Saturday, 17 February 2018

How to Maintain Your Child's Twistout at Night

Night Routine for Natural Hair Twistout DiscoveringNatural

I have been teaching my daughter how to maintain her hairstyles especially at night.When your child is wearing an out style such as braid out and twistout, it is important for you to have a night time routine. In this video, my daughter will show you how she maintains her twistout at night and in the morning. She is 9 years old and if she can do it, you can do it!!
Here is how the twistout was created: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sbTVRAuD4U

Watch below or click here






Night Routine for Natural Hair Twistout DiscoveringNatural


Monday, 5 February 2018

Hairstyle Lounge on African Naturalistas - My Journey to Permanent Locs (2)

Hello everyone. I hope 2018 is being good to you all so far. Now that January is over, we can say that 2018 is officially ended cos once new year fever is over, February comes, life happens, and before you know it, it is December, lol.

So my journey to permanent locs is going pretty good. It is looking more like locs now, and less like comb curls, lol. I was supposed to relock my hair three weeks after the first locking session, but O'Naturals salon was on their annual break, so I had to make it four weeks. Thankfully, the locs were thriving, and didn't unravel, so I was good to go.

As agreed on the terms of my pre-booked appointment, I got to O'Naturals at a certain time, and we got to work. To my sad amazement, my hair wasn't washed. I was really looking forward to washing my hair because I hadn't moisturized, cleansed, or washed for the past 4 weeks, since the first locking session. This is because when you are newly locking your hair, moisture will unravel it, and not let your hair lock, so your hair must be completely and permanently locked before it can be washed.

So the O'Naturals loctician did a thorough oil cleansing on my scalp, using an oil mix and cotton wool. She then proceeded to handle her business lock by lock. This took a bit above one hour. We both observed that my locs were making good progress, so I asked her if I could style my hair in those beautiful locs style I see online, and she said I could. This was good for me, as it would get me away from the regular flowing down dreadlocks look, and having to pack my hair up every night. I also felt it would enable to let the locks stretch out more, since shrinkage had dealt with it in the process of locking. And that is exactly what we did. I must say that it was a win win win win win solution for all stakeholders involved, lol.

In the end, we ended up with a great style that I could convert into other styles as I wished. I had chosen a dreadlocks styled in side bangs. See the variations below.





Okay, I confess. The two pictures above were taken almost two weeks after I made the hair, hence the frizz. I kept forgetting to take pictures. Let me just console myself that you are reading this to see how the style turned out to be.

The three pictures below were taken almost three weeks after I made the hair, a night before I switched the style up.






And then, this was the second style I got out of it







I will have this new look for the next 4 to 5 days, and then I will let everything down to have a proper locs look.

So what do you guys think? Yay or nay? Which was your fave look of the two style? Let's know in the comment session.

Hairstyle Lounge was brought to you by O'Naturals Salon. No money exchanged hands in making this lounge a reality. To make your hair at O'Naturals, visit the salon at 54 Ogudu road, Ogudu-Ojota Lagos or book an appointment by calling 0818-802-4444 / 0815-802-4444.

Monday, 29 January 2018

Trichology Corner: How Crochet Hairstyles are slowly killing your Hair (1)



It has been a very long time since we brought you an edition of Trichology corner. We are working on resuming this column full time on the blog.

Many of us are familiar with several scalp disorders, such as all forms of hair loss, itchy scalp, scaly scalp, and many more. But when it comes to hair shaft disorder, our knowledge is almost nil. Sometimes, it is this lack of knowledge that makes us to carry out some harmful practices on our hair strands.

Crochet hairstyles have been the rave of the moment for about four years now, and it’s no more a moment, more like a season. It has been largely accepted because it is a convenient alternative to weaves and box braids for a lot of people. If my guess serves me right, I think crochet hair styles will not be going away any time soon, and this is where we need to be careful.

There are two ways crocheting your hair regularly can subject your hair to heavy damage. We will cover one in this edition of trichology corner, and the second one will be covered in the next.

Crocheting our hair requires us to pass needles through our hair strands over and over and over again. Many times, these needles pierce through our hair shaft (hair shaft is the appropriate term for what we generally call hair strands).

