved to myself that it is professional and not shabby.

Tip Two; Self Confidence is key!

Sandra Nakawunde, A hair model.
Sandra Nakawunde, A hair model.

As a natural hair icon, do you have bad hair days?

On those days, would you rather (head) wrap it, wig it, wear a hat or fix it?

Girl! I’m still human, I absolutely have bad hair days!

Many occasions have found me wrapping my hair up with a headscarf and then finding an appropriate outfit to match. It’s funny being complimented on the way I tied my head wrap when people have no idea what I’m hiding underneath!

Tip ThreeFind your flow and make it work!

What was your “Kawekefied Queen Moment?”

Like we say back at home In Uganda. : The moment when all your vibes said you got this!

For many young females like me, the natural hair journey has been mostly trial and error. What essential advice do you give to those considering to start their journey as Natural hair models?

I think my journey was and still is trial and error. For example, there are days when my hair doesn’t dry properly overnight so the hairstyle I planned is “ruined”, but from such instances, I’ve learned how to pin my hair into an updo which can be equally cute. I guess I accepted my hair is the boss. It does what it wants and I’m determined to love it no matter what. I just have to be flexible and adapt my style accordingly – and when plan A, B or even C works out, I feel like I’ve got this natural hair thing. My biggest advice to anyone is not to give up trying! 

Tip 4; Throw your heart over the bar, the rest of your body will catch up! Never give up!

Can you summarize your hair regimen as you travel?

From Paris, London and other corners of the world?

Well, it depends on where I go, how long for and what activities I do, but my regimen is consistent: Shampoo, Condition, Leave-in Conditioner, and Style. I tend to do an updo of some sort while flying. I wear my hair in an afro for a couple of days a week. But I just have fun with different styles too. I like to use a headscarf to keep my hair out of my face if I’m too hot or it’s raining. Actually yes my styles are very dependent on the weather so additionally, I will re-moisturize as necessary. But I always make sure I pack some good products and bobby pins! I’ve actually done a video on my YouTube about managing my hair when traveling around, and I pretty much stick to the same principles.

Tip 5Once you start, consistency is key.

Sandra Nakawunde. A hair model.
Sandra Nakawunde. A hair model.

Just before we wrap up! We cannot let you leave without hearing some of your favourite products?

Is there a natural hair product you have tried and is the first recommendation on your list?

Oh no, I work with a variety of brands so I can’t mention any particular one. Actually, the other main reason I don’t have a favourite is because I’m such a product junkie – I could probably open up a shop with all the things I have!!

What I do recommend is to try a variety of products for certain periods of time to see what works for you. Everyone’s hair is different so there really is no one product that is the best for everybody. I also like to rotate my products because I might find that with the seasonal changes my hair reacts differently to certain ingredients. It’s important to become a master of your own hair and learn what it likes and doesn’t like.

Tip 6; Know what works for you and enjoy the rest of the journey!

There you have it ladies and gentlemen, tips from on becoming a Hair model or modelling hair from the Guru herself.

Be sure to send Nakawunde loads of love and sunshine on her YouTube and Instagram 

All the above images are sourced from the internet.

by Patcy Mugabi.(Patcy is a student at Strathmore University, a natural hair enthusiast and a talented blogger)

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