Hey Monday!

Hello Monday! Hello guys!

How pumped are you to face the new week? I hope you’re ready to get it, whatever IT may be! 🙂

I’m excited. Probably because I woke up on the right side of the bed. Or because I’m looking forward to being in Port Harcourt this weekend with my girls girls. Or. Is it because I had a really good weekend? I’m in such high spirits and I wonder if sharing this with you is going to be contagious or just annoying lol. MeeMee has been in Nola since Thursday and I’m also super excited about this trip. New Orleans is waaayyyy up on my travel wishlist, so the fact that she is there, it’s like I am there in spirit. ^_^

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On Saturday morning, I was at the Breakfast Roundtable for Young Professionals and it was so good. I honestly didn’t know what to expect. I had heard about it on the radio, seen it on Twitter, been referred to it by a colleague so I thought what the hey, just register. I may share some thinking points from it during the week. Big thanks thanks to everyone who made it happen!

Speaking of putting things together, we are working towards Naturals in The City 12. Please save the date: September 26. This one’s going to be different (wink, wink) , you want to be there! We’ll have all the deets announced soon. If you’d like to be a vendor or sponsor at the meet-up, it’s not too early to email nn@naturalnigerian.com for more info 🙂

Finally. Could you, please, pretty please make a contribution to Kamara Talks? She may not remember this, but I met Kamara’s mom at ‘The Great Kinky Hair Christmas Affair’ in 2013. She was selling smoothies (Wild & Fresh) at the event, and kind of starting out with her locs. We spoke for like all of 5 minutes but she was really nice, and she made an impression. I’ve kind of stalked followed her since then on Instagram, following her culinary adventures. Now, she needs help to get her baby girl the speech therapy she needs. Please click the link here, read Kamara’s story and I hope you are moved to make a donation, anything you can afford. Little drops of water DO make a mighty ocean. God will bless you as you do so!

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Have a great week lovers!

Love,

AB,

xx

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.

Products & You: Shine Your Eyes!

Hey guys,

Happy Hump Day!

The word of the day is Green Washing. Natural Nigerian wrote about Green Washing on her blog yesterday, it’s a really brief one, do read it here, if the term is new to you, and for more context. NN wrote about the dangers of Green Washing, and today I’m sharing an experience with you about one of the times I let false advertising get the better of me.

With products, I think I am adventurous. Sure, I always scrutinise ingredients lists to know what I’m using and to get my money’s worth, but apart from those things called texturisers & relaxers & the new “texture manageability systems”, I’m not absolutely averse to any ingredients or products in particular.

When I started my hair journey, I stayed away from the ‘big bad 3’- Silicones, Sulfates and Mineral Oils. My first haul was all natural and all organic- whipped shea butter, coconut oil, essential oils, a spray bottle, and an Aubreys Organics conditioner from The Kinky Apothecary. Though now I’m wilin’ out lol, I still advise people to try the safe way when starting, free from the ‘Big Bad 3’ if they can afford it.

Let me tell you a story. Continue reading

Naturals in The City 10!

Hello lovelies!

I hope you’re good and your week is off to a great start. If it isn’t, don’t worry, there’s plenty of time to turn it around.

Naturals in The City 10 was on Saturday, and it was fun for me, as usual. ^_^

Many thanks to Uzo of Dont Touch The Hair for live tweeting throughout the meet-up. The hashtag was #NITC10, you can still search for it on Twitter. Shout out to Natural Nigerian & Sherese, of Carib Health- and our location, Social Place. Thanks to our vendors and all you beautifuls who made it (you are stars! ^.^ ) It was good to see you all. If you couldn’t come, we’ll see you in a few months? 🙂

The theme for this meet-up was “Making The Best of What You Have” and our lovely speakers Sandra of Naija Girl Next Door, Nkechi Ofoegbu, Dr. Patrick Ijewere of Carib Health and finally @Ms_Isioma had us covered, each of them taking a different approach. Sandra spoke about getting more out of less, with hair products. Nkechi, who is a licensed Formula Botanica tutor, talked about easy ways to care for one’s skin using readily available ingredients. Dr. Patrick talked about the healthy nutritional options we have naturally growing here in Nigeria, and this one in particular had me thinking. Finally, because nothing really matters if your head is in the wrong place, Isioma prrrreeeached to the choir, about loving your hair, loving your self, and accepting you totally. It was her birthday, so she got a surprise birthday song from all of us after her talk. (NN’s idea!)

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Sherese of Carib Health, fellow organizer 🙂 Love her locs!

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Cute Couple! Adaku & her bae

Cute Couple! Adaku & her bae

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Boluwatife. #SkinGoals!

Boluwatife. #SkinGoals!

Sandra et Sandra

Sandra et Sandra

Was so good to finally meet Femi (R) Gorgeous locs as well

Was so good to finally meet Femi (R) Gorgeous locs as well!

Desola, one half of The Shower Girls

Desola, one half of The Shower Girls

Free hair consultation with Ekemini of Nature's Gentle Touch Hair Institute

Free hair consultation with Ekemini of Nature’s Gentle Touch Hair Institute

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Osemhen

Loved Mobola's funky threaded do!

Loved Mobola’s funky threaded do!

I’m not exactly sure why, but I felt much much busier than usual at this meet-up, the time was just flying. I’m sorry guys, I did not get as many photos this time, so I may do a follow-up post this week, with some more pictures from other blogs, with their permission of course!

We recently started a blog shop HERE, where you can now shop our favourite things. It was a last minute decision to have a stand at the meet-up, very special thanks to everyone who stopped by! 🙂

Were you at Naturals in The City? Did you enjoy yourself? Why or why not? Let’s talk about it in the comments!

If you have a blog post about it, please leave your link in the comments and I’ll update this post with it.

LINKS ABOUT NITC10

1.Nappyhaired.com: Naturals in the City 10 (Photos)
2. Nigerian and Natural: NITC 10
3. Don’t Touch The Hair: Naturals in The City 10 Recap (+ Live Tweets)
4. Ify’s Musings: Naturals in The City 10
5. Naija Girl Next Door: Naturals in The City 10

6. Natural Nigerian

Love,

AB,

xx

Learn to Make Your Own Organic Cosmetics!

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Come Saturday March 14, (a week after Naturals in The City 10) Natural Nigerian & licensed Formula Botanica tutor Nkechi Ofoegbu will be schooling you (if you sign up) about how to make your own cosmetics. There will be more classes organised in the future, but this one is going to be limited to Anti-Aging Products- serums, face masks and all that good stuff people often pay a lot for. This could be a valuable opportunity to you personally, or with starting a business in mind.

Registration for this workshop will cost you 40,000 naira only. Your 40k will cover the instructional lessons, the materials you will be given to make your own products right there, and a light lunch too.

There is no deadline for registration, but they will stop accepting payments once they reach the maximum class size. Yuup, first come first serve. No crowding!

For more deets, see the poster (above) and if you have questions, email nn@naturalnigerian.com. Before you email her though, you may want to read this FAQ post on her blog here and this one here.

Formula Botanica is a reputable Organic Cosmetic Science School. formulabotanica.com

P.S. In case you missed it, we shared some big news yesterday! Go read all about it here. ^.^

Love,

AB,

xx