Saturday, 18 February 2017

How to Moisturize Your Child's High Porosity Hair

How to Moisturize Your Child's High Porosity Hair African Naturalistas
By DiscoveringNatural

Knowing your child's natural hair porosity is very important in keeping your hair moisturized longer. In addition, when you don't know what products to use for your natural hair, your hair porosity, tells you more than what your hair type can tell you.

How to find your hair porosity: http://bit.ly/2jzbkEC
How to wash high porosity hair: http://bit.ly/2jWzOp9
How to make our DIY Hair Oil: http://bit.ly/2ikPplj




Do you know your child's hair porosity?

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, 16 February 2017

Finghair Tips Thursday: Science


Find Out The Inspiration Behind This Bride And Her Natural Haired Bridal Party



A couple of weeks ago, this photo went viral on Nigerian Instagram. We couldn't stop oohing and aahing.We thought it was one of the most unique bridal parties we have seen in recent times so we reached out to the bride Gladys Azah to find out what inspired her and how she was able to find five little girls with natural hair for her wedding.


Enjoy!


AN: Frankly, this is one of the most unique bridal party we've seen in recent times. What inspired you to go this route? How were you able to find five little girls with natural hair for your wedding?


Gladys: First of all, thanks a lot for the love. My husband inspired the natural hair and those little cuties are my nieces. They are all natural. My husband likes the natural big afro a lot so it was a surprise for him on my big day to go natural with my girls. 

AN: Wow! Are all your nieces from the same mother? 


Gladys: No, they are not from the same parents. All five of them are from three different parents. Plus it was a competition for their parents to grow their daughters natural hair since all three of them have girls alone.

AN: We love this kind of competition. Are your daughters going to be joining them too?


Gladys: Oh yes definitely! As much as I want a little man in the house, my hubby is so in for girls. 


Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Getting your spouse to support your natural hair Journey

Hello Naturalistas,

Happy Valentine's Day! Today, we're going to talk about how to get your significant other to support your natural hair journey.

I know there are supportive spouses for natural hair and a huge shout out to all of you out there. I also don't assume that all spouses are supportive hence this article.

I've been natural for like 5 years  and when I met my husband, I had bra-strap length after I had done another BC a year prior to that. My husband loves my hair and is supportive of my journey but there is just one problem. I cut my hair alot. In this 5 years of being natural I have cut my hair like 3 times all together and twice since I got married. It's at this point we don't see eye-to-eye. Here are a few tips of how we've gotten to a place where there's no more drama about my natural hair.


  • Drop hints in Advance: When I feel the need to change my look, I just start dropping subtle hints making statements like "I spend too much time on my hair" "What style will I make today?" and the list goes on. Drop the hints like every other day and this applies when you are looking to go natural and he's not on board yet "Oh my hair is so unhealthy" etc. drop those hints until the day you make your decision known. "What do you think about my going natural?"
  • Don't bring out the big guns: If he opposes, don't become defensive. Just simply ask for his reasons why he is not on board. In my own experience, my husband felt that doing a BC makes me look younger and boyish and he wasn't a big fan of it. So, I had understood his reasons. Most of our spouses might just need education on natural hair. Whatever the reason for opposing your decision, just hear them out and don't be defensive about it. 
  • Work your way around their reasons: The way I worked my way around our own situation was to ask him if he liked atleast one thing about short hair, so, I decided to style my hair how he liked it and it's a win-win. The point is to ensure that it's a win-win for everybody. Ask the questions and let them understand from your perspective and educate them about natural hair.                                                                                                                                                             If they don't still agree.... 
  • Ask for a trial period: Do crochet braids or an afro wig that mimic what your hair can look like just so your spouse can have an idea and probably start getting used to it. 
  • Be patient and let them make a decision: Don't be in a hurry to let them make a decision, it might just be "Hair" to you but it's a whole lifestyle change and whether you admit it or not it affects your spouse too. After you've made your decision know, let them think about it and be patient till they come around. 

Have you had to deal with an unsupportive Significant Other? What tips do you have for those experiencing this?

