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HAIR UPDATE- 18 M0NTHS NATURAL

Hi guys,
   As I confessed in this post, I was quite busy with a lot of stuff and as a result my hair was all but forgotten. I put my hair in cornrows and used wigs whenever I had to go out. I would spritz once in a while but deep conditioning, prepooing and  all other TLC was abandoned.  Added to the general neglect, I have been needing a trim for months and yet I did nothing because I was 'too busy'. Well my hair revolted!!!! :-(  I had tons of breakage, I mean I would run my hands down my hair and I would see little broken hairs on my palm. I FREAKED OUT big time and knew it was time to wake up from my coma. I did a self trim but first I took some update pictures:







Looks like a lot of growth right? Well check out the back:



Hardly any progress at the back because that's where most of the breakage occurred. My ends were Sahara dry and there were quite a  few split hairs. I knew it was time to let those ends go.
I decided to self trim rather than go get it done at the salon. I …

MY NIFTY LITTLE APPLICATOR BOTTLE

Hi guys,
    As you may have already deduced, caring for natural hair can be a full time job. There's the detangling, prepooing, oil rinsing, deep conditioning, moisturising , sealing etc. and these can get a little tedious. For this reason I am constantly looking for a way to make my hair life easier. While browsing in the hair section of a supermarket near me I found this:




At first glance its just a synthetic hair oil inside an white bottle, but it is much more than that. Infact when I found it on the shelf I was really really happy, so happy that I almost clapped. I wasn't happy because I found scented mineral oil (that's exactly what the product contains), I was happy because right in front of me was an applicator bottle which I have been wanting for a while. And the icing on the cake? It costs N150 only.
 So what's the fuss about this bottle? Well take a look at that nozzle..


Now imagine hot oil oozing from it into your scalp and finally down the length of your hair…

PRODUCT REVIEW- SHEA MOISTURE RAW SHEA BUTTER DEEP TREATMENT MASQUE

Hi guys, In June I attended the NITC8 meet up and I finally got my hands on the Shea moisture deep treatment masque from Olori. I was super excited because I have heard great things about  the Shea Moisture line of products  and I was eager to try this one out. Here is my honest review:
Meet the product:


Product claims:
 Our all natural intensive treatment masque deeply moisturises and repairs dry, damaged and over-processed hair. Perfect for transitioning chemically treated hair to natural.
Ingredients: Deionized Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Argan Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Emulsifying Wax, Sea Kelp Extract, Panthenol (Vitamin B‐5), Essential Oil Blend, Avocado Oil, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower (and) Lonicera Japonica (Japanese Honeysuckle) Flower extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Hyssopus Officinalis Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf and Equisetum Arvense Extract, Soybean Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil.
*Certified Organic Ingredient Directions:

LOST BUT FOUND AND A MINI TOOL HAUL

Hi Guys,
     I am really sorry I have been away so long. I have been working on a project that leaves me extremely exhausted/drained/fatigued at the end of each day so blogging has not been on my to-do list for a while. I am back now and hopefully I wont be gone for long again.
  All has been well with my hair although I have been neglecting it badly. I am in desperate need of a trim but I have been too busy to do it myself and the thought of someone else doing it gives me nightmares. I don't want to end up with a mini big chop after all my hard work and prayers lol. I have also abandoned hot oil treatments, prepooing and weekly deep conditioning...hmmm I smell a mane revolt coming up soon.
  In other news,I got my sister in Texas to get me 3 hair tools I have been dying to have. Here they are in order of happifyingness (loooool):

I haven't installed a weave in a looong time. I shudder at the thought of a giant needle poking holes in my fragile fro so I shunned weaves for …

5 SECRETS TO LONGER HAIR

Hi guys,
    My last post was an update on my journey so far. I got a lot of comments from friends and family who saw the pictures, about what I did to grow my hair so fast. I was a little taken aback because I felt that was modest growth but people seem to think I have done very well in 15 months. The basic question is "How do I get my hair to grow as much as yours has done in such a short time?" I have to explain that everybody's hair grows, its retaining the length that is a problem for most people. To be honest I know there are people who do nothing at all and still have great length retention but I had to work a little hard to retain the length that I have. Here are 5 things I do and here's hoping they help you too:

