Happy New Year!!

Hey guys!!

We hope you had a very merry Christmas and we wish you an even happier New Year!

We are firm believers in the power of making resolutions, of writing goals down. Don’t let any grouch make fun of you for being excited about a “new” slate! If you fall off your track by January 7, don’t be discouraged. It’s a project. You can dust your list off in March and continue from there. We are all works in progress. Okay? 🙂

We’d wanted to do a Year Review post, maybe as elaborate as last year’s own but. It’s the holidays, and we are feeling rather lazy haha so we made a vlog about our 2014 & some plans for 2015, on Saturday night. You can watch below, please watch below! We must warn you though. It was impromptu, so not as organized as we’d like. The original video was 34 minutes, and MeeMee did  a good job, editing 64.7% away. And it is totally okay to cringe at the footage at the end, because I am. LOL.

2014 was a beautiful year for us here!

This year, MeeMee officially came on board. 😀

Early this year, the lovely Ijeoma of Klassy Kinks mentioned us in one of her Bella Naija articles here, and this referred a lot of you lovelies, and thankfully you have stayed with us! It was a great push, very much appreciated! ❤ We also made our own list of some of the Nigerian Hair Bloggers we love, check it out over here. 

This was a year of many collaborations! It was so lovely to work with Natural Nigerian, Jessicurl, Midas NaturalsThe Kinky Apothecary, Sizzelle, Nazuri Curls, African Hair Accel, and now, The Mane Choice! Half our collabos yielded Giveaways! Shoutout to our generous friends!

Many good things happened in our lives, and here. We were a part of Calabar’s first hair meet-up in October, Natural in Paradise!

It was a great year, guys. We are thankful for every opportunity, and for every single one of you! ❤

OUR TOP 10 POSTS OF 2014

According to our stats, here are ten of the posts you guys liked the most this year:

1. A Picture Tutorial: Crochet Braids with Kinky Extensions

2. Maximum Hydration Method, Anyone?

3. On My Mind: Genie Locs!

4. Styling Adventures: Finger Coils!

5. Our Regimens

6. Finally My Review: African Hair Accel Hair Vitamins

7. Stretch Your Curls Heatlessly With African Threading

8. Hair Review: Nazuri Curls Afro Kinky Curly Extensions

9. Hairspiration! : Eki

10. Natural in Nigeria & On a Budget

TOP 5 COMMENTERS

We always love to hear from you in the comments! Our Top Commenters this year are very lovely bloggers as well! They left the most comments on the blog in 2014, we heart you guys ❤

1. Isleofazure; Kesia of IslandKynks

2. Sandra of NaijaGirlNextDoor

3. Jen, Nigerianandnatural

4. Donttouchhair, Uzo of Donttouchthehair

5. Berry Dakara

WHERE TO FIND

Our Where to Find Directory is still flourishing, and ever so often, with your help, we make new additions. Our two latest additions are Whitney Madueke (Independent Natural Hair Stylist) and Varater Ava (for 100% Moroccan Argan Oil, at competitive prices in different sizes. For those that know, 5,500 naira for 8oz of the liquid gold is really not bad at all!) Whitney can hook you up with a wide range of services- steam treatments, twists, coils and natural hair styles, coloring (highlights, lowlights), and give you a blow-out or flat iron safely for you, if you want! See the Where to Find: Salons and Where to Find: Products pages respectively, for their contact information!

CHANGES 🙂

After #LindaGate, we finally decided to get a domain name. We will build a lovely site in 2015, but until that is done and unveiled, you can reach us now at thekinkandi.com. Typing this into your browser will directly lead you here, to the wordpress blog. thekinkandi.wordpress.com is such a long thing to type, and you don’t have to anymore, but it still works!

HOLLER!

We are still in Marley twists and Holiday Hibernating, so no posts from us for like the next three weeks! We’ll be alive on other media though, Twitter- @thekinkandixx, Facebook: /thekinkandi and Instagram: @thekinkandi. You can also follow us on BlogLovin’ 🙂

You can write us hello@thekinkandi.com to talk hair, we’ll help in our little way. If you’d like to sponsor a giveaway, or advertise, or collaborate with us in any way, write us too!

If you’re a vendor of Natural hair products in Nigeria, or a Natural hair stylist or salon in Nigeria, also email us your information. We’d love to add you to our directory, and this is free! If you have a natural hair event coming up, mail us about it with a banner and event info, we’ll share the word, at no cost to you.

We love to show your kinks off! You don’t know how many people you could inspire to embrace their kinks by showing off the way you rock yours. Its been a while since we did, and we’d love to have more Hairspiration Fridays in 2015. If you want to do us the honour of being our Hairspiration, just mail us and we’ll take it from there! 🙂

Alright guys. Have fun, but be safe. We’ll talk about 2015 in 2015. 😉

Love, Love,

US!

xx

Finally, My Review! : African Hair Accel Hair Vitamins

I finished one month’s supply of African Hair Accel Hair Vitamins last week, on Monday morning.

