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Learn to make lotions and creams – Emulsion 101

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One of the inquiries I get most is about making natural skin care products and if I can teach a class. Due to the demand, I created the Emulsion 101 course and have successfully taught 2 classes. One in Abuja and another in Lagos. I have to say, that both times, I met awesome ladies and ended up having more fun than I thought I would!

The class has come round again and will run from Tuesday, 29th November and end on the 3rd of December. We will begin with an online class that will span 3 days – 29th, 30th and 1st. We will then meet face to face to practice all we have learned during the week. (more…)

Natural Nigerian™ Black Soap Shampoo with Nettle, Red Acalypha and Salicylic Acid

For Psoriasis relief, dandruff and itchy scalp.

Ingredients: Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Pod) Ash, Aqua (Water), Butyrospermum Parkii Shea Butter, Elaeis guineensis (Palm Kernel) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Aqueous infusions of Acalypha Wilkesiana (Red Acalypha) Leaves, Urtica Dioica (Stinging Nettle) Leaves and Salix Alba (White Willow) Bark; Vegetable Glycerin, Salicylic Acid,  Peppermint Essential Oil

Natural Nigerian™ Black Soap Shampoo with Nettle, Red Acalypha and Salicylic Acid is formulated with traditional Nigerian black soap which is healing and mild enough for even those with skin sensitivities. Carefully chosen ingredients with antibacterial and antifungal properties heal the scalp, while the black soap cleans properly.

Directions: Dampen hair with a little water. Apply a little quantity of shampoo to hair. Using the pads of your thumb, massage soap into scalp to loosen dirt. Rinse thoroughly. Repeat if required. Follow up with any Natural Nigerian Deep Conditioner. 

Why I do not like to advise on hair problems

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I have always been pretty reluctant to answer any questions regarding hair growth, hair conditions e.t.c. If you have ever DM’d me or sent me an email, you may have noted either my reluctance or been the recipient of a delicious new option that opened up to me: I refer you to an actual professional whose business is everything hair. Someone who has taken several courses specifically detailing hair and scalp diseases and who has even done an internship with a reputable “senior” in the business. (more…)

Natural Nigerian™ Herbal Hair Strengthening Oil with Hibiscus and Horsetail

PROMOTES HEALTHY HAIR GROWTH

Natural Nigerian™ Herbal Hair Strengthening Oil with Hibiscus and Horsetail is a herb packed, all natural route for strengthening hair strands. Stronger hair strands lead to less breakage thus, supporting hair growth.

Ingredients: Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) oil, Hibiscus Sabdariffa (Hibiscus) Oil, Ocimum Gratissimum (Basil) Oil, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Oil, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Oil, Articum Lappa (Burdock) Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Kernel Oil, Azadirachta Indica (Neem Oil), Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) oil.

Directions: Pour a little quantity of oil on your palm and rub with other palm to spread. Distribute evenly from hair root to hair tip until it is all covered. This can be done as the last step in a moisturizing regime like LCO (Liquid-Conditioner-Oil).

Natural Nigerian™ Stimulating Hair Growth Oil with Capiscum Essential Oil

PROMOTES HEALTHY HAIR GROWTH

Natural Nigerian™ Stimulating Hair Growth Oil is a mix of carefully chosen oils and essential oils. These oils have been chosen for their ability to stimulate the scalp to increase blood circulation which in turn stimulates hair follicles to encourage hair growth.

Directions

Pour a little quantity of oil on your palm and spread to the pads of your fingers. Using the pads of your fingers, massage your scalp, concentrating on areas of concern. Doing this for 3-5 minutes daily, 5 days a week will stimulate scalp effectively to yield results.

Ingredients

Cocos nucifera (Coconut Oil), Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Mentha piperita (Peppermint) Essential Oil, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Essential Oil, d-alpha tocopheryl acetate(Natural Vitamin E), Zingiber officinale (Ginger) Essential Oil, Thymus vulgaris (Thyme) Essential Oil, Azadirachta indica (Neem) Oil, Capsicum annuum (Capsicum) Oleoresin,

Caution

DO NOT HEAT THIS OIL FOR USE AS A HOT OIL TREATMENT.  AVOID USING ON BROKEN SKIN. IF IT GETS INTO EYES, FLUSH WITH CLEAN WATER FOR 15 MINUTES. DO NOT USE ON CHILDREN UNDER 16. 

