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Vanity Oils is Back in Stock – Relaunch on Black Friday (27th Nov) at 6am

Dear Loyal Customers,

It is with great pleasure that we announce the re-launch of VANITY OILS.

We can’t say THANK YOU enough for all your support, patience and loyalty.

You have been gracious during our down time and we are happy to say we are opening for business on BLACK FRIDAY (27th Nov) starting at 6am.

We listened to your complaints and suggestions, and in line with our core value "CUSTOMERS DETERMINE OUR SUCCESS", we have made the following improvements:

· A brand new user friendly website with loads of information. Visit us at www.vanityoils.com

· Easy to remember numbers +234700VANITYOILS or +2349081691364

· Complete Product Make Over, brighter packaging, reusable carrier bags

· 4 brand new products!!!

· Secure payment platform – You can now pay conveniently and securely with your VISA, Master or Verve Nigerian Cards

· Larger Stock Quantities

To show our LOVE and APPRECIATION, we are giving our First 100 Customers a free 100ml bottle of Coconut Oil !!!!

SO HURRY TO OUR WEBSITE and SHOP!!! SHOP!!! SHOP!!! as we COUNT DOWN TO 6AM on BLACK FRIDAY!!!

With Love and Thanks,

Vanity Oils

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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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Amazing Henna

As I said in the previous post, I did a henna treatment last weekend.
The thing is henna usually leaves my hair extremely dry and straw like. But I kinda figured that’s how it was supposed to be before deep conditioning.
So as usual, I sifted the henna and mixed with green tea. Covered with cling film and went to work. I do this on Friday morning so that its ready by the time I wash my hair after work. I just add honey and conditioner to it.
This time however I was going through CurlyNikki and saw someones comment about coconut milk in henna so I googled it and came across a couple of sites that explained it. Basically, you can use coconut milk (instead of tea or lemon or whatever) to mix your henna. The lactic acid in the coconut milk allows the henna to release its dye. Since I’d already mixed my henna with tea, this is what I did when I got home:

*Washed my hair with Natures Essence tea tree shampoo
*Patted dry with an old t-shirt and parted into 4 sections secured by butterfly clips
*Added coconut milk (about half a cup), 1 cup of V05 conditioner and 1 tablespoon each of Avocado, Olive and Grape seed oil to the Henna and mixed thoroughly
* I applied the mix to each section. Parting the sections and coating my hair from root to end until my whole head was covered * Wrapped it up with cling film and went to bed
* The next morning, I rinsed out majority of the henna by dunking in a tub full of water. My hair felt really good- soft and silky. No signs of straw
* Deep conditioned with Mane & Tail Deep Moisturizing