Wednesday, 27 May 2015

'I ignore bad comments about my hair' Mane Matters with Deborah

Hello Naturalistas,
How are you all doing this week?

Meet Deborah

Can you tell us who you are and what you do?
My name is Ijila Itunu Deborah. I'm am entrepreneur, I'm into photography and Ankara Accessory craft
What are your thoughts about natural hair?
I love natural hair. I look forward to a day when black girls wouldn't have to buy hair relaxers to look good and learn to love and rock our kinky hair
When/why did you decide to go natural? 
I went natural August 2014. I wasn't really a going-to-the.-saloon freak 'cause I loved rocking my hair. Relaxers seem like the easy way out back then. So I, being the church girl that I was (Did I mention my church doesn't allow relaxers?) went on to relax my hair...Until I jam a natural hair website while surfing the net. Somehow I knew I was done with relaxers. Goodbye #TRelaxed Hair; Hello, #Team Natural
Did you do a BC or you transitioned? 
I transitioned. Boy, I can't imagine myself with a low cut cos I've got a baby face and voice
What was the experience like?
It was fun. I've fallen in love with my natural hair. I play with her, style, wash and stuff.. We never had that kind of relationship before now
What was/is your biggest fear about going Natural?
Was I really afraid? No. 
Do you have a regimen you stick to? What is it like?
The only regimen I stick is a weekend wash and DC. I also keep my  hair moisturized throughout the day. Many thanks to my spritz bottle
What emotional struggles, if any, have you faced since going natural?
Sometimes I look at the lady with relaxed long hair and I get jealous, like..this could be me. But then, I just remind myself about how awesome I was rocking my kinky hair..and that solves it
Do you think you are in it for the long haul or is it just a phase?
The long haul..and I'm loving it
There are people that definitely have negative comments about you hair, how do you deal with that?
Ignore.. That's what I do. I'm not about to allow someone ruin my day with a bad hair comment
What's your must have product and accessory?
ERM.. Olive oil, hair moisturiser. For accessories, a silver flower hair clip and yeah..bobby pins
What is your go-to style?
My hair in a Bun
What advice do you have for anyone just going natural?
Consistency is key. It might not be easy at first, but in the long run, consistency pays
Where can we find you?
Facebook: Noblestar
Instagram: Noblestar_Innovations
Thank you for your time
You're welcome

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Till then

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

People judging you and your hair??Let them!

  Happy Tuesday Ladies,I hope you are all wonderful and thriving. Oftentimes,we find ourselves unjustly and hurriedly judged by others. People have an opinion about almost everything about you,and that does not exclude your beloved natural hair from the equation.In times like these,what should you do?Watch the video and find out.....

Monday, 25 May 2015

Diary of an Honest Naturalista: Week 103

Fuel scarcity not just biting hard now, it is cutting off body parts. I thought last week was the worst it could get, but that was only child’s… or should I say infant’s play compared to my experience this week. From standing at the bus stop for almost two hours, to paying three times the amount of bus fare, I just hope it doesn’t get worse than this.

Dimeji and I wanted to go for an outing with his office colleagues this Saturday, but it was cancelled because many people couldn’t afford the luxury of fuelling their cars. They had to save whatever they had left in order to have something to get them to work on Monday.

I even heard that cost of making hair has gone up at the salons because there is no light, and fuel to power up the appliances is almost nonexistent. This is the time I have to give praise to God for my faithful twists – ever loyal, and never failing to come through for me in tight situations like this.

My friend told me about her friend with relaxed hair who went to a salon to dry her hair, and the stylists were timing the number of minutes customers spent on the dryer. Unfortunately for her, her hair is very full and thick. By the time she came out of the dryer, her hair wasn’t completely dry. She tried to complain, but the stylists kept insisting that it was okay. When she decided to take matters into her own hand, and go back under the dryer, another customer was already there.

Seeing her limp hair being forced into a style, she got angry and walked out of the salon. She went to another salon where she makes her hair sometimes, but they told her they couldn’t help her because they had no fuel! It was then she noticed that most people there were only braiding, fixing, and doing Ghana weaving. Everyone making styles that required electrical appliances were being turned back!

I am sure that in her mind, out of frustration, she must have been screaming and crying this way.

I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. Times are getting somehow… I don’t want to use the word, hard, and even beauty is being affected, lol. As for me, I am laying low with my faithful twists.

