Keep Your Eyes On: CurlWise.Com

U.S. Naturals, this one’s for you!

If you shop for hair products in the USA, this is for you too.

CurlWise.com is a savings website just launched last November by naturalista Jennifer Harris. You may remember her from last year’s viral youtube video “Shit Natural Hair Girls Say“.

Shopping for hair products can be expensive. CurlWise.com intends to help you save, by:

  1. Scouring the internet for information on good deals and promotions for hair products, tools and accessories , and
  2. Putting all this information in one place for you to access for free, making your shopping experience easier on your wallet.

I’ve been on the site and I like the idea! It’s just starting out, and I’d love to see it grow.

Head over to the website now and see if there’s a deal for you!

And if there isn’t one right now, still I’d advise you keep your eye on CurlWise.com. It’s definitely one to watch. 😉

You can keep up with CurlWise on twitter and instagram (@CurlWise) – and on Facebook.

You could also email for more information- savings@curlwise.com.

Till next time,

Love,

AB

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New In Town: O’ Naturals Beauty!

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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, these are good times for we the people of #teamNashura. Lagos people anyway ^_^

Last Saturday, the 21st day of September, 2013, was the official opening of O’Naturals Beauty, the first salon in Lagos dedicated to Natural hair. A few salons in Lagos are Natural hair friendly and at O’Naturals, relaxed hair is also very very welcome but the difference is, there shall be no relaxing or texturising or texlaxing or any form of chemical altering at this particular salon.

What can you get at O’Naturals?

At O’Naturals we strive to care, treat and style natural hair creatively and lovingly. Below is a list of the services offered at our Natural Hair Salon. Please note that this is not a conclusive list. We do our best to accommodate styling requests outside the list below.

Two Strand Twists
Corn Rows / Weaving
Braids
Roller Sets
Curl Former Sets
Straw Curls
Starter Locs
Loc Retightening
Cut / Trim
Colour
Treatments
Bridal Pampering & Styling
Manicures & Pedicures

O’Naturals is located at: 54, Ogudu Road (Stanbic IBTC Bank Building/ Kujore Bus stop), Ojota, Lagos.

You can graciously walk in to get your hair did Tuesday-Sunday, 10am to 6pm.

However, if you book an appointment first, you get 20% off your bill. You can do this on their website here, or by calling either of these numbers: 0818-802-4444 / 0815-802-4444

They tweet: @onaturals1, they’re on Facebook: O’ Naturals Beauty, Instagram: @onaturals1 and Youtube.

To learn more about O’Naturals before your first visit, do go see their website, it’s nice! www.onaturalsbeauty.com.

So what do you say ladies? Spread the word!

Till next time,

Love,

AB

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P.S. So far, I’m aware of 4 Natural Hair friendly beauty shops between Lagos and Abuja, and I’m positive this number will steadily continue to grow. These salons now constitute Page 2, ‘Natural Hair Friendly Salons in Nigeria’ of our slowly but surely growing directory of Where To Find Natural Hair Products (And now, Salons) in Nigeria. If you’re a natural hair stylist or you own a natural hair friendly salon or sell natural hair friendly products, or you’re just aware of any, please let us know in the comments and the business will be added to the appropriate list.

New In Town: Natural Nation Hair Studio

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It’s another one for the Abuja people!

Natural Nation Hair Studio is open Monday-Sunday, 10am to 7pm, to cater to your hair needs. The salon has been open for business for three months.

They do Braids, Dreadlocks, Afro treatments, Twists, Barbing, Natural weaving and hair styling.

You can find them at:

Suite A8, Sysak Plaza,

5213 Road, Off 1st Avenue,

Opposite the Redeemed Church,

Gwarinpa.

You can walk-in, but you are advised to make an appointment before visiting. Call: 09-2914841, 08166126390, 07054362534

They tweet, @NaturalNationNG– and they’re also on Facebook

This is not a promo post. I actually stumbled upon them on Facebook yesterday. How random. And then I called one of the numbers to ask a few questions. The person I spoke with was pleasant, and he said the people they have are knowledgeable about healthy hair care, so unlike most of our salons, you can actually go to them for advice about your hair concerns or problems.

Good stuff? I hope. I’d love to visit the next time I’m in Abuja, but till then, if you go, please let us know how far.

Have you been to Natural Nation Hair Studio? Did you like it?

Love,

AB

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Perfect Trust Is The Spot!

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This one is for my Abuja people.

Finding products to treat your hair to can be a bit of a chore in our beloved country. There are quite a few vendors, but then most of them are online, and if you’re out of Lagos, it may cost you some in delivery. I’m grateful for all these stores giving us options (I am) but you know, sometimes you just want to walk into a store somewhere really accessible and go about your business.

Whether you’re a Product Junkie or a bare necessities kind of gyal, we can all appreciate the awesomeness that is having options. I hate not having options. It makes me feel tied. I’m back in Lagos now but yesterday, my two K-legs found their way to a beauty store called Perfect Trust in Wuse 2. And have they got options for you! I didn’t have money to blow but I was so excited!

On the shelf right now: African Pride, African Pride Dream Kids, Aphogee, Cantu, Crème of Nature Professional, Elasta QP, Elasta QP for men, Folicure, Hawaiian Silky, Hollywood Beauty, Jamaican Mango & Lime, Jane Carter Solution, KeraCare, Organix, Miss Jessie’s, Mizani, Nu Naat, One N’ Only, ORS, Profectiv Mega Growth, Roots of Nature, Selsun Blue, Tressemme.

