New Hair x Salon Review: K.L’s Natural Beauty Bar

New hair guys, new hair!! ^_^

This is old news if you follow thekinkandi on Instagram, but as always, I save the juice for here. 😉

On May Day, I got my hair did at K.L’s Natural Beauty Bar, a Natural Hair salon in Ikoyi, Lagos.

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I got there at 12-ish, to meet a full salon. The owner Kemi was there, and two more stylists. I considered going home to return at opening time the next day (9am) but they worked very quickly so I maintained. I met my friend T there as well. She’s transitioning, and she got mini-twists done, twists later curled with perm rods.

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Kemi and T

The salon was well ventilated and neat, and for the first time in my life, I actually engaged in general salon bants. You know how they talk about female bonding at the beauty shop, male bonding at the barber’s? I only go to salons when I have to, and all my life, it’s just something I never thought necessary, group chitchat at the salon. But I admit, it was nice. 🙂

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While waiting, I watched them work. I like how they cleaned up after they finished with each customer. I HATE hair flying, or stepping on hair at the salon. Chances of that irritation are way less at a natural hair salon but, still. People got their hair washed, deep conditioned and dried, shuku with extensions, and a very pretty halo braid. Someone got twists and I loved how they looked, so I knew I had to do something with twists.

After like 2 hours, it was finally my turn to sit in the chair. Again, I went back to the style I saw on Ijeoma, a nice girl I met at the Kinky Apothecary’s Great Kinky Hair Christmas Affair. I tried to get it done in Calabar and that was a bit of a fail. Not everybody that can braid can do it creatively. You can see that attempt here.

My friend T: mini twists on transitioning hair, curled with perm rods.

My friend T: mini twists on transitioning hair, curled with perm rods. foundation for a bomb twistout!

I think twists get better with length (just a personal opinion) My hair is longer than it was the first time I tried to do twists all over, so I told the stylist I’d prefer to do single twists, as I have more hang-time now. She really wanted me to do Ijeoma’s style, and suggested she could use perm rods on the twists later to recreate her exact look, but we kind of decided that we’d do the intricate cornrowing on one side, and twist the remainder. My hair was treated with loving care. Mostly finger detangled, and twisted with leave-in conditioner. And we were done in 90 minutes.

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view from the top

view from the top

side

side. Bobby pins used to hold the point where the cornrows meet the twists

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Maybe I should have let her do both sides cos I really love these cornrows! :)

Maybe I should have let her do both sides cos I really love these cornrows! 🙂

I was quite happy with my hair and actually, I’m still feeling myself. Went to the market last week and the woman I buy potatoes from loved it so much, she called her friends to touch lol, and she also said she would stop relaxing her hair! When my hair grows a few more inches, I KNOW twists are going to become my staple. Supreme what? Noble WHO? Can’t wait to start wearing long twists with my own hair! 🙂

Oh. Oh. Oh. How much did my hair cost?

I know you really want to know! 4k guys, four thousand naira. It would’ve been 3 if I didn’t have the fancy braiding on the side.

Actually the most I’ve ever paid to get my hair done in my short life (yes oh, I’m a small girl!) but I do not regret it. Hair is 11 (12?) days now, I just need to focus on making it last at least 10 more days, making 3 weeks.

Maintenance

So far, my maintenance routine has been as follows:

I spritz with water when I feel like, and oil my scalp lightly with coconut oil.

I keep hair wrapped at night and I try my best to keep my hands off my head!

If you have any more tips for maintaining styles like this in this humidity, holler at a sister in the comments! Thanks and God bless! 😀

Hair Products Also Available

You can also get natural hair products at K.L’s Natural Beauty Bar. Brands they stock include Aphogee, Tropical Isle Living (JBCO), Shea Radiance and Carol’s Daughter. They’ve also got Ayurvedic herbs and various oils. To see the products they’ve got and how much they cost, go here.

butterflies :)

butterflies 🙂

Find them!

K.L’s Natural Beauty Bar is located at 29C Ikorodu Crescent, Dolphin Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos. Come in through the gate, turn left, and then take your 2nd right turn, and follow the Crescent till you see it 🙂

Opening hours: 9am to 6pm. Tuesday- Sunday.

Phone: 0806 365 0977

Email: k.lsnaturalbeauty@gmail.com

Website: www.klsnaturals.com

Kemi also blogs about hair at www.klsnaturals.blogspot.com

Have you been here before? What was your experience? Let’s talk in the comments!!

Love,

AB,

xx

For more Natural Hair Friendly salons in Nigeria, see our growing ‘Where To Find’ page.

Hey AB, I Want Darker Hair!

Okay so my hair was actually very dark but changed a little. Would you advice I use a dye to make it darker?

