First Impressions: AfroRiri Haircare

Hey y’all!

AfroRiri Haircare is a new haircare brand “on a mission to develop the highest quality in hair care from nature.” Last week, I received three products from their line, for review purposes; the Honey Moisturizing Shampoo, the Luxe Detangling Conditioner and the Luxe Hair Butter.

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AfroRiri products are made in Nigeria by House of Radiance, right here in Calabar! Knowing this makes me super excited to see how my hair likes them. :)

Okay, on to my first impressions.

These products look good. Simple functional bottles for the shampoo and conditioner, a tub for the butter, and labels that won’t peel off when wet.

Ingredients

The ingredient lists read okay. No sulfates, no parabens, no mineral oil. I love me my silicones, but it’s also worth noting that this line is silicone free.

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Lazy Sunday

Hey guys!

How are things?

AB here! It’s a very lazy Sunday for me in Calabar.

Earlier today, I co-washed and finger detangled Big Betty. She’s crazy soft, and her curls are poppin’.

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I didn’t wash in twists which wasn’t a good idea now that I think about it, because I couldn’t give my scalp a good rub. I’ll fix this next week. After washing though, I finger detangled some more with my trusty Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Cream and put her in 15 twists, and then massaged my scalp as best as I could, with Jamaican Black Castor Oil. I moisturised my leave-out with Cantu, sealed with JBCO and twisted it up too. I intend to leave the twists in till tomorrow.

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To co-wash, I used the Alberto Balsam Sun Kissed Raspberry Herbal Conditioner. I bought this on Wednesday at the Valuemart on Marian road, 500 naira for 400ml. I was hovering in the beauty products aisle, feeling the need to grab something. It was the cheapest and the best size value for money, plus it smelled really familiar so I just took it. It was good I did sef because I’m almost out of Hello Hydration and I didn’t want to use all my conditioner on this weave that’s over 3 times the volume of my hair.

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Supermarkets aren’t my go-to place for hair products. I’m often disappointed when I read through the ingredients, but still I hover in the hope that I’ll find something good, and nice and cheap. This time, I think I struck gold with this conditioner.

On getting home, I smelled it again, and took to Google. Alberto Balsam is an Alberto Culver brand. And so is V05. No wonder it smelled familiar! Alberto Balsam and V05 are pretty much the same product marketed under different names in different countries. So if you’re a V05 lover, when you’re running low, if this is available instead, you could get it. (and FYI, Alberto-Culver brands are Unilever brands. Unilever acquired the Alberto-Culver company a while ago)

And the ingredients? No silicones, no mineral oil, no sulfates, no parabens! Yuup.

I’ll do a proper review when I’ve got to use this some more, but for now, from this co wash, I think it’s nice. It was good to my weave and the little hair I left out as well. For 500 naira, this isn’t a bad addition, and I already know I’m going to buy at least 2 more bottles (yep, opportunistic product junkie!)

Also at Valuemart right now are cute 200ml bottles of Herbal Essences Shampoo and Conditioners, for 500 naira each. I was about to bust a move when I saw that familiar blue Hello Hydration bottle, but on getting closer, I saw it was the Moisturising Shampoo instead, not the conditioner as I’d hoped. They’ve also got Tresemme, but not Tresemme Naturals. If you’re in Calabar, you might want to stop by.

Moving forward, I’m going to be making more hair buys from supermarkets. Not huge hauls, but one interesting thing now and then. The ingredients may raise brows but all those things- can they really be all bad or all useless? What’s the worst that could happen? If my hair feels like hay after, I can always reset with my staples. And they’re relatively more affordable, so it won’t pain me so much if I buy something and it turns out to be actually skreps.

P.S. if you sent me an email, please don’t eye me lol I promise to reply all emails by the end of tomorrow. :)

Love,

AB,

Xx

Let’s Talk Wigs

Hey Beauts!

Good week so far? Can you believe it’s already the end of August?!

As I write, I am in my first hour of the Cherry Lola treatment. Yup, I have begun my first 7 days of the Maximum Hydration Method (MHM). I hope to chronicle these 7 days via pictures and update you occasionally afterwards. I am usually very spontaneous with my hair. Heck, my big chop wasn’t premeditated. This is the first time I have planned when it comes to my hair. Part of my planning led me to seek out another wig for at least the seven days I shall be doing the MHM. Reasons being that I am not a big fan of my wash and go results, and there may be times when I don’t complete the MHM overnight and need to go about my day with treatment still in my hair.

So…

Let’s talk wigs!

Source: Wikipedia

Source: Wikipedia

Wigs are a form of protective styling, right? However, I struggle with how much ‘protection’ they actually give. From my understanding, the point of protective styling is to minimize frequent hair manipulation. With wigs, though, I am of the opinion that one probably manipulates hair as much as one would have without the wig. True or no? Either that, or one might neglect hair more than one would when hair is in other forms of protective styling. Of course these opinions are based on personal experience, and I may be an anomaly. But I am interested in reading what you think of wigs in terms of protective styling.

With weaves and wigs, I favour the curlies. One of the few reasons I decided to go natural is that I am a big fan of coils and curls… all types of big hair. I find that the curly wigs tend to require more care than straight ones. From past experience, a fave curly wig can go from glorious to ‘did you get that out of the trash?!’ in only of few weeks of wearing. So in this post, I shall provide some tips on how to care for wigs (especially synthetic curlies) in order to get the most life out of them.

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Big Betty!

Hey guys!