So the analysis of this is very straight forward. Take a new piece of handkerchief, and try to rip it off with your both hands. Almost impossible. Right? Now, take that piece and pierce it with a nail once. You will see the damage a big hole has caused to it. Now, keep piercing it over and over and over again. I’m sure you can imagine how weak, worn and torn the piece of handkerchief is now. Imagine if you try to rip it off. Very easy. Right? This is because the handkerchief has been weakened in its internal structure. It is therefore not difficult for it to be torn.

In the same vein, constant piercing of our hair shaft by the crotchet needle will weaken the structure of your hair, and damage your hair shaft, making it more prone to split ends, weak shafts, and breakage, and many cases eventually leading to faster breakage. In fact, the hair shaft scenario is much more serious than the case of the handkerchief because the handkerchief is just a flat piece, while the hair shaft is a cylindrical piece, consisting of three layers when cross sectioned i.e. the cuticle, medulla, and cortex, and the crochet needle will pierce through the three layers, in most cases, while in some cases damage the hair cuticle alone.

Unfortunately, holes in your hair shaft are not what you can see with your physical eyes. You will require the aid of a trichoscope, and it will usually be discovered by a hair specialist, not by your regular stylist

What can you do to prevent this from happening, especially if you love crocheting your hair? Join us in the next edition of trichology corner, where we would talk about the second way your hair can be damaged by crochet hairstyles.

Is there any scalp disorders, hair shaft disorders, or any hair science topic you would like us to trash out on Trichology corner? Please, let us know in the comment section.

N.B: Remember that when it comes to hair care, there's a lot of fact, fiction, myth and reality on the internet. In the event of any confusion, it is advised you see a professional hair care expert.

Atilola Moronfolu (HPT) is a certfied hair care expert and a holistic practitioner of trichology certified and accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and Mahogany Hair Revolution, Los Angeles, California. To book a hair clinical appointment with Atilola in Lagos Nigeria, send a mail to hairconsult@africanaturalistas.com or call 07061141501.

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Benefits and Dangers of using Aloe Vera

Benefits and Dangers of Using Aloe Vera on Natural Hair DiscoveringNatural


Move over COCONUT OIL, Aloe Vera is Trending now! But before you rush out and buy that Aloe Vera leaf, WATCH THIS VIDEO.

According to some people, Aloe Vera is the treandy natural hair remedy to fix all. Aloe Vera for Hair Loss Treatment.... Aloe Vera for Softer hair.... Aloe Vera for Dandruff... Aloe Vera for Frizz. The list goes on and on.

Aloe Vera contains enzymes that repairs dead skin cells on scalp

Benefits of Aloe Vera
- Repairs dead skin cellls
- Reduces dandruff
- Conditions hair leaving it shiny and smooth
- Maintains the pH of scalp 
- Promotes hair growth and reduces hair loss
: aloe vera to regrow hair

Aloe Vera Hair Treatments
- As a pre poo and detangler
- As a conditioner and humectant on natural hair
- For dandruff remedies

Dangers
- Sharp Spikes
- Humectant use in dry climate
- Improper Straining
- Low Porosity Hair
- Aloe Build Up

Additional information to know:
The aloe plants pH and the harvested location where it is planted can affect the pH of the aloe vera. The pH for Aloe Vera is usually between 4.5 and 5.5, that is why it is great for the scalp which has similar pH. However, if the soil is poor and does not have a healthy proper soil pH, it can affect the plant. It is important to know that Aloe Plant is a TOUGH plant that can be quite resilient and keeps it pH very well. However, if the pH of the soil is too far off to the left, the aloe plant can actually be more acidic and if it too far off to the right, then it can be too alkaline in nature.  

Monday, 22 January 2018

Six Months Protective Style Challenge




Watagwan my Natural sisters,

Happy New Year! The earth has begun a new rotation around the sun for the year 2018, and the breath of God is still with us. There is much to be thankful for!

