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Thursday, 20 November 2014
You know how natural hair can be a tad tasking and exhausting? Once in a while,there are some shortcuts we take in order to reduce wash day or just simply make life easier. It's not like there's some rulebook somewhere stating what we are allowed to do or not do. That being said, I'm not advocating cutting corners or anything of that sort. All i'm saying is whatever you decide to do, make sure it's of optimum benefits to your natural hair. If not, what's the point?
Here are five natural hair hacks you should know.
1. Trade your towel for an old t-shirt to avoid frizz and reduce breakage. I don't think I've used anything other than my tee for my hair.
2. Use a plastic bag to trap in heat for deep conditioning. Life's too short to be washing shower caps. Plus you can always throw it away when you're done.
3. Refrigerate your leave-in conditioner to seal your hair's cuticle after washing and also to add shine.
4. Another way you can use black tea is by spritzing your hair with it before applying your deep conditioner. That way, you can totally maximise its benefits as it stays longer in your hair. Black tea helps to reduce shedding, combat dandruff and also add shine.
5. Add oils -carrier or essential- to your (cheapie) conditioner to increase its potency. This is something I do regularly.
Which natural hack(s) have you heard about and tried?
Love, kinks and knots
Wednesday, 19 November 2014
Can you tell us who you are and what you do?
Officially, I'm Maryanne Ogunleye but friends call me Deola. I'm a Law Student in. I'm an Ijebu girl who's been living in Lagos for most of her existence. I love trying out new foods, music and creative arts. I BC'd last week of October 2013. So my mane is about a year and three weeks old. She's a type 4C and a little over 5 inches.
It's so pretty :-D. Natural hair takes whatever form you want. It's versatile plus it has an attitude of its own.
Why did you decide to go natural?
I was tired of my neck length hair. A friend introduced me to a Ghanaian Hair stylist that treats hair in Dugbe market. He is a biochemist so he knows his stuff. I embarked on a six weeks hair treatment. He treated my hair with eggs, onion juice, tomato juice, his DIY deep conditioner and creams etc. He used onions for my edges. The result was awesome; my hair was shiny and I was starting to see my edges grow. But he was expensive, so I went on the Internet and tapped into the awe of the natural hair community. That's when it hit me, "Why not start from scratch?"
|With relaxed hair|
I went to the barber's and chopped it all off. Truthfully, I left an inch of hair. I didn't want to go bald. My dad's face that night was priceless.
Hell yeah! I have a small stature, people tell me I look 16 so I feared I'd look even smaller with a haircut.
What has your experience been?
For someone who never liked attention, I must say my hair calls out without permission oh.
I like that we naturalistas bond fast. We smile at ourselves and do mind talk (telepathy) and stuff. Others that are on protective styles go as far as showing you their pictures just so you don't think they're lying. It's been fun getting to know my hair and myself. The one time my mum saw me trying to twist my hair, just after we had a dreadlock argument, she was sure Asa and Jumoke Olawode-James were my inspiration and bad influence.
What was/is your biggest fear about going natural?
Err... That it won't grow. The boy next door still looks at me and says, "Your hair is not long now". (insert angry face). She seems stagnant at times but a watched kettle doesn't boil, does it? I've learnt to free her.
Do you think you are in it for the long Haul or is it just a phase?
Of course, it's for the long Haul. I don't see myself going back. I don't miss the struggle for super relaxers and burnt scalps.
Do you have any regimen you stick to?
When I started I'd wash my hair once a week, do the onion, honey, orange juice, banana, avocado treatments and egg treatment monthly. But now, o ti re body ( the girl is tired ), ain't nobody got time for that, I wash weekly, do tea rinse and deep condition. Se finis.
What's your go to protective style?
When my hair was in the awkward phase, I loved fixing skull caps and wigs with my hair in "didi" underneath. Now, Buns all the way.
|Covered up in a wig|
There are people who definitely have negative comments about your hair, how do you deal with that?
