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!

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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.

1. Minimize finger combing

This, I find particularly difficult. I do not like the perfect curls in new wigs. I like the more real look and so I tend to finger comb through the curls a lot to get the desired ‘oh nothing, it’s just my natural looking big hair’ look. However, the more finger combing one does, the more prone to tangling one makes the wig. More tangle, more matted look, unhappy wig, unhappy wearer. Along with minimizing finger combing, of course…

2. DO NOT BRUSH!

Don’t do this. It is curly wig suicide. There will be tears.

3. Store with love and care

I am guilty of throwing wigs wherever, underneath a pile of clothes or somewhere on the table with a bunch of other stuff. Apparently, this doesn’t fare well with wigs. They want to be treated like you would treat a real head of hair. For this reason, I got a phantom head for my wig. However, I recently learnt that if the wig has those strappy things, you can also hook those and hang the wig on the door knob or on a hanger.

4. Condition and freshen

So for the longest time, I was so sure there was no need to use products on my wigs. Wrong. Synthetic or natural, the fibers that make up the wig need rejuvenation from time to time. So endeavour to apply some conditioner (I favour spray leave-ins for this purpose) and also there are some wig fresheners in the market. The fresheners basically help to remove the cocktail of odours that your wig might have decided to take on from its interaction with every smell in the atmosphere.

5. Wash 

Try not to do this too frequently. How I do this is to fill the sink with warm water, add some conditioner and leave the wig to soak in this sink mixture for say, an hour. Usually I might forget I have it in there so it might stew for more than an hour. Rinse. Then holding the wig upside down, finger detangle. I recently learnt that this is the only time it is alright to brush a curly weave without destroying the curls.

Right. There you have it. Personally, I tend to get sick of wigs after a short while but I find them highly useful as well, especially for days when I’m too busy to spend any time in trying to make my hair presentable?

So I would like to hear from you… What do you think about wigs? Are they really protective? Or just functional and have aesthetic value? How do you care for your wigs?

Thank you for dropping by today. Have a brilliant week.

Mee Mee

xx

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

Product Review: Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Frizz-free Curl Mousse

My first experience with hair mousse was when I had the Watermelon braids style done for the first time. In simple terms (as if any hair term is ever simple), this hairstyle is a twist out done with extensions, and more often than not, finished with hair mousse. To maintain frizz-free curl pattern (and not merely as a way to get one to spend more money at the salon), it was adviced that I buy a can of mousse and use the fascinating, foamy contents regularly. But here was the problem that I failed to realise at the time: the more I used the foam, the dryer my hair and scalp got! There was also the annoying fact that it left white residue on my scalp. Plus, the thing was so sticky. Ugh! So naturally, to me, hair mousse was bad; no one should ever use hair mousse.

Fast forward to last month. I finally made some professional looking DIY Marley twists (if I do say so myself) and a friend recommended I finish it with her mousse. Of course not! I wasn’t going to use that poisonous foam on my hard work. But then she promised me it was moisturising and it was from a line dedicated to natural hair. And so I grudgingly used it. I didn’t care enough to notice what it had done to my hair, the only thing I marveled at was that my palms did not feel sticky at all.

Enter Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Frizz-free Curl Mousse into my life.

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Apart from the nitty-gritty ingredients that I shall provide later on, this product prides itself in containing three major components to achieve its promise of moisturised, frizz-free curls.

Coconut oil: Hydrates and protects hair while reducing breakage.

Silk Protein: Smoothes hair for a soft, silky feel.

Neem oil: Controls frizz while adding brilliant shine.

Now of these three, Silk protein and Neem oil, in terms of hair benefits, are new to me. So here is some education for people like me who have barely heard of these before now.