 Moisturise and seal as needed.
This is a no-brainer right? But its still so hard to get it right. I try my very best not to let my hair get dry because dry hair breaks! Its that simple. I found a moisturiser my hair loves and I use a heavy whipped S…

HAIR UPDATE- 15 MONTHS POST BC

Hi guys,
    In my last post I told you I was super excited about this update. The reason is simple - my hair grew!!! I love doing length checks because they make me know that my regimen is working and my hair appreciates every kiss and hug I throw its way. Without further ado, here are my 15 months post BC pictures.








If you compare these pictures with the ones from my last update you'll notice that I retained quite a bit of length. I think I had about 1 1/4" to 1 1/2" of growth in most places. Now I can do a low pony tail ;-)

For the first time in ages I felt like using a flat iron to straighten my hair so I could really see how long it has grown, but my fear of heat damage held me back. I do not want to lose even 1 single curl so I had to hold myself back. In my next length check I will use a tape measure just to know in terms of inches what my progress is. This month's length check made me really happy because it feels good to see how your efforts are paying off, I …

OIL HUNTING AT MEGA PLAZA

Hi guys,
    It has been a weird couple of weeks so kindly pardon my long silence. I went to Mega Plaza in VI for a spot of shopping about three weeks ago and as usual I went to check out the oil stand. I found such a wide array of oils that it felt like I was in oil heaven. There were more than 6 brands of Olive oil and as usual I chose the most mysterious looking one with a super sexy bottle. 


N570

I also found an oil I have had on my to-buy list for a while - Sweet Almond Oil. Now Foods brand has it for about N4500 and I was planning to get it from Olori but then I ran into this brand. I was a little worried because it is a lot (A WHOLE LOT!!!) cheaper but I'll try it first and see if its good enough for my hair and skin.



In other news it is length check time!!!! I am super excited, Can you guess why? Expect a hair update next! ;-)
KimB                                                                                                                                                

HOW TO END A WASH AND GO DAY SUCCESSFULLY!

Hi guys,
A synonym is a word with the same or similar meaning of another word. Words that are synonyms are said to be synonymous, and the state of being a synonym is called synonymy. For example the synonyms for a Wash and Go are:
Tangles
Single Strand Knots
Multiple Strand Knots etc.

Sorry for the half baked English lesson ;-) but if you are a natural I'm sure you might agree with the above. Nothing looks nicer than a well oiled 'Fro but after rocking one I end up cursing myself when I am trying to get rid of the Single Strand knots that have congregated on my head at the end of the day. I avoided Wash and Gos for a while as I suggested in this post I did about dealing with Single strand knots but sometimes I miss my fro and I just have to let it out. Thankfully I finally found a way to end my Wash and Go days with little or no tangles.






                                                START WELL
By this I  mean moisturising and sealing properly before you leave the house. I u…

DIY MID-LENGTH CROCHET BRAIDS

Hi guys,
    My hair has been through a lot of manipulation these last couple of weeks so I decided to give it a well deserved break. I had been dreaming of crochet braids for a while but I was a little hesitant because of how my last crochet braiding went. Remember? It took over 6 hours and was so heavy I had to remove them almost immediately. All in all I was desperate to put my hair in a protective style so I manned up and tried my hands on crochet braids once again. This time it was a lot better, faster and lighter. The reason? I used a bigger bobby pin and I used a different brand of Marley hair.

I used this Marley braiding hair from Supreme. It was really light. I used one and a half packets:


The Marley hair was too long for me. I wanted medium length braids so I had to figure out how to trim them without getting those annoying blunt ends. I asked a hairdresser and she told me I could cut the braids and then pick them out. That is, after cutting the braid you start pulling t…