Giveaway! Giveaway!!

Hello beautiful people!

I’m very happy to announce the first Giveaway of the year! Actually the first sponsored one ever on the blog, many thanks to Natural Nigerian! ^___^

I love mudwashes so so much (and so does she). NN is giving away 2 packs of Natural Nigerian Bentonite Clay, and 2 bottles of her Natural Nigerian Moisture & Shine Detangling Leave-In Conditioner. Yep, one of each product, for 2 lucky readers! However, this will only be delivered within the country, so you should be resident in Nigeria. 🙂

I reviewed the Moisture & Shine Leave-In Conditioner in October last year, you could go read about my experience here.

I know it sounds really weird to wash your hair with clay, but a Mudwash is like my favourite hair thing to do. I’ve loved it since my first try in September. I’d give everyone I love a mudwash if they’d let me! Simple and fast, it’s shampooing + deep conditioning all in one, and it always leaves my hair super clean, super moisturised, and well detangled! My curls love it so much, they POP! You could go learn how to do a mudwash in this post here.

So, if you’re interested in getting these goodies, please go follow the super easy instructions OVER HERE.

Hopefully, we’ll soon see an international giveaway on the blog. *fingers crossed* 😉

This giveaway closes on Monday, the 24th day of March 2014 at 11:59PM Nigerian Time. You have two weeks!

Good luck ladies!

Love,

AB

xx

Do You Live In Benin City?

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Yes? This post is for you! We’ve got a number of Natural hair product retailers in Nigeria, and the list continues to grow. However, at this time, most of the stores are in Lagos and Abuja. They do make efforts to deliver, but for circumstances beyond their control (i.e. the general lack of confidence in our national postal service), I know delivery costs can be more than a little discouraging when you’re not making a bulk purchase. Paying 1500 to ship a bottle of conditioner that cost you 2500 Just. Does. Not. Make. Sense. Odion from Benin City wrote me yesterday. She’d like to be a middleman, to help organise the pooling of resources for women in Benin who’d like to order hair care products (natural or relaxed) from stores in Lagos or elsewhere. Simply put, if you are interested in getting hair products from Lagos or Abuja or anywhere out of Benin, you can now consider doing it together with other people, thus spreading the cost of delivery, bringing it down to a minimum. Also, would you be interested in having a meet-up in Benin? She’d like to know.

Please help share this post, and send it to your friends in Benin. Remember, little drops make a mighty ocean! Let’s help each other! Thank you! 🙂

AN UPDATE: This arrangement worked for a while, until Odion had to relocate, and for this reason, I’ve taken her information off the blog. If you’d like to start a Benin group, or a group in your city, let me know. thekinkandi@gmail.com

Love,

AB

Xx

Making The Most of Your ‘Poo!

When I started my hair journey, I hated shampoo because it made my hair feel like a scouring sponge. I discovered alternative no-poo methods which were great and have written about before.

Now, 1 year and 7 months later, I can say that Shampoo in the bottle as you know it, is not the enemy. I love to Poo after my hair has been in a protective style for weeks and just to be on the safe side, when my hair is out, every four weeks or so to keep Product Build-up away.

Yes, most shampoos are harsh on hair because they contain detergents/surfactants called Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and/or Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES). These chemicals cleanse deep, and for this reason, your hair may be left very brittle and dry.

Sulfate-free shampoos contain milder surfactants like cocamidopropyl betaine in place of SLS/SLES. I’d especially recommend them to people who need to wash their hair often, like swimmers.

You don’t need to shampoo every three days or every other week, but no matter your preference, these pointers will help you make the most of ‘Poo days- with or without sulfates. 🙂

How cute

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Dilute It!

You can reduce the harsh effects of your shampoo by diluting it with water. Get an applicator bottle or even a regular bowl. Put in a little amount of shampoo and add water (not too much!) and shake the bottle or shake up with your hands (if you’re using a bowl)- and you’re ready to wash!

Gently focus on your scalp

Have you ever heard- Shampoo is for scalp and Conditioner is for hair?

When you’re shampooing, the focus should be on your scalp. If you focus your application on the scalp, it will be well cleansed and the shampoo will still get to your hair strands. You don’t need to scrub your hair as it lathers and you definitely don’t need to scratch your scalp in the process.

Pre-Poo

This is simply the act of applying oils or conditioners to your hair before shampooing to prepare it for the harsh manipulation to follow. I vouch for plain oil pre-poos.

Science says coconut oil is the best for pre-pooing because of its ability to be absorbed into the hair shaft. 8 hours is also said to be the optimum time for your coconut pre-poo. I use coconut oil when I have it, and when I don’t- olive oil. And except I’m pre-pooing overnight, 3-4 hours is just good for me.

Add Oil

If you haven’t got the time to pre-poo, just add oil to the amount of shampoo you’re ready to use. You don’t have to dilute it with water. My favourite oils for this are Castor and Olive.

Make sure you Deep Condition!!

This is a MUST! The cleansing process strips your hair of its moisture and natural oils. Some people prefer to Deep Condition their hair before shampooing, to add a little more moisture so that the hair feels less stripped afterwards. Others prefer to DC on clean hair after a wash, to replenish lost moisture. Either way, both methods work. So choose what you like, and make sure you do!

So guys. How do you make shampooing worthwhile? What works for you and what doesn’t? Feel free to have your say in the comments!

You know you could always email: thekinkandi@gmail.com

Till next post,

Love,

AB

xx

P.S. The focus of this article is really on the regular SLS/SLES Shampoos. If you find that your sulfate-free shampoo or even conditioner strips your hair, you could follow the pointers too. But if they work fine, doing their jobs without stripping your hair down, you’re fine using them alone.

Towards Healthier Hair: Baby Steps!

Hey everyone!!!

How are you? How have you been?! I hope you are well!

I wrote my last exam on Friday so right now, I’m on a much-needed break from learning the Law and it feels so good I tell you! SO GOOD to be back to my life, to be back to you guys a free woman. It may take a little readjustment to resume blogging as usual.

Hopefully, I’ll soon be back in full swing, but till then- here’s a little 500-word piece I wrote for Complete Fashion magazine. It was published on their blog during the time I was away.

Good hair is healthy hair and as I keep trying to say on the blog, it is well within your reach. You just have to make a little effort and when I say little, sometimes “little” really does mean little. You don’t always need drastic changes to see results. In the article, I just pointed out a few simple changes you could make that would definitely contribute to your hair’s health and happiness- kinky-curly-coily or relaxed.

Please check it out here, and share if you like. 😀

I’ll be back soon!

Love,

AB

X


P.S. If you’d like to be our featured kinky hair inspiration on the blog sometime, please email thekinkandi@gmail.com