Sexual Depravity in Nigeria – talking to your child

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Today, I am deviating a bit from the central theme of this blog, forgive me. It is for a good cause though.

I have a story to tell. Please be patient and read it all.

The other day (a Saturday, 11th June, 2016), I was at home, sat on my balcony, working on something. I am hardly ever out there but that day I was. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a man take position to urinate in the gutter in front of the house. I absolutely detest that but it is one of those things that are just done in Nigeria. I looked at him and “eyed” him to show my displeasure but didn’t say anything. He looked straight at me. I went back to what I was doing. I was quite intent on my task but I noticed that he remained there for quite a while. I looked up and saw him looking straight at me and then I noticed that he was shaking his penis which is something guys do when they are done urinating, no? I was intent on my task and went back to it. (more…)

Countdown to Naturals in the City, 15!

Naturals in the City- NITC 15

Clear your calendar! Next Saturday, June 25th, 2016, is Naturals in the City 15 and you don’t want to miss it!

Naturals in the City is Lagos’ quarterly natural hair and natural lifestyle meet-up, and we look forward to hanging with you again!

Place: Café Neo, 6 Agoro Odiyan Str, off Adeola Odeku, Victoria Island. (Opposite Svengali)

Time: 1:00 to 6:00pm.

It’s the 15th NITC meet-up, so really, if you’ve never been to one? You’re really sleeping on a bicycle o! Let’s fix this asap!

So. What do we do at NITC? What will we be doing this time?

LEARNING THROUGH TALKS AND WORKSHOPS!

At NITC, we make learning fun! Come, let’s talk about hair and health and wellness; how to be better! You’ll definitely learn a lot. Not going to spill all the beans just yet, but believe me when I say we have some very interesting topics lined up!

In addition to the talks, we will be having small workshops, very practical, very hands-on.

I SAID, WORKSHOPS!

It is the year of our Lord 2016, and I just learnt to do my eyebrows this year. Forreals. If you’re a late bloomer in this makeup thing, or you’re just not so into it, come, let a pro show you how to do your eyebrows. Beauty blogger, and makeup artist Oyime Jemitola (@makeupbyoyimej) will be there to show you how to draw nice brows- if you sign up for her class.

Also. Naija Girl Next Door will be there to teach you (if you are willing) another thing that seems really basic but is also, a potential life changer on your natural hair journey: HOW TO TWIST. Yes. Come with your hair, preferably loose, if you want to learn this skill for FREE, and of course,sign up here.

These workshops are very small, so they can be effective. Sign up to attend HERE, and you’ll receive a confirmation email on or before June 24, if you get in!

[tweetthis]OK Ladies! I am ready to get in formation at Naturals in the City! #NITC[/tweetthis]

SHOPPING

As usual, you can shop natural hair and skin products to your heart’s content at NITC! Also expect to see organic food vendors, as has been our recent tradition. At NITC, we are all about promoting a healthier, more natural lifestyle in and out, and our vendors are aligned with this vision. You’ll be in good company!

If you would like to be a vendor at this meet-up, you can still get a stand at NITC! Email  nn@naturalnigerian.com ; or call 09092132141 for vendor or sponsorship enquiries!

NEW FRIENDS, AND NEW CONNECTS!

I LOVE meeting new people at NITC! It’s this really safe, warm, fuzzy good vibes zone. And there’s always so much beauty all around, I love it! If you come and see any of this is a lie, please feel free to call me out after (hello@thekinkandi.com), or tell me about it there!

GIVING: PLEASE COME SUPPORT THE MONKEY VILLAGE SCHOOL!

At NITC, we love to partner with causes that we care about. Actually, if you have any causes to nominate, you can forward them to us for consideration. This time, we are supporting the Monkey Village School project.

