Thursday, 21 August 2014

Finghair Tips Thursday: Nourishment


Defining Your Natural Hair Curls With Flexi Rods

Hi ladies!

One of the easiest ways to achieve flawless defined curls without heat on your natural hair is through flexi rods or what Nigerians call, bendy rollers. As long as your hair is long enough, it's really very easy. All you need is


  • Flexi rods. Depending on your hair length
  • Leave-in conditioner/ Hair spritz
  • Shea butter
  • Gel/Curl pudding
Or whatever it is you use to moisturize and give hold

Technique
  • On a dry/damp washed and conditioned hair, apply your leave-in evenly or spray your hair with your hair spritz
  • Slather your hair with gel/curl pudding
  • Section your hair
  • Work each sections around the flexi rods until you've gone round your hair
  • Leave to dry. overnight preferably or under a dryer
  • Remove the rods
  • Style your hair as desired.


Some inspiration that might help







This is such easy, stress-free style that can last for up to a week if properly maintained.

Anyways, what do you think of flexi rods? Have you or do you use it?

What combination of products do you use for hold?


Love, kinks and knots














Wednesday, 20 August 2014

"I have learned that shrinkage means I have healthy hair" Mane matters with Theodora Olumekor

Hello Naturalistas,

On this episode of Mane matters we bring you the beautiful Dora. Enjoy. 

hairstyles

AN:Can you tell us who you are and what you do?

My name is Theodora Olumekor. I am a final year law student at Obafemi Awolowo University.

AN: What's your thoughts about natural hair?

My thoughts about natural hair are that it's beautiful, it's a wonderful experience worth exploring.
Relaxed Hair

AN: Why did you decide to go natural?

I decided to go natural around June 2013, after I saw a picture of @Naptural85’s hair on Instagram. Her hair was so beautiful and I just decided not to relax my hair because my last retouch was January 2013. I did my research, asked questions and my hair is naturally soft so that made my decision easier. 

AN: Did you do a BC or you transitioned?

I did both. I transitioned for 15 months and cut off all the relaxed ends April 2014. 
While transitioning...

AN: What was your transitioning experience like?
Transitioning was difficult because the relaxed ends just tangle up into knots when I wash and it took a whole lot of patience not to just cut it off. Let's just say my natural hair journey has taught me a lot about patience. 

AN: Any fears about the BC?
No, I had no fears about BC. I have cut my hair several times before so I had no fears at all.
BC

AN: What has your experience been?

The experience so far has been AMAZING. I learn something about my hair everyday. What it likes, what products it likes, what oils it likes. My hair shrinks a lot. The shrinkage is so much one would think my hair is trying to hide from something when water touches it but I have learned that it means I have healthy hair. It has been an amazing experience and I am enjoying it.
 
AN: What was/is your biggest fear about going Natural?

My biggest fear about going natural was that I would not have the patience or the time to take care of my hair.

AN: Do you think you are in it for the long haul or is it just a phase?

I am definitely in this for the long haul
Twist-fro hawk

AN: Do you have any hair regimen you stick to?
Yes I do. I wash 3 times a month. Once with shampoo and twice with conditioner I.e co washing. I pre-poo before I shampoo. An ACV rinse once a month and a protein treatment twice a month. I also do a moisture treatment of water, glycerin and coconut oil everyday. This is mixed in my spray bottle.

AN: Whats your go-to protective style? 
Braids: Box braids or marley braids
Protective style

AN: There are people that definitely have negative comments about you hair, how do you deal with that?
That used to happen a lot but I just tell them it's my hair and I love it

AN: Whats your must have product and accessory?

My must have product is the Cantu Shea Butter Leave in Conditioner and accessory has to be my Bobbi pins and hair band. 
Wash and go

AN: Whats you advice to anyone planning to ditch relaxers?

My advice is if you want to go natural, do it for you, do it because you want to not because you think everybody is doing it. Do your research and be ready to accept most importantly your natural curls. Your hair cannot be bone straight again so don't treat your hair like its bone straight. Be ready to embrace your curls because they are beautiful. 
defined curls 

Thank you for your time.

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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Learning when its time to let go:Natural Hair and products.

