Hair Lately

I’m at this point where I don’t really know what to do with my hair, but I’ll work it out.

Having long established that I like to deal with my hair dry and stretched, my greatest challenge now is to figure out how to keep it so for like 3 days at least. In other words, I REALLY need to learn how to cornrow and flat twist. Anyhoo… Here’s what I’ve been up to since I took out the Nazuri Curls.

I really can’t remember how I wore my hair on Monday morning lol. Maybe I wore the struggle flat twists I was given over the weekend? Can’t remember.

Tuesday, I tried to convince my hair into some kind of updo lol. Plenty tuck in here, tuck in there action at the back, with twists in front.

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On Tuesday night, I braided and twisted my hair with a combo of the Curls Creme Brûlée Lotion and the Curls Blueberry Bliss Curl Control Paste. Fine, my hair was super dry so I applied a bit of product (like 2 oz for the whole head) because I thought my thirsty hair would drink it all in before morning. Nope. I loosened all the senrenren on Wednesday morning to damp hair with zero definition, shrinking right before my eyes. Plan B? A puff.

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Thursday? I had a better updo, I think. Similar to Monday’s but it needed less bobby pins. It was more like fold and pin. IMG_8259

On Friday, I went with le shrunken fro. I was so tired on Thursday that I slept off without twisting my hair at night. I woke up with serious bed head and I didn’t even bother trying to detangle. I spritzed the hair, rubbed a little conditioner, raised it with my Afro pik in many places and patted down for shape. This resulted in a lot of tanglesssss my days.

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Still, your girl had no time over the weekend. NO time. It wasn’t being lazy, I just had to make a mental list of all the things demanding my energy and hair had to have a few seats. This is one of the times I say it’s just hair. Sure, I’m going to take time out soon and treat my hair to a nice relaxing spa day, but when you have a lot to do, it’s totally okay to do less. Your hair won’t fall off, lol.

I simply got in the shower and after wetting my hair, I saturated it with Hello Hydration. I detangled with my fingers and a wide tooth comb, chunky twisting each section as I went. Then I rinsed with cold water, but not entirely, leaving some of the conditioner in. Standing in front of the mirror after this co-wash shower, I applied slight dabs of my Carol’s Daughter Mimosa Hair Honey pomade to each section to seal in the moisture. I untwisted the loose twists (loose because of the washing) smoothed the pomade in & loosely twisted back.

About an hour later, my mom helped me thread (I didn’t know she had such skills lol 🙂 ) For the sections that were too wet, I blotted them with paper towels. She’s a busy woman but I hope we can make this a regular thing ( ._.) I wore the thread till Monday morning.

See. The way Lagos traffic is set up, 10 minutes can make all the difference in the world. I wake up at 5am and I’m out the house most days, by 6. I refuse to wake up at 4:30 because of hair. And I can’t afford to stay till 6:30 either. So I do my best to leave the house early, and then I do my hair in the bathroom at work before 8 or before anyone else gets there. So. I’m not ashamed to be out in the morning with rods in my hair or a scarf tied in a funny way. Not sorry at all. No time.

My hair was dry, and super stretched. Loved it, loved it! Threading is nice o, but I don’t know how I feel about wrapping my head every weekend, because I’m rarely home. I don’t have that many scarves, and my head tying game is really not that strong.

You know, the next time I straighten my hair I think I’m just going to thread and give myself time to air dry in advance. I arranged it into my best style yet, and I really liked it.

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This work or professional styling thing, I’ll figure it out. Yes I will. 🙂

In other news, my phone fell on Saturday and though there are no signs of breakage, my main camera has stopped working. The front one still works but what’s going on with the main? Where there is life, there is hope, abi? On the bright side of things, I’m getting my blogging mojo back!

I want to know what you’ve been up to lately with your hair, anything in particular you’re dealing with, talk to meeeeee. 

Love,

AB,

xx

Product Review- Obia Curl Hydration Spray

IMG_5726Hey guys!

Towards the end of last year, I started writing short pieces for The Coco Magazine. This review you’re about to read was first published at www.thecocomagazine.com. Slightly edited for you guys. 🙂

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Back in October after our Kinky Apothecary giveaway, I received sample sizes of the Obia Curl Hydration Spray & the Curl Enhancing Cream from The Kinky Apothecary, amongst other things. They weren’t sent to me to review or anything, she’s just nice like that. 🙂

Obia Natural Hair Care is a relatively new kid on the block. I had been reading good things about this handmade line, and was especially excited to get in there because the woman behind it all, Obia Ewah, is a Nigerian in the diaspora. I am happy to report that I was not disappointed!

Product Claims:

Invigorate and hydrate your hair and scalp with natural moisturizers like Argan Oil and Rose Oil. This pH balanced formula conditions, adds shine, and detangles hair without leaving build up or residue.

Ingredients:

Purified Water, Vegetable Glycerin, Argan Oil, Rose Oil, Coconut Oil, Soybean Oil, Vitamin E, Gluconolactone and Sodium Benzoate, Fragrance.

