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Bentonite Clay Wash

It’s been a while. And once again I apologize.
It’s just been a busy couple of months (I’m an Aunty now by the way. Yayyy me) but i have actually been getting stuff done so my next couple of posts would be from the past. Just wanna catch up to what I’m doing right now.

So I walked into the L’Espace beauty bar (Olosa Str, off Karimu Kotun, VI) and found out they carry Kinky Apothecary products. Yayyyy!!!
So I got 2 packs of Henna and 1 of Bentonite Clay.
I’ve heard a lot about using clays/mud to wash/cleanse your hair and I must say I was very interested.
Bentonite clay draws out toxins. Something about positive and negative charges (can you tell how much I don’t love chemistry?) So it basically clings to dirt and build up and so when you wash it out, the dirt and toxins get washed out as well.
Some people apparently even drink/eat it to detoxify their insides (this is the point where I feel the need to put in a disclaimer. I’m not an expert or even close. If you want to eat/drink anything, please make sure it has nothing to do with this statement. Do your research and consult a medical practitioner! Thanks!)

That weekend (after much research on Natural hair blogs) I got to it.
In a bowl, I mixed the bentonite clay (100g) with apple cider vinegar and aloe Vera gel. I didn’t measure. Just kept adding till it was a spreadable consistency.

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After finger detangling and sectioning my hair, I proceeded to apply the clay. Just went line by line in each section until my whole head was covered.
Even had enough left over for my face 🙂

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Rinsed out in the shower. This took quite a while to make sure it was all out.
My hair felt fabulous afterwards. All soft and silky and clean (not that dry squeaky feeling) and awesome.
Actually didn’t even use a conditioner to detangle in the shower.

Rubbed in some of my Shea butter mix (Shea butter, aloe Vera gel and oils like coconut, castor and avocado) and braided my hair in 4(?) large plaits to air dry.
Covered with a satin bonnet and went to bed.

Had my hair in a high puff all week.

Details:
L’Espace is located at No 19 Olosa Street, off Karimu Kotun, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Check out the following links for more info on Bentonite clayCurlyNikki
Natural Nigerian

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Scalp Scrub

Last weekend, I did my very first scalp scrub. I’d read a couple of articles on this online and decides to give it a go.

It’s basically exfoliating your scalp and has a lot of benefits
It removes dead skin cells
Promotes blood circulation in your scalp which promoted growth
It cleanses your scalp by removing build up
It helps relieve dandruff and itchy scalp

What I did:
1. In a small bowl, I combined 2 tablespoons of granulated cane sugar with extra virgin olive oil. Don’t pour in too much oil so you don’t end up dissolving the sugar not should be a paste

2. Divided my hair into 6 sections and working on each section, I applied the paste to my scalp rubbing very gently.

3. When I had worked through my entire head, I let it sit for about 30mins (just because) and then proceeded to shampoo and condition as usual

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Rub a dub scrub

I had been rocking my ‘faux locs’ for a couple of weeks when the itching started. First it was something I could ignore but I caught my fingers in my hair a couple of times and knew it was time to do something about it.

I turned to my trusty pals- Google and YouTube, for help. I got a LOT of info about cleaning your hair while in braids or locs. I decided to go with the Baking soda and Apple cider vinegar approach.

What you will need:
Baking soda
Apple cider vinegar- 1 cup
A very soft toothbrush (I used a baby’s toothbrush)
Hair ties

What to do:
Tie up your braids/locs in a loose ponytail.

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Mix the baking soda with water until you get a light paste.

Remove one braid at a time from the ponytail to work with. This would ensure you don’t miss a spot. Using the toothbrush, apply a little bit of the baking soda paste to your scalp and scrub gently.

When you’ve gotten to every braid its time to rinse it out.

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 Mix the Apple cider vinegar with 2-3cups of water and apply to your scalp.
Rinse thoroughly with water and let your hair dry.

I applied a mix of Jojoba and tea tree oil to my scalp afterward.

The itching was gone and I had the locs in for another month with no itching at all.

Three Orange Men- My Henna Experience

Many years ago (10-15yrs), an orange soda company called Mirinda had the brilliant idea to add three orange men to my list of fears.
They were dressed in black and had orange faces and hands. Saw them on tv walking on the streets and being drawn to anything orange. I remember crying cos my mum made me wear an orange dress to a party. What if the orange men came to me?
MUCH later on (or so it seems in my head), we found out it was a publicity campaign by Mirinda. Whew!!! My young heart breathed a sigh of relief.