The term ‘Protective styling’ has always seemed a luxurious word that vaguely applied to me. I mean sure, I follow all the nitty gritty rules that apply to protecting my strands ( between finger detangling flew out the window). When my hair is not stretched out or curled for a photoshoot or show, it is usually in about 4-6 single  braids hidden under a head wrap. Hard-core protective styling like braids, faux locs, dare I say weaves? Just hasn’t found a place to stay in all my 3 years of being natural. However I know my hair length is not where it was this time last year. Neither is my Density. My Mushu has grown longer and fuller.

My Natural Hair growth 2017

 The collage above goes to show that even without hardcore protective styling I’ve has done well on retaining length. But trust, with longer hair comes longer wash days and responsibilities. 

My Protective style Looks 2017

 The bitter sweet truth is that Afro’s are hard to manage. The down-side of having gravity defying hair with amazing styling variety is the amount of time, care and effort that has to go into it, specially for the kinkiest types like mine. I won't lie, I have been tired and weary of my hair lately, and been itching for a creative change.

Starting from this month, I've commissioned myself to go on a 6 months HARD-CORE protective Style challenge!!! Yup, I’m committing and putting Mushu on Lock down! Its needless to say, the great thing about protective styling is switching up your look while protecting your strands. My Curly Wigs, Head-wraps, Clip-ins and Marley Pony’s won't cut it anymore.


PROTECTIVE STYLE 1: SILVER BOX BRAIDS

My job as a model has not allowed me the sweet variety that is our Magic and Art. But I’m at the point in my life where I’m needing to call the shots in relations to how I express myself. Surely braids can’t only be cool when celebs like Solange or Zoe Kravitaz wear them. I think it's time to make braids more mainstream.

BEFORE PROTECTIVE STYLING


It feels so good to be rid of Mushu for  a while. I’m taking all prisoners! I will make sure to document every step and stage of this journey. I even got a tape and measured up Mushu. It up and it came up to 6 1\2  inches. My hair is uneven on all sides, therefore an average of 6 inches. What I aim to achieve on this 6 month challenge is growth, growth and more GROWTH!! I’m hoping this rest period will give me a boost and finally propel me out of awkward length stage. Aaaiiiiii I can’t wait! You know time flies, 6 months will go by again like a breeze.

I'm looking forward to sharing my progress and the final results with you. I hope you’re as excited as I am!! I decided these braids will last me two months, it took a whole 3 1/2 days and they weren’t cheap.. Follow my social media pages @nappyese for daily updates.

Now for the million dollar Question



Will you join me on this challenge?

Love&Nappiness
Nappyese


Sunday, 21 January 2018

Rubber Band Protective Style Bun



This hairstyle requires no knowledge in braiding, cornrowing or any other intricate styles.All you need are some rubber bands "elastics" .

Watch how to recreate this look by clicking here or watching below:


Monday, 15 January 2018

Reasons why I went back to Locs

Last week, I started documenting my journey back to dreadlocks on this blog and I mentioned that after over a year of consideration and toying with the idea, I decided to go back to dreadlocks, this time, with my long hair.

My Locs over 7 years ago

My Locs now

Some people might wonder why I am doing this, especially after I have done it in the past, caught of my locs and had almost wait length hair. Why go back?

Well, here are some of my reasons, amongst many others

1. I have very long hair, which to be honest, I am not utilising by showing it off or wearing it out. What is the use of having long hair if you can't flaunt it ot never let it out? Lol

2. Maintaining the hair (which I never wore out), was not becoming a hassle. Last year was the worst of it all, even after I promised myself to do better, and even had an excel sheet for my hair regimen, lol.

3. There are some hairstyles I would like to have on my head a couple of years from now, which would require that I have locks on first.

4. Life is too short. I am not someone who really experiments with hairstyles, but now, I need to do some crazy things on my head before I die, and this long hair fetish is limiting me from getting those things done.

5. My major reason: I now have a son, and I hope that when people see me his mother, they will never question his hair choices because meehhhnnn, I so have plans for that boy's hair such that he doesn't even know what is about to hit him, lol.

I took down this hair style and then started my journey to Dreadlocks.

I hope this is enough. Have you had locs in the past? Do you have locs now or plan to have them in future? What were your reasons for going on locs and/or cutting off your locs? Let us know in the comment section.

