Weave Off!

Hello people!

Long time no see! How is the going going? ^_^

My Tuesday started off on a slightly wonky note but I’m positive that it will end well. 🙂

I took my Nazuri Curls extensions down on Friday night, after wearing them for six weeks. 



I was ready to go even longer but I had really missed my hair. The extensions weren’t so much different from my own coils- let’s just say they are kinda close to what my hair would look like if it were a little longer and if I had a magic shrinkage defying product. I’ll do a post this week about how I tried my best to make the faux hair look as real as possible. So blending information and maintenance, you want to come back for this 😛 Seriously, I learnt more about manipulating this hair than I did when I wore it last year. Anyhoo, till then, remember that you can get 10% off your Nazuri Curls purchases if you use our special discount code: KINKANDI. Valid till October 12. 🙂

So. On Friday, I decided that I was going to take my ass to a salon on Saturday. Why? I have been sooo so busy, I have not been able to have any free days to myself, even on weekends. My wakabouting is just too much. I was determined that Sunday would be an easy day, and I did not want to do hair on Sunday. Washing my hair is really not a problem. It’s drying time that takes so long. I prefer to style my hair dry and stretched, so if I leave it to airdry in twists, it could be damp till Sunday night. So I decided that just this once, I’d go to a salon.

I got to the salon in the morning, because I had somewhere else to go. When I don’t have time to waste, I like to go with the tested and trusted. I don’t try new things, or new people. The only place I’ve had my hair washed at since I went natural, is the Nature’s Gentle Touch Hair Institute. I know, I know- their products are greenwashed, with mineral oil very present- but I was there in February and I really enjoyed it. My hair was nice and soft, and the blow-out was so bouncy. The creative updo Ruth styled me was pretty cute and lasted for like 5 days- so I thought I’d try them again. My first visit was on the house, so I called in advance to get a quote. The man I spoke to on the phone told me it would cost 4k to wash and do a simple style- not too bad, right?

Except that I did not get the memo. As a salon that does just real hair, no extensions, I didn’t know they put “virgin hair” in its own category. Also, I was aware that they don’t let people use other brands at the institute but it didn’t click that this meant that you should also bring their stuff if you have it. I have the Herbalblend line they use there, gathering dust in my house. Sigh. My stylist for the day, let’s call her T, informed me that because my hair is “long” (har-har-har) “virgin” hair, I was going to pay 5,500 to wash and dry. Wash/ simple style to hold body till I get to proper styling. Apparently if I brought my own products, I would have spent 4,000. And if my hair was relaxed, I’d have paid 2K pere. Just great. I got there an hour 30 minutes later than I had planned (it was raining and I was super tired) and they were already filling up so I was like whatever, mehn.

T must have thought I was being a bitch lol because I was NOT pleased. She shampooed okay, but I felt she was a little stingy with the deep conditioning treatment. I went with it, though. Time to blow my hair out, she was being a little rough with the comb attachment and I gave her a couple side-eyes through the mirror. Of course she was having a hard time putting a comb through my hair, when she had put so little leave-in/moisturiser in all this hair. At some point, I had to tell her she was being rough. And she was like “No, I’m not… What did I do? It’s because your hair is natural.” I told her I do my hair myself, so I know what I’m saying. Like you guys, I was there simply because my experience with Ruth was so amazing so you can understand my disappointment. I’m really bad at blowing my hair out myself (hand coordination not great!) so it pained me to see her give me a struggle blow out. It did. I touched the sections she had done and my hair was crazy dry. I didn’t say anything. Until…

Her: YOU HAVE DRY HAIR

Me: NO, I DO NOT HAVE DRY HAIR

Her: Yes, you do. I even used the moisturiser.

Me: Maybe you should have used more moisturiser? *side-eye*

Now, I know nobody likes being told how to do their job but- I do not “have dry hair”. In fact, my hair was drier than it was when I came into the salon- 2 weeks since my last wash, oily with coconut oil. That Saturday, I remember thinking how surprising it was that my hair felt soft. Coconut oil prepoos nicely but it always leaves my hair crispy by the next morning. After our small exchange, she was quiet till we finished.

