I remember my Mum stretching my hair for Christmas or that special party.
For those ‘new-schoolers’ who are wondering what I’m talking about, hair stretching is a temporary way of giving your natural African hair the ‘relaxed’ look without using a chemical relaxer creme.
You’d heat an iron comb till it was very hot, then apply petroleum jelly on the comb. Your hair which had been pre-saturated with petroleum jelly is parted in sections and you comb through with the hot comb.
So your hair goes from kinky to straight like the photo below; but as soon as water touched your hair, it goes back to its natural state.
Do we still do this in Nigeria?