2013 was a grrreat year! ^____^
January wasn’t like just yesterday. Time flew, but a lot happened in real life- and hair/blog life was just as eventful! I had a lot of fun getting to know my hair better, and sharing with you guys. So far, so good. I can say I’m thriving in my kinky curliness. I am very happy with my hair.
2013 saw me blogging consistently for all twelve months, something I wasn’t sure was possible. Thank you for the encouragement 🙂 A FAQ page is due- I’m working on it, but for now, the highlights of 2013 in blog & hair.
Here’s how I started the year.
This is how I’m ending it.
See? Growth! 🙂 From the TWA stage, we are now in the in-between phase. When stretched, hair is about the same length I had relaxed. Collar Bone- Shoulder Length tins! B-)
I found out that SPAR regularly stocks Coconut oil for cheap.
This year, we had two Blog Specials:
1. The Understanding Hair 101: Hair Basics Series and
2. for the would-be and newbie naturals, Going Back To Natural
I used to despise Shampoo. But a Clean scalp is important. I’ve learnt how to get the most out of my ‘Poo days.
I also tried No-Poo alternatives for Clarifying- the BSV method (Baking Soda x Apple Cider Vinegar) and my favourite, the Mudwash!
At first, moisturising was a fruitless chore. My hair was good for a few hours and then I ran back to leave-ins. No surprise I had a confusing brief episode with Product Build-Up.
Then I learnt about Hair Porosity, and the fact that my hair is Low-Po helped me adjust accordingly.
I also started Deep Conditioning and after a few weeks, my hair became softer, and much more receptive to products.
Mostly, I wore my hair in what I like to call Le Shrunken Fro.
I know ‘Fros look fierce and all, but combing is a piece of cake, if you know how 😉
Recently, I discovered Tangle-Free Fro!
One time I tried a Straw Set. And another time, mini twists.
And for a week, I rocked a Mohawk type braided updo.
For Protective Styling, my GO-TOs were Kinky Extensions and a curly weave- Pro-10.
Oh. And I discovered I could do Havana twists!
I’ve experimented with a lot this year.
Now I know that it is possible for rinse-out/instant conditioners to double as leave-ins
Natural Nigerian- Nigerian naturalista, blogger and businesswoman, released her very own Leave-In Conditioner.
I tried this- and more. For product reviews, go here.
I also went to two Natural Hair Salons this year, and reviewed both experiences.
This year, SIXTEEN naturals of varied lengths and textures- fros and locks- female and male, shared their hair stories in words and pictures on some special Fridays. My personal favourite part of the blog 🙂 If you missed any, you could catch up here!
If you’d like to be featured next year, just holler in the comments or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org 😉
This year, we had not 1 but 2 Blog giveaways!
And I had fun meeting other curlies at Naturals In The City 6 in July and The Great Kinky Hair Christmas Affair this December.
I celebrated my First Hairversary!!
And I gained/retained some length, thanks to the Kinky Curly Coily Me Summer Castor Oil Challenge!
DIY Coconut Milk & Coconut Oil
It hasn’t been all hair on the blog- I also got in a few restaurant reviews! 😀
In this year alone, quite a few Natural Hair Salons and Retailers popped on the Nigerian scene. We have a growing Directory of Natural Hair Friendly Salons and Shops on the blog which you can view here.
Oh, and this year, Ms. Leslassa Armour Shillingfield was the first kinky-curly chica to contest in the Ms. World pageant, in Indonesia- with her natural curls!
For my favourite picks through out the year, you could go see posts with the AB Loves tag here 🙂
Thank YOU for reading the blog, and for connecting with me; leaving comments, and emailing! I’ve been greatly encouraged and inspired to press on in my hair journey, and always find time to write.
I wish you love, joy, good health and Happy Hair Days as we step into the New Year.
See you in 2014!