Tell us your name and where you are from?
I’m Yagazie Emezi and i was born and raised in Nigeria. My mother is Malaysian but I identify predominately with being Nigerian.
How long have you been natural?
For over nine years. I had my hair permed for about a year when i was 11 but before that I was natural then I shaved off all my hair for school and was bald for four years before i started growing it out again.
What do you do? Is there a resistance or compatibility with your hair in your field of work?
I’m double major in cultural anthropology and africana studies. I’m a poet and an artist. I work part time and i have never faced any problems with my hair in my workplace.

Describe your hair

It is a constant, stubborn mess. I do have a lot of hair but the individual strands are very thin so my hair is extremely sensitive to heat. I do have problems with split-ends but apart from that, my hair is easy to manage but maybe that’s because I’m just used to it!

What is your regimen?

I comb my hair only in the shower when wet and once I get out, I apply my hair product with my hair still damp then I do the two strand twist, bantu knot it up and then wrap it up to dry overnight, then the next morning, I release it all braids play a very important role in my hair growth and I’m forever looking for new styles to keep my hair.

What is your best hair advice?

No heat at all to your natural hair! and don’t wash it so often!

What is the strangest comment, request or hair story?
 I’ve been asked if I keep twizzlers in my ‘fro once!

How would you describe your personal fashion style?

It’s hard for me to describe it since my fashion style is drawn from so many things and people around me. I suppose I could call it ‘bold’? I get stared at quite a bit for what I wear but that is because I live in albuquerque right now so it takes guts on my part to simply step out wearing what I feel comfortable in.

What advice would you give to people who might be afraid to show their true fashion for fear of being judged by others?

Bottom line, I am a free-spirit and an artist my art is not just what my mind puts into creation but what my body does as well. It is such a pity that not everyone is brave enough to express themselves because they simply worry too much about how they will be perceived and when that worry eventually turns into fear, most become lost and settle within the shadow of their true selves people worry too much about the opinions of strangers.


What would you say to others who judge individuals negatively for their personal fashion style?

It’s human nature to pass judgment, but why be mean?

When it comes to your style who, what or where does your inspiration come from?
 
I draw it from everywhere. I never believe people who say that their inspiration is drawn from their own imagination, you must be one heck of an individual to do that myself, my inspiration mainly comes from home it comes from my childhood and the environment I grew up in.

Do you have a blog/website?

I have a few actually he first is more of a personal blog: http://hungryabagal.blogspot.com/ where I talk about home and my personal style and art.

Then there’s my youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/yemezi?feature=mhee
where i share my spoken word, tutorials and endless rants!

and lastly, I have my tumblr:
http://yagazieemezi.tumblr.com/

What makes you an Urban Bush Babe?

I EMBRACE MY LIFE AND MY BLACKNESS. I LAUGH AND I LOVE WITH THE FULL INTENT TO MAKE OTHER PEOPLE HAPPY. AND IT IS AMAZING. I AM LIVING.