Thursday, 5 March 2015

5 Ways To Reduce Time Spent On Wash Days.

Hello everyone!

I never understand naturals that spend the whole day tending to their hair although there are exceptions like henna which requires a maximum of 4 hours for proper penetration. Even at that, you shouldn't have to waste so much time on wash days. It shouldn't be a whole day's affair.

Here are five ways to help cut down the time spent.

1. Deep condition overnight.
As a new natural, this was what I did religiously that contributed a lot to the present glorious state of my hair. Apart from fact that your hair properly absorbs whatever nutrients present in the DC, it also saves a ton of time. Really. You just need to wake up in the morning and rinse out. You're good to go.

2. Use a heating cap or a hooded dryer.
In this case, the maximum time you can spend is 30 minutes so it drastically cuts down time.

3. Work in sections.
Sectioning my hair during wash days has helped me reduce first and foremost, the time spent and then breakage, tangles and single strand knots. Seriously, if your hair isn't a TWA you have no business washing your hair without sections - except you can really handle it.

4. Reduce the number of products used at a time.
Seriously, I don't understand folks that want to use their entire stash in a single wash day. Okay that might be a bit overboard. But on a more serious note, you don't need to try out every single new product in your haul. Trying spreading them over a couple of weeks. You won't need to spend so much time anymore.

5. Wash in braids or twists.
I co-wash twice weekly and there are times when I can't really be bothered to unravel my twists so I just co-wash with the twists on. Trust me, this is the fastest and quickest way to wash your hair especially since you're concentrating solely on your scalp. You're not distracted by the hair itself. By the time you're done with your scalp, the conditioner gently glides through your hair whilst cleansing it. It's a win-win situation plus it saves you a lot of time and breakage.

How do you save time on wash days?

Love, kinks and knots

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Natural Hair styling techniques for busy Naturalistas

Hello Naturalistas,

How are you doing kinks and all? I have always had issues with hair styles, what and what is not appropriate for the work place. I work with an IT firm they are not so strict with how my hair looks but I know thats not license for me to throw caution in the wind.

Hairstyling has been a challenge, it was so much easier with the TWA and the awkward stage but now my hair is grown abit longer and I am not always ready to put my hair in a protective style (not very hair dresser friendly)

So, what happens is every. Single. Morning. the jamb huge question is ''What am I going to do to my hair today?''
....and I will spend more time figuring that out and styling it then I did dressing up. *Insert long sigh here* Now, that I have become busier and weekends are not even mine any more, ain't nobody got time for that.

But this year I Found a solution to the rut. *Insert an Hallelujah wave here*

Why are my edges looking thin? :( 
Before, I will be thinking of changing up styles every other day, but now? After I do the normal weekend routine I put my hair in this type of style.

I section the front and just pack the back together. I style the front differently but the amazing thing that has helped me manage my time is I do not change the style for up to 2 weeks. So, if I am doing this style above I will just dress it up in the morning and continue like that for 2 weeks. 

Here is another way I styled. 
Boring, I know but better time management. When I think about people that have dreadlocks and them just having a signature look, I feel better about myself. That's how I manage my hairstyling for work.

How do you manage your hair styling when you get to busy to worry about styles? 

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Long Term Protective Styling - I survived Two Weeks!

Greetings Ladies!I  hope and trust that you are all doing beautifully! I am still on my Long Term Protective Styling Journey and in today's video, I share with you my mini victory of surviving two whole weeks with a Protective Hair Style. My Itchy fingers finally succumbed to the burn and I took my Twists down before reaching the Three Week mark, but for a Chronic Sufferer of Hand in Hair Syndrome, my two weeks survival is no small feat.....

Monday, 2 March 2015

Diary of an Honest Naturalista: Week 91

I’m starting work today. I think 2015 is looking to be like a good year. Tonya engaged, sister pregnant, I finally getting a job. I just pray it keeps going on this way.

So I am really considering taking these things called hair supplements. There is so much information about them all over, how they work, how they don’t work, side effects, no side effect, etc. with everything going on about hair supplements, it is really hard to pick a side.

I know the reason why my hair is the length it is is because of the way I have pampered it and also the way I have mishandled it. Yes, I know I don’t need supplements to grow my hair, but I should just be more careful and love it more. But still… I want to try supplements.