I wonder how other people are coping with this situation.

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Salon Day Out by Naija Hair Can Grow

In order to celebrate her 5th year of working on Naija Hair Can Grow, Dabs is having her Salon Day Out in grand style, at the Oriental Hotel in Lagos.

I am particularly excited about this event because it is an all-day event divided into 3 interesting segments, involving a lot of fun all the way. You can see from the pictures below that Dabs is really doing it big this time

From 12.00 pm to 2.00 pm, the Hair Journey Series will happened, where five lovely ladies, including me, will talk about our hair story, and basically inspire other ladies out there

From 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm will see the Hair pros showcasing their expertise. Here, we would learn from the experts how to style and handle our hair, and so much more.

From 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm, the royal rumble starts. It will be time for the Battle of the Hairlistas. I am sure we all know about this by now. Please click here for more information. I am particularly looking forward to this.

To enter the venue you will pay N500 which will entitle you to have a voucher worth N500 which you can use to buy something (hint hint* Our shea butter cups) from the Savvy & Chic Hair Beauty Hub Experience Booth which will be packed with a variety of products, so while its not a free to attend event, the access fee of N500 will give you something in return, if you get my drift!!!

So see you all there.

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Saturday, 23 May 2015

Using Curlformers to Stretch Your Child's Natural Hair

Today was Wash Day for the girls, and I did not have time to wait overnight for Big Sis to stretch using the banding method of stretching.

Wash Process
  • Shampooed her hair using Elasta QP Crème Conditioning Shampoo (sulfate free)
  • Used Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle as rinse out conditioner
  • Deep Conditioned with Eden Bodyworks Deep Conditioner under a hooded dryer for 30 mins (hair was covered with a plastic cap)
  • Did a cool and seal with Trader Joe's Nourish Spa Conditioner
Post Wash
  • Sectioned hair into 4 quadrants
  • Apply some Curls Blissful Lengths Kukui Nut Elixir on her scalp and Giovanni Direct Leave In Conditioner on the hair.
  • Used orange curlformers on the lower quadrants

  • Created a ponytail on each of the front quadrants and use the pink curlformers on the ends of the ponytails

The whole process took about 30 mins.

After about 2 hours of drying time, I started to twist each unraveled stretched curlformer. I was amazed by the stretch. It looked as if I blow dried her hair!!

This style is guaranteed to last 2 weeks with proper care.

Friday, 22 May 2015

Curl Centric Curly Kids Coloring Book

Hey everyone!

I'm so excited to share this post with you. As you know, natural hair is spreading all over the world, and right here in Africa, as it should be. A lot of us are making the decision to stop relaxing our hair and let our natural, curly, coily, kinky hair grow out and shine! Because of this, we're also seeing more mothers decide that they will not relax their children's hair. You can check out our posts on natural hair care for children here. While we're seeing more and more children with natural hair, there still isn't enough of a representation of their hair out there in the media. Yes, there's the odd movie with a natural hair kid, or one doll out of thousands that displays curls, but it's still merely a drop in the ocean.

That's why I'm excited to let you know that there's a new Coloring Book with over 30 images of characters with different hair textures, from TWAs to Twists to Locs, and more!

It's called Curly Kids Coloring Book. Akirashanti Byrd (who blogs at Curl Centric) came up with the idea when she decided she wanted her youngest daughter to have images that were relate-able to her. 

From what I've seen, it would make a great gift to our daughters, nieces, godchildren and any young girls in our lives who need a positive boost! Not only does it allow them to be creative, but it also gives them characters that look like them.

You can order the book here - it's just $5.99. If you're in Nigeria and interested in getting the book, please say so in the comments, and I can arrange for some to be mailed here.