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As I stated in this past post here, the vitamins were sent over to me by African Hair Accel to try, but you can trust me to give you my honest, unbiased opinion. 🙂 And there are progress photos too.

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS

  1. TYPO! As soon as I got this bottle, the first thing I noticed was “Essental Vitamins For Hair Growth”. Where did the “I” go? Was it on vacation? I kid, but if I was seeing this for the first time at a pharmacy or something, in the midst of other options, I wouldn’t be willing to put my trust in this one. I didn’t have an A in WAEC English but I’m just particular about things like this.
  2. The smell. Not druggy, but not exactly odourless. It smelled slightly yeasty at first and I hoped I wouldn’t be burping that later. I got used to it it, and that was all. No I didn’t burp that, no problems there.

INGREDIENTS

Here they are, as follows:
Vitamin A (as renyl palmitate), Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid and rose hips), Vitamin D3 (as cholecalciferol w/beta-cyclodextrin), Vitamin E (as d-alpha tocopheryl acetate), Vitamin B1 (as thiamine monohydrate), Riboavin (vitamin B2), Niacin (as Niacinamide), Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine HCl), Folic acid, Vitamin B12 (as cyanocobalamin), Biotin (as d-biotin), Pantothenic acid (as d-calcium pantothenate), Calcium (as dicalcium phosphate and calcium carbonate), Iron (as ferrous fumerate), Phosphorus (as dicalcium phosphate), Iodine (as potassium iodide), Magnesium (as magnesium oxide), Zinc (as zinc oxide), Selenium (as L-selenomethionine), Manganese (as manganese sulfate)
Hair blend: Choline bitartrate, Betaine hydrochloride, Citrus bioavonoids (from Citrus spp., fruit), Inositol, PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid), RNA (ribonucleic acid), Rutin (from Dimophandra mollis, fruit)
Other Ingredients: Microcrystalline cellulose, stearic acid, croscamellose sodium, silicon dioxide, magnesium stearate, water base coating, talc, carnauba wax

INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE

90 caplets for 30 days, meaning 3 a day. Morning, Afternoon and Evening. Vitamins like other meds of course, are to be taken with food.

REVIEW

So, these hair vitamins promise strength (less shedding & breakage) and 200% growth. The experts say hair grows about ½ an inch a month on average, so I assumed this to be true for me, looking forward to being Rapunzel, one inch longer after 30 days of religious pill popping.

STATE OF MY HAIR

My hair is super kinky tightly coiled 4C hair. I had no issues with strength and softness, my hair was pretty healthy when I started this trial so it’s the growth I was really looking to see.

Taking the After shots was a bit of a clumsy affair, but here you have it guys, before-after shots as promised.

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Front: Before 8 inches- After 8 and a half inches 

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the back- After 9 inches, Before 8 inches

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the middle- Before 7 inches, After 8 inches

I grew one inch in the back and in the middle ^__^  and ½ inch in the front. Not at all surprising because my front hair doesn’t grow as fast as the rest of my hair. Very good news because my hair has been kinda stagnant lately. The month before the trial, I did not even get my half inch!

I didn’t notice any side effects. My skin did not act up, and I didn’t grow a moustache lol! Yay!

I apologise for the quality of the photos, and I only just realised that because of the difference in the lighting, I took the before photos from the left side, and the after photos from the right. But I assure you, my hair is equal on both sides.

Any slight difference in colour you may notice is as a result of the henna treatment I did the day before this length check.

COST?

This costs $22 for one month supply, and $10 international shipping. At present, there are discounts on the website for 2 months supply and up.

I checked out other Hair Vitamins and they all seem to be in the 20-something dollar category. So I’d say African Hair Accel is well priced.

WILL I BE PURCHASING?

You see, there’s growth, but the fact is hair grows. This could help me grow faster but considering the pros- growth and the cons- the fact that I don’t like taking meds + though I think the pricing is fine, I’ll now be paying for something monthly where I was previously free of that- makes me ask this question: am I really this impatient? I don’t think so. $32 (shipping included) for an extra half inch? Naw.

BUT on the flip side, me trying to join #FitFam and all, I’m thinking I should have Vitamin supplements in my life. If I decide to make this a habit, I might as well choose Vitamins with more goodies for my hair. So to tell you the truth, I’m undecided.

If you’re interested in getting this, I’d say from my experience, by all means go ahead! You can get yours over at the official website www.africanhairaccel.com They also offer a 30-day money back guarantee. Fair enough? I think so!

What I like about the website is, Debit cards (Mastercard and Visa) are welcome! In this part of the world, we are Debit card people, not a credit card culture, so ordering things from the USA makes us get on one long thing or another!

ONE LAST THING

Abeg oh. Before you take this or any other dietary supplement, you are strongly advised to consult your doctor if:
1. You have a history of peptic ulcers or any condition associated
2. You have a known medical condition including heartburn
3. You are a pregnant or nursing mother
4. You are a child under 18!

