7 YouTubers I’m Loving Right Now

Hey guys,

AB here! How are things?

I’m currently experiencing some kind of block in my life right now- writer’s block? Blogger’s block? Haven’t journaled in 4 weeks block? Hard to pick up a pen to even scribble block? Meh. I don’t know oh. I hope to snap out of it soon. I’ve got plenty to share, hopefully, I’ll be back to my old self by next week! 🙂

Before I go into today’s post, I’d just like to remind my Lagos naturals that tomorrow is Naturals in The City 9 at Social Place. More deets over here!

And, the Where to Find pages have been updated. There’s a Port Harcourt salon on our list now (whoop whoop!!), and if you’re looking for Liquid Aminos and other Maximum Hydration Method approved products, you should holler at Calabar based Style Boulevard. Pure Joie Consulting is in Uyo as well, with lots of hair goodies to shop from! Contact info for these businesses and more, are in our ever growing Where to Find Directory. Even if you aren’t in Uyo or Calabar, you can still talk to them and arrange delivery.

Now on to the business of the day!

I’ve realised that studying a youtube tutorial and trying to copy it immediately does not work for me. It leads to disappointment. What works, is me watching the videos as entertainment. Just watching them, taking mental notes, watching different tutorials- and then, trying the style out when I need to. I’ve found that it’s better when I draw inspiration from past videos when I’m on my feet and I just have to do something, than sitting down to follow step by step. Weird? Maybe my brain needs more marinating time with these hair things, lol.

Naptural85, Jouelzy and FusionOfCultures may just be my favourite hair vloggers of all time, but you probably know them already. I’ve been on YouTube a lot lately, and so today I’m going to share with you some new faves, more vloggers I like to watch, or vloggers that made tutorials I found particularly helpful, that are not as well known.  They’ve got great content, well edited videos, I don’t have 3rd world internet to waste or struggle with!

In no particular order,

1. AfricanExport

I love Vanita. She’s one youtuber I can trust with product reviews (no BS), and she has no time for senrenren, so her styling tutorials are pretty straight to the point. She recently cut her hair again, so you may want to keep your eye on her channel if you have a very teeny weeny afro, and see how she has fun with it!

2. TheChicNatural

Kim is quite lovely, and she responds to most questions in the comments. STILL haven’t been able to do Straw Curls right since I was inspired by her Straw set tutorial last year, but sha sha, God dey. I’ve been thinking about straightening my hair for a while now, and watching a bunch of tutorials, so here’s this really good one from her. She stretches her hair heatlessly at first, and then straightens using the Chase method.

3. Jessica Pettway

Yummy mummy Jessica (jfashiongirl87 on Instagram) is always so fabulous. What I love the most about her channel is that she likes to style on dry, stretched hair. Wet styling is like the bane of my natural hair journey so far, so I’ve decided to stop setting myself up and style my hair dry in peace. It’s just more predictable this way. I still try with the wet sets, but anybody who gets pretty styles out of dry hair has my full attention.

Her bantu flat out, for the “bantu knot challenged sista” looks really great. You may want to try this sometime, and I think it’ll be really good for the relaxed, texlaxed ladies too. 😉

4. Paola Mathe

I love Paola’s blog, and the love has now extended to her vlogs. She’s such a pleasure to watch, whether she’s just speaking, hula-hooping, styling- I think I could watch her do anything but for the purpose of this post, nobody does head wraps like Paola, and her tutorials for her line Fanm Djanm (Haitian for “Strong Woman”) are worth watching if you want to take your head wrap game to the next level. I’m ready, I just need to find the right wrappers!

5. LoveStarr823

Oh wow. I wrote about wanting Genie Locs on January 15. The year is about to end and I’m still wishing. I really want to wear this style, but I am not interested in sitting in a salon for a whole day. I’d rather do them myself, take a whole weekend- but I haven’t been able to find the time, AND I’m staying away from braids and twists with extensions until my edges are 100 (so help me God!)

