The Washday Experience: K.L’s Natural Beauty Bar

Hello lovers!

AB here again 🙂

As I told you in yesterday’s post, I outsourced washday last weekend. I was too tired to do it myself, so I took my kinks to Kemi Lewis’ salon- K.L’s Natural Beauty Bar. You probably already know her (you should!) but if you don’t, Kemi is a really great natural hair stylist. Follow her on Instagram to see her handwork @kemilewis. 

It was my second time there to do my hair. The first time was in May 2014 when I did this. My friend T lives in the Estate so I’ve had to pop in to the salon on a few occasions to see her. Kemi also helped her transition, I think.  Anyway, anyway. I know that the salon can be quite busy, so me deciding to go there spontaneously was a gamble. I texted Kemi in the morning to see if I could book an appointment. She replied to say she wasn’t in, and as such, she didn’t know what they already had set up for the day. 

I got there at 3pm, one hour later than I had actually planned for the appointment- thanks to stupid traffic. Luck was on my side though, I met a pretty quiet salon! I was dancing inside.  In about 5, 10 minutes, my stylist for the day, Tope was ready for me. 

I chronicled this salon experience on Snapchat & I remember saving all my snaps to my gallery at the end of the day. Appaz, they weren’t saved, so I don’t have the pictures for a play by play. 😦



This Washday took about one hour, from start to finish. I loved the way she handled my hair (and I told her so). Here’s how we did. 

1. My hair was super duper tangled. I mean. So tangled it made me think about my future Locs lol, that tangled. She detangled with the African Naturalistas Moisturising and Detangling Conditioner, using her fingers & a wide tooth comb. I felt no tugging or pulling. I said this when I reviewed this conditioner a few months ago here– and I’ll say it again. This is super awesome stuff. It’s quite light so you won’t expect it, but the slip on this thing! Super slip for detangling, great softness and so much moisture. One of my fave products this year and it’s only 1,500 don’t sleep on it!

2. She shampooed my hair with a sulfate free Shampoo from Keracare. 

3. Then, she conditioned it with a Design Essentials conditioner. Rinsed out after leaving it in for ten minutes. Washing done, my hair was wrapped in a cotton t-shirt. 

4. Drying time! She moisturized with a leave-in product from As I Am, and spritzed my hair with the Keracare Silken Seal Liquid Sheen, a heat protectant. She blow dried my hair on low to medium heat (it wasn’t hot at all), with a comb attachment. 

5. She added a little more of the As I Am as needed, and sealed with coconut oil. I asked her to put my hair in two braids (which I’m still wearing) and we were done. 

It cost me 2,000 naira to wash & dry, and an additional 1K because I used their products. 

Tope was nice and fast, and super gentle with my hair. I was extra impressed with the fact that they didn’t use anyhow anyhow products- just quality stuff. And, it’s worth mentioning that she wasn’t stingy with the products too. Unlike the last salon I was at *cough cough* ( ._.)

K.L’s Natural Beauty Bar is at 29C Ikorodu Crescent, Dolphin Estate, Ikoyi. 08063650977.

Have you ever been here? Are you a regular? Would you consider going? Tell me about it! 

P.S. They’re closed on Mondays. 

Love,

AB,

xx

Weekend Chit-Chat + Slightly Unrelated Giveaway

Hello beautiful people! How goes it?

It’s a good day for me here in Lagos, not bad at all for a Monday morning!

My hair is in two cornrows- goddess braids abi crown braids, according to Youtube 🙂

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What did you get up to over the weekend? I spent Sunday resting and moving slowly lol, trying to recover from the busyness of the days before. Continue reading

Ghen Ghen! : Battle of The Hairlistas

I’ve been reading Naija Hair Can Grow for almost as long as I’ve been on my healthy hair journey and it has been so good to see it grow- from blog, to the salon day outs, and then the hub! It’s time for another Salon Day Out and this one won’t be easy at all because Naija Hair Can Grow is 5!

SAVE DATE

Its going to be a full day of activities with hair/beauty vendors setting up shop from 11AM at Oriental Hotel on Sunday the 7th of June.

