Hair

ASK A STYLIST

 Welcome, to a new series! One where we talk to actual hair stylists and get them to give us insider tips on how to maintain or attain healthy hair. I have teamed up with Nat. Mane of Deep, Brown & Kinks for this. She is the best hair stylist I know and I love her work and how she pays attention to detail. I hope to do a lot more with her as the year goes on but we’ll start here. 

today we deal with the question of heat and how it can be safely used in your hair. There is also an question covering alternatives to heat! Enjoy!

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Welcome, to a new series! One where we talk to actual hair stylists and get them to give us insider tips on how to maintain or attain healthy hair. I have teamed up with Nat. Mane of Deep, Brown & Kinks for this. She is the best hair stylist I know and I love her work and how she pays attention to detail. I hope to do a lot more with her as the year goes on but we’ll start here. 
 
today we begin with questions you should ask yourself prior to heading to the Salon for that hair coloring session!

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My Regimen - Shampooing A question oft asked is what my Natural Hair regimen is. I haven’t shared it in totality in the past because

  • I am such believer in Keeping it Simple (K.I.S.S) that my regimen is at best, boring.
  • My regimen has not changed much over the last few years.
  • I make so many of my own products myself that even if I were to mention them it will be of no benefit to anyone that wants to use the same products. There would be more value if they were commercially available.

ALL that said, I have decided that I will share my regimen all the same. Hopefully, someone out there will benefit from it. Since I want to go in-depth, I am going to create a mini-series beginning with shampooing! (more…)

Natural Hair Meet Up, Lagos, Nigeria NITC9

She was a natural at taking pictures.

The Lagos Hair Natural Meet Up – NITC9 was this past weekend and as usual we put on a good show!

We changed venues for this NITC – for the first time in years. The Social Place in Victoria Island hosted us this time and we loved it! Lush gardens, potted plants dotting the entire venue. That really is my thing – greenery!

We also took on a new co-host: Ekene of theKinkandi.wordpress.com. Besides looking totally fantastic on the day, she took over handling the talks. We are glad to have her on board! Also, Ebele (Ms_Isioma on twitter) was on hand to help and she, as always, did a fantastic job.

Quick highlights of what went on:

- We set up a hair clinic with a real doctor, taking on hair and scalp issues. This was a big success, yay for us!

- Vendors selling various hair and skin products. We even had OhSo Nutrition there with their amazing smoothies.

- Hair talks for those interested in maintaining their hair with adequate information for every one, even those that have locs.

- Lots of hair admiration, networking and knowledge swapping.

Unfortunately, we forgot all about the product swap but we won’t next time!

I love NITC because it is such a relaxed atmosphere! How many other places can you go where not wearing a scrap of makeup on your face does not make you stand out? The women are so nice to each other! Also, I have made friends at the meet ups that have transitioned to other aspects of my life.

Okay, enough words, here are the pictures!! I took 483 pictures (yes o!) so it took me a while to distill this down to the 50+ pictures you see here.

P.S: We had a few signs and asked people to pick out the ones that best described them. It was such fun!

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I shared this on the Natural Nigerians Group page last week and thought I should repost here. 

Last week, I said that I would speak about 3 concepts that are basic to having healthy hair – Moisturize, Strengthen and Fortify.

However, let us start at the very beginning – shampooing. Why is this step so important? Because your scalp (which is the birthplace of hair) needs to be clean and clear in order to do its work of allowing hair come through to its surface.

Imagine if you would, that your scalp is an extension of your skin (technically, it is), it needs to “breathe” in order to work optimally. However the scalp has a covering of sebum on it which is waxy and as such holds on to whatever dirt falls on it. This sebum can also build up and stifle hair growth. (read more on scalp health here.

Now, there are many brands of shampoos in the market all proclaiming different benefits. Moisturizing, volumizing, thickening…it goes on and on.

Shampoo - How much? Natural Hair Nigeria Products

Which one should you buy? In my opinion, whichever you are happiest with. However, your shampoo as a rule does not have to be too expensive. As a matter of fact, it can be one of the cheapest things in your regimen, while you splurge with things that actually remain in your hair.

