Monday, 26 September 2016

Who rocked the style best? Bantu Knots

Hi Ladies,

How is everyone doing? Hope great. It is time for us to ask ourselves this question again. "Who rocked the Style best?"

This month, we will be featuring the very popular bantu knots. As basic as this style maybe, it is so versatile because you can rock it in so many different ways. The pictures below are evidences.

So in your opinion, among the six celebrities below, who would you say rocked their bantu knots best? Are the newer celebrities doing better that the nineties celebrities? 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, 25 September 2016

DIYLOUNGE - Aloe Vera Gel Recipes For Natural Hair


Aloe Vera gel and egg yoke conditioner
   We all know eggs are great as a hair mask ingredient but when you combine aloe Vera and eggs, it does wonders to the hair.
Mix an egg and enough aloe Vera gel to cover your hair, cover with a shower cap and rinse out after 30 minutes.

Aloe Vera gel hair mask for growth
   Mix half a cup of aloe Vera gel, half  a cup of coconut milk and a few drops of coconut oil(optional). Apply this mixture to your hair and scalp, leave in for an hour and then rinse off.

Aloe Vera gel for dandruff treatment 
   Mix half cup of aloe Vera gel, few drops of rose water and massage gently into your scalp. Leave in for 45 minutes and wash off with cold water. Repeat this every other week and your hair is dandruff free forever.

Aloe Vera gel overnight hair treatment
   Most of us struggle with our edges, getting it to grow, keeping it full and all. This recipe helps grow and retain our edges, it also gives our hair shine.
Mix half a cup of aloe Vera gel and few drops of castor oil and apply to your edges, roots and all over your hair. Leave in overnight and rinse out the next morning.


 This marks the end of our Aloe Vera Gel series! I hope you learnt something new and this new found knowledge helps you at a particular point of your hair journey.





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Saturday, 24 September 2016

My Thoughts on Raising Preteen Naturalistas


Pre teens are wonderful creatures
With their own sense of independence
and the "Know What I am doing" attitude. 

What I have learn from raising a preteen is to let then exercise that independence
with your guidiance.

When it comes to her natural hair, I give her a chance to try styles herself...
make her own mistakes... 
and while I am there to guide her...
I still let her do HER.




Friday, 23 September 2016

Grow Your Hair Overnight ?? Part 2


Hi Ladies! Happy Friday! 

Last week, I shared a simple technique to growing hair overnight which is making the rounds on YouTube. 
This week I'm following through with the video I failed to upload. Check out Juss Erin''s video on growing her hair in just one night. In this short video she goes through the technique and shares before and after results.

The proof is in the pudding. I'm still a bit skeptical but this is something I'm most definitely trying out as soon as I'm out of my weave. And if it doesn't work out, well I got a DIY protein treatment  hehe.

Enjoy!





Thursday, 22 September 2016

Finghair Tips Thursday: Hair Care


5 Latest Natural Hair Salons On The Block

Hello, everyone!

In recent times, there has been an uprise of natural hair salons and frankly, I'm here for it. Before now, there had only four major salons: O'Naturals, KLS Beauty Bar, Apples and Oranges and Tunmise Salon. But now, we have a few more which means we have more options.


In no particular order, here are some of the latest natural hair salons on the block:


  • YellowSisi

YellowSisi is a relatively new salon which just opened a few months ago. It is run by the very lovely Kelechi aka as YellowSisi. The salon is located in Lekki Phrase 1. YellowSisi and her daughter constantly give us hair goals in person and on social media. There's no doubt that your hair will be treated accordingly.




  • Sisi Jacobs


Sisi Jacobs Natural Hair Salon is run by our very own Tomi Ajayi Ismalia. They officially opened their doors to the public about three weeks ago. So, if you happen to be in Kaduna or its environs, pop in and you might just get a freebie. Plus their ambience looks lush!


  • Game of Fros


The uber-talented Esther Tom runs the Game of Fros Natural Hair Hub in Calabar. Esther is a self-taught stylist who pretty much has magic hands. No jokes! I want her to make my hair too!

  • Lumo Naturals

Lumo Naturals is the possibly the very first natural hair salon in Abuja so they are not exactly new.  Regardless, they need to be known. They have a regular hair club which also incorporates fun activities like aerobics and painting. You should give it a try if you live in Abuja.

  • TasalaHQ


TasalaHQ is easily my favorite salon so far. They do a mean silk press (a non-chemical way of straightening your natural hair) that would give relaxed heads a run for their money. They are obviously particular about their craft and their skills speak for themselves. A quick scroll down their Instagram page shows what they do and how they do it best. Of course, I'm going to pay them a visit soonish. Christmas maybe? Thankfully, they are located in Ikoyi, Lagos.