I have written about my own struggles with acne and try my best possible to keep it to the barest minimum by being careful of the ingredients in products I use and what kind of oils touch my face. I have read in different places how biotin caused many ladies to break out, despite the fact that they drank a lot of water. This is my number 1 fear. I don’t want to spend months mopping up pimples that I brought upon myself. But then, there are other ladies who were not inflicted with this curse of biotin-induced acne. I might just be one of the lucky ones to get into that category.

Hmm, so what do I do, take hair supplements or not? Ini mini mani mo.

Maybe GIF
I think I will just ask someone travelling out of the country to get me the supplements first, and I will keep it. At least, it won’t hurt to have it on my table, staring at it while I make up my mind whether or not to use it.

Something in me tells me it will be a complete waste of my time and money, but still… I WANT TO TRY IT!

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It is time for Naturals in the City (NITC) 10

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Come Saturday, 7th March 2015, ladies from all over Lagos will gather to talk about Natural Hair and everything that has to do with it. This is the 10th edition, and the theme is Making the best of what you have, and ladies with all hair textures are welcome.

According to Natural Nigerian, there would be giveaways and Product Swap, where ladies can bring their products and swap with others.

African Naturalistas will be there to make sure you have the best of hair care products and accessories, so make sure you are there, and make sure you visit our stand to pick up a product or two.

Venue: Social Place. 33 Sinari Daranijo Street, off Younis Bashorun, off Ajose Adeogun, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Date and Time: March 7. 1:30 to 5:30 pm

Entry Fee: 500 Naira only.

For more information, visit

See you all there.

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Saturday, 28 February 2015

3 Ways to Get Shiny Natural Hair

Due to the nature of natural hair, it has the tendency of looking dull. To some people,  this might seem like the hair is dry and un-moisturized, when in fact, it is not. Here are three tips on how I improve the shine in my children's natural hair.

Aloe Vera Juice Rinse

Aloe Vera Juice is a great moisturizer when used in the right way. I find that when we use it as a final rinse during wash day, it helps lay our hair cuticles,  which promotes shine. In addition, adding a little Aloe Vera juice in your spritz bottle will help in keeping your child's hair moisturized during the week. Remember to follow up by sealing in the moisture.

Hot Oil Treatment

Hot oil treatments comprises of mixing some penetrating oils such as Extra Virgin Olive oil and coconut oil in a small application bottle and placing it in a bowl of hot water. When the oil is warm (not scorching hot), apply all over the hair. Cover the hair with plastic cap and leave on for 30 mins. After that proceed with your regular wash routine. Not only will the hair have improved shine, but, it will also have incredible shine.

Doing the LCO or LOCO method

When moisturizing your child's natural hair,  long lasting moisture is achieved by layering products.  In most cases,  doing the LOC method works well. The LOC method is spritzing hair with water, applying oil and then a moisturizing cream. However, using oil as the last step provides more shine to the hair then when creme is used. In this case, one of the best oil to use is castor oil. This is a thicker form of oil that can be thinned by adding other lighter oils like extra virgin olive oil or even sweet almond oil.

For video tutorials on all the steps mentioned above, visit Discoveringnatural channel.

Friday, 27 February 2015

Natural Hair Talk: Back to the Basics

Do you ever feel like there's an overload of information when it comes to natural hair care? All you need to do is Google "natural hair" and you get thousands and thousands of natural hair websites, forums, videos, pictures and more. There's this natural hair care regimen, that DIY treatment, another natural hair style tutorial. They tell you to wear one protective style only, or keep it in for only 1 week - some say 4 weeks; yet others say 3 months. It can get very tricky very quickly.

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Last weekend, I was complaining to someone that my hair is getting tangled so much these days - maybe because of the length, and because I've been wearing my hair in a puff since it's very easy. I complained that getting the hair untangled was difficult, and the hair was being unmanageable, and getting the hair stretched to sleep was giving me hassle. The person I was talking to said, "Oh I just spray my hair every other day for moisture and the hair is very easy to manage."