Have a lovely weekend!
Berry Dakara.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Two Ways To Deep Condition Without A Steamer/Hooded Dryer

Hello everyone!
Deep conditioning and heat are basically two peas in a pod. As one needs to be used with the other to achieve maximum results. The addition of heat helps with the thorough absorption of nutrients present in the deep conditioner. Heat can either be derived naturally via body heat or artificially via hooded dryers/steamers. But in the absence of time and hooded dryers, there are other ways to derive heat. Both involve the use of a towel.
The first method, involves placing the towel in the microwave for a few seconds after which you take it out and wrap it around your head or shower cap as the case may be. This way, the heat from the towel penetrates through the shower cap to aid faster deep conditioning.
In the absence of electricity supply, the second method comes in handy. This time, you place a face towel in a bowl, boil some water and pour it over it. Make sure the water saturates the towel and leave it for a few seconds. Then you carefully take out the towel and squeeze out the water. You might need to add some cold water so it doesn't scald you. After which, you place the towel on your head, under a shower cap and then wear another shower cap to capture the heat. This way, your hair will fully absorb the heat from the towel.
Depending on the type/brand of deep conditioner, you usually don't need more than 30-45 minutes for deep conditioning. So the subsequent coldness of the towel won't be a problem except you want to go double rounds.
So, does anyone use hooded dryers/steamers? Or have you tried any of the methods above? Or do you just settle for plain ol' body heat? Let me know!
Love, kinks and knots.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

'I love my Natural hair' Mane Matters with Ifueko

Hi Naturalistas,
It's another Wednesday on Mane matters. Meet Ifueko Jemima as she tells us about her hair journey.

Can you tell us who you are and what you do?
My name Is Ifueko Jemima Uhunmwangho, I am a student of University of Benin.
What are your thoughts about natural hair?
I absolutely love my natural hair, it's beautiful, full, and black , I will never change it again. 

What are your reasons for going natural?
I suddenly realised it was self-hate to change what God created me with , I learnt my Hair wasn't unruly or Ugly, I found out the beauty in African hair. 

When/why did you decide to go natural?
I decided to go natural November 2013, but I relaxed again, March 2014 I decided that would be my last relaxer and it was. 

Did you do a BC or you transitioned?
I transitioned for about 4 months and then I Big Chopped , (LOL) the barber cut a lot of hair.
What was the experience like?
I felt so free, the day I did my big chop,I didn't plan it,  I was so frustrated, my hair was breaking in clumps, I was almost crying, I got tired, went to the barber and told him to chop off my relaxed ends and he chopped off my relaxed ends and my natural hair too, but it was okay ,as long as I was free of my dead relaxed hair.
What was/is your biggest fear about going Natural?
Through out my secondary school days, I always had low cut, I was scared, I would look too young, (LOL) ,I actually looked young, I remember trying to register for a sport and the coach said he needed my parents consent because he thought I was in my fourth year in the secondary school, when I was actually going to my third year in the university.
Do you have a regimen you stick to? What is it like?
Well yes I have a regimen. I wash my hair once a week with black soap shampoo, I deep condition with a DIY deep conditioner e.g Olive oil and Honey, I do protein treatment before I install a protective-do, I tea rinse and then condition with VO5 moisture Milks peach conditioner. 
I spritz my hair at night,  apply oil and seal in with shea butter, then I put my hair in plaits, cover with my satin bonnet, then the next morning I undo the plaits, style and go for classes. I hardly spritz in the morning, because I don't like the dripping. 

What emotional struggles, if any, have you faced since going natural?
I felt my hair wasn't growing once and I was almost jealous of my friend's hair, because it grew faster than mine and I started before her, but I learnt to appreciate my hair and stop comparing with others.

Do you think you are in it for the long haul or is it just a phase?
Long haul oh, this ain't no phase.

There are people that definitely have negative comments about you hair, how do you deal with that?
Ignore them, but when am naughty I tease them back, and trust me, they wished they didn't comment on my hair. 

What's your must have product and accessory?
I love head bands a lot and bows when my hair was shorter, I mostly DIY my hair products, my must have products are my oils and Honey , It's in all my hair product, my hair loves honey.

What is your go-to style?
Afro puffs, I love them so much.
What advice do you have for anyone just going natural?
Go natural not because it's in vogue, Go natural because you finally appreciate yourself the way God made you. 
Where can we find you? Your social media platforms…
Facebook : Ifueko Uhunmwangho , Yahoomail : , Twitter : @Mz_fuekiie 
Instagram : @beautifulcoilyhair 

Thanks for the feature
Thank you for your time

Till then

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Grape seed Oil-A Miracle Hair Softener

 Happy Tuesday Ladies!As Naturals,we are always on a never-ending quest to find that miracle product that can give us soft manageable hair.In my experience,I have come to find that nothing can give your natural hair the softness we so crave than a natural oil.
  One such oil I happily stumbled upon is Cold Pressed Grape seed Oil.In today's video,I share with you my findings on this Natural Hair Softener!
  Have a Blessed Tuesday Ladies!