Just a few persons and they know their opinions don't matter. Everybody else thinks you're locing the hair or doing "dada". Apart from these, I get good comments and many questions.
What's your must-have product and accessory?
Castor oil (to replace the onion juice), olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil and scarves.
What's your advice to anyone planning to ditch relaxers?
Try spontaneity. It's the new spice of Life.
Thank you for your time.
Thank you too.
Tuesday, 18 November 2014
Monday, 17 November 2014
Laziness is not a good thing, honestly. I normally wash my hair every two weeks (14 days). I had an outing with Dimeji last weekend, and felt the need to do a twist out, side-part it, and let it hang a bit on both sides of my head. In my head, I pictured the look, and felt I would be the most beautiful girl in the world.
So I decided to do the twists about 3 days before the outing, so I can unravel on the fourth day. The issue was I had not washed my hair in the past 10 days. My options were to wash my hair as if it was two weeks before my previous wash, or to just go ahead and twist my hair, like it was freshly-washed hair. I chose the latter because I felt there was no time for me to start washing my hair, but the truth was that I was just plain-lazy, and looking for an easy way out, especially if I consider the fact that I don’t even have a job yet.
So after twisting my hair, I covered it with satin bonnet, and just lazed around the house for three days, reading, watching TV, developing myself in whatever way I could.
On the day of the outing, when Dimeji left his house to come and pick me, I started dressing up. After taking care of the dress and the face, I removed my satin bonnet to untwist my twist, in order to get a twistout. I noticed a few flakes, and cursed the demon of laziness that did not allow me wash my hair before twisting it. I knew it was not the pudding, because it was the same pudding I use all the time. It must have been because there had been product build-up on my hair before, and I used the pudding on a dirty hair, and the combination gave birth to this.
After unravelling the twist, and parting my hair in the way I had been fantasising about for about five days, I designed it with a flowery head band, and dusted off whatever flakes were visible to my eyes. Yes, I looked just as beautiful as I imagined. I was definitely an overcomer.
By this time, Dimeji was already waiting for me downstairs. When I got into his car, I gave him a big hug. He commented on how good I looked, and even commended me for being on time. I just beamed and teased him, as we started out on our journey.
In the heat of the moment, when we were having an interesting conversation, and I had gotten carried away, Dimeji was just looking at me. I noticed he wasn’t talking, and was looking at me funny.
“What is it?” I asked confused.
“You have snowflakes falling from your head.” He smiled
“What??? Oh mehhnnn. I thought I beat this thing off.” I tilted to look at my hair in the mirror.
“It’s all over your clothes, face, my chair, and your bag. If that’s what you call beating, then you sure are the Mike Tyson in this ring.”
True to Dimeji’s observation, the flakes were all over me. I was beginning to look like a live snowman. I thought of every possible solution to the problem, but it all boiled down to the fact that I have to wash my hair to get rid of the flakes, which was not possible at the moment. Laziness can really turn back, and bite people in the butt.
“So what will you do now?” Dimeji asked.
Since it was not like we were going on an official date with people, and I wasn’t wearing a dark-coloured top, I already made my mind. Nothing was going to steal my fun time with my boyfriend.
“We’ll just deal with it. It comes with the territory of being natural.”
As a lot of people know, growing your hair long and keeping it long can be mutually exclusive although they really shouldn’t be. That is why we have a theme around this all important topic.
For the ladies that have locs, don’t fear, one of the presenters focuses solely on locs so you will be taken care of as well. Another presenter will be actually demo-ing styles. There will be two more presenters, so lots to expect!
The meet up is taking place at the Social Place, Lagos, the place where the very first edition took place in November 2011, and I was there, as a complete novice - I'm sure you won't believe. It is very calm and serene. No need to worry, even if the rain comes a-pouring
There will be giveaways and product swaps (if you don’t bring your products, this does not work, so please bring those gently used products with you).
