Saturday, 20 September 2014

How to Care for Your Child's Natural Hair: Episode 2: Wash and Style

By DiscoveringNatural
If you missed the first episode, watch it by clicking HERE. In today's episode, I show you how I wash my daughter's hair without tears. I also give you some post wash styling tips.

Friday, 19 September 2014

Herbal Party Series: ROSE POWDER

Hey everyone,

If you're just catching up with us, I've been posting a series on different herbs and powders that were sold and are being sold on the African Naturalistas store. (FYI quite a few are actually sold out now). I thought it would be a great idea for us to learn about the different products, so that we know what we're buying and what they're used for.

To refresh your memory, we've talked about the following:
  1. Amla
  2. Shikakai
  3. Neem
  4. Hibiscus
  5. Flaxseed,
  6. Henna

Today I'd like to go over Rose Powder, which luckily, is still available at the store.
red rose
rose powder for sale african naturalistas

According to Wikipedia, it is of the family Rosaceae, and it is a flowering plant. Rose plants are mostly native to Asia, but can be found in Africa, Europe, and North America. Roses, as we know, are typically attached to LOOOVE, and are very popular in relationships, especially around birthdays, significant occasions and most importantly, VALENTINE'S DAY. But did you know that roses can be consumed too? Ever heard of rose tea? Not only are roses good as ornamental plants, or edible, but they are also used in cosmetics - mainly as Rose Water or Rose Petal Powder (aka Gulab).

There isn't a lot of research and reviews out there for Rose Powder on natural hair, but from the little I was able to find, some of the benefits of rose powder are:
  • Softer and shinier hair, as it is a very good for conditioning.
  • Rose powder also has been reported to have anti-inflammatory properties and can help deal with mild dandruff or scalp irritations. 
Rose powder is typically mixed with water and other ayurvedic powders like henna. It's typically used as a final rinse when washing your hair. 

Remember, try new things on a small section of hair first to ensure that you don't have any negative reactions.

Have you used Rose powder on your hair before? What were the results? Don't forget that you can purchase Rose powder for a low low price at the African Naturalistas store.

Have a nice weekend!

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Finghair Tips Thursday: Nourishment

Trend Alert- Flower Crowns On Natural Hair

Hi ladies!

I've seen this really nice new trend around for a while now and I thought it was fascinating. Before now,it was used mostly by brides but it's more or less a fashion accessory now. The beauty it is that it's something you can totally make yourself and rock effortlessly. I'm not so much of a fashion enthusiast but I believe it's not something you wear to your workplace or formal gatherings. It's more of a casual thing-weddings, beach parties of that sort.

Check this!

Or this

And you can rock it like this

What do you think? 

Is it something you can rock?

Love,knots and kinks

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

5 Things you should not say to a Naturalista, in GIF

Hello Naturalistas,

How has your week been? and the kinks?

Now, because Beautiful Eagle decided to bully me ask nicely, I will quickly share the not-so-eventful way I got Uti to do the mane matter.

I know a photographer and he mentioned in passing that he was having a shoot with Uti and I jumped with glee, my first question was ¨Can you ask him some hair questions for me?¨ and he buzzes me on the day of the shoot to send my questions but I asked if I could do it myself and he obliged, asked Uti and he agreed and the rest is History ;)

I am sure that every naturalista is familiar with this, Here are 5 things that I have heard and I think should not be said to an african naturalista;

¨Did you cut your hair?'' 

For the umpteenth time: NO! It shrinks -__- 

¨How do you comb your hair like that?''

With a comb duhhh...

¨Are you going out like that?¨

Watch me *does the moon walk out of the door*

¨Can I touch your hair?¨

I meant it yesterday. NO!

¨You should go make your hair''

Oh No! you didn't!! 
Its made!

''You won't get a boyfriend, looking like that''

I have a boyfriend. 

Opps! I said 5, I couldn't help it. 

Is anyone with me? Please tell what else you think should not be said to ladies with natural hair. 

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

No more Natural Hair Grocery Shopping!

A very Happy Tuesday to all you Lovelies! Having tried and tested almost everything hair related on my Hair Journey, I have come to a decision about my Hair Care Regimen that has my household currently breaking out in songs of jubilation! Watch on and you might join in on the chorus!

Monday, 15 September 2014

Diary of an Honest Naturalista: Week 67

... Continued from last week.