Monday, 18 May 2015

Diary of an Honest Naturalista: Week 102

Mehn, this fuel scarcity is biting haaarrrrrdddd. I am not sure I have seen any fuel scarcity that has lasted this long, or been as intense as this since I was born. No light, no fuel, leading to no water. The whole thing is just depressing.

My mum is cranky, my brothers are annoying, and even my sister is getting on my nerves, all the way from her husband’s house.

Due to my recent resort to ayuverdic obsession, in order to achieve healthy hair, I found myself having to thoroughly rinse my hair this weekend. When after 20 or 30 minutes, I was still rinsing out all the mask and clay, to make sure nothing is left behind, my mum started screaming

“Anna, you know there is no water. Why are you wasting water since morning?”

I did not answer. I just continued, because I mean, I can just stop in the middle of the washing and start replying her.

“Anna, you heard me o. Do fast, and stop wasting water. Your hair did not contribute 1 naira to the 140 naira a litre fuel I had to buy to pump that water o.” she continued her harassment.

“Ahn ahn, mummy. Will I now finish the water?” I said, the sound of my voice muffled by the water dripping down my lips into the bath tub.

“I know you. Only you will use water three people are supposed to use to wash all their clothes to wash that hair of yours. Your hair is like mattress that soaks all the water in the world. Please leave that bathroom, now before I come to drag you out.”

I didn’t talk. I had yet felt another dried mud on a part of my hair which needed thorough cleansing, so I knew I still had some more minutes to spend in the bathroom. And I hadn’t even done my ACV rinse or tea rinse!

She continued. “I swear if you finish that water, I will personally make sure you pay for the next fuel to pump another set of water o.”

Chai for this woman to continuously harass me this way, the social amenity issue must be biting her really hard.

After some more statements of harassment, I was glad that I was able to finish washing. As I was about to do one more overall rinse, the tap gave a large gurgling sound, which indicated that the water had finished… or more like I had finished the water.

I was in deep soup!

My hair had put me in trouble with my mum – once again!

I just wanted to do this over and over again, till I probably exploded.

Faceplant Baby
“Shey you see now? Anna, did you hear that sound? Didn’t I warn you? Now, get out of this house and look for fuel o, because I am not a slave who will now slave for you and your hair to eat the fruit of my labour.”

“Haa, this water couldn’t even wait for me to step out of the bathroom before it set me up.” I thought.

I dried my hair, but my mother did not even allow me to do my LOC procedure on it, before she used her voice to drag me out of her room, and thrust a 25 litre keg into my hands. “Now go and look for fuel, madam.”

I angrily stormed out, wondering what to do. I have never bought fuel in my life. Why should i? I don’t have a car, and my mum and brothers sort the ones for the generator out.

Anxiously, I called Dimeji, who told me not to panic. I stood outside for about one hour before he came, and we drove to one filling station, and queued for over 4 hours to finally buy fuel. It wasn’t even funny, but at least, the suffering was endured in the company of my sweetheart.

I finally got home, and dropped the keg filled with on the verandah before walking into the living room.

As soon as my mum saw me, she didn’t even care that I had stayed out for so long. All she said was “hope you have bought the fuel or else, you are going back out there!”

“What kind of mother is this?”

Or maybe I should say “What kind of hair is this? Always landing me in trouble.” *sigh*

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Introducing the First Hair Clinic in Lagos Nigeria

Hello ladies, how are you all doing? I have the best news so far on this blog.

I am glad to inform you that help is finally here in Nigeria for all your hair and scalp diseases and disorders.

Aren’t you tired of asking people for solution to your disorders, but they cluelessly recommend a mixture of castor and coconut oil without even any adequate assessment or diagnosis as to determine whether the disorder is fungal, hormonal, mechanical or more?

Over the years, we realised that some men, women and children are too embarrassed to seek help for their hair and scalp disorders, and would rather hide it under a wig because they feel too ashamed or that no one would understand. You need to understand that whatever problem you are having, your case is not an isolated one.