Which other one are we missing? 
Have you visited any of them? 
Share your experiences.


Love,curls and coils

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

'I think we overhype Natural hair' Mane Matters with Ikeoluwa

Hi Naturalistas,

Enjoying the week?

Meet Ike.
 
Can you tell us who you are and what you do?
My name is Ikeoluwa Adesina. I am a first generation Nigerian American. I am a twin and an engineer who is pursuing her Masters Degree in Material Science Engineering.

I am not a natural hair enthusiast, but I love my hair, and when people ask, I like to share what I have learned for the past four years, that I have been natural 
What are your thoughts about natural hair?
Honestly, I think we overhype natural hair. It is your hair in natural state, that's how it is always meant to be. The journey and how you enjoy it is a personal experience, different for everyone.
When/why did you decide to go natural?
I decided to go natural not because my hair was not healthy, I had long, and healthy permed hair. I went natural because, I felt like permed hair was not me. I felt like I was lying to myself what my own hair looked like, and not accepting the real me, and if I don't accept the real me, who will? 
Did you do a BC or you transitioned?
Yes I did the big chop. The reason I did the big chop is because I tried transitioning once, the two hair texture led me back into the hands of perms. I wasn't patient enough to wait it out. Chopping it off of easier and less tempting to go back, you know, you are far gone at that time.
What was the experience like?
When I did the big chop, it was exhilarating. It was a new experience. Growing up, I was only exposed to the idea that permed straight hair was the ish. I didn't spend a lot of time exploring my hair. 

Going natural, I had to educate myself to find what works for my hair and what doesn't. I was in charge of what came out of my roots. That was fun. The disappointments, and the victory  of when an over night hair style turned out right or when it didn't. The stares  of love or confusion from a mixed opinionated community. some people love the new you, and some people just think you are straight out crazy. All was an experience from my end. 
What was/is your biggest fear about going Natural?
That it would be hard for me to find what works for me, it will be a big fail and I would eventually give up and fail. But it's a journey for not just your hair, but of finding yourself as well. 
Do you have a regimen you stick to? What is it like?
I honestly am very open and loose with my regimen. I listen to my hair. If it needs moisture, it gets it. If it need oil for lack of shine, it gets it. After being 4 years natural, and cultivating your mane, you tend to understand the language it speaks. All in all the method I always seem to come back L.O.C method. It works every time and seems to lock the moisture and nutrients in my hair the longest.
What emotional struggles, if any, have you faced since going natural? Letting people get to me.
When I first started, I let other people’s negative comment get to me. It took me a while to accept it proudly. Its mine to be proud of. 

Do you think you are in it for the long haul or is it just a phase?
Oh yes. This is me. Its part of what I am. My children will learn to love their hair proudly from how I will continue to cultivate my mane. I am and will be manely proud forever.
There are people that definitely have negative comments about your hair, how do you deal with that?
I educate them. its my God given hair. I am proud of it. If you dint like it or accept it, at least you will understand it.
What's your must have product and accessory?
Must have product, will be Shea Moisture leave in conditioner. It's a miracle worker. And, for accessories, every girl, needs a heat cap. I am too cheap and I always end up using plastic bags for my treatments. They serve the same purpose in the end.




What is your go-to style?
My go to hairstyle, when all fails, top of the head high bun never fails. Lol. Keep it loose and stylish. There are billions of ways to swing that simple effortless style. It depends on how creative you are.
What advice do you have for anyone just going natural?
Don't do it for the hype, because you will get frustrated. Don't do it because you don't have a choice, because you will always find a reason to go back to what it was before. Do it because you understand that it is who you are. And live to enjoy the process everyday.

Where can we find you? Your social media platforms…
I always have hair tips on my snapchat: MissIke and also on my instagream page: itsmeike

Thank you for your time

Would you like to get featured on the blog too or know anyone who would like to share their hair story? Then send a mail to manematters@africanaturalistas.com

Enjoy the rest of the week!

Leeznijis

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Transitioning Corner: Protective styling

Hello Transitioners,

How are you all doing? Kinks and all? Finally, in my series I would be talking about one of my favourite things to do; Protective style. I love having various options of what to add to my hair to 'protect' it.


Bantu Knot Out.

My go-to protective styles are; Bantu Knot and knot out, yarn locs, yarn braids, turbans, braids. The reason these are my go-to styles is because I still have the flexibility to take care of my new growth by keeping it moisturised. We're all about healthy hair. I make sure to spray my hair everyday while it is in a protective style and deep condition after I take it down.

