The Washday Experience: Making the Best of What You Have

Hey guys!

It’s Monday, it’s a new week, a new month, and I’m excited. I have a very good feeling about the month of March, and I’m extra extra excited for Naturals in The City 10, happening on Saturday! I hope I’ll be seeing you! ^.^

The theme for this meet-up is Making The Best of What You Have and this morning, I realised with gladness that I successfully did quite a bit of improvising last week, with my hair and in the kitchen.

I washed my hair last Monday, intending to twist it when I had more time, at the end of the week. I didn’t want to manipulate my hair in any way, so I spent the week in my mother’s pashminas. I wrapped as my spirit led me and it led me to tie two new styles that I quite liked. My regular Turban style doesn’t look so good when my hair is flattened.

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Fake-Serious. I was going to a meeting.

Sunny Saturday & I was feeling bright!

Sunny Saturday & I was feeling bright!

By Saturday, I was ready to twist but I could not. My hair smelled a little stale (EWWW lol) From going out into the hot sun with my head wrapped tight, and being indoors with a satin bonnet on and no AC (thank you, PHCN!), my hair had not had much space to breathe. I am determined to carry these twists for at least 4 weeks, so twisting slightly unclean hair just doesn’t sound right even though I’d still wash my hair while wearing the twists.

So. What To Do??

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In MeeMee’s Stash…

Hey Beauts!

How are our favourite readers doing today? Really, I wanna know. February is off to a great start, but can you believe it’s here already?!

So when AB waka passed  visited my apartment earlier in the year, she sneakily took pictures of all the products I had in the different places they were scattered in. And she looked me in the eye (actually she turned all of twitter towards my little chinco eyes) and insinuated that I am a product junkie! Now, there is absolutely nothing wrong with being a product junkie, but the thing is I’ve always claimed that I barely have products to use and that I don’t seek out products. At all. Of the two, only the latter happens to be true. I barely seek out products. When I say that, I mean in terms of trying out new brands based on reviews or trend. I have staples that I replace when I reach the bottom of the container.

Anywaaayyyy…

I decided to gather all the products I have around the apartment and counted them. 33! Not counting empty bottles. I don’t know what is happening but I clearly share these products with my spirit twin sister or something. You see, the truth is that most of these products were either gifted to me or are inherited mementos from friends who moved away. So in actuality, I only spent money on less than half of the things in this stash.

So why am I telling you this pointless information?

Well, like I said, I have my tested and trusted products and I fear branching out. So I need your help. Because I want to help you too. Below is a list of all the products I own at the moment. I would like you to pick three products that you would like to read a review of for me. The products you pick will replace my staples until I can give you an informed and honest review of that product.

I attempted to do a little photoshoot of the products, but clearly photography is not my calling in life. So without further ado (why do we say this?) I present, MeeMee’s Stash!

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1. Cantu Sheabutter Leave-In Conditioner | 2. Eco Styler Firm Hold | 3. Eco Styler Maximum Hold | 4. Aunt Jackie’s Curl La La | 5. Moroccan Argan Oil | 6. Shea Moisture Strengthening Grow & Restore Edge Treatment | 7. TRESemme Extra Firm Control Non-aerosol Hair Spray | 8. Taliah Waajid Protective Mist Bodifier | 9. SheaMoisture Frizz-Free Curl Mousse | 10. Creme of Nature Argan Oil Strength & Shine Leave-In Conditioner | 11. As I Am Twist Defining Cream | 12. TRESemme Smooth & Silky Shine Spray | 13. Dove Heat Defense Protect & Shine Mist | 14. TRESemme Naturals Radiant Volume Conditioner | 15. Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Moisturising Conditioner | 16. Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deeeeep Conditioner | 17. Wig & Weave System Herbal Freshner | 18. SheaMoisture Raw Sheabutter Extra Moisture Transitioning Milk | 19. Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay | 20. LustraSilk’s Curl Pudding | 21. Organic Coconut Oil | 22. Creme of Nature Argan Oil Edge Control | 23. Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Extra Penetrating Oil | 24. Hollywood Beauty Argan Oil hair treatment from Morocco | 25. Jamaican Black Castor Oil | 26. Creme of Nature Argan Oil Style & Shine Foaming Mousse | 27. Softsheen Carson Care Free Curl Gold Instant Activator | 28. JessiCurl Confident Coils Styling Solution | 29. TRESemme Naturals Vibrantly Smooth Shampoo | 30. Trade Joe’s Shampoo | 31. Trader Joe’s Conditioner | 32. Tea Tree Oil | 33.Elma & Sana Moroccan Ghassoul Clay

There you have it. I appreciate your anticipated help with this. Quick question: what is the most random product you have in your stash? 

