Saturday, 24 June 2017

5 Things I No Longer Do to Natural Hair


When you first go natural, you do EVERYTHING that you see on Youtube, now after 6 years, here are things that I no longer do to my natural hair.

Watch below or click http://bit.ly/DN_Natural_Hair_Do_Not


Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Taking a break from Curl Enhancers on my Natural Hair!

  Happy Tuesday Ladies! I have decided to ditch Curl enhancers on my hair for a little bit. I just want to be free from the pursuit of the 'Perfect Curl'-whatever that might be. I will let my hair just do what it does this Summer:

 

 
 
  So far, am loving the path am currently taking with my Natural Hair Journey! Enjoy the video Ladies, and I hope it serves to inspire someone along the way!







Saturday, 17 June 2017

DIY Hair Treatment for Shine and Strength

DIY Hair Treatment for Kids | African Naturalistas


Sometimes we do not have access to store bought products to use as protein treatments. In those times, here is a kid-friendly do it yourself (DIY) hair treatment I like:

1/2 cup of Mayonnaise (strengthens hair)
1/4 cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (anti-inflammatory, emollient, rich in fatty acids)
1 banana (soften hair, improves elasticity, strengthens, promote shine)
1 tablespoon Raw Honey (humectant , smoothens cuticles)

Mix well and apply to freshly washed hair. Leave on for 30 mins and Rinse.


Stay beautiful! ðŸ’– 

If you like this blog post written by Sola of DiscoveringNatural, you can find her on her Youtube channel, DiscoveringNatural,  for more natural hair tips. Click here to visit her channel.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Natural Hair Updo Tutorial

A lot of naturalistas are of the opinion that styling their hair is difficult to do. Even some of the styles i shared in my Simple Natural Hair Style series, some people would say were hard to achieve. But really if you just break up styles into different steps, then you can easily copy some of the natural hair styles you see.

Recently I did an Instagram takeover for African Naturalistas and I shared the great news that my husband and I are expecting our first child. I wasn't 100% sure if i would do a maternity shoot but decided to do so at the last minute. A month prior to the shoot i had seen a tutorial for a pretty hairstyle on Instagram and decided to recreate it for the pregnancy shoot.

I didn't get a picture of the hair itself from the shoot day but i managed to take a phone picture a few days afterwards.


I hope this inspires you to try new styles with your hair and not be intimidated when you see lovely styles online.

Best wishes for the weekend!

Saturday, 10 June 2017

How to Avoid Getting Flakes on Natural Hair


Have you ever wondered why your gel is flaking or why you have flakes in your hair or your child's when using gel or why you have white residue with you use gel?
In today's video, I will show you how to avoid getting flakes in your hair.

Watch below or click: http://bit.ly/DN_NoFlakes



Stay beautiful! ðŸ’– 

If you like this blog post written by Sola of DiscoveringNatural, you can find her on her Youtube channel, DiscoveringNatural,  for more natural hair tips. Click here to visit her channel.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

'I went natural because I was tired of visiting the salon' Mane Matters with Ifeoluwa



Hi Naturalistas,

How are you all doing?

Been a minute.

 

Here is a feature on a naturalista I have been stalking on Instagram for a little while. 


Enjoy!


 
Can we meet you?
My name is Ifeoluwa Omoyele and I am a naturalist 

What's your hair story? When and how did you decide to go natural?
I have always  been a relaxed hair person since I was a young girl at the age of 8years old from what I can remember, I decided to go natural because I was tired of visiting the salon to retouch/ relax my hair. Early year 2014, I went to my hairdresser to get my hair done. On getting there, I remembered I was complaining to her that I wanted to do something different and unique from what I usually do every time, so she said my hair was long over due for relaxing, that I might as well go natural so since that day I decided to join the naturalist group.


How easy was it for you to get information at the beginning given the oversaturation of content on the Internet? Was there any person that helped you through?
It was pretty much easy because I just went into transitioning instead of starting from the scratch meaning cutting my whole relaxed hair off, all I kept doing was having protective hairstyle mostly single twisting and braiding with extension.
Yeah, my hairdresser helped me from the start by advising me to do more of conditioning, steaming and protective hairstyles.