However, I stumbled on this Crochet Braid Faux Locs tutorial from LoveStarr823 and I think it’s pretty good. I just need to find a rod, and do my locs over time, for as long as it takes, and then install when I’m done. I don’t know when that blessed day will come (it’s looking like 2015 lol) but here’s her tutorial:

6. Ahsiekk1118

After watching videos last night, Youtube suggested this one to me. If you’d like to try a chunky “messy” twist out, you should see this. More than the tutorial, I think she’s hilarious lol and I will be watching more of her.

7. WestAfricanBaby

Aboyowa’s hair is SO FULL! I love it! She’s quite the minimalist Naturalista- really simple, just water, shea butter, leave-in, mostly, and she rocks her 4C hair all types of curly ways! You should  check her out on youtube when you have the time: westafricanbaby. In the tutorial below, she does a braid out with an old twist out, with just water and Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Repair Cream.

She also posts short videos on her instagram page: westafricanbaby.

Alright guys. Do you seek hair inspiration on the tube? Who are your all time faves? And who are you loving right now? What’s the best tutorial you’ve seen in a while? Do be generous, share!

Love,

AB,

xx

Watch: Natural in Paradise!

If you missed catching a glimpse of Natural in Paradise on EbonyLife TV last Friday, as part of Arit Okpo’s show ‘E.L. Reports’, you can watch it now, wherever you are. Video below 🙂

Many thanks to Arit & the Ebony Life team for coming out to be with us at the meet-up! They were there for most of it, recording and recording, talking to so many people… I’m truly in awe as to how much they were able to edit and squeeze into less than four minutes! If you ever thought TV was easy, think again!

Love,

AB,

xx

Watch Natural in Paradise on TV!

Hey lovelies!

Natural in Paradise will be featured on EbonyLife TV, Channel 165 on DSTV this evening, at 5pm (West African Time). Not the entire meet-up oh, just some parts of it. The episode will repeat at 11pm, and if you don’t catch it today, you can watch again on Monday morning, at 5am and 11am.

If you don’t have DSTV, it will be on YouTube soon, and I’ll definitely put that up then.

Have a lovely weekend!

Love,

AB,

xx

Two Months Later, My AfroRiri HairCare Review

Hey guys!

In August, I received three products from an indigenous company, AfroRiri Haircare. I got the Honey Moisturising Shampoo, Luxe Detangling Conditioner and the Luxe Hair Butter. I blogged about my First Impressions in this post.

Its been almost two months now, and I’ve really got to use them, so here I am with my review.

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Well used. Shampoo- Conditioner- Hair Butter

First, what my hair is like

I have tightly coiled, ziggly 4C low-porosity hair. My individual strands are very fine and thin in texture, but they’re a lot, so I’m between medium-high density. I am not having any problems with my hair at the moment.

Let’s get to it!

All three products are free of sulfates, silicones, mineral oils and parabens. Continue reading

Natural in Paradise Was a Blast!!

Hello lovelies!

AB here!!

After months of planning, postponing, going up and down, being that annoying girl invading strangers’ personal space to invite them to Natural in Paradise, the D-day finally rolled around. Though I was really excited, I was also super duper nervous right up until the time I had to speak. I’m VERY happy to tell you guys that Natural in Paradise was a success, and I’m sure our guests agree. 🙂

If you’re new to the blog, Natural in Paradise was a natural hair meet-up in Calabar, organised by Natural Nigerian and me. We convened at Bay’s Bar, Felix Nsemo Drive, Diamond Hill. It was a different experience being at the meet-up as an organiser.

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Sorry to disappoint you a little bit but long story short, I had camera trouble on that day of all days! 😦 Thankfully, NN took a lot of really great photographs. The few you see here are the photos I managed to take with my phone. Keep your eyes on naturalnigerian.com for the good stuff, and when she posts, I’ll update this post with a link to it.