I hope you have a wonderful February ahead and are able to live for today.

– MeeMee

xx.

 

Where to Find: Sheamapo!

Hey guys!

Do you know we have a Where to Find Directory on the blog? When was the last time you visited? Our directory, thanks to the collective effort of you beautiful people is a very helpful steady growing resource for anybody looking to buy natural hair friendly products, or to visit natural hair friendly salons in Nigeria.

Our latest addition to The Directory is Sheamapo!

Sheamapo is a small growing enterprise, here to satisfy your cravings for the organic stuff. They have a factory in Oyo State, but deliver nationwide. If you’re out of the country, holler at them still. They may be able to accommodate international requests! Buy Nigerian! 😉

You could get in touch with them for your:
– 100% unrefined Shea butter
– Organic Cocoa butter
– Pure Coconut oil
– Camwood powder (African sandalwood)
– African black soap base
– Henna powder
– Bentonite clay untreated
– Kaolin clay
– Neem oil unrefined
– 100% Moroccan Argan oil
– Sweet Almond oil

They also make their own unique products: Organic Hair Booster, Organic Honey Bar Soap and Organic Black Soap (in bar, liquid and paste form, whichever you please)

How to Reach Sheamapo:

Call: 0813 871 9973, 0805 319 9126
Email: badeji01@yahoo.com
Blog: sheamapo.wordpress.com
Facebook: Sheamapo
Twitter: @cleandave

Are you a natural hair friendly business? Do you own a salon or sell hair products? Are you a mobile stylist? We want to meet you as much as you want to meet us! Getting listed on our Directory is a pretty good way to put your business out there, connect you with prospective customers at NO cost at all! Do you know any good people that should be on the list but aren’t? Support them by leaving us a comment or a message and we’ll take it from there: thekinkandi@gmail.com 🙂

Love,

AB,

xx

Giveaway! Giveaway!!

Hello beautiful people!

I’m very happy to announce the first Giveaway of the year! Actually the first sponsored one ever on the blog, many thanks to Natural Nigerian! ^___^

I love mudwashes so so much (and so does she). NN is giving away 2 packs of Natural Nigerian Bentonite Clay, and 2 bottles of her Natural Nigerian Moisture & Shine Detangling Leave-In Conditioner. Yep, one of each product, for 2 lucky readers! However, this will only be delivered within the country, so you should be resident in Nigeria. 🙂

I reviewed the Moisture & Shine Leave-In Conditioner in October last year, you could go read about my experience here.

I know it sounds really weird to wash your hair with clay, but a Mudwash is like my favourite hair thing to do. I’ve loved it since my first try in September. I’d give everyone I love a mudwash if they’d let me! Simple and fast, it’s shampooing + deep conditioning all in one, and it always leaves my hair super clean, super moisturised, and well detangled! My curls love it so much, they POP! You could go learn how to do a mudwash in this post here.

So, if you’re interested in getting these goodies, please go follow the super easy instructions OVER HERE.

Hopefully, we’ll soon see an international giveaway on the blog. *fingers crossed* 😉

This giveaway closes on Monday, the 24th day of March 2014 at 11:59PM Nigerian Time. You have two weeks!

Good luck ladies!

Love,

AB

xx

WASHDAY!: Mud wash

Yep. I said Mud. I washed my hair with clay. Mud. Now isn’t that… Counter-intuitive? That’s the word you’re looking for. I knowww. But it was amazing. Let me tell you alllllllll about it! 😀

Last Sunday was Washday. True to my word, I took down my twists when I got home as soon as I’d rolled my luggage to a corner. I had a little help from my little cousins who were visiting, and eventually, my baby brother.