Hallo Chicas! Since going Natural, I'm sure you like myself have been courted and romanced by almost every single Natural Hair product dancing seductively in front of our eyes from countless You Tube videos. If you like I have been caught up in the rapture, you may have continued to use a certain product not because it moved mountains for you, but because it seemingly moved them for countless others. But you have to learn when to simply cut your loses and move on with dignity.....



Monday, 18 August 2014

Diary of an Honest Naturalista: Week 63



I’m so happy. I did my first pompadour ever this week, and I did it myself! Yes, myself! What happened was that Dimeji, along with some friends, came to pick me up for a comedy show after church. By the time they were five minutes away from my house, I was not even close to ready. I had tried to replicate one funky pomp I saw on youtube. Even though I was watching the video, I still couldn’t achieve the exact style, so I decided to improvise. By the time Dimeji was calling me to inform me that he was outside, I had pins in my right hand, and sticking out of my hair here and there.

A few hundred pins later, and a million manipulations later, I had my own version of pompadour on. I was apologising profusely to the other passengers in Dimeji’s car when I got down about 30 minutes after they had gotten to my house. Dimeji was about to rake for me, but one look at my hair silenced him. He knew, without a doubt, the real cause of my lateness.

By the time we got to the event, believe it or not, one of the red carpet interviewers walked up to me as we were queuing to enter the venue, and asked for me to be interviewed, just because of my hair. I was really shy and flattered, but Dimeji urged me to do it. by the time we were done, about five media houses had interviewed me. I really felt like a celebrity, and the interviewers were my fans as I waved to them.

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And to think it was my first pomp ever. If only they knew the story behind the pomp.

As naturalistas, we struggle, especially in our closet. But really, no one has to know our secrets. We should not allow them that privilege until they join the club. When we end up looking like stars at the end, the struggle would have been worth it.

And so, here is the lesson I learnt…

As a naturalista, when someone passes a great comment about your hair…

It doesn’t matter how much lint and build-up is hiding inside

It doesn’t matter if you had to use a thousand bobby pins to hide the fly-aways, uneven lengths, and uncooperative strands

It doesn’t matter if you had to beat it into subjection with all the gels and puddings

It doesn’t matter if you had to use 20 fingers to manipulate the hair

It doesn’t matter if you spent two whole weeks to achieve a style it took your youtube idol two minutes to whip up

It doesn’t matter if you had to keep a team of 50 people waiting, just for you to get ready

It doesn’t matter if you feel the bobby pins will give way, and your hair will fall out at the first hug you get, because you are not really an expert stylist

It doesn’t matter…

Just smile and say thank you!

Anna

Your Honest Naturalista

Why your Natural Hair might not be able to achieve a Wash and Go

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Wash and Go! One of the styles that are flashed in your face to tempt ladies to go natural, but when they are eventually natural, they find out they have being tricked. This is my definition

As a quick deviation, do you know there is nothing like wash and go? It is more like wash, wait, condition, gel, wait, wait, wait some more, and then more, and then a longer more, and the final wait, and go! You don’t just wash and go.

Anyway, so have you tried to do a wash and go, and you failed? To make it worse, you even got confused because you could have bet your bottom dollar that you studied every detail of the youtube styling video you got the tips from, listened to every instruction, and even waited till you could get the same exact products your youtube natural idol used. Yet you still failed. So where could you have gone wrong?

Don’t fret yourself. If you are a full-blooded Nigerian or a 4C-haired lady, there’s a 99% chance that your hair cannot achieve a wash and go, at least not those kinds you drool over on the internet. Of course, there will be exceptions like that of Linda here, so you are free to experiment. But don’t go sulking if you find out you are not one of the few chosen ones. Also, there's the max hydration method in rave now, what I call stress of life. But still, don't be too disappointed if you don't get it right.

So why is it that some naturals all over the world cannot seem to achieve a wash and go? The answer is straight forward. It has nothing to do with the product or the deceitfulness of your youtube natural idol. It is all about curl pattern. Some naturals have tightly-coiled hair, and their strands will not clump, even if they put fire on it. The closest thing they can get to wash and go when their hair is a bit long is a neat-looking hair, and that's after massive hydration, but not very defined curls or clumping strands

When I did a wash and go, I did not even know what I was doing was called wash and go. A lady had given me a jar of keracare defining custard, and I just read the directions, where they said I should shingle my hair with the product, and my hair would curl up.  I followed the directions, and all I ended up was a baked cake on my head.

