Monday, 24 October 2016

Who rocked the style best? Pompadour

Yes, it is officially another edition of "Who rocked the Style best?"

This month, we will be featuring pompadours, a style you can rock in so many ways, as long as you have a pomp in front, no matter how the middle and back looks. Therefore it can go from very simple to classy, official, and even weird and crazy.

So in your opinion, among the six celebrities below, who would you say rocked their pomps best? The crazies or the classies? 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?

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Myths About Dandruff

The only thing that spreads faster than a disease are the myths and lies that surround it. I remember the Ebola pandemic and how people that sold salt made so much money because it was rumoured to cure the deadly disease.
We have heard and read all sorts about dandruff, its causes and how it can be treated. Some of us believe a lot of the myth inspired treatment without it curing anything!
Today, we are going to expose some of these myths,so you can rest easy or at most look beyond the myths for a lasting and working solution.

1. Washing your hair daily gets rid of dandruff.
Big Lie! Washing your hair everyday without doing the LOC or LCO could leave your scalp irritated and dry which makes your scalp even prone to dandruff.
2. Dandruff is contagious
Dandruff is a scalp disease not a cold or std! Dandruff is not contagious in anyway! You are at risk of getting dandruff, if only you haven't been treating you scalp well. So, you had better stop avoiding or giving that young lady the " don't come close" attitude just cause she has dandruff.
3. Your hair breaks because you have dandruff.
Unhealthy scalp, stress or poor diet are the major causes of breakage and not dandruff! I am not saying dandruff can't cause your hair to shed but I'm saying it's impossible for dandruff to be the only factor responsible for your breakage!
4. Dry scalp is the major reason for dandruff.
Dry scalp has very little to do when it comes to dandruff because dandruff is caused by a fungal growth on the scalp.
5. Dandruff is only in the air during harmattan.
We suffer from dandruff due to lots of factors, most especially our hair and scalp hygiene. So whether it's the harmattan, dry or rainy season, if you do not have a good hair hygiene, you get a visit from this fungal affliction soon.

These are a few myths that I know but I am very sure lots of us have got plenty especially in the cure department , please do not be afraid or too stingy to share.

Have a great week!!!

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Saturday, 22 October 2016

5 Minutes Natural Hair Kids Hairstyle

Natural Hair Kids Hairstyle : 5 Minutes Protective Style

This is a quick natural hair hairstyle to help stretch your kids natural hair. It is a protective style because all the ends are protected.
Prior to styling here is how her hair was washed

Friday, 21 October 2016

4 Lesser Known Sealants

Hi ladies, happy Friday!

We are all familiar with the common sealants: shea butter, castor oil, coconut oil and so forth. I want to share some lesser known oils and butters which can be great alternatives for those who may be looking for something different, or are allergic to the more popular ones.

Cupuacu butter

Cupuacu butter hails all the way from the amazon regions of Brazil. The seeds of the cupuacu tree are ground to extract the butter. It is known for its emollient properties as it increases moisture retention. Lightweight and non-greasy, fine haired naturals will find it a better alternative to thicker butters which weight the hair down. Due to the fact that it has a high concentration of saturated fats, this butter is known to actually penetrate the hair strands and will thus nourish it from the inside.

Mango seed butter
This butter is made from the extract of the mango seed, is semi-solid and non-greasy. Who would have known, most of us just throw the pips away. Mango butter tends to share the same properties as cocoa butter and Shea butter. However what sets it apart is that it has a higher content of fatty acids which makes it a much more effective sealant than its companions.  Ladies with thicker hair, or high porosity hair should want to look into it.

Shea Oil

Shea oil is a by product from processing Shea nuts. If you find Shea butter too heavy a sealant try this oil as it still packs most of the benefits of the butter such as natural sunscreen, and vitamin e just to name a few.

Babassu oil
Native to Brazil, this oil is extracted from the kernel of the babassu tree. The babassu tree is a variant of the palm tree. Its benefits include treating ailments such as eczema and psoriasis. It has a similar fatty acid composition to that of coconut oil. This means it''s a great alternative to coconut oil if you happen to be allergic to it but still want to reap its benefits. It is a light and effective sealant.
 You can incorporate it in your regimen as a preshampoo treatment, scalp oil, hot oil treatment or sealant.

