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AfroDeity Author and Resident Blogger Leilu Dallas

Leilu embracing the big chop

If you have ever struggled with growing your hair, join Leilu as she continues her journey to grow, healthy, strong afro textured hair. Whether you are relaxed or natural, from the UK, Europe or further. Email me

About Leilu

I am a scientist and working mum of two, who has seen the error of my ways and decided to do something about my hair care. I started this blog in 2009 with a post called 'A little bit of Vanity'. If had known that all would take would be little bit of vanity, I would have been one of those vain women a long time ago. Being a self certified nerd and academic, I never really paid much attention to my hair or the way I look.

I had my natural hair until the age of 11 when I begged my mother to get a curly perm. So for the next 10 years I sported a curly perm, it was wet but really hardly required any maintenance and I didn't need to go to the salon that often usually twice a year in my case.

By the noughties I grew the curls out, went natural for a bit and wore a wig. After a few months I straightened it. I went to a salon once every two weeks, the length didn't really change and all that really changed was my bank balance as my hair never grew. So I just stopped going to the hair dresser and got braids and later a weave. The hope was that my hair would eventually grow underneath . Of course this never happened. I have never cared for my hair, never really worn satin scarfs at night and there are times when I have gone from one relaxer to the next washing my hair only only once.

Leilu's hair Journey

Eventually my hair fell out so badly I was not sure if it was beyond repair. I started researching on the internet and found other black women out there like me who had grown their hair to incredible lengths. I also found out that it wasn't impossible and with a little bit of care and attention I too could have hair that I was proud of. I all started looking at ingredients and realising they weren't that different to chemicals I worn protective equipment to handle in a lab and begun to understand how harmful some of the products I was using were. 

So to help me understand my hair more and what I was putting on it I started to record my journey here. This blog is dedicated to all the UK girls who do the two/three hour style trek to black hair salons in London or Birmingham and have to buy all their hair products on the internet and pay ridiculous amounts of postage from the States.

This is my blog and here is my journey. Enjoy!

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