Sunday, 21 January 2018

Rubber Band Protective Style Bun



This hairstyle requires no knowledge in braiding, cornrowing or any other intricate styles.All you need are some rubber bands "elastics" .

Watch how to recreate this look by clicking here or watching below:


Monday, 15 January 2018

Reasons why I went back to Locs

Last week, I started documenting my journey back to dreadlocks on this blog and I mentioned that after over a year of consideration and toying with the idea, I decided to go back to dreadlocks, this time, with my long hair.

My Locs over 7 years ago

My Locs now

Some people might wonder why I am doing this, especially after I have done it in the past, caught of my locs and had almost wait length hair. Why go back?

Well, here are some of my reasons, amongst many others

1. I have very long hair, which to be honest, I am not utilising by showing it off or wearing it out. What is the use of having long hair if you can't flaunt it ot never let it out? Lol

2. Maintaining the hair (which I never wore out), was not becoming a hassle. Last year was the worst of it all, even after I promised myself to do better, and even had an excel sheet for my hair regimen, lol.

3. There are some hairstyles I would like to have on my head a couple of years from now, which would require that I have locks on first.

4. Life is too short. I am not someone who really experiments with hairstyles, but now, I need to do some crazy things on my head before I die, and this long hair fetish is limiting me from getting those things done.

5. My major reason: I now have a son, and I hope that when people see me his mother, they will never question his hair choices because meehhhnnn, I so have plans for that boy's hair such that he doesn't even know what is about to hit him, lol.

I took down this hair style and then started my journey to Dreadlocks.

I hope this is enough. Have you had locs in the past? Do you have locs now or plan to have them in future? What were your reasons for going on locs and/or cutting off your locs? Let us know in the comment section.

Friday, 12 January 2018

Rice Water Rinse for Natural Hair: What You Should Know

Rice Water Rinse for Hair Growth


Rice Water Rinse for hair has a lot of benefits, but there are some things you should know before using Rice Water for Hair Growth.

 Understanding how to use Rice Water to grow long thick hair means understanding what rice water does to your hair.

How to Make Rice Water Rinse
You can do it without boiling the rice, however I have tested with boiled rice and without boiling rice and had similar results.
Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZALMv7N-qQ


Watch below or Click Here



Monday, 8 January 2018

Hairstyle Lounge on African Naturalistas - My Journey to Permanent Locs

Hello Ladies. I hope the year of 2018 is being good to us all so far.

Just like I said in the last edition of Hairstyle lounge, I am making some major changes when it comes to my hairstyling. Some of the readers of this blog will remember that I used to be on dreadlocks before I cut it all off to wear my natural hair out a little over seven years ago. Well, after over a year of consideration and toying with the idea, I decided to go back to dreadlocks, this time, with my long hair.

I told Omozo of O'Naturals about it last year, and forgot about it. Towards the end of the year, she reminded me, and even though I was still quite hesitant, I was like "let's do it. What's the worst that could happen?"

After I took down the frohawk of last edition, the O'Naturals locticial proceeded to detangle my hair using African Naturalistas Moisturising and Detangling conditioner. We then went on to wash with a medicated shampoo, to make sure my scalp was in good condition, and followed it up with a regular shampoo. We dried the hair, and proceeded to steam with African Naturalistas Deep Conditioning Mayonnaise.

After this, I had to say goodbye to my free long hair and get it locked up (in jail), lol.




Strand by strand, she did her work on my hair, and I was amazed at how short my long hair looked.






I never expected shrinkage to take its toll on locked hair. Even though she said it would stretch later, I know it will never be it's real length.


After some four hours, we were done. She trimmed off the tips of my hair, and I went under the dryer to use the heat to set the wax in place, and this was what my hair ended up looking like.







I know it looks more line fingercoils or combcoils now, and less like dreadlocks. The loctician said it would take about an average of three months for my hair to actually lock, and the hair will keep stretching in the mean time. I was asked not to let water touch it, and to just spray it with oil for shine.

Now, the deed has been done, we are only keeping our fingers crossed to see how this will pan out in the end. I hope to start rocking waist-length locks by the end of 2018.

Have you ever considered locking your hair. If you have done it, how did that go for you? If you haven't, what is stopping you?

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.

Monday, 1 January 2018

True Story: I had a baby but no Postpartum Shedding.

Happy  new year to all the beautiful people who read and follow this blog. I pray 2018 is good to you, and grants you all your heart's desires.

We have always heard about how as women, we lose hair after delivering because of Postpartum shedding. Many of us (including me) have come to accept this as our reality.

For the first time in my life, I got pregnant very early this year, so just like many women testified of lion's mane kind of growth, I was expecting mine too, even though my hair was already long and full. It was very interesting for me to note that I saw absolutely no changes in my hair growth rate or fullness of hair when I was pregnant. The only thing I noticed was that my hair felt a bit different when touched. That was all. In fact, the hair on my legs didn't grow as fast as they usually did.