-Amaka

(P.S. My friend Amaka big chopped this year and is currently rocking a twa. Her hair looks like Color 2 right now, and I believe her aim is Color 1 or 1B. Colour chart below)

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Hair Colour Chart. Source: Qlassy Extensions

First of all, I must say that I’ve never thought about this, or tried to do this myself, so I had to think and reach out for answers to this one:

1. Patience is an option.

In my relaxed days, my hair was brown. From far, you’d think it was black but as my mom early observed, only Color 4 of Expressions was the perfect fit for us. Color 4 as in, the often hard-to-find dark brown almost black shade of Expressions braiding hair. Made slightly brighter in natural/artificial light, but it was definitely brown. See what I’m saying:

Relaxed/Transitioning Days. See what I said about the colour?

2011 or 2012. see my kinky roots are a little darker than the rest of my hair?

Towards my 1st natural hair anniversary last year, I was reflecting on my healthy hair journey when I noticed my hair was not Color 4 anymore. It was closer to black, and has become darker since then! I wasn’t even trying to get darker hair, it just happened. That’s why I suggest you could just go about your healthy hair journey, and see if your hair darkens. Especially because you once had darker hair than you have now.

2. There are natural means you could try.

However, there doesn’t seem to be any general agreement on the subject of coloring hair black naturally. Mostly suggestions of tea, coffee, sage, walnuts- I didn’t see any real testimonies. Chinwe (also known on the interwebs as Loo)- Black Girl Long Hair contributor and a hair blogger I can say I trust, has waded in the water, and you can see some recipes she considered in this post over at her blog here.

I love JBCO, I think it is everything! Jamaican Black Castor Oil in addition to encouraging growth, softness and improving the overall health of hair is also said to give darker hair colour. It’s something worth trying, you just have to be consistent with your applications. Say, 3 times a week on your scalp, for 6-12 weeks.

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2014, black black

3. You can dye it

My grandma (bless her soul) did not joke with her NaturVital dyes. This brand has been there since childhood, I still see it on shelves today and I don’t recall her having any problems. But I did some web surfing, and I see that many people have allergic reactions to PPD, a common element in chemical dyes. I am so not a professional on this, so don’t quote me!

In the alternative, Curlfriend Natmane of Deep Brown & Kinks,suggests Henna-Indigo dye. In recent times, more people are wary of chemicals so I think this is the better option. You can Henna-Indigo dye yourself. For more about Henna-Indigo Dyeing, you can go here.

I don’t mean to scare you but please remember that people can be bad. MeeMee had an allergic reaction to some henna tattoo she got months ago. It wasn’t her first interaction with henna so let’s just say there is henna and there is henna. I’ve also seen henna with more than one ingredient (that is, not 100% henna) being advertised on the web. Try to get yours from a sure source, and a patch test is a good idea. Mix your dye and put a little bit of it on a small part of your skin and leave for a while to see if you have an allergic reaction.

Olori is running a sale right now, you can get 100gms of Henna for 250 naira here, and 100gms of Indigo for 400 naira here!

Whether you are using chemical dye or vegetable dye (e.g. henna), dyeing is a very stressful process for your hair, and it can leave it feeling very weak, brittle, & super thirsty. You need to pay special attention to those moisture and protein levels.

Its best that your hair is in great shape before you dye, please wash and deep condition, and after your dyeing process, make sure you follow immediately with a good deep conditioning treatment, and do not joke with deep conditioning in the weeks to follow.

I hope this helps!

So ladies, have you ever darkened your hair? What helped and what didn’t? Please help Amaka in the comments! Thanks and God bless ❤

Love,

AB,

xx

Product Review: CeCees Curls Pineapple Whipped Shea Butter

CeCees Curls is a young Nigerian small business, based in Abuja. Today, I’m reviewing their Pineapple Whipped Shea Butter.

I know the tub says "guava", but I got a pineapple sample.

I know the tub says “guava”, but my Pineapple sample (which matters) was inside.

First Impressions:

The smell? Yummy. And it’s good to know that with the exception of the pineapple fragrance, all the ingredients are natural and edible. I was one of those kids who tried chalk, powder and soap so I wouldn’t entirely put tasting it past me. O_o Just kidding. I’m a growwwn woman now. ( ._.)

The card it came with was also a pretty nice touch! 🙂

Ingredients:

Shea butter, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Aloe Vera, Glycerin, Pineapple Fragrance.

I got to know this in a note.

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In future, it’d be nice for CeCees Curls to have the ingredients listed on the tub, or at least a broad description- “Shea butter enriched with penetrating oils and humectants…” Something like that.

Let’s Get To It

I’ve only tried one other whipped butter in my life and it was a little too light for me. I like to use shea on my lips and sometimes body. I even mixed a little of this one day with some castor oil to give myself a much needed massage so you can understand why I prefer the heavier texture of CeCees Curls.

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This butter is not as thick as raw shea (duh, because its been whipped!) but it isn’t too light. I don’t know if you can see what I’m saying here.

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I used this alone for my 3 strand twist out which you saw or you can see in this post, and my hair was soft for a week, from Friday to Thursday! I didn’t need to spritz my hair with water to refresh. And note that I didn’t use any leave-in conditioner. I just used the whipped butter to twist on damp freshly washed hair. I honestly don’t know if this is because my hair is in such a good place right now, or because of the humectants in the whipped butter. I’m thinking it’s more of the latter, but maybe I’ll try again with raw shea later, when I take my kinky twists out, to definitively compare results.