Friday, 12 January 2018

Rice Water Rinse for Natural Hair: What You Should Know

Rice Water Rinse for Hair Growth


Rice Water Rinse for hair has a lot of benefits, but there are some things you should know before using Rice Water for Hair Growth.

 Understanding how to use Rice Water to grow long thick hair means understanding what rice water does to your hair.

How to Make Rice Water Rinse
You can do it without boiling the rice, however I have tested with boiled rice and without boiling rice and had similar results.
Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZALMv7N-qQ


Watch below or Click Here



Monday, 8 January 2018

Hairstyle Lounge on African Naturalistas - My Journey to Permanent Locs

Hello Ladies. I hope the year of 2018 is being good to us all so far.

Just like I said in the last edition of Hairstyle lounge, I am making some major changes when it comes to my hairstyling. Some of the readers of this blog will remember that I used to be on dreadlocks before I cut it all off to wear my natural hair out a little over seven years ago. Well, after over a year of consideration and toying with the idea, I decided to go back to dreadlocks, this time, with my long hair.

I told Omozo of O'Naturals about it last year, and forgot about it. Towards the end of the year, she reminded me, and even though I was still quite hesitant, I was like "let's do it. What's the worst that could happen?"

After I took down the frohawk of last edition, the O'Naturals locticial proceeded to detangle my hair using African Naturalistas Moisturising and Detangling conditioner. We then went on to wash with a medicated shampoo, to make sure my scalp was in good condition, and followed it up with a regular shampoo. We dried the hair, and proceeded to steam with African Naturalistas Deep Conditioning Mayonnaise.

After this, I had to say goodbye to my free long hair and get it locked up (in jail), lol.




Strand by strand, she did her work on my hair, and I was amazed at how short my long hair looked.






I never expected shrinkage to take its toll on locked hair. Even though she said it would stretch later, I know it will never be it's real length.


After some four hours, we were done. She trimmed off the tips of my hair, and I went under the dryer to use the heat to set the wax in place, and this was what my hair ended up looking like.







I know it looks more line fingercoils or combcoils now, and less like dreadlocks. The loctician said it would take about an average of three months for my hair to actually lock, and the hair will keep stretching in the mean time. I was asked not to let water touch it, and to just spray it with oil for shine.

Now, the deed has been done, we are only keeping our fingers crossed to see how this will pan out in the end. I hope to start rocking waist-length locks by the end of 2018.

Have you ever considered locking your hair. If you have done it, how did that go for you? If you haven't, what is stopping you?

Hairstyle Lounge was brought to you by O'Naturals Salon. No money exchanged hands in making this lounge a reality. To make your hair at O'Naturals, visit the salon at 54 Ogudu road, Ogudu-Ojota Lagos or book an appointment by calling 0818-802-4444 / 0815-802-4444.

Monday, 1 January 2018

True Story: I had a baby but no Postpartum Shedding.

Happy  new year to all the beautiful people who read and follow this blog. I pray 2018 is good to you, and grants you all your heart's desires.

We have always heard about how as women, we lose hair after delivering because of Postpartum shedding. Many of us (including me) have come to accept this as our reality.

For the first time in my life, I got pregnant very early this year, so just like many women testified of lion's mane kind of growth, I was expecting mine too, even though my hair was already long and full. It was very interesting for me to note that I saw absolutely no changes in my hair growth rate or fullness of hair when I was pregnant. The only thing I noticed was that my hair felt a bit different when touched. That was all. In fact, the hair on my legs didn't grow as fast as they usually did.

So it was no surprise to me when after delivery, my hair did not shed one bit, not even after taking down weaving that I had in for seven weeks. When it came to my hair, I might as well just have been like every other lady out there. Pregnancy hormones did absolutely nothing to alter my hair growth cycle, and I must say I am grateful for this because I have never experienced Telogen Effluvium, and I do not hope to have it anytime soon.


My temples seven weeks post partum

My temples 10 weeks postpartum
I guess from now, I can boldly say that not all women would have postpartum shedding after delivery, and one way we'll be able to tell is if we unusal hair growth while pregnant.

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