Tuesday, 28 July 2015

In this day and age, Afro Hair STILL gets no Love??!

  Happy Tuesday Ladies!As far as we have come as a people,in some quarters Afro Hair still continues to garner very little appreciation.This has not skipped my attention and in today's video,I briefly examine this.
  Have a Brilliant Tuesday Ladies and be Blessed!





Monday, 27 July 2015

Diary of an Honest Naturalista: Week 112



For a split moment when my head wasn’t on my neck, I believe, I fantasised with the idea of just locking all my hair… forever. The thought of the fact that I would never be able to style my hair free chased that fantasy out immediately. At a later time, I felt maybe I should lock it for a while, about 5 years. I thought about the fact that I would most likely have to cut off all my hair after all those years, and it wasn’t so appealing again.

I haven’t made any complaints yet, but lately, I have been ‘catching’ Dimeji admire dreadlocks on the heads of other ladies. I don’t know what goes through his mind when he looks at them. Maybe it is...


  • “Your locs are so beautiful.”
  • “Haa, your boyfriend must be so fortunate. He doesn’t have to watch his girlfriend waste all the time in the world applying strange concoctions on her hair.”
  • “If only you were my girlfriend, I won’t have to hear a 40 page story about how your hair is not growing.”
  • “You are so lucky. You don’t have to spend so much time styling your hair, or decline dates because your hair didn’t turn out right.”
  • Whatever his fantasies are, they sure are positive ones.

So last week, when we were in his car, I revealed the mirror, and started playing with my hair.

“Sweetheart, I think I want to change my look.”

“Really?” he asked with no serious show of interest.

“Yeah, into something different, more permanent.”

His interest got more ticked this time. “Oh okay. This is the point where you joke around, and tell me you want to relax your hair so you can gauge my reaction. Well, go ahead and relax your hair. It is your hair after all.”

“Haaa, Mr Man. You are the champion of the conclusion jumping tournament. I am thinking of going on dreadlocks.”

He raised his eyebrows. “You? I thought you did not like dreadlocks.”

“Well, can’t a lady change her mind? Anyway, I just want to know if you are okay with it.” I asked, intensely monitoring his reaction.

“Babe, you know na. I am okay with whatever you do with your hair, even if you decide to shave it off.”

“Yes, I know. But seriously, don’t you have a particular hairstyle preference, something you’d rather see me on?”

“No, I don’t think so.”

“So if I have the opportunity to have just one hairstyle for the rest of my life, which one would you prefer it to be?”

He looked at me suspiciously. “Is this a trick question?”

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“No, just answer.”

“And you say permanently? Like forever and ever and ever?” Dimeji emphasised.

“Yes love.” I smiled

“Wellllllllllll, putting all the factors together, I would say… dreadlocks.”

“Yes, I knew IT.”

“What are you talking about?” He asked, confused.

“Never mind, I have just acquired the gift of mind-reading.”

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Grow your hair longer with High Frequency Treatment



Have you heard about the High Frequency Treatment? No? Yes? Anyway, keep on reading.

High Frequency makes use of the High Frequency. It passed to your scalp through a glass comb, and you basically feel nothing.

It is a treatment without side effects, and can be done for any length or period of time. We make use of the glass rake to emit light, heat, energy and ozone and apply to the scalp. High frequency machine is used in treating dandruff, hair thinning, and baldness.The benefits of High Frequency treatment include, but are not limited to

It disrupts enzymes that cause hair growth dormancy in hair follicles
It supplies sufficient amount of energy to skin cells
It breaks up sebum build up
It removes bacteria from scalp
It increases nutrients supply to hair follicles
It relieves stress and soothes the nervous system of the scalp
It promotes hair growth by improving scalp receptiveness to post treatment formulas

The good news is that High Frequency treatment is very affordable, and available in Lagos, Nigeria. We offer the treatment at African Naturalistas Hair Consult. If you are interested in this treatment, call 07061141501, send an email to hairconsult@africanaturalistas.com, or click here to visit our website.