I sat down, watching the movie playing right before my very eyes. Tonya is the girlfriend with natural hair, the famous Sola Matthews, my crush until 5 nanoseconds ago, was talking about? How, when, where? How did it even happen? When did they meet? So many questions, than I could even monitor, were running through my mind.

Firstly, I have never associated Tonya with dry scalp and white flakes. For Sola to have known Tonya had white flakes, they really must have gotten to the level of intimacy, maybe verbally, or play-with-lover’s-head kind of intimacy. Anyway, neither of them was not comforting to me. And this is why…

Secondly, I’m sure I must have mentioned to Tonya that I had a crush on Sola Matthews. Maybe she did not take me serious because she knew about Dimeji and I. But still… she should have told me, she should have told me when it was developing, in fact, I should have been the middleman in the whole arrangement. To think she kept it from me, I was disappointed.

Thirdly, I had been worried sick for Tonya ever since her break up with Felix, thinking she was sad and depressed, trying to wonder if I should or shouldn’t hook her up with an admirer, only to find out she had been doing things behind my back. I was sad that all my worries and concern had been for nothing. From my suspicions, I think Sola Matthews had been in the picture even when Felix was still in her life, and she only gave him a chance after she realised what a jerk Felix really was.

In fact, I was beginning to suspect that Sola was just a rebound guy for her. And if I am right, that would really be a sad one. Sola can be intrusive, at least from the little I discovered, but he seems like a cool guy, and he loves natural hair, even pays attention to details about it.

So these things and some more were my topics of meditation when I heard Sola’s voice. I had even forgotten he was there.

“I’m assuming you both know each other?”

In my mind I was like “How smart of you. Even a blind man can see that we know each other.”

Tonya said “Of course, we know each other. She is my best friend.”

“Oohh, so I am your best friend, and you conveniently forgot to tell me you had been in a relationship with Sola Matthews.”

“Wow, it is a really small world.” He said, accentuating that his TV voice that made me trip when I first heard him. Why doesn’t Dimeji have that kind of voice? Life could be so unfair at times.

“And she has had this mad crush on you since the beginning of time…”

What? Did I just hear Tonya right? What did she just say?

Jaw Drop
I took one bobby pin out of my braids and flung it at her, causing my hairstyle to look a bit different. She instantly dodged the pin, and laughed out loud.

“So you had a crush on me? That’s great. Anyway, I think your hair looks better this way, with that bobby pin out.” Sola said in his usual intrusive manner.

Tonya continued laughing, while I continued scowling.

I watched her intensely. She looked so happy. I had never seen her like this, around Felix. Maybe she being with Sola Matthews was not a bad idea, after all. Maybe he is not just a rebound guy, but something good for her. But still, she would pay for making me worry needlessly, and keeping me out of the loop all these while.

I am taking one African Naturalista Reader to a Party

Hello Readers,

The time has come again for us to reward one of you for your loyalty.
As you might know, Dabs of Naija Hair Can Grow recently launched and published her magazine. She will be having a garden party to celebrate this achievement.

Personally, I am very excited to be going for this one, because due to one reason or the other, I am always missing her events, and end up crying because of how fun it was, and how much food and chops I missed (I like food, lol).

The garden party will hold on Sunday, 28th September, 2014. It is not an open party, but I have been asked to bring along one super reader.

To qualify to attend this garden party, drop a comment under this post, along with your email address, indicating your interest. Below are the requirements.

1. You must be resident in Lagos as at the day of the party, 28th September, 2014.

2. You must be a regular reader of this blog. The only way to do that will be to check through the comments. You must have at least 10 past or future comments as at the time of the selection.

3. You must be our follower on twitter (@africanaturalis), and like our facebook page (African Naturalistas).

Date: Sunday, 28th September, 2014
Time: 3.00 p.m.
Dress code: Strictly Florals, and the party attenders MUST adhere to the dress code.

So what are you waiting for? Comment away, and let's go and have fun at the party.

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Sunday, 14 September 2014

Naturallure spotlight: Wale

Hi Naturalistas
Today I bring you Wale's hair in pictures. Wale is an American rapper with original roots from Nigeria. He will be kicking off the loc'd series for us. 
If you love guys with locs, nominate your favorite in the comments section for a feature.
Wale loves to wear his hair in locs which he sometimes allows to hang loose or put in flat twists. 
I hope you enjoy his pictures.






