THE VICTORS 2016

Yoo hoo! Hi guys 😁 good to be here again. Big congratulations to my naturalista Dr Chizitere who got hitched last weekend!

Dr. Chizzy contacted me for her wedding hair 3 months earlier which was going to take place in Owerri, Nigeria.
Pre-wedding sneak peek:

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Dr Chizzy has an awesomely warm and motherly personality.

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All set for take-off is me an my travel companion.

Fast-foward to the big day. 4am I was up, headed to the Bride’s room, got busy and VOILA!!! 

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No extensions added, beautiful mane, thick, healthy tresses!She was excited! I’m glad I could put a smile on your face Dr. Chizzy! 😆

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The maid of honor wasn’t left out…
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Kaly Onyebuchi (Facebook)
@drserah (mua, instagram)
Delphi Metals (rings)

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RECOLORING

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Its been…I dunno…a while I colored. And  nothing gets me sooo hyped than shopping for hair color.
The last time I went purple and after a few weeks it faded off and turned a sorta… Dusty red? *scoffs* Whatever it is. I think I’m just stuck on red so I intend to keep at it. Probably if I have to change, its gon be temporary.
Anywayyy, I don’t intend to blab so much. Here goes…

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Dyes: Creme of Nature Copper red and Silver Rise Wine Red. Both, I mixed together and applied.

Duration: 1hr.

I did a quick length check before applying and …

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…it was heartwarming.  At 2.5 years, I can’t complain!

And the final results?

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Tadaaaaa!!!!

I followed immediately with a protein treatment and conrowed. 2 days later, I  loosened it to get this bomb braid out.

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Let if Fro Natural Hair Expo!

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Hi Guys!!! I can’t express how honoured, loved and appreciated I feel. Coming to Lagos for this event was fulfilling to say the least. Social media has indeed made the world a very small place, bringing people who share same ideas and thoughts together. Let It Fro was an event put together by the amin team of Natural Hair Babes, a Facebook group with over 148,000 members founded by the illustrious visionary, Louisa Ekwy Igweze Micheal.

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I was touched when a member walked up to me and said “…you’re so creative and the beauty about it is that you use it to touch the lives of people…”. I was speechless. It amazing how a little deed could go a long way.

Seeing some of the admins was super exciting!!! Racheal and her bump harrased my life! Telling me how short and dark I was…She just wouldn’t let me be great. Edo people. That’s how they are *rolls eyes*.

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It was awesome to see you Davies, Winnie, Eno, beautiful African women with natural hair, proudly flaunting it.

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Rc. Davies allowed me smuggle out two huge chunks of chocolate cake. Why would I stop loving you?

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Sales!!!

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Tressed to impress!

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The delicious Kemi Lewis of KLS Naturals (proud sponsor of the event).

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Admin Eno.

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Small chops!!

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Let’s dance!!

Special thank you to Mrs Louisa for the gift …

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An awesome thank you to Mara Cruiz Organics for these products! I can’t wait to try them!!!

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Roli Organic Essentials you are a darling. Thanks for the shampoo bar…

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More grace to the NHB Admin, and for every African Woman making a decent living out there!!!

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Game of ‘Fros

Hi guysssss!!! I apologise for being away for so loooonnng! I have been working on my salon and I am more than proud to say Game of ‘Fros Natural Hair Hub is officially open for business. I know most of my Lagos and Abuja beauties will be heartbroken because I opened in Calabar. Forgive me beauties 😦

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I want to say a big thank you to God Almighty for making this possible. And to mum and dad, and every person who made an input in this venture physically, financially, with prayers and kind words, thank you all!

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Dread heads are welcome too!!!

Oh and my home gurl Naomi came around to treat me to a face beat 😀

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Pay us a visit at the Hub!

70/80 Uwanse by Mount Zion (beside Laurel College), Calabar.

Ps: Call in to book an appointment before visiting to enable us serve you better…

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Experiencing The World of Essential and Carrier Oils (Pt. 1).

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Probably during our transitioning or after our big chop, or even when the idea of returning natural set a roof over our minds, we heard and still hear a lot about hair oils (coconut, olive, sweet almond, and so on). I notice we still (new naturals especially) get it all mixed up, the differences between essential oils and carrier oils, and the roles they play in hair growth and maintenance. I will try to make it as clear as possibly.