All the time I was just thinking I should have stayed home and washed my hair myself. The salon where I got the weave done, maybe I could work with someone in particular- maybe we could work out an understanding.

I don’t think she has much experience with natural hair because when we were finally through, she called someone else to come style my hair. A multi-bun updo was the first thing that came to mind but, the blow-out wasn’t a good enough stretch. I asked that they did 2 braids or flat twists. Maybe it’s because my hair wasn’t stretched enough, the results of that were also kind of “meh”.



Long story short, I’m going to have to get a hooded dryer to speed up the drying process when I style. Or in the alternative, I need to learn how to blow dry. Threading is not for me because it takes 2 or 3 days to dry and fully stretch.

On the bright side though, T gave me a decent trim. It was good, but I didn’t appreciate the over-combing of the sections and when she trimmed a section, she didn’t throw the hair off. She would let it fall back onto my head, which bothered me because, my hair likes to tangle and form complex knots. I protested and she said it didn’t matter because she would still comb it afterwards. No, aunty. Like ehn ehn.

You know how stylists can bully you at the salon? I didn’t feel bullied by T.  She was nice, well meaning, but nope, I do not want a repeat experience. It’s just, if I’m going to pay for someone else do my hair, I want it to be awesome. It should be two relaxing hours, not me tense and eyeballing you through the mirror. It’s like going to eat out (and being disappointed by the food) when there is rice at home.

In other news, my hair isn’t growing o. Who have I offended? It is still the same length it was in February and I am SO over it. I’ve been protective styling a lot so I’m tempted to say protective styling may be overrated. I’m really really bored with my hair right now, and I want to do something. Cut it? Color it? Cut and color? Go through a phase of styling and wearing it straight? Something has to change. 😦 Please if you know anywhere in Lagos that does amazing dye jobs, let me know in the comments, thank you! 

And one last thing- I bought a satin bonnet in June, at the Game store at The Palms. It is being produced by Lolavita Hair, I believe. This bonnet has stained my pillow cases. 😦 I really wonder why. I didn’t want to believe it until I stained my friends’ own and she pointed it out. Have you tried this bonnet and experienced the same thing? If they have other colours apart from black, maybe you’d want to try them because, proper proper stains.

I’m not at all crusty on this blessed Tuesday, no. This post has been one long rant lol- but the only thing not cooperating in my life right now, is my hair. Life is good, and I’m thankful for that. We are working on making Naturals in The City 12 much more fun than all the others, so please save the date- September 26! More details soon!

Alright beautifuls. I want to know how you’re doing, how your hair is doing, what you’re up to. If you have any questions about the Nazuri Curls, feel free to ask away, so I’d put that in the post.

Love,

AB,

xx

Feeling Myself, Feeling Myself…

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I took my Fro to the Nature’s Gentle Touch Hair Institute yesterday, and she got some serious TLC. I will have a review of the experience by next week, but these are photos of the beauuuutiful updo I was styled. My hair was blown out first. Ruth, the lovely stylist I was assigned helped take them.

(I schedule my posts ahead so) As I write this I’m still in bed so I haven’t taken my satin bonnet off to see if I didn’t destroy it in my sleep! LOL

Friday Hairspiration will be back soon. If you’d like to share your natural or transitioning hair story, do leave us a note: hello@thekinkandi.com

Have a great day everyone & Happy Valentine’s in advance! ❤

Love,

AB,

xx

An Afternoon at Nature’s Gentle Touch Hair Institute

Hey y’all!

About a week ago (a week agoooo) I attended a meet and greet thing- media parley if you’re fancy- at the Nature’s Gentle Touch Hair Institute on Muri Okunola street in V/I.

If you’re Nigerian, you’ve probably been aware of this brand for a really long time. Nature’s Gentle Touch is what they call a personal style brand, from Recare Limited. Recare manufactures in Nigeria and South Africa, and have been on the continent for a while. As a relaxer company, I feel like their main focus or main demographic of people who use their products is women with relaxed hair they have a brand for the man dem too, it’s called Nonstop.

