Product Haul!

Hey guys!

What’s good?

Today I want to talk about hair products. What’s your approach to buying your own? With a little spare change, I easily give in to an impulsive buy here and there- and it’s really hard for me to resist a really good bargain, but generally, I like to plan my hair purchases.

The last time I shared my stash was in January. I recently re-upped my arsenal, and since I get asked now and then about what I’m using, I decided to share my new stash. These are the things I will be using for the next say, six months- or even longer.

Not trying to fix what isn’t broken, I’ve restocked on my staples, but I’m still trying a number of new stuff. Here goes-

1. Deep Conditioners

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The Nothing But Intense Healing Mask is a firm staple, and the other two are new to me. I’m really curious about the Aussie claims. 3 times the moisture in 3 Minutes, really?! Because she’s so nice, Nibi of The Kinky Apothecary sent me the Shea Moisture masque. 🙂 It’s one of her faves. I’m hoping my hair likes it as much as her hair does.

2. Instant/ Rinse-out Conditioners

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1L of my beloved Hello Hydration, and as it’s a moisturising conditioner, I decided to try the Honey, I’m Strong condish too, also from Herbal Essences. Don’t you just love the names of Herbal Essences conditioners? It’s supposed to be a strengthening conditioner. I’m curious to see how different they are, especially because they have a lot of ingredients in common. So far, I’ve used Honey, I’m Strong to dry detangle once, and it was amazeballs!

3. Leave-In Conditioner

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The Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream remains one of my staples, but I decided to go with the Argan Oil version this time. So much ado about Argan Oil on the internets, I figured I’d try something with the wonder oil. The ingredient list reads similar to the Shea Butter one, and so far, so good. I’ll let you guys know eventually, my thoughts on this leave-in.

4. Stylers

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Everything here is new to me. I got the Shea Moisture mousse because MeeMee loves it so much. I think I remember Kesia of Island Kynks giving the Burnt Sugar Pomade a really good review. The Obia Curl Enhancing Custard was gifted to me by the Kinky Apothecary, and I got the Aunt Jackie’s simply because I wanted to try something from the line, and because I think the Aunt Jackie’s labels are so pretty.

Oh. And EcoStyler Gel. This time, I got the Green Tub (with Olive Oil). I’ve tried the Pink tub, and I can’t say much for its hold. Let’s see how this one does.

I broke the tub today. Dropped it and it split right through the middle lol, need to find a new container for this

I broke the tub today. Dropped it and it split right through the middle lol, need to find a new container for this

5. Shampoo

Shamperssss!

Shampersssss! In this category, I have just one, the L’Oreal Ever Creme Sulfate Free Moisture System Nourishing Shampoo. A mouthful, I know! It’s almost out (left over from my January stash), I don’t know why I didn’t think to replace it. I’ll need to buy it again soon.

So, in addition to shampoo, I’ll have to buy leave-in in a bit, but I think I’m kind of sorted. I can shut my eyes now, and not be so tempted to buy hair things. LOL, right.

I really want to get the Curls Blueberry Bliss Curl Control Paste, from The Kinky Apothecary. My ORS Edge Control will expire in three months, and I’ve been seeing beautiful results on Instagram, achieved with this product. That’s the exception to the ban.

On my wishlist now though, are tools and the organic stuff. Flexi rods, perm rods, a latch hook, bentonite clay, henna, Aloe vera juice, JBCO… I’ll be buying these here. Between my bestie and my sister, I arranged for my hair products- although, considering what it cost to ship last minute between two cities in the same USA, I should just have spent that money instead in our economy.

Have you tried any of these products? What have you got lately?

Keep your eyes on the blog, and on Instagram. We’re collaborating with a Nigerian store to give away two of my staple products! Not telling you which! 😉

Love,

AB,

xx

Introducing: Meemee’s Kinks

Hey beauts!

Forgive me. One of the comments on my Being me blog tag confirmed what I had been thinking. I really never introduced myself, neither have I ever talked about my hair! Sacre bleu. Unacceptable, right? Today, I plan to right all my wrongs.

As AB said in her reply to Fola, AB and I, together… “WE. ARE. THE KINK AND I!” (Read in a This-is-Sparta way). Who are we, you ask? AB and Meemee, we are best friends that have been going through life’s journey, and now hair journey together for many many years. AB was my hairspiration and the springboard from which I launched the courage to finally do my big chop. This is my hair story, so far.

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What matters is how you see your hair! This is my hair’s alter ego.

After wearing my hair short and natural for 7 years, because, secondary school (I cut my hair before I started my last year of primary school. I was 9. My cousin had cut her hair for secondary school and I really disliked having to weave my hair every week with those women that treated your head like it was a phantom head. So I cut it.), I put the creamy hair crack in my hair before my hair had even made any growth progress. I think this is what killed my chance to have any growth at all. But I quickly realised that I do not like relaxers. They sting, they leave scalding burns on my scalp, they smell, they make my hair too flat on my head, ugh. So I made the switch to texturisers. I liked texturisers because they never actually made my hair straight or thin. They just made it easier to comb. Then they started to burn my scalp as well. That was when I made the decision to just stay off any of these chemicals altogether.

At this time, AB has started transitioning and she made it sound oh so fun. I wasn’t doing any research the way she did, I wasn’t taking any special care with products and protective styling either. My hair began breaking so much. It irritated me a lot such that one day, after doing a wash, I put the hair in a ponytail, took a pair of scissors and chopped the tail off. Stupid move! Of course it looked very raggedy. But I was quite happy about it. I had a stylist cut it into a nicer style after that and began to treat my hair a little nicer. wp_ss_20140719_0003   And then on Monday, September 30, 2013, I woke up, looked at my hair, got annoyed and walked to the saloon down the street and watched whatever was left of my straight, permed tips fall to the ground around me! October 4, 2013 was when I had my hair cut with a clipper, so that’s the first official day I started nurturing my natural hair.