ESSENTIAL OILS

The term “essential oil” is a contraction of the original “quintessential oil.” This stems from the Aristotelian idea that matter is composed of four elements, namely, fire, air, earth, and water. The fifth element, or quintessence, was then considered to be spirit or life force. Distillation and evaporation were thought to be processes of removing the spirit from the plant and this is also reflected in our language since the term “spirits” is used to describe distilled alcoholic beverages such as brandy, whiskey, and eau de vie. The last of these again shows reference to the concept of removing the life force from the plant. Nowadays, of course, we know that, far from being spirit, essential oils are physical in nature and composed of complex mixtures of chemicals.

-Charles Sell (2010).

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Simply put, essential oils are liquids that are distilled mostly by steam or water from the flowers, bark, seeds, rind, root or other elements of a plant. The essence of the plant is not particularly ‘oily’. The essence is the chemical properties that gives the plant its color and smell. They are highly concentrated aromatic oils and a little goes a long way.

Why Should I Use Essential Oils?

1. Anti-bacterial, Anti-inflammatory and Anti-fungal Properties: Herb and Spice based oils possess these properties and are very effective, e.g, Tea tree oil, Cinnamon oil, Peppermint oil, Basil oil, Lemon grass oil, Rosemary oil, Sage oil, Oregano oil and Thyme Oil.

2. Aromatherapy: *inhale…..*    *exhale…..*. When you incorporate essential oils in your hair care routine, you consciously or unconsciously engage in aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is the practice of essential oils or other aromatic compounds in altering one’s mood. Ever wondered how inhaling the fragrance of a rose flower brings a smile on a person’s face?

3. Physical Sensation: I personally love peppermint oil because of the tingly sensation i get on my scalp when i use it alongside coconut oil for my scalp massages. It also helps to keep my itchy scalp in check.

4.Combating Hair Loss and Inducing regrowth: There are essential oils can stimulate the hair follicles and increase blood circulation in the scalp, which contributes to hair regrowth and may slow hair loss. Oils like thyme, cedar-wood, lavender and rosemary are very effective in achieving these goals.

5. Reliable Source Of Fragrance: For a DIY natural like myself, I concoct mixtures that have non-appealing aromas but I don’t worry. Adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil will do the trick.

Here are some excellent essential oils you can incorporate in your hair care regimen 🙂

 Lavender

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Cinnamon

cinnamonPeppermint                            pepprmint

Cedarwood

cedar Sagesage

Basil

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Ylang Ylang

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Lemon Grass

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Eucalyptuseuca

Cypress

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Carrot Seed

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Tea Tree

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Bergamot                                          bergamot

Argan

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Rosemaryrosema

Thyme

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Sweet Orange

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Ginger

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DIY Okra Detangler and Leave-in Conditioner

Hi guys! I haven’t detangled in…a month. So today I took my time to do it using Okra (Lady Fingers). Yes! The same slimy okra we eat!
The major feature of a detangler and leave in conditioner is ‘slip’. Okra has enough slip for generations. It definitely has that unmistakable okra smell. What you can do is add a few drops of essential oil and you’re good!

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Strain mucilage after boiling.

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Before Detangling:

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After Detangling:

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Eye Shadow Lipstick…Faking It!!!

Psst! *whispering* Did you know you can fake a lipstick using eye shadow? Well YASssssss!!! You know its been ages I bought lipstick. I love them matte, but what do I do when I can’t afford all the colors I want? I fake it!
Using dry eye shadow as lipstick ordinarily will cause flaking so what I do is I apply lip balm first as a base, and then gently dab my eye shadow all over.

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Would you try this?

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Natural Hair Myths… Debunked!!!


Myth #1. “Natural hair cannot grow long and fast like other races”.

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Okay, I know the feeling but understand this; on the average, our hair grows at a rate of half an inch a month which sums up to 6 inches a year. Your hair can grow below or above average depending on your genes. When you are able retain that length is when you see growth. (See Post on : Protective Styling and Length Retention).

Myth#2. “My hair would not grow fast if it is not held tight.

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Ladiesss, ladiesss! This particular notion is very rampant among us. I must confess at the beginning of my journey i shared in this view. I’d thread my hair so tight because i was trying to meet a hair goal of shoulder length in 5 months. Whether it is braids, twists or conrows, when it is done extremely tight, it leads to excessive shedding, headaches and worst of all, receding hairline.

Myth #3. “Natural hair is unmanageable.”

