Crushed It! Naturals in The City 9

Hello beautifuls!!

Last Saturday, we #TurnedUp and showed out, at Naturals in The City 9! It was a great afternoon at Social Place*, and our lovely attendees collectively crushed it! Beautiful hair and good vibes in abundance 🙂 I know, I know, you wish you came too. 😛

The theme for the meet-up was “Maintaining Hair Length” and we had 3 brilliant speakers. Mosh Udobang of Naturalosity and Ade Balogun of Locitude talked hair and after them, professional fittie, personal trainer and gym manager, Adura_O talked about eating right on a Nigerian diet and embracing exercise. There were A LOT of questions asked after each talk, and Adura had the most. It’s good to know that we are as enthusiastic about the health of our bodies as we are about hair! 😉

We had a raffle draw at the end, and 4 lucky people won prizes from Tunmise Naturals. There was plenty to buy in The Gallery, where our vendors displayed. At this meet-up, we had 11: Aweni Organics, Oh So Smoothies, Bose’s Atelier, Olori Cosmetics, African Naturalistas, Locitude, Beautifully Nappy, Namaste Organics, Tunmise Naturals, Natural Nigerian and Fashion Strings.

Because we were so busy, we totally forgot about the Product Swap (this won’t happen at the next meet *face palm*), but the Medical Hair Clinic did happen. Dr Agility Ihesie consulted with the people who wanted to see her. I cannot tell you how that went because it was private and highly confidential, but I trust that it went well. 🙂

Enough with the talk-talk, I took photos. Like 300.

Kidding! Not really.Enjoy!

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A Tuesday Afternoon at The Shrine

Hey guys,

This is not a hair post.

Tuesday was a good hair day for me, but beyond my twist out, it was also a really good day.

My friend L is around, and together we finally made it to the New Afrika Shrine. We’d both wanted to go for a long time, but she doesn’t live in Lagos, and for me- its been one thing after another. From the mall, we found our way to it on that Tuesday afternoon.

"The Secret of Life Is To Have No Fear". You hear?

“The Secret of Life Is To Have No Fear”. You hear?


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The Great Kinky Hair Christmas Affair!

Hello lovelies!

How una dey? 🙂

I’m home for the holidays and this Christmas is definitely shaping up to be a grrrreat one! I am SO excited! ^_^

Yesterday, my girl Lu and I had a good time at The Great Kinky Hair Christmas Affair!

Organised by The Kinky Apothecary, the Affair was hosted by hair bloggers Geraldine the Great and Ijeoma of Klassy-Kinks, at The Social Place, 33 Sinari Daranijo Street, Victoria Island.

Geri talked to us about Staying Natural, and Toughening Your Technique for Length Retention, and soon enough, Ijeoma got into Protective Styling. Afterwards, she asked for volunteers and I stepped forward. Without the aid of a comb, she did a quick flat-twist updo that I wore to church this morning. I’m definitely upping my styling game in 2014, so help me God!

It’s always a pleasure to meet other curlies, and talk hair! 🙂 Before and after the workshop, there was food, drinks and shopping. We got freebies with our Kinky Apothecary purchases, and Geri gave out stuff as well.

Old boy Simon was with me, and Lu helped out with the photos- so here’s my yesterday in pictures:

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Girls-Girls ^__^

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Wildly Refreshing. They make smoothies, froyo and soup :)

Wildly Refreshing. They make smoothies, juices, froyo and soup 🙂

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Us posing with Ijeoma of Klassy-Kinks

Us posing with Ijeoma of Klassy-Kinks

Republic of Foreigner

Republic of Foreigner

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Kinky Apothecary

Kinky Apothecary

Zaynab :)

Zaynab 🙂

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Lu + Ijeoma

Lu + Ijeoma

Ijeoma's cute style. She got her hair did at KL's Naturals

Ijeoma’s cute style. She got her hair did at KL’s Naturals

the back. Mini-twists in the middle

the back. Mini-twists in the middle

LOVE her weave!

LOVE her weave!

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Geraldine the Great, ready to speak

Geraldine the Great, ready to speak

Waist length for real

Waist length for real

Ijeoma working on the volunteer

Ijeoma working on the volunteer

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side view

side view

the back

the back

Nibi Lawson, founder of The Kinky Apothecary

Nibi Lawson, founder of The Kinky Apothecary

Close-up: Geri

Close-up: Geri!

The End.

What did you do this weekend?

Till next post,

Love,

AB

xx

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