Monday, 13 February 2017

African Naturalistas Products now available at CasaBella Stores Nationwide



Hello everyone. We are very excited to announce that after so much work, we have reached another milestone. African Naturalistas Stores are now available at all CasaBella Beauty Stores Nationwide.

Just in case you are taking a trip to Palms shopping mall, your neighbourhood Healthplus pharmacy, and you need a good product for your hair, just step into CasaBella Beauty Store, and get your African Naturalistas product.

Also don't forget that you can get our products and other hair tools from our physical store and online store.

Physical store: 1st Floor, Lush Mall, 26A, Admiralty way, Lekki, Lagos Nigeria.
Online store: africanaturalistas.com/ourstore or click here

You can also call 08091377699 of send an email to orders@africanaturalistas.com if you don't want to order online.

We deliver to everywhere in Nigeria






Sunday, 12 February 2017

DIY LOUNGE - Herbs And Spices Natural Hair!

 By now, we all have agreed that chemical based products aren't any good for our hair! Even though they allow us to manage our hair easily, they actually end up damaging our hair, giving us scalp and hair issues.
Natural products on the other hand are best to realise our long, luscious, thick and healthy hair goals and since realising this, we all have invested in natural hair products but there is this " natural awesomeness" most of us lack in our hoard! Even I am guilty of this, I do not know if its due to the lack of not knowing about it, not paying attention or if its just because you think finding them in stores can be difficult or near impossible but most of us do not care about these natural items.
 So, lets chill on talking about how awesome our natural shampoos and conditioners are and lets take a moment to explore the world of natural herbs and spices.


1. GINGER
                     Helps in strengthening hair roots and increases hair growth.

How to use : grate  and squeeze the juice from the ginger using a cheesecloth or thin handkerchief. Use a cotton ball to dab the juice on to your scalp, leave for 30 minutes and wash out.

2. WINTER CHERRY 
                    Balances PH, prevents breakage and split ends , helps hair growth and relaxes anxiety.
How to use : mix with lukewarm water and apply from scalp to tip. leave in for 30 minutes and rinse out.

3. REETHA 
                  Prevents breakage, great hair cleanser, strengthens and thickens hair, makes the hair shiner and softer.
How to use : mix with lukewarm water and apply all over your scalp. leave for 20 minutes and rinse out with clean water.

4. SHIKAKAI
               Can act as a conditioner,strengthens and promotes hair growth and its also a good cleanser.
How to use : add 3 tbs to 1 cup of water or green tea and leave in for 2 hours, sieve and add 1 cup of water. Use as hair rinse.

5. HENNA 
               Strengthens the hair , prevents hair breakage and shedding  and is an excellent treatment for grey hair.
How to use : 


These herbs are super amazing and i know some of us that already know this do not use it cause we do not know where to get them but here is this the good news, at AFRICANNATURALISTAS we sell all these herbs and have a lot more in stock! All you have to do is visit our physical or online store and for a very reasonable price any of these herbs could be yours!

please remember to mix all herbs and spices in plastic bowls,with plastic spoons and also avoid contact with the eyes.


We love hearing from you.
See you in the comments section

Saturday, 11 February 2017

8 YEARS OLD HOW TO FLAT TWIST NATURAL HAIR

8 YEARS OLD HOW TO FLAT TWIST NATURAL HAIR African Naturalistas
By DiscoveringNatural


In this video, Lil Sis teaches Big Sis how to flat twist natural hair using our new member of the family, YOLANDA. Yolanda is a mannequin head that you can use to practice how to style hair.
The girls got Yolanda as a gift from Mommy and Daddy and have been using her to learn how to twist natural hair, how to braid natural hair and how to cornrow natural hair.

We decided not to get a natural hair mannequin this time because we didn't want to have the girls struggle so much with knots and tangles in natural hair. The purpose is to first learn the technique of braiding natural hair. They do know how to detangle natural hair as you can watch here: http://bit.ly/2jE2OEu

Products in this video:
Celebrity Yolanda Cosmetology Yak Hair Manikin - http://amzn.to/2jllkkT

Celebrity Cosmetology Mannequin Head Standard Holding Clamp/Stand, 4 Ounce - http://amzn.to/2jwMAdO

Hair Accessories and Shirt; http://browniegirlsboutiq.refr.cc/G6N7ZZ2



DO YOU KNOW HOW TO FLAT TWIST?


