Monday, 24 April 2017

Wash and Go using Cantu Wave Whip Curling Mousse!

  Hi Ladies! I decided to try out a Wash and Go on my hair using a curling Mousse instead of my usual Eco Gel. I went with the Cantu Curl Activator Cream as my Leave in Conditioner topped with the Cantu Wave Whip Curling Mousse.

 
 
 
 These two together did not disappoint. My hair was defined, air dried in under two hours (With Gel my Wash and Go usually takes up most of the day to dry!) And my curls stayed put up until my next wash day in five days.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  Enjoy the video Ladies!
 
 



Saturday, 22 April 2017

Pros and Cons of Using Aloe Vera on Natural Hair

Pros and Cons of Using Aloe Vera on Natural Hair

According to some people, Aloe Vera is the trendy 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.

Learn more in this video:



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, 21 April 2017

HIGH BUN - Natural Hair Style Tutorial

I like BIG BUNS and I cannot lie! Actually, that's not really true. I prefer the smaller, simple, classic buns, but for today's tutorial I decided to try the large, high buns that make you look like you're carrying a house on your head :p

Check out the video below for the tutorial. If you don't have much data, then check the pictorial from Nappily Nigerian Girl. And finally, my results at the end :)


Nappily Nigerian Girl


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If your hair is short and you want to try something similar, check out my faux bun tutorial here.

Berry Dakara.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

9 Freelance Natural Hair Stylists You Should Know About

Last week, we featured about 18 new natural hair salons outside Lagos. During that exercise, it occurred to us that we might actually have freelance natural hair stylists. People, who for some reasons don't have salons yet but still run their mobile natural hair styling business. We thought we should know about them.



So, as usual, we threw the question out to our Instagram followers and we got interesting responses which we will be sharing with you shortly.

In no particular order, here are some freelance natural hair stylists around the country and their Instagram links. 

As usual, don't forget to include anyone you think should be on the list in the comment section.








Monday, 17 April 2017

Who rocked the style best? Afro

Afro! Afro!! Afro!!! By far the easiest natural hair style to rock, whether it is teeny weeny or gigantic. But that is if you can deal with the effects humidity has on it in some regions of the world

It is not news that some people have the ability to wear the most elegantly-sculpted afro, while some just turn it into an eyesore.

As usual, we have featured six celebrities who wear their hair out in afro from time to time.. Who would you say rocked their locs best, and why? The classies or the crazies? 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, 15 April 2017

Best Foods for Natural Hair Growth and Hair Loss

By DiscoveringNatural


In this video, I share the types of foods you should eat for hair growth. Different foods promote hair growth.
Look for foods that are reach in Iron, Protein, Omega 3-fatty acids, biotin, Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C and Vitamin D. There are some other foods which you will see in this video.





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, 14 April 2017

TWISTED KNOTS Natural Hair Style

Earlier this week, I came across this very simple but elegant hairstyle on Youtube by Naturally Temi. I've decided that when I share videos on various hairstyles, it would only make sense for me to include my own attempts at recreating them. This was a very easy natural hair style to try and you can see my results at the bottom!


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I think it's a cute hairstyle, and a nice variation of the bun (I've shared about natural hair buns before here, here and here), and it's easily a style I could wear for a few days, provided I keep the style wrapped up at night.

What do you think of the style, and my attempt?

Have a great Easter Weekend! God bless.
Berry Dakara.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

18 Natural Hair Salons OUTSIDE Lagos!

Every day, the natural hair industry in Nigeria gets bigger and bigger. We have Made in Nigeria Natural Hair products popping out every other day. We also have people actually taking time out to learn the ropes of natural hair styling. Some of them going ahead to open salons.

A few years ago, we had just about a handful of natural hair salons in Lagos and maybe one in Abuja but now based on the feedback from our Instagram, it's safe to say we're making giant strides with natural hair salons nationwide.



About a week ago, we threw this question out to our community on Instagram. We asked them to tag natural hair salons outside Lagos. The reason being Lagos currently has enough salons at least for now and we want to help those outside Lagos easily locate the salon nearest to them. So, we asked and got some feedback which we thought we should share on the blog. 

So, in no particular order here are some of the salons outside Lagos you should know about with their Instagram handles/links and if we're missing anyone, don't forget to include them in the comment section below.


It seems like we have a good number of natural hair salons in Abuja and Port Harcourt. 

