As someone who loves to constantly change my look, especially my hairstyles, one of the best things about living in Sierra Leone (or in Africa generally) is the easy accessibility of hairstylists at very reasonable prices. Cornrows have been my go to hairstyle since secondary school and with the busy festive season fast approaching, having my hair braided saves me a lot of time and energy in the morning... plus there is never a shortage of patterns or designs to experiment with.
“It's not very easy to grow up into a woman. We are always taught, almost bombarded, with ideals of what we should be at every age in our lives: "This is what you should wear at age twenty", "That is what you must act like at age twenty-five", "This is what you should be doing when you are seventeen." But amidst all the many voices that bark all these orders and set all of these ideals for girls today, there lacks the voice of assurance.