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Often times I wonder how people took care of their hair when the ‘need to fit in’ hadn’t emerged. Were our forefathers bald? I guess not. What they did was that they devised a method that worked for them. The same applies to us all. Find an easy way out and stick to it. Probably you work in a corporate environment five days a week, or you are a lazy natural, or you’re just not cut out for variety of hairstyles, there is always an easy way out. You can have wash days once or twice a month, or make protective styling a larger part of your regimen. Define manageability for yourself!

Myth #4. “Trimming my natural hair makes it grow faster.”

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NO NO NO! Not true and never will be. Hair does not have life. The moment it grows out of your scalp it is dead material. The moment it splits, that’s it. You will have to trim it off. Yes trimming is required to keep split ends at bay and maintaining healthy hair, but increasing growth speed…? Sorry!

Myth #5. “THE RAIN MUSTN’T TOUCH MY HAIR!”

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I understand when you just got yourself a banging new sew-in, then it starts to rain and you go scurry into a shade or bury your head in your bag. Trust me, I understand. Natural hair is vegetation. Its thrives when it is watered. Water is your hair’s best friend! By this I don not mean you should drench yourself in the rain. Don’t be afraid of water touching your hair. Note: You should be a little scared however when you’re flipping that jaw dropping blow-out. SHRINKAGE!

Myth #6. “Natural hair is stronger than all other hair types”.

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On the contrary, Natural hair is the weakest of all hair types. Surprise Surprise!!! The fact that it feels coarse doesn’t mean the strands are immune. Our hair strands are helix-shaped. They have so many bends and curves. Each point of curvature is a potential breaking point. This is why it is necessary when detangling, to use a product that has enough slip so your fingers/comb can easily glide through.

Myth #7. ” I can damage my hair if i wash it often.”

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Most naturals believe washing hair often can damage it. Not true. What causes the damage are drying ingredients in your shampoo (Sulphates). This why some naturals opt for DIY shampoos, or Co-Wash instead. I’m not saying you should forbid shampoos but if you’re purchasing one, be sure to check the ingredients and confirm it is sulphate-free.

Myth #8. “Braids, Twists and Weaves causes hair loss”.

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I come across naturals who complain of massive hair loss after taking down their braids. Please understand that because your hair is in a protective style does not mean you should neglect it. Spritz with your water and oil mist regularly. Cleanse your scalp. Sleep with a satin bonnet or scarf to preserve the hairstyle. When you care for the hair this way you won’t lament during take down. The size of the braids also matter. The section of hair you are braiding must be the same size with or bigger than the extension. When the hair section is smaller than the extension, it is weighed down. Not cool yo!

 

Are you guilty or not guilty?

 

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Amaka and Bami

Talk about lovers who are best of friends, first people who pop in my head are Amaka and Bami. I met Amaka on Facebook and we got chatting. Luckily we were in the same city (Calabar)! She booked a photo session and our locations were Tinapa and Marina Resort.

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Oh and they got me a thick roll of Shawarma *grinnnn*.

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Re-Using Old Extensions.

Are you contemplating throwing out those old raggedy kinky extensions because you think they are useless? Well good news! You can save yourself the cost of purchasing another set of extensions.

I installed Marley twists a while back and had it in for 3 weeks.

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When I took it out I dumped it in a box for over 3 months. I then wanted crochet braids and I was in no mood to purchase extensions. So i thought “well, let’s give these suckers a try”.

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I brushed them out and rolled them in chunks around straws.

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Then I dipped them in hot water, allowed to dry and unravelled.

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VOILA!!!!

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Happy Client Archives

Whoop whoop!!!
Crochet all the wayyyy. My Client today wanted crochet braids installed. Unfortunately she didn’t get the right extension but we had to make it work somehow.
First we pre-curled the extensions with hot water. Its a lot easier than installing first before curling. It could have been longer but the extensions were wayyy too short. Notwithstanding, we made it happen!

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Happy Client Archives!

Hey heyyy! I’m super excited. I love work. I love transforming people, and nothing is more rewarding when you look and see what awesome job you’ve done. Today’s client wanted faux locs and ohhh did she get “loc’d” up 🙂 . I forgot to mention, she’s transitioning. Don’t think you can’t make faux locs because you are not natural. It is compatible with all. What I love the most about this protective style is the fact that the older it gets the more it looks like real locs.