Work us through your regimen.
As I said earlier my regimen is deep conditioning, steaming, protective hairstyle mainly and twist out as well, also once in a blue moon, weaves (human hair)

What products does your natural hair swear by?
This might sound funny, the only product that works for my hair is a mixture of water and Shea butter because my hair hasn't been really friendly with any other products (maybe there will be one in future) and with the mixture of water and Shea butter I can get and style any natural hairstyle I want with my hair, you name it like: bantu knots, loose curls, tight curls and so on.

What's your favorite Made in Nigeria product and how do you feel about the progress 
we've made in recent times?
As of now I will say Shea butter because I haven't really tried or use any made in Nigeria product for my hair. 

How was the response from both family and friends? Did they give you a hard time coming to terms with your natural hair?
The responses has been good and great so far, even though some of my friends do make comments that they want to cut my hair off cause of its fullness and longitude (side face/don't touch my hair 😊but I still see it all as great compliments and pushes more to want to rock my natural hair always. 



Do you prefer to buy products from the store or whip yours yourself?
For me it is both ways because I have to buy the Shea butter and makes the mixture myself.

What hairstyle have you perfected over time?
Over time, I am now perfect in doing/ making bantu knots and twist out.

Have you tried any hair supplements before? What do you think about them?
No, I haven't tried any hair supplements before. 

Who is your Instagram natural hair crush?
I will definitely say myself 😊

Do you watch natural hair vlogs? Who are your favorite vloggers?
No I don't 

Have you been tempted to relax/texlax your hair? If not, what keeps you going?
No I haven't been tempted and I doubt I will ever be tempted to relax/texlax because I love 
the way my hair is and want to see more of the outcome of my decision so there's no going back for me.




Is there any particular hair experience/challenge you'd like to share with us?
Yeah there is and it was during my transitioning, my relaxed hair kept shredding off from time 
to time and I was not so happy about it back then because I thought I was losing my hair but later realised that for me to achieve what I want I have to let go of the relaxed part of my hair because it was too weak for my natural hair to bear, after the whole transitioning my natural hair came out beautifully.
Has social media influenced any of your hair decisions?
Yeah, just for hairstyles 

Protective styling or nah? What your go-to style?
Single twisting/ twist out

Do you read/follow the African Naturalistas blog? If yes, for how long?
Yeah I do follow African Naturalistas on Instagram. 

Thank for your time. How do we keep in touch with you?
You're welcome, Here is my Instagram handle: @ifeifonlaja and whatsapp number is: +447506005735.


To get featured on africanaturalistas.com, Send a mail to manematters@africanaturalistas.com

Enjoy the rest of the week.

Monday, 5 June 2017

African Naturalistas Throwback: Is Natural Hair for everyone?



African Naturalistas started as a blog 6 years ago, with just a single writer... when natural hair was not so popular in Nigeria, and so there were definitely lots of product choices out there (whether imported on Nigerian-made... when the few naturalistas that existed were mostly limited to using DIY methods to maintain their hair.

Even though today is not thursday, I want to do a throwback to the very first post written on this blog. You can find the original post here.

There are different kinds of reasons why people go natural. I will list some of the reasons why people go natural. Religious purposes, some people do not like relaxers, following the ‘Team natural’ trend, making a fashion statement, having a healthier hair and some other reasons I don’t know of. 
Whatever your reason for going natural, be sure you are prepare to see it through as lack of knowledge can lead to hair frustration. Don’t like say ‘wow, Tina’s hair is so nice and its all natural, I am going to go natural too.’ You need to know what exactly Tina does to make her natural hair look nice and be sure you can go through the same routine before you take that big step. 
The simple truth is that African Natural Hair requires more discipline and dedication to maintain. If you hear otherwise, you should doubt it seriously. The good news is that there are always ways to surmount every challenge in life, and the natural hair challenges are not any different.
Have you ever asked yourself what our core African ancestors did in the olden days when there were no relaxers? At least, we have never heard that their combs kept breaking or that they had constant headaches. It only goes to show that there were some things they did to their hair then which some of us are not aware of.
Overtime, this blog will be of immense help to African natural hair carriers, as we will be sharing tips and helping each other out.
So to answer the question asked in this topic, the answer is Natural Hair can be for everyone, but the reality is that it will never be. This is because not everyone will have the time and patience to go through with the maintenance routine that natural hair requires. For those that have determined to go through with it, I must tell you that it is a journey well worth the effort.
So what do you think? Obviously times have changed in the past 6 years. Do you think my opinion in the last paragraph is still valid? Or has the tide turned?

