Felicia Said…

Hey beautiful people!

How goes it? We are happy and kicking at The Kink and I.

So. You may wonder what the point of hair meet-ups is, especially if you’ve been natural for a while and you’re happy with your hair, your regimen, all that. Well, apart from connecting with other naturals, I believe every day is an opportunity to learn something new. May 30 will make it 3 years since my big chop (whoop whoop) and sure I’ve been immersing myself in hair knowledge during this time, but I do not know it all.

Stylist to the stars, Ms Felicia Leatherwood & Obia Ewah (of Obia Natural Hair) had the more “technical” workshops at the Nigerian Natural Hair & Beauty Show on Saturday. Technical is not the right word, but theirs were the presentations about hair care (what to do, and what not to). Obia’s workshop was about hair science- the importance of pH balance in products. More about that on Friday.

During Felicia’s workshop, I was texting MeeMee and even after that on Sunday- telling her what I had heard. Felicia said… Felicia said… LOL Hence the title of this post.

Alrightie then. Felicia said many things. Some new to me, some I already knew- all important. I took notessss (not everything) but here are some things you could think about:

1. Deep conditioning once a week is ideal. But, if you’re too busy, twice a month should be good. 25-35 minutes, with moderate heat.

2. Not rinsing shampoo out completely, and rinsing hair when you wash with water that’s too hot could cause dryness.

3. However, it is good to wash your hair in twists and rinse out your conditioner with hair still in twists. This means you retain some of the conditioner, and this helps your hair retain moisture while you style.

4. While you should rinse shampoo out with warm water to open your cuticles, rinse out your conditioner with cold water to seal your cuticles, reduce frizz and encourage shine.

5. Product junkies in the building? A faster way to test or compare products. You can try multiple products in one wash. Section your hair. You can deep condition half your hair with one product, and do the same on the other half with another DC. When you’re done, you can tell which section of your hair you like better, and as such, which product you prefer.

6. For more effective cleansing, especially if you have dandruff, “grease” your scalp with shampoo, before wetting your hair. By wetting your hair before applying shampoo, you can easily just lather lather lather and still not get most of the residue off.

7. Many people that think they have dandruff don’t really have the condition. Their scalps are just flaky for a bunch of reasons (this I can relate to. In my relaxed days I thought I had dandruff. Now, I don’t. I take better care of my hair now- oil my scalp, wash more often, all that.) So. If you have dandruff or your scalp is flaking a lot, it could also be because you have too much sugar/ starch/carbohydrates in your diet. Rice, yam, garri, soda, all these things break down to sugar. Reducing the amount of sugar you eat could turn your scalp around.

8. Colour treated shampoos & conditioners are best for coloured hair. They help maintain the colour, so it doesn’t fade fast. Felicia recommends Joico K-Pak & Ion Solutions. 

9. She prefers cutting natural hair dry because of shrinkage. And also because different parts of hair grow at different rates.

10. With kinky hair, it’s better to blow dry with a comb attachment than with a brush.

On Hair Trimming:

11. It’s best to go to a stylist but you can DIY with dusting. Dust your hair by two strand twisting (uniformly) and then cutting off what’s thinner at the ends. Then, do a blow out and if your ends still look a mess, please go to a stylist!

12. At your stylist’s, don’t be afraid to communicate. If your stylist makes you uncomfortable, feel free to leave! Trim the hair small small. You can start with one inch, and then when you see how that goes, do another. Till you’re done.

13. Hint hint: look at your thumb. The distance from knuckle to fingertip is one inch.

14. If you want to give yourself a proper trim (not dusting) good luck but please concentrate. Don’t be on the phone, don’t be talking to anybody or chasing any children.

15. Women of Colour have so many issues with our edges not necessarily because we are genetically indisposed. It’s because we start styling our hair so early! Yes guys- even the cute afro puffs and styles with hair baubles count. Can haters see why Blue Ivy will flourish? 😋

16. Now this is one thing I always always do- and it’s good to hear it from a stylist who knows. Hold your edges while they’re being braided. Put your phone down and put your hands at that base. With cornrows too, hold it down and push forward.

17. To rejuvenate lost edges, try using Castor oil every 2-3 days. ORS Temple Balm is good too. Use twice a day for 6-8 weeks.

18. When you wear twists or braids, do a retouch every 2-3 weeks. Here, retouch means- take out the twists or braids at your hairline and redo them.

19. Nature Tint is a vegetable dye she recommends. Safe enough for use every 4-6 weeks.

20. When you start having more than just a few grey hairs, dyeing your hair will make your hair rebel & the greying will intensify LOL. So, for just a few stray greys, it’s better to use mascara or hair chalk (as long as you stay dry!)

21. Some people’s hair grows faster when it’s warmer, in the summer. (I don’t know if this applies to us here where it’s almost always warm.)

22. It’s best to use products 8 months to 1 year after opening.

23. Transitioning? Start doing curly wet sets to blend both textures. As your hair grows, you can trim off your relaxed ends now and again.

24. Curl Wax by AmPro is one of her secrets! It makes hair resistant/ impervious to changes in the weather. You can be great even in humidity. This product can help preserve a curly style for 10-20 days. Yep, new product on my list!