Sunday, 26 July 2015

DIY LOUNGE - GREEN SMOOTHIE

It's no news that for hair growth, what you take into your body is as important as what you apply on your hair! That's why it's important to up your water intake.Well, in addition to that is the GREEN SMOOTHIE.
  During one of my research online, a lot of women agreed that green drinks increases hair growth, glowy  skin, less shedding and more consistent hair and quality growth in general. Some of us get supplements to help our hair growth but what if I tell you that the vitamins we need for our hair growth, we would have them in abundance in our green drinks because, our green drinks contains spinach , which is very rich in vitamins.
PREP TIME : 20mins 
SERVING     : serves one and served chilled



                 INGREDIENTS:::
 - handful spinach 
 - an apple
 - 2 bananas 
 - a slice of lemon 
 - 2 tablespoon of honey
                 TOOLS
 - knife
 - blender


            DIRECTIONS::: 
 STEP 1
              Put the spinach in a blender,add just a little water to cover the spinach and blend.
STEP 2
            Slice the apple, throw into the blender and blend.
STEP 3
            Cut you bananas into halves,put in the blender and blend.
STEP 4
            Squeeze the lemon juice inside your blender
STEP 5
             Add the honey and then blend till smooth.

                                               OR 
You could just throw all the ingredients into the blender and blend...





NOTE ::
     Make sure you wash all greens( vegetables) thoroughly .


Questions and feedbacks are highly appreciated
So, see you at the comment section
     



Saturday, 25 July 2015

How to Keep Track of Hair Care



Finding a way to maintain your hair care can be difficult. Throw in caring for your child's hair into the mix can be tough. Remembering all what you did can be an headache. In the past, I have written everything in a notebook, however, I always seem to misplace the book. LOL! I was so glad when I found this FREE app called, Hair Journal App. Now, I am able to maintain my hair care needs and that of my 2 daughters.

To download this app, go to your iTunes, Apple store or Google Play.

Click here to see how I use this app, or watch below.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Easy Guide to DIY Hair Treatments

I saw the following infographic on Fola's Oasis Blog earlier this week, and got permission to post it here. I think it's a simple and easy to follow guide for anyone who wants to make their own natural hair treatments. You all already saw my DIY Protein Treatment fiasco from a few months ago, and I said I wouldn't try it again. But if I ever decide to try a home treatment again, I'll be consulting this guide below. These are all ingredients that are super easy to find in your neighborhood grocery store or market.


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Depending on what you're trying to achieve, this says to pick a base to start with, 2 ingredients from the middle section and 1 from the bottom section. Like Fola suggested

Olive oil, Avocado + Bananas, and Honey = Moisturizing Treatment
Apple Cider Vinegar, Lemon + Baking soda, and Honey = Clarifying Treatment
Milk, Mayo + Strawberries, and an EggStrengthening/Protein Treatment

Don't forget you can buy Coconut Oil, Apple Cider Vinegar from the African Naturalistas Store

What other mixes can you come up with and for what purposes?

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

'My biggest fear was not having time for my hair' Mane matters with Ifitumi



Hi Ladies, 
How is the week going? 

Today's naturalista has been natural for about a year. She says she is going to be natural for a long time and her favourite product is shea butter. 

Read more about Ifitimi below...

Can you tell us who you are and what you do?
My name's Ifitumi (FITS). A MUA from Lokoja in Kogi State.

What are your thoughts about natural hair?
Natural hair is beautifully African, it is the real 'YOU'‎ in silent expressions.

When/why did you decide to go natural?
I decided to go natural last year(2014). Precisely-October.

