Ain’t you glad it’s Friday

Yeah, I’m not so good with titles so forgive me.
Hey y’all!
I just wanted to drop by and say hi! It’s Friday so I’m in high spirits.

My hair’s been in puffs most days(remember I said they would be my go to style? I wasn’t kidding).
By the 18th of this month, my hair would be 8 months old!!! 4 more months and we’ll be at a year old. Wow.

Anyways, I’m not going to bore you with words today; here are some pictures of how my hair’s been recently for your viewing pleasure.

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20140307-184359.jpg Puffs, puffs, puffs and more puffs.

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I tried mini twists but I took them out after 2 days and I never wore them out of my house.

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20140307-184947.jpgNotice the colour on the side of my head? More on that later

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20140307-185140.jpgShrinkage why??!!!!!

Talk to y’all later,
Peace!

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Happy birthday to meeeee!

So it’s my birthday today! *does the electric slide across webpage*

I’ll spare you all the cliche new-year-new-me talk. LOL. But I do hope and pray that this new year will be my best year yet(and my hair’s too, LOL)

So I’ve taken out my yarn braids and I’m wearing a puff!!!!! I’ve always wanted to do a puff/Afro puff but I thought my hair was too short until I saw a blog where someone with hair similar to mine did it. So I think this will be my go to style from now on, especially for work.
I’ll leave you with pictures of me and my birthday hair. Enjoy!

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I see growth! 😀

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Detangling was a feat but we pulled through

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Look at my dog photo bombing!!

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I’m off to eat more cake! Cakes and Cream’s red velvet is the truth!

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Till next time guys,
peace!

Bantu knot out on short natural hair vs on relaxed/transitioning hair

Hey guys! Welcome to February! My birthday month *shakes booty* I’m seriously dying to get an Afro kinky curly weave( like the one LoveIfeyinwa has at her store ) just in case you’re wondering what I want for my birthday 😀

Anyways, about a month ago, my sister and I tried Bantu knot outs. I have natural hair(a twa) and she has relaxed hair with a good deal of new growth that’s why I wrote” relaxed/transitioning hair” in the post title.

So here’s what we did.
For my sister’s relaxed hair,
-we’d take a section(we started from the back)
-we sprayed it a little bit with water,oil and conditioner in a spray bottle(almost not enough to even make a difference)
-then we applied some Ecostyler gel mixed with our DIY sheabutter mix
-twisted it(two strand twist)
-knotted the twist around itself
-when we got to the front we made sure to make a parting where she would like it to be when styling the next day

C’est fini!

We did it at night and left it overnight. Next morning we took them down with a bit of coconut oil on our fingers(my sister insisted we go over it with a blow dryer first. I think this is unnecessary) and separated and fluffed.

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Forgive the picture quality

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Freshly taken down

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Separated and fluffed

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So for my own natural twa:
-I did this on freshly washed hair(damp but some parts dried as I twisted and I was too sleepy to spray them)
-I moisturized with Cantu creamy hair lotion
-I’d take a little section(since my hair is short) and apply Taaliah Waajid curly curl cream and then twist it with a little of my Shea butter mix
-I went to bed. Lol
-the next morning I knotted the twists around themselves

Took them down 2 days later with some coconut oil on my fingers.

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End results

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So that’s it! If you want to rerock the look the next day, I think you would have to redo the Bantu knots at night. I didn’t though cos I wanted a different style the next day was too lazy to redo the knots at night.

So till next time guys,
Sugar, spice and everything nice(LOL)

My week of styling and stretched hair

Happy new year!!!!!! *insert fireworks*
May this year be your best year yet; may it be filled with love, joy, peace, progress, success, laughter and prosperity every day! We pray for longer,healthier hair this year, amen!!

So on to the hair talk. I took out my weave on Wed(Jan 1st) and for the first time since I’ve been getting weaves, there was little or no dandruff in my hair or on the weave tracks! *shakes bottom*
I’d like to believe that keeping my hair and scalp moisturized + cleaning with apple cider vinegar resulted in my dandruff free hair. And my hair was so moisturized and soft after I took out the cornrows under the weave albeit a little grimy in some places.

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So I decided I wanted to try something new and keep my hair stretched and styled all week long. I also wanted to avoid combing as much as possible. So here’s the week in pictures:

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And then on Friday I was too late to take out my flat twists so I hastily threw on a head wrap. Everyone at work had a comment about it! From “South African woman” to “mama” to “Fulani girl” etc etc

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products used
-Cantu creamy hair lotion(as a leave in/moisturizer)- N2900 at Casa Bella, Ikeja city mall
-Taliah Waajid curly curl cream(to twist)- N2890 at Casa Bella, Ikeja city mall
-Castor oil (to oil scalp)
-Shea butter mix(to seal in moisture)-contains Shea butter, olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil, glycerin and peppermint oil

Till next time,
Xoxo(Yes I LOVED Gossip Girl)

So what’s been going on since my last post?