I'm ashamed to admit that I had completely forgotten this VERY BASIC step!!! As in, it's the most basic thing about natural hair care! This whole time I had been wondering if I need to do a Moisture Treatment, or try a Tea Rinse, or a Clay Treatment to help. I simply went to my room, got out my Spray Bottle and 20 minutes later, my hair and I were happy campers.

*I have to admit that I lost my 2 favorite spray bottles in the past few months, and I really don't like the new LARGE one I got in December, so I haven't been spraying my hair as regularly as I used to. All Spray Bottles are NOT created equal.*

What's the message here? We don't have to over-complicate things all the time. With all the jargon flying around, sometimes we just need to shut them out and go back to the basics with our hair care.

Have a nice weekend.
Berry Dakara.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

How To Get Rid Of Hair Extensions Itch


Hello everyone.

Ever wondered what causes your hair to itch when it's in extensions?

It's called Alkaline Lye. Most, if not all synthetic extensions have been coated with an Alkaline lye. This is a chemical distributed onto the strands of the extensions by the manufacturer to make it wear/heat resistant. The whole essence is to create a product with a high thermal resistance ''that would protect you''. The downside to this is the allergic reaction that causes the extreme itchiness and dry/flaky scalp.

The good news is, it can be gotten rid off by soaking the hair in Apple Cider Vinegar.


1. Fill a large bowl enough for the hair with warm water.
2. Pour a cup of ACV into the bowl.
3. Place the synthetic hair in it and leave it for about 20 minutes.
4. When a while film appears, remove the hair.
5. Take the hair out and dispose the ACV mixture.
6. Rinse with plain warm water, squeeze the excess water and leave it to dry.

*It is important to do this before installation, immediately after purchasing the extensions.

Has anyone tried this before?

Love, kinks and knots.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

What you need to know about Faux locs

Hello Naturalistas,

How are you all doing? Seeing that the Faux locs is a growing trend and we all know of the Zendaya/Giuliana 'battle' over the hairstyle and if you don't, ask me lerra. I have decided to bring to you what you need to know about this protective style.

Faux locs is a protective style that I believe is for people that don't want to be committed to permanent dreadlocks but still want the look. It looks like deadlocks only it is temporary. It's really really pretty but I don't think I have the patience to get it installed. It takes a long time to get it done because of the method of installing it. If you are doing it yourself it takes 12-14hours at a stretch depending on how fast/slow your are.

It can last for a long time but we recommend it shouldn't stay longer than 3 Months and it should be cared for properly, no one wants a smelly, dirty hair. You should care for the hair as you would normally.

- It shouldn't be too tight so you are not worrying about your edges.
- Daily Spritz.
- Moisturise.
- Use a satin bonnet/Satin Pillow at night.

Below is a picture tutorial of how to get it done;
Also, Find a Video Tutorial here. Let us know what you think of Faux locs. Is it a protective style you would consider? 

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Long Term Protective Styling - One Week Down!

Hallo Beautiful Ladies! I hope and trust that you are all wonderful! In today's video, I am keeping you updated on my Long Term Protective Styling Challenge. I have survived one week and here's how its going so far....

Monday, 23 February 2015

Diary of an Honest Naturalista: Week 90

Here is me doing the doogie! I finally got the job, not about the job, but the fact that I am no more jobless. I have been asked to resume next month. Testimony time… blessing time! As for me, it is time to start googling up natural hair styles for the office setting, as this new place of work puts more emphasis on professional appearance than the ministry where I served.

My sister is pregnant… again. Maybe that’s why she made her decision. I pray she has a safe delivery this time. I just can’t imagine my family going through another episode of what went down last time. This means that in the next few months, my nanny duties will increase significantly.

Contrary to the way I sometimes spell things out in my diary, I’m really not mean. I’m a very nice person, at least Dimeji thinks so. Okay, maybe not, but I’m really nice.

Tonya has informed her parents about the engagement. Her dad is a bit down with it, but her mum is not so open yet. I think she will come along with the idea very soon since she is a liberal white woman, but still a bit unhappy that Tonya refused to return to the states after her service.

I am doing fine with my new year hair resolutions so far. God’s grace has been sufficient for me, and my head has remained on my shoulders.

Dimeji and I are carrying on well. We have not had any hair-related disagreement in a while. I think I deserve a pat on the back. If I can be like this, it means Nigeria can get better, lol.