Did you do a BC or you transitioned?
I definitely transitioned
What was the experience like?
I have always been a lover of braids. My friends would even call me Ezenwanyi( lol). I rarely fix my hair. And even if I do,it's once in a blue moon. ‎Under my braids,were revealing undergrowth that got me really frustrated but I decided not to relax for some time to enable my hair regain it's strength due to breakage. I decided to chop off the relaxed ends in March, and decided to go natural. Lol

What was/is your biggest fear about going Natural?
My biggest fear was if I was really going to have time to care for ‎my hair. 
Do you have a regimen you stick to? What is it like?
I knew time was going to be a problem for me, so, I had to adhere to a simple regimen. I do protective styles alot. Wear them for 2-3wks, then wash with my Jojoba shampoo/conditioner. I still use my Aphogee Curlific Texture Treatment. After drying( a little damp), I apply shea butter mixed with olive oil for extra shine, then allow to air dry, or use handdryer on medium heat to dry. My Creme Of Nature'Perfect Edges' or 'Play n Stay' Olive Oil for edge control. When am all free during my wash days, I do some funny kind of concoction of fresh aloe Vera gel,vitamin E gel(I break it n use d oil), and shea butter‎(apply this before washing-it does magic). When am all hasty, I do my wash n go. Lol
 
What emotional struggles, if any, have you faced since going natural?
No emotional struggles really, but oh dear! I hate combing my hair. Lol
 
Do you think you are in it for the long haul or is it just a phase?
Ah! I am so going 'lifetime' with this hair. Am loving it. Haba! I get nice comments. Lol

There are people that definitely have negative comments about you hair, how do you deal with that?
Funny enough, I haven't had any negative comments coming in. 

What's your must have product and accessory?
One product I just can't do without - Shea butter(it's all-in-one). ‎Hair accessory -my little hair scarf.

What is your go-to style?
Flat twist  
 

What advice do you have for anyone just going natural?
If your just going natural? Yeepee! You are in for fun with your hair. Care for it like that doll u had as a baby(lol)‎. Be focused too even though it's going to be challenging. Nothing cute is gotten easy.

Where can we find you? Your social media platforms…
‎C0043D5B4, 2BCFCCD7,IG:@fitsmee,Ifitumi Chenemi Okeme(facebook).

Thank you for your time
Thank you

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Tuesday, 21 July 2015

My Natural Hair the Social Media CHEAT!!

  Happy Tuesday Ladies!Have you ever had one of those days that your Hair simply does not translate that well on Camera?Is your Natural Hair a Social Media Cheat?Mine is!This video briefly examines a day when my hair developed stage fright in front of the Camera.Am sure we can all relate!
  Have a Brilliant day Ladies!




Monday, 20 July 2015

Diary of an Honest Naturalista: Week 111


I got to meet one of Dimeji’s brothers last week. Apart from the fact that I intentionally distanced myself from his family before the great introduction, one of the reasons I have never met Kolapo is basically because he doesn’t stay in Lagos. He works in an oil company in Port Harcourt.

When Dimeji brought him to my house, we immediately clicked. He is rich, he is a very handsome guy, polite, and very very single. What more could a girl want? I instantly wished for a minute that I had met him before meeting Dimeji, lol.

The thing that attracted me to Kolapo most was his Afro. I have never seen afro that sculpted on a guy before. It was round around the edges, and very neat. I mean I had seen his pictures before but seeing him in reality just took my breath away.

The first thing I told Dimeji was “Babe, you didn’t tell me your brother had lovely natural hair,” as I smiled at Kolapo.

“What’s there to tell? All guys have natural hair.” Dimeji joked.

I looked at his almost non-existent hair, and said “Indeed.”

“I have heard so much about you.” Kolapo interjected with his smile, “and your natural hair.”

I immediately eyed Dimeji.

“Your hair is so lovely. Your face and hair is actually too pretty for you to be male.” I said much later, after we had made acquaintances talking about some other things.

“I actually want to cut it. Dimeji has been discouraging me though.”

“Why?” I exclaimed. “Don’t cut it. If you do, I will stop talking to you.”

“We just started talking.” He laughed. “But seriously, maintaining this afro is just so difficult for me. The constant carrying of combs everywhere I go, checking myself out in the mirror, and all the fuss. It gets too much for me at times. I mean, I am not a girl nowwwww.”

“You are a girl.” I screamed. “You can’t cut this hair o. I can teach you how to take care of it.”

“Actually, I know. Dimeji tells me some of the things you do to your hair, and tells me to try them out, but I am not sure I’ve been able to get a hang of it.”