Of course, African Naturalistas will be there to make sure you get every natural hair care product of your choice.
Please, see the flyer below for more details, or go to naturalnigerian.com
Sunday, 16 November 2014
Dakore is a Nigerian actress. I love Dakore. The reason is not far fetched. She is an amazing actress and she is effortlessly beautiful. I first discovered her in the movie 'emotional crack' and I fell in love with her.
I have always known her to play the natural hair team. This will be more of a post detailing her journey as she has transitioned from locs to the afro.
Enjoy her pictures
Saturday, 15 November 2014
Before starting the process of washing your child's natural hair, you have to first determine what you will use to wash the hair. For my children, it is usually between doing a co-wash, shampoo wash, or a clarifying wash. Don't worry, in upcoming blog posts, we will get more in-depth in each of these types of washes. However, here is a brief synopsis:
Co-wash: Washing with a cleansing conditioner.
Shampoo Wash: Washing with shampoo (Sulfate-free/Sulfate)
Clarifying Wash: Washing with a clarifying shampoo or cleanser.
After determining what to use, the next step is to find the right location to wash the hair. To learn more about 3 kids-friendly locations to wash hair, Click Here.
Next, is the wash process. when it comes to washing hair, remember that the scalp is the most important part that needs to be cleansed. If the scalp is covered with product buildup and dirt, it does not provide for an healthy place for hair to grow from. This in fact can stunt hair growth. First cleanse the scalp and then the hair.
In the video below, I demonstrate how I do a Shampoo Wash on your daughter's hair.
How do you wash your child's natural hair? Share your tips below.
Friday, 14 November 2014
I took out my crochet braids last night, after about 3 weeks. I have to admit that I think my hair may have suffered from not having easy access to it, as there's a lot of shedding and breakage, but it's not the end of the world. Anyway, I took the braids out last night, but was too tired to wash my hair. No matter how many times my husband told me to just get up and wash it, no matter how much he offered to wash the hair for me, my body was just not interested and said it was going to sleep. And sleep I did.
When I woke up this morning, I rushed into the shower to proceed to wash and condition my hair. Because of the product build up from moisturizing my hair underneath my protective style, I used a clarifying shampoo as I needed to get all that product out of my hair. Next I reached for my Hello Hydration conditioner, because my hair was in desperate need of instant and intense conditioning. Well, let me give you some background of my bottle of Hello Hydration conditioner. I have heard lots and lots of great reviews about it, but never saw the need to try it out. It wasn't until my most recent trip to the States, that I happened upon it at the grocery store and decided to try it out. I brought it back to Nigeria and had used it just one time - the slip is AMAZING and my hair felt VERY SOFT after using it.
This morning when I reached for it, the bottle felt weird. It felt light. I remembered having used it only one time, and I'm usually not heavy handed with products. So why was the bottle much less than halfway used? I racked my brain trying to figure it out. When I use my products, I put them back in my little bathroom stand. There's no way it would have poured out. Wait a minute! The conditioner was IN the shower stall this morning, not on the bathroom stand where I keep it. There was only one other person who could have moved it.
|Berry Dakara Instagram|
A lot of people describe my husband as having an afro. Yes, it's higher than a lot of men in Nigeria have their hair. We have had discussions here and there on what products are good for natural hair care. Never did it cross my mind that my lovely hubby was helping himself to my hair products!!!! I wasn't sure whether to laugh or cry when I came to that realization this morning. My honest initial reaction was panic! If he'd used this conditioner to that level, what other products should I be worried about?!?! Especially since he claims he has to get his hair wet EVERY SINGLE DAY!
Well, I could do either of 3 things...
- Buy him his own set of products. He's not really into the natural hair lingo, and will use almost anything. Well, he said he just loved the conditioner and that's why he kept using it :p
- Hide my products :D
- Buy my products double-fold. This might end up being the best option.
