Hola beautiful people!
Today’s review is a pretty quick one, very long overdue.
Elizabeth Cress is a Nigerian brand of handmade accessories, run by the lovely Funmi Kehinde.
If you were at Naturals in the City, 12, you probably met her at my table.
As we were taking a batch of the bonnets for our blogshop, she gave me one from her glitter collection to review.
Hair bonnets have been a staple item for me since I
went returned to natural in 2012. Hair bonnets and scarves made of silk and satin are great for all hair types, particularly ours. Why? Cotton, though a nice and absorbent fabric for hot sweltering days, is not as gentle on our hair. Laying your head on a cotton pillow at night, the cotton can draw moisture out of your hair, and if you toss and turn so much, the friction with the cotton fibres can contribute to hair breakage. This is like a little war you can’t see with your korokoro eyes lol but yeah. It’s not the best. Plus, I’ve found that sleeping with silk/satin can help preserve my curls for a weeeeeeeeee bit longer.
Alright, so that’s what satin bonnets are for. However, my issue with all the satin bonnets I’ve used on this journey is that they are quite flimsy. After a wash or two, they slack. Even before you wash sef. And, they are easily torn.
The Elizabeth Cress bonnets are pretty strong, they definitely did their double stitching right lol so that’s what you need to know about these bonnets, they are built to last. Also, they are Ankara-Silk bonnets meaning they are satin on the inside, but ankara on the outside. I think this is where people’s views will differ. The ankara (African print, or more accurately, print we Africans like to wear) is thicker than satin, so, if it’s too hot, you may want to sleep with a regular single layer bonnet for a fresh head.
If you want to get one, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
They go for 2,000 naira a pop, but for you, we are taking 10% off. 1,800 naira per bonnet, so you can be cute while you sleep!
If you have ever tried an Elizabeth Cress bonnet (or other creation), let’s talk in the comments!