Turbanista!

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straight face, just because!

Story, Story! Story!!

One blessed day, I twisted my hair with a crazy load of home-made Flaxseed Gel. I’m quite heavy handed with products. Nothing like dime size in my book LOL but clearly, I have to add flaxseed gel to the short list of exceptions. Two days later, I unraveled with the hopes of having a bomb twist out BUT, it was a tragedy. I had some definition alright, but I had lots of flakes on my hair (not scalp). White, grey, brown, I’m not sure what the exact colour of the annoying things was, but it was totally unacceptable.

I was running late for CDS though, so I had to think fast. After being frantic, I decided to wear a turban for the first time in a long while. Super chic, and your hair is completely protected from the elements, or tucked out of sight, whatever your motive. #Winning!

I promised Rachel I’d do a tutorial, and its been a whole month since then! *covers face* I finally got round to making a quick video (2 minutes!) showing how I tie my turban, you can see it below. I hope it looks as easy as it actually is. Super easy. My scarf dimensions: 35 x 35 inches.

On YouTube, this video is best viewed full screen. Appaz, recording with an iPhone in the normal vertical position is a bad idea. When uploaded, you have to rotate it if you aren’t viewing it on iTunes, and then the videos are long and skinny like the phone screen. No bueno. 😦 I hope it’s helpful still? Let me know!

Hm. Now that I look at it. The result in the video is slightly different from that in this photo. This is because my hair was bigger on the day of the first photo, and I didn’t have much of a “flap” to work with that day as the scarf had a lot more hair to cover. If you’re wondering what flap I speak of, please watch the video and thumbs up, share, subscribe if you like! 🙂

cheese!! :D

cheese!! 😀

If I remember correctly, I purchased this scarf at Le Petit Marche in 2011. 1500 Naira well spent!

Note-to-self: I need more scarves.

Love,

AB,

xx

Video shot by my ever helpful roommate F, with an iPhone 5S and edited with Windows Movie Maker. 🙂

P.S. I’m a JJC to this business of vlogging. As always, your comments and tips are welcome! 🙂

P.P.S. I don’t know if you care, but just because I always want to ask “What color/shade is that?” when I see brown girls rocking colour, lippie information is as follows:

MAC Heroine (top photo) and MAC Ruby Woo (bottom photo)

Stretch Your Curls Heatlessly With African Threading

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Isi owu in Igbo, Irun kiko in Yoruba, or African Threading in Youtube/Natural hair community speak, is a great way to stretch your hair, and no it isn’t supposed to hurt. Note that you are stretching the hair you can see, NOT the one in your follicles. It also makes for beautiful styles, see my home girl Chimamanda Adichie here and Kemi Lewis here– but today, we’re talking about using it simply to stretch.

I tried this once in January, but my hair wasn’t dry when I loosened the thread, and so the results weren’t any different from loose chunky twists. I decided to try it again two or three weeks ago, and I gave my hair enough time to dry. My lovely roommate F threads for me. I’m so lame at these things, my days, but I’ll learn to thread properly soon! 🙂

Preparation:

I detangled my hair during my wash, put leave-in conditioner in when it was damp & seal with a little oil. F combs each section before she threads it, but there is little hair on the comb when she’s done. (You can thread on dry hair too)

HOW-TO:

For threading instructions, see these tutorials below by GirlsLoveYourCurls.

Between us, we haven’t figured out how to wrap my kinky-coily ends, so we just let them stick out at the bottom. So far, this isn’t a big problem.

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On the weekend I took these photos, I had my hair like this from Saturday night till early Monday morning when I loosened, to try to style my hair for work and I was pleased with the results.

At first glance, it looked like I had freeform locs 🙂

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I proceeded to comb my fake locs out with great ease. Hair was soft, super moisturised, flexible, easy to run through, shiny, and stretched!

DSC08687Somebody say stretched again? I’m definitely a convert to this heatless stretching movement!

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WHY THREADING IS MY NEW JAM

  1. Tension Blow Drying is safe and gentle but LONG. It makes my arms hurt.
  2. Hair is made of protein and heat depletes protein. We all know that the less heat hair is exposed to, the better. I do have heat protectant, but I feel more comfortable knowing I can stretch my hair properly without heat.
  3. By the time my hair is dry, I get a much better stretch than I do with chunky twists.
  4. I live in Nigeria, and our power situation is not the best. I’m a corper and I don’t always have fuel in the generator. 😦 #EnoughSaid
  5. Lately, I’ve been working with dry, very stretched hair and I quite like this. Reasons 1-3 considered, threading comes out number 1 for best results of a stretch. Heatless like chunky twists, but with better results.

Do you thread? What’s your favourite way to stretch? And slightly unrelated, how long does it take your hair to dry after moisturising and sealing?

Love,

AB,

Xx

Introducing: The Natural Hair Blog Directory!

www.naturalhairblogdirectory.com

When I first started learning about Afro hair and hair care, one of the most prominent points was classification according to curl patterns. There were (and still are) rules or tips attached to curl patterns by different naturals. For instance, I remember reading in several places that 4C hair is highly porous. My hair is tightly coiled 4C and is as low porosity as can be! I was moisturising my hair heavily and sealing just as heavily like a high-po girl, with frustrating results. I was also Deep Conditioning all wrong.

Hair typing goes beyond your curl pattern. There are other more important factors: porosity, strand texture, overall density. [For more info, you could visit The Hair Basics series]

With all the information that abounds now in these times, it can be a little overwhelming. It’s great to learn across the board, but sometimes, you just want specific information.

For instance, I enjoy watching vlogs of all kindsa naturalistas for inspiration, but I always like to see how styles turn out on 4C sistas like myself. And for tips on regimen building, curl pattern isn’t a filter for me. I’m much more interested in the person’s porosity.

Here’s where the Natural Hair Blog Directory comes in.

This is a brilliant, brilliant idea from Rae of LoveThyIntrovert.com.

On the Directory, Natural Hair Blogs are organised in different sections for starters- Kinky, Wavy, Curly, Coily- and each blogger has a profile in which she goes beyond curl pattern, describes her hair in all aspects of hair typing, and states her blogging specialty. Super helpful, no? 🙂

It is truly a more organised way to learn about hair care!

Bloggers, go get listed on the directory now- it’s free!

Fellow hair blog stalkers readers, we’d probably be spending less time on the internet now. [Or not] 😉

Keep up with the Natural Hair Blog Directory on Twitter as well as Instagram: @thenhbdirectory

Till next post,

Love,

AB

Xx