At African Naturalistas Hair Consult, we diagnose and treat or manage over 50 hair and scalp disorders including

  • all forms of alopecia
  • chronic dandruff
  • scalp psoriasis
  • diffuse thinning
  • telogen effluvium
  • seborrhea and seborrheic dermatitis
  • trichotillomania
  • and so much more than we can name.

With our expertise in trichology, we work closely with our clients, putting their needs and comfort first, ensuring that your goal to having a healthy hair and scalp is a reality.

Even if you don't have any scalp or hair shaft disorder, high chances are that you know one or two people who do. Tell them about us today

Our services include

In depth scientific consultation which is tailored to get the history of the client in relation to the hair and scalp disorders. We would assist in identifying the problems, cause and necessary corrections and recommendations. This in-depth trichology consultation is extremely important for clients experiencing hair loss, scalp discomfort, thinning, etc

High frequency treatment which is a treatment without side effects, and can be done for any length or period of time. We make use of the glass rake to emit light, heat, energy and ozone and apply to the scalp. High frequency machine is used in treating dandruff, hair thinning, and baldness.

For more information or booking enquiries, call 07061141501 or send an email to or visit the website by clicking here.

Hope to hear from you all

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Saturday, 16 May 2015

Quickest Wash Day Routine for Natural Hair Kids

We don't always have time to dedicate to long full treatment wash days. Here is a routine that has been working for my daughter's hair. It usually takes me nearly 2 hours to wash her hair, but this method takes only 30 minutes.

Click here or watch below:

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Hairspiration: The Puff With A Twist

Hello everyone!

For a while now, I've been scouting the Internet for new easy and simple styles as my go-to style is old. As the length of my hair increases, I'm trying to experiment with different styles at the different stages so it doesn't get monotonous.

During my search this week, I stumbled on this really easy and straightforward style and I thought I should share. (Keywords: easy go-to style that requires little or no effort.)

I particularly love this style because it is super cute and has this feminine feel to it. You know that there are some hairstyles that make you feel like a girl and this is one of them plus it takes less than five minutes to style. You don't need any special skill or styling product, just stretched hair and your fingers to cornrow or flat twist.

So, recreate away!

And btw, what do you think about hairspiration for go-to styles? Should it be a regular? Let me know in the comments.

Love, knots and kinks.

Image source: IG - frosandbeaus

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

'Natural hair is beautiful' Mane Matters with Linda

Hi Natural Beauties,
Hope you are doing great as always?  Today, I bring to you a Naturalista who is great at styling her Natural hair. Meet Linda 
Can you tell us who you are and what you do?
My name is Osuntade “Lily” Linda,  a 500 level medical Student, living  in Ogun State Nigeria.

What are your thoughts about natural hair?
Natural hair to me is something so beautiful that has been hidden from its rightful owners for too long. As young girls, we don’t get the opportunity to explore our natural hair before it’s relaxed. The Natural hair movement is not just a trend, it’s a revolution.

What are your reasons for going natural?
Hmm… My reasons for going natural… It just felt wrong not being natural, As soon as I found out it was a possibility, I jumped in… even with weaves I  constantly think  “ but this hair isn’t mine, why am I sewing this on my head?” being natural is like home…

When/why did you decide to go natural?
February 2014

Did you do a BC or you transitioned?

What was the experience like?
Exciting and scary
What was/is your biggest fear about going Natural?
My biggest fear used to be peoples comments or reactions but at the stage I am right now I couldn’t care less.

Do you have a regimen you stick to? What is it like?
I co-wash my hair about once a week, before co washing I pre poo with that same conditioner for about an hour (right now I love Trader Joes Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner).
Then I moisturize using the LOC method (Cantu Shea Butter Leave in Conditioning Cream as my CREAM and not my LIQUID as is popularly done). As needed I deep condition, do protein treatment, ACV rinse etc…

What emotional struggles, if any, have you faced since going natural?
Negative comments about my hair 

Do you think you are in it for the long haul or is it just a phase?

There are people that definitely have negative comments about you hair, how do you deal with that?
By trying to ignore them

What's your must have product and accessory?
Products for LOC, Ouchless band

What is your go-to style?
Le Puff
What advice do you have for anyone just going natural?
Be patient, you have a lot to learn because you haven’t been natural (probably) since you were a child

Where can we find you? Your social media platforms…
Instagram: @napplily
BBM Channel: Lilys Natural Hair C002A8369

Thank you for your time
Thank you for having me

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Till then

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