HUMIDITY, SHRINKAGE AND MY NO-COMB REGIMEN


The weather in Abuja has been very confusing. One day harmattan, next day extreme heat, and before you know it rain is falling. Two months ago, when the weather changed from dry harmattan to humid, I got braids done to allow my scalp breathe. But because my hair is past shoulder length, I could not make the braids short. My scalp could breathe but having the braids brush against my neck was very uncomfortable. For this reason I had to put the braids up most of the time but that made my neck hurt as the wool used for the braids made the bun too heavy. Solution? Shrink and LOC.
SHRINKAGE (Short Hair)
Since cutting my hair is not an option, I decided to work with the gift of shrinkage. Natural hair is known to be able to go from BSL to chin length in seconds. Thanks to water and water based hair products I could get the perfect length for the season without using scissors.
LOC METHOD
The LOC method is a method used to keep hair soft and defined for as long as possible. Here's how it works:

LAGOS HERE I COME!

Yes you read right! On the 9th of May, 2015 Natural Nigerian, Dr.Purejoie Austine Ihesie and I would be organising the first healthy hair workshop in Lagos, Nigeria. And "We're taking haircare in Nigeria to the next level, with ACCURATE SCIENTIFIC, EVIDENCE-BASED, AND MEDICAL INFORMATION about everything hair."

This workshop came from the need to educate the Nigerian woman on the need for her to take responsibility for her hair and know that having healthy hair IS normal. Over the years, no thanks to a lot of myths and bad hair care practices, Nigerian women have come to believe that healthy hair can only be found on the heads of people from outside our borders. 
As African women we spend so much money on our scalps but almost always end up with very disappointing results. For instance, scaring alopecias have almost become the norm that we are beginning to see nothing wrong with hair loss. The truth is that healthy hair does not begin with how many products you use or how often you use them but from understanding exactly what your hair needs and aiming for the best results with whatever is available to you.

Furthermore, I have always said on here that if you don't understand your hair and products used you can not know when you are getting bad services from your stylists. Even the best of stylists who do their best can still make mistakes. We all know that not every product responds well with every head of hair and that leaves the hair stylist with the onerous job of studying each and every clients hair separately, searching for  which product works best for each client. You would agree with me that is nearly impossible. So the best person to alert the stylist on a practice about to go wrong is no one but you.

AIM
Our hope is that after you attend this workshop you should be able to:
  • Understand your hair better and be able to tell when something is not right.
  • Know what products will give your hair type the best results.
  • Understand when your hair (or scalp) is revolting against a particular product or practise.
  • And best of all, pass on the information to your friends and hopefully the next generation.
This workshop is open to any and every hair type (texlaxed, relaxed, natural).  For information on how you can be a part of this please send an email to nn@naturalnigerian.com or eskinks@gmail.com.
See you soon :)

REMEMBER WHEN WE WON WITH BAGCO SUPER SACK (THROWBACK NIG.)

My brother shared this video with me on Facebook and I just had to share it with you guys. Remember Bagco Cement, the one wey no dey turn kakaraka like Zuma rock when rain beat am? Lol. Click play and go back to a time when NTA was boss and Dangote Cement was probably not even an idea.

 
If you were born and raised in Nigeria but can't remember this advert, you were probably not on the planet by then.

YOU TOO CAN DIY

Knowing I won't always be around my junior sisters I taught all 3 of them the basics of hair care (washing, braiding, twisting, threading, safe flat ironing, deep conditioning etc) This has taken some of the responsibility for their hair off me. In the past I did everything for them even when it was not convenient. Now, I only help out when it is absolutely necessary.
Here are pictures showing their first twists which were done solo.
 
                   I was so proud to see both of them working in sections I had to  take pictures

Notice how stretched out their hair is? Well they both decided to use a hot iron. Being the over-saby that I am, I remember not being in support. But hey, its their hair so I held back on all the do's and don'ts and let them do their thing...while secretly monitoring them *.^
End Result


EXTRA BENEFITS
Last month, I had a cut on my finger and could not braid my hair that was already washed and ready for styling. So for the first time, I let one of my  students plait the braids for me while I watched a movie. Below are the results
Week one
  I wanted the twists to be loose and frizzy so I did  most of them by myself.



 

 Week 3 (playing around with my simple style)
I was really impressed with her work so when she comes back from school, I will try to get her to braid a bit more often so she can perfect her skills.

So what do you think? Good teacher, awesome student?

MAN-SHANU FOR HAIR GROWTH

 
Question: Can man-shanu grow my hair like the Fulani?

Answer: Man-shanu  is milk fat that has been separated from fresh milk. From what I have been told, the Fulani and other people of Northern Nigeria, eat it and use it to soften and retain moisture on the skin and hair. Due to the fact that most Fulani people have long soft curly hair, there is a myth in Nigeria that man-shanu is solely responsible for their beautiful hair.

True or false?

I have not been able to find research done on man-shanu (or ghee) to hair growth but I have found sites that claim that it does grow hair with one claiming that it has the magical ability to open up closed follicles. Don't take my word for it but I wouldn't advise you to get your hopes up based on that.


Afro Hair Growth
According to Audrey Davis-Sivasothy's book, The Science of Black Hair: A
Comprehensive Guide to Textured Hair Care, afro hair growth occurs through a

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