I hope he inspired you to love your hair more?
Keep your heads high and rock your kinks with pride

Twitter/Instagram: @janylbenyl 

Saturday, 13 September 2014

How to Care for Your Child's Natural Hair: Episode 1: Detangling

Detangling Natural Hair Kids

I wanted to share this with you all because I feel that it will benefit a lot of parents out there. We are hosting the 4C Natural Hair Chicks Kids Hair Care Series this month. There will be 4 videos showing you how to care for your child's natural hair. The first episode is "Detangling".

Check out our first video here

How do you detangle your child's hair?

Friday, 12 September 2014

Herbal Party Series: HENNA

Hey everyone,

If you're just catching up with us, I've been posting a series on different herbs and powders that were sold and are being sold on the African Naturalistas store. (FYI quite a few are actually sold out now). I thought it would be a great idea for us to learn about the different products, so that we know what we're buying and what they're used for.

We've learned about AmlaShikakaiNeemHibiscus, and Flaxseed. On the line up today, one of the most, if not THE most popular powder in natural hair care - HENNA!!! (still available at the store)
henna flower
Source - Image by J.M. Garg
According to Wikipedia, its scientific name is Lawsonia inermis, and it is a flowering plant. Henna is native to northern Africa, as well as western and southern Asia. As we all know, Henna is VERY VERY popular as a dye used for hair, as well as skin (henna tattoos).

The most common use of henna for natural hair is as a dye. Natural henna will give you a brownish red color or a hint of red (It didn't leave any color when Atilola did it, but Ebun got noticeable color. Now, please note that there are dyes out there called 'neutral henna' or 'black henna.' Neither of these are actually made from henna. Neutral henna (cassia) does not color, and black henna is usually just indigo mixed with other dyes. Additionally, occurrences of serious allergic reactions to black henna have been recorded, so please be careful. If you want to color your hair black, you can mix henna with indigo, or apply henna first, then indigo. But henna on its own will NOT dye your hair black.

Some of the benefits of henna are
  • Stronger hair, which means less breakage and shedding. Henna binds with keratin in hair and makes the hair shaft stronger.
  • Reduces frizz and gives shinier, smoother hair. Henna also fills in spots in the hair's cuticle, and coats the hair. (While henna coats your hair, it doesn't stop moisture from passing through, so you can moisturize your hair.
  • All natural. 
Some people note that their curl patterns are looser after applying henna to their hair, thereby making it easier to detangle. Others may not see a stretched curl pattern as a benefit, hence I'm noting it separately from the list above. 

Another thing to note is that for some, after henna application, their hair gets very dry. It is recommended to follow a henna treatment with a moisturizing/conditioning treatment. 
Honestly, there is no one way to use henna. Some people mix theirs with water, tea and honey. Others may mix it with water, tea and lemon juice. It can be mixed with water, oils, and ACV. Henna can be mixed with a plethora of other ayurvedic powders, depending on what you want to achieve. You can also add in conditioner to your mix.

However you decide to mix it,

  1. The paste should be made to a cake batter consistency. It has to be covered and left at room temperature for up to 8 hours, so that the dyes can be released. In the meantime, remember to prep your hair and condition, so that the henna application won't dry out your hair. 
  2. Henna treatments are usually a long application, so do it on a day when you have nothing to do, or like some people who overnight it. Slather it from root to tip all over your hair, wrap head in a plastic cap and keep on for a minimum of 4 hours (or you can sleep with it). If you're awake, you can also steam for about 30 minutes.
  3. Afterwards, thoroughly rinse it out (this might be hard as some particles may be difficult to remove - so a conditioner with very good slip is recommended to wash it out). When it's all (or majority of it is) rinsed off, follow with moisturizing DC - make sure  it doesn't contain protein or else your hair will just be hard and brittle.  
  4. Rinse out your DC and wash or cowash, and you're good to go. 
ebunite african naturalistas with henna on natural hair
Henna and Hibiscus mix on Ebun

Things to note:
  1. Use plastic gloves when applying henna, or you will end up with red palms for 2 weeks like Atilola did. 
  2. Make sure you cover the area where you're standing with old newspapers, in case the paste drips onto the floor and stains it. In that vein, also make sure to immediately rinse your bathroom sink, tub or shower stall as soon as you're done rinsing it out of your hair. 
  3. If leaving the henna in your hair overnight, make sure your wrap your hair  VERY well to avoid stains on your sheets and pillow cases. Now is the time to use your old t-shirts. 
You can learn more about Henna for Natural Hair in the following video. 

