Salon Stories: The Introduction

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There was a building at the end of Bankole close. It was a small, isolated building; not the typical building that closes end with. It was flanked by what seemed like two endless vasts of lands populated by greenery and shrubbery. Most of Bankole close mimicked the look of these pieces of lands. There were some buildings-in-progress and a couple of unpainted completed buildings. In the day time, most of Bankole close saw tens and tens of shirtless, sweaty manual laborers working to transform blueprints into concrete realities.

Occasionally, expensive looking cars would pull up at the lands populated by greenery and shrubbery and shielding their eyes with one hand, they would gaze far into the distance, trying to determine where the land being offered them at what was a ridiculously cheap price ended. They never quite seemed to see the end. These visits usually ended with firm, sturdy handshakes and very happy salesmen who took yet another victory to Aunty B’s, the beer parlour a few doors away from the building at the end of Bankole close.

The building at the end of Bankole close had not always been there. It had showed up almost a year ago when a small woman pulled up not in an expensive car, but by foot. She had looked at the small piece of land that the salesman had told her was the most that she could buy for the money that she had. She smiled, satisfactorily, undid part of her wrapper, and handed the salesman a small bundle of money. Her name was Telema and at the time our story begins, she sat on a small stool outside the building at the end of Bankole close, fanning herself with a small flap of cardboard, watching the usual movement of development on Bankole close accompanied by the loud sounds of construction. 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

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

In Gratitude

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Last week was kind of rough. I was in a very thick funk. Over the weekend, in my quiet moments, I was reminded that happiness is still a choice.

I wasn’t unhappy because I had malaria, or because the roads were extra extra stressful. It was because I was so focused on the bad.

A new week is here, and I’m determined to be happy in it, be thankful for it. Here are some of the things I’m happy about today:

  1. In today’s traffic, I got to watch the Lagos sky light up, and it was beautiful.
  2. Lagos traffic is theeee absolute wurst, (yes I said wurst!) but at least, I get to suffer it in some comfort.
  3. The gift of music. Another thing that gets me through. 🙂
  4. Good health is a gift, y’all. Last week I had malaria, but now I am well. When I was doing my chores on Saturday, my body was so happy to be moving, bending, doing things without feeling heavy, slow or woozy.
  5. Family. My house is a busy place. Always a lot of people coming and going, though the permanent residents of the house are actually just 3. I may not like it all the time, but I’m thankful for them. Some people’s family stories are like Nollywood scripts, and many are too scared to really be around their own relatives and family friends.
  6. Friendship.
  7. All the love I have in my life. ❤
  8. It’s my parents’ wedding anniversary! 24 years of marriage, and almost a decade before that! 🙂
  9. MeeMee got her work visa approved! This is particularly amazing because she studied (and has fallen in love with) one of those things that would be useless in Nigeria, 2015. Not useless o, Nigeria needs people like her- but have you seen any openings for Bio-ethicists on Jobberman lately? It’s really wonderful that she gets to work in her chosen field. This gift is one so many people take for granted.
  10. My cousin (he’s 13 months old) is finally learning to trust his own two legs and I’m finding it so amazing to watch. :’)
  11. My favourite song at the moment- Applaudise by Iyanya. I’ve played it so much, my CD will soon scratch, haha! 

Over to you. What are you thankful for?

You don’t have to share it with me, but I’d like you to make your own list too. 🙂

Love,

AB,

xx

See You This Saturday at NITC 12!

Hi guys!

How is the going going?

Traffic has been deadly this week but thankfully today is the last day of the work week! Don’t you just love living in a multi-cultural country? Christmas, Sallah, we do it all. ^_^

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It feels like we have been on this forever, but Naturals in The City 12 is finally finally here. This Saturday, September 26, come spend the day with us at Social Place, 33 Sinari Daranijo, off Younis Bashorun, off Ajose Adeogun Street, Victoria Island. It’s super easy to find. Really straight forward from the Ajose Adeogun Roundabout.

We will be there from 1 to 6pm. Everybody, and we mean, everybody, is invited. Male, female, however you like to wear your hair. I promise nobody is going to snatch your wig! Naturals in The City is not just a hair meet-up. It’s about healthy, wholesome, more natural living, in and out. This time around, the theme is Debunking Myths, and the Gate Fee is a simple 500 naira, pere.

Why Come To NITC 12?

That’s a good question.

Apart from the fact that it’s always a good time, and that I really look forward to meeting you guys, here’s what you should expect:

1. Our Day 1, Natural Mane of Deep Brown Kinks is coming all the way from Abuja to share some hair wisdom.

2. The very talented celebrity makeup artist Leylarh Cadne is also one of our speakers. She’ll be sharing her craft, talking to us about makeup and beauty.

3. Natural vs Organic. Do you know the difference? Expect Natural Nigerian and Dr. Ijewere of Carib Health, to break it allllll the way down.

4. Yogi and Personal fitness trainer Adura will be debunking myths about yoga. There may be an introductory Yoga class to close it all, so if you’d like to participate, dress comfortably. Bring your yogi pants, or a pair of tights. 🙂

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Get Busy!

More than talking the talk, we are going to get busy at the meet up. We have activities planned, but there’s a catch. These activities will run in small groups of not more than ten. To be in a group, you have to sign up for the activities you are interested in when you arrive, and that’s how it will be. First come, first serve- so if you want the extra value, you have to be early. Outside their talks, Leylarh and Natural Mane will be hosting activities. If you’d like to learn to twist, braid, style your hair, don’t forget to sign up. If Washday is an issue for you, there’s a workshop for this too. Leylarh will be auditing makeup bags. If your makeup game needs help, bring your stash along, and she could help you review it, teach you what you need. Of course, you have to sign up too.

No African Time!

Please o, we are not tolerating African time at NITC 12. In the past, we used to wait till we had a certain number but it’s really not fair to our early birds, is it? We will be sticking to our schedule, so if you are late, that’s on you 😛

Bring Your Kids Too!

If you have a little girl in your life, you can kill two birds with one stone at Naturals in The City. You can attend the meet up, and she can have her hair styled for the week ahead, at a very moderate price. Our stylist will be super gentle.

Wait, There’s More!

As usual, we will have our vendors. Come prepared to shop, shop, shop 😉 I mean, to be surrounded by all that variety can have you feeling like a kid in a candy shop but, by all means indulge. No delivery costs, and you can directly relate with the people behind the brands. Wouldn’t you like that? Look out for our table (The Kink and I). It will be manned by some fine boys. Come support us, and we have some  Satin and Ankara bonnets from Elizabeth Cress that you’re going to want! 😉

Naturals in The City is not just about natural hair. We are about encouraging you to embrace a healthier, more natural lifestyle, inside and out. In addition to our regular hair vendors, we are having farmers at our meetup. Yes, I said farmers. One natural farmer and one organic farmer. You can get your super fresh, carefully grown vegetables for the week. Just this one Saturday, you don’t have to reluctantly pick up that stale bunch after side-eyeing the display at Shoprite. ( ._.)

Food at NITC 12 will be handled by THE Kitchen Butterfly. I’m such a huge fan of Ozoz and I’m pretty excited to finally get to try her cooking! See her blog here, and Instagram here. It’s not free (remember we are charging you only 500 naira lol) but we promise it will not break you either. 🙂

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What more can I say but, come through?

We cannot wait to have you!

Love,

AB,

xx