The First Step to Take When You Go Natural

One of the most common reasons why women transition or big chop their hair in a bid to be natural, is because they want stronger, healthier hair. But what a lot of people don't know at the start is that what you need for healthy natural hair is - A REGIMEN!!!

Let's watch as Tabitha of Craving Yellow talks about having a regimen.

To build your regimen, look no further than right here - The African Naturalistas Store!

To learn more about building a natural hair regimen, check out this post.

Have a great weekend! Happy Wash Day for those who will be doing it over the weekend!
Berry Dakara.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Finghair Tips Thursday: Trivia

6 Times Yagazie Emezi Gave Us Hilarious Natural Hair Videos

Hello, everyone!

The other time, I was scrolling through my YouTube app when I stumbled on Yagazie Emezi's latest video. While I was still mulling over the length of that video, I didn;t know when I fell into the rathole that is YouTube. Before I knew it, I was watching one video after the other. It didn;t help that the videos were so short, I had to satisfy my curiosity.

Yagazie is hilarious. I don't know what y'all are watching but you need to see these videos plus her natural hair is equally awesome.

1. That time she was sick and tired of people associating her hair to genetics.

2. Then she gave us an idea of what her typical wash day looks like. The best tbh!

3. Some product reviews were also in order

4. And an actual tutorial on her signature yarn braids

5. But people wouldn't stop touching her hair.

6. Eventually, she had to pick another hairstyle.

I had so much fun watching these videos. It was such a stress reliever and I hope you do too.

Love, coils and curls.
Ebun Oluwole

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

'I was confident about my decision to go natural' Mane matters with Esther

Hey Naturalistas,

Meet Esther


Can you tell us who you are and what you do?
My name is Esther Mandy Danjack.  Government personel by day, DIY champion by night.

What are your thoughts about natural hair?
Like all things natural,  it's nature's gift to us at it's purest form.  Natural hair is what gives us a unique identity especially in a world with a zillion standards of beauty. 

When/why did you decide to go natural?
I decided to go natural in 2014. It was as a result of watching my sister transition and after doing alot of research i decided that My hair wasn't healthy and i wanted health at all cost.

Did you do a BC or you transitioned?
I transitioned for 8months . That BC is not for the faint hearted. Lol.

What was the experience like?
To be honest it was amazing.  Developing a regimen and ofcourse the novelty of doing something new was great too. 

What was/is your biggest fear about going Natural?
Just one. The longevity of keeping my hair chemical free. How long could i cope and what next if that happened.

Do you have a regimen you stick to? What is it like?
Yes.  Co-wash every week.  Deep condition at least 2-3times a month.  Unless my hair is in a weave/braids. Use the LOC method when styling. I try to a hot oil treatment at least once a month. But i can be a lazy natural sometimes.  Lol

What emotional struggles, if any, have you faced since going natural?
None. I was pretty confident about my decision and as long as it worked for me,  I didn't really listen to naysayers.

Do you think you are in it for the long haul or is it just a phase?
Oh I definitely think so.  If I ever had to relax my hair again it would be because I'm planning to cut everything off soon.

There are people that definitely have negative comments about your hair, how do you deal with that?
Negative comments?  I don't think I've heard any.

What's your must have product and accessory?
Coconut oil!!!  And bobby pins/rubber bands.  Must haves!

What is your go-to style?
A twist out/bantu knot out that transitions into an afro puff.

What advice do you have for anyone just going natural?
It takes time, patience and a lot of work at first.  But natural hair is sooo versatile that when you get the hang of it, you'll love it.

Where can we find you? Your social media platforms…
Twitter : @fearlessmandy
Instagram : @miss_danjack

Thank you for your time

Till then

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Tips for getting your man to take care of his Natural Hair

Hello Naturalistas,

We would all agree that majority of the men do not pay too much attention to the health of their hair. There are a few of them that are very particular about the grooming of their hair and making sure they don't miss a salon appointment and we give kudos to them. However, this is for you who wants to help your man or the men in your life take better care of their hair.

Their routine is wash the hair when taking a shower - with whatever bath soap you use - dry your hair with your towel and use a hair cream, comb, done. When I first got married, I noticed that my husband's hair was not healthy at all. He had breakage whenever he combed his hair in the morning and it was something he noticed too.

