The Washday Experience: K.L’s Natural Beauty Bar

Hello lovers!

AB here again 🙂

As I told you in yesterday’s post, I outsourced washday last weekend. I was too tired to do it myself, so I took my kinks to Kemi Lewis’ salon- K.L’s Natural Beauty Bar. You probably already know her (you should!) but if you don’t, Kemi is a really great natural hair stylist. Follow her on Instagram to see her handwork @kemilewis. 

It was my second time there to do my hair. The first time was in May 2014 when I did this. My friend T lives in the Estate so I’ve had to pop in to the salon on a few occasions to see her. Kemi also helped her transition, I think.  Anyway, anyway. I know that the salon can be quite busy, so me deciding to go there spontaneously was a gamble. I texted Kemi in the morning to see if I could book an appointment. She replied to say she wasn’t in, and as such, she didn’t know what they already had set up for the day. 

I got there at 3pm, one hour later than I had actually planned for the appointment- thanks to stupid traffic. Luck was on my side though, I met a pretty quiet salon! I was dancing inside.  In about 5, 10 minutes, my stylist for the day, Tope was ready for me. 

I chronicled this salon experience on Snapchat & I remember saving all my snaps to my gallery at the end of the day. Appaz, they weren’t saved, so I don’t have the pictures for a play by play. 😦



This Washday took about one hour, from start to finish. I loved the way she handled my hair (and I told her so). Here’s how we did. 

1. My hair was super duper tangled. I mean. So tangled it made me think about my future Locs lol, that tangled. She detangled with the African Naturalistas Moisturising and Detangling Conditioner, using her fingers & a wide tooth comb. I felt no tugging or pulling. I said this when I reviewed this conditioner a few months ago here– and I’ll say it again. This is super awesome stuff. It’s quite light so you won’t expect it, but the slip on this thing! Super slip for detangling, great softness and so much moisture. One of my fave products this year and it’s only 1,500 don’t sleep on it!

2. She shampooed my hair with a sulfate free Shampoo from Keracare. 

3. Then, she conditioned it with a Design Essentials conditioner. Rinsed out after leaving it in for ten minutes. Washing done, my hair was wrapped in a cotton t-shirt. 

4. Drying time! She moisturized with a leave-in product from As I Am, and spritzed my hair with the Keracare Silken Seal Liquid Sheen, a heat protectant. She blow dried my hair on low to medium heat (it wasn’t hot at all), with a comb attachment. 

5. She added a little more of the As I Am as needed, and sealed with coconut oil. I asked her to put my hair in two braids (which I’m still wearing) and we were done. 

It cost me 2,000 naira to wash & dry, and an additional 1K because I used their products. 

Tope was nice and fast, and super gentle with my hair. I was extra impressed with the fact that they didn’t use anyhow anyhow products- just quality stuff. And, it’s worth mentioning that she wasn’t stingy with the products too. Unlike the last salon I was at *cough cough* ( ._.)

K.L’s Natural Beauty Bar is at 29C Ikorodu Crescent, Dolphin Estate, Ikoyi. 08063650977.

Have you ever been here? Are you a regular? Would you consider going? Tell me about it! 

P.S. They’re closed on Mondays. 

Love,

AB,

xx

Salon Review: Mixx Beauty Bar & Hair Lounge

Hey beauts!

Since I went back fully to natural, I have been treated my hair to a salon visit twice (this does not include getting extensions installed or to straighten out). First time was for my big chop. The second, and more recent was to the Mixx Beauty Bar and Hair Lounge, where my hair was smothered with love by Erica Watson.

Why did I finally decide to go to a salon?

To be honest, I was perfectly content with my DIYs, and internet solutions to all my hair problems and what not. When my hair got heat damaged, I suffered a bout of hairpression. It seemed that all the work I had done to keep my hair healthy had gone to waste. During one of my lowest weeks, wise words pointed me in the direction of taking my hair to a hair expert, somebody professional that can help me restore my “hair ego”. I had heard about a couple of very popular natural hair salons in the NYC area, however, and surprisingly so, there seemed to be more bad reviews than good ones. In addition, the prices these salons slapped on various services was alarming! Enter yelp. Of the natural hair salons that came up during my yelp search, Mixx Beauty Bar & Hair Lounge had the best reviews. In fact, I got a little skeptical because there was no bad review. Not even a single hater? C’mon.

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Deep Condition

 

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Hair before blow-out and trim

 

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Rod set products

 

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All in!

 

 

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Drying the rod set

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Fluffing out curls

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Voila!

 

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Impression

Pretty purple. That’s what the walls scream. Although Erica currently works alone, this salon has a lot of space, and a lot of work space. And Erica? Such a pleasant human being, bless her soul.