Remember that shampoo is going to be all washed off anyway so you do not want a situation where you spend a lot on a bottle of shampoo only to see your money literally go down the drain.

The one big thing to consider is what sort of shampoo gives you a good cleaning. Use a clarifying shampoo at least after every 3 washes (for me this is the humble black soap). If you feel your hair is a bit dry and that shampoos generally strip your hair of moisture, do a coconut oil pre-poo. Works everytime.

So, what shampoo (or cleansing agent) do YOU use? How much does it cost?

As promised earlier, here is a bit more information as to what to expect at the Naturals In The City 8, Lagos Natural Hair Meet Up.

Naturals in the City 8 Lagos Nigeria Hair Meet Up

A little difficult to believe that this is just the eight one, right? Seems like we have been at it for quite a while.

Who is invited?

Anyone really. You don’t need to have Natural Hair to be let in.  Our focus is helping ladies get on a Healthy Hair Journey and providing them the resources to see them through. So please come if you are relaxed, a weave queen or just curious. We welcome everyone!

Vendors

Already many vendors have confirmed that they will be there Namaste Organics, African Naturalista, Sahara Sunrise, Aweni Organics, Accessories by Didi, Ajali, Nazuri Curls, Kalos Health and Beauty….to name a few. They will have available natural products that will help you along on your healthy hair and skin journey. Natural Hair and Skin Products all in one place. Some even proudly made right here in Nigeria.

Wondering who the guest speakers will be?

I don’t want to let the cat out of the bag, but I will let you in on a sneak peek!

Wondrous, who own La Poshe Salon in V/I and has many many years of experience under her belt will be leading a discussion on Coloring Hair Safely. This is an important topic because while a lot of ladies would love to color their hair, they are a bit scared about how to do it without ending up with lots of damage.

There will be at least three more speakers – one of whom is a experienced stylist with a Natural Hair Salon on the Mainland. Practical sessions will be in place as well.

Product Swap

We tried this at NITC7 and it went so well, we have decided to do it again at NITC 8! It is very simple. Bring any products you don’t want and swap it with items that may wish to try. The success of the swap depends on people bringing in their products, so bring those products in!

Get your hair done free!

Yes, you read right. Apples & Oranges will have a couple of stylists at the meet up and they will be there to style your hair. Free! If you do not know about Apples & Oranges, know that they have a Natural Hair Salon in Victoria Island. Plus an amazing spa!

Nothing as complicated as micro braids of course, but as long as you turn up with your washed and ready for styling, they will go to work on your hair for FREE! It will be on a first come, first served basis so get there on time.

How come there is a gate fee?

I had said that we were considering charging for the event and we will start doing that with this one. While we thoroughly enjoy putting on a good quality show so that you are comfortable and happy, it comes at some cost. So that we do not have to dip into our pockets to do this, we ask that you support us by paying a N500 gate fee.

When you pay your gate fee, you will receive a ticket which allows you to enter into a giveaway – there are many amazing gifts to win! I will put up a post before the meet up, letting you know what those giveaway prizes will be exactly.

Hopefully, you will agree that our meet up will be worth the N500 gate fee. We thank you in advance for supporting us.

Giveaway

Now, on to the first giveaway. This is open to anyone in Nigeria. Help us spread the word and we will give you a N10000 voucher to spend in the Ahia NN and more.

Rules

  • Repost the flyer on this Page on social media, tag Natural Nigerian and you gain one entry- Twitter (naturalnigerian), Instagram (nnigerian), Facebook (naturalnigerian). The more entries you post, the more your chances of winning. It is important to tag us each time as that is the only way it counts.
  • Tweet a link to this post = 2 entries.
  • Posting on your blog (remember to mail us a link) = 5 entries. Mail links to nn@naturalnigerian.com

There are no limits to how many times you can enter!!

We will close the giveaway on the 28th of June by noon and announce a winner by Tuesday, 1st July.

Prizes

  • A N10,000 voucher that you can spend as you like in the Ahia NN. Full access to all items that are in stock!
  • Top five taggers will be entered into all the giveaways at the meet up whether they attend or not. This is fantastic for out of state entrants.

Good Luck all!

Want to see pictures of past meet ups? Go here, here, here…there’s a lot more but let’s stop there.

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