Love-Hate Thing: Mini Twists

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Ah. Mini twists.

In the last two, three weeks I’ve asked myself- Am I really about this life, this mini-twist life?

I just learnt to twist properly this year so, I’m still very excited about the fact that the fact that my hands can make these salon standard twists. Love.

I know this is unrealistic but, I like my hair looking like Day 1 Hair all the time. Ko poss. Impossicant. Not possible. And by day 3, I’m hating them kind of over my twists, not wanting to be seen with them. ( ._.) To my eyes, they look rough but then I reassure myself that to other people’s eyes, they look fine.

Day 5 hair.

Day 5 hair.

More often than not, I go about makeup free. But at this length, I feel like I need makeup. Something to say, no I’m not a kid- yes, my hair is deliberate! Compensating? It be like that sometimes.

Mini-twists are great for when you just don’t have the time and can’t be bothered to do your hair. I have the time, but man, I’m not in the mood to fuss over my fro. Very low maintenance! Mini twists are a very protective style, and make for super defined twist outs that last when you untwist them after some days. Like my twist out yesterday was SO bomb!

My twist out was 7 hours old in this picture. Look at that definition!

Loosened my twists after a week. My twist out was 7 hours old in this picture. High Definition!

I’m whining about it now, but I know that when I wash my hair at the end of the week, there’s a 90% chance that I’ll put my hair back in twists. LOL.

Oh well.

As I said, it’s a love-hate thing.

Over to you. What’s your love-hate thing?

Love,

AB,

xx

Product Haul!

Hey guys!

What’s good?

Today I want to talk about hair products. What’s your approach to buying your own? With a little spare change, I easily give in to an impulsive buy here and there- and it’s really hard for me to resist a really good bargain, but generally, I like to plan my hair purchases.

The last time I shared my stash was in January. I recently re-upped my arsenal, and since I get asked now and then about what I’m using, I decided to share my new stash. These are the things I will be using for the next say, six months- or even longer.

Not trying to fix what isn’t broken, I’ve restocked on my staples, but I’m still trying a number of new stuff. Here goes-

1. Deep Conditioners

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The Nothing But Intense Healing Mask is a firm staple, and the other two are new to me. I’m really curious about the Aussie claims. 3 times the moisture in 3 Minutes, really?! Because she’s so nice, Nibi of The Kinky Apothecary sent me the Shea Moisture masque. :) It’s one of her faves. I’m hoping my hair likes it as much as her hair does.

2. Instant/ Rinse-out Conditioners

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1L of my beloved Hello Hydration, and as it’s a moisturising conditioner, I decided to try the Honey, I’m Strong condish too, also from Herbal Essences. Don’t you just love the names of Herbal Essences conditioners? It’s supposed to be a strengthening conditioner. I’m curious to see how different they are, especially because they have a lot of ingredients in common. So far, I’ve used Honey, I’m Strong to dry detangle once, and it was amazeballs!

3. Leave-In Conditioner

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The Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream remains one of my staples, but I decided to go with the Argan Oil version this time. So much ado about Argan Oil on the internets, I figured I’d try something with the wonder oil. The ingredient list reads similar to the Shea Butter one, and so far, so good. I’ll let you guys know eventually, my thoughts on this leave-in.

4. Stylers

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Everything here is new to me. I got the Shea Moisture mousse because MeeMee loves it so much. I think I remember Kesia of Island Kynks giving the Burnt Sugar Pomade a really good review. The Obia Curl Enhancing Custard was gifted to me by the Kinky Apothecary, and I got the Aunt Jackie’s simply because I wanted to try something from the line, and because I think the Aunt Jackie’s labels are so pretty.

Oh. And EcoStyler Gel. This time, I got the Green Tub (with Olive Oil). I’ve tried the Pink tub, and I can’t say much for its hold. Let’s see how this one does.

I broke the tub today. Dropped it and it split right through the middle lol, need to find a new container for this

I broke the tub today. Dropped it and it split right through the middle lol, need to find a new container for this

5. Shampoo

Shamperssss!

Shampersssss! In this category, I have just one, the L’Oreal Ever Creme Sulfate Free Moisture System Nourishing Shampoo. A mouthful, I know! It’s almost out (left over from my January stash), I don’t know why I didn’t think to replace it. I’ll need to buy it again soon.

So, in addition to shampoo, I’ll have to buy leave-in in a bit, but I think I’m kind of sorted. I can shut my eyes now, and not be so tempted to buy hair things. LOL, right.