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The RAMBUTAN Fruit

Hi guysss!
I was in the market two days and I ran into this awesome fruit! It looks like its having a bad hair day but on tasting it…OH MY DAYZ!!! It is amayyyyzing. It tastes like grapes and is so juicy. I bought 8 “hair balls” (Lol) and I was all over this fascinating fruit with my camera!
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I did some research and this is what i came out with.
Its botanical name is Nephelium lappaceum. It is one of the most exotic fruits in the world. This fruit is native to Malaysia and Indonesia and high in Vitamins C and A, Calcium,Sodium and Potassium.

HEALTH BENEFITS
Dysentery treatment.
Cut rambutan skin into small pieces, add three cups of water and boil. Turn off heat when the water darkens and allow to cool. Filter and drink regularly three times a day.

Skin Care.
Rambutan juice makes an excellent facial cleanser!

Nourishes Hair
Mash some rambutan leaves until smooth. Add water. Squeeze and strain into a container. This serves as a cleanser and hair rinse (when diluted with water some more). It is prescribed for hair regrowth too! How cool is that?

Decreases Unwanted Fat and Promotes Healthy Digestion.
Rambutan seeds could be consumed raw, crushed or even combined with various other foodstuff. They’re extremely effective in lessening the body fat. Its high fibre content might probably be responsible.

Treats Diabetes.
Taking about 5 seeds of rambutan, fry them until dry. Mash the fried seeds to powder. Add the powder to a cup of cold water. Take it Twice daily.

Increases Energy.
Rambutan includes a plenty of Carbohydrate as well as protein, and beside it, rambutan has got high water content. Therefore, for you personally who was simply tired, I think Rambutan is definitely the great fruit that you should get back your energy and also drop thirst.

Anti-Cancer.
Rambutan consists of anti-oxidant components. Research carried out by the University of Chiang Mai in Thailand discovered that rambutan fruit, seeds and also skin have got effective anti-oxidants known as flavonoids. Several kinds of flavonoids are thought to lessen cholesterol levels, anti-cancer and also anti-inflammatory.

I’m off to go get more before they go out of season *racing off*.

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BLACK HAIR SCIENCE : THE STRUCTURE OF AFRO TEXTURED HAIR

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Hi Guys! Today I was at a tailor’s shop and a lady with permed hair (she should be in her mid twenties I guess. Let’s call her Miss B.) was engaged in a heated argument with two other ladies in a nearby salon. I reeeally wished i could record but… Anyway, these ladies were trying to educate Miss B that natural hair is that which have not been chemically processed. Miss B was of the opinion that as long as it grows out of your scalp and has no extensions added to it, it is 100% natural. I didn’t stay long enough to know the outcome of the argument but what i did grab is that there are a lot of women out there who strongly share the same view as Miss B. Lets’s get schooled shall we?

Afro-textured hair is a term used to refer to the natural hair texture of certain populations in Africa, the African Diaspora and Asia, when this hair has not been altered by hot combs, flat irons, or chemicals (through perming, relaxing, or straightening).

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Our scalp is like a farmland. The roots of our hair are called Follicles. Our hair follicles is where our hair shafts are rooted. The structure of our hair strands consists of the following parts:

Keratin – this is a special protein that strengthens the hair.

Cortex – this part is the part the hair shaft responsible for shape and elasticity.

Melanin – this is the pigment that determines hair colour.

Sebum – this natural oil is released onto the scalp by the sebaceous glands.

Cuticle – this part is the outer layers of the cortex. Its gives hair it’s sheen.

 

FEATURES OF AFRO TEXTURED HAIR

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1. It has a tighter curl pattern compared to Caucasian and Asian hair.

2. It is highly prone to dryness and breakage because of is helix shape. As a result of this, moisture and sebum does not easily travel down the hair shaft.

3. It experiences high level of shrinkage when it comes in contact with water.

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UNDERSTANDING HAIR TEXTURE

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  Fine Hair is usually very soft and silky (like a baby’s) that it can actually feel like feathers. It has a much thinner cortex and is extremely fragile. The circumference of fine hair is thin.

Medium Hair is neither silky nor rough to touch. It is the most common hair texture. It is very versatile when it comes to styling because of its flexibility.

Coarse Hair is rough to touch. It is also versatile when it comes to styling but may appear bushy and not so smooth compared to other hair textures. The circumference of coarse hair is wider.

I’m certain that by now your understanding of natural afro textured hair would have broadened a notch. Have an amazing day!

 

 

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