A very special shout out to our vendors, our speakers, our giveaway sponsors Jessicurl & Midas Naturals, and every single person who helped spread the word, who helped to make this happen! The people at Bay’s Bar & Lounge were really helpful. Natural Nigerian is pretty cool, akshully. It was really good, working with her. 😀 Our beautiful attendees came through in their numbers, and were such a great crowd! It wasn’t one-sided at all. Thank you 🙂

We were ready to start at 1:30, but because we are Africans lol, and because it rained heavily for a bit, people arrived late and we started at just a little past 3. But from then on, it was good.

My girls Iby and F were stationed at the door, helping to take people’s contact information as they arrived. Every registered attendee got a sample bag from Jessicurl.

Each bag had 1 sample each of the Too Shea! Extra Moisturising Conditioner, Scalp Stimulating Oil and the Hair Cleansing Cream, and a special discount code sponsored by Olori.com.ng

Each bag had 1 sample each of the Too Shea! Extra Moisturising Conditioner, Scalp Stimulating Oil and the Hair Cleansing Cream, and a special discount code sponsored by Olori.com.ng

I keep telling my friend Lu that she should go to the Big Brother house and win $300,000 for us. She has this really special, warm, radiating personality, and she came to Calabar for the weekend to handle the mic for us. She was a great host and really helped break the ice. The meet-up kicked off with sharing hair stories. Runyi’s twist out got loads of compliments, so in addition to sharing her hair story, she explained how she styled her hair. Icheni loves the Maximum Hydration Method and her poppin’ curls were on display to prove it. The storytelling had to be interrupted, not because people had run out of stories, but because we had to start with the presentations.

I spoke first, about ‘Healthy Hair on a Budget’. Thankfully, this went well, because every time I tried to practice, I felt rather meh lol. Ama Ettetim of Jadhiel took the floor next, sharing some beauty tips, using one of our attendees Gracelyn as a model.

Then, we went on a break. We shopped, talked, and lots of selfies were taken. A crew from EbonyLife TV was there to cover the meet too. I don’t know when it’ll be on TV yet though. When I do, I’ll let you know. 🙂

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Ekor & Icheni

Ekor & Icheni

Me & the hostess with the mostest

Me & the hostess with the mostest

Straw curls on transitioning hair

Straw curls on transitioning hair

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Ajah, Eze, Ugomma & Ibum

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Curlfriends ^_^

At the SkinPlus Calabar stand

At the SkinPlus Calabar stand

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selfie!

Christabel came all the way from Uyo!

Christabel (R) came all the way from Uyo!

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my ladies 🙂

After the break, we went back up for Part 2. Asari Anam of Zaron Calabar gave a makeup tutorial, and she was very funny. Dr. Agility Ihesie all the way from Uyo spoke next, about Causes of Hair Loss. She’s a doctor, so she went IN. Really thorough. If you’re having any issues with your hair, like hair loss or scalp issues, don’t stop on the internet. Most bloggers are not experts, we’re just sharing our experiences. There’s a lot of science behind these things, and by seeking a medical opinion, you aren’t overreacting.

Natural Nigerian was the last to speak. She shared her regimen, her hair journey, and spoke about the natural life; about managing your expectations, and being ready to accept YOUR natural, however it turns out. She reminded all present that healthy hair is the aim, and that it is never okay to feel superior to others because of the way you’ve chosen to wear your hair. (We cannot say this enough!)

After her talk, by random number selection, we gave away tubs of the very lovely Midas Naturals Whipped Shea Butter to 4 lucky people and with that, it was a wrap.

Though I have now left Calabar, I’m hoping we could do this again next year! Let’s see how it goes 😉

Again, I apologise for the quality of the pictures. The “official” pictures will be up on naturalnigerian.com, soon!

An Update: 22 October- On naturalnigerian.com: Natural in Paradise Calabar, Pictures and Words

Love,

AB,

xx