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November 18, 2011

Normal is boring – Bouqui

Normal is boring  – Bouqui


She strikes you as weird because she craves to be different. Her hairstyle contributes to her strange look. Yet, she is one of the top Nigerian artistes.

On her debut, B.OU.Q.U.I as she’s more fondly called by fans and admirers, had made her intention clear. She’s on the Lord’s side.


Born Bukola Afolayan, the daughter of a Bio-Chemist professor and professor-teacher mother, the Obafemi Awolowo University graduate started out as a broadcaster with the Eko.FM, Lagos.

But today, she’s respected as one of the leading female rap artistes in the industry with many awards in the kitty.

Speaking with Hair & Style on her hair experience, Bouqui described her hair preference as dark, curly and short, stressing that she likes to wear her hair short. This is the reason why she wears her kind of hairstyle.

Asked how she came about her hairstyle, she explained that her hairstyle was created by her hairstylist who understands her adventurous nature.

According to the rapper, she washes her hair regularly and avoids too much heat and over-relaxing on her hair.

On why she wears her hair low, she said “I like to stand out. Wearing the usual hairstyle is boring.” for her, moods don’t dictate the kind of hairstyles she wears, rather, she prefers to wear hairstyles that are in vogue.

Bouqui further said she prefers the very first hairstyle with the touch of red in front and low cut at the back because it’s cool.

Because any hairstyle that rocks goes for her, she wouldn’t tag any hairstyle as bad.

But she affirms that, “it’s time to put away childish things. Crazy hairstyles with crazy colours don’t appeal to me anymore. But heck, don’t take my words too seriously because I might decide to go back to my old ways ” she said with a ting of mischief.

Haircare tips
Our hair grows about 1/4 to 1/2 inch every month, it should at least have a haircut every five to six weeks to avoid split ends. Split ends

–A medium length haircut will give width to tall women while small-thin women can have various hair except for a long hair that will highlight the height.

–Use wide-toothed comb after shampooing your hair when it is still wet to separate the tangles. According to the study conducted by Jean-Baptiste Masson, from the Laboratory for Optics and Biosciences of the Ecole Polytechnique in France, curly hair gets less tangled than straight hair.  Avoid using metal combs on your hair which can cause hair tear.

Do not over comb your hair, if you have a dry hair it will lose its natural oils while it over-activates the oil glands for oily hair.

–Swimming, over-shampooing, hair colorings, electric curlers,excessive blow-drying, and too much exposure to wind and sun are causes of common hair abuse that can lead to dry damage hair. A warm coconut oil thrice a week and almond oil works on dry hair.

–Regular hair conditioning helps the hair to be smooth and healthy.
–Invest in a good shampoo and use a product according to your type of hair. When shampooing, use your fingertips to scrub your scalp and make sure your rinse your hair thoroughly especially for oil hair.

–Beer and milk-less tea are excellent hair rinse to give body to hair.
–Give your head and scalp a massage for relaxation, it promotes blood circulation.

–One of the common scalp problem is dandruff which is frequently caused by an overly oily scalp. Treat dandruff immediately so as not to build up flakes that causes itching. Be careful to excessive scratching, it can wound the scalp and be prone to infection. Use a non-medicated mild shampoo to control the problem with an equal amount of distilled water to control the oil without aggravating the scalp. If the problem persist, use a dandruff shampoo with selenium sulfide or zinc pyrithione.

–Eat a well-balanced diet with foods for a healthier hair such as lots of protein, fresh fruits, salmon, dark green vegetables, beans, nuts,whole grains, oysters,low fat diary products, and carrots. The nutrition coming from food will generate a healthier cells that the body needs including our hair