Hi! My Name is Djamila Abdalla and I’m an optimistic and idealist with an urge to tell stories. I translate stories in a poetic way into theatre or visual content. As a visual thinker I love to create concepts for others. I am also a part-time student and art educator with an inexhaustible source of ideas!
We have to do better. And the changes have been set in motion, not just for me but around the world. Sometimes it feels like things are moving slowly and I wonder how big fashion chains can ever become more sustainable? Why do we as consumers still pay so little, even if companies claim it is sustainable? Are we not being fooled? I am more aware of what I am buying and where I am buying. Not everything I buy is always sustainable, but there is change. I buy more secondhand clothes, preferring good quality items to cheap clothes. I find it easier to make sustainable choices in food and other products. I buy organic products, plant-based milk (coconut and almond are my faves!), I recycle plastic bags and I don't use cotton wool for my makeup.
When I was younger I wasn't happy with my curls because I didn't know how to handle them, I used super oily coconut scented products (which I can't smell anymore because it reminds me too much of my youth, haha!). I used to hide my hair in a bun. I didn't want my hair to look frizzy. My hair routine was always long, and I often wished I could wake up, comb my hair and get out the door. Every day I was in the shower, combed my hair, put greasy products in it and then hardened it back into a tight bun. It took ages for my hair to dry — even longer in a bun! Everywhere I looked in my environment I saw beautiful straight hair. It was the norm. I saw it everywhere, magazines, TV, books. I'm happy that changed! My best friend said once: “Djamila, one day you are going to wear your hair down and love your hair and you will appreciate it. Just wait.” She was right. The older I got, the more I started to accept it, and the more I started to understand my hair and find products that match it.
I am learning more and more about my hair and I often check the internet for tips on the curly girl method that actually tells you what you need from your curls. They recommend treating hair with products free of sulfates, silicones, mineral oils, wax and drying alcohol. So, in the shower I comb my hair with a brush and I use Bouclème conditioner. I use shampoo once every few weeks. After showering I put my hair in an old cotton t-shirt to dry it a bit. When my hair is still wet, I put curl cream from Bouclème in my hair and some styling cream. Then I add the Super Hold Styler from Bouclème. I bend forward and knead my curls towards my scalp. Then I add some styling cream and make the curls even more beautiful by wrapping them around my finger. The products I use are all Bouclème, which is a plant-based, organic hair care brand designed for curls. But they’re great for everyone! I am also super curious about the silky pillow but it’s always sold out! I never blow-dry my hair, but I do know that you can make even more beautiful curls. I let my hair dry in the open air. That's how I do it every day.
When the weather gets colder and it's dry outside, my hair dries quickly and I get less frizz. But when it rains I always make sure to put my hair back in a loose bun. Wearing caps or hats makes my curls super flat and stays that way all day, so I wear headgear less often. From warm rooms to wet weather outside my hair becomes super fluffy, so I make sure that I use a little more gel or sometimes spray some cream gel through it.
I recently asked my friend: “Who am I without my hair?” I came to the conclusion that I AM my hair. And that it fits my round face and personality. It’s a process loving yourself and every year it gets better.
I used to not go to the hairdresser very often. But since I found a great hairdresser, I really see that it’s just an hour of selfcare. I think it would be nice for everyone to get taken care of at the hairdresser's every now and then — but you can also create those moments at home by making a mask for your hair with natural ingredients. Or spending some days without using any products, just letting your hair breathe. I also take collagen and burdock supplements for my hair. And I always try to drink a lot of water!