I looked at the hair in the mirror, and became confused. I added more products, repeated the whole process, researched the meaning of shingling, and would have even drank the whole product, if it would solve my problem. Still, it was the same. I took the jar of custard to work and did it the next morning, nothing! I only noticed that my usually-frizzy hair was well-compacted, and had a very defined shape. In fact, it was so defined that it seemed baked, and everyone thought it was a wig. It was also very soft. And that is how wash and go looked on my hair.

You won't believe how long this hair really is.
The product shrunk it up to zero


In fact, it was after this experience that I decided I would either find a hair care blog that deals with our type of hair, i.e. hair that cannot achieve wash and go, or start one myself. I felt if I had been more enlightened about the differences in textures and how they don't act the same under certain conditions, I wouldn't have wasted so much time, trying to get a look I could not achieve. And my hair is not even 4C!

The good news is that wash and gos are not the only way to have curly natural hair. In fact, they are the least-threaded path in achieving curly hair. You can do twistsouts, bantu knot outs, flexirod sets and other less curl pattern-discriminatory hair styles. As for me, if I want curly hair, I don’t think twice, I just go for twistouts, and they never fail me.



Since my hair is now longer, and it is not really the kinky type of hair, I might give the wash and go another chance in the nearest future, but I won’t really bank on its success.

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Sunday, 17 August 2014

Naturallure Spotlight: Ludacris

Hi Naturalistas
It is still the men's edition and today we have Ludacris. Ludacris is an American rapper. Since no one sent in a nomination, I will take the spot. I love Ludacris, he is actually one of my favorites when it comes to guys that can pull off the big afro hair. 
Enjoy his pictures 
















Hope he inspired you to love your hair more?
Remember to keep your heads high and rock your kinks with pride

JB
Twitter/Instagram: @janylbenyl

Photo credits: Source




Saturday, 16 August 2014

How to Care for More Than One Child's Natural Hair

How to Care for Kids Natural Hair
By DiscoveringNatural

When I was pregnant with Lil Sis, I wanted a boy. God has a wonderful sense of humor, not only did He bless me with yet another girl, He blessed me with one with long hair (her hair never feel off as a baby, she was born with lots of hair). He also blessed me with a daughter with tender hair. This aspect has taught me patience.

In this video, I talk about how to care for more than one child's natural hair.



Friday, 15 August 2014

Herbal Party Series: NEEM

Hey everyone,

Some weeks ago, we announced that several powders/herbs are now available on the African Naturalistas store. And I was excited to see that too, but then when I clicked on the post, I was a trifle confused because I didn't know what 75% of them were, how they're used and what their benefits are. I know there's at least someone out there who's in the same boat, so we've started a series with a focus on all the herbs posted, so that we can learn a thing or two.

First was Amla, then Shikakai. Today we have Neem!


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Source : Neem fruit and leaves

Its scientific name is Azadirachta indica, and the tree is native to India and the Indian Subcontinent. It's also called Indian Lilac. Its fruits and seeds are the source of neem oil.

HAIR USE
Neem products (including the powder or oil) are thought by Ayurvedic practitioners to be anti fungal, antibacterial, among other characteristics (its also used to kill pests and insects). While reading, I saw that it is good to fight against dandruff and scalp infections, and also strengthens your hair. HOWEVER, I read that the smell can be really strong, so you have to be able to manage it. In addition, Dabs of Naija Hair Can Grow, tried using Neem oil on her hair (which is relaxed) and had a horrible experience, so PLEASE make sure you test a tiny patch of hair first, before trying it on your whole head.

HOW TO USE IT
Simply mix your neem powder with warm water to form a paste. You can also mix with Amla powder and Shikakai powder to make your paste (2 parts of these, and 1 part of neem, mixed with water). Massage the paste into your scalp and wait for a little bit (I've seen anywhere from 5 minutes to 30 minutes) before rinsing off. Make sure it's all rinsed off COMPLETELY - you can rinse with some ACV as well if you want. 
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Source: La Coco Bella chose to mix her Neem powder with peppermint tea.

Remember, try new things on a small section of hair first to ensure that you don't have any negative reactions.

You can order Neem powder and others from the African Naturalistas store.