My appointment comprised a deep conditioning treatment and a rod set. As she detangled my hair, Erica began asking me important questions about my hair. How do I care for my hair? What are my hair goals? What’s difficult for me? Do you know how nice it is to get asked these questions at a hair salon?! I had never had such an experience and so this was a pleasant surprise. It made me think briefly of how stylists tend to just put their hands in your hair and begin to work based on what they feel in their hands. Meanwhile, there is a history that makes every head of hair different, and thus deserving of a personalized service and not a generic one.

I mentioned earlier that Erica was detangling my hair right? I did not feel a thing! Even when I detangle my hair myself, I am used to the little scalp hurts or tug of war. With Erica, from detangling until the end of my appointment, I felt like my hair was a big ball of fluffy cloud. I have no better words to describe this feeling… you had to have been there.

Price-wise, perhaps my aforementioned experience with the pricing of natural hair services in some of the big name salons already coloured my expectations, but I thought the amount of money I spent was concurrent to the service I received. For a wash, a deep conditioning treatment, a long-overdue trim, and a rod set, I paid $80.

Needless to say, I had a more than pleasant time at the Mixx beauty bar and I walked out smiling, eager to show off my new hair style to anyone who cared to look. Best believe that after that salon visit, my “hair ego” has been fully restored. My rod set lasted 5 days, before I mishandled it by stretching out the curls into puffs. Besides my beautiful rod set result, and my cloud soft hair, I also left Erica’s shop with a “prescription”. She suggested that I buy the Nutrine garlic conditioner and deep condition weekly with that and some olive oil. I tried out this formula during my last wash day this past weekend and I shall be doing a review about this product in the very near future.

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Happy Client!

 

 

If you like what you have seen and would like to try out Erica for yourself, you can book an appointment here. To read more from Erica, look up her website.

I hope we are all having a lovely start to the week! Until next time, beauts…

– Mee Mee

xx.

 

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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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.

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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.

By Lumo Naturals : My First UpDo

Hey guys!

Let’s play a game called ‘Name The Style’ ? 🙂

Here are photos of how I wore my hair at the Call ceremony two Fridays ago and for a week after.

Braids up the sides that ended in twists, and twists in the middle.

Then the braids and twists were married with some more twisting and held up with several bobby pins, to make an updo that I at first described as a mohawk, but now that I’m looking at it, the front looks like a flat-top haircut.

Anyway, I loved it. If you have a name for my updo, holler in the comments!

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Maintenance: I simply oiled my scalp with coconut oil to prevent itching and dandruff, every two days or so.

Tip: If you’re considering recreating the style, it’d look even nicer with longer hair. Look at this photo of a natural with longer hair wearing almost the same style:

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And one of my favourite styling tutorials from Laila-Jean (youtube: FusionofCultures) – Channelling Johnny Bravo.

Her hair is much longer of course, so add kinky extensions to the middle as much as you need; a lot for a more dramatic top or if you aren’t a fan of the flat-top finish, just a little.

The Credit

My hair was styled by NatMane at Lumo Naturals Salon,

Suite G8, Mbouty plaza, Marcus Garvey street, behind emirates hotel, 5th avenue, Gwarinpa.

Call 08094823173 to book an appointment and make enquiries.

Quick Review

I had to call the salon in advance to set up an appointment.

Nat has been natural for many years now, and as expected, she handled my hair like a pro.

She helped me choose the style; this was very much appreciated because I had no idea what to do. I needed to keep my hair off my face and a hair band was definitely not an option. In my mind, there was no way a braided style could fit a suit or an adult. ( ._.) But she definitely changed that! I’m looking forward to my next braided style 🙂

Lumo Naturals is a new salon and the owner Farida was interested in getting feedback.

At Lumo Naturals, customers are given a consultancy form to fill. There you state your hair concerns, any issues you may have. I filled mine out and Farida talked me through the points raised. She also promised to email in a few weeks to see how my hair is doing. 🙂

The service was great and I was very happy with my hair.

It’s an awesome protective style because my hair is totally out of my manipulative reach, and my ends that need the most protecting, are further tucked in.

How much did my hair cost? 2000 naira.

Would I visit again? Yes.

Oh and for the Abuja natural, Natural Nigerian products are sold there.

For more information about where to find Natural Hair Salons and Products in Nigeria, visit our growing directory here.

Have you been to Lumo Naturals? How did you like it?

Till Next Post,

Love,

AB

xx

Salon Review: Natural Nation Hair Studio

Hey guys!

I was in Abuja last month and I was so confused by my hair . Maybe it was the stress of all the things I was doing in real life combined with my latest observations about my hair, I was feeling FRUSTRATED. I just REALLY needed someone to take the wheel.

So I went to the Directory, and got the contact deets for Natural Nation Hair Studio. I called to make an appointment, and at the appointed time, I showed up.

Natural Nation Hair Studio

Suite A8, Sysak Plaza, 5213 Road, Off 1st Avenue, Opposite the Redeemed Church, Gwarinpa.