Meet Big Betty, my new protective style for the next few weeks. :)
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She’s big, she’s soft, and she blends quite nicely with my hair texture! If I move, she go move *now playing- Teknomiles: Dance*

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A wig or a weave?
A weave! (Sewn, not bonded)

What hair is this?
Steam processed virgin human hair extensions from Nazuri Curls. They offer 3 different curl types and a Kinky Straight weave as well, but I chose the Afro Kinky Curly extensions because I wanted something most similar to my own texture. I got 3 bundles- 12″, 14″ and 16″.
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Product Review: Organics Hair Mayonnaise

Hey guys!

Today I’m reviewing a product you’ve most likely seen before (if you live in Nigeria, that is). Organics Hair Mayonnaise isn’t hard to find. I got a tub in January at Enumex Cosmetics here in Calabar, for 800 naira.

Ingredients:

Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Dicetyldimonium Chloride, Polyquaternium-32, Lanolin Oil, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Olea Europeaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, DMDM Hydantoin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Parfum (Fragrance), Dimethicone PEG-8 Laureate, Origanum Vulgare (Oregano) Leaf, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot)Seed Oil, Cholesterol, Soluble Collagen, Tocopherol, Ovum (Egg Powder), Panthenol, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, CI 19140 (Yellow 5), CI 42090 (Blue 1), CI 16035 (Red 40), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Equisetum Hiemale (Horsetail) Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract.

Worth noting:

  • Water is the first ingredient.
  • The alcohols on the list are the good kind. They are fatty, non-drying alcohols.
  • Silicones!!
  • This DC has humectants, Glycerin and Panthenol, they help moisturise.
  • The protein in this is way down the list, so if you’re in need of a stronger protein treatment, I think you’d have to beef this up a little, add more to it.
  • Mineral oil is listed as the third ingredient. The first five ingredients are deal breakers for me when I’m reading a product label. I don’t think I’d have ever put this product anywhere near my hair if not for the fact that my hair was steamed with this at a natural hair salon last year.

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Where to Find: Sheamapo!

Hey guys!

Do you know we have a Where to Find Directory on the blog? When was the last time you visited? Our directory, thanks to the collective effort of you beautiful people is a very helpful steady growing resource for anybody looking to buy natural hair friendly products, or to visit natural hair friendly salons in Nigeria.

Our latest addition to The Directory is Sheamapo!

Sheamapo is a small growing enterprise, here to satisfy your cravings for the organic stuff. They have a factory in Oyo State, but deliver nationwide. If you’re out of the country, holler at them still. They may be able to accommodate international requests! Buy Nigerian! ;)

You could get in touch with them for your:
- 100% unrefined Shea butter
– Organic Cocoa butter
– Pure Coconut oil
– Camwood powder (African sandalwood)
– African black soap base
– Henna powder
– Bentonite clay untreated
– Kaolin clay
– Neem oil unrefined
– 100% Moroccan Argan oil
– Sweet Almond oil

They also make their own unique products: Organic Hair Booster, Organic Honey Bar Soap and Organic Black Soap (in bar, liquid and paste form, whichever you please)

How to Reach Sheamapo:

Call: 0813 871 9973, 0805 319 9126
Email: badeji01@yahoo.com
Blog: sheamapo.wordpress.com
Facebook: Sheamapo
Twitter: @cleandave

Are you a natural hair friendly business? Do you own a salon or sell hair products? Are you a mobile stylist? We want to meet you as much as you want to meet us! Getting listed on our Directory is a pretty good way to put your business out there, connect you with prospective customers at NO cost at all! Do you know any good people that should be on the list but aren’t? Support them by leaving us a comment or a message and we’ll take it from there: thekinkandi@gmail.com :)

Love,

AB,

xx

Le Revitalize Rendezvous 3!

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How time flies!

It hasn’t been a year since I was at the first Lumo Naturals Salon meet & greet, Le Revitalize Rendezvous, and the third edition of the event is here again. It’s close. Close close. Yep, like 2 weeks from now close. :)

Here’s what Lumo Naturals manager, Farida has to say:

We, at Lumo Naturals appreciate all the support you have shown us these past months since our reopening. So, to say thank you and also engage in a relaxing environment, we have decided to organize another meet and greet event with the theme;
 Why don’t you DIY?!
In recent time, there has been some argument as to whether natural hair is actually more affordable to manage or not. We think it is. Especially if you arm yourself with the right information. So, we’ll be sharing some DIY recipes and also some tips on how to maximize the products you already have in your hair-robe.
It is as usual, going to be a fun, relaxing event and we will have all your favorite vendors, cocktail hour, DIY recipes, hair talk, discount for club card holders and of course, FREEBIES!!!
Where?
At our salon; Suite G8, Mbouty plaza, Marcus Garvey street, off 5th avenue, behind Emirates Hotel, Gwarinpa.
Time?
11am-6pm
Date?
30th August, 2014
Discounted services will be:
1. Ayurvedic treatments
2. Mud/clay wash
3. ALL rinses
I personally look forward to meeting you and your gorgeous tresses. Come out, let’s inspire each other, pamper our hair and share information to grow this sisterhood.
Thank you,
Farida

Hair, Cocktails, Freebies, Sistas, more hair… quite a few of my favourite things in one afternoon! You Abuja ladies have fun! ;)

If you’re in Calabar, do not feel left out! Our own is coming! Natural Nigerian and yours truly are bringing you Natural in Paradise, Calabar’s first natural hair meet up on September 20! There’ll be more about this really soon (watch this space), but if you’ll be joining us (I hope you will!) kindly take a few minutes to indicate your interest by RSVP’ing on Eventbrite over here. :D

Love,

AB,

xx