Talking about Nigeria, I was thinking this devaluation of naira will not affect some set of naturalistas. Those are the ones who strictly depend on DIYs and products manufactured in Nigeria. As for those who patronise the American branded natural hair products, I guess this is the time when they will really say “I give up. Maintaining natural hair is expensive” especially the ones with very long hair.

I give up
I think I have ranted enough, without necessarily writing any gist down. I am going back to googling natural hair styles for the office setting.

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Answer to last week's Guess and Win

So here is the answer to last week's Guess and Win question.

Afrodiva Nally of Ghanaian Naturals and I hooked up on skype (as you can see an the upright corner of the picture) to talk about some things. Obviously, when two popular natural hair bloggers in their country come together to talk, what do you think they will be talking about? Natural Hair, products, and everything related to it.

We were both talking from our homes, and what struck me was the sating bonnet and scarves, considering the fact that it was about 1.00 pm, and we had taken our baths. I had a satin scarf on, with a satin bonnet on top. She also had the same.

So the answer to the question is

They were Naturalistas
They were talking about Natural Hair
They were talking on a video chat such as skype

The picture screams out these details.

I thank everyone who attempted to answer the question. Many people got the fact that it was a video chat, but I think people were thinking too far. People look in strange directions when doing video chat because to look directly into the laptop, you have to look at the lens, which is strange when you can just look at the face of the other party. So no, there was no distraction anywhere.

I am sorry, I will be saving my twist and curl pudding for another giveaway. Hopefully, someone will win it then,

I feel like I should roll our more Guess and Win challenges that have to do with Natural Hair. It's just that I don't know where I will find such pictures.

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Friday, 20 February 2015

How to Stretch Your Natural Hair... Without Pain

We all see the advice on natural hair websites, blogs, forums, and more: STRETCH YOUR NATURAL HAIR. Of course, the reasons why we're stretching our natural hair are for minimal tangles, styling purposes, and easier management. But let's face it. Sometimes wanting to stretch your natural hair can induce a little bit of pain. This is especially so if you get migraines like me. In the past couple of weeks, the migraines have been quite severe, and since I've been leaving my hair out, having to keep it stretched at night has been stressful. I was on Instagram last week and saw a beautifully gorgeous head of afro hair that had been stretched out using threading. I loved the look of her hair, but seeing the thread just made my migraine worse!

My stretching methods are usually 4 to 8 twists, plaits or twisted bantu knots. I used to flat twist for stretching, but I've kinda dumped that method for no reason. Anyway, with the headaches I've been getting, I've wondered about painless ways to keep your natural hair stretched.

  1. RELAX - No, I don't mean you should relax your hair. What I mean is that you should relax the tension with which you're stretching your hair. For instance, when twisting or threading, don't make them too tight. Making your twists, or braids tight could not only be painful, but they can cause scalp injuries, hair breakage and thinning edges.
  2. REDUCE THE HEAT - If your preferred method of stretching your natural hair is by blowdrying, reduce the amount of heat applied directly on your head. You can keep the temperature setting on your blowdryer on LOW or MEDIUM heat.
  3. WRAP IT - While searching for information for this topic, I ran into Discovering Natural's video on How to Wrap Natural Hair - I think I will definitely be trying this one out.

  4. PINEAPPLE IT - If you have longer hair, all this requires is putting your hair in a high ponytail/puff and wrapping the hair with a scarf. Although I wonder how the ends of the hair will be stretched...
    I was already at work but this is what pineappling kinda looks like, just add a scarf to cover the base.
So there, you have it. These are my picks for easier painless ways to stretch your natural hair. How do you stretch your hair, if you do?

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Hair Growth Supplements for Natural Hair?

Hello Naturalistas,

How are you? Kinks and all? I got a question from a naturalista last week and I decided to address this here. 

In her words ¨ My hair is growing too slowly. Someone recommended *** or ***. What do you think?¨

I know this is legit concern that most of us have, so I decided to say what I think here to benefit more people.

My first answer will be a big NO, don't take it. I decided to put sentiments aside and do small research about it, I will spare you all the vitamins and science long story. I found a few things;

If your hair is not growing, I think it's your fault. You're trying to supplement for vitamins that you can get from a balanced diet. The truth is that Hair grows however slowly, it grows. There are some facts about your hair that will help change things.

