Checking In :)

Hello people!

Long time no speak!

What’s good? How have you been?

It’s been a while since we were really here (we’ve been busier than usual, with not that much hairy business to report. In my less busy moments, I have been held captive at Westeros. Yes, I finally started Game of Thrones after much begging and it really is as awesome as they said! Currently begging MeeMee to join me, because friends don’t keep good things from friends!)

So. Really briefly here’s what I’ve been up to. If you’re on my Insta, Twitter and okay, Snapchat, this is probably no news but just stay with me for a recap.

1. Remember my Wash N’ Go? I wore it for 5 days in total and detangling was not a deadly endeavour! Here’s what it looked like on the last day. A super shrunken, kinda curly fro. I loved it. On this day, I left the house with very crispy hair, and came back with super soft hair, thanks to Lagos humidity! Don’t let anybody tell you that our weather is the reason your hair can’t flourish. It is a lie.

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2. Two Three Saturdays ago, I made a video with Vlogger MemsNaij. I was kinda apprehensive about the whole thing (making videos is not as easy as it looks) and I’m really awkward and shy in front of a camera LOL but I did it anyway- she asked me questions, I answered- I’ll put it up when it’s on her channel. It was fun still, because Meme is a really sweet person. It was our first meeting, and not awkward at all! Do check out her channel, danke! 🙂

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Happy People! 😀

2. On the same day, this really cute sheabutter cup was delivered to me, courtesy Dabs of Naija Hair Can Grow/ Savvy Chic Hair Beauty Hub. It’s so cute! She currently offers 6 different flavours, and I chose the Chocolate mint cup. Shea butter is sheabutter right? I don’t mind the smell of raw sheabutter, but I know there are many people who do. If you’re in this category and even if you’re not, get yourself a pretty sheabutter cup. Details here 🙂

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3. Remember Big Betty? I resurrected my Nazuri Curls extensions and sewed one bundle and a half onto a wig cap.

My very first wig, so I made many mistakes and I was too busy with it, I didn’t have time to take photos of the process. It’s not perfect (I could do an entire post about the mistakes but where’s the fun in that?) but regardless, it’s still fun to wear. Structural shambles but it looks okay. Lagos is so bluddy hot right now. l love that I can put my shakara on when I feel like. I’ve been told that it’s too big and too fluffy for a formal environment so- my wig rests on her mannequin for now.

4. I’ve been trying out some African Naturalistas products. Can you guess which? Full review coming this week! 😉

5. Now, for a long time I’ve felt like my hair has not been growing. I don’t know if it’s part of the awkward phase but I’ve been here for quite a while na, isn’t it time for me to move on? I did a mini length check and I observed that my hair has grown a litttttle bit in the last two months. Just a little, but a ray of hope still! About an inch in the front, I didn’t use a ruler or measuring tape. Then again, I did quite a bit of combing this weekend so… maybe I lost that inch I gained. I don’t know. *face palm*

6. Last Tuesday, here’s how I wore my hair. This is a cinnabun right?

7. A Puff on Wednesday

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Front camera x Stuck in traffic

8. Wearing bantu knots in public is (was?) on my list of Hair Goals, I’m serious. On Wednesday night, I put my hair in bantu knots. The next morning I just didn’t feel like undoing them, so I let my inner Agbonma/ Angelina out. I wore it to get froyo with the lovely Bids of bidsingraceland.com, and that was fun. 🙂 I didn’t notice any particularly strange stares, and I got no complaints at home, so I think bantu knots are a legit outdoor hairstyle, moving forward. Do you wear them out?

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That’s all from me guys. I’ll be getting box braids done today or sometime this week. What have you been up to? I want to know! 😀

Love,

AB,

xx

Hairmotional Roller Coaster

Lemon Cake

Hey beauts!

Yup, you read that right. Hairmotional. It’s a proper word.

Hairmotional (adj.): i) of a experiencing emotions, feelings, and desires dictated by one’s hair situation. ii) spontaneous and rapid hair changes occurring with or without the intervention of the wearer of said tresses.

So, yes, for three consecutive days, I had what I think was my hundredth first hairmotional roller coaster experience. It began when I spontaneously decided to take out my braids (finally!) at 10pm (very aware that I had an early start the next day). As it was late, instead of doing a proper wash and DC after take down, I washed with SheaMoisture black soap, oil rinsed with olive oil and conditioned with Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Moisturising Conditioner. To be honest, after take down, my hair felt awesome. There was moisture and grease. I have the previous oil rinse to thank for that.

Anyway, after cleaning the hair, I put them in bantu knots in readiness for a bantu knot out the next day. For this, I used the Naturalista Juicy Yummy leave-in conditioner and As I am twist defining cream (guys, this thing is the truth!):

The morning after (unraveled bantu knots before separation and fluffing)

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I had an issue with the styling of the bantu knot out but I was quite pleased with the definition.