Turban Styles:




Yarn Locks: This I take down after 6 weeks regularly


Crochet Braids: This I take down after 4 weeks


Yarn Braids: This is what I currently have on and the maximum I can keep the hair for is 6 weeks.



Challenges: The challenges I have with protective styling are;

1. Not having option of styles to do with my own hair.
2. White flakes that you find only on the edges of your hair.

If you have suggestions for me, please, let me know. Now, over to you.

What are your go-to protective styles? How long do you keep the hair and how do you take care of your hair when it's in these styles?

Monday, 19 September 2016

The dying art of Didi on Natural Hair

Recently, I stopped making my hair. June was the last time I got my hair professionally done, all of which were done at O'Naturals, and featured in this blog.

For one or two reasons, I decided I wasn't going to make my hair this year again, and I would wait till my wedding period when I have to do the bridal styles before I allow anyone touch my hair again. So since then, I have been putting my hair in about 10-16 twists. or just packing in an updo.

Throughout last week, I was having this insatiable craving to do Didi. I couldn't do it upper Friday, so I forgot about it. My wash day was this past Saturday, and I was supposed to put my hair in big twists before going for NITC, but the desire to do Didi jumped on me again, lol.

So in the morning, about 11.00am, I asked my sister for where I can do Didi, i.e. the local onidiris. She directed me accordingly, and I went on my sojourn to get didi done.

First stylist: She had three young school children in her shop, all waiting to get didi done. She directed me elsewhere since I couldn't wait.

Second stylist: She had three young school children in her shop, all waiting to get didi done. She directed me elsewhere since I couldn't wait.

Third stylist: She had three young school children in her shop, all waiting to get didi done. She had a very nasty attitude, for which some people scolded her.

One thing was sure, the number of local hair makers, especially the ones who do didi is fast dwindling. The remaining have now become such local champions, and I'm worried that this would make our didi culture eventually extinct.

At this point, I didn't know what to do again. I just kept walking, and I determined I didn't want to weave/flat-braid my hair. It's either didi or nothing for me. I kept walking, and later asked one girl selling in a roadside shop. She directed me to a local salon.

On getting there, I saw all the hair stylists sitting and watching TV idly. They didn't have a single customer, which was strange for a Saturday morning. And all the onidiris were swamped. Anyway, I told them I wanted to do didi. They said 500 naira. I started exclaiming. 500 naira??? With my own hair??? I even told them I wanted to do it in just 6 or 7 parts, but they said that's the price, even for weaving.

So I said they should do it. When I opened my hair up, and loosed the 4 twists, the girl first swallowed spit, lol. I'm sure if she had her way, she'd have sent me back. I know how difficult it can be to pack full hair into didi, so I understood what must have been going through her mind.

One of the hair stylists just kept staring in wide-eye amazement. About 10 minutes later, her colleagues had to ask her why she's staring so hard, that hasn't she seen this long before? She said she hadn't. They then told her, there are few peopl with even longer ones.

I really felt for the stylist at some point. She kept stopping to exercise her hands after she couldn't take the pain again. It's not that my hair is kinky or stubborn, but if you understand the art of didi, and how it's completely different from weaving, you would know what how difficult it can be to pack length and fullness into an inverted braid.

Anyway, I got my didi done, paid, and was happy. I liked it. Up till now, no one has paid me a complinmet, lol... Not even Ebun at NITC, who only questioned me, asking if I did the didi because I want to wear wig *side eye*

I haven't had the opportunity to take a picture of my didi, but it looks something like what I did 5 years ago, in this picture



Would you consider doing didi as a hairstyle? Do you think you would be courageous enough to wear it?

Sunday, 18 September 2016

DIY LOUNGE - Aloe Vera Gel As A Styling gel


 INGREDIENTS
* Aloe Vera Gel
* Coconut oil /Olive oil


 DIRECTIONS
* Take a small amount of aloe Vera gel and coconut oil in your palms.
* Apply through your hair, making sure it reaches all strands.
* Comb, style and you are good to go.

  Why is Aloe Vera gel better can my regular styling gel?
Asides containing 18 amino acids, lots of minerals and vitamins, Aloe Vera gel also :
 - locks in moisture, thereby keeping your hair hydrated.
 - maintains the PH balance of your hair, so that your hair is protected from fungi and bacteria.
 - defines your curls better.
 - serves as a detangler, which makes your hair easier to comb.
 - gets rid of itchy scalp


Who hasn't gotten her own Aloe Vera gel? Will you be a darling and tell us what you are still waiting for!






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