Friday, 29 July 2016

The Bantu- Knot Debate

Hi Ladies, happy friday!!!

So in one of my hair chat groups the topic moved to bantu knots and whether they are acceptable to be worn out as a hairstyle. As for me personally, I feel like my hair isn't "done" when it's in the knots. Feels like im still in my satin bonnet or rollers as I go about my day. Perhaps extensions would add something extra, but still not my thing.

Others were more enthusiastic and said to rock it with some lipstick and/or a fierce attitude. In the mean time...check out these pics of bantu knots for your viewing pleasure.

These mohawk knots are unique courtesy of @locitude IG account








Name this celeb for me please. Credit IG @thefnsher





You can even do them with colourful extensions! Credit IG @seriouslynatural





Or plain extensions make them more "dressed up". Credit IG @makeup_gang


So what's your take on  bantu knots? Yay or nay as an actual hairstyle? Comment below.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Finghair Tips Thursday: Hair Care


Throwback To That Time Genevieve Magazine Featured Three Naturalistas On Their Cover

Hello everyone!

I don't know about you but I'm so glad that natural hair is finally seeping into mainstream media such that it is gradually becoming a beauty standard of sorts.

Just last week, popular lifestyle magazine, Genevieve released their July issue. The cover featured four picture-perfect female celebrities - Mo'Cheddah, Beverly Naya, Adesua Etomi and Sika Osei - in what was tagged, Fearlessly Female. 




Although, the cover received a bit of backlash which was due to some of the quotes used but the most striking thing and perhaps the ONLY think I saw, was HAIR! 

3 NATURAL HAIR CELEBRITIES on one cover? It has never happened before.

What made me even more excited was that we had previouly featured two of these celebrities on our site so it wasn't like they were using faux- hair even though I spot a bit of extentions. But that is completely normal. Also, they were styled by Tasala HQ - a leading salon which also specializes in natural hair.

This cover gave me so much joy. I thought, 'Finally, natural hair is finally being recognized and I'm so here for it'  I know a few occasions where some celebrities have had to wear wigs and I kept wondering, 'why weren't they allowed to wear their hair or were they too lazy to hire a natural hair stylist that they just used a wig?'

Anyways, we welcome this new development with open arms and we hope it's the beginning of better things to come such that our natural hair stylists will be empowered and given the recognition they deserve.

What do you guys think about the covr? 


Love, curls and coils
eBunite


Wednesday, 27 July 2016

'I was afraid my hair wouldn't turn out as beautiful as I wanted' Mane Matters with Chidera

Hi Naturalistas,
How is the week going?

Meet Chidera

Can you tell us who you are and what you do?
I am Chidera Hopewell Stephen. I'm 20 and a student at the University of Cape coast. I study Communication Studies. I am also a pencil artist and a person who is into fitness and makeup. 

What are your thoughts about natural hair?
I know natural hair is sometimes stressful to manage when a person is not vast in the knowledge of caring for it. Natural hair is also beautiful and versatile therefore one can style it in different ways to suit the occasion. Natural hair represents strength, boldness and confidence. Women should be aware that they are beautiful naturally. 

When/why did you decide to go natural?
I went natural about 2 years and 6 months ago. I decided to embrace my natural hair as it is a part of me and I loved how beautiful natural hair can be. Another reason is that natural hair is a friend to water and I love water. I also stopped perm because of the good health, I decided to take charge of my life and health. I want to be healthy and there are so many dangers that relaxers pose to the health of a person and I didn't want to fall a victim of any of these. I also couldn't keep up with salon visits and decided to do more to my hair all by myself. 

Did you do a BC or you transitioned?
I transitioned for about 4 months then I big chopped 
What was the experience like?
It was great. I felt free and better. My self confidence increased but some of my friends didn't buy the idea. I took the decision by myself and I didn't regret it.


What was/is your biggest fear about going Natural?
My biggest fear was my hair not being able to grow. I was afraid that my hair wouldn't turn out as beautiful as I wanted. I was also scared that my hair would be difficult to manage. 

Do you have a regimen you stick to? What is it like?
I keep it very simple usually I wash and condition by myself then I apply a leave in conditioner with my whipped Shea butter to seal
When I have time I do deep conditioning once a month. Most times I braid it or twist it up due to my schedule. 


