“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned,”
– Maya Angelou
The concept for Heat Free Hair was created in my living room. And for two and a half years our close-knit team has worked long days and nights just feet away from my bedroom to bring you the products that you have come to know and love. As the business grew, I knew it was time to make a move, for the sake of both the business and my sanity.
I’ve always believed that my home should feel like a sanctuary – a resting place where I can let my hair down (no pun intended) and truly be myself. A place that instantly lifts all of the stress of a 12+ hour day away and puts you at ease as soon as you cross the threshold.
A few months ago I moved into my new place. Here, my deep love of the minimalism of modern architecture and design shine through along with some important cultural touches and a tranquil space where I spend the majority of my time at home.
You Have Arrived
At home, comfort is key. When you enter my house you’ll find a basket of socks for guests, so kick your shoes off and get ready to relax. Just a few steps later you are at the stairwell of my favorite part of the house, my “Zen Room”. My “Zen Room” represents me culturally through the array of Ankara dressed pillows sewn for me by my friend Asiyami Gold as well as my modern minimalistic style.
This is the room I spend the most time in whether its praying, meditating, reading, or just laying around, so I wanted it to have several elements that represent peace and good energy. It was VERY important to me to have live plants in this space so that life and energy fill the room.
To the right of my “Zen Room” is my living room where most of the natural light that pours into my house comes from. You’ll find mostly white furniture because I feel like it best represents my contemporary style and oddly, I like to feel like I am in a modern art museum when I come home, so having clean white lines and décor was a must. To add character and a pop of color, I also filled the room with purple orchids and more live plants as well as Ankara print framed on the walls.
One cool element that I love is my vinyl record player and growing collection of records. As a child, I used to love playing with my dad’s records and I just knew I was going to be a DJ, ha! And even though I’ve chosen a different path, I have a vinyl record player and a growing collection of jazz, blues and African highlife records that serve as a SERIOUS means of relaxation whenever I’m home.
Reading is another form of relaxation for me. I am a student of life and truly believe in the importance of learning. My book collection is digital but I did want to share with you a few good reads that I love to keep on hand at home.
◻ Outwitting the Devil by Napolean Hill – This book helps me a lot when I feel like fear and doubt are getting in the way of my progress.
◻ There Was a Country by Chinua Achebe – This book is important to me because of my Nigerian history.
◻ Lastly, I keep Girl Boss by Sophia Amoruso – To remind me every day to live and think like a boss!
I’d love to know what makes your home special and what’s on your reading list! Comment below and let me know!