I did not know what to expect, it was my first time at a “media parley.”

There were 4 guys and the rest of us were women, about 20-something people in total. Most of the people present were journalists from newspapers and magazines, and then a quarter of us write blogs.

The point of the event was to (re)introduce the brand to the media, and I like how it went.

First was the ice-breaking led by their PR manager, Mrs Toyin Adepegba. Everyone had to stand up, say their name and describe their personal style in one word.

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The CEO Mr Ramesh Hullum talked about the brand generally from a marketing point- and after this, the Field Educational Manager, Mr Daniel Komlan spoke about “Ethnic Hair and Its Challenges”. Most of the other attendees were press people, just doing their jobs, but I have a good feeling that reached them personally, because he spoke specifically about common problems the women admitted to struggling with, and he tried to break it down- structure of hair, regimen building, all that. Altogether, a good talk. I didn’t agree with some things that were said, but then again, it wasn’t a hair meet-up. *Kanye shrug*

Finally, the Operations Manager, Mr. Daniel Anim-Appiah introduced the products. They talked about their customer care policy, and on this front, they look really good. For a brand that has been here for so long, it’s great that they are investing in  the country by manufacturing here and also training beauticians at the Institute.If you’re dissatisfied with a certain product, you could call them and they’ll replace it, or they could invite you to their salon, and apply it to your hair the right way, their words. They also said that their products are designed to tackle specific problems and are best bought as systems. Like, don’t just buy the shampoo from the Anti-Breakage line, get all four products. Marketing gimmick? I don’t know, I’ve never used their products before. But this is what was said and they sounded alright, very confident, ready to please.

Slightly unrelated, and I know this is something most people don’t care about but, I have a problem with that word “Ethnic” especially when it’s used in relation to black people, hair or culture. Generally speaking, if you have to fill out your Ethnicity on a form, the options are usually Black, White, Asian, etc. I don’t know why black things, black hair and such should be referred to as Ethnic, especially not in Africa. For the purpose of drawing a distinction between our hair and other hair, I believe African Hair is just fine. I know I’m one of few people who are bothered by things like this so I didn’t bother bringing it up. 🙂

Before your hair is done at the Institute, you have to see a consultant first. As part of the programme, I volunteered to have my hair looked at by Deola, the consultant. It was nice, and there was a mini scanning machine that amplifies your scalp and hair strands. That was really cool.

During the scan

During the scan

She checked my hair for density, strand thickness, porosity and tested for elasticity too. According to the results, my strands are medium thickness, normal porosity, 2/3 in elasticity and overall medium density. Super interesting because I’ve always felt I had low porosity, fine strands (they are way thinner than thread) and medium-high density. She also asked me questions about my regimen, last manipulative style, and also lifestyle questions.

Final diagnosis was Healthy Hair (Yay!) She also confirmed that my ends are raggedy with some splits, and advised me to get a trim, which I definitely will. I have been wanting a trim for a while now. Clearly, dusting is just not enough. My procrastination is not going to get in the way this time, because I got a free salon appointment at the Institute, to do anything I want. ^.^

Supermodel Oluchi has been the face of the brand for years.

Supermodel Oluchi has been the face of the brand for years.

We all got free appointment cards in our goody bags, and Hair products too. In my bag, I had the Herbal blend trio- Shampoo, Conditioner and Cholesterol Deep Conditioning
Treatment.

Freebies!

Freebies!

The Ingredients aren’t great (sulfates, mineral oil) “Herbalblend” not at all herbal but I’m definitely going to try them at least once, so you lot just wait and see.

I’m going to redeem my free appointment soon, this trim is much needed. I’ll let you guys know how my salon day with Nature’s Gentle Touch goes.

All in all, it was a good way to spend a few hours 🙂

Has your mane ever experienced Nature’s Gentle Touch? At the institute’s salon or their products? What’s your personal style in one word? Let’s talk in the comments!

Love,

AB,

xx

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Nature’s Gentle Touch Hair Institute,

209 Muri Okunola Street,

Victoria Island, Lagos.

Phone: 01 462 7442