What emotional struggles, if any, have you faced since going natural?
None 
Do you think you are in it for the long haul or is it just a phase?
It isn't a phase to me. I have decided not to go back to relaxers 

There are people that definitely have negative comments about your hair, how do you deal with that?
I ignore them. Sometimes I remind them that their hair is just like mine except for the relaxers. 
What's your must have product and accessory?
Scarf, Water, Shea butter and small bands
What is your go-to style?
Usually an afro or a puff
What advice do you have for anyone just going natural?
I advice that the person that's it slow and shouldn't mind the hype of products around. Keeping it simple is the key. Natural hair grows but shrinkage makes it look otherwise. Patience and care is key. You can braid or twist your hair to protect it and keep it away from manipulation for sometime 


Where can we find you? Your social media platforms…
Facebook  - Chidera Hopewell Stephen
Instagram and Snapchat  - @suave_afroart
Twitter - Suavehoppy
Thank you for your time

Would you like to get featured on the blog? If yes, send a mail to manematters@africanaturalistas.com

Till then
Leeznijis

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

5 ways to deal with bad hair day

Hello Naturalistas,

I hope you're all doing great? Kinks and all?

Today we'd be looking at 5 ways to deal with a bad hair day, let's jump right it into it.

Accessorise; Using accessories will definitely change the look of hair styles and also when you have stuck and don't know what to do with your hair. There are plenty accessories to help with a bad hair day. Bobby pins, head bands, flower crowns, Hair chains etc. We have must-haves for every naturalista.

Abit more make-up; Take the attention away from your hair by putting abit more make-up that you'd regularly put on. Use a bold red or banging eye make up and let the world look at your face and not your hair.

Cover it up: It doesn't have to be boring scarfs, there are options of turbans, hats and caps. Here is one scarf 4 ways, Step up your turban game. These should help with covering up your bad hair for the day.

Extensions; Adding extensions to your hair to give you a faux bun will also help you deal with a bad hair day. All you need are hair band, hair extensions and bobby pins. Here's a tutorial on how to get it done.

Easy natural hair styles; One a bad hair day, you don't need a complex hair style to be battling with because you're probably frustrated already. There are tons of easy hair styles for one of those days. Here's an example.


Hope this tips help when next you are dealing with a bad hair day. Now, over to you. How do you deal with bad hair day?



Monday, 25 July 2016

Diary of an Honest Naturalista: Week 164


Yesterday started out as the usual relaxing, fun hangout with Dimeji, as has become our custom over time. It was supposed to be a date for us because it has been long since I went on a proper date with him. I had chosen a place where we would go, and he had agreed. Imagine my anger when he switched plans on me. I was so livid, but he just kept mute, and turned deaf ears to my rant.

He said he needed to meet up with a colleague at another venue, and they needed to discuss some things related with a startup he was considering. I was confused as I did not know when Dimeji started taking entrepreneurship seriously.

Fuming, we got to the place, and I almost didn’t get out of the car. I can be dramatic like that. Anyway, I got out, and stared hard at him. The only words my lips wanted to blurt out was “I HATE YOU.”

When we entered, no one was there, so he made a call, and his colleague said he’s on his way. He then begged me to order food. I looked at the menu, but my rage could not allow me order anything reasonable since I had set my mind on the menu of the other restaurant, so he ordered for me. About 10 minutes later, our orders came, with the dishes covered. Without hesitation, dimeji dug into his, and started asking me to open mine. It was a battle between anger and hunger, but after a few minutes, hunger won, and I opened my plate.

I screammmmeeeedddd. Hunger flew out… anger flew out… elation barged in. On my dish was a piece of shimmering studded ring. I kept looking in shock. When I saw Dimeji pick the ring and get on his knees, my mind couldn’t take it again, so I ran to another corner of the room with my mouth wide open.

Liz Lemon Yay!
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Everything was a blurry slow motion. Next thing I saw was Yemisi approaching me. What was she doing here? And then I saw my brothers, and my sister, and Boma, Dimeji’s brother, his cousin, and my mum. When I saw my mum, I wondered who else knew about this. It seemed I was the only one in the dark.

Dimeji was still on his knees, so they pulled me back to him. I was still in shock, I could hardly say yes, as he slipped the ring into my finger. I just sat down, weak to the bones as a photographer kept snapping away. I touched my hair, and noticed my updo had roughened up so bad. On a special day like this, I couldn’t even get my hair to look good.

