3 Months of Hair Freedom

For some of us 'free-fro-care' hours are a luxury. Type 4 hair is beautiful but as it gets longer, so does the time and effort to keep it healthy increase. See below for a brief description of what my regimen can be like...
Day 1 (Prepoo): Apply oil and put on a plastic cap, tie a head wrap and dash out of the house. Return home, wash hair, deep condition and braid. 
Day 2 : Hair is still damp so I  apply leave in conditioner, detangle, seal and braid or thread.
Day 3: Hair is dry so I loosen the thread or braids and style.
Too much? I know, but wetin man go do? *sighs.
Tired, I thought of ways that one could reduce the amount of time and money spent on our hair every week without getting bald and the solution?....
PROTECTIVE STYLING!
Want a break from your tight curls? Then get a protective style. With the right style and techniques you can expect length retention without doing much. 
But before running to the market square, I came up with a short list of tests that my protective style/regimen must pass for it to be worth sharing with others.
1.Time spent on daily styling must not exceed 10 miutes
2 month old twists
2.Wash day must not be a 12 hour event
3.Because a healthy scalp will produce healthy hair, the scalp must be accessible,and
4.Hair must be healthy after take down-with a reasonable amount of shedding of course
If any of this points gets a zero...as in if I so much as suffer from a dry and scaly scalp during this time, the trial would get a big red X 
BEFORE STYLING
Hair was washed, deep conditioned, sealed and stretched, ready for styling.
AFTER STYLING
The first week was relatively easy. All I had to do was tie the twists at the back of my hair in a big knot during the day and tie a satin scarf at night. The good thing about this easy every day style was that I could control how much tension the twisted extensions put on my hair line and it took me seconds to tie the twists up.
Weekly maintenance: By the third week, I needed to moisturise my hair so I used that opportunity to wash it and clean my scalp (using NN black soap). When it got a bit dry, I applied castor oil to the roots and sprayed on the hair a mixture of Natural Nigerian leave in conditioner, water, and coconut oil.
SECOND MONTH
By this time, my hair had started looking frizzy but it did not look bad at all. I still got compliments and random strangers asking what and how many extensions I used. (See picture above)
Weekly Maintenance: Hair was kept clean (as stated above) and moisturised. To protect my edges, I took down the extensions and loosely re-twisted each section without using extensions. I don’t think anyone could tell the difference because my hair texture and that of the extensions were not that far apart.
Twists get swollen when wet.
THIRD MONTH
By the third month, the parts at the roots were beginning to close-up. To be sure that my hair was not breaking, too dry, or shedding unnaturally, I took down a few twists and noticed something…length! Nice!!
Because the twists were now super frizzy I began brushing my hair with a soft brush (almost daily),and to keep those strands down,I used eco styler gel. But this meant that I had to wash my hair more often.
SOLUTION: Spritz  hair with daily moisture mix (NN leave in, coconut oil and water), smooth hair down with my palms and then tie a satin scarf. 
No more worries about time, damaged hair cuticles, and sticky edges.
By the second week of the third month, I began hearing snapping sounds whenever I had to take the twists apart to oil my scalp. 
What was happening? O_0
The new growth at the root of one section was getting entangled with the sections closest to it. Matting had begun.
SOLUTION: Take down :(
TAKE DOWN MADE EASY
To reduce breakage, I put some olive oil in a spray bottle and sprayed each individual twist from the root to where my hair stopped before loosening . This helped, especially with the hair strands that had begun to get entangled with the extensions.
 
 End Result
So did I get all I wanted? Yes, I did not loose hair (#4), did not suffer from dandruff and dry scalp during and after this time (#2 and #3), and best of all I had 3 months of mane freedom! (#1)
Did I encounter any problems? The only problem worth sharing is that I had to trim off some new growth at my edges-twice. This is because the free hair was growing longer but I was not brushing it (for fear of breakage) and so it began to matt, forming into a small fine lock (dada)
Did I learn anything during this period? Yes, I learnt that...
-Type 4 hair is better off with little manipulation
-Natural hair does not need to be time and money consuming
-Travelling for long periods at a time or having a busy life in general does not have to be more stressful because you have natural hair and
-I think I'm going to get my hair locked at some point in my life :)
  
Lets hear from you, can you carry a style for more than 3 weeks? If No, tell us why and if yes, please share your hair type and regimen .

