NITC 10

 
Hi guys,
NITC 10 was on Saturday and I went. I think this is the third one I've been to. If you missed it, not to worry; I gat you(sort of).
 
I was really early for this one and I got a little bag of Jessicurl samples for being early(See why you should say NO to African time?).

There were 4 talks:
1. Dr Sandra of Naija Girl Next Door spoke about making the most of what you have product-wise.

Pretty jumpsuit ei?

Main Points:
-Be realistic- Don't buy products with unrealistic expectations e.g an expensive curl cream when you know your hair will probably never curl like that of the girl on the container.

-Pick one- Pick the best product/the product that works best for you e.g you don't need to have 4 conditioners; just pick one.

-Merge products- Use multitasking products e.g a rinse out conditioner that can serve as a leave in.

-Use a light hand- Don't be heavy handed with products.

-DIY- It's relatively inexpensive; you can strike gold with trial and error.

2. Nkechi of Formula Botanica spoke about making the most of things around you for natural skin care

Although you can't see it well, she has amazing skin.

Main Points:
-For cleansing- The Oil Cleansing Method(she recommended castor oil for this), honey, yoghurt(you can add some lemon/lemon essential oil), black soap.
 
-For moisturizing- Aloe vera, green tea and other humectants can be added to your moisturizer.
 
-As a serum- 1 teaspoon water + 2 teaspoons glycerin + half teaspoon vitamin C(Ascorbic acid in powdered form. Found in pharmacies)
 
-For the under eye area- Witch hazel(can be found in pharmacies), cucumber, green tea bags, lemon juice(for dark circles), aloe vera.
 
-For exfoliants and masks- clays(e.g bentonite), bananas, tomatoes, cocoa, yoghurt, honey, milk, sea salt.
 
-As a toner- Witch hazel(for oily skin) and floral waters(e.g rose water for dry skin)
 
-Don't store natural products/DIY mixes as they are a breeding ground for bacteria. Make them in small, single-use batches.
 
 
 
3. Dr Patrick of Carib Health spoke about making the most of the natural foods around us.
Main Points:
-Go for a checkup annually(I won't even lie, I don't think I've ever been for a checkup. I only go to the hospital when I'm sick)
 
-The following foods are super good for you:
 
~Tigernuts(Those brownish small things that mallams hawk that you chew and spit out. He suggested eating them like 2 times a week)
~Dates(Also hawked by mallams. Brownish like a big raisin)
~Moringa
~Bitter leaf
-Doing a detox every now and then is very beneficial.
 
 
4. Isioma spoke about loving yourself. It was also her birthday!
Main Points:
Self love- Love yourself just the way you are. Any changes you make, do them for yourself and not for anyone.
 
-Acceptance- Accept that you are who you are and make the most of whatever your situation is. E.g If your hair does not curl, that is something it does not do. Accept it, focus on and rock what your hair can do.
 
-A little selfishness goes a long way- Think about yourself every now and then and put yourself and your opinions first.
 
-You are the only you you have
 
 
There was also a panel where some ladies were asked questions about their hair and experiences but I only stayed for the first few minutes of this part before I had to leave.
 
I had good conversations about hair with a couple of people before the main event started.
I also took a few shots of a few good people.
 
Loved her threaded hair! Not sure if I can pull it off though.
 
AB's twists were on serious fleek
(Taking pictures like a professional stalker)
 
Wish I had taken more pictures but my battery was at about 15% when I got there.
 
By the way, do you know The Kink and I now has a store?
I got this cute note with my purchase from their stand at NITC.
 
 
 
And shoutout to the lady that recognized me from here and said hi! 😀
 
Keep your eyes glued to Natural Nigerian and The Kink and I for more deets and pictures from NITC 10 soon.
 
Sidebar: My friends and I went to lunch afterwards and we thought our experience was totally “blogable” so that might show up here as a restaurant review sometime within the week. I wanted to add it to this post but I am not a fan of really long posts.
 
Don't forget to follow me on Instagram @nigerianandnatural
 
Xoxo
 
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2015 thus far

It's the last day of February already!
 
Remember my Pounds and Inches post? I talked about two areas I wanted to work on in 2015.
Seeing as we're entering the third month of the year already, I was thinking about my progress(or lack thereof)
 
One area I wanted to work on was that I wanted to post more on the blog this year.
In that aspect, I hope you will agree with me that there has been some improvement. This is the 9th week of the year(if I'm correct) and there's been 11 posts on the blog so far(including this one). That's about a post a week as opposed to 2 posts a month last year. I hope to still improve but so far, I think I can give myself a pat on the back.
 
The other area I wanted to work on was losing weight.
I wish I had worked on this but honestly I have so many excuses that I'd rather not share at the risk of sounding ridiculous.
 
I even started my day today with hot akara and sugary creamy pap while my mates were probably lifting weights and gulping down smoothies *sigh*.
 
I'm not going to even lie and say I've made any effort because I haven't in all honesty. I know how to lose weight, really I think I do. My problem is the lack of willpower aka laziness and the fact that I have a job now and less time for workouts and meal prep.
 
 
In other news, next week Saturday (7th of March) is NITC 10.
Venue: The Social Place, 33 Sinari Daranijo street, VI
Time: 1:30 to 5:30(Don't be late, I missed a lot the last time because I was late)
Gate fee: N500
 
As always, there will be hair talks, giveaways and stands where you can buy those hair products you have been lusting after. There will be a product swap also so bring those products you don't want(not more than halfway used) to swap for other stuff.
And as always, everyone is invited; natural, relaxed, texlaxed, on a healthy hair journey, curious etc
I will most probably be there so if you see me, do say hi! 😀
 
 
How are your 2015 goals coming along? Do you have any weightloss tips for me with my newly busy life? Please share; I love to read your comments.

Xoxo