It’s crazy that in a place as busy, and as business as Ikeja, there is a rural community in the middle of it all, called Monkey Village. There, the kids are not in school. They have very little, and many of them don’t even have underwear! Going without underwear can be a sexy ting for you, but for at-risk teenage girls in Monkey Village, this just means disgusting old (and young) men can ogle them, and who knows what else!

A group of people running this project have not been able to ignore this need, and neither should we!

They support the kids in the ways they can, with basic supplies, and by organising lessons for them on the weekends. They are really working to make a difference in these kids’ lives, and this is really not something too big for me and you to do.

So. What do they need? A LOT. But for starters? Money. Stationery. Books. Underwear. Clothes.

Nothing is too little. You can bring cash to the meet-up to donate to the project. You can also bring stationery, children’s books (text books and story books), gently used clothes in good condition, and NEW underwear.

You can also show your support by donating or buying hair products.  How, you ask?

SHOP FOR THE CAUSE!

If you have hair products you don’t want for whatever reason, please give them to us at the door. Our only condition is that, the product should not be more than halfway gone. New products are very welcome.

We will be selling these products at giveaway prices, and all the proceeds will go to the Monkey Village School.

[tweetthis display_mode=”box”]I’m supporting @MVillageSchool at NITC! You should too! Here’s how > #ShopForTheCause[/tweetthis]

I’m super SUPER excited, because I know that we can again gather, to have a good time, and also, contribute as a community, to some positive change in our city!

As always, EVERYONE is welcome to Naturals in the City!

If you have any business questions, for vendor or sponsorship enquiries, please email:nn@naturalnigerian.com ; or call 09092132141. Any questions about the Monkey Village School? email: hello@thekinkandi.com or tweet at @thekinkandixx

The Kink and I, Carib Health, @Ms_Isioma and I look forward to meeting you at NITC 15! 🙂

[tweetthis display_mode=”box”]See you at Naturals in the City on June 25! #NITC[/tweetthis]

Again, Naturals in the City is on Saturday June 25. Café Neo, 6 Agoro Odiyan Str, off Adeola Odeku, Victoria Island. (Opposite Svengali) 1:00 to 6:00pm. Tickets are 1000 Naira only, at the door.

 

Words by The Kink and I

How to go from Relaxed hair to Natural Hair

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I love watching documentaries and one day, I watched one on the Pound shop. You know, the chain stores in the UK that sell everything under their roof for a quid. The floor salesperson being interviewed was asked what question he gets the most and unbelievably, it was “How much is this?

One would have thought it was fairly obvious that in a shop that told you upfront that everything was a pound, you wouldn’t have to be asked this question. It made me realize that those that ask me what I sometimes think are obvious questions are not just yanking my chain. They actually don’t know and want to know. And I accept that. (more…)

Natural Nigerian™ Flax Seed Gel Twist & Curl Pudding

Natural Nigerian™ Flax Seed Gel Twist & Curl Pudding is a lightweight formula made with generous amounts of Flax Seed Gel that provide maximum hold for hair styles. This scrumptious smelling pudding provides moisture and shine while lending itself to longer lasting hairstyles.

While this is a styling pudding, it leaves hair feeling softer and helps it stay moisturized for longer. A little goes a long way so just one tub will see you through a lot of styles.

Directions: Use for twists by applying a little amount to every twist. Achieve bouncy twist-outs by untwisting after a few days. Can also be used when for braiding, braid-outs and cornrows. For best results, use on dry hair. Can also be used on damp and wet hair.

For other styles, apply to hair and style as usual. It will hold the style once it is set. Works best for 4b – 4c hair.

Completely free of

  • Parabens
  • Petrochemicals
  • Formaldehyde and Formaldehyde releasers
  • Synthethic Fragrances and Dyes

Ingredients: Linum Usitatissimum (Flax Seed) Gel, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil), Aqua, Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Benzyl Alcohol (and) Salicylic Acid (and) Glycerin (and) Sorbic Acid, D-Panthenol (Vitamin B5)

Product contains natural ingredients which may vary in color and consistency from batch to batch.

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