Keeks Pharmacy is Naural Hair Friendly











Hi Ladies!
"Due to popular demand, we at Keek's pharmacy now carry more natural hair friendly products. To buy the products shared with you, and more from Natural Nigerian,  visit us at bright plaza, No. 5 Ebitu Ukiwe street, plot 363 cadastral zone, opposite first bank beside zenith bank, Jabi district, Abuja."
NatM. says: Keek's therapy will have a stand at LRR on Saturday the 30th of October 2014 . 

Another meetup hosted by Lumo Naturals!!

Salute my people!!
Lumo Naturals salon is organising a meetup for Abuja based naturals.
WHAT TO EXPECT....
  • Free DIY journal
  • 50% off Lumo hair kit
  • 50% off Beloved perfume
  • 50% off ayurvedic powders in stock
  • 20% off selected services (for card holders)
  • Free body butters (for purchases over N5000)
  • Cocktail hour
  • Hair talk by Ameera
  • Complemetary goodies bag 
  • Lots of products from vendors like Natural Nigerian, Keeks Pharmacy, Hemani zait, Essence of ladinah and many more
Alot for anyone to think of missing. Spread the word and be sure to come early.
See you all on Saturday:)

DETANGLING MADE EASY

There is nothing as tiring -and sometimes painful- as detangling your kinks after 1-2months of protective styling. You take down the extensions/plaits looking forward to seeing what little length you must have gained during the period, but then you notice a lot of build-up at the roots. So what do you do? You pour lots of conditioner and/or oil on your hair and begin taking apart hair strands that are clumped together. Not only does the exercise feel like life is forcing you to learn divine patience, but you are disappointed by all the short hair strands that are falling off as you work through all the knots.

MY NEW SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM: MANSHANU!!
2 weeks ago, I bought a bowl of manshanu from wuse market for N500. The plan was to use it as a dc protein treatment after washing with a shampoo but detangling a small section of hair took 2 days and I decided, in frustration, to try something new.

 

 

HOW TO
I smoothed on some manshanu to a little section of hair until it felt soft and then loosely twisted it. A few minutes after saturating all my hair with the product, I noticed that it was really easy for my fingers to pass through the knots without much of a problem (nice!). I then went on to take out the shed hairs with a wide tooth comb which was just as easy. No pain, no time wasted.
If there is one thing I love about manshanu is that it has got SLIP. This makes detangling so much easier and faster!!
I left the product on for another 30 minutes and washed it off afterwards.
Detangling has never been so easy and breakage was minimal

  Hair is soft and manageable one week after  treatment
On Sunday I tried the same process on my Mom. If there's one thing I know about her regimen is that she never washes her hair or puts anything liquid on it without properly detangling it first. When I offered to try manshanu on her hair using this method I could tell that she wasn't really buying my 'gist' but fortunately she let me work my magic.
During the process, not one "careful!'' was uttered. Instead I got a "what exactly is this?" and "how did you find out about it's uses?"
Answer to question 1:It is magical manshanu.
Answer to question 2: Out of frustration and I'm still learning about it.
The major lessons I have learnt during my hair journey are that one should never be afraid to try new things and short-cuts do make life easier (not all the time sha *_^).

NOTE:A little goes a long way. Apply too much and your face and neck will be full of oil in no time.
Storage: Manshanu should be stored in a refrigerator
Ready for use? If your manshanu is solid and sweating as seen in the picture opposite don't use heat to melt it. Rather, let it seat for 30-45mins (depending on how hard it is) and it would return to its original state.

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