I really want to get the Curls Blueberry Bliss Curl Control Paste, from The Kinky Apothecary. My ORS Edge Control will expire in three months, and I’ve been seeing beautiful results on Instagram, achieved with this product. That’s the exception to the ban.

On my wishlist now though, are tools and the organic stuff. Flexi rods, perm rods, a latch hook, bentonite clay, henna, Aloe vera juice, JBCO… I’ll be buying these here. Between my bestie and my sister, I arranged for my hair products- although, considering what it cost to ship last minute between two cities in the same USA, I should just have spent that money instead in our economy.

Have you tried any of these products? What have you got lately?

Keep your eyes on the blog, and on Instagram. We’re collaborating with a Nigerian store to give away two of my staple products! Not telling you which! ;)

Love,

AB,

xx

Watch: Natural in Paradise!

If you missed catching a glimpse of Natural in Paradise on EbonyLife TV last Friday, as part of Arit Okpo’s show ‘E.L. Reports’, you can watch it now, wherever you are. Video below :)

Many thanks to Arit & the Ebony Life team for coming out to be with us at the meet-up! They were there for most of it, recording and recording, talking to so many people… I’m truly in awe as to how much they were able to edit and squeeze into less than four minutes! If you ever thought TV was easy, think again!

Love,

AB,

xx

Watch Natural in Paradise on TV!

Hey lovelies!

Natural in Paradise will be featured on EbonyLife TV, Channel 165 on DSTV this evening, at 5pm (West African Time). Not the entire meet-up oh, just some parts of it. The episode will repeat at 11pm, and if you don’t catch it today, you can watch again on Monday morning, at 5am and 11am.

If you don’t have DSTV, it will be on YouTube soon, and I’ll definitely put that up then.

Have a lovely weekend!

Love,

AB,

xx

Two Months Later, My AfroRiri HairCare Review

Hey guys!

In August, I received three products from an indigenous company, AfroRiri Haircare. I got the Honey Moisturising Shampoo, Luxe Detangling Conditioner and the Luxe Hair Butter. I blogged about my First Impressions in this post.

Its been almost two months now, and I’ve really got to use them, so here I am with my review.

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Well used. Shampoo- Conditioner- Hair Butter

First, what my hair is like

I have tightly coiled, ziggly 4C low-porosity hair. My individual strands are very fine and thin in texture, but they’re a lot, so I’m between medium-high density. I am not having any problems with my hair at the moment.

Let’s get to it!

All three products are free of sulfates, silicones, mineral oils and parabens. Continue reading

Natural in Paradise Was a Blast!!

Hello lovelies!

AB here!!

After months of planning, postponing, going up and down, being that annoying girl invading strangers’ personal space to invite them to Natural in Paradise, the D-day finally rolled around. Though I was really excited, I was also super duper nervous right up until the time I had to speak. I’m VERY happy to tell you guys that Natural in Paradise was a success, and I’m sure our guests agree. :)

If you’re new to the blog, Natural in Paradise was a natural hair meet-up in Calabar, organised by Natural Nigerian and me. We convened at Bay’s Bar, Felix Nsemo Drive, Diamond Hill. It was a different experience being at the meet-up as an organiser.

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Sorry to disappoint you a little bit but long story short, I had camera trouble on that day of all days! :( Thankfully, NN took a lot of really great photographs. The few you see here are the photos I managed to take with my phone. Keep your eyes on naturalnigerian.com for the good stuff, and when she posts, I’ll update this post with a link to it.

A very special shout out to our vendors, our speakers, our giveaway sponsors Jessicurl & Midas Naturals, and every single person who helped spread the word, who helped to make this happen! The people at Bay’s Bar & Lounge were really helpful. Natural Nigerian is pretty cool, akshully. It was really good, working with her. :D Our beautiful attendees came through in their numbers, and were such a great crowd! It wasn’t one-sided at all. Thank you :)

We were ready to start at 1:30, but because we are Africans lol, and because it rained heavily for a bit, people arrived late and we started at just a little past 3. But from then on, it was good.

My girls Iby and F were stationed at the door, helping to take people’s contact information as they arrived. Every registered attendee got a sample bag from Jessicurl.