Do you think we have missed any salon? Comment below!







Saturday, 8 April 2017

Cornrows and Twists | Natural Hair Protective Style

Cornrows and Twists | Natural Hair Protective Style | African Naturalistas

HOW TO RECREATE 
1. Section hair into 2 parts, from ear to ear
2. On each side of the top section, do 3 cornrows. First cornrow will be small, then second will be big and the third will be small.
4. Do twists in the middle section
5. For the Bottom part of hair, do a cornrow on each side along the perimeter of the hair, starting at the center.
6. Twist the rest of the hair.
7. Gather all ends of the hair at the center of the head by doing an inverted french braid.


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.


Wednesday, 5 April 2017

'I prefer to make my own products so as to know what I put into my hair' Mane matters with Jane

Hi Naturalistas,

Meet Jane.


Who is Jane?

My name is Jane Ekanem, I'm a model, and an entrepreneur. I make Ankara bags, shoes, accessories, zip facinitators , hair flowers and paper crafts.

What's your hair story? When and how did you decide to go natural? 
Well, I saw a friends hair picture on bbm, and I asked her if it doesn't hurt her to keep such thick hair and she said no. She then told me what she does to make it soft and I was interested because i was fed up of relaxing my hair. Anytime i relax my hair, ill have to hurriedly put it in a braid or fix a weavon so it wouldn't tangle the nest week. And if that wasn't enough,  the chemicals in d relaxer,  Will always burn my scalp each time I relax , so much so that whenever mybhair is due for relaxing, i'll be praying as if im going to war so it dosent burn me lol...when I found an alternative which will grow my hair and will also make it easier to manage I had to go for it without thinking twice. Lol


How easy was it for you to get information at the beginning given the oversaturation of content on the Internet? Was there any person that helped you through? 


It wasn't that difficult for me to get information on growing my Natural hair... ever since my friend told me about it I became obsessed with YouTube videos, pinterest, and bbm hair channels... so much so that I got lots of information on how to grow and keep a healthy hair.

Work us through your regimen. 

I usually start out with pre-poo, most times a night before I wash or few hours to my wash time. I pre-poo with a mixture of coconut oil, and olive oil..next i shampoo my hair with dudu osun(black soap) ,then I condition with V05 conditioner, after which I cover my hair with a shower cap for 30mins then I detangle my hair and wash off the conditioner. Next I deep-condition with a mixture of mayonnaise, banana,avocado pear,egg,coconut oil and olive oil, after which i cover my hair again with the shower cap and leave it for another 30mins then i detangle and wash it off. Next I dry my hair a little with a t-shirt then I do the loc method which is the liquid,oil and cream , I then twist or braid my hair depending on what I want and leave it to air-dry overnight.


What products does your natural hair swear by? 

My leave-in conditioner and coconut oil... I just cant do without them.

What's your favorite Made in Nigeria product and how do you feel about the progress we've made in recent times?

I really don't have a favourite Nigerian made product but I'm so proud of how far we've come.


How was the response from both family and friends? Did they give you a hard time coming to terms with your natural hair? 

My family was very very supportive, infact they joined me lol

Do you prefer to buy products from the store or whip yours yourself?
I prefer to make my own products so as to know what I put into my hair.
What hairstyle have you perfected over time? 
Twist out is my goto hair lol
Have you tried any hair supplements before? What do you think about them? 
I haven't tried any hair supplements.
Who is your Instagram natural hair crush? 


@Naptural85 is my favourite IG crush.
Do you watch natural hair vlogs? Who are your favorite vloggers? 

My favourite vloggers are Yolander Renee,  naptural85, thechicnatural, April Bee,and cynthykay
Have you been tempted to relax/texlax your hair? If not, what keeps you going? 

I've never been tempted to relax, because I love my curls..
Is there any particular hair experience/challenge you'd like to share with us? 

No hair challenges at the moment.
Has social media influenced any of your hair decisions? 

Social media has really influenced my hair decisions.
Protective styling or nah? What your go-to style? 


I love protective styling. When I'm not on a protective style, my go-to style is the twist out.
Do you read/follow the African Naturalistas blog? If yes, for how long? 
I do read /follow the African Naturalistas blog for some time now.

Thank for your time. How do we keep in touch with you?

You can follow me on Instagram @Jane_Eky my business page @jekys_kreationz Jane Ekanem on Facebook thank you.


Till then,




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