Saturday, 14 October 2017

Worst Protective Hairstyle for Natural Hair

WORST Protective Style for Natural Hair | DiscoveringNatural



Protective styles can help you with retaining hair growth, however, if you are using the wrong protective styles, it can actually affect the health of your hair and also your kids hair. In this video, I talk about the Worst Protective Styles for Natural Hair

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Saturday, 7 October 2017

How to Prevent Split Ends in Natural Hair

How to Get Rid Of and Prevent Split Ends in Natural Hair | DiscoveringNatural


One of the culprit of Hair Breakage in Natural Hair is Split Ends. It can also be an indicator of Hair Damage. When your hair splits, if care is not taken to prevent it, it can cause further damage to that strand of hair.

In this video, I tell you what causes split ends, how to get rid of split ends, and also how to prevent split ends in natural hair and all hair types.

Watch below or click here



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.

Monday, 2 October 2017

When two African Naturalistas meet, this is what happens



Hi ladies and gentlemen. Yaayyyy!!! Can you sense the excitement from my greeting? Last week, I, Atilola, got to meet physically with one of the African Naturalistas writers, Discovering Naturals. As you might know, African Naturalistas writers are scattered all over the world, and while we always communicate via any means technology allows us, it is always difficult for us to physically meet all at once, except for the 4 of us currently domiciled in Nigeria.

So therefore, it was a very great honour meeting our very own Kids Expert, Discovering Natural in Houston. I met her, Lil Sis and Big Sis. Kai, her kids are so well behaved, it's just kids-goals. DN and I hung out a bit in her lovely home, waited for Lil Sis to come home, before we proceeded to pick Big Sis from school. After this, we proceeded on a long road trip to drop me at home, and grabbing dinner on the way. I was so grateful for these i.e. the ride and the food, lol. I can confidently say it's been my best day in Houston since I got here (I've been holed up in the same location for the past 1 month, going nowhere, seeing no one).

The good part, amidst all the gisting and loving up with DN, we shot a Vlog. Yaaayyyyy. I've never been involved in shooting a Vlog. I only shoot TV features, interviews and the likes, so this one was so lighthearted and really short. We talked a lot about african Naturalistas. I must say, I love the naturalness of this video and the vibes. Watch it yourself and let's know what you think.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Cornrows and Twists | Back To School Hairstyles for Natural Hair

Kids Hairstyles Braids Natural Hair | ElongTress Whipped Shea Butter

This video shows how we created this cute girls hairstyles with Cornrows Braids and Twists using whipped shea butter.


Watch below or click here





Kids Hairstyles Braids Natural Hair | ElongTress Whipped Shea Butter

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.



Saturday, 23 September 2017

5 Ways To Style Protective Styles For Kids

5 Quick Hairstyles for Natural Hair Teenagers  | DiscoveringNatural

These natural hairstyles are quick hairstyles that you can do in less than 10 seconds.

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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.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Who rocked the style best? TWA

Wow, it's been a while since we had this column. I hope you have missed it, lol.

This edition, we are featuring a very common style, that I almost cannot believe that it has not been featured on any of our previous "who rocked it" column. Almost everyone who has gone from relaxed hair to natural hair went through this stage. It is the Teeny Weeny Afro.

While this is just a transition phase for many of us, some of people decide to permanently remain here and glam it up, while some rock it for a very long time, and then move on to the next phase.

As usual, we have featured six celebrities who currently or have rocked TWA to the fullest in the past. Who would you say rocked their TWA best? 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?

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Natural Hair Hack: No Hair Tie

Natural Hair Hacks | DiscoveringNatural

To see more hairstyle tricks like this one where you don't need a hair tie, watch: http://bit.ly/DN_Hair_Hacks_Tricks_PL

Watch below or click here


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.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

10 Times Issa Rae Gave Us TWA Inspiration On Insecure

A couple of months ago, just before the beginning of season two, I included HBO's Insecure to my list of TV shows.

After successfully succumbing to peer pressure, I binge-watched the first season so that I could catch up with the second. To be honest, unlike every other fan of the show, I was a bit disappointed.I thought it was overrated. Maybe because the show was completely unrelatable to me and not all that funny. Call me Goody Two Shoes if you like. But I continued watching till the end of season two because one thing stood out for me; Creator and Lead actress Issa Rae's TWA.

I started to notice the former YouTube star at the beginning of the year precisely during the 2017 Golden Globes awards where she was styled by the one and only Felicia Leatherwood who also happens to be her stylist on Insecure. But then after watching a few episodes, I began to really notice her natural hair such that I was actually tempted to cut mine. Yup! That serious.

Her auburn (?) TWA has been styled about 16 different ways or more throughout the two seasons. If that isn't enough TWA Inspiration, I can't help you. All I need now is for Felicia Leatherwood to put out a YouTube playlist of all of Issa's hairstyles and then I'll cut my hair.

Anyway, without further ado, here are ten times Issa Rae gave us TWA Inspiration on Insecure.

  • This conrowed faux hawk



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  • The classic afro puff



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  • The braided updo 



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  •  Cornrows are always in! 



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  • Another spin to the faux hawk with a cornrow



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  • The gorgeous formal updo with bangs



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  • The cornrow low puff


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  • The side-braided wash and go

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  • Another faux hawk with twists 


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  • The braided puff

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Issa and/or Felicia are clearly fans of the faux hawk. But then again, it's a TWA. Faux Hawks always look good with TWAs which is why they tried different options. I have a feeling we are still going to see more of them in season 3. 

Probably the best thing about Issa's style choices is how casual yet stylish they are. This is enough temptation to cut my hair.

Anyway, which style(s) are your favourite?