Have a nice weekend!

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Finghair Tips Thursday: Nourishment


Natural Hair Style - Flat Twists

Hi ladies!

One of the most beautiful natural hairstyles after the twist out(in my opinion) is the flat twists. It's so classy, chic and effortless but I hear it's a tad difficult to do. I've only been able to admire it from afar and haven't really attempted it. But I'm hoping that will change soon.

Anyways, take a look and feed your eyes maybe.














So, has anyone tried it before?

If so, which are your faves?



Love, kinks and knots






Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Natural Hair 101: The Spouse's guide

Hello Naturalistas,

All I want you to do this week is just copy this link and forward to your significant other, Have you even taught to educate them? Well... That is why I am here.

Naturalistas that are not single tend to think about their partner before they take major hair decisions e.g BC, Hair Colour or the decision to even go natural in the First place. Your man may not like your natural hair, But this is for the men that are willing and do not have a heads up on what they are getting into. So, Please go ahead. Show him!

Hello Spouse, This is NOT to discourage but to EDUCATE you about what you should expect during your partner's natural hair journey. I cannot promise that I am serious about everything I will be mentioning but trust me, there is Truth!

...And the list goes on...

Help her look for her satin bonnet; If you're not the one that hid it, help her look for it. Yes, I know it looks like something your granny will wear but its a matter of hair security. And if she's not wearing it, ask her about it. Unlike the bobby pins, don't bother. Those ones develop legs and disappear. \

Be Supportive; search for links online and send to her, see one hairstyle you love, ask her to try it. Give compliments. And she doesn't have to ask.  Just be her Idris elba!  Simple
What else could a naturalista ask for in a man?
DO NOT TASTE EVERY MIXTURE IN THE KITCHEN; Ask Demeji, You really don't want an angry wife/girlfriend. If she doesn't tell you its for consumption, Its for her hair. Don't bother she's spending so much time mixing, trust me you will feel the softness ;) Its worth it!

 She will start complaining about the protective style 2 days later; Don't mind her... but don't let her know. I REPEAT DO NOT SAY IT OUT LOUD!! Just encourage her
Its 2 days, best believe
ADA ADA in the morning, Caro at Night; .... And she will look the part too... Brace yourself!


 "No, Your hair is longer baby";  

 
For every length check, say this to her, repeat after me "No, your hair is longer baby. I see it" 

so, men, tell us the things you've had to find out about your wife/girlfriends natural hair and ladies, is there anything you would like to add about your ''habits'' and good hair behaviours? Lets know



Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Flexi-Rod Set on Two Strand Mini-Twists!

Happy Tuesday Ladies! Two Strand Twists continue to be a long serving member of the Naturalistas Go-to Hairstyles. In this video, I show you how to have fun with your look using Flexi-Rods to set my Mini-Twists. Enjoy and have a remarkable day!







Monday, 11 August 2014

Diary of an Honest Naturalista: Week 62



Okay, so following last week, I have been making adjustments when it comes to the appearance of my hair, and that’s going good so far. I just pray for consistency.

This week was a really boring one for me. My sister and her husband came home, along with Boma. I did not want to carry her for so long, but I was overcome by my love for the troublesome but innocent soul. I was busy playing with her, when my sister screamed my name from the kitchen.

“Annaaaaaa!!!”

I rushed down in alarm, wondering if my mum had suddenly slumped and died, because the intensity of the screams was off the roof. I got to the kitchen, and saw her looking down into a small glass jar.

“What is this?” She asked.

“What?” I was confused. I could see it was one of Boma’s food jars.

“This?”

“What?” I asked again. “Is it expired?” suddenly wondering what business I had with Boma’s food, and why it warranted such high-pitched scream.

“There’s hair in this thing?”

I was wondering whether to be shocked about the hair in the jar of food, or the fact that she seemed to be accusing me. I was momentarily at loss for words. I lowered my eyelids. “Okaaaaay. I think it is we should throw it away then.” I eventually said.

My sister lowered her eyelids back at me. “So you are saying you don’t have anything to do with this?”

I knew it! she was definitely accusing me. “Excuse me, I was in the living room.” I retorted.

“But you are the only hair-crazy person in this house, it can only be you, and your hair can fly around.”
I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. This is so typical of my sister. “But my hair is always covered at home.” I defended myself, pointing to my satin bonnet.