Silk Protein

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aka Sericin, this protein is created during Silk production. Yes, silk, as in the threads that eventually get woven into fabric. The way silk is structured, there are two major proteins responsible for its structure and properties. However, because you do not want to be bored with the details, basically, Sericin (our protein of interest) is the part of the protein that sticks all the tiny fibres together and is also responsible for the ‘shine’ that silk gives off. So how does this affects us? Well, apparently, this sericin has the ability to coat keratin, form a protective layer and prevent loss of moisture. Good guy, silk protein. This is why this protein is marketed for both skin and hair use, in terms of moisture. (Side Note: both skin and hair contain keratin). In addition to moisture retention, this layer formed by the silk protein gives the applied surface a luxurious feeling that is commonly described as ‘silky’.

 

Neem Oil

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Neem is a tree. A tree that is specific to the Indian region of the world. Neem oil is derived from the seeds of this tree. This Neem oil, which has been said to have uses in abortion; curing leprosy and intestinal worms, apparently has a strong odour best described as the love child of peanuts and garlic. In terms of hair, Neem oil has been paraded as a hero for almost everything, from relieving itchy and dry scalp, to stimulating hair growth.

 

Now back to this Mousse…

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What does it say it does?

This anti-frizz, moisture & shine formula promises to help fight frizz while promoting shine without being sticky, crunchy, or leaving flaky residue.

What’s in it?

Deionized water, Coconut Oil, Vegetable Glycerine*, Olive Fruit Oil, Shea Butter Oil, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Vegetable Glycerin*, Keratin, Polyquaternium-7, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Extract, Silk Protein, Polyquaternium-10, Sucrose Laurate, Non-drying alcohol, Neem Seed Oil, Proprietary Essential Oil Blend, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid.

*Is there a difference between Glycerin and Glycerine? I haven’t been lucky with finding any.

What did I find it does?

It did not lie in its claims. The first thing that struck me was its moisturising prowess. Often times, laziness and time cause me to skip important steps to ensure my hair retains moisture, especially with extensions in. However, I find that using this mousse alone goes a long way in helping my hair stay as moisturised as it can get. In addition, it helped keep my braids’ day 1 aesthetic, especially towards the roots. I have no ‘buts’ when it comes to this mousse, and so I will go ahead and recommend it as a choice for styling. Now, my twists outs never work out and so I am never sure what to look out for, especially with rating a product’s impact on my twist-out. I assume this mousse will help eliminate frizz from twists-outs and any other natural hair style. However, I cannot testify that this has been the case in  my experience.

The Most Important Factor… Price

I got mine for $8.49 from a drug store.

It is sold for 2,900 Naira here. Oh and it comes in a pump-lidded 220ml bottle.

If you have used this product in the past, what have your experiences been? Love it or loathe it? I’d love to hear from you.

- Mee Mee

xx.

 

A Picture Tutorial- Crochet Braids with Kinky Extensions

Hey guys!

Twice on the blog, I have said that crochet braiding is super easy. To prove it, here’s this picture tutorial showing you how.

It was a bit of a battle making this sha so I hope you get it :) Camera quality, lighting and the fact that I was trying to capture working with black extensions and a black bobby pin on dark hair but I think I succeeded. I did 3 different shoots for this on 3 different days, and this was the best day, so I hope it’s a good enough illustration.

These photos were taken by my brother.  :)

ALL I USED:

Extensions- 2 packs of Noble Afro Kinky (or was it Afro Twist?) Braid. Same ones you can use to do kinky twists.

Big bobby pin. <- you can use a small pin, but it’s stressful.

PREPARATION

On clean well conditioned hair, do your cornrows. I got just 5 or 6 cornrows. If you’re wondering why, it’s because kinky extensions are bulky, and for this reason, making 12, 13 cornrows is a waste of time.

2 packs of hair got me this fullness and the hair came already separated in strands, and I worked with about 50 something in total. I was able to crochet 10 strands onto each cornrow.

Get your hair braided in the pattern that you think would best interpret the look you’re going for. Do you want a leave-out? Closed side parting? Centre parting? Let that be your guide. You can also flat twist if you like.

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Ready? Let’s Go! :)

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