Thursday, 13 November 2014
I would like to address something I've noticed overtime especially on social media platforms like Twitter. Often times, I see tweets about how natural hair is an expensive venture like the one below. This complaints most likely leads to frustration of sorts.
Now, many people clearly do not realize that this natural hair business is a personal thing. Yes, we all agree that there's more awareness and the community is increasing by the day but that doesn't mean you should lose yourself over it.
Everybody wants to join the bandwagon especially when it comes to products when they clearly cannot afford it. They want to able to flaunt and be affiliated with the various popular brands. They're not conscious of the fact that some of this products might not even work for you. It's all about trial and errors. So what is the point?
Cut your coat according to your size.
This might seem like a sort of cliché but we need to have this at the back of our minds. Unfortunately, natural hair product companies are not exactly popular. We do not have that many local businesses catering solely for the needs of naturals especially since it's not mainstream yet. Except for some brands like African Naturalistas. We need to get to a point that we can buy these products over the counter or in our local drugstores just like relaxers.
In the mean time, it's important to learn to shop -just like you would with everything else- according to your budget.
But first, what is your budget? Trust me, it is very very easy to get carried away with products. Heck! It's even the easiest thing hence the need for a budget. You need to allocate a particular amount for products and follow it religiously. Yes, it that serious.
Next, study your hair. Know the kind of products that are applicable and whatnot. Find out what works for your hair and stick to it. Product junkism might not allow your hair thrive.
Read product reviews. This is one habit I've imbibed this year. Before buying anything, I check reviews online. Google it and streamline the reviews to suit your location. Trust me, it has saved me a whole lot of money. Often times, some of these products are just hype, nothing else.
Wednesday, 12 November 2014
|The Biggest chop|
Tuesday, 11 November 2014
Monday, 10 November 2014
I have been crying my eyes out since morning. I don’t know what demon possessed me this morning to pick my phone up, and check for updates before starting my short work out. I had just concluded my morning prayers when I decided to scroll through my phone to do some amebo.
The first thing I saw was a broadcast from a contact. “Breaking news: Dr Myles Munroe and wife dead in plane crash.” The force of the shock that hit me was indescribable. I immediately started crying, and replied the guy’s message with “no, no, no. this can’t be true.” I scrolled to personal updates by contact, and seeing Dr Myles pictures on DPs, and different condolence messages. At this point, my tears couldn’t be stopped.
He had died in a plane crash on a private jet, on his was to his own leadership conference. Imagine that – his own conference, where different global leaders were waiting to hear him speak. His daughter also died, thereby leaving just his son remaining in his family. I don’t even know what to think of this, honestly.
Although he had nothing to do with me and my natural hair, his messages have touched me greatly, especially the one on Kingdom, and bringing God’s kingdom to earth. Oh gosh, I still can’t believe it. Anytime his messages play in my head, or I remember his voice, the tears pour out once again. And this is me who doesn’t even know him personally. I can’t imagine what his family and close friends must be going through at this time, I can’t imagine, especially the son – the only surviving family member.
I don’t even know what to think, honestly. Him, along with eight other people, on a mission to do God’s work – Just gone. I’m still weak
Rest In Peace – Dr Myles Munroe, family, and friends.
Sunday, 9 November 2014
Saturday, 8 November 2014
The most important aspect of detangling your child's hair is to have PATIENCE. Do not rush the process. Rushing only leads to breakage, tears, and frustration. Take your time.
In the video below, I show you step by step how I detangle my daughter's hair. Mind you, she is very tender-headed, and I have to be extra gentle with her. Hope these tips help you in caring for your child's natural hair. Remember, do not rush, take your time, and work in sections.
How do you detangle your child's Natural hair? Share your tips below.
Friday, 7 November 2014
It's no secret that over the past few years, the natural hair movement has had a strong and steady stride. It's not uncommon to see people with natural hair around your community, in fashion, media, films and more. You see women with TWA, Afros, Locs, Twists, Twist outs, Bantu Knots, Bantu Knot Outs and so much more.
