This week's CHIC is the lovely Tolu from Southern California! Her unique style varies from classic to embracing her Nigerian culture! Tolu owns her style and rocks it well! When it comes to her fro she loves to use protective styles because of their versatility and convenience. Check out more on how Tolu describes her personal style and fro!
1. How long have you been natural? Did you transition or big chop?
I've been natural since 2009. I transitioned.
2. How would you describe your hair texture?
My hair is typical kinky Nigerian hair. :) The official texture would be 4C.
3. What is your go to style and how do you maintain it?
I've come to love protective styles, especially crochet braids! I wore the Freetress Bohemian crochet braids for quite some time before switching to my current style, which is crochet Marley twists. I love that protective styles are quick, versatile, and give my hair room to breathe and grow.
4. What are your problem areas if any and how are you working to combat them?
My problem areas would definitely be my edges. They are thin and very, very short. I try to avoid putting tension on my edges in order to promote growth.
5. What do you love most about being natural?
There's nothing fun about your scalp burning as you wait for the relaxer to fully kick in. Nothing. I love that being natural doesn't require this torture and that it maintains the dignity of the hair God gave me.
6. What are your top 3 hair products?
My top three hair products are Cantu shea butter, coconut oil, and Aunt Jackie's Moisture-Intensive Leave-In conditioner.
7. How would you describe your personal style?
I would describe my personal style as clean and classic. I love taking everyday textures and patterns like chambray, plaid, and stripes and dressing them up to create a nice, clean look. The following quote also captures my approach to fashion: “Modesty isn’t about hiding yourself; it’s about revealing your dignity” (Jessica Rey).
8. What are your favorite clothing stores?
My favorite clothing stores are Target, Express, Nordstrom, and Forever 21. I also LOVE boutiques and have found some of my all-time favorite pieces at a boutique called Envy Me Fashions. As a fashion lover on a budget, I've found that you don't have to spend a ton of money to look chic.
9. Who are your favorite celebrity fashionistas?
My favorite celebrity fashionista is Kate Middleton.
10. What is the most worn piece in your closet?
The most worn pieces in my closet would have to be my Z Supply t-shirts. They truly are the PERFECT t-shirts!
11. What is your favorite fall/winter trend?
For fall, I love the oversized trend- oversized sweaters, oversized cardigans, oversized vests, etc. I'm also all about plaid and over-the-knee boots!
12. What would you say is your most prized item in your closet?
My most prized items in my closet would be my traditional Nigerian outfits, which are custom-made from beautiful lace and ankara fabrics. These outfits capture the spirit and beauty of my Nigerian-American heritage.
13. Where do you draw your style inspiration from?
I draw my style inspiration from friends and from other fashion bloggers on Instagram. I also love walking around clothing stores and being inspired by all the different possibilities.
14. Since you are obviously a ChicNaturalista what would be a bit of fashion advice for our readers?
My fashion advice would be to "do you." I think for too long, I felt like I had to dress a certain way to be cool or to really be considered "fashionable," until I finally accepted that my style (clean and classic as it is) is just fine. Ultimately, you need to feel comfortable and confident in what you're wearing. I would also say to have fun with your clothes! I love expressing my creativity by finding new ways to style old things so that they look like completely new and different outfits. People often think I own a bazillion clothes, but it's often some of the same foundational pieces styled in new ways. Experiment with different combinations of clothes and with styling them in different ways. For example, I found that simply tying a knot at the bottom of an old black skirt could instantly take the entire outfit up a notch!