What do you think, people? Yay or Nay? Holler if you’ve tried these vitamins too, or any other brands. I’d like to know how far!

Till next post,

Love,

AB

Xx

Side note: it feels a little strange to be here blogging about hair, in the light of everything that’s been going on in the country lately, most particularly, the very disturbing kidnap of the Chibok school girls by terrorist group Boko Haram. Over 200 girls were kidnapped from their school on April 15. From here, I don’t feel capable of changing anything, and it sucks. But if any of this is news to you, please google “Bring Back Our Girls”, or for starters, read this article. Wherever you are, please read about it, talk about it, tweet about it, keep the girls in your prayers. If you’re in Nigeria, I’m urging you to be a part of the electoral process in 2015. It’s the least we can do.

Length Check!

Hey guys!

As I mentioned in this post about Hair Vitamins, I am taking some vitamin supplements from African Hair Accel that are supposed to encourage faster hair growth. I braided my hair on  Friday, and I started taking the vitamins on Saturday. After the 30 day period has elapsed, I will take down my braids and do another length check to compare, and I’ll definitely show you my results.

So, here are length check photos taken on Thursday night, after I blow-dried. You can read about my blow dry process (the Tension Blow-Dry method in my last post here)

Left side, Front

Left side, Front

middle section

middle section

Right side, back

Right side, back

As you can see, I measured 8 inches in the front and back, and about 7 inches in the middle.

I was on Black Girl Long Hair on Tuesday and appaz, for some people, it’s a crazy or psycho obsessive thing to do length checks with measuring tape? O_o LOL people need to calm down. I got this idea from Ndeshimona of My Curly Potential, and I think it’s a pretty effective and accurate way to do a length-check. Definitely easier than making or buying a length-check tee, though I may still make one for making sake.

Of course, for the After shots, I will measure the same sections. The front and back ones are always in the same spots- with my ear as a landmark/ marking point.

Me I’m just happy that I’ve reached weave length, I can cut all this off now and package and sell as 8-inch Extra Virgin Afro Kinky Hair, hit me up if you want to buy! LOL

My 2nd Hairversary is coming up and I catch myself wishing I had more length to show for it like some of my “mates”. Then I remind myself that this is a journey, I’ve identified my setbacks, I made a plan and so far, I’m sticking to it. I’m just going to keep on loving my hair, and let it respond to the love in its own way.

Length aside, my hair is in a very happy place right now. It is super soft, shining bright like a diamond, and cooperating with all my products. I’m very happy, very happy indeed! 🙂

Fingers crossed,

Love,

AB

xx

Hair Vitamins: Yay or Nay?

Hey ladies!

Hair Vitamins are one hot topic in the Black Hair Community right now, natural and relaxed. You’ve probably heard of Hairfinity? African Hair Accel? Biotin? Manetabolism? No? Okay.

Many of us want that Rapunzel hair, and most of us wanters want it fast! Hair Vitamins promise to take you to healthier and longer hair, quicker.

How Hair Vitamins Work

No need to get too Science-y, here’s what I understand:

Food is body fuel, and different parts of the body need different nutrients to function; Vitamin A for bright eyes, Iron and Folic Acid contribute to the blood… Your hair benefits from Vitamin A and Iron and Folic Acid too, but here’s the thing. Hair isn’t an essential organ. Nutrients get grabbed by the other parts, before the hair gets its share. So if you aren’t eating well enough, the little you eat may not get to your hair.

Hair Vitamin tablets are thus a concentrated selection of vitamins that are believed to be beneficial to hair, packaged in doses for daily consumption. They’re just like any other multivitamins, but these are chosen/formulated specially for the benefit of your hair.

What Are They Really Promising?

Marketing gimmicks aside, these supplements aren’t claiming to have Chemical X or any magic at all.

Hair grows, no doubt. Depending on several factors (genetics, how healthy your lifestyle is, diet, etc), some people grow hair faster than others. Still, it is said that on average, we can expect our hair to grow half an inch every month. Hair Vitamins promise to strengthen your hair and to give it a boost, help it grow faster than it usually would.

Okay AB, Why Are We Talking About This?

Curiosity got this cat. Very recently, I received one month’s supply of Hair Vitamins from African Hair Accel, to try out.

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I will do a length check before I start taking the pills, and I’m also going to put my hair away in a protective style for the one month I’ll be taking them, to eliminate the chances of breakage from combing or any manipulation.

There isn’t a lot of information available about these things on the internet (probably because they are “just” Vitamins), not as many reviews as I’d like. My Acne situation is already very testy, I hope it isn’t aggravated (popular side-effect of Biotin) Also, I’m naturally very hairy so I hope the vitamins will concern themselves with ONLY the hair on my head! ( ._.)

Expect a review soon (honest and unbiased as usual), the pictures will speak for themselves.

But till then, what do you think about Hair Vitamins right now? Are you taking any? Please take the poll below- and you could also share a little (or a lot) more in the comments!

Love,

AB

xx