First thing I did, Solve his problem; I had preached on how he needed to take better care of his hair but he still didn't really come on board with the whole thing but when I told him what to do, just to solve his hair shedding problem and he saw it was working, he became open to changes.

Introduces little changes without complication; I started with buying him a shampoo that doubled as a shower gel, that way, he doesn't have to have special "Hair products" to complicate anything. Then I went ahead to helping him understand why he needed to use oils on his hair as against just some random "cream". Little by little, he started using oils and making changes. Don't overwhelm him or complicate things.

Let him have a say over what products he wants; We know you are the expert on natural hair, but don't insist he uses a product that he doesn't like how it smells or how it looks.

Notice the change and compliment it; Yes! They are big on compliments too. When His hair started growing and receding hairline filling up, I made sure to mention it every time there was an opportunity to do so.

With this steps over the last one year, I have gotten my man to take better care of his hair and believe it or not, we now share a spray bottle because he now wants to lock in the moisture. Yay! Remember, at the end of the day it's all about healthy natural hair.

What have you done to get your man to take care of his Natural hair? 

Monday, 17 October 2016

Ingredients to avoid in your natural hair products

I wouldn’t describe myself as a product junkie now, but in the early stages of my natural hair journey I had a side table lined with all kind of products I hoped would work some sort of miracle on my hair. I did a bit of research before I Big Chopped but it mostly involved stalking and obsessing over black women with long glorious nappy hair, haha.

So I tried different products without fully understanding or knowing what my hair needed. I wish I had known earlier on that as a nappy haired woman I couldn’t just pick up any product off the shelf. That my hair was different and special (fragile and breakage prone)

“I battled with dry hair, split ends and SSKs (Single Strand Knots)”

In the first year of my natural hair journey, I battled with dry hair, split ends and SSK’s. Split ends were mostly on me because I used to pull out those annoying SSKs with my hands, but why was my hair dry and why did I have so many SSKs?? I was deep conditioning after shampooing & conditioning weekly, and I was doing the LOC method, so I knew I was doing the right things to keep my fibres looking healthy but it was all to no avail. So I went back and did some real and I realized I needed to change my hair products. Many nappy haired women out there don’t know that most hair products out there contain a lot of chemicals that is neither good for the hair nor body. Nappy hair already has fewer cuticle layers than straight hair type, so you can bet that it will be less resistant to cleansing chemicals that straight hair can more easily endure.

The best products for nappy natural hair are the ones that are mostly made with natural ingredients. Once I started using products designed specifically for natural hair, my hair started to thrive! So my nappy folks, here are some of the list of harmful chemicals to avoid when choosing products for your natural hair. When choosing a product for your hair take a look at the ingredient listing, as a rule of thumb the first five ingredients listed should not contain any of these chemicals listed here, and if they do it should be closer to the end of the list. Manufactures by Law need to list their ingredients from the highest it contains to the lowest, so if you have stuff like sulphate or minerals oils next at the beginning of the ingredient listing, you’re buying yourself a bottle full of chemicals that will most probably leave your hair dry


Sulfates also known as (Surfacants or Detergents) when dissolved in water has the ability to remove dirt from surfaces. SulFates range from harsh to mild. The most common sulfates used in hair products are SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE (SLS) & SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE (SLES).

Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)– SLES is the alcohol form (ethylated) of SLS. Both SLS and SLES can enter the blood stream. They may cause potentially carcinogenic formations of nitrates and dioxins to form in shampoos and cleansers. Large amounts of nitrates may enter the blood system from just one shampooing. Sulfate-based surfactants like sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate has been found to be significantly irritating for the scalp and drying to the hair. Steer away from SLS and SLES and  instead look for products that contain milder sufacants. It easier to just buy a totally Sulfate free Shampoo.


Mineral Oil is a mixture of liquid hydrocarbons produced from the distillation of petroleum. It is a mix of Hydrogen and Carbons. Mineral Oils  can be advantageous and disadvantageous for nappy hair. It deposits on the surface of hair strands and forms films that are sufficiently thick to mask irregularities in the cuticle structure. It can offer good detangling benefits and minimize frizz by preventing penetration of moisture into the hair in humid conditions. The clause with mineral oil is that because it clings so tightly to the hair shaft it can prevent the flow moisture in either direction, that means no moisture is going out, neither is it going in! So let's say you put something like Vaseline on you hair for your first week after deep conditioning, the next week your hair is feeling dry and you’re thinking oh ill just take my spray bottle and spritz my hair with my water and conditioner mix, ……..??………. You get the picture? If not go back and read from the top. Black hair is already mostly on dry side and needs as much moisture it can get. Whether it’s from the shower steam or your spray bottle. Blocking all access to moisture with Mineral Oil is not a great idea.