YouTube video of Three Orange Men commercial in Portuguese

On Friday, I had my 3rd Henna treatment. And this was a lot better than my other two attempts but with some not so great outcomes.
I used CurlyNikkis method described here.
I got a 300g bag from NaturalNigerian for N900.
I sifted half of it in the morning and added green tea. Then I covered with cling film and went to work.
I came home to this:

Henna and green tea paste. After 10 hours

I added conditioner and honey.

Conditioner and Honey mixed in

Detangled, washed and condition my hair and proceeded to apply the henna mix.
Things to note:
1. You MUST use gloves.

Comparing my palm to my sole. HUGE difference (Pls excuse the wires)

I became an honorary member of the Three Orange Men.

This was really good henna. The stain was unbelievable. In my previous henna attempts, I used my bare hands and nothing happened. Obviously, I wasn’t working with the real thing.

I washed my hands with liquid and bar soap, detergent, used a body scrub and lime juice. My hands were still orange. A week later, my nails are still orange.

2. Lay old newspaper on the floor cos the henna would drip and slide and fall anywhere it can

3. Sift the henna properly. I sifted mine with a regular flour sift and even that wasn’t enough. It still felt really grainy. Found a nice tutorial on sifting here

4. Wear a top you don’t mind getting stained. Preferably something dark colored.

5. Rinse out with conditioner only. Please don’t even consider shampoo. Dunk your hair in a tub of water to get majority of the henna out then rinse.

6. A MOISTURIZING deep conditioning treatment is extremely necessary after the henna. Henna can be very drying.

That’s basically it. I put on the henna, left it over night, took forever rinsing it out, deep conditioned and then braided on sections to air dry.

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A lot of backdated posts coming this way ☺

I finally trimmed my hair last month and best of all, I did it myself. Thanks to some tips from you tube and this post here by Omozo of O’Naturals

I twisted my hair and had that in for about a week. Then I got a new pair of hair scissors from my brothers barbing kit and got to work.

As usual, I sectioned my hair (still in the twists) into I think 6 parts using ouchless hair ties and then worked on one section at a time. I’d pull out a single twist and then secure it between two fingers with about an inch (stretched out length, not curly) of hair poking out at the tip then snip go the scissors.

I did this until I’d worked on each section. Wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be so Yayyyy.

I went from

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to

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But then I loosened the twists and did a bunch of stuff to my hair (more on that later) so the next time I twisted my hair (about a week ago), I once again had scraggly ends.

Luckily I was at Twists & Locs Salon so they trimmed it.

And all was well with the world again.

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Goodbye Dandy

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I recently got my hair done in kinky twists and I loooove them. They’re shorter than I usually do them but the length has grown on me.

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Some background info about me and braids or twists- EVERY single time I’ve gotten my hair done in braids or twists, I got dandruff. Every single time. Anytime between a day and 2 weeks after I get them done.
As you can imagine, this has been extremely annoying to say the least.

But guess what?
I’ve had these twists in for 2 days and no sign of the pesky flakes of annoyanceness (I’ve permitted myself to form new words).

Thanks to Vanity Oils I found a solution.

Right after I got my hair braided, I made myself a mix. In my spray bottle I added avocado oil, coconut oil, peppermint oil and distilled water (distilled just seems safer, il get the exact reason later).
I spray this mix into my hair, focusing on my scalp up to the point my own hair stops in the twist (no point wasting the goodness of my mix on fake hair that won’t be affected). I do this at least once a day, sometimes twice.

The mix may not look like the nicest thing on earth but it obviously agrees with me. Yayyyyy!!!

Therapy Wrap

One of my newest and most awesome purchases is the Bella Nutri hair therapy wrap
It’s basically a portable steaming cap. I got it online from Amazon and it cost $30.

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And it’s pink (Yayyyyy!!!!)
It’s made up of a simple head wrap, with a tail for tightening it up, and silicone gel packs in pockets.

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I use it every time I deep condition (every 1 or 2 weeks). After washing my hair, I apply a deep conditioner of my choice and cover my head with a disposable plastic cap (available from Vanity Oils in packs of 20).
I then get the wrap heated using the microwave in six 15 second intervals. I put it on my head over the plastic cap and leave on for about 30 minutes.

