All Na Packaging

Hello my beauts!!!

Allow me to wish you a brilliant new year! During my reflecting on 2015 and gazing into 2016 with new eyes, one sentence has stuck with me. Mother says it is a message for me, dropped into my heart for a purpose. I have decided to wish this to all who care to accept it. And so, for you and you and you, today, I say, May your path be yours!

Ok. Ok. Ok. Why have I brought you here today?

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For the Nigerians here, how many times have you heard the expression “all na packaging” and dismissed it as bull? I know I am guilty of doing that. Translated directly, all na packaging is pidgin for “it is all in the packaging” or “it all lies in the packaging”.

Well, I have come to realize, in the spirit of introspection, that I am a very visual consumer. Mmmm, MeeMee, but who isn’t?! Right? Who isn’t? Continue reading

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Extra! Extra!! Read All About It: Shop TheKinkandI!

Raise your hands if you noticed the new tab on this fine blog?

If you didn’t notice it, shaaaaameeee :-p.

Ok. Ok.

THEKINKANDI BLOG POP-UP SHOP!!!

After many, many, MANY months of dreaming, brainstorming, researching, and shopping, you can now shop our favorite products (for now) on this here blog. We love these products; swear by them even. If you’ve been on the blog long enough, you can correctly guess what they are even before you see the shop! We know that all ‘fros are created different, but we believe that if you are looking for new products to try or to restock your product stash with your good ol’ friends, you should be able to trust us with this.

Blog Shop Feb 2015x(1)-page-002This is the first pop-up shop, with more to come, so we aim to get a ton of feedback from you. We want to know what products you’d like to see; how we can improve your experience as a consumer that frequently (or occasionally) shops hair products in Nigeria, etc. Please, please, leave us your thoughts in the comment boxes if you’d like, or better still, shoot us an e-mail at hello@thekinkandi.com. Don’t hold back!

So… what are you waiting for?! Head on to TheKinkandI Blog Shop, see what we have, and place your orders!

P.S: Remember we still have the ‘Where to Find’ directory. Please reach out to us at hello@thekinkandi.com to get your business listed, at no cost. All we ask is that your business be directly related to natural hair. We do not tolerate posts about “toning creams” or “waist trainers”, this is just not the place, thank you!

-MeeMee

xx.  

Get To Know: Tresses & Body Organics, NatMane and more

Hey y’all!

Eku Monday!

As you know (I hope you do), we have a ‘Where to Find’ Directory on this blog. 🙂

If you’re looking for where to buy or order hair products from, or where to get your hair done, we may be able to help.

Page 1: Where to Find Natural Hair Stores in Nigeria

Page 2: Where to Find Natural Hair Friendly Salons in Nigeria.

Thanks to you guys, the lists keep growing.

Over the weekend, we made some additions:

Tresses & Body Organics

Though based in Lagos, they deliver nationwide.

They carry the Vaadi Herbals line; Sulfate free shampoos and conditioners, Hair moisture butters, Hair growth oils, Essential & Carrier Oils, Indian Ayurvedic clays and powders, Heat protectant serums, and more.

You can visit them at 33, Fatai Irawo Street, Ajao- Estate, off Airport Road, Ikeja

Or Call: 08183412877 or 08075542049.

Or Email: tressesnlocks@outlook.com

They’re also on Facebook: Tresses & Body Organics Ent.

NatMane

NatMane (short for Natural Mane) is very creative with hair, I can personally testify. She is a stylist at Lumo Naturals, but she also accommodates private appointments.

To get in touch with her, tweet her @NaturalMane or email: eskinks[at]gmail[dot]com

And…

Also new to the Directory are Natural Hair salons Mods Salon & Beauty Supply in Lekki, and SPN Salon in Wuse 2, Abuja. Their contact deets are over here, on the list of salons. You can see the creative work they do at SPN on their Instagram account @spnsalon.

The purpose of the ‘Where to Find’ Directory is to connect naturals with good products, and salons that know how to work with our kinks.

We cannot promise you that every person on the list is awesome, but at least it’s a start. If you’re a seller of natural hair products, or you’re a natural hair friendly salon or Independent stylist, email thekinkandi@gmail.com with your information, so we can get you on the list. It’s absolutely free!

If your favourite store or salon or stylist is not listed on the blog, please leave a comment, let us know who we are missing!

If you’ve tried any of these stores or salons, it would be super nice if you share your experience in the comments under the ‘Where to Find’ pages.

It’s a really simple way for us to help each other!

Have a lovely week guys,

Love,

AB,

xx

Product Review: ORS Olive Oil Edge Control

 

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I got this at Christmas, through the bestie.

Ingredients:

Aqua (Water), Cetereth-25, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Propylene Glycol, PEG-7 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Cocodimonium Hydroxypropyl, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Parfum (Fragrance), Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol, d-Limonene, Eugenol, Geranol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Lilial, Linalool, Methyl Ionone, Diazolidynyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, DMDM Hydantoin.

Worth noting: water is the first ingredient. It has humectants- Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, and a moisturiser- Aloe Vera Juice.

It also has PARABENS.

Claims: “Superior hold and shine” Continue reading

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