Monday, 18 September 2017

Who rocked the style best? TWA

Wow, it's been a while since we had this column. I hope you have missed it, lol.

This edition, we are featuring a very common style, that I almost cannot believe that it has not been featured on any of our previous "who rocked it" column. Almost everyone who has gone from relaxed hair to natural hair went through this stage. It is the Teeny Weeny Afro.

While this is just a transition phase for many of us, some of people decide to permanently remain here and glam it up, while some rock it for a very long time, and then move on to the next phase.

As usual, we have featured six celebrities who currently or have rocked TWA to the fullest in the past. Who would you say rocked their TWA best? Remember you can only pick one. We would also like to know the reason for your pick. You can click the picture to enlarge it, in case you want to see the intricate details of the hair styles.




So who rocked this style best?

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Natural Hair Hack: No Hair Tie

Natural Hair Hacks | DiscoveringNatural

To see more hairstyle tricks like this one where you don't need a hair tie, watch: http://bit.ly/DN_Hair_Hacks_Tricks_PL

Watch below or click here


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.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

10 Times Issa Rae Gave Us TWA Inspiration On Insecure

A couple of months ago, just before the beginning of season two, I included HBO's Insecure to my list of TV shows.

After successfully succumbing to peer pressure, I binge-watched the first season so that I could catch up with the second. To be honest, unlike every other fan of the show, I was a bit disappointed.I thought it was overrated. Maybe because the show was completely unrelatable to me and not all that funny. Call me Goody Two Shoes if you like. But I continued watching till the end of season two because one thing stood out for me; Creator and Lead actress Issa Rae's TWA.

I started to notice the former YouTube star at the beginning of the year precisely during the 2017 Golden Globes awards where she was styled by the one and only Felicia Leatherwood who also happens to be her stylist on Insecure. But then after watching a few episodes, I began to really notice her natural hair such that I was actually tempted to cut mine. Yup! That serious.

Her auburn (?) TWA has been styled about 16 different ways or more throughout the two seasons. If that isn't enough TWA Inspiration, I can't help you. All I need now is for Felicia Leatherwood to put out a YouTube playlist of all of Issa's hairstyles and then I'll cut my hair.

Anyway, without further ado, here are ten times Issa Rae gave us TWA Inspiration on Insecure.

  • This conrowed faux hawk



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  • The classic afro puff



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  • The braided updo 



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  •  Cornrows are always in! 



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  • Another spin to the faux hawk with a cornrow



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  • The gorgeous formal updo with bangs



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  • The cornrow low puff


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  • The side-braided wash and go

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  • Another faux hawk with twists 


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  • The braided puff

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Issa and/or Felicia are clearly fans of the faux hawk. But then again, it's a TWA. Faux Hawks always look good with TWAs which is why they tried different options. I have a feeling we are still going to see more of them in season 3. 

Probably the best thing about Issa's style choices is how casual yet stylish they are. This is enough temptation to cut my hair.

Anyway, which style(s) are your favourite?


Monday, 11 September 2017

Ayurvedic herbs for hair you didn't know were locally grown

If you use African Naturalistas products, you would know that stinging nettle is one of the major ingredients in most of our hair products. If you don’t use African Naturalistas products, what are you waiting for?

Stinging nettle is an ingredient you find in many products manufactured for natural hair outside Nigeria. If we are not careful, we might begin to assume that ingredients like these are not available to us in Nigeria, since we don’t find them in our own locally made products.

If only we knew

I mean, Nigeria has 60% of Shea butter in the world. Can you imagine that? Out of all the countries in the whole world, we have 60% while some other few scramble for the remaining, yet the company called Shea moisture is not even a Nigerian company, lol.

Anyway, back to the discussion, many herbs useful for hair care can be found in Nigeria, but language barrier and ignorance have ensured that we are not aware of this fact. And what then happens, we go all the way to India to import ayurvedic herbs to sell here, or worst case, USA.
With all the aloe Vera plants around us, I have not seen made-in-Nigeria aloe Vera powder.

So if the popular aloe Vera is suffering this fate, what of lesser known herbs like nettle and neem?
We have on one hand, the traditional herbalists who know these herbs, what they look like, and their local names, and then people like us who know the scientific and English names. Many of us don’t even know what the plants look like. We just know that the powder that comes from these leaves and roots are good for our hair… at least, that is what the internet says.

