Hello, February!!

Hey guys!
Long time no post!
Two whole weeks! And 2014 isn’t here to play oh, January moved fast!
Between MTN & Etisalat, my internet situation was a little complicated but it’s all good now. I’ll be up to regular posting from Monday, but for now, this is a quick update post, just to check-in.

1. The Kink and I just reached the 50 follower milestone on Bloglovin’! Wow. Thank you everyone, for reading and commenting and subscribing! Thank you SO much 🙂

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2. I got ombre box braids (black, with brown highlights) and they only lasted 2 weeks.

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Or should I say, I could only stand them for two weeks. Before them, the last time I used braiding hair that wasn’t kinky was October 2012. And even then, it was alright. But these braids my friends, were looking really old and raggedy in such a short time. I was sad to see them go- good money and time and 5 packs of hair wasted- I hadn’t even been able to do shakara properly. It just seemed a little silly to have super long waist-hip length braids that were really untidy where it mattered. I’m still wondering if it was my fault or the hairdressers’? AND. Calabar doesn’t know it’s supposed to be Harmattan. No chill whatsoever, it is. so. hot! I’ll be back to this style in a few months, hopefully, with much better luck.

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3. My hair is super soft as I write this. I just co-washed and yes, it was super-soft albeit a little greasy before I washed. BUT. The Herbal Essences Hello Hydration conditioner is truly worth the hype. There’s no difference between 700 naira Suave Naturals conditioner and the cheapey cheapey 250 naira Hair Fruits conditioner. But this. THIS is a moisturising conditioner!!

4. A Test of Two Leave-In Conditioners

Thursday was Wash day and after all the senrenren, I left my hair to air-dry in twists. But before the twists, I moisturised one half of my head with Jack 5ive Curl Activator and the other half with the Cantu Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream– to see which was better. I unraveled the twists today just before I went for a walk and voila, no side was more moisturised than the other. My hair was all nice and soft and fluffy. A little greasy though (I sealed with coconut oil and appaz, I used more than I thought I did!)

5. I’m very very VERY serious about length retention this year! I resisted the urge to comb today, and went out looking maybe a little crazy.

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no comb, don’t care!!

I walked a good deal of Marian road and Old Ikang this evening (any Calabar curlies in the building?). I can’t wait till my hair starts to hang. Shorter hair makes the absence of a comb much more obvious, but abeg. I didn’t die today, and I’d happily do it again.

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Why must the caption strip be in the middle? Anyhoo…

6. The Kink and I is on Facebook now 🙂 and Instagram too. 🙂

7. Going off now to moisturise & seal and beg my roommate to thread my hair in preparation for another salon visit tomorrow. I dare you ’fro, to not dry before tomorrow afternoon! ( ._.)

I’m getting my hair did, no extensions this time. I’ll keep you posted!

Goodnight!

Love,

AB

xx

On My Mind: Genie Locs!

Protective Styling is my great hair agenda for 2014, and I’m going to have a lot of fun with this, I can tell.

Top of my list of styles I want to try is… Genie Locs! Also known as Loc Extensions, Wrapped Extensions, whatever you want to call it, here’s what I’m talking about.

Tell me, whose locs are real? And who’s wearing extensions? Can you tell?

I’m a big fan of dreadlocks, and I love anything that would let me key into my inner rasta without the commitment. Genie Locs are it yo. Closer than kinky twists, Havana twists, these ones are right on the mark.

A few weeks ago, I youtube’d for a how-to, and I found this really good tutorial by vlogger, ImShineStruck.

Really simple, and no special extensions needed- just good old regular braiding hair (Expressions, Darling, any Kanekalon hair of your choice) and some Kinky hair.

I’ve even seen some locs with Yarn instead of Kinky Hair. Good too, but I prefer the way the Kinky locs look.

I’m SO looking forward to trying this. I need the weather to be much much cooler in the daytime though. Harmattan here hasn’t decided what it’s going to be, and I just got box braids today anyway, so I’m holding onto this thought for a while longer.

There you have it guys!

What do you think? Have you tried Genie Locs? Would you be trying this style out?

Till next post,

Love,

AB

P.S. Only Ayo is wearing extensions (Image 3)