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Souls Of Sankofa: An Organic Lifestyle Series | Dee Ajayi Says… “Convey your natural beauty to the world.”


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We are all beautiful. Living an organic lifestyle from whatever angle; whether it be eating to physical practice (yoga) to spiritual practice to organic beauty regimes can accentuate ones true radiance and covey your own personal glow and natural beauty to the world. ‘True beauty comes from what’s real and natural. If you want to be better, be who you are!’

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PSLoveCharli: First, tell us your name and where you’re from/currently living. How long have you been natural? Why did you decide to transition back to your roots (if you did transition)?

Dee Ajayi: In the year of ’94, the name Oladapo Junior Ajayi was placed upon me. However, not many know me by this name. Rather, I am much more commonly referred to as DJ or Dee Ajayi. My surname Ajayi originates from the Yoruba tribe in Nigeria. I have been blessed in the sense that from a young age I have been fortunate enough to travel to and from the home of my roots almost annually. This has given me lovely opportunities such as being able to stay in close contact with my Nigerian family and see first-hand the beautifully respectful Nigerian way of life.

At a younger age I didn’t have the locked hair that I do now, therefore traveling as a younger girl, my mother would always send me away with an aunty, uncle or cousin (of which I have plenty!) to get my hair braided. Now, braiding is a wonderful style and a nice way to preserve the natural hair underneath the extension. When continually pulling the hair in and out of this style every couple of months, the hair line starts to become battered and if you have a sensitive scalp like me, the scalp becomes tender and starts to dislike what you are doing to it. And it was because of this realization that what I was doing was actually hurting me. I began searching for alternatives. Now I knew about weaves – I’d had one and one only a few months before my prom to see if it was what I would like to wear for my special night but after a day with it, I took it all out! I knew from the weaves, as pretty as they can be, were not for me! I was also aware of dreadlocks. Dreadlocks had always fascinating to me growing up. The connotation around it: Rasta’s, PEACE, spirituality, natural beauty. For the next 2 sittings of re-braiding my hair, I would ask my aunty as many questions about locks as I possibly could! Can I dye them if I get bored? Are there interesting ways to wear it? If so, can you show me? Can you aid me in getting started? If so is there a more feminine way of locking hair? And the answer to all the above was quite simply: YES! The only fear I had in locking my hair was the anxiety that it would be boring and lack the attractiveness of braided hair. Again, I was blessed with my hairdresser (Aunty June as I prefer to call her) was originally from Jamaica and was even dating a Rasta at the time so she was well informed and the perfect person to help me in a transition ‘back to my roots’. She sat with me making sure this is what I wanted to do and from there we began the building of my SISTERLOCKS, a more feminine version of the traditional dreadlock. This was a five day process. But I truly enjoyed every minute of it and don’t regret a moment.

PSLoveCharli: What were some of your challenges when transitioning and post-transition (i.e. discovering products that worked and didn’t)? How did you overcome them without getting frustrated with yourself and the process you were challenged with?

Dee Ajayi: To be completely honest, I have only had one challenge in this whole process. I think this is due to having been surrounded by friends and family who were well aware of what locks are in need of and also what I must try to steer clear of. This, my one challenge has been trying to avoid keeping my locks 100% neat and tidy all the time. How could this be a difficulty, you ask? My mother having a head of stunning black and red sisterlocks herself made me mindful of the fact that if I don’t give my hair a real chance to breath, grow and in the words of my mum, ‘do its thing’, I will not see a real evolution in my hair. Therefore my refraining from seeing my Aunty June for a touch up has to be told as my one and only challenge in going natural – ie. Knowing when to back off and just let my hair do what it wants to do and stop being so obsessive with how ‘slick’ and tidy it looks but rather become more concerned with its health and wellbeing.

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PSLoveCharli: Talk about the different styles that you wear. What is your top/go-to style and process/regimen to maintain that particular style?

Dee Ajayi: I have always been rather lazy when it comes to ‘being a girl’. I don’t get my nails done, I wear very small amounts of makeup and I enjoy the simple look. There is no difference when it comes to my hair. The fact that I take part in daily physical activity of contemporary dance, working out and Ashtanga yoga play a major part in my go-to styles. As long as my locks aren’t falling in my face, I can see the space around me and try not to kick people in the studio, gym or class! My most commonly worn style would be the half up-half down, showing off the length of my locks whilst pulling the front pieces out of my face. It is only very recently, having embarked on a path of modeling, that I have become aware of the huge range of various styles that are available to me. The bun, the high pony tail, the twisted up-do. But yes, I tend to stick to simple, styles that do the hard job of keeping my locks out of my eyes whilst I move.