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Neem leaves - Dongoyaro (source)

There is the need to bridge the generational and knowledge gap, so this knowledge doesn’t end up perishing with our fathers’ fathers.

How do we do it? For example, when I began to suspect that nettle leaves might be available in Nigeria, I went online to research for the Yoruba name. I then went to a local traditional herbalist to ask her for the herb, which I got easily. I compared it to the picture online, and they were the same, only that mine was the dried one (herbs are mostly sold in the dried form because they need to be preserved over time). Some of these herbalists are also taught the English name of the herbs when learning their trade.

There are some existing, which I can’t even trace their local names, such as lavender, but they are here, live in Nigeria.

Below are some herbs easily available to us in Nigeria, which are beneficial to our hair, their local names (mostly Yoruba)and their uses. You can use them for your own hair care by


  • Getting essential oils from them
  • Dehydrating the leaves, grinding them, and making your own ayurvedic powder from them
  • Making your own extracts from them


Is someone getting a business idea from me? So here it goes


  1. Henna plant – Laali, Lali: Treats gray hair, Excellent hair conditioner, Strengthens hair from root to tip, Prevent hair loss, hair fall and breakage , Makes hair stronger and thicker, Natural hair dye
  2. Neem – Dongoyaro: Acts as Anti-bacteria, anti-fungi which keeps scalp healthy, Encourages hair growth
  3. African sandalwood – Osun, Irosun: Combats hair dryness, has astringent and antiseptic properties which rids the scalp of excess sebum secretions
  4. Lemon grass - Kooko-oba: improves scalp conditions, strengthens hair follicles
  5. Tumeric - Ata Ile pupa: Prevents hair loss, scalp issues, dandruff, eczema and dermatitis, and acts as hair dye
  6. Aloe vera – Ahon-erin: Promotes shine and moisture, Prevents hair loss and dandruffs, Acts as pre-pool treatment, Acts as gel, shampoo and conditioner, Encourages hair growth
  7. Clove Basil - Efirin in Yoruba, Nchanwu in igbo: Prevents hair loss, grey hair, and alleviates dandruff issue
  8. Mint leaf - Na’a Na’a in Hausa, Ewe Taniloju in Yoruba: Keeps the scalp clean free from dandruff and inflammation, Acts as an excellent coolant by keeping scalp refreshed, smells extremely nice, Balances healthy PH of scalp
  9. Stinging nettle – Ewe esinsin: Combats hair loss, effective treatment for dandruff
  10. Castor oil plant – Laa funfun: Stimulates hair growth, thickens hair strands
  11. Parsley – Isako: Encourages hair growth, Scalp stimulant, Promotes healthy hair
  12. Sage - Kiriwi, Babaluaye, Obatala: Treats hair loss, stimulates hair growth, tea rinse for shiny hair, darkens hair
  13. Hibiscus – Zobo: Excellent hair conditioner, Natural hair dye


Do you know of any herbs for hair care, and their local name? let’s know in the comment section.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

How to Care for Low Porosity Natural Hair

How to Care for Low Porosity Natural Hair | African Naturalistas
By DiscoveringNatural

In this video, I share my Low Porosity Natural Hair Routine. I also share products that I use. 
One of the main natural hair struggles is dealing with low porosity hair. Knowing how to moisturize low porosity hair, how to care for low porosity hair even how to care for low porosity hair is an issue.
For more information on hair care, check out http://shampootruth.com

My tee shirt is from Unbreakable Mindset Tees. Find yours at http://umtees.com
They have inspirational and motivational apparels and products that will uplift your spirit and share encouragement to others.

Products Mentioned:
Kadima African Black Soap Shampoo
Naturalicious Rhassoul Clay
GitUSum Apple Cider Rinse: http://bit.ly/DN_How_To_Use_ACV
Aussie Moist 3x: http://bit.ly/DN_Aussie_Moist
TGIN Honey Miracle: http://bit.ly/DN_TGIN_HoneyMiracle
Sheamoisture 10 in 1: http://bit.ly/DN_How_To_Deep_Conditio...
TGIN Buttercream: http://bit.ly/DN_How_To_Deep_Conditio...
Eden Bodyworks Curl Defining Cream
SheaMoisture Curl and Style Milk
Grapeseed Oil

Watch below or click here;



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.

