Tell us your name and where you are from?
My name is Ruqayyah Al-Baari but just about everyone knows me as RuRu, Originally from Miami FL, also lived in Maryland…now in NYC!
Describe your hair?
Its big. Unsymmetrical. Thick. Wild. A black sea of coarse waves and tiny curls.
What do you do? Is there a resistance or compatibility with your hair in your field of work?
Currently I’m a college student among other ventures. I also blog. For the most part my hair gets lots of love from my peers.
Photo by: Awol Erizku
How long have you been natural?
I have been “natural” most of my life. Growing up I wore my hair in braids…all the time, my mother didn’t know what else to do with it, and since I was a tomboy braids lasted longer and I liked that I had cornrows like Allen Iverson…haha. Once I got to middle school I would press my hair, and eventually my hair-dresser convinced my mother that I “needed” a texturizer. Worst hair decision of my life, I hated my natural hair after texturizer…my hair was dry and unflattering…so I vowed to never mess with chemicals again and began to let the texturizer grow out. It took a good year and a half to get back to my original texture, but it was worth the wait.
What is your hair regimen?
I wash my hair about 3-4 times a week depending on my schedule. I wash and twist or just wash it if I don’t have time…Kera Care and Alba products have saved my life.
What is your best hair advice?
Stay away from too many products. If you can…personally I feel like no matter how “organic”/”natural” any cream or gel is its still weighing down your hair. I want my hair to breathe! I think the key to healthy hair is water and plenty of breathing space…so I’d stay away from too many products.
What is the strangest comment, request or hair story?
A lot of times people will joke around with me and say “Can you give me some of that hair?” and I get so awkward…I never know how to reply…I just chuckle and never give a response. What am I supposed to say to that? Haha.
How would you describe your personal fashion style?
I just like what I like. I don’t have a particular look or “style” that I’m into…but I’m drawn to the color Lavender, velvet, thin lace, and crop tops. I also love African prints. My family is Muslim so my mother has a lot of scarves so I also have fun with those.
What advice would you give to people who might be afraid to show their true fashion for fear of being judged by others?
Have some backbone–as my father would say–and express yourself. You are your own canvas, don’t let your peers or whomever paint you. Just be you and it will feel right.
What would you say to others who judge individuals negatively for their personal fashion style?
Ehhh…we all judge to an extent. However, I just feel we should respect everyones individuality. You’re not wearing it, so why do you care?
Photo by: Nicky Nyylon
When it comes to your style who, what or where does your inspiration come from?
Whatever feels beautiful to me at the moment. It can be ugly to you, but beautiful to me. My inspirations are constantly changing, I’m always discovering something new. But I will say I’m easily influenced by films. After watching The Imperialists Are Still Alive, I wanted to get perfect cat-eye make-up like the main character.
If you could name one person from the past whose closet you would love to raid, who would it be?
I would go back in time and raid the closet of my Grandmother, Workinesh Gulilat. She is such a lady. I still envy her shoe collection to this day.
Do you have a blog/website?
Any last words
Just live. Basque in every moment. Even in madness.
What makes you an Urban Bush Babe?
I embrace what another may see as a flaw. With confidence comes beauty as they say, once a girl who dreaded her big hair growing up…is in love with it. It’s about loving you, the raw you. I love the raw me, tangles, frizz and all of that. It’s a part of me.