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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.

You see, I think that one has to be careful where one gets one advice from. I have time and time again seen instances where people reach out to the wrong people for help – for thinning edges, for accelerated hair growth e.t.c. and the standard advice is to

  • Use Coconut Oil
  • Use Castor Oil
  • Throw in some stimulating essential oils.
  • Lay off weaves and braids

Something along those lines. Some people are more creative than others.

Sometimes, these tips work – for some time. Other times, the symptoms may be a sign of some more serious underlying problem which may need escalating to resolve. I always like to involve the right people in problem solving and most of the time, that involves some who is QUALIFIED. Writing about my hair does not make me a professional. In fact if we must trust the professionalism, I am a professional about my hair. Sometimes.

The same is true of skin care conditions. People write me all the time about how to lighten their skin, maintain their coloring e.t.c. These are the mild requests. I get quite startled how people trust me (just because I blog) with what reads as real problems that MUST be entrusted to a doctor.

So, I am here to reiterate what I have said in those mails – see the right people for your problems. Hair and Beauty bloggers have their functions but unless they have a qualification that enables them to deal with serious matters, go to the right people.

Some people that have gone bald could have saved themselves a lot of time and money and maybe even arrested the baldness by going to see a trichologist in the first place instead of rubbing in onion juice, carrot juice, coconut oil and castor oil on their hair. The ones I have recommended in the past are: DBKTricho as well as Tresses by Vera Cruz.

In fact, your skin/hair’s condition may be indicative of underlying disease or conditions which you should immediately see a doctor for. Turning to someone like me does not help you discover that. A trichologist might. A dermatologist might. It may well save your life – to be mildly dramatic.

Plix and Plix (Please and Please), trust your hair issues to a professionals. By all means, do what you can but where you find that things are getting out of hand, stop “self medicating” and do see a professional.

As a matter of fact, the new products we have were made with the very active input of a renowned hair stylist (who has seen and touched more hair than I ever will) as well as a trichologist. You see, I did not even rely on just my own knowledge (which is pretty awesome, seeing as I understand the Chemistry of ingredients and end products) to develop these items. Very telling.

For details on how to reach the trichologists I have recommended in the past, see below:

DBK Tricho

Clinic in Keeks Therapy, BrightStar Plaza, Jabi, Abuja

(holds consultations in Lagos too)

Instagram: @eskinks

Email: info@dbktricho.com

Phone: 0817 320 5098 (9-5, Monday – Friday)

Tresses By KVeraCruz

Has her clinic and salon at Ademola Tokunbo, Victoria Island, Lagos

Instagram: @koyinvc

Email: tresses@kveracruz.com

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.

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

Natural Hair Relaxed Hair Big Chop transition

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.

Natural Nigerian™ Moisturizing Deep Conditioning Treatment with Shea Butter and herbs

A medley of herbs, juices and vitamins make Natural Nigerian™ Moisturizing Deep Conditioning Treatment a super nourishing, moisturizing, strengthening treat for hair. It contains ingredients that repair damage as well as prevent damage. It also sixteen amino acids (building blocks of hair) and contains an ingredient that is scientifically proven to improve hair combability and increase hair shine.

Its combined ingredients with diverse benefits include:

Regeneration and healing of broken hair , thereby, strengthening your hair from the cortex and along the surface
Repairing and soothing irritated/dry itchy scalp caused especially by dandruff due to its antiseptic properties
Its deep moisturizing properties binds moisture to your hair enough to keep your hair and ends smoother, softer, shinier and glossier

Directions:
After rinsing out any of the Natural Nigerian™ Shampoos, apply a generous amount of Natural Nigerian™ Moisturizing Deep Conditioning Treatment from Root to Tip of hair. For better results, cover with a plastic cap. For best results, sit under a steamer or a hair dryer as the heat will help with penetration. Rinse thoroughly after 10-15minutes.

Guaranteed No Added:

  • Artificial Colors,
  • Fillers
  • Preservatives
  • Additives
  • Synthetic Fragrances

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

Ingredients:- Aqueous extracts of Chondrus Crispus (Irish Moss), Arctium Lappa (Burdock root), Ulmus Fulva Bark (Slippery Elm) and Yucca Schidigera (Yucca Root), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Butyrospermum parkii (Shea Butter), Cocos nucifera (Coconut Oil), Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyquaternium-11, Hydrolyzed Quinoa, Hydrolyzed Adansonia digitata (Baobab) Seed Protein, Benzyl Alcohol (and) Salicylic acid (and) Glycerin (and) Sorbic acid, Neem Oil, d-alpha tocopherol (Vitamin E), Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride.

Natural Nigerian™ Moisture & Shine Leave-in conditioner with Shea Butter

Ready for lots of plant extracts and nourishing Shea Butter?

A symphony of hair strengthening and nourishing herbs come together in Natural Nigerian™ Moisture & Shine Leave-in conditioner to leave hair feeling and staying softer and moisturized for longer. Coconut oil and Horsetail and Panthenol (Pro-vitamin B5) strengthen hair to reduce breakage while generous amounts of certified Organic Aloe Vera Juice provide moisture and even more nourishing vitamins.

Ability to comb hair will never be the same with Natural Nigerian™ Moisture & Shine Leave-in conditioner as it maximizes comb-ability without breaking delicate hair strands.

Ingredients: Aqueous extracts of Equisetum arvense (Horsetail), Arctium Lappa (Burdock root), Ulmus Fulva Bark (Slippery Elm), Chondrus Crispus (Irish Moss) and Yucca Schidigera (Yucca Root), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Cocos nucifera (Coconut Oil), Butyrospermum parkii (Shea Butter), Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol (and) Salicylic acid (and) Glycerin (and) Sorbic acid, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Hydrolyzed Quinoa, Polyquaternium-11, d-alpha tocopherol (Vitamin E), Natural Scent oil (100% plant material & phthalate free)

Directions for Use

After washing off your Natural Nigerian™ Deep Conditioning Treatment, section hair and apply enough leave-in conditioner from root to tip. Let it soak in for a minute and then work through with your fingers or a comb.

Follow through with a sealant like Natural Nigerian™ Conditioning Hair Pomade or Shea Butter. Product contains natural ingredients which may vary in color and consistency from batch to batch.

Rejuu Foods Tiger Nuts – Ofio, Aya, Aki Hausa

Rejuu Foods Tiger Nuts (Ofio, Aya, Aki Hausa)

These Tiger Nuts have been carefully selected, washed and packaged to ensure that you enjoy only the best with every bite.

While they are called Tiger Nuts, these aren’t actually nuts, they are small tubers which are rich in

  • Fiber
  • Protein
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Zinc
  • Pottassium
  • Magnesium
  • Copper
  • Manganese and
  • Phosphorus

Vitamins that are present in the tubers include –

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin D

It also contains small quantities of amino acids –

  • Leucine and
  • Lysine.

How to enjoy your Rejuu Foods Tiger Nuts

Rejuu Foods Tiger Nuts can be eaten as is! Just open a pack and pop the little tubers in your mouth. No need to wash as they have been pre-washed already.

Tiger Nut Milk/Kunnu Aya

Tiger Nut milk is a nutritious substitute to cow’s milk. Sprout your Tiger Nut by soaking in water overnight or at least 2-4 hours. Blend finely with some water. Run the mixture through a muslin cloth/cheesecloth. The resulting liquid is your Tiger Nut milk which is popularly known as Kunnu Aya. Refrigerate as soon as it is made.

For an interesting variation, add some cocoa and and a little honey to sweeten.

If you want to learn more about Tigernuts, go here!

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