Each bag had 1 sample each of the Too Shea! Extra Moisturising Conditioner, Scalp Stimulating Oil and the Hair Cleansing Cream, and a special discount code sponsored by Olori.com.ng

Each bag had 1 sample each of the Too Shea! Extra Moisturising Conditioner, Scalp Stimulating Oil and the Hair Cleansing Cream, and a special discount code sponsored by Olori.com.ng

I keep telling my friend Lu that she should go to the Big Brother house and win $300,000 for us. She has this really special, warm, radiating personality, and she came to Calabar for the weekend to handle the mic for us. She was a great host and really helped break the ice. The meet-up kicked off with sharing hair stories. Runyi’s twist out got loads of compliments, so in addition to sharing her hair story, she explained how she styled her hair. Icheni loves the Maximum Hydration Method and her poppin’ curls were on display to prove it. The storytelling had to be interrupted, not because people had run out of stories, but because we had to start with the presentations.

I spoke first, about ‘Healthy Hair on a Budget’. Thankfully, this went well, because every time I tried to practice, I felt rather meh lol. Ama Ettetim of Jadhiel took the floor next, sharing some beauty tips, using one of our attendees Gracelyn as a model.

Then, we went on a break. We shopped, talked, and lots of selfies were taken. A crew from EbonyLife TV was there to cover the meet too. I don’t know when it’ll be on TV yet though. When I do, I’ll let you know. :)

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Ekor & Icheni

Ekor & Icheni

Me & the hostess with the mostest

Me & the hostess with the mostest

Straw curls on transitioning hair

Straw curls on transitioning hair

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Ajah, Eze, Ugomma & Ibum

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Curlfriends ^_^

At the SkinPlus Calabar stand

At the SkinPlus Calabar stand

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selfie!

Christabel came all the way from Uyo!

Christabel (R) came all the way from Uyo!

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my ladies :)

After the break, we went back up for Part 2. Asari Anam of Zaron Calabar gave a makeup tutorial, and she was very funny. Dr. Agility Ihesie all the way from Uyo spoke next, about Causes of Hair Loss. She’s a doctor, so she went IN. Really thorough. If you’re having any issues with your hair, like hair loss or scalp issues, don’t stop on the internet. Most bloggers are not experts, we’re just sharing our experiences. There’s a lot of science behind these things, and by seeking a medical opinion, you aren’t overreacting.

Natural Nigerian was the last to speak. She shared her regimen, her hair journey, and spoke about the natural life; about managing your expectations, and being ready to accept YOUR natural, however it turns out. She reminded all present that healthy hair is the aim, and that it is never okay to feel superior to others because of the way you’ve chosen to wear your hair. (We cannot say this enough!)

After her talk, by random number selection, we gave away tubs of the very lovely Midas Naturals Whipped Shea Butter to 4 lucky people and with that, it was a wrap.

Though I have now left Calabar, I’m hoping we could do this again next year! Let’s see how it goes ;)

Again, I apologise for the quality of the pictures. The “official” pictures will be up on naturalnigerian.com, soon!

An Update: 22 October- On naturalnigerian.com: Natural in Paradise Calabar, Pictures and Words

Love,

AB,

xx

Reader’s Review: Aunt Jackie’s In Control “Anti-Poof” Moisturizing & Softening Conditioner

Hey Beauts!

So today, we have a review sent in by one of our awesome readers to share with you. I hope you enjoy and learn from it as much as we did.

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I want to talk about the Aunt Jackie’s In Control “Anti-poof” Moisturizing & Softening Conditioner, and I’ll be sort of comparing it to other conditioners that I’ve used so far.

Saturday, October 4

I bought Aunt Jackie’s yesterday (€3.95 for 250ml), because I saw a shop in my city that sells hair products mainly targeted at black people. So they have weaves, natural hair products, etc. I walked in to see if there were any cheapish products that I could try, because I had run out of my normal Herbal Essences Hello Hydration conditioner, and I thought, “well, let’s see if there’s something else that’s also nice”.

My staple products are Tresemme Naturals conditioner (~€4.00 for 750ml) and Herbal Essences Hello Hydration conditioner, (€2.99 for 250ml).

I started buying HH because it’s nice and can easily be found and I can’t find Tresemme in this country (except, as I discovered recently, I order from the British Expat online store).

Also, I think my hair had gotten a bit too used to Tresemme and so it was beginning to ‘go rogue’ on me. So I started buying HH, and my second bottle has just run out. HH just melts my hair as soon as I put it in, it’s such a nice feeling, and I think that’s what conditioners should do. Tresemme and Aussie Moist do the same, but HH goes one step further, it sort of arranges my coils such that they pop. And the hair smells and feels great after I wash out the conditioner.

So, as you can imagine, I assumed Aunt Jackie’s would ‘melt’ my hair as soon as I put it in. Nope. It was as if I was rubbing my hair with bar soap. Continue reading