Sunday, 15 January 2017

DIY LOUNGE - Cinnamon For Natural Hair Growth

Hello Naturalistas,

Cinnamon is a very popular Sri lankan spice gotten from the back of the Ceylon tree.  Asides aiding weight loss and being beneficial to our skin , Cinnamon has unbelievable benefits for natural hair.


- Cinnamon increases blood circulation which promotes hair growth.
-  Cinnamon is an antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal which can help prevent fungal and bacterial infections.
- It can be use to treat dandruff and dry hair.
- Cinnamon is also great to combat hair loss.
- Instead of using dye to colour your hair, cinnamon can be used to lighten the hair naturally.
So, above are a few of the many benefits of cinnamon, I really like the last benefit and I can't wait to try it out.
Things you need
* 2tbs of cinnamon
* Olive oil
* 2tbs of natural honey.

   Mix 2tbs of cinnamon into the 2tbs of honey.
   add enought olive oil to form a paste.
   Section your hair into parts and apply on your scalp.
   Leave in for 20 minutes and then wash off with your shampoo.

 Do this once a week and your hair troubles are over and did I mention that that cinnamon smells so Divine. I really hope you try it out  and if you have been thinking of coloring your hair but you are scared of the damage it might cause, why not just drop a comment and we might just be teaching you how on our next post.


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Saturday, 14 January 2017



How do you start ...
It is actually simpler than you think. When you wash your child's hair, tell them what you are doing. You can even give them a section of hair, and show them how to scrub their scalp with the base of the fingers (not fingertips).


In the morning, when you get their hair ready for the day, show them how you moisturize the hair. Even teach them the LOC method. Allow them to gently spritz their hair with water and moisturize their hair. You can even show them how to use the soft hair brush to catch those pesky edge-and-nape hair.


If your girls love to play with dolls, let them do the steps on their dolls. This will allow them to practice without messing up their hair.


Overall, let them have fun with their hair, under your supervision, OF COURSE. LOL!


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, 13 January 2017

Why Cowash?

I told my sister I wanted to incorporate cowashing into my regimen this year. To my surprise, she said she has stopped cowashing This is someone who diligently cowashed at least once a week or every two weeks. I asked her why, and she said she didn't see the point of cowashing anymore. Her exact words were, "What's the point of cowashing?"

Co-washing as we all know means Conditioner Washing, which is basically washing your hair with conditioner instead of shampoo. It is important to note though that cowashing doesn't clean your hair as much as washing with regular shampoo will. Shampoo contains cleansers that are meant to remove product from your hair. Most conditioners don't have those cleansers, although there are some touted cleansing conditioners in the market.

As someone who tries to moisturize a few times a week, using some of the products here, it's very easy for my natural hair to have product build up, so at the end of the day, I'm not sure if cowashing needs to be a staple in my regimen. It can be something I do in between regular DC and washing, but it will definitely not take the place of my shampoo washing.

What do you do in regards to cowashing?

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Thursday, 12 January 2017

Finghair Tips Thursday: Science

Natural Hair at the 2017 Golden Globes Award

Hello, everyone.

On the other side of the world, it's award season, which usually means glitz and glamor and everyone trying to outdo one another.

But here at African Naturalistas, we're more interested in the celebrities who slayed their natural hair game. Especially those that brought their A- game. It's also a time for us to see new styles which the hairstylists have come up with and possible trends to look out for during the course of the year.

At this year's Golden Globes. there were three celebrities who stood out with their natural hair; Issa Rae, Tracee Eliss Ross and Janelle Monae. 

Let's see what their stylists came up with.

Actress Issa Rae was styled by natural hair stylist extraordinaire Felicia Leatherwood who is known for styling celebrities. For the Golden Globes, she chose this twisted auburn(?) updo which blended with Issa's hair color and the result was flawless. From her sleeked edges to well placed extensions, this is absolutely stunning. We also love that it suits Issa's face perfectly! This style is a clearly a winner.

