Curls Popping! My (Short-lived) Second Perm Rod Set

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Hello loverssssss!

How is the going going?

If you follow us on Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter (wait, why aren’t you following us?! JK, social media links are at the bottom) SO. As I was saying. If you follow us, you kind of know what we have been up to, what I did with my hair this weekend.

I wanted curls, so I thought I’d get a perm rod set that would last me all week. It did not last all week, but it lasted me long enough to go to church, and go on my date thereafter. Good enough for me. 🙂

It’s really not a long story. Continue reading

Clearance Sale! x Introducing Elizabeth Cress Bonnets

Hello beautifuls!

How is the going going?

Early this year, we started a small project, a little shop on the blog, with some of our favourite products. It has been a learning experience, and we are really really grateful to every single one of our customers. Thank you so much for your support! 🙂

In addition to our favourite things, we also have these cute Ankara-Silk bonnets handmade by Elizabeth Cress, in-store. If you don’t like the look of plain black bonnets, and you want to go to sleep in style, you should definitely try these out. They are pretty solid and built to last. The insides are satin/silk, with the print on top. Official retail price for each bonnet is 2000.

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2000 Naira Only

We are running a clearance sale on blog shop items, so you should totally email us asap. 🙂

**Click on each product to read the ingredients, to see reviews**

Nothing But Intense Healing Mask: Formerly 3500, Now 2500.

Shea Moisture Frizz Free Curl Mousse: Formerly 3200, Now 2500.

L’Oreal Ever Creme Sulfate Free Shampoo: Formerly 2300, Now 1800.

Our accessories remain the same: for 1500 Naira, you can get a 12-pack of Scunci Hair Combs or an 8 pack of Goody Ouchless Hair Bands in Neutral Colours.

Goody Ouchless bands are known for being very stretchy, long lasting bands, great for creating killer puffs. The Scunci hair combs are pretty durable too. I’ve been using one pack of each since the year began, and they will definitely see me into next year. Very small investments to make in your hair arsenal!

To order, email: thekinkandi@gmail.com. Delivery rates and information about our process are also on the shop page here.

Love,

AB,

xx

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

#ThrowBackThursday: Shuku, No Base.

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Shuku Ologede

Hi beautifuls!

What’s good?

I just remembered that I did not document my short-lived hair adventure from a few weeks ago.

**Before I proceed, remember that you can still get 10% off your Nazuri Curls when you enter the special discount code: KINKANDI. This discount is valid till October 12.**

For a while, my mother had been suggesting that I did shuku. For our non-Nigerian readers, shuku is the Yoruba name for the braided hairstyle I’m wearing in these photos.

I really wasn’t sure about wearing shuku, but then, I saw E in my office rocking it quite beautifully. I finally decided to give it a try after I took my braids out. It cost me only 500 naira (less than $3) to do.

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I did it the day before Naturals in The City 12. And as it always is, when I try something new with my hair, or something I’ve never done with a particular stylist, I’m never comfortable with it in the beginning. It always takes some getting used to. It didn’t help that my mom who instigated this experiment did not like the outcome. She suggested that maybe I should have done it with the inverted braids (didi), and that the top of the shuku should have been placed higher, to be easily visible from the front. Valid points for next time if there’s going to be a next time. She also said she thought the hair was basic (bahahaha) and not funky at all. She really said BASIC, and that I looked like (my name was) Shukurat. Laaaawd. In my mind, I was like wow, thanks mom, thank you so much! As an after-thought she added, “Well, you can wear it to your event”. And I said, “No mom, I am NOT going to look basic at my event.” I wasn’t in a good mood that day, and having basic hair on my head was compounding things. Yes, I can be dramatic.

The plan was to loosen it the next day and wear my hair in a puff. But I got so busy with all the setting up, there was no time for me to start doing that. Plus, Isioma, NN, Nat Mane, Anu and others at the meet-up assured me that it was okay, and not basic. Advantages of going to meet-ups guys, upliftment if you need it, haha. I won’t lie, they encouraged me. ❤

I wore the shuku for 5 days. I had to take it out because, the centre (where all the cornrows met) hurt so bad. It had been picked very tight, and the area felt very sore. Two days after taking out the shuku, it was still sore. I’m convinced that a few strands must have been pulled out at the root. If you’re going to do shuku, be mindful of that middle point!

For the last two days of the shuku week, I wore my hair up, and bunched in two buns.

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Now I’m in mini-twists that I love-hate so much. Love the convenience. Hate the look after Day 2.

Can my hair grow already so I don’t have to stretch it first to throw into a bun? So I can do 4 twists at night instead of 12?

Long hair, I’m ready for you! Over-ready sef.

Actually, my dream on Tuesday night was about hair. I needed to blow dry my hair so I went to the salon and they blowdried my fro and it was bra strap length! Gaddem. I was so happy. But then I woke up to shrunken mini-twists. I claim that dream o, I claim it for every single follicle on my head! LOL

Have a beautiful day, you.

Love,

AB,

xx