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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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)