Entry is 500 Naira only, but- this gives you a redeemable voucher worth the same amount, that can be used at the Savvy & Chic Hair Beauty Hub Experience Booth! So basically, you can still get your money back.

THE ORDER OF EVENTS

12 NOON: The HAIR JOURNEY SERIES starts- come with all the questions you can possibly have about being on a hair journey, you’ll be in very good hands! 🙂

2PM: The HAIR PROS SHOWCASE. Come watch Kemi Lewis of KL’s Naturals effortlessly create a natural updo, Dupe of Tasalahq fashion an edgy cut and color, Patrick of Patrick’s Beauty Zone create bouncy blow dried to perfection curls and the stylists at Savvy & Chic Hair Beauty Hub will be demonstrating their famed instant faux locs innovation ALL LIVE ON STAGE!

4PM: THE BATTLE OF THE HAIRLISTAS competition begins. The members of the winning team stand to win over N25,000 worth of products (EACH) from Design Essentials and a cash prize from Savvy & Chic Hair Beauty Hub. No worries, the team that does not win will not go empty handed.

BATTLE

Are you in Lagos? Are you good at caring for your hair? Are you creative with styling? Natural or relaxed, doesn’t matter- you are a hairlista! To participate in the battle, email daboju@yahoo.com with the subject “I WANT TO BATTLE” by the 20th of May, latest. This is necessary so you can be properly grouped ahead of the competition!

For further enquiries about this event, call: 08090613325.

Whoop! I’m excited! Except the unexpected occurs, I’ll be there on June 7. Will you?

Love,

AB,

xx

New Hair x Salon Review: K.L’s Natural Beauty Bar

New hair guys, new hair!! ^_^

This is old news if you follow thekinkandi on Instagram, but as always, I save the juice for here. 😉

On May Day, I got my hair did at K.L’s Natural Beauty Bar, a Natural Hair salon in Ikoyi, Lagos.

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I got there at 12-ish, to meet a full salon. The owner Kemi was there, and two more stylists. I considered going home to return at opening time the next day (9am) but they worked very quickly so I maintained. I met my friend T there as well. She’s transitioning, and she got mini-twists done, twists later curled with perm rods.

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Kemi and T

The salon was well ventilated and neat, and for the first time in my life, I actually engaged in general salon bants. You know how they talk about female bonding at the beauty shop, male bonding at the barber’s? I only go to salons when I have to, and all my life, it’s just something I never thought necessary, group chitchat at the salon. But I admit, it was nice. 🙂

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While waiting, I watched them work. I like how they cleaned up after they finished with each customer. I HATE hair flying, or stepping on hair at the salon. Chances of that irritation are way less at a natural hair salon but, still. People got their hair washed, deep conditioned and dried, shuku with extensions, and a very pretty halo braid. Someone got twists and I loved how they looked, so I knew I had to do something with twists.

After like 2 hours, it was finally my turn to sit in the chair. Again, I went back to the style I saw on Ijeoma, a nice girl I met at the Kinky Apothecary’s Great Kinky Hair Christmas Affair. I tried to get it done in Calabar and that was a bit of a fail. Not everybody that can braid can do it creatively. You can see that attempt here.

My friend T: mini twists on transitioning hair, curled with perm rods.

My friend T: mini twists on transitioning hair, curled with perm rods. foundation for a bomb twistout!

I think twists get better with length (just a personal opinion) My hair is longer than it was the first time I tried to do twists all over, so I told the stylist I’d prefer to do single twists, as I have more hang-time now. She really wanted me to do Ijeoma’s style, and suggested she could use perm rods on the twists later to recreate her exact look, but we kind of decided that we’d do the intricate cornrowing on one side, and twist the remainder. My hair was treated with loving care. Mostly finger detangled, and twisted with leave-in conditioner. And we were done in 90 minutes.