You can visit Perfect Trust Cosmetics at:

1. ASG Shopping Complex, Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent, Wuse 2, beside Chicken House, opposite ASCON filling station.

2. 911 Mall, Gana Street, Maitama.

3. Block A10, Shop 5, Wuse Modern Market.

I’m not getting anything in a while as my bathroom shelf is becoming a little too crowded for my liking.Okay, I need me some rinse-out conditioner and oils, but after them, no more.

I did get something from Perfect Trust though, a product that had been on my list for a while- the Aphoghee Keratin & Green Tea Restructurizer. And get this, it was 600 naira cheaper than I’d have got it from a certain store in Lagos. Score? I think so!

Also, if you’re looking for a sulfate free shampoo to try, I noticed they have one from Jane Carter Solution. I also spied a Jamaican Mango & Lime product for men.

I’ve updated the Where To Find page guys, to include Perfect Trust and 3 other vendors. The Where To Find page is a budding directory of where to find natural hair friendly products in Nigeria. The next time you’re wondering about where to get what, visiting the page may just help 🙂 If any shop you know isn’t listed, please leave a comment and I’ll get it on the list. Let’s grow this, together. Special thanks to everyone who has contributed to the directory since I put it up!

Have you been to Perfect Trust? What did you think? Will you be going soon? Hope this helps!

Love,

 AB,

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IN THE LOOP- A MEET-UP, A COMPETITION AND A LIST.

Hey you guys! How is the going going? Not much is going on with my hair right now so this is one of those checking-in posts. Two announcements, one reminder and a little update.

HAIR UPDATE + PRODUCT FIND
I’m still wearing my kinky twists. The hairdressers weren’t as firm as they were the last time, so I think quite a few weren’t well done but that’s part of the beauty of kinky twists. They look good regardless of the fact that they weren’t perfectly twisted. The regimen is still the same– moisturising with a water + leave-in spritz and sealing. However, I’m sealing with sweet almond oil instead as I’m out of coconut oil. Sweet Almond Oil (SAO) is not as light as coconut oil so I wonder if my hair looks or feels any different. I’ve experienced light itching a few times so I wonder if it’s because the Sweet Almond Oil is not as light or penetrating as the coconut oil. Mmmm I don’t know. My hair is clean enough I think. I wonder about the washing thing. Some people wash their hair in extensions but because my hair is so coily, I worry that any water will make the hair shrink inside. I’m not willing to try that soon, but I’ll let you know what happens when I eventually do.

I found Almond Oil a week or two ago at the NEXT Cash & Carry Mall on the Wuse-Gwarimpa express and decided I’d give it a try. My 200ml bottle of KTC Almond Oil (B.P. Sweet) cost me 400 and something naira. So my Abuja people, the next time you’re at NEXT, you might want to go where the Oils are in the Food section.

I couldn’t be sure if the Almond Oil was going to be a regular item to be stocked and restocked at the Mall, so I didn’t add it to the Directory. The Where To Find page on the blog is a directory of where to find good hair friendly products in Nigeria. Sweet Almond Oil is available at a few stores quoted on the page.

ALICE IN NAPPYLAND International Hair Blog List!
American blogger Alice in Nappyland started an International Hair Blog List in 2011- of natural hair blogs and articles. I’m sure everyone could relate more to certain hair issues being discussed in your own climate and also to learn about helpful stuff like Product Finds and Hair meet-ups. Yours truly is now on the list 🙂 If you blog about Natural Hair and you’d like to be on the list, email her alice@aliceinnappyland.com. If your favourite hair blog isn’t on the list, you could also email or just leave her a message in the comments section so she could check it out and update the list. Not a blogger, or not having any blogs in mind, just go view the list anyway- for hairspiration from Kenya, South Africa, Sweden, Australia or whatever country you’re in!

CAPITAL NATURALS 2- MEET-UP ANNOUNCEMENT!
Good news for Abuja hair lovers! The second Natural Hair meet-up in Abuja- Capital Naturals 2 is coming to you live on Saturday the 1st of June, 2013 courtesy the lovely Natural Nigerian,NatMane of Deep Brown Kinks and Chioma Momah of Bibi Naturals. I had such a good time at Capital Naturals 1. When the flyer is out and all the details confirmed, you know I’ll let you know. Save the date! ^.^

COMPETITION!
I did a post about this in March but I really wish I remembered to remind you about it sooner. Do not despair, there’s still time. Onyinye, a naturalista and illustrator announced a WHY I LOVE MY HAIR competition about two months ago. It closes tomorrow Monday, the 22nd day of April, 2013 at 5pm.
What to do: send an email titled “Why I Love My Hair” to onyinyedraws@gmail.com telling or showing her why you love your natural hair. You could write, or send a photo or express yourself in any other medium you like.

The five most original entries will inspire designs for the “Why I Love My Hair” T-Shirt collection coming soon. The best entry will be featured in an animation coming in the summer!

If you’ve got a little curly cutie around you, you could help them send in their entry. This is for everyone. Males, females, of all ages. You love your hair. Don’t be shy to share why! If you were wondering, YES I sent in my own entry so I’m encouraging you to do the same. Maybe I’ll share it with you later.

Love Love Love

Ekene

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