Hey guys, it’s been a minute. I changed the blog address from naturalnappynigeriangirl.wordpress to nigerianandnatural.wordpress. The former was just too long. So what really has been going on with my hair since my last post? Well, not much as far as I’m concerned(I’m so boring).

I’ve been getting a lot of “why did you cut your hair?”, even from people who never met me while I had longer hair. The other day some dude asked why I cut my hair and I said “I want to regrow it”. He said “that’s a weird reason. I thought you lost someone in your family and you were mourning”. The one I get a lot and HATE is “did you comb your hair?” or “do you comb your hair?”. But I do get a lot of compliments too! So I’m not complaining too much! The other day, a salon owner said “I wish all ladies would cut their hair like you so we could see their natural beauty”. I replied “then how would you make money?” And he laughed.

Still getting to know my hair.

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My dandruff has also significantly reduced, hallelujah! I don’t know what exactly made this happen(maybe more frequent washing and oiling) but thank you hair gods. I’m looking to get some tea tree oil though.

On another note, getting products in Nigeria can be such a pain in the behind. I wonder how I’m going to cope in the long run. I’m trying to find suitable products that can be readily available to me that is, products I can easily find/buy with no stress. Products you read reviews about are either impossible to buy here or overpriced. *sigh*.

I’ve tried a couple of new products so let me briefly talk about them

(NB: Remember that I’m a newbie so my advice isn’t professional or based on much experience; it’s based on how I/my hair felt after using said products)

Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut conditioner

I ran out of Giovanni(which I really like by the way)and I decided to try something new

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(I got the white one at Casa Bella in Ikeja mall for about N3000 and my mum got the green one at Ulta in the US for about $8)

So I decided to try African Naturalistas’ conditioner since it was pretty affordable(N1500). So cheapskate me found out that konga had it and their delivery was cheaper than that of the African naturalistas store so I ordered it from Konga. After waiting for my delivery for some days, I got an email from Konga saying that it was unavailable. I’m just confused, like ummm it said it was in stock when I ordered it?! Anyways, they said my money had been refunded into my “Konga wallet” and I could use it for another purchase(been trying to use it since and I’m never able to checkout. What a beautiful first impression of Konga).

After this, I decided to try Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut(one of their silicone free conditioners). I got it off Sizelle,whose customer service is good by the way. One major deciding factor was that it was cheaper than Giovanni(N2450 then an additional N500 for delivery) and over 2x bigger than Giovanni.

The first thing I noticed was the smelllll! So coconutty. Smelt it before I even got to the package(it was a delivery so it came in a sealed package. The bottle was also wrapped in nylon and placed in a Sizzelle bag. So basically I smelt it through 3 layers of nylon). I love the smell. I think it’s pretty great for cowashes. I also use it to deep condition mixed with oils,honey etc. I use it as a leave in sometimes and I put it in my spray bottle mix too.
I think it doesn’t have(or is it “give”? I don’t know the natural lingo well) as much slip as Giovanni does but it’s still pretty okay.

I would definitely repurchase especially if I find it in a supermarket.

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Bobeam Shealoe shampoo bar
Still cant wrap my head around how people use Dudu Osun to wash their hair. Even Americans are ordering it online? Nah! I can’t. That soap makes my face itch like crazy. I can just imagine my hair as dry as the desert if I use it.

Anyways, I’d read nothing but good reviews about Bobeam shampoo bars and the lady who makes them and her awesome customer service. They weren’t lying. I emailed her asking about delivery costs to Nigeria and she was so pleasant. (You can find her here) Unfortunately the delivery prices were a bit steep since I was only buying 1 or 2 bars(buying in bulk would be more sensible I think). So I decided to buy it from The Kinky Apotheacry (it costs N1400 but there’s an N800 delivery charge. U can also pick up if u want).
I must say, I like this shampoo bar! My hair feels clean when I use it. The bar has a light lemony smell. The bar will last long as far as you don’t leave it in water or you don’t go scrubbing it into your head excessively; it lathers well, in fact a little too well, so there’s no need to be excessively rubbing the bar on your head.

I would repurchase. Although I think this one might last a while + I still have some Giovanni shampoo.

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(I cut the bar in two. This is one half)

African Naturalistas leave in conditioner

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Got this off Jumia because they were doing a free delivery promo #TeamCheapskate. It was N1295 but now it’s N1595. (Quick rant: the Jumia delivery guy refused to leave it with my gateman so the gateman got angry and told him to come and look for me at work which is very close to my house. He actually did! The receptionist at work had to sign for my delivery. Since he ended up not giving me in person, I didn’t see his point. He could have just dropped it at my house)

I’d never bought a leave in so this was my first try.
It was rather watery; I expected something thicker but it makes sense that it would be watery.
I have likes and dislikes about this product.

LIKES
1. It offers me the opportunity to not have to wet/dampen my hair everyday. I can just slap this on and comb as easily as when I spray with water.

2. It’s affordable, silicone free and Nigerian made(Yay Nigeria!).

DISLIKES

1. The smell! I’m a bit used to it now but I absolutely dislike the smell. It smells like air freshener to me.

2. Doesn’t last so long. It’s 300ml and watery so… And this is from someone who has short hair. (However, I do use it fairly often and I put some in my spray bottle).