Saturday, 3 June 2017

How to do 3 Strand Twist Out on Natural Hair


How to do 3 Strand Twist Out on Natural Hair | African Naturalistas
By DiscoveringNatural
You've heard of 2 strand twists, but have you heard of 3 strand twists? In today's blog post, I would like to share with you an easy way of creating the 3 strand twist to reveal the most gorgeous twist out you have ever created.

The traditional way of creating 3 strand twists can be a bit cumbersome and confusing. It involves having great finger coordination, which I feel that I lack sometimes. It involves remembering which strand to pick up next.  However, this method I use will make you a 3 strand twisting genius in no time at all.

If you would like to watch me do it, click this link or watch below. Hence, read on.

STEP 1
How to do 3 Strand Twist Out on Natural Hair | African Naturalistas

Section the area to be twisted into 3 parts. Keep on part away.

STEP 2
How to do 3 Strand Twist Out on Natural Hair | African Naturalistas


How to do 3 Strand Twist Out on Natural Hair | African Naturalistas

Two strand twist the other 2 parts together. I prefer doing rope twists, click here to learn how to do it,

STEP 3
How to do 3 Strand Twist Out on Natural Hair | African Naturalistas

Connect the third part to the rope twist and then twist.

STEP 4
How to do 3 Strand Twist Out on Natural Hair | African Naturalistas

I added perm rods to the ends to make it curly.

FINAL LOOK
Once the hair has dried, unravel to reveal the twistout results
How to do 3 Strand Twist Out on Natural Hair | African Naturalistas

How to do 3 Strand Twist Out on Natural Hair | African Naturalistas

Stay beautiful! ðŸ’– 

If you like this blog post written by Sola of DiscoveringNatural, you can find her on her Youtube channel, DiscoveringNatural,  for more natural hair tips. Click here to visit her channel.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Easy Natural Hair Styles - Part 6

Welcome to the last hair style from this easy natural hair styles series. There was actually another hair style (a side puff) but I forgot to film it, and only took photos. I hope you have enjoyed the series, and seen that if you're pressed for time, and aren't too good with your hands, you can still manage at least 6 easy hairstyles.

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Thanks for following me along this series!

Berry Dakara.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Is There A Right Or Wrong Way To Do A Tea/Herbal Rinse?

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During the course of the week, I stumbled on someone's regimen. The most striking thing about the regimen was WHERE she inserted a tea rinse in her wash day. This intrigued me because it was quite different from what I usually did. So, I decided to try it out and I must confess I loved the results.

Before I go further, here's a little background for those that are new to rinses in general.

Just as the name implies, tea rinses are liquids made from brewing regular black or green tea or herbs for a while, allowing it to steep and cool before pouring it over your hair and scalp. Various teas have their unique functions but are generally used to reduce shedding, darken hair and stimulate growth. 

I do tea rinses as often as I remember and my favorite is black tea rinse because it stops my shedding on its tracks. But lately, I've been infusing a number of herbs in my regimen so rather than doing a tea rinse, I do herbal rinses. In the past, I've tried Rosemary, Hibiscus, Sage, Basil and most recently Moringa rinses.

After washing and deep conditioning, tea rinses usually serve as the final rinse. So, I apply using the throw and catch method and leave it for about two minutes before rinsing out again with cold water. I've never really tried to leave a tea rinse in my hair so it's more like a semi-final rinse.

After doing this method repeatedly, I realized that the tea rinses might probably not work as well as they should because I don't leave them in my hair long enough. This was why the wash day routine I saw left an impression on me.

So, instead of doing a tea rinse as a final rinse, I did it immediately after cleansing/shampooing and left it in my hair before applying a deep conditioner on it.

Now my wash day goes like this (Pre-poo, Shampoo/Co-wash, Tea Rinse, Deep Condition) rather than this ( Pre-poo, Shampoo/Co-wash, Deep Condition, Tea Rinse). With this method, the tea rinse can stay in my hair side by side with my deep conditioner for as long as I want it to which means I don't miss out on any of its benefits.

It's a win-win situation for me.

Now, I'm not saying this is a rule. Just like everything that concerns natural hair, this works for me and I prefer it.

So, over to you.
How do you do your tea rinse?
After shampooing or as a final rinse?

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