Remember, try new things on a small section of hair first to ensure that you don't have any negative reactions.

Have you used Henna on your hair before? What were the results? Don't forget that you can purchase Henna powder for a low low price at the African Naturalistas store.

Have a nice weekend!

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Finghair Tips Thursday: Moisture

The Different Variations Of The Natural Hair Bun.

Hi ladies!

We are all aware of the bun which is one of the easiest go-to styles. Mostly because it's effortlessly chic, classy and versatile and can be rocked causally or in the work place. What we didn't know is that, the bun can be styled in different other ways than we know it.

What do I mean? Take a look!

See what I mean? 

Buns are much more versatile than the doughnut you and I are used to.
Good thing is, if your hair isn't long enough, you can use extensions to give an illusion and add a bit of edge to it like this.

This is especially good for transitioners.
Till next time,

Love,knots and kinks

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

"I hate going to the salon.'' Mane Matters with Uti Nwachukwu

Hello Naturalistas,

Yep! The same Uti ;) Don't ask how I got this out of him, but just enjoy the small questions I could get him to answer. And for someone that didn't know anything about me, he was very accommodating. Yes! I'm a fan ;)
AN: Can you tell us who you are and what you do?

UTI NWACHUKWU. Tv presenter, Actor, Model and events compere.

AN: What made you decide dreadlocks?

I don't know. I've always been drawn towards hair! Right from when I was a kid. I used to be fascinated by hair!! I remember always playing with my mums hair and my aunt Lilly's long hair, and just feeling relaxed inside whenever I did. Lol. Then doing chores I would also notice the strands on a mop and I remeber saying wow. This would look great on a human hahaha. Plus it seemed masculine. So I decided that I was going to grow dreads as an adult. Fast forward to 2009, Gbenro Ajibade and I became close friends! With the striking resemblance and the way he carried his locks, that gave me all the push and inner conviction I needed . So November that year, I went through a lot of life changing experiences and decided to come out new. Made a call to Gbenro and he hooked me up with the same person that helped him with his. Ken of follicles in Abuja. And the rest as they say, is history.

AN: How long have you had the dreads?

From November 2009 till now.

AN: What has your experience been?

Very easy actually. I don't fuss over my hair, contrary to how it looks. Lol. I like dreadlocks, and I like the appearance. I decided to keep my clean and not have that patched up flat dirty look. Naaa. Lol. Think MOP.... But a sexy one. Hahaha.

AN: What was/is your biggest fear about dreadlocks?

Nothing really. It's become part of my identity and even part of my selling point.  At first I thought it would smell, or fall off or be hectic to take care of. But during the first year. I squashed all the myths personally. 

AN: What are your must have product?

Ahh bees wax! Off course. That locks the new growth. I like Shea butter for maintenance and any thing that adds a shine. That shine is the secret to a healthy looking appearance.

AN: What's your hair regimen like?
Uti on set

I try to make sure I retwist/relock the hair at least once a month! But most times I end up doing it twice a month. It's pretty simple. They shampoo and wash, and while slightly, wet they twist it with beeswax. Then there's a process called ' inter locking' when the hair is twisted and a small interlocking device is used to pass the tip of the hair thru the base until it's tight. This I do once in three months. That way it looks neater and doesn't look loose at the scalp. That's why some people think they are braids. Lol.  So after this. The hair is dried, and if I choose to weave it up den I do. If not I just leave it hanging.

AN: What's most challenging for you, taking care of/keeping the dreads?

current length

I'm a dude so I hate going to the salon! Hahaha. Even to get shaved at a Barbing saloon sef de taya me.  I'm a DIY guy so I have my clippers at home. But once in a while, to get edged up properly, I visit the barbers. Cos that edged up look adds a clean appearance to your hair line when you weave the dreads. So seeing as I cannot twist my hair by myself cos it'll be so stressful on my man hands. Lol. I have no choice but to go it twisted at a natural hair salon. Put my feet up and spend sometime with the ladies. Hehehe.

Thank you for your time :)
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