25. Create updos in sections, start from the back.

26. When applying styling products to your hair, start with a dime size amount per section (tiny as it is) and massage it into your hair. You can add another, and another as needed. This way you can build up to the required amount without using too much.

27. Someone in the audience asked and she confirmed, yes Cayenne Pepper can stimulate growth. Don’t go and pour the pepper on your hair raw o. Oils infused with cayenne pepper can rejuvenate. I’ll go research how, and let you know what I find out soon enough.

Okay guys. What new tips did you learn lately? Were you already familiar with all 27 tips? If you were at the show, what points in particular did you go home with?

Till Friday!

Love,

AB,

xx

P.S. Pictures from #NNHB2015 over here. 

Coming Soon!

Hey guys!

How is the going going?

We recently updated our Where to Find: Natural Hair Friendly Salons page. There’s a new natural hair salon in Port Harcourt, it’s called Fro Nation! More info on their Facebook page here.

This post should have been up much earlier but, life. Still, it’s not too late to keep you posted about the fun times and hair events coming your way.

As we all know, good hair is healthy hair- natural and relaxed.

Natural Nigerian and Nat Mane (of Deep Brown & Kinks) are organising the first PERSONALIZED healthy hair workshop ever ever ever in these parts.

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If you’re having a hard time with your hair- keeping it moisturised, healthy and strong- if you really don’t know what else to do or even where to start, then you want to attend this class in Lagos on Saturday, May 9 and have the experts break it down to you. It’s going to be a very interactive, hands-on experience. At the end of the day, you will be well empowered to care for your hair properly, know what products you need, and how to whip up some of your own at home. Nat Mane is a super stylist, so trust that there will be basic styling lessons as well.

If you’re interested, please fill out this fun survey real quick. It will help them decide who gets in. Small classes, always.

For more information, email nn@naturalnigerian.com and keep your eye on the website: naturalnigerian.com

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The Kinky Apothecary is 5 this year!

To celebrate, they are hosting the first Nigerian Natural Hair and Beauty Expo, on Saturday May 16 at the Federal Palace Hotel, Ikoyi. Celebrity stylist Felicia Leatherwood will be back with her “Loving Your Hair With Natural Care” workshop. Also expect to see Ngozi Opara, founder of the Heat Free Hair movement, Wunmi Akinlagun of Woman In The Jungle, Obia Ewah, the creator of Obia Natural Haircare products, Cassidy of Natural Selection Blog, and Ijeoma, aka Klassy Kinks! And there’s lots more.

I’m super excited (Because, Feliciaaaaaa!) and thanks to darling MeeMee, I already have my ticket! You can get yours, or have your bestie get you one on Afritickets over here.

An Enugu hair meet-up is in the works, you’ll get the deets when confirmed. June isn’t so far away, and with its rains, it also brings back Naturals in The City and Loc Appreciation Day! So much going on!

Alright guys. What are your plans? Will you be attending any of these events?

Love,

AB,

xx

P.S. If you aren’t in Lagos or Enugu, please don’t feel bad 🙂 Have you thought about planning a meet-up in your city? We are always happy to help spread the word!

P.P.S. If I owe you mail, maa binu. You’ll hear from me soon.

Product Review: Naturalista Cosmetics Juicy Leave-In Conditioner

Source: Naturallycurly.com

Source: Naturallycurly.com

Hello beautiful people!

My name is Marilyn and I am not a product junkie.

If anything, I lie on the other end of the spectrum. I’m not one for trying out new products except they’re free or I’m being forced to try them out. So when I stumbled on Naturalista Juicy Leave-In Conditioner it was both free and I was kind of being forced to try it out. I took what I believed was moisturised hair to Ijeoma of Klassy Kinks, to get Havana twists and so when she remarked that my hair was dry, I was quite surprised. In a bid to find a conditioner that would help lock in my moisture, she very kindly tried a couple of leave-ins she had, but my hair refused them all (so spoilt!). And then she opened up a new sample jar of Naturalista Juicy Leave-In Conditioner and the first thing that got me was the smell. This tiny jar of happiness smells completely like cake. I kid you not. If I hadn’t seen her unwrap it, it would have taken a lot to convince me that the jar didn’t contain cake batter. It’s creamy colour and mousse-like texture makes it even more like a dessert, than a hair product. But the aesthetics isn’t the only thing that this product is good for, no no no. In the hours I spent braiding my hair, this was the only product that managed to moisturise my hair! Imagine my joy when she offered to let me have the entire jar for keeps! This product made my hair so soft and in addition, the moisture really was maintained for almost an entire week! Can you believe that?! An entire week. Seven whole days! I think this product was made by angels… only explanation.

So what makes this Naturalista Juicy Leave-In Conditioner what it is?

This juicy hair dessert contains an impressive list of ingredients, viz. Shea Butter, Aloe Leave Juice, Castor Oil, Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Panthenol, Vegetable Gylcerin, Vitamin E, Honey, Lemon Peel Oil, Orange Peel Oil, Fragrance, Natural Preservatives. One thing that jumps at me when I look at the ingredients is how simple they are; and how most of them are lone ingredients that I have either mixed with water for daily spritzing or added to my DIY deep conditioning treatments.