So it came as a huge surprise to me when at the close of work on that day, I walked into a beauty salon on my way home and asked, “can you straighten my hair?”. LOL. Before I even realised what I was doing, I was sat on a stylist’s chair and she had a blow dryer blasting heat in my hair as she brushed my curls and coils out. L O L. I got my hair straightened! It’s been a year and 2 months since my big chop and I haven’t really done any form of length check. So I’ll admit that I was quite excited to see what my hair looked like straight. I was quite impressed. I think my hair is now a tad longer than the length it was at before I began tampering with scissors.

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Obviously, someone got carried away with the selfies. I guess since my brain was in vacation when I went in to get my hair straightened, it is no surprise that I did not bother to ask what was being sprayed on my hair as sections were being blown out and straightened. I didn’t ask a thing. Heat protectant? I have no idea. And now, I am slowly freaking out about the prospects of getting heat damage.

At the weekend, I went out with a few friends and danced and danced and sweated and sweated. I had my hair in an updo swept forward and to the side (unfortunately, I have no picture of this). I had hair well in my eyes with this style and in my face. However, after two hours of dancing, I realised I had no need to remove hair from my face or even my forehead. Where did my hair go?! And then I looked into the mirror:

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Shrunk Shrunk Shrunk

As I write you, I am physically restraining myself from going into the shower and unleashing an avalanche of water on this hair. I’m trying to commit to this straight hair business for a week…

What have I learnt from this hairmotional roller coaster:

– As I am Twist Defining Cream is amuhzeen!

– If you ever randomly go into a salon to get your hair straightened, please at least know what it is that is going into your hair.

– My hair, from root to tip is all natural and can shrink whenever it pleases yo!

– My hair IS growing.

– I might need heat damage control, if not now, then at some point if I continue this way.

I want to hear from you guys. When have you experienced hairmotions in any form? What is the most spontaneous decision you have made regarding your hair and its care?

Till next time, be good to your hair and you.

– Mee Mee

xx.

Tangle-Free Fro!

Remember when I wrote about Shrunken Fro?

The Afro is still my favourite way to wear my kinks but the knotty tangling that shrinkage brings was beginning to become a burden.

Combing my hair became a special occasion and I wore chunky twists so much that my dad suggested I got a perm lol.

I stumbled on light, easy to comb, run-your-fingers-through (almost), Tangle-Free Fro by accident. On my fourth day of rocking Tangle-Free Fro, I decided I was onto something and I thought I’d share.

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One Saturday night, I did a mudwash. This is one of my favourite treatments because it’s an all-in-one deal. I LOVE mudwashes. So much I want to give everyone I love a mudwash! That good. If you’re too tired to follow your washday plans, just try a mudwash. It’s a time-saving cleanser, detangler and deep-conditioner all in a few simple steps. For how-to, go here.

So my hair was soft, awesomely conditioned and well detangled after my mudwash.

I applied a cocktail of Natural Nigerian Moisture & Shine Leave-In Conditioner and Taliah Waajid Curl Sealer.

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The Curl Sealer describes itself as a light conditioning gel. I got a sample in a goodie bag I won from the Kinky Apothecary.

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A proper review will come when I get a full size sample of this product and use it in different ways- so for now, tangle-free fro.

I’d planned to do a bantu knot out for church the next day.

My friend Lu did my bantu knots.

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I wrapped up and went to sleep.

The next morning, I woke up 45 minutes late and in my rush, I decided to wear a turban instead.

Hours later, I unravelled the knots and twists and voila, I didn’t really have any curls to speak of LOL.

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Maybe I should do more knots next time? But on the bright side, my hair was stretched.

So I combed out lightly, fluffed and patted le fro and I was good to go.

By nighttime, when I was chunky twisting my hair, I noticed that my hair was much much easier to do. It felt so light and finger detangling was a breeze.

At the end of the next day, hair was still light and not knotty! A little dry though, so as I twisted at night, I added just a little more of both products. This I repeated four more nights till I was out of product. As you can see from the size of the sample, considering the fact that I used it 5 times, clearly, a little goes a long way.

Here’s my conclusion:

Light leave-in + light gel = tangle free fro

Also, I moisturised at night and didn’t spritz water in the morning as I used to. In the mornings, my hair was soft and well moisturised and easy to comb- no water spritzes needed to refresh.

It was my first time working with any styling product or soft-hold gel, so I think I give the gel the credit for the lightness of tangle free fro. And I had a little less shrinkage than I normally would.

To test the theory, I carried on doing everything without the gel (moisturising & twisting at night, no moisture in the morning) and I had similar results but fro was definitely lighter, and remained more stretched out with the Curl Sealer.

Plus, I’ve observed I lose less hair when I comb my hair dry. Dry as in, soft dry well moisturised hair. More about this later.

For now, I’m keeping an eye on The Kinky Apothecary. Need to get Curl Sealer as soon as they restock. You are welcome to try my tangle free fro theory with any light soft hold gel though. Let me know how it goes 😉

Have you tried this Curl Sealer? How do you fight knots when you wear your fro loose? Holler!

Love,

AB

xx