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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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She Did It!!!!

After 9 months of transitioning, my dear sister Jumie finally did THE BIG CHOP *insert applause*
She’s now a 100% natural haired belle.

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For the transition period, she was mostly in protective styles such as cornrows, braids and twists (with extensions).
She uses a lot of Shea butter, Coconut, Castor and Jojoba oil (all from Vanity Oils 🙂 )
I’m soooo happy she’s done it and joined me on this journey.

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Purple

Simply cos purple is so cool 😊

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Ponytail Rock

My hair. My mane of hairdom. The forest of hair on my head. It has reached a new level of awesomeness.

With a single hair tie and no struggling, my hair can be packed up in a single ponytail-like thing.
There isn’t an actual ‘tail’ to it, so lets just leave it as a ‘pony’.

Anyways. I’m super happy about this. My hair IS actually growing so I must be doing something right 🙂

I’ve even made attempts at styling it a couple of times. Who would have thunk it? My hair is style-able without the help of extensions or a flat iron. Yayyyy

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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.

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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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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.

Scar

Turns out I have a scar on my scalp. I had never noticed it till sometime last week.

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Right in the center. I don’t know how it got there. I don’t know how long it’s been there.

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My worst fear is that it’s a bald spot that’s gonna grow and grow till I’m bald

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