You'll agree with me when I say that Janelle's studded Corseted Updo is probably the most unique style of the night. Paired with that stunning outfit, it's gorgeous and Janelle wears it with so much poise, you would think she was royalty. Would we see more of this on the red carpet this year? We can only watch and see. 

You know when they say there's beauty in simplicity? This is what they mean. Sometimes, a sleek ponytail is everything you need to nail that glam look. Tracee looks absolutely graceful in this ponytail. Now, I'm battling within myself, whether or not she added a bit of extension to puff it up. Regardless, it is well blended and she looks beautiful. 

So, which one did it for you? Which is your favorite?

Love, curls, and coils.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Wash day: That time African Naturalistas Products saved my hair

This is a wash day post from sometime back when I had a protein overload

...The idea of washing my hair sometimes, scares me because I'd want to be careful and not mess things up which I kind of did this time. I tried out something totally new which almost caused a disaster for my hair. This was how my wash day went...

Pre-pooing: I did a hot oil treatment overnight using African naturalistas coconut oil, Kinky apothecary avocado oil and Sweet almond oil.
Deep conditioning:  I deep conditioned my hair with Beautiful textures Deep conditioning treatment for about an hour using a shower cap. I discovered that my hair was kind of hard so I knew it was time to deep condition it.  

Products used

After applying Deep conditioner

During wash
Shampooing: I washed off the deep conditioner and washed my hair with African Naturalistas Black moisturising shampoo. (I have now realized that it is advisable to shampoo before deep conditioning)
Conditioner: I conditioned my hair with African Naturalistas moisturising Conditioner which gave my hair volume and made it soft.  

Breakage after
There and then, this was the silly new thing I did afterwards
Protein treatment:  I applied Jamaican castor oil protein conditioning treatment (The smell though), wore a shower cap and left it for about 15 minutes. When it was time to wash it off, I realized my hair was so dry while wet. I was wondering what happened. Immediately, I had to apply African Naturalistas Conditioner again before my final rinse and my hair was saved.
My mistake and lesson learnt: I applied too much protein treatment. This was my first time and never again would I make such mistake. Also, I would do the protein treatment before conditioning next time instead of conditioning my hair before the protein treatment
This was the breakage I got after the protein treatment... very terrible experience
My result: My hair was moisturised but still felt a little dry. I later co-washed and deep conditioned with African naturalistas products during the week and my hair bounced back to normal. Thank God

Hair super clean
So that was how my wash day went.
P.S: This is an old post. 
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Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Texlaxing: What you need to know

Hello Naturalistas,

How are you all doing this new year and with your Natural Hair goals?

 Is it just me or more people are either relaxing their hair or texlaxing their hair?  Since we all know about relaxing, we would be discussing Texlaxing today.


What is Texlaxing?

This is the process of deliberately under processing your hair with a relaxer with the purpose of loosening the texture of your hair but not making it relaxed.

Why do people decide to Texlax?

- Less damaged hair: Since you are letting the relaxer for a shorter time on your hair, it reduces the effect of the chemical on your hair.
- Hair is easier to manage and more style options: Compared to your natural hair, texlaxed hair is easier to manage but not necessarily less work, just easier (In most cases) and you have more versatility with your new hair texture.
- To transition into the natural hair journy

What to do before you Texlax your hair

- Be very sure: You don't want to start wishing you did not do it a week after you've made your decision.
- Do a protein treatment a week before: Remember, you are putting chemical on your hair, you want to ensure your hair is strengthened for the journey ahead.
- Be ready to manage 2 textures
- If you are texlaxing your hair yourself endure you set a timer so you don't relax the hair totally.
- Use a sealant before applying the relaxer on your hair to protect your edges and ends

What is most important is that you do your research well to make sure you're making the best decision for your hair.

What are your thoughts on Texlaxing? Is your hair texlaxed, let's know your experience. 

Monday, 9 January 2017

Hairstyle Lounge on African Naturalistas - I'm a Natural Hair Bride!

