Hi beautiful people!
The eleventh NITC was on Saturday.
In case you don’t know what NITC is, *gasps* where have you been?!
It’s a hair meetup that holds a few times a year organized by Natural Nigerian, The Kink and I and Carib Health.
As always, it was an opportunity to mingle, learn, shop and feed your eyes with beautiful hair.
It seems Mother Nature didn’t get the memo though because it was raining for the better part of the day. As a result, the turnout wasn’t as good as it usually is but there was still a good number of people.
The theme of the event was Keeping It Real.
There were four talks and I have the scoop.
Talk 1: By Kelechi Koko- @yellowsisi
Some things that dry your hair out-
- Products- Not all products work for everyone. Some things might be moisturizing for some and drying for others e.g. aloe vera, shea butter, ACV.
- Not moisturizing properly.
- Build up.
- Natural hair is for everyone; it grows out of your scalp; but not everyone is patient enough to handle it.
- Don’t confuse breakage with shedding. It’s normal for your hair to shed daily; don’t think it’s breaking when it isn’t.
Talk 2: By Esther Morenikeji (a weight loss professional)- @estamorenikeji
- Fitfam and naturalistas have things in common. They like sharp sharp things. (LOL! So true!)
- The purpose of exercise is beyond body beautiful.
- Being thin doesn’t necessarily mean you’re fit.
- Not every time fry fry. Sometimes, toast, roast and grill.
- For a healthier stew, boil the tomatoes and pepper till almost dry and add a little oil followed by your spices. (As opposed to the original method of frying the tomatoes in oil)
- Do a maintainable diet so it doesn’t seem like a punishment. Don’t go for expensive food stuff that you can’t maintain.
- Exercise doesn’t have to be anything major. Walk, jump rope.
- Bulk your meals with veggies and proteins as opposed to carbohydrates.
- Nigerian foods are not unhealthy. They can be healthy when you choose healthier methods of preparing them and eat the correct portions.
Talk 3: By Cherise (Not sure)- Carib Health.
- Don’t overdo weight loss. 4kg per month is acceptable weight loss.
- Drink water before you eat; like 30 mins before. This helps you eat less and digest better.
- Eat slower and savour your meal; it helps you eat less.
- Mixing fruit and meat can cause bloating. Eat fruits first and then food like 30 mins later.
- Don’t eat high in sugar fruits at night e.g mangoes and pineapples.
Carib Health also has a wellness show every Sunday at 1pm on 92.3
Talk 4: By Geraldine- Intimate Pleasures
To be extremely honest, I did not write anything in this segment. I was too busy listening and oohing and giggling.
But to summarize, it was an interactive sex talk with topics ranging from tampons versus menstrual cups to perceptions about sexually liberated women in our society to vibrators.
It was quite interesting.
Side note: During the talk, someone mentioned ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) for infections ‘down there’. Diluted with water and used to rinse (alternatively you can sit in a bowl of it for a short while), it helps to alleviate itching and cure the infection.
So here’s what we really came for, pictures!
Linda of Lily’s Natural HairEkene of The Kink And I Ify of Ify’s Musings Berry of Berry Dakara and Nicole Atilola of African Naturalistas
Here’s what I bought (even though I said I wouldn’t buy anything at all)
Island Shea Butter Cup from Savvy & Chic
I also got a Henna Tattoo from The Henna Place
I scored this Eve and Tribe skirt on sale for less than 2000 Naira some time ago.
And that’s a wrap on NITC 11!
Shoutout to Anita, a lovely blog reader who said hi!
How was NITC 11 for you if you attended? If you didn’t attend, tell me whyyyyyy? How’s your week going?