My 'Big chop'

My ‘Big chop’

As you can probably tell, I have 4c hair. And if I’m entirely honest, for the longest time, I only thought of girls with 4c hair as having natural hair. Of course I was naive about other textures. But I would say that when I get envious of someone’s hair, it is usually because of their length, rather than their texture. After my big chop, I fell into the trap of expecting my hair to grow as fast as other people’s did, or to act the same way. So of course, I got frustrated when after 3 months, this is all I had:

Clearly not amused...

Clearly not amused…

You see, every time I would put my hair in a protective style (which is usually 90% of the time), I always imagined that my hair would look like this after take down:

Hair so big, can't even fit into the entire image

Hair so big, can’t even fit into the entire image Source: zestyfashion.com

But no matter how much I stretch after washing, this is what I get:

Super shrinkage or no?

Super shrinkage or no?

So my hair had a talk with me. And the outcome of that talk was to give it tlc, and focus on just that. It promised to grow, as long as I continue to give it unconditional tlc (well, I’m waiting for it to keep its end of the bargain). In the last few months, my hair has taught me something that I have also began to implement in my life. Enjoy the process. Results are good; good results, brilliant. But what’s the fun in living life from result to result? What happens to the in-between? And if the result is not desirable, one should be able to say “well at least it was a fun ride”. Ok, I’ve exhausted my deep talk quota for the week in this paragraph.

TWA forces into a faux bun.

TWA forced into a faux bun.

Anyway, the moral of this post is that I have oh so many hair goals and I have oh so much to learn. This blog has been great with providing me with lessons and sources to learn more from (thanks AB!). And now, novice as I am, I hope to work with AB to continue to do that for you guys and to share the process of my hair journey with you.

Fake it till you make it.

Fake it till you make it.

And so concludes my hair story… for now.

Have a brilliant new week, beauts. Till next time.

– Mee mee xx

#HairofTheWeekend

Hey guys!

How are you? 🙂

I spent the weekend with my family and one of my best girls (hadn’t seen her in months!) My baby brother graduated, to the glory of God! I wish my break was longer *sob sob* lol, but I’m back at work, and with nothing to do today, I just thought I’d show you my hair did. I had one good hair day, and one bad not so good one.

On Saturday, my twist out was not the best, but I happily rocked it like that. *bbm not interested smiley*

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Being Mee – Blog Tag

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Hello Beauts!

AB tagged me in her Being Me post and since I just invaded this space without introducing myself to you guys, I have decided to pick up my manners and do the right thing. So here it goes…

Are you named after someone?

The story goes that I was conceived after my parents visited the site of a Marian apparition. My mum wanted to name me after Mary but she thought the name itself was too generic. She’s Evelyn and so she took the last syllable of her name, jammed it into Mary and I was born. She later found out the name existed and modified the spelling appropriately.

When was the last time you cried?

Pssh. I did (not) cry at the end of the book ‘Little Bee’.

Do you have any children?

I have no biological children. However, it came to my attention that I refer to the children I babysit as ‘my children’, so I guess I do have children.

If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?

Oh yes. I would be my friend, lover, spouse, everything.

Do you have any guilty pleasures?

Sleep! It’s been this way since the beginning of time.

Do you like handwriting?

Oh I love it. There is nothing like it and nothing should replace it. Pen on paper is forever glorious.

What’s your favourite cereal?

Meh. Maybe Crunchy nut?

What’s the first thing you notice about people?

Teeth. Always teeth. One of the reasons I used to be convinced I was to be a dentist.

What’s the colour of your eyes?

Oh you know, in the sunlight they glisten like… they’re brown. Just dark brown.

Scary movies or happy endings?

Happy endings always.

Favourite TV show?

Desperate Housewives! Cannot get enough of it.

Winter or summer?

Neither, to be honest. I like the in-betweens. But then again summer has sandals, and slippers, and pretty, flimsy dresses, and ice cream…

Hugs or kisses?

Both

Special talent?

Daydreaming.

Where were you born?

Lagos, Nigeria.

Hobbies?

Words. Food. Music.

Do you have any pets?

No pets.

Favourite movie?

The Moulin Rouge. First saw this movie when I was between 10 and 12. Fell in love with it and watched it a million times after, all in succession. Then I watched for the first time in years, last year and I cannot for the life of me understand how I understood the intricacies of this movie enough to fall in love with it.

What colour is your car?

What do you want to do when you grow up?

When I grow up I wanna see the world, drive nice cars, wanna have boobies (am I the only one that heard them say ‘boobies’ and not ‘groupies’?)… I want to do something that I’m passionate about, that improves the human living conditions healthwise. That’s the goal. And I want to write, a lot.

So that’s mee!  I now tag you! And you as well. Yeah, you too. If you thought this was fun and will be fun to do, I tag you!

– Meemee

‘Being Me’ Blog Tag!

Hey guys!

I was tagged by the lovely Sandra of naijagirlnextdoor.blogspot.com to do this blog tag, and I enjoyed getting to know a little about her on the tag, so here I am!

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Are you named after someone?

Nope, just me.

When was the last time you cried?

June 16. It was my birthday. I cried at the beginning of the day (good tears, of love & joy & appreciation) and at the end of it. That night, I went to see ‘The Amazing Spiderman 2’ and I really couldn’t take it when Gwen died. 😦 Continue reading