My hair is naturally very dry, so I do not care for Shampoo at all. It leaves my hair all dry and rough and tangled. I do not own a bottle of Shampoo. Since my Big Chop, I don’t think I’ve shampoo’d more than 5 times. What do I do instead? I clarify my hair with no-Poo methods like this one, or I simply wash my hair with Black soap. And when I do shampoo, I pre-poo by saturating my hair with oil first.

So Sunday, as a no-poo clarifying alternative to Shampoo, I did a mud wash. I was very pleased with the results and I’ll definitely be doing this again!

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WHAT I USED

Bentonite Clay (About 4 spoons)

Aloe Vera Juice (AVJ)

Carrier Oils: Castor, Olive

A few drops of Tea-Tree Essential Oil

Honey

Plastic bowl, plastic disposable spoon

(please, feel free to use the oils you want to. I used what I had. Though, Castor & Olive are good oils for conditioning)

I got my Bentonite Clay and AVJ from Ahia Natural Nigerian (through Natmane in Abuja) but I’m pretty sure you could find Aloe Vera Juice at any decent health shop or pharmacy.

WHAT I DID

1. I really didn’t do much measuring. My hair is short and I figured 4 spoons of the clay would be okay. I added enough AVJ to mix the clay to the consistency I wanted. Let’s say I added two spoons of honey & one spoon of Castor and Olive oil each (I just poured straight from the bottles), and 3-4 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil.

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2. I mixed all the ingredients in the plastic bowl, with the plastic spoon. They say you shouldn’t use metal utensils, I’m not really sure why. I’d love to find a small wooden spoon. My mother would not take kindly to me using her wooden spoons to mix my concoctions lol. I ended up using 2 plastic spoons. They were really flimsy disposable spoons so one broke half way. I didn’t have the patience to mix it to a perfectly smooth consistency but it didn’t matter in the end.

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3. Satisfied with the mix, I spritzed my hair with water for it to be a little damp, and then got the gunk all over it.

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4. I wore a plastic bag (again, life is too short to be washing shower caps) and wrapped my plastic-wearing head round with a warm towel. I’d put the towel in to microwave for about 30 seconds, and let my body heat do the rest.

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5. 30 minutes after, I was ready to wash but decided to give it another 30 minutes just because I felt like it.

6. I washed my hair over the sink. I prefer this to washing in the shower because it’s just easier for me to gather my shed/broken strands from the sink drain than the shower. By wash, I mean I rinsed the clay out of my hair with clean water, just a little warm, that’s how I like it. All done!

RESULTS, RESULTS!

My hair felt great yo. So clean. It didn’t feel dry or stripped! Detangling was a breeze. Here’s what I lost in the process of finger-detangling x twisting.

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Now, my hair was still all clumped together because I hadn’t combed it out. Look at the coil definition! Coils be poppin’! Haha. I attempted to capture it on camera, I hope you can see what I see!

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Then, what I did next? I towel-dried my hair, yep, with an actual towel I designated for the purpose. Frizz is SO not my problem at this stage in my hair journey so, I’m just happy with gentle towel-drying with my towel. My hair towel is nowhere as thick as my body towel. It’s one of those ones that come in a tiny compact package that you have to put in water to release it for the first time.

Then I moisturised with a leave-in, sealed with olive oil, put my hair in chunky twists and left my hair alone. I’ve been indoors since then, so my hair is still in the twists.

Time saver tip (something I realised): it is easier and faster to moisturise the entire fro first and then section & twist after, than to moisturise & seal each section. If you do the first method, you can pay more attention to sealing the ends when you’re done.

Another great thing about this method, it is an absolute time saver for Washday when you’re very busy. Why? Because, your mud wash = Clarifier + Conditioner + Deep-Conditioner rolled into one! True story!

Maybe, just maybe, Washday can come earlier to this girl’s fro. Rather than every 4 weeks, I could do this every 2 weeks, alternate with my regular deep-conditioning routine on weekends. We’ll see!

So, my loves. Have you tried a Mud wash before? What were your results? Will you be trying one out soon?

Love,

AB

xx