I immediately threw a pillow at Dimeji.  “So you have been learning a trade from me, and training other people without paying tutorials fee.”

“Madam, I pay. Listening to all your hair lingo and complaints, watching you put several concoctions on your hair and seeing the sight of your satin bonnet is enough payment.” He retorted.

“That reminds me.” Kolapo interjected again. “Do you know where I can get a satin bonnet? I forgot the one Dimeji gave me in Port Harcourt.”

“What??? You wear satin bonnet? Dimeji gave you satin bonnet???” I was so shocked. “Dimeji, did you steal my satin bonnet?” I said. Even though I was screaming now, I was thoroughly enjoying myself, though I strongly believed he stole my satin bonnet.

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“Calm down Anna. Last time you asked me to get you a satin bonnet from the mall, I bought 2 for you, and one for Kolapo.”

I ignored him, and turned straight to Kolapo. I paused, observed him for a bit, looked straight into his eye, and said.

“Wait o. you are a pretty boy with a nice skin. You have a beautiful afro. You wear a satin bonnet, and it was gotten for you by a guy. It is official. YOU ARE A GIRL.”

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Sunday, 19 July 2015

DIY LOUNGE - BASICS

Hello guys! Mehn, this year is just bailing, kilode? It's August already, how many things on your list has been checked? For me, a lot.... One of them being, going natural!
So, on this my natural hair journey, I have had to answer numerous questions, from, are you now born again, did you change church, is your hair breaking, oh you are going to get tired, how do you plan to keep this soft, how are u going to manage it etc.
  My favourite is the one am going to try to answer on my post today. Which is, I would love to go natural, what do I need to know and what are the things I would need?
ANSWER
         1.     The beauty about natural hair is, you never stop learning, you learn new things about your hair every day, you also learn how to care for it in new ways!  Now, where do you learn all these things? You learn on the Internet, you would be surprised with how much information the Internet has on natural hair both right or wrong! But not to worry, at African naturalistas, we have sieved these informations, supplying you with only the right Infos. Our readers also learn from our personal experiences and the experiences of others( even google doesn't get it all right), so, in essence, save this blog on ur book mark and you ready for the ride.
        
     2. GET THE BASICS
                                 
           a.  Satin bonnet/ silk scarf : Personally, I think this is the most important of them all! This helps you retain length and hair moisture. So if after moisturising, you sleep on your cotton sheet without protecting your head with a silk or satin bonnet, then you have just wasted your product and time because, cotton may feel soft but it's rough and while you turning and tossing through the night, the roughness of the fabric causes the hair to tangle, stripes it off its moisture, thereby leaving it dry and friz. So, remember to protect your hair overnight with a silk or satin bonnet.
                         


          b. Wide tooth comb : Dump all tail combs inside your bin, if possible, burn them all! As a natural head, this should never be found close to your hair. Instead, invest in a wide tooth comb to detangle and comb your hair. You could also get a tooth brush, hair brush for your edges.
                           

         c. Spray bottle : To keep a healthy natural hair, you have to make sure it doesn't lack moisture. This spray bottle makes it easier for you to distribute your moisture mixture evenly.
                                 


    


         d. Conditioner : The conditioner helps to keep your hair clean and moisturised. There are various types of conditioner( leave in, regular and deep conditioner), the first two are the most essential! While the leave in keeps your hair moisturised and soft all through the day( apply and style, do not wash out), the regular moisturises and detangles your hair when used in the shower( you apply, let it seat for few minutes and then wash out)
                         
        e. Sulphate free shampoo : This helps to keep the scalp healthy and clean. It also gets rid of all build ups.
                   
        f. Oils : Asides replacing oils lost while shampooing, these carrier oils keep your hair protected and healthy. They also seal in moisture,after you must have moisturised with water.

So, those are the basics, you get all these stuffs and you are good to go but why not let's make this super easy for you! Visit our product store and let's DO IT FOR YOU!  You only have to place an order and we would deliver right at your door step and with us, you know you are getting the real thing! 

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So, see you at the comment section


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