PSLoveCharli: Who is your ultimate natural hair inspiration and why?

Dee Ajayi: I wouldn’t say there is one person I look to in particular. I made the change for me; to become more in tuned with the natural Dee and to be completely honest with you, stop myself terrorizing my hair to give it a break from having to decide what style to do next — and instead just live in the same wonderful locked design! And I must say it is one of THE BEST decisions I have ever made!

PSLoveCharli: What other “natural changes: changes did you make besides your hair? This could be eating, yoga, holistics, etc. If none, do you plan to?

Dee Ajayi: I am currently in my second year of university. I am studying Dance Making and Performance and Ashtanga Yoga. As you can imagine, this kind of course has certain dietary requirements in order for me to be able to keep up physically. I recently (6 months ago if you can call that recent!) made the transition from being a meat eater to a pescetarian – now consuming only fish meat. I love to eat salad, lots of eggs, vegetables and lots of fish! I find myself constantly nibbling on seeds and nuts and yes, some of my friends call me weird but I love it! Coming back to my university course, I am studying to be a teacher of Ashtanga yoga. In this I am able to learn more deeply about my body, how to gain and maintain control, how to articulate with grace and improve my ability to work with my high level of natural flexibility. In regards to practicing, I like to try to do so in an outdoor setting as much and as best I can. Listening to the natural surroundings is a calming thing. The sounds also give me a score, if you like, of which I move through the Ashtanga sequence peacefully.

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PSLoveCharli: My favorite word is “evolve” and I like to think of myself as “constantly evolving” – meaning that I’m always growing in all forms of life. Has wearing your hair in its natural state evolved you as a person? And if so, how?

Dee Ajayi: Wearing my hair in its natural form has taken me away from the westernized culture that I currently live in and enabled me to return to my roots. My hair is a part of my ethnic background, my heritage. My grandmother and I don’t speak the same language and communication (especially as she is on the other side of the world to me) has proven difficult but for some reason unknown to me, I have felt so close to her since transitioning to the organic style that is my locks.

PSLoveCharli: When people think of “natural”, they automatically think of hair – in these days. But living a natural lifestyle covers hair, beauty, food habits, etc. If you could also “go/return natural” in another organic form, which would it be and why? 

Dee Ajayi: I would like to say I am 100% organic when it comes to my beauty regime but this is not the case! Yes, I wear foundation to achieve a more even skin tone but at the same time I aspire to be that girl that is confident enough in her beautiful self to walk out of the house makeup free. Insecurities live in us all but I hope over time, as I get to know myself even better, I will accept myself fully as it is through the loving of myself that others can truly see and love me too rather than only seeing the flawlessness of my skin.

PSLoveCharli: Do you understand the phrase “returning to our roots”? What does it mean to you in regards to returning natural? Mainly, what’s the true meaning behind your “return”? If any.

Dee Ajayi: The true meaning behind my return to natural is as simple as this: I want to be and feel healthy. So not only have I stopped terrorizing my hair with straightening products and the rest, I have also stopped terrorizing my body. I have cut out all meat, only eating fish. As stated above this is called pescatarianism. This particular transition has made me feel better about myself and my body feel lighter, more free and all round healthier as the young queen I am! Even my friends that weren’t aware of my dietary alternations noticed a change in my attitude towards life and myself; this being a positive change!

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PSLoveCharli: We would like to think that more women are rising, growing and becoming QUEENS, as it seemed so in year 2013. Sadly, we still need more of those women. When choosing my features, I must admit, the chosen one must have the qualities of a beautiful soul. So what advice can you give to other women who want to “evolve”, but afraid to wear their hair naturally? And/or transition to an organic lifestyle?

Dee Ajayi: We are all beautiful. Living an organic lifestyle from whatever angle; whether it be eating to physical practice (yoga) to spiritual practice to organic beauty regimes can accentuate ones true radiance and convey your own personal glow and natural beauty to the world. ‘True beauty comes from what’s real and natural. If you want to be better, be who you are!’

PSLoveCharli: Thank you so much for sharing your story Dee Ajayi! Where can we find you on social media?

Dee Ajayi: Instagram: @dee_ajayiwww.facebook.com/dee.ajayi1; Twitter: @djajayi

 Souls of Sankofa is an organic beauty + lifestyle series for the urban souls.
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  1. Love your dread dear and you look so beautiful in the pictures.

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