Is this product without sin then?

For me, this product is flawless (it really did wake up like this). However, because of its mixture and its consistency, it might border on being too greasy for some people, out of personal preference, and even because of their hair type and porosity.

Are you sold on this product and want to have a piece of the cake?

Sadly, I am yet to replace this product in my life! It just seems very evasive, which has made my hair and I very sad. However, I was able to find it still available here . I was interested in buying the 8oz jar ($22.99), but it is currently sold out. The 16 oz jar ($45.99) is still available though. On the website above, the product is being sold under its new name of Juicy Yummy. The 2 oz jar ($7.99) is available for sale here .

If you cannot tell by now, I’ll go ahead and say it. I LOVE this product and yes, it is probably the best thing that has touched my hair till date.

Have you tried this product? What are your thoughts about it?

Have a brilliant day people!

Mee mee 

xx

AB says: You can get this in Nigeria from the Kinky Apothecary. 3,800 naira for 8 oz. Check the Where to Find Directory for contact deets x

Why You Should Go To That Hair Meet-Up

Hey lovelies!

If you’re in Abuja this Saturday May 31, make it a date to be at Baytown Lounge for Capital Naturals 3! Details in the flyer below.

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Capital Naturals 3

Naturals in The City 8 is coming to you Lagos beauties on June 28, and on that same day, Locitude presents the first Locs Appreciation Day in Nigeria! There’ll be more information about these events in a bit, but if you’ve never been to a Natural Hair meet-up, you may be wondering “Abeg, why? What for?”

I’ve been to Capital Naturals, Naturals In The City 6 (both hosted by Natural Nigerian) and The Great Kinky Hair Christmas Affair (organised by The Kinky Apothecary, Klassy Kinks and Geraldine The Great), and I’m definitely a lover of these gatherings and so I’m going to tell you why.

1. OMG CURLIES!! REAL LIFE HAIRSPIRATION!

I know, I know, sometimes it feels like lush hair only exists on the internet. If you’ve ever felt alone in your hair journey, going to a Natural hair meet-up will clear your doubts. If you’re a newbie natural, a transitioner, or your kinks are becoming too much to handle, I think this’ll be good for you. Seeing kinky sistas will inspire you, encourage you on your hair journey, remind you that good hair isn’t magic. Feel free to ask about how a style was achieved, don’t be shy to ask that girl to give you the dish on her regimen. Any hair issues? Just ask.

2. LEARNING!

The main point of these hair meet-ups I believe, is to educate. To get you closer to healthy hair, to get you at least start thinking about healthier hair. There will be hair talk, presentations, and the opportunity to ask all the questions you want after. 🙂

3. NEW PEOPLE!

This Afrikan Butterfly is not a very social butterfly. Seriously. I’m that girl that you may never hear her voice except she’s with her people, or until she gets to know you a little, or it’s absolutely necessary that I speak up. Let me just say that meeting new people usually sounds great to me only in theory. If you’re an extrovert, you’ve got nothing to worry about. If you aren’t, I’m here to say you don’t need to sweat it either. Everyone you meet at a hair meet-up is there for the same purpose as you, to talk hair. There will be warmth, and laughter, don’t be shy to reach out to the next person, to blend into the conversations, take photos. There’ll be plenty to compliment, so be generous with the wash-wash. Perfect icebreaker.

4. SHOPPING!!

Natural hair events are a great place to shop. There’ll be plenty on display- hair products, hair accessories, and even beauty products, clothing, food- anything, really, depending on who’s organising. For once, you won’t have to worry about delivery costs. Be ready to shop, but hold yourself please. It’s SO easy to go over budget 😉 Whether you shop or not, be sure to get business cards. You may need the vendors’ info later.

5. NETWORKING

Are you a hair or beauty blogger? Do you sell hair products or are you interested in starting a hair-related business? Hair meet-ups are the best place for you to connect with other like minds, and this is just wonderful in itself. Networking here could also be a tool to make valuable connections for the future. And if for nothing at all, it’s just nice to say hello properly, to faces you just know over the internet. 🙂

6. EVERYONE IS INVITED. YES, REALLY!

Natural hair meet-ups are not for kinky-curly girlies alone. There will be no talk of relaxers here, but that’s just as far as it goes. Good hair is healthy hair, and this is the aim. Come show off your relaxed tresses, lay your slick weave down for the gods, no one is going to bite you. Natural, Relaxed, Transitioning, Hair Curious, just drop by, you’re welcome to gain something.

7. FREE ENTRY!

Who doesn’t love osho free? Capital Naturals 3 does not require any fees or tickets from you to enter. So, I don’t know why you should be dulling. On the other hand, if tickets are being sold for meet-ups in your city, that’s not a reason to run oh. That’s definitely not money wasted.

So, what do you say ladies? Have you been to any meet-ups in the past? Especially in Nigeria. What are your thoughts? Are you a fan of hair meet-ups? Why or why not?

Love,

AB,

xx

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