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view from the top

view from the top

side

side. Bobby pins used to hold the point where the cornrows meet the twists

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Maybe I should have let her do both sides cos I really love these cornrows! :)

Maybe I should have let her do both sides cos I really love these cornrows! 🙂

I was quite happy with my hair and actually, I’m still feeling myself. Went to the market last week and the woman I buy potatoes from loved it so much, she called her friends to touch lol, and she also said she would stop relaxing her hair! When my hair grows a few more inches, I KNOW twists are going to become my staple. Supreme what? Noble WHO? Can’t wait to start wearing long twists with my own hair! 🙂

Oh. Oh. Oh. How much did my hair cost?

I know you really want to know! 4k guys, four thousand naira. It would’ve been 3 if I didn’t have the fancy braiding on the side.

Actually the most I’ve ever paid to get my hair done in my short life (yes oh, I’m a small girl!) but I do not regret it. Hair is 11 (12?) days now, I just need to focus on making it last at least 10 more days, making 3 weeks.

Maintenance

So far, my maintenance routine has been as follows:

I spritz with water when I feel like, and oil my scalp lightly with coconut oil.

I keep hair wrapped at night and I try my best to keep my hands off my head!

If you have any more tips for maintaining styles like this in this humidity, holler at a sister in the comments! Thanks and God bless! 😀

Hair Products Also Available

You can also get natural hair products at K.L’s Natural Beauty Bar. Brands they stock include Aphogee, Tropical Isle Living (JBCO), Shea Radiance and Carol’s Daughter. They’ve also got Ayurvedic herbs and various oils. To see the products they’ve got and how much they cost, go here.

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butterflies 🙂

Find them!

K.L’s Natural Beauty Bar is located at 29C Ikorodu Crescent, Dolphin Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos. Come in through the gate, turn left, and then take your 2nd right turn, and follow the Crescent till you see it 🙂

Opening hours: 9am to 6pm. Tuesday- Sunday.

Phone: 0806 365 0977

Email: k.lsnaturalbeauty@gmail.com

Website: www.klsnaturals.com

Kemi also blogs about hair at www.klsnaturals.blogspot.com

Have you been here before? What was your experience? Let’s talk in the comments!!

Love,

AB,

xx

For more Natural Hair Friendly salons in Nigeria, see our growing ‘Where To Find’ page.

Naturals DEY!

Hellooo beautifuls!!

How is the going going?

I was at work this morning when notifications started trickling in. Facebook, Instagram, WordPress. I was a little puzzled because I hadn’t recently posted anything on the interwebs. So I went to my stats to help me understand, and they led me to Bella Naija. Yours truly was mentioned by KlassyKinks in her article ’12 Natural Natural Hair Bloggers You Need To Follow’! You could go see it here. I felt excited, happy, fulfilled, I truly never hesperred it! ^____^

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A very BIG thank you to Ijeoma for the love!! and also for prompting my procrastinating ass to put out my own list. This is something I’ve had sitting in my drafts for a while.

Sometimes in your natural hair journey, you could feel lonely. Afro-textured sistas may not be as easy to spot on our streets as you would in say, Brooklyn- but I’m here to let you know that in our Nigeria, you aren’t alone. To borrow The Kinky Apothecary’s slang/ hashtag, #NaturalsDey.

Nigerian hair. Nigerian Naturals, Living right here, in Nigeria. We are here. Very happy, and we are thriving.

So this is a shoutout to all my Naija-based natural hair bloggers. You should get familiar with them 😉

This is by no means a conclusive list, but here in no particular order:

1. The Kinky Apothecary.

Nigeria’s first one-stop shop for your Natural hair needs has been here from the very beginning of this ‘movement’ so to speak. Actually, in anticipation of my Big Chop, my first product haul ever, was from the Apothecary! Visit the blog for hair talk, and follow the Apothecary’s FB and Instagram (/kinkyapothecary) for a steady stream of well-curated natural hair inspiration.

2. Rachel of Beautifully Nappy’s enthusiasm for keeping her kinks and body healthy & beautiful as naturally as possible is contagious!! For natural hair growth, organic skin care & healthy living, visit her blog– and keep up with her on Instagram (@rachelasakome) & Twitter (@BeautifullyNapy)

3. Natural Nigerian brings you “Natural” from a holistic point of view. It’s not just hair, she’s very very committed to living as naturally as possible. For healthy hair care, clean eating and generally healthier living, you want to bookmark NN’s blog. And just so you aren’t the last to know when next NN organises another hair meet-up, you should do the same. Between blog posts, keep up with NN on Facebook.