“So who else could it have come from?”

“I don’t know. Maybe it is from your weaves.” I said.

“But your hair is more likely to break than my weave. After all, you always say natural hair is the most fragile of all types of hair. And anyway, the jar was sealed when I got here, so it couldn’t have been mine.” She went on and on.

“Exactly! Sealed! So how could it also be from me if it was sealed?” I gave her that look that said ‘just accuse me one more time.’

I walked to where she was holding the jar down, dipped my finger into the pudding, and brought out the hair to examine it.

“See, the hair is even straight,” I showed her. “My hair is kinky and very springy. Your weave is curly. Anyway, now you know it’s definitely not from me. Satisfied now?”

She didn’t say anything, so I looked at her intensely, and eventually walked out. I've had enough of all this.

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I know her pride wouldn’t allow her apologise for the wrong accusation, even though she was in the wrong. She wasted all the energy she should have been using to think about how she’ll sue the food company, accusing me. She didn’t even think about the dynamics of the whole thing before she started screaming my name, as if I had set her baby in fire.

I wonder why naturalistas have to be the first suspect when it comes to hair-related matters wherever we find ourselves. Arrant nonsense!

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My Henna Hibiscus treatment experience on Natural Hair

So I finally got a henna + hibiscus treatment sometime in May. To be honest, this was not the first time I would be doing a henna treatment, but the first time in over a year. I had previously been using the henna bar from lush cosmetics, but it is really expensive for henna, in my opinion. Once it finished, I stopped doing henna treatment, but nappilynigerian’s rave about it, and Anna’s experience with it made me try it out once again, this time, with hibiscus.

So I started by using a blender to make a paste out of hibiscus flower, because I did not have hibiscus powder then. 




Be warned that this is not the best method, cos it will leave hibiscus residue all over your hair, which will take days to get rid of. It is better you use hibiscus powder in your mix, and this can be found on our online store. I then mixed the hibiscus paste with henna paste, added a little lemon juice for acidity, and soaked it for 8 hours.

If you use the powder, the paste will be extremely red.
I then applied the mix all over my hair, with my bare palms. I had the mix in my hair overnight, cos the day was already over, but anything from four hours is okay. The next day, I proceeded to wash off, shampoo, and followed up with a deep conditioner.


To be honest, I felt my hair was going to be coloured, but after getting the treatment, it wasn’t. I later found out that it hardly colours black hair, but it does colour white people’s hair. In fact, I met a young Nigerian lady with grey hair, who uses henna to cover up her grey strands. Henna actually dyes her hair reddish. I later found out that if your hair is rich in melanin, making it black, you will hardly notice the colour effects of henna, but doesn’t mean it doesn’t have effect. But since grey hair, red hair, blond hair, etc. are not rich in melanin, you see the visible effects of henna. In fact, the effect of henna is so strong that it dyed my palms red for 2 weeks. 



It was strange, going around with red palms. I looked like a mutant, and everyone kept asking questions. It dyed my fingernails permanently, till the dyed part grew out and broke off. As I type this post, half of my nails are still red.




Since hair and nails are very similar, I am very sure it also has colour effects on our strands, but we can’t see it. If you choose to use hibiscus in your henna treatment, please wear a pair of gloves. You have been warned. Here are real life pictures of my mutation when I went to speak and present at seminar two days later.



It was only when the pictures of the event came out that I realised how ridiculous I looked, speaking and presenting with read palms. I just hope those hands did not distract my listeners, cos they sure are distracting me, just by looking at the pictures.

Now, here is the twist. Even though I used my whole palms to apply the treatment, the back of my hands were not turned red. Why is that? Still brings us back to the melanin issue. There is melanin on black skin, but not on our palms. The treatment dyed the palms, but not the skin. Same logic for black hair vs grey and blond hair effect

After my treatment, to be honest, I have experienced less shedding and breakage. I know it is not due to the treatment alone, but I believe the treatment takes a large part of the credit. I will definitely be doing this treatment every two or three months.

If you want to get your own henna or hibiscus powder, don’t go too far. You can place your order for it on the African Naturalistas store here. They are just 500 naira for every hundred grams, and you can’t even finish that at once. Place your order now.

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