If you can remember, from this post, I talked about how I was in a fix about what hairstyle to do for my wedding. I knew I wanted something unique, a kind I have never seen before, not the usual roll, tuck and pin we see on natural hair brides. Omozo of O'Naturals had already suggested some previous styles, and I said no to all of them. So sometime in November, she started showing some more styles, and I kept saying No, no, no, no, no.... no, no, no.... no, no, no... and then I saw it. I said this is what I want. She asked if I was sure, and I affirmed. I said I don't know what will happen, but I want that hairstyle, and that is what must be on my head on my wedding day. We have to make it happen.

Come December 17, in my hotel room in Senegambia Beach Hotel, Banjul Gambia, wiith Omozo with me, and no other stylist to assist her, we brought the style to life. A day before, we went to the hotel's salon to wash the hair, while still in the prewedding stretch thread. So all we needed to do was loose the thread, which took a whole lot of time, detangle, and restretch lightly.

After then, we proceeded to style the hair, starting from the back, and then front. And this was what we ended with.

I was able to wear the hairstylr for 2 more days. Because of the front, it was not very easy to protect while sleeping or bathing, but it was totally worth it.

What do you think about it? Yay or Nay? Let me know in the comment section

Hairstyle Lounge was brought to you by O'Naturals Salon. No money exchanged hands in making this lounge a reality. To make your hair at O'Naturals, visit the salon at 54 Ogudu road, Ogudu-Ojota Lagos or book an appointment by calling 0818-802-4444 / 0815-802-4444.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

DIY LOUNGE - How To Detoxify Natural Hair!

A way to ensure hair growth and healthy hair generally is by doing a scalp and hair detox!
 Yes! like our skin and body, we can also detoxify our hair. The hair products we use, clog our pores after constant use, which causes build ups and which later results in dull, unhealthy and stagnant hair growth.
So, detoxifying is a great way to unclog and clarify your scalp and pores and also to unload your hair.

Things Needed
*1/2 cup of bentonite clay
* 11/2 cup of apple cider vinegar
*1/2 cup of aloevera gel

  In a plastic bowl, mix the bentonite clay, 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar and aloe vera gel together using a plastic or wooden spoon.
   Divide your hair into equal parts and massage the mask into each part from your scalp to your ends.
   Cover with a plastic bag or shower cap and allow it sit for 30 minutes.
   Rinse out with 1 cup of apple cider vinegar and then allow it sit for an additional 5 minutes.
   Rinse out with  water.
   Shampoo and condition as usual .

I am sure we would find these steps easy to follow, make sure you do this twice a month and you would sure feel the difference.
               HAVE A FABULOUS WEEK!!!

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Saturday, 7 January 2017

Signs of Product Build up in Natural Hair

Signs of Product Build up in Natural Hair | African Naturalistas

Since we use more natural hair ingredients, than synthetic ones, we do not encounter a lot of product buildup. We do wash oir hair with a sulfate-free shampoo at least once a month (at the end of the month). If my hair or the girls' hair looks a bit dull, I will clarify their hair. This tells me that they have product build up. 

Apart from dullness in hair, here are some other signs that your hair might have product build up:

  • Your hair and scalp has a coated feeling. 
  • Your hair lack movement and body causing it to feel limp and flat
  • Your sulfate-free shampoo or conditioner does not seem as effective as usual. If you use shampoo, it might not lather as well as it use to lather. If you use conditioners, it might sit on your hair instead of penetrating it.
  • You are experiencing hair breakage even though you have no hard water, you balance your protein and moisture in your regiment, and you are gentle with your hair.

Removal of Product Buildup

To remove product buildup, you can use any sulfate shampoos or a clarifying shampoo. You can also use clays like bentonite clay or rhassoul clay. African Black Soap is also a great one to use.

Remember to deep condition afterwards.  Due to the stripping effect of clarifying shampoo, use it only once a month. 

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.
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