So it was no surprise to me when after delivery, my hair did not shed one bit, not even after taking down weaving that I had in for seven weeks. When it came to my hair, I might as well just have been like every other lady out there. Pregnancy hormones did absolutely nothing to alter my hair growth cycle, and I must say I am grateful for this because I have never experienced Telogen Effluvium, and I do not hope to have it anytime soon.


My temples seven weeks post partum

My temples 10 weeks postpartum
I guess from now, I can boldly say that not all women would have postpartum shedding after delivery, and one way we'll be able to tell is if we unusal hair growth while pregnant.

Saturday, 30 December 2017

How to Wash Natural Hair in Cornrows

How to Wash Natural Hair in Cornrows

Have you ever wondered if it is possible to wash your natural hair in cornrows? Watch as  my 9 years old daughter shows you if she can get her hair cleaned while in cornrows.


Monday, 25 December 2017

Hairstyle Lounge on African Naturalistas - Home Service saves the day

Merry Christmas everyone. I hope we are having a great holiday season.

It's been a very long while since we wrote something on Hairstyle Lounge, almost a year ago if I have my dates right. This is because almost all year, I hardly went to the salon due to the fact that many things in my life didn't play out as planned. I can count on both hands how many times I made my hair, and to be honest how many times I washed or cared for my hair. Thankfully, that phase is over and a new phase has started.

I was out of the country for quite sometime, and when I got back, I needed to take down the weaving our very own Discovering Natural made on my hair six weeks prior and get my hair pampered and treated my O'Naturals. Honestly, it was well deserved as the hair was overdue for some loving up.

I got back exactly a month ago, Sunday, and was supposed to be at the salon the Wednesday after that. I woke up on Wednesday morning, and for some reason, my body refused to cooperate. I was a nursing mother with a swollen face and aching jawline (I had visited the dentist two days prior to carry out an extraction), and I was dead tired. I was extremely jetlagged, but I still needed to look good because my baby dedication was in four days time.

I called Omozo of O'Naturals, explained the whole situation to her, and apologised because I was going to miss my appointment. She was very understanding, and we decided to convert the whole process to Home service for the next day, so I could rest that day. Before this, I had never had someone come from a salon to care for my hair so I looked forward to the whole process. I had heard about O'Naturals Home service, but never had any reason to utilize it. Lemme just say they saved my life last week.

At the appointed time, the stylist called me, saying whe was at the estate gate. About 30 minutes later, she had her hands in my head, detangling, massaging my scalp, and getting rid of weeks of build up. Of course, we had to do a thorough detangling especially considering how long I carried the previous hairstyle. We used African Naturalistas Moisturising and Detangling conditioner, which was supplied by O'Naturals, just like all the other products they used on my hair.

We went on to wash with a medicated shampoo, to make sure my scalp was in good condition, and followed it up with a regular shampoo. We dried the hair, and proceeded to steam with African Naturalistas Deep Conditioning Mayonnaise. Now, since it was home service, there was obviously no steaming machine. We used a steam cap instead, and the steaming process lasted for twenty minutes.

We washed again, and dried the hair a bit with microfibre towel, then proceeded to make the hair, a style I selected a day earlier. We were done in about an hour, meaning the hair pampering phase was longer than the hair styling phase.

This was the result of the whole thing





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

P.S: My hairstyle journey is about to change for good. Watch out for what's cooking in the oven by staying tuned to this blog

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.



Saturday, 16 December 2017

Best Oils for Natural Hair

Best Oils for Natural Hair | African Naturalistas

Which oils do you use on your hair and your kids' hair? How do you use them? For my kids and myself, we actually make an oil mix that has different functionalities. In this video, I highlight the difference between penetrating oils and sealing oils and share with you some oils that are beneficial for nourishing the scalp and also helping the hair be luxurious.

Watch below or click here
 

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Natural Hairstyles for Teen Girls

Natural Hairstyles for Teen Girls

As a mom of a teenager... ah yes.. she is finally a teenager... I want her to be more adventurous with her hair styles, without damaging her hair. To prep for this hairstyle, she shampooed her hair and deep conditioned it. Then she moisturized her hair and put into about 20 twists overnight.

This hair style can be modified into 5 different styles that your child can do on her own.

Natural Hairstyles for Teen Girls

This is a great style that works for school and even for any festive occasion now that we are in December and all the holiday festivities are going to start.

To recreate this style, click here or watch below:

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Interview with a 3 Years Old about Natural Hair

Interview with a 3 Years Old about Natural Hair | African Naturalistas

They say that the children are our future. My hope is for Natural Hair to be the norm in the future. I decided to interview my 3 year old niece about natural hair.
Here is what she said...

Watch below or click here:

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