This site has been up and running since 2011. That is like 10years in blog years, lol. In that time, we have brought you a great number of posts on hair and natural living in Nigeria. We have also brought the natural hair community together by co-hosting meet ups in Abuja, Lagos and Calabar.
Valentine’s day is around the corner bringing with it the elections and of course, the celebration of love. We have been feeling the love and would like to show it back in some way. That is why we are giving away a N10000 voucher for one lucky winner to our store! (more…)
I had such an amazing 2014. Looking forward to an even more amazing 2015! I wish you guys all the very best in the New Year!
Ho! Ho!! Ho!!! It is that time of year again.
We wish you a Merry Christmas.
Christmas is in the air and to celebrate, we have not one, but two offers for you!
We are giving a 15% discount on Lavender JBCO from now until the end of the year. No need for a code, it has already been discounted. There are no limits on this offer so you can buy as many bottles as you like until the end of the year.
I saw this work and it really, really spoke to me. This isn’t going to be a long post. I want to know how you interpret this. Speak on it, ladies!
As you know, the Lagos Natural Hair meet up will be on the 22nd of November! I gave you some information here on what to expect. There was too much information to cram it all into one post, so here we go again!
We’ve teamed up with a Dr. Agility (lovely name, right?) founder of Purejoie Consulting to hold a Medical Hair Clinic at the meet up. This is actually very important as a lot of people that have hair issues actually have underlying medical problems which prevent their hair from growing. Asking for help from hair bloggers is not always the way to go. A doctor or trichologist can turn your hair story around and maybe even save your life in the process.
We are counting down the days now to the Calabar, Natural in Paradise meet-up and I just wanted to tell you what to expect.
There will be talks from not 4 but 6 people! Lots to share so we are looking forward to starting nice and early.
One is a doctor who consults on hair matters. She will be talking generally about hair loss (and ladies, you know we have a challenge with that). Ekene of the Kink and I will be speaking about being Natural on a budget in Nigeria. There will also be make up tips from a couple of professional Make-up Artists. Last on the roaster is moi, Natural Nigerian.
We have gift packs from Jessicurls and some items from Hairfinity up for grabs. You could walk away with either or both.
Also, there will be vendors available there to bring you the hair care products that usually reside in far away Lagos. It is all coming to you this time! This will be a good opportunity for you to learn what resources you can get locally. After meet ups, a constant is that relationships are formed, with salon owners, hair care product supplier, with fellow healthy hair enthusiasts!
There are just so many reasons why you should ensure that you are there.
Today is Healthy Monday!! Let’s stop talking about food for a minute and talk instead about something that will help you exercise right.
A few years ago, while reading Gym instructor and personal trainer, Adura’s blog, I came across a post that mentioned the importance of getting a gait analysis done when buying new running shoes. I had never gotten that done before but was immediately interested.
It is based on the fact that our foot arch or lack of it (in the case of those that have flat feet) determine the way our feet are aligned.
I wasn’t able to find a place that could conduct the test in Nigeria so I wound up getting it done in a shop that sells running equipment in the UK. I went with my cousin, Chinelo, and they soon had us running barefoot on a treadmill to see whether we overpronate, underpronate or have a normal gait while running. After they determined which category I fell into, they tested me running with shoes and we settled on one that gave me the most support.
This shows the running gait of people that fall under the different categories.
Did it make a difference?…..Yep!! So much so that I haven’t since bought running shoes without getting a fit test or gait analysis done.
In case you are wondering about the results: I discovered that I overpronate (no surprise there as I have flat feet), and wound up buying a pair of ASICS with proper structural support. I absolutely love ASICS. So very comfortable, I could live in them.
Why is a Gait Analysis so important?
- The right shoes can prevent injury while running. As a matter of fact, if you have a recurring injury, it may be down to your shoes not providing the right support.
- Improves form and body alignment for better performance while running.
- Even if you are not a runner, this is helpful in determining the sort of every day shoes you should be buying for every day shoes.
My last pair of running shoes came from New Balance. I went to a New Balance store and they conducted a professional fit analysis to get me the right shoes. No running involved. I simply stepped on an iSTEP scanner which mapped my feet and advised the fit specialist which shoes I would need for the right support.
Here is a picture of my scan, the bits in red are the places where I most apply pressure when standing. This is what flat feet look like.
I bought a pair of shoes with built-in support. They also sold me orthotics which I no longer wear (they were too uncomfortable).
Cool Links Bonus:
- If you don’t know what your arch type is, here is a pretty neat trick for determining it in the comfort of your home. It also explains the sort of support you will need from every day shoes. Here is another.
- In Nigeria without access to a fit test or gait analysis? Asics has a cool online app for helping you find the perfect shoes. New Balance has one too but it does not appear to cater to overpronators, just underpronators.
I already announced the Calabar Natural Hair Meet Up. We (NN and The Kink & I) now have a flyer so that you can help us spread the word!
Looking forward to seeing you and yours there!