09-2914841, 08166126390, 07054362534

(I had to call them for directions, but it isn’t a difficult place to find)

First Impressions:

Cute. It’s a small place, so I can see why it’s in your best interest to book an appointment. They had cane chairs with Ankara cushioning which I loved, and I could not miss a cute little throw pillow with an illustration of a female face rounded with an Afro. Clean, good lighting, AC… I made myself comfortable.

Hair Prep

I waited for a bit (not long). My hair was washed with Dudu Osun (African black soap) and conditioned with some Conditioner I couldn’t read the name but I was too tired to ask abeg. I’d spent the day dragging with those criminals shopping at Wuse Market so I was very tired and NOT in the best mood. I just wanted to trust them and let them do with me as they pleased.

But please oh. ALWAYS ASK QUESTIONS WHEN YOU GO TO SALONS! I’ve heard horrible horrible stories!!

Back to my experience at the Hair Studio. Because my hair was acting like an Iron Sponge when I came in (ugh, we’ll discuss this later), the lady in charge advised that I steam it. I sat under the dryer for a little over 20 minutes with olive oil and Organics Hair Mayonnaise in my hair. I’ve never paid attention to Organics products, but this was good. My hair felt much much revived.

Personally, I try to stay away from mineral oil but I didn’t mind- as the product did a nice job. However, I wonder how many naturals would feel comfortable with a product with Parrafinum (mineral oil) as the third ingredient. I found it to be an odd choice. What do you think?

Anyway. Then entered my stylist, and she blew out my hair gently and patiently, with a little shea butter.

The Main-The Main

Finally, the moment I’d been waiting for. How was she going to style my annoying hair so I wouldn’t have to touch it forever and ever and everrrrrrrr?

Stylist asked me what I wanted to do. I asked her what she could do. She said twists. I said OR? She said “normal children’s weaving”

Pause. -_____-

Dealbreaker right there. Excuse me oh. But I don’t know how you claim to be a natural hair salon if your stylist only knows how to twist or do “normal children’s weaving”. I could do that at any salon. The only difference of course, would be that at the normal salon, they may not be as patient with my hair. They may grumble, and I may be asked a few questions about why I won’t relax my hair.

I definitely didn’t want “normal children’s weaving”, so I told Aunty to twist.

I knew I was going to loosen the hair in 2 days anyway as I had another salon appointment (Review soon) I can’t remember how long it took, but it wasn’t a disproportionate amount of time.

The twists themselves were really good- very neat and tidy and shiny! BUT because my hair was dry & blown-out, the twists were pretty limp. I’ve had twists on damp, not blown hair which you could see here and I think I much prefer the damp results. Maybe my hair doesn’t like heat. But this isn’t because of the Salon treatment of course, it’s just an observation. I’ll remember to mention this to any hairdressers in my future. So the stylist did this technique to save the day- very common with locks, like she interlocked the twists. Oh, there was a bit of cornrowing in the front too.

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There were two other girls at the salon when I got there. One was getting a weave, and the other wanted a bantu knot out. They (that is, the people at the Salon) didn’t know how to do it/they didn’t know what that was. In my head, I was like EHN? But it’s an easy thing, so she explained that they’d have to twist her hair and knot each twist around itself… And then they said they could. I was just shocked yo. I mean, bantu knots are pretty basic knowledge in natural hair world, are they not? Side-eye.

Damage done?

3500. 2000 for the steaming and 1500 for the styling.

As usual I’m leaving it to you to rate the pricing according to your pockets, but here’s my rating:

I had an issue with the 1500 for the pretty basic styling. Definitely not worth it in my opinion. And I still felt like a child so I scarfed my hair before I left, going the same way I came.

About the 2k for steaming, Note to self: If I’d forced myself to breathe, I could have calmed down, not been so mad at my hair, and revived it myself. So no complaints there. Next time, do your own hair prep!

So, what’s my verdict?

I’m not in Abuja anymore but would I be visiting Natural Nation Hair Studio again?

Mmmmm. I appreciate their effort, for trying to be there for us naturals- I was having a bad hair day and was in no state of mind to try to fix it. I’m happy the salon was there for me- but I have to be honest.

The service was great, they were nice people, my hair was revived, but the styling was a big NO-NO. They SERIOUSLY need to fix that. Until they do, I think the ‘Hair Studio’ part of the name is and will remain misleading.

At my regular salon, there’s not as much attention to décor lol BUT they respect my hair and detangle it patiently and do not complain or suggest I put a texturiser in. AND for everything, I definitely wouldn’t have paid half as much.

So, I’m just going to say I didn’t feel what I was supposed to feel at Natural Nation Hair Studio.

The lesson? Natural salon or not, try to prepare your hair yourself before you go styling. AND have your style in mind!

Have you been to Natural Nation Hair Studio? How did you like it?

Till next time

Love,

AB

xx