I would raise my eyebrow if it was on the first five ingredients on my leave in conditioner or shampoo. There are better oils with great conditioning benefits that can be used in place of mineral oil.


Silicone is a mineral oil. It is an ingredient commonly used in hair care products.It can give slip and shine and help smoothen hair. But it is not a natural ingredient and its side effects are not nappy friendly. Silicone is almost like rubber and/or plastic. It is used as a sealant against water and even air. It prevents moisture from penetrating the hair shaft and becomes like a magnet for dirt and other ingredients. Most Silicone are not water-soluble, so they will prevent moisture from getting into the hair shaft. For us curly-kinky-nappy haired girls this can be disastrous because we already have dry prone hair. If there should be any silicone at all in your hair product, it should be water-soluble silicone, this means that it is able to dissolve in water. Water soluble silicone is easy to wash out of the hair and doesn’t leave a heavy build up.


Short Chain alcohol like isopropyl alcohol, cause the hair to be dry and frizzy, this type of alcohol is usually found in sprays and gels. Fatty alcohols like Benzyl or propene glycol, cetearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol can help to condition nappy hair to make it soft and manageable.

Avoid: Isopropyl alchohol,Ethanol,Propanol,Chlorine, propylene gylcol.

Good Alcohols are; Behenyl alcohol, Cetearyl alcohol, Cetyl alcohol, Isocetyl alcohol, Isostearyl alcohol, Lauryl alcohol, Myristyl alcohol, Stearyl alcohol, C30-50 Alcohols, Lauryl alcohol.


Perfumes for use in hair products are often dissolved in mineral oil bases with a small amount of preservative. Synthetic colors are believed to cause cancer. If a product contains them, don’t use it.   Some of the problems caused by these chemicals are headaches, dizziness, rash, hyperpigmentation, violent coughing, vomiting, skin irritation. Synthetic fragrance ingredients can cause itchy, scaly, painful skin, and potentially worsen asthma. Even high concentrations of certain natural ingredients including tea tree, lavender, and citrus peel oils may cause such symptoms. Most of us do love our hair to smell good because it makes us feel good especially when we are complimented on it but again check that Fragrance closer to the end of the ingredient listing.


Yes, I said PROTEINS! It is very easy to get caught up in the DIY syndrome. You want to get into loving, pampering and caring for your hair, so you trying out every egg, yolk and cassava recipe you find on the internet (jokes). I tried to put honey and egg mixed on my 4c hair one time it wasn’t funny! My hair came outta that deep condition looking like it was fried! It felt very strawy

A Protein called keratin is the building block of hair. There is a phenomenon known as “PROTEIN OVERLOAD”, we identify this when your hair feels dryer than normal. There is a difference between normal dryness verses extreme dryness that protein overload causes. Lack of moisture is usually the biggest challenge for coarse hair (type 4hair), and it also tends to be sensitive to protein. It is important that naturals with coarse hair generally avoid protein and ensure that their conditioners and deep treatments are instead loaded with plenty of moisturizing emollients. So If you have coarse hair and the you find words like Amino acid, hydrolyzed keratin or wheat hydrosylates or hydrolysed collagen, peptides, keratin and silk protein in the first five ingredients of your product I would be worried. The key is to find the balance between moisture and protein

If you feel you are doing all the right things but your nappy hair still feels dry and breaks off you might want to take a look at the ingredient listing of your hair products, this maybe the issue. Take your time to research the ingredients you hear about a new product that is the rave of the season. Everyone is different, a product that works for one person may not work for you. Remember that ingredients listed first in a product have more potency than the one closer to the end of the list.

We are all humans and we will make mistakes. Trial and Error is good, because we learn from it. It might take a while before you find a product that your hair loves.  Remember to listen to your hair.

Black Hair grows!  You just gotta Love and treat it right... in Bob Marley's voice

Source: @keturahariel
What are your favourite hair products and what ingredients do you usually avoid? Let me know in the comments!

Love and Nappiness,


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