3. It can be sticky on hands and I noticed some sort of build up in my hair when I used it for 3 or more days in a row. It also takes some rubbing in for the whiteness/white residue to go.

I don’t know if my hair is any softer with it than it is when I use my spray bottle mix.

I would repurchase mostly because of the price but I’m on the look out for something better.

Ecostyler olive oil gel

Got this from The Kinky Apothecary with the Bobeam and a satin bonnet(yes guys, I’d been sleeping with my hair out on cotton pillowcases *weeps*).

I am not a fan at all! I don’t know if it’s that I’m using it the wrong way or something but it makes my hair stiff and white. Someone asked me why my hair was white and I said “it is gel oh! I don’t know who sent me to go and rub gel”. Funny thing is, I was messing around one day and I put some on my baby cousin’s hair and his curls were popping!

Anyways, the tub of gel is sitting pretty on my table, very full.

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I’ve also started taking multivitamins as I hear vitamins and minerals are good for your hair and skin.

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(Stolen from my mum)

I hear Biotin especially makes hair grow! Read some reviews and went to ask for the price of the 5000mcg Biotin pills in a pharmacy and they said N4500! My inner cheapskate soul died. I don’t know if I’m ready to commit like that and drop N4500. What if it doesn’t work for me(some people in the reviews said they broke out and The Lord knows I already have skin that is very acne prone- see picture below for evidence). I think I’ll just put the Biotin idea on the back burner for now. (My multivitamin tablet has some Biotin in it but it’s just 30mcg)

As far as progress goes,

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Slowly but surely 🙂

Fooled around and tried a “braid out” one day when I was bored.

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So till next time guys.

NYSC camp and a 2nd big chop

Hello world!!! It’s been a minute!
So I was at the NYSC camp from June 25th to July 16th 😥 People are not joking when they say that camp is hard! In the first week, I was feeling so rundown and sick from all the marching and waking up at 3am. It wasn’t so bad though in the end; I met some cool people and I had a bit of fun.

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This is how I usually wore my hair at camp. I was in love with that black hair band

Hair care at camp wasn’t hard because I had a Teeny Weeny Afro(TWA) which is somewhat easy to maintain. I went to camp with castor oil and olive oil in tiny bottles, my spray bottle, a bottle of Giovanni conditioner, a cotton T-shirt to dry my hair, shea butter in a small container and my wide tooth comb. Usually, I’d spray my hair with my water,olive oil and conditioner mixture, comb it, put my black hair band on and be out the door before the female soldiers came to chase us out. Then on Sundays, I’d cowash with my Giovanni conditioner and put some castor oil, olive oil and sheabutter in my damp hair and let it air dry. Pretty easy! Once, I was rushing and I combed my hair dry without spraying it. And I didn’t even comb gently because I was in such a hurry. The headache I got was out of this world. I got a lot of comments in camp about my hair. A number of people thought it looked good on me, some thought I looked like Pokello from Big Brother Africa(my room mates actually called me Pokello instead of Jennifer and I had to answer), many asked me why I cut it, a man I’d never met before told me “why did you cut your hair? you look somehow”(imagine that).

So I got back from camp and decided I wanted a cute fade; I wanted my hair a bit shorter at the sides so it could grow out that way. Cos I had seen this natural haired girl in the picture below on Instagram and I had fallen in love with her hair

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So on July 17th I headed to the barber shop armed with pictures of girls with the fade haircut that I had saved off Google but the barber was nowhere to be found. I went back on July 18th and after waiting for 30mins, mr barber finally showed up and I showed him the pictures and told him not to cut the middle part at all, just the sides and a bit a the back like the pictures. He said okay and I said. “Don’t make me look like a boy oh” and he began cutting. The thing about me is that I don’t know how to complain about bad services rendered to me so I just sit there and let you do whatever you want. So mr Barber was chopping and chopping and chopping and I was just there quiet, transfixed. In my head I was screaming “nooooooo! Stooooop!” but my lips stayed glued together. The barber kept muttering “so soft” as he was cutting my hair and finally he asked “what hair cream do you use”. So maybe the softness put him in a trance so he just kept cutting and cutting, lol. I left the barber shop with short hair and no fade but I made up my mind to rock that hair so hard that all the girls that saw me would want to shave their heads. LOL

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This is what my hair looked like after the barber dealt with it

But in the end, it’s hair and it will grow and it has grown. Yay! It’s still not as long as it was before the barber got his hands on it but it has grown quite a bit. I’m however battling dandruff; that didn’t end when I did the big chop so I’m going to try different remedies as seen on Google and see what works. I’ve tried Apple Cider Vinegar(ACV) with no improvement or maybe I didn’t do it right. We’ll see anyways. (Do share your remedies with me if you have any)

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This is what it looks like now

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This is what it looks like stretched out(isn’t shrinkage a female dog?)

So till the next post, I bid you all peace and love and all things good.