I’m not one of those naturals who praise shea butter like it’s the ultimate hair elixir. No shade! It’s just my low po-ro-si-ty! From past experiences, (raw) shea butter is an okay sealant, that’s all; Which is why I’m inclined to believe the humectants in this whipped butter kept my low-porosity hair moisturised.

Would I buy this?

I aspire to be a mixtress someday. Till I gather myself to make my own whipped butter, yes, I’d be happy to buy me some CeCees Curls!

A Little Story

One month after my re-chop, I met Neku, the madam behind CeCees Curls at Capital Naturals 1 (November 2012). CeCees Curls was still a dream. Everyone was making small talk outside at the product stands, and she told me she was thinking about starting a shea butter business, and wanted to know if I’d be interested in that kind of thing. And I was like yes, if it’s good, why not?

More than a year later, I got an email from CeCees Curls asking if I’d like to try their whipped butter. I said Yes. It was only after days of going back & forth to choose the flavour I wanted to try/ arrange delivery that I looked at the Google+ profile and it occurred to me that she was the one I’d talked to at the meetup!

It made me very happy to know she followed her plans through, and it’s even better that I’ve tried it, and I actually like it!

When was the last time you thought about your dreams? The last time you took a step in their direction? Let this inspire you in a small or big way today, to get going!

WHERE TO FIND

You can get CeCees Curls in Abuja, in a variety of other flavours. I also got a whiff of some of them and I think the Hazelnut may be my fave!

Connect with them on Twitter @ceceescurls and Instagram @ceceecurls, and to order, you can:

1. Call 07052809468 

2. Email- ceceescurls@gmail.com or

3. BBM: 332E7A1A

If you’ve tried any of CeCees Curls butters, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments!

Love,

AB,

Xx

PH Naturals Stand Up!

Hello beautiful people!

I come to you today with good news for the sistahood in Port Harcourt!

You can now get your hair product fix at Fros and Cornrows Natural Hair Hangout!

Visit the Hangout at 45 Evo Road, GRA Phase 2, Port Harcourt.

A wide range of Natural hair Products and accessories awaits you:

1. Essential oils,

2. Base oils (Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Coconut, Olive, Avocado, Jojoba, Grapeseed)

3. Natural butters- shea butter, cocoa butter

4. Ayurvedic Oils and Clays

5. Natural hair brands including Cantu, Shea Moisture, Giovanni, Oyin Handmade, Eco Styler, As I Am, Aubrey Organics, Elasta QP and Kinky Curly!

6. More specifically, Wild Growth Hair Oil, Body Art Quality Henna, and the famous Luster S-Curl Activator!

7. Satin bonnets, Hair accessories, and Hair tools.

And get this, a salon is in the works!

Sounds like you guys have it made!! Keep your eyes on the Hangout, and go see if they don’t have what you need.

Don’t keep this to yourself, share this, spread the word to fellow PH Naturals and if you aren’t based in Port Harcourt, share with the PH people you know!

For more information about Where to Find natural hair friendly products and salons in Nigeria, do visit the Directory.
If you’re a Natural hair friendly business and you’re not on the list, just leave a comment or email thekinkandi@gmail.com & you’ll be putting yourself out there for the people that need you to find you!
If your favourite shop or salon isn’t on the list, let me know too. This is a collective effort, we are helping each other! 🙂

If you’re in a city or town with no products, don’t fret. We’re planning a little something to help you out too. 😉

Love,
AB,
xx

Do You Live In Benin City?

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Yes? This post is for you! We’ve got a number of Natural hair product retailers in Nigeria, and the list continues to grow. However, at this time, most of the stores are in Lagos and Abuja. They do make efforts to deliver, but for circumstances beyond their control (i.e. the general lack of confidence in our national postal service), I know delivery costs can be more than a little discouraging when you’re not making a bulk purchase. Paying 1500 to ship a bottle of conditioner that cost you 2500 Just. Does. Not. Make. Sense. Odion from Benin City wrote me yesterday. She’d like to be a middleman, to help organise the pooling of resources for women in Benin who’d like to order hair care products (natural or relaxed) from stores in Lagos or elsewhere. Simply put, if you are interested in getting hair products from Lagos or Abuja or anywhere out of Benin, you can now consider doing it together with other people, thus spreading the cost of delivery, bringing it down to a minimum. Also, would you be interested in having a meet-up in Benin? She’d like to know.

Please help share this post, and send it to your friends in Benin. Remember, little drops make a mighty ocean! Let’s help each other! Thank you! 🙂

AN UPDATE: This arrangement worked for a while, until Odion had to relocate, and for this reason, I’ve taken her information off the blog. If you’d like to start a Benin group, or a group in your city, let me know. thekinkandi@gmail.com

Love,

AB

Xx