So, after the research, I would still say NO but this time a more informed one, because I read recounts of people with bad experiences with these supplements but your body may react differently to it. There is a probability of side effects which I don't think any wants to deal with, but to be on the safe side, I think before you take any supplement, speak with a doctor to be sure that it is good for you and won't cause any side effects for your system.

But there are a few links we have on Hair Growth that should help you,

¨Help! My hair is not growing¨ 
A simple Hair growth and retention regimen 
9 reasons why your hair is probably not growing 
10 cardinal rules for growing long and healthier hair

Supplements can't supplement for a bad diet.
Be patient and the hair will grow!

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Effective Product Fishing for Natural Hair!

Happy Tuesday Ladies! In this our Natural Hair Journey, it is key to work with products containing the best and most organic ingredients that you can find. In today's video, I would just like to share with you a few things I have learnt on this here Natural Hair Journey.

Enjoy the video Ladies and have a productive and positive Tuesday! 

Monday, 16 February 2015

Diary of an Honest Naturalista: Week 89

Wonders shall never end! I think the sky has fallen. My sister, of all human beings existing in the whole wide world, is thinking of going natural. When she told me, I almost choked on an evil laughter. After all she had put me through. In that moment, I instantly wished I could be a hair legislator, so I could put a lifetime ban on some people, never to go natural. Honestly, some people are just unnecessarily mean to ladies with natural hair, and my sister had become the definition of meanness, after which comes Madam Adams, before the period she went natural. You see, why they should never be allowed?

I honestly think that nice comment from a stranger at the mall about Boma’s hair really got to her. Since then, her attitude towards natural hair gradually softened. And now, we have this newly repentant sister.

The first time she told me she was thinking of going natural, I didn’t even act like I heard her. Instead, I assumed she was about to start her mean remarks. The second and third time, it was the same thing.

So I received a call on my phone. Seeing her caller ID, I picked uninterestedly. “Hello.”

“Hi Anna.”

Hmm, this one that she was sounding nice, I began to have my suspicions. “Is Boma alright?”

“Why are you asking about Boma? You haven’t even asked about me.” She said sweetly.

I began to get scared, she was getting too nice for comfort. “Okay, so I am suspecting you. What is the matter?”

“I am cutting my hair tomorrow. I’m finally going natural.” She exploded.

“Whattt?” I screamed.

Minion What?
“Why are you screaming? I have been telling you for some time now.”

“Me, when? You never told me anything.” I fired back.

“Anna, I have been telling you. I guess your ears were too blocked too hear a word.”

There goes the sister I know. Now, I can rest well assured that her soul wasn’t kidnapped and mistakenly replaced with that of an angelic being. “So what do you want me to do?”

“I want you to teach me all you know, and be my coach.” She toggled back to the sweet mode.

I thought about all she had done to me. never! “Ask Boma. She will teach you.”

“Are you insane? She is barely three years old.”

“But she knows more about natural hair than you. Or don’t you remember three months ago, when for the umpteenth time, you threatened to relax her hair, and this child cried her eyes out. Well, that’s telling you something you don’t know.” I fired. I was really enjoying myself at my sister’s expense, and I was enjoying myself.

“Anna, I am serious jo. I need you to teach me.” she bushed my remarks aside. “I really need coaching.”

“Okay, I will give you one website like that. go there, and read their FAQs. You will get all the answers you need.”

“You mean I have to read? Am I taking a course?”

I sighed. “Yes, you have to read. And yes, you are taking a course. It is called Natural hair 101.”

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Guess and win a Twist and Curl Pudding

Do you remember those cartoons and pictures that were published when we were younger, where they would ask us to guess what was happening in the picture or drawing, for a particular prize?

Well, I have something like that for you.

Look at this picture below, and guess, to the best of your ability, what was happening here.

The person with the closest to accurate description(s) will win a jar of African Naturalistas Twist and Curl Pudding.

Hint: Look at the picture very well, its features, and the minute details it carries.

The detailed answer will be published next week Monday. We have up till Sunday 11.59 pm GMT to guess.

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