But one thing I know is this, hair or no hair…

I am finally going to be marrying the love of my life, and that sure, gives me so much excitement.

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Hi everyone. My name is Atilola, and I am the author of the pseudo character diary column, Diary of an Honest Naturalista. I hope you are not surprised that she is a pseudo character, as we had clearly stated this in the past.

One thing is sure, I am not Anna. We don’t have much in common. Anna’s stories are garnered from stories of several naturalistas experiences. You can read more on the truth about this diary by clicking here.

Even though I am not Anna, one thing I always desired is for my proposal to coincide with that of Anna, even Anna’s relationship was over two years, and I could barely rub two coins together to produce a boyfriend, lol. I used to ask myself, so when is Dimeji going to propose to Anna, and the answer was whenever a man proposes to me. So even though they were very much in love, I did things like dragging their relationship for long, throwing chaos into their stories, and so much more. I could get away with it because this diary column is not really about their relationship but how Anna handles every area of her life as a young lady with natural hair.

So I was proposed to last week by the love of my life, and as a result Anna had hers done at the same time.

At this point, I think I would like to end this diary column. It has been running for 3 years and 8 weeks, which is the longest diary column I have seen online. The reason why I am seeking to end it is because I’m not sure I want to follow Anna into the complexities of her marriage, motherhood, and all that is to come for her.

For now, my options are

1. Continue with the column as is
2. Discontinue the column totally
3. Get another good writer to take over the column, and do justice for leading Anna into her next phase of life.

Option 3 is my most preferred. If you believe you have the skill, discipline, and diligence required to take over a weekly diary column such as this, please, send a mail to info@africanaturalistas.com, and we would have you join the AN blogging team.

We would also like to have your comments on what you think is the best decision for this column. We also want to know your best part and character in Anna’s stories. Is it her mum, her sister, her brothers, Felix, Dimeji, Tonya, Sola Matthews, Madam Adams, Yemisi, Boma, etc? Please, drop a line in the comment section

Thank you for following Anna all through her journey. We hope she inspired you.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

DIY LOUNGE - Curling Custard


Curling custard is a mixture of natural butter, oils and gel which is mostly used by naturalistas for styling.

    What does curling custard do?
 - it gives moisture
 - defines curls
 - holds the hair (doesn't make it look so bulky)




INGREDIENTS
- 6 tbs shea butter
- honey
- leave in conditioner
- 4 tbs styling gel
- coconut oil

TOOLS NEEDED
- bowl
- spoon
- pot

                                     DIRECTIONS
STEP 1
   scoop your shea butter into a bowl and place in a boiling water.

STEP 2
   let it heat up (not melt) for about 15 seconds, this is just to make it soft so you can stir
STEP 3
    with a spoon, stir till you get rid of all lumps.

STEP 4
    add your gel and stir till its evenly blended with the shea butter

STEP 5
    add your oils and stir

STEP 6
    add your leave in conditioner, stir until it blends in.

STEP 7
    add your honey and stir also till all your ingredients are well blended
             HOW TO USE
Apply to damp hair, style and leave to dry.

This is about the easiest diy ever, so you do not have an excuse, plus you get to save some money. Plus add whatever works for your hair! Its a win-win situation, who is getting excited?



  HAVE A GREAT WEEK



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Saturday, 23 July 2016

How to Lay Your Edges in your Natural Hair

How to Lay Your Edges in your Natural Hair African Naturalistas DiscoveringNatural


When you want a neat look to a hairstyle, laying your edges can pull the all style together and make it look even more presentable. Depending on the texture of the hair located along your hairline, it can be difficult to do this.

PRODUCTS TO USE
 The most common and most effective product to use is an edge tamer. There are several types of edge tamers from the light consistency to the thick paste kind. Which every type you choose depends on your hair texture. If you have more coarser hair, choose a thicker paste, and if you have fine hair, choose light consistency one.