Monday, 4 September 2017

Hair Styling Options for Long and Short Term travel

So you need to travel for a couple of weeks and you probably won't have time and chance for fancy or intensive hair care practices. You might even have to move from town to town, hotels to motels, one family's house to a friend’s house. The last thing you want to be thinking about is finding the perfect black salon in your vacation location or inconveniencing your hosts with requests for the bowl and spoon you will use for your homemade protein treatment. Won't it sound awkward when you begin to explain why you need a plastic spoon and not a metal spoon to mix your bentonite clay? To top it up, you sure don't want to be staining anyone's bathroom with henna and hibiscus treatment.

So to give yourself peace of mind on your trip, you should find appropriate hairstyles that would take the burden of constant hair care off your shoulders during your vacation weeks. The only thing you should be carrying is your travel size bottles, for your moisturizers and hair spritz

So below are practical hairstyle options for your trip

1. Braids of all kinds



Whether it's kinky braids, bob braids, box braids, Senegalese braids, yarn braids, or others, braids are sure to give you peace of mind when you are on your trip. All you need to do is remember to moisturize regularly with your spritz

However if you trip will be extending into 3 months and above, you might want to consider the next 2 options

2. Faux locs


Just like braids, this affords you peace of mind. And it can even last longer than braids. So consider this option if your trip is going to last several weeks and you have to jump from place to place. Remember to wash your hair regularly when you are wearing faux locs as it's a long term style and you don't want to clog your scalp with dirt that would have gathered on your scalp for weeks and weeks

3. African threading


Similar to faux locs in looks, but definitely simpler to make and loose. This will also keep your hair for a very long time, and you won't have to deal with a rough hair look after some weeks as all the hair is safely tucked inside the wool used to bind it. You can also sass it up with several coloured wools. It works wonders but just like above, be sure to wash your hair regularly

4. Wigs on African didi

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This is my current favourite and the option I have chosen for my past 2 trips (I have also used option 1 and 3). If you don't want the burden of having extensions attached to your hair for several weeks, but you still want the look, this is the best for you. Just take the wig off when you get to where you are staying and put it back on when you are going out.

How long this will last depends on your type of hair. If your trip is a long one and you can't make your hair yourself, just wash it and ask someone in your host’s house to remake it line by line.

Do you travel a lot? How do you style and care for your hair while traveling? Which of these options work best for you? Let's hear from you on the comment section.

Saturday, 2 September 2017

How to Stretch Natural Hair with Yarn : Before and After Results


Yarn African Threading RESULTS | DiscoveringNatural

In this video, I show you the results of our african threading with yarn. This is known as Yarn Threading. You can use any type of yarn to recreate this style.
Watch how we did the yarn threading or yarn wrapping:
http://bit.ly/DN_Yarn_Threading
Products in this video:
Red Heart  Super Saver Economy Yarn, Black - http://amzn.to/2wBEryG
Tgin Butter Cream Daily Moisturizer for Natural Hair, 12oz - http://amzn.to/2xw8dBb

Watch below or click here


Saturday, 26 August 2017

How to do African Threading Natural Hair with Yarn

African Threading Natural Hair with Yarn  | DiscoveringNatural
By DiscoveringNatural

In this video, I show you how to do african threading with yarn. This is known as Yarn Threading. You can use any type of yarn to recreate this style.

If you want to learn more about African Threading, watch this: http://bit.ly/DN_African_Threading_PL
How to moisturize african threading: http://bit.ly/DN_Moisturize_African_Threading

When you thread hair, it is important not to overlap the threads.

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



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.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Create a Full looking High Bun on Natural Hair (No Extensions used!)

  Happy Tuesday Ladies! Today I want to share with you, a trick I use to create the illusion of a Full Bun Hairstyle on my Natural Hair. My hair is currently not very thick and has always been on the fine side. I do this tweak whenever I wear a Bun and it works brilliantly for me.
 
 



 
 
  Enjoy the video Ladies, and Happy styling!
 
 
 



Saturday, 19 August 2017

How to Moisturize African Threading Natural Hair

How To Moisturize Natural Hair in African Threading Hairstyles

In this video, I show you how I moisturize african threading hairstyles, This natural hair hairstyle is called Cockscrew African Threading.
How to do it: http://bit.ly/DN_Corkscrew_African_Threading
How to do African Threading: http://bit.ly/DN_How_To_Do_African_Threading
African Threading Hairstyles: http://bit.ly/DN_African_Threading_PL
Moisturizing Natural Hair : http://bit.ly/DN_Moisturizing_Natural_Hair_PL


Watch below or click here:

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