4. She whose face must not be seen! NatMane blogs about her hair journey at Deep Brown & Kinks. She’s a super talented stylist, I can personally testify. If you’re in Abuja, tweet her to make an appointment: @NaturalMane. You will not regret it.

5. Hadassah is a proudly Igbo girl, living it up in the ‘Buj with her very healthy, bouncy, curls. She writes at Nappily Nigerian Girl, and she instagrams too: @NappilyNigerianGirl. You could also tweet her: @NappilyNigerian.

6. Fola is a Natural Nigerian living in Lagos. She was on a healthy relaxed hair journey before she decided to embrace her kinks. She blogs about her hair (and fitness and healthy eating) at Fola’s Oasis.

7. Fellow 4C sista Acharacha blogs about her hair journey at Acharacha By Nature. With Acha, it’s simple straight to the point haircare, and she makes youtube videos too.

8. Beautiful Ifeyinwa is the Brain behind handmade skin care product line Ajali. She is a beauty & lifestyle blogger, who writes about hair, and other pretty things at Love, Ifeyinwa.

9. Kemi Lewis runs her own Natural Hair Salon in Ikoyi, Lagos. Visit her blog KL’s Naturals and you can just tell the woman KNOWS hair. That post about her laid edges? Paradigm. Shift.

10. African Naturalistas is the greatest collaborative blogging effort in the Nigerian natural hairsphere. Several bloggers write about African hair and all things related for AN, so you’re sure to see something new every time you visit!

11. The Mane Captain, Adeola lives in Toronto- but do visit her blog and see if that makes any difference. She blogs about the true basics of hair care- techniques and tips- things we can all implement, regardless of what we have or what we are using.

12. Sandeeey has been natural for several years. Her luscious locks (of life!) have even been featured on Curly Nikki. She’s on Instagram: @hairoflife and she writes about her hairscapades at HairOfLife.

13. Ore a.k.a. Ms. Cookie is a full blooded Yoruba girl with beautiful big curly hair. She talks hair on her blog Cookie’s Real Hair Care. If you’re in Lagos & need a little help with your real hair- natural or relaxed, hit her up to schedule a salon session. Tweet her: @thecurlycookie

14. Jan blogs about her healthy relaxed hair journey at Today’s Naira. She is also well invested in the maintenance of her nieces’ natural curls. Definitely a blog you should see for you, and the little curlies in your life.

15. 17 year old Nafisah is an aspiring architect. On her blog, Coily Head of Hairshe chronicles the ups and downs of being natural (in Nigeria) and from time to time, you can catch her doing some DIY too! 🙂

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On Tuesdays, Natural Nigerian shares photos of other Nigerian naturals on her facebook page. You could share your photos with her too. On Instagram, you could search the #NigerianHair and #NaturalsDey #NaturalNigerian tags.

For information about where to find Natural Hair Friendly products and salons in Nigeria, do visit the Where to Find Directory. Healthy Hair Awareness is growing like crazy, and in good time, I’m positive every state will catch the bug. But for now, most stores deliver. If a store isn’t in your city, don’t be shy to contact them. They may be able to accommodate your request or customise a solution for you. 🙂

From time to time, hair meet-ups are organised and from my experience, they’re full of great fun, warmth and kinky-curly inspiration!

If you live in Benin City, please please, read this short announcement.

Woah. This has been a super long post. I hope I’ve been able to convince you and not confuse you that… Naturals Dey! We are here!! If I didn’t mention your natural hair blog or your favourite hair blog, please bless us with a link in the comments!

Shout out to new The Kink and I followers! I’m always an email away- thekinkandi@gmail.com. I’ve only had my ‘fro for a little under 2 years, but I’m here to help as best as I can, and I always respond.

Till next post,

Love,

AB

Xx