Felicia Said…

Hey beautiful people!

How goes it? We are happy and kicking at The Kink and I.

So. You may wonder what the point of hair meet-ups is, especially if you’ve been natural for a while and you’re happy with your hair, your regimen, all that. Well, apart from connecting with other naturals, I believe every day is an opportunity to learn something new. May 30 will make it 3 years since my big chop (whoop whoop) and sure I’ve been immersing myself in hair knowledge during this time, but I do not know it all.

Stylist to the stars, Ms Felicia Leatherwood & Obia Ewah (of Obia Natural Hair) had the more “technical” workshops at the Nigerian Natural Hair & Beauty Show on Saturday. Technical is not the right word, but theirs were the presentations about hair care (what to do, and what not to). Obia’s workshop was about hair science- the importance of pH balance in products. More about that on Friday.

During Felicia’s workshop, I was texting MeeMee and even after that on Sunday- telling her what I had heard. Felicia said… Felicia said… LOL Hence the title of this post.

Alrightie then. Felicia said many things. Some new to me, some I already knew- all important. I took notessss (not everything) but here are some things you could think about:

1. Deep conditioning once a week is ideal. But, if you’re too busy, twice a month should be good. 25-35 minutes, with moderate heat.

2. Not rinsing shampoo out completely, and rinsing hair when you wash with water that’s too hot could cause dryness.

3. However, it is good to wash your hair in twists and rinse out your conditioner with hair still in twists. This means you retain some of the conditioner, and this helps your hair retain moisture while you style.

4. While you should rinse shampoo out with warm water to open your cuticles, rinse out your conditioner with cold water to seal your cuticles, reduce frizz and encourage shine.

5. Product junkies in the building? A faster way to test or compare products. You can try multiple products in one wash. Section your hair. You can deep condition half your hair with one product, and do the same on the other half with another DC. When you’re done, you can tell which section of your hair you like better, and as such, which product you prefer.

6. For more effective cleansing, especially if you have dandruff, “grease” your scalp with shampoo, before wetting your hair. By wetting your hair before applying shampoo, you can easily just lather lather lather and still not get most of the residue off.

7. Many people that think they have dandruff don’t really have the condition. Their scalps are just flaky for a bunch of reasons (this I can relate to. In my relaxed days I thought I had dandruff. Now, I don’t. I take better care of my hair now- oil my scalp, wash more often, all that.) So. If you have dandruff or your scalp is flaking a lot, it could also be because you have too much sugar/ starch/carbohydrates in your diet. Rice, yam, garri, soda, all these things break down to sugar. Reducing the amount of sugar you eat could turn your scalp around.

8. Colour treated shampoos & conditioners are best for coloured hair. They help maintain the colour, so it doesn’t fade fast. Felicia recommends Joico K-Pak & Ion Solutions. 

9. She prefers cutting natural hair dry because of shrinkage. And also because different parts of hair grow at different rates.

10. With kinky hair, it’s better to blow dry with a comb attachment than with a brush.

On Hair Trimming:

11. It’s best to go to a stylist but you can DIY with dusting. Dust your hair by two strand twisting (uniformly) and then cutting off what’s thinner at the ends. Then, do a blow out and if your ends still look a mess, please go to a stylist!

12. At your stylist’s, don’t be afraid to communicate. If your stylist makes you uncomfortable, feel free to leave! Trim the hair small small. You can start with one inch, and then when you see how that goes, do another. Till you’re done.

13. Hint hint: look at your thumb. The distance from knuckle to fingertip is one inch.

14. If you want to give yourself a proper trim (not dusting) good luck but please concentrate. Don’t be on the phone, don’t be talking to anybody or chasing any children.

15. Women of Colour have so many issues with our edges not necessarily because we are genetically indisposed. It’s because we start styling our hair so early! Yes guys- even the cute afro puffs and styles with hair baubles count. Can haters see why Blue Ivy will flourish? 😋

16. Now this is one thing I always always do- and it’s good to hear it from a stylist who knows. Hold your edges while they’re being braided. Put your phone down and put your hands at that base. With cornrows too, hold it down and push forward.

17. To rejuvenate lost edges, try using Castor oil every 2-3 days. ORS Temple Balm is good too. Use twice a day for 6-8 weeks.

18. When you wear twists or braids, do a retouch every 2-3 weeks. Here, retouch means- take out the twists or braids at your hairline and redo them.

19. Nature Tint is a vegetable dye she recommends. Safe enough for use every 4-6 weeks.

20. When you start having more than just a few grey hairs, dyeing your hair will make your hair rebel & the greying will intensify LOL. So, for just a few stray greys, it’s better to use mascara or hair chalk (as long as you stay dry!)