How to Lay Your Edges in your Natural Hair African Naturalistas DiscoveringNatural

The hold level of the product you decide to use also matter, so be mindful of that. If you prefer a more natural look, you can also try using thick oils like castor oil.
How to Lay Your Edges in your Natural Hair African Naturalistas DiscoveringNatural

Some people also prefer using gels. Remember, if you do use gel, always moisture your hair prior to applying the gel to your edges.
How to Lay Your Edges in your Natural Hair African Naturalistas DiscoveringNatural

HOW TO LAY YOUR EDGES
1. Spritz edges very lightly with water to moisturize your edges and also help in spreading edge tamer.

2. Apply your edge tamer of choice. Smoothen with fingers as you apply.
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3. Apply a little spritz of water and brush edges with a soft brush.

4. If your edges have a thicker texture, use a scarf like a bandana to lay your edges, or double wrap your satin scarf. If you have finer hair, use a scarf. To prevent lines, don't tie too tightly.


Click here to see 3 ways to lay your edges



Stay beautiful! 💖

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, 22 July 2016

Do You Heat Train Your Hair?

Hi Ladies. Happy Friday!

What exactly is heat training?

 This is when direct heat (blow drying/ flat ironing) is used on a regular basis to loosen the curl pattern of the hair for easier maintenance. 

With the advent of thermal straightening systems by ethnic hair care product manufacturers, this practice doesn't get much spotlight anymore.

What happens is high heat is used to stretch the hair on a regular basis- weekly or fortnightly. Then this straightened hair is maintained for as long as possible. Usually within a number of months of the process,  the hair easily  straightens out with minimal application of heat and minimal reversion when exposed to humidity. This is when you say the hair is "heat trained"  As new growth comes in, the roots are "retouched" to give them the same texture and straightness as the rest of the hair.

What makes it any different from heat damage?
Proponents for this type of natural hair maintenance still wash and dc, moisturise and seal, use heat protectant and try as much as possible to grow healthy natural hair that is simply straighter without the use of chemicals. 

One could say it is a form of heat damage because the natural curl pattern is loosened. However the curls still revert when washed, although they are no longer as tight. Another thing is that when you heat train correctly,  you don't experience the same dry, brittle, dull and  breaking hair that is so common of heat damaged hair.

We must remember that this is a method of straightening that heavily relies on the use of heat. If you have fine strands or tresses that don't take too well to the use of heat, you might want  to sit this out.

What are the advantages of heat training? 
You have the convenience of straightening your natural hair without the use of chemicals, softer and easier to detangle hair, it is perfect for the busy natural as it requires less time for styling than natural hair that is not heat trained. Lastly you can enjoy straight or curly hair at any time.

If not done correctly you WILL have curls that won't revert. So if you want to try it out watch tonnes of yt videos and get as much information as possible before you begin.

Check out this video by My Beauty Marc from her heat training days. Here she talks about how to do it and get the best results.



I think it's great to have options when it comes to exploring all that you can actually do with your natural hair , hence this post.

In closing,  have three questions for you:
1. Do you think heat training is still a relevant straightening method today?
2. Would you or do you heat train? 
3. What do you think about this method of straightening your natural hair? 

Have a great weekend! 


Easy Way to Detangle your Natural Hair

One of the most common issues naturalistas have is dealing with tangles. In fact, if you ask a lot of people who have thought about "going natural" why they haven't yet, most of them would say that natural hair is hard to comb. Even seasoned naturalistas like myself get caught up in tangles and need to find an easy way to detangle our natural hair.

While in Nigeria, I would visit the natural hair salon, KL's Naturals. We have featured her and some of the natural hairstyles she has done on the blog. Whenever I visited, I always felt like her hands were magic! Before she combed my natural hair, she would use some solution in a spray bottle. It was almost as if the solution was a magic natural hair detangler! There was no pulling, no pain as she gently used a wide tooth comb to go through my natural hair - starting from tip to root.

On one of these visits, I just had to ask what magic potion she had in that spray bottle. Guess what it was. Water and...















yes, our very own African Naturalistas Moisturizing and Detangling Conditioner!


Anybody who goes to Kemi's salon knows that she's extremely gentle with natural hair, and if they ever wondered why the detangling session was so smooth... it's thanks to the African Naturalistas Moisturising and Detangling Conditioner.

I've only ever used it as a conditioner AFTER my shampoo, but at KL's Naturals, they use it mixed with water to detangle natural hair BEFORE the deep conditioner and washing.

You can order it and other products in the African Naturalistas store.
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