Gluconolactone and Sodium Benzoate work together as preservatives.

First Impressions:

This product comes in a spray bottle with a cap. Simple and functional.

I was very happy with the list of ingredients for the following reasons:

1. This is the first product I’ve seen that advertises itself as enriched with Argan Oil that actually has Argan Oil in the first 3 ingredients. (I know Argan Oil is expensive but camman product manufacturers! Don’t be shouting Argan Oil if you’re only putting like a drop inside)
2. This spray is directed for use on hair and scalp, and unlike quite a few products on the market that claim to be good for hair and scalp, it’s really simple and contains nothing that could cause build up.

First impressions out of the way, did this spray work?

Yes. I used it to moisturize my hair in mini-twists and I needed to use it just twice a week. My hair was well moisturized, with decent shine and I did not experience any build-up. I did not use this to detangle, but I can imagine it working well to dry-detangle. To my very sensitive sniffers, the smell is light and pleasant.

It’s lovely, but you are probably wondering- why? Why spend money on this when you could just make your own spritz with the same ingredients? I guess you’re right. You probably have everything but the last three ingredients. If you do, fine.

But if like me, you’d rather buy a moisturizing spray than make your own, this is for you. Especially when wearing braids or a weave, this Curl Hydration Spray from Obia is an easy way to moisturise your hair and scalp.

This product does as it says, that’s why it gets 5 stars from me.

Where to Find:

In Nigeria: 2500 Naira for 8 oz at The Kinky Apothecary

In the Overs: $10 for 8 oz on Amazon & Obia Natural Hair

So guys. Have you tried this Moisturising spray or anything else from Obia Natural Hair? Do you like?

Love,

AB,

xx

Hairspiration: Edna

Hellur Beauts,

It’s Friday!!! Our hairspiration today is of the Edna-Danger combo variety. Hi Edna!

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Tell us about you!

My name is Edna McKay. I’m 21 years of age, in school for CNA. After I’m done, I plan to enlist in the military to reach my goal in becoming a Nutrition Specialist or an RN.

How long have you been natural? What inspired you to return to your kinks?

I’ve been natural for a year and ten months. I big chopped July 26, 2013. I wanted a different look. I was tired of perming my hair and didn’t even realize I was transitioning lol

Progress through one year!

Progress through one year!

Tell us about your mane.

I’ll start by saying her name lol ‘’Danger’’! She has her own personality. One day she’ll go along with the style, the next day she’ll do her own thing and I’ve learned to work with her.

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Hair be like: “Hey! I’m Edna’s fro but you can call me danger.”

Do you follow a regimen?

Yes, my regimen is co-washing once a week – usually Sunday, shampooing once a month, deep conditioning twice a week, oil rinsing once a week and I make my own products.

What are your staple products?

My staple products are Shea Butter Smooth (My own creation) lol a mixture of Shea butter, coconut oil, aloe vera gel and water. If I don’t have any leftover products, I stick to water, coconut oil and Kinky-Curly Knot Today.

Tell us something ‘Danger’ cannot do without:

My hair cannot do without WATER! Without water my hair would be a field day lol too much work!!

How do you like to wear your hair?

Afros , twist and pins, I love wearing Marley twist during protective style time and I also like blowing it out.

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Are you facing any hair challenges right now or bad habits you’re trying to break?

Not as of now. I finally switched my bad habits. I used to just go to sleep without combing my hair or even without a satin bonnet.

What do you love the most about your hair? What do you like the least?

I love the fact that my hair has so many textures 4a, 4b and 4c so I can do lots of different styles. 🙂 I don’t like that it tangles very easy which sucks cause I’m still tender headed.

What is your hair to you?

My hair is my everything. It represents who I am, I’m as natural as I can be; I stand tall with my crown shining. My natural hair is me.

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Have you received any negativity from others towards your hair? How did/do you deal?

I live in NYC so there are so many naturals which is beautiful but every day I’ll say the white folks just can’t stand it. You’ll get the weird stare or they will start playing in your hair. I just laugh it off lol my family and friends love my hair.

Do you have any hair goals?

I have a long-term goal I want to have mid-back length by my third year I already met my short term goal by making collar bone length.

Before you go, could you share a helpful tip or trick or a remedy you’ve tried & tested in your journey so far?

Protective styling/water is key to hair growth. It may get tiring but when you make your hair goal, you’ll be happy. Water is needed every day.

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Any last words to anyone considering going natural?

The journey will be rough but it will get easy as time goes on. Do what you feel no matter what no one thinks. If they don’t accept it, disregard their negativity. It’s your choice. Do what makes you happy !!

Do you have a blog, twitter, instagram or any other social media you’d like people to connect with you on?

Yes, my Instagram is Bajanluv, my YouTube channel is Edna McKay, and my Facebook page is Edna’snaturalhairjourney!

Thank you so much Edna for sharing Danger with us today!

If you’d like to be our Hairspiration sometime, please leave a comment or email thekinkandi@gmail.com. If you think your friend should be here, spread the gospel and share this with her!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Love,

MeeMee

xx