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, 10 February 2017

Individual Crochet Faux Locs!

As you might remember, I did crochet faux locs 2 years ago - see post here. I absolutely loved the look on me, and think it was one of my best looks ever. It hurt a lot for the first few days though, so I was never sure I'd try them again.

However, I found a new method of getting crochet faux locs done and amazingly was able to recreate it myself!



The method I used is in the video below:


What do you think? Is it something you might like to try?

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Finghair Tips Thursday: Science


Introducing 'Dear African Naturalistas' A Q/A Session For All Your Pressing Natural Hair Questions




Every day on our social media platforms, we get quite a number of questions on natural hair ranging from simple things like itchy scalp remedies to extreme cases that require us to refer to a trichologist.

We understand that there's a lot of information out there that can be quite daunting to sieve through. Which is why all our channels are open for questions and answers. As much as possible, to the best of our ability, we want to make your natural hair journeys as stress-free as possible.

'Dear Africanaturalistas' is going to be a monthly Q/A session where we collate all the insightful questions we have received on social media and answer them on the blog to the benefit of you, our blog readers.' So that if anyone else falls into a similar situation, the person might as well learn from the answers we will be giving.

So, if you have any questions, don't forget you can reach us on our social media platforms and we would assist you to the best of our knowledge.

Moving on,


Aisabella987 says: My hair type is 4c but recently I had to change my shampoo and my hair at the back is starting to look more like 4a. Is it as a result of my shampoo or what could it be because I like the look and I would like my entire hair to look like that? Is there a way to change my hair type? 


AN: To be best of our knowledge, shampoos don't really change the texture of your natural hair. You probably already have multiple textures that are more visible now which is completely normal. So, there's really nothing to worry about. Also, there's no way to change your natural curl pattern without chemicals. So, find a way to accept and embrace your multiple textures. 


Antora24 says: I'm tired of my natural hair so I'm considering relaxing it. Nothing I do seems to work. I've been growing it for 4 years now but I haven't fully gotten to shoulder length.The last time I blow dried and straightened it, they didn't do it well so it really damaged my hair & set me back. I had to trim it some time in August last year. No matter the treatment I do, it's so course & dry. 


AN: First of all, we apologize for your setback. It's one of those things that comes with the territory when out natural hair is left in the hands of quacks. Right now, it seems like you would need to go on a strict reconstructive regimen to nurse your hair back to life. You just suffered a setback and you need to recover so this is not really the time to think about length. Focus on the health of your hair and the length will come. Get a good reconstructive product for natural hair. Together with your deep conditioner, start the process of nursing your hair. In the meantime, stay away from manipulative styles.


Shawlerrr says: Which of your products is good for excessive shedding? It keeps breaking off when I'm doing my hair. I shed a lot too. 


AN: Breakage and excessive shedding means that you're due for a protein treatment. Unfortunately, our products currently do not cater for intensive protein treatments. The ApHogee range is a great recommendation. 

Mara_Jarcoh says: I got the African Naturalistas Twist and Curl Pudding. I don't know if I'm not using it right but I can't find any defined curls after a twist out? Any advice? 


AN: The thing about curling products is that you have to try different variations to find the one that gives you the best definition.  So, try it alone. Try it with other products. Try it with other techniques. I'm sure you'll find one that suits you.

Natasha says: I will really like to grow my hair long. I heard Guava leaves and onions work.

AN: As much as we encourage homemade remedies, as a beginner you need to have a well-grounded regimen which includes products, techniques, and a routine. Along the way, as you can decide to experiment with homemade recipes. If they work, good for you. If they don't, move on to the next one. But once you have your regimen on lockdown, give it time, the length will come. As for onions and guava leaves, I'm not so sure of that.


That's all for now. Don't forget to reach out to us for any of your natural hair questions.


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