Monday, 11 September 2017

Ayurvedic herbs for hair you didn't know were locally grown

If you use African Naturalistas products, you would know that stinging nettle is one of the major ingredients in most of our hair products. If you don’t use African Naturalistas products, what are you waiting for?

Stinging nettle is an ingredient you find in many products manufactured for natural hair outside Nigeria. If we are not careful, we might begin to assume that ingredients like these are not available to us in Nigeria, since we don’t find them in our own locally made products.

If only we knew

I mean, Nigeria has 60% of Shea butter in the world. Can you imagine that? Out of all the countries in the whole world, we have 60% while some other few scramble for the remaining, yet the company called Shea moisture is not even a Nigerian company, lol.

Anyway, back to the discussion, many herbs useful for hair care can be found in Nigeria, but language barrier and ignorance have ensured that we are not aware of this fact. And what then happens, we go all the way to India to import ayurvedic herbs to sell here, or worst case, USA.
With all the aloe Vera plants around us, I have not seen made-in-Nigeria aloe Vera powder.

So if the popular aloe Vera is suffering this fate, what of lesser known herbs like nettle and neem?
We have on one hand, the traditional herbalists who know these herbs, what they look like, and their local names, and then people like us who know the scientific and English names. Many of us don’t even know what the plants look like. We just know that the powder that comes from these leaves and roots are good for our hair… at least, that is what the internet says.

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Neem leaves - Dongoyaro (source)

There is the need to bridge the generational and knowledge gap, so this knowledge doesn’t end up perishing with our fathers’ fathers.

How do we do it? For example, when I began to suspect that nettle leaves might be available in Nigeria, I went online to research for the Yoruba name. I then went to a local traditional herbalist to ask her for the herb, which I got easily. I compared it to the picture online, and they were the same, only that mine was the dried one (herbs are mostly sold in the dried form because they need to be preserved over time). Some of these herbalists are also taught the English name of the herbs when learning their trade.

There are some existing, which I can’t even trace their local names, such as lavender, but they are here, live in Nigeria.

Below are some herbs easily available to us in Nigeria, which are beneficial to our hair, their local names (mostly Yoruba)and their uses. You can use them for your own hair care by


  • Getting essential oils from them
  • Dehydrating the leaves, grinding them, and making your own ayurvedic powder from them
  • Making your own extracts from them


Is someone getting a business idea from me? So here it goes


  1. Henna plant – Laali, Lali: Treats gray hair, Excellent hair conditioner, Strengthens hair from root to tip, Prevent hair loss, hair fall and breakage , Makes hair stronger and thicker, Natural hair dye
  2. Neem – Dongoyaro: Acts as Anti-bacteria, anti-fungi which keeps scalp healthy, Encourages hair growth
  3. African sandalwood – Osun, Irosun: Combats hair dryness, has astringent and antiseptic properties which rids the scalp of excess sebum secretions
  4. Lemon grass - Kooko-oba: improves scalp conditions, strengthens hair follicles
  5. Tumeric - Ata Ile pupa: Prevents hair loss, scalp issues, dandruff, eczema and dermatitis, and acts as hair dye
  6. Aloe vera – Ahon-erin: Promotes shine and moisture, Prevents hair loss and dandruffs, Acts as pre-pool treatment, Acts as gel, shampoo and conditioner, Encourages hair growth
  7. Clove Basil - Efirin in Yoruba, Nchanwu in igbo: Prevents hair loss, grey hair, and alleviates dandruff issue
  8. Mint leaf - Na’a Na’a in Hausa, Ewe Taniloju in Yoruba: Keeps the scalp clean free from dandruff and inflammation, Acts as an excellent coolant by keeping scalp refreshed, smells extremely nice, Balances healthy PH of scalp
  9. Stinging nettle – Ewe esinsin: Combats hair loss, effective treatment for dandruff
  10. Castor oil plant – Laa funfun: Stimulates hair growth, thickens hair strands
  11. Parsley – Isako: Encourages hair growth, Scalp stimulant, Promotes healthy hair
  12. Sage - Kiriwi, Babaluaye, Obatala: Treats hair loss, stimulates hair growth, tea rinse for shiny hair, darkens hair
  13. Hibiscus – Zobo: Excellent hair conditioner, Natural hair dye


Do you know of any herbs for hair care, and their local name? let’s know in the comment section.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

How to Care for Low Porosity Natural Hair

How to Care for Low Porosity Natural Hair | African Naturalistas
By DiscoveringNatural

In this video, I share my Low Porosity Natural Hair Routine. I also share products that I use. 
One of the main natural hair struggles is dealing with low porosity hair. Knowing how to moisturize low porosity hair, how to care for low porosity hair even how to care for low porosity hair is an issue.
For more information on hair care, check out http://shampootruth.com

My tee shirt is from Unbreakable Mindset Tees. Find yours at http://umtees.com
They have inspirational and motivational apparels and products that will uplift your spirit and share encouragement to others.

Products Mentioned:
Kadima African Black Soap Shampoo
Naturalicious Rhassoul Clay
GitUSum Apple Cider Rinse: http://bit.ly/DN_How_To_Use_ACV
Aussie Moist 3x: http://bit.ly/DN_Aussie_Moist
TGIN Honey Miracle: http://bit.ly/DN_TGIN_HoneyMiracle
Sheamoisture 10 in 1: http://bit.ly/DN_How_To_Deep_Conditio...
TGIN Buttercream: http://bit.ly/DN_How_To_Deep_Conditio...
Eden Bodyworks Curl Defining Cream
SheaMoisture Curl and Style Milk
Grapeseed Oil

Watch below or click here;



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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