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I rinse out my hair afterwards and style as usual.

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After each use, I take The gel packs from the wrap and clean with a damp cloth. Then I wash the wrap itself.

Its made deep conditioning sessions so much easier and quicker. I definitely recommend this product.

Shea Hair Butter

Just in case I haven’t said it enough, I love Shea butter.
For me, it’s a miracle product. I use it for sealing, conditioning, hot oil treatments, mix it with gels and also as a body cream.
It makes life a lot easier when I mix it with other products so I don’t have a bunch of different products and get confused on when to use which.
This is where the whipped Shea butter comes in. When I started my hair journey, I came across a number of videos on YouTube on the subject. In all of them, you add your products to the Shea butter and whip with a whisk (electric or otherwise).
I’ve found an alternative.
Vanity Oils Shea butter. It’s 100% pure Shea butter, already whipped. This means it’s easier to work with.

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Making a shea hair butter mix with this product makes life so much easier. It’s quick, not as expensive as buying an already made hair butter and best of all, it contains products you want.

What you need:
Vanity Oils Shea butter
Oils of your choice- I use a mix of coconut, extra virgin olive, castor, grape seed, tea tree and cedar
Aloe Vera gel (optional)
Glycerin (optional)
Anything you feel like adding basically
Mixing tool (I use the end of a rat tail comb)

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Glycerin, Aloe vera gel, mix of oils (coconut, olive, castor, grape seed, cedar and tea tree)

What to do:

Add glycerin (1 tablespoon. I don’t measure but that should do), aloe Vera gel (3 tablespoons?) and oils (my oils are already mixed together. I add about a quarter of a cup) to the Shea butter.

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Mix thoroughly.

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The End.

It really is that easy. Takes less than 5 minutes.

The result is a soft fluffy mix that’s easy to use (Bye to hard, unyielding Shea butter).

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Contact Vanity Oils by sending them a message- info@vanityoils.com or calling them on 07030306302 or 07034250239

Pure Essence

In my last post, I mentioned some new products I was trying out.

While in Ghana- on one of many hunts for new restaurants- I came across a store that sold natural products. The sign in front advertised their soaps and oils in particular.
There was no way I wasn’t going to investigate. I walked in and I was definitely impressed.
They have such a wide range of products and they are all natural. Woop!
Soaps, oils, butters, shampoos, conditioners, lotions, candles and other things.
I got their Shea hair shampoo and conditioner. Sulfate free 😃, no weird chemicals as far as I can tell.

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Pure Essence Shea Hair Shampoo & Conditioner

Ingredients for shampoo- aqua (water), soap base (made from lye and fat/oil), Shea butter, geranium (a flowering plant, great for dry and damaged hair), nettle, comfrey, tea tree and peppermint.
Ingredients for conditioner- aqua, soap base, Shea butter, rosemary, tea tree and peppermint.
Awesome.
Gave them a try a couple of weeks ago and I was quite happy with the results.
The shampoo is watery but does a great job at getting the hair clean without giving it that squeaky feel. I would definitely be using it again.
The conditioner was just okay. Nothing spectacular. I would give it another try and see how it goes.

Visit them at Pure Essence

The Fridge

When in doubt, head to the fridge 🙂

I’ve had twists in my hair for the past 3 weeks. Loosened them last night. Sprayed my hair with a conditioner (V05 tea tree clarifying conditioner), extra virgin olive oil and water. Sectioned in 6 parts, put on season 8 of Greys Anatomy an started loosening the twists, finger detangling as I went.
Was way too tired when I was done so I left my hair in the sections and went to bed.

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My hair in sections

This morning, I attempted to wash my hair in sections. Didn’t work out so I took out the sections and washed as usual. New post later about my shampoo and conditioner find.
Then I realized I didn’t have any deep conditioner. Dilemma. So I headed to the fridge. Got a bowl and mixed in mayonnaise and honey. Added Shea butter and coconut oil. And voila, I had my deep conditioner.

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Got it in my hair. Rinsed it out after an hour and plaited my hair into 4. Took out the plaits later in the evening when I was going out and put my hair in a puff. My hairs beautifully soft and shiny. Yayyy me 🙂

Moral of the post- use things around you. Eggs, honey, mayo, avocados, bananas, apple cider vinegar, coconut milk, yoghurt. They all have great benefits for the hair. And it’s a lot easier than running to the nearest supermarket with wet hair.

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