I was very pleased last year to encounter a web series on Youtube. Titled, 'An African City,' the show has been touted as Africa's answer to the mega popular 'Sex and the City.' The series (created by Nicole Amarteifio) is available on Youtube, and centers around a group of young women who have recently moved back to Ghana from living abroad. Apart from the awesome African fashion, scintillating and often titillating story lines, what captured my attention prominently was NATURAL HAIR!!! Three of the characters had their natural hair out in every single episode, and it was such a rush to see the different natural hair styles worn in different settings like work, home, and out for socializing (with the girls, or on dates).
PHOTOS BY: BOB PIXEL PHOTO STUDIO
Have you watched any episodes?! Who's your favorite character? They're currently filming Season 2 and I can't wait for what it brings - more love, more fashion, and definitely more FIERCE NATURAL HAIR styles.
Thursday, 6 November 2014
Wednesday, 5 November 2014
It's good to be back!
One of the pros of natural hair is definitely the fact that it's stress-free. Yes, once you get a hang of it, you can easily find your way around things with little or no hassle. Also, there are a number of things you don't need to worry about anymore that might have been an issue in the past especially during your relaxed days.
Here are 5 things that I don't miss about the creamy crack;
1. The type of relaxer to use. This was one of the problems I encountered during my relaxed days. I was totally clueless about the different types of relaxers and whatnot so I just used whatever I saw and boy, am I glad that phrase is over.
2. The period between relaxer-touch ups. I'm particularly happy that I do not have to calculate the intervals between touch-ups. I never got it right.
3. The pain of the scalp burns. I haven't been exactly lucky with relaxers. The worst experience I had was just after my high school graduation. I was in such a hurry to relax my hair that I ended up with severe burns both on my scalp that extended to my nape. It was so bad that I couldn't touch my hair for more than a month until it healed up completely thanks to shea butter. I think that was the point I had a paradigm shift about this relaxer business. It was horrible!
4. Split ends, damaged hair and stunted growth. Eventually, these things pushed me to make a decision that would have a major influence on my life.
5. The excruciating heat from the dryer during roller sets. I've been going under the dryer as early as the age of eight and overtime I gradually detested it and salons in general.
Aside from the smooth and sleek texture of relaxed hair, I don't miss it at all. Recently I had a conversation with my friend whom I also convinced to go natural and we both reached a conclusion that relaxers are tortuous. Yes it was that bad.
Over to you!
What are those things that you don't miss during your relaxed days?
Next time, I'll be sharing some of things I love about being natural.
Love, kinks and knots.
How are you all doing? Its been a while :) If you didn't miss me please pretend you did. I did miss you all. Anyways, we are back with Mane matters. Meet Damilola.
AN: Can you tell us who you are and what you do?
Truthfully, I couldn't find a relaxer that would actually "relax" my hair. It relaxes while in the salon, then blows right back up immediately I step out of the salon. Everyone kept recommending regular and super but I got really tired when a relaxer burnt my hair in front where everyone could see it and there was no hair left! Lol
Not at all. Wanted to experience the hair in twa stage so I BC'd early
I have the hand in hair syndrome. Still haven't gotten over how much I love my hair and how beautiful I found it.
Hmm... That I would look like a boy and that I would run back to relaxers in no time. Now, I just can't wait for it to grow. Loving every minute!
Oh definitely the long haul. It's refreshing to not worry about the type of relaxer to buy the next month or that my hair was getting due for retouching.
Errrm.... I don't have one. *runs*
*runs back* I just wash my hair twice a week and spray my water, olive oil and castor oil mixture on my hair every morning either if I'm wearing it out or on protective styling
Twists. I looove twists. I definitely looove twists. :D
Hmmmm I haven't really come across them yet... Most people just say they like my hair and also say how they can't handle natural hair
Bobby pins, my hand made headbands, water and oil mixtures, eco styler argan oil gel
Just take that leap once you decide. It's certainly worth it!