21. Some people’s hair grows faster when it’s warmer, in the summer. (I don’t know if this applies to us here where it’s almost always warm.)

22. It’s best to use products 8 months to 1 year after opening.

23. Transitioning? Start doing curly wet sets to blend both textures. As your hair grows, you can trim off your relaxed ends now and again.

24. Curl Wax by AmPro is one of her secrets! It makes hair resistant/ impervious to changes in the weather. You can be great even in humidity. This product can help preserve a curly style for 10-20 days. Yep, new product on my list!

25. Create updos in sections, start from the back.

26. When applying styling products to your hair, start with a dime size amount per section (tiny as it is) and massage it into your hair. You can add another, and another as needed. This way you can build up to the required amount without using too much.

27. Someone in the audience asked and she confirmed, yes Cayenne Pepper can stimulate growth. Don’t go and pour the pepper on your hair raw o. Oils infused with cayenne pepper can rejuvenate. I’ll go research how, and let you know what I find out soon enough.

Okay guys. What new tips did you learn lately? Were you already familiar with all 27 tips? If you were at the show, what points in particular did you go home with?

Till Friday!

Love,

AB,

xx

P.S. Pictures from #NNHB2015 over here. 

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Last Saturday at the Nigerian Natural Hair & Beauty Show!

Hey guys!

How was your weekend?

I spent my Saturday at the Kinky Apothecary’s Nigerian Natural Hair & Beauty Show. I was there for six, seven hours and it was busy, busy, busy! Beautifully organised, a job well done by Nibi and her team! All six of our special guests were really lovely on stage and in person. I met new people, met some people I already knew for the first time (hi, Chinwe Igbo Curls!) and there were plenty old familiar faces as well. For a recap, and for the many interesting tips I gleaned that could be helpful to you, keep your eye on the blog this week. You knowwww, you could subscribe to the blog by email so you don’t miss a thing!

I took A LOT of pictures, and that’s why we are here today. Continue reading

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.

Product Review- Obia Curl Hydration Spray

IMG_5726Hey guys!

Towards the end of last year, I started writing short pieces for The Coco Magazine. This review you’re about to read was first published at www.thecocomagazine.com. Slightly edited for you guys. 🙂

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Back in October after our Kinky Apothecary giveaway, I received sample sizes of the Obia Curl Hydration Spray & the Curl Enhancing Cream from The Kinky Apothecary, amongst other things. They weren’t sent to me to review or anything, she’s just nice like that. 🙂

Obia Natural Hair Care is a relatively new kid on the block. I had been reading good things about this handmade line, and was especially excited to get in there because the woman behind it all, Obia Ewah, is a Nigerian in the diaspora. I am happy to report that I was not disappointed!

Product Claims:

Invigorate and hydrate your hair and scalp with natural moisturizers like Argan Oil and Rose Oil. This pH balanced formula conditions, adds shine, and detangles hair without leaving build up or residue.

Ingredients:

Purified Water, Vegetable Glycerin, Argan Oil, Rose Oil, Coconut Oil, Soybean Oil, Vitamin E, Gluconolactone and Sodium Benzoate, Fragrance.

Gluconolactone and Sodium Benzoate work together as preservatives.

First Impressions:

This product comes in a spray bottle with a cap. Simple and functional.

I was very happy with the list of ingredients for the following reasons:

1. This is the first product I’ve seen that advertises itself as enriched with Argan Oil that actually has Argan Oil in the first 3 ingredients. (I know Argan Oil is expensive but camman product manufacturers! Don’t be shouting Argan Oil if you’re only putting like a drop inside)
2. This spray is directed for use on hair and scalp, and unlike quite a few products on the market that claim to be good for hair and scalp, it’s really simple and contains nothing that could cause build up.

First impressions out of the way, did this spray work?

Yes. I used it to moisturize my hair in mini-twists and I needed to use it just twice a week. My hair was well moisturized, with decent shine and I did not experience any build-up. I did not use this to detangle, but I can imagine it working well to dry-detangle. To my very sensitive sniffers, the smell is light and pleasant.

It’s lovely, but you are probably wondering- why? Why spend money on this when you could just make your own spritz with the same ingredients? I guess you’re right. You probably have everything but the last three ingredients. If you do, fine.

But if like me, you’d rather buy a moisturizing spray than make your own, this is for you. Especially when wearing braids or a weave, this Curl Hydration Spray from Obia is an easy way to moisturise your hair and scalp.

This product does as it says, that’s why it gets 5 stars from me.

Where to Find:

In Nigeria: 2500 Naira for 8 oz at The Kinky Apothecary

In the Overs: $10 for 8 oz on Amazon & Obia Natural Hair

So guys. Have you tried this Moisturising spray or anything else from Obia Natural Hair? Do you like?

Love,

AB,

xx