Tell us your name and where you are from?

My name is Kasalina Maliamu Nabakooza. I was born in Connecticut and grew up in Buffalo, New York. I’m Irish and Ugandan.

How long have you been natural?

I have been natural my whole life with periods of relaxing my hair starting in middle school until I decided to do a basic chop the spring of my senior year at New York University.

What do you do? Is there a resistance or compatibility with your hair in your field of work?

Currently I’m a student at the University at Buffalo studying visual art. I think universities are conducive to freedom of expression so I feel no resistance.

Describe your hair.

My hair has a fine z/coily texture that changes daily and is easy for me to manage.

What is your regimen?

I wash my hair once a week with a deep conditioner.  I clarify my hair with Apple Cider Vinegar occasionally and I condition it as needed with Aloe Vera. I most frequently wash my hair and wear it out as it is. I rarely part my hair but when I do I use my fingers instead of a comb.

What is your best hair advice?

Your hair is best suited for you. Curly hair is no more or less beautiful than straight hair. Remember that what works for one person differs for another.

What is the strangest comment, request or hair story?

Once when I queuing with friends to get tickets for a movie a woman behind us reached out and touched my hair without asking.

How would you describe your personal fashion style?

I do what makes me happy.

When it comes to your style who, what or where does your inspiration come from?

People who have their own rhythm inspire me. I admire Henry Miller.

Do you have a blog/website?

Yes, I have a blog at maliamu.com. I created it initially as a place I could use as a reference point for inspiration but it has grown into a platform for my photography and artwork.

Anything else?

As a kid I used to say, “Go for the guts.”

What makes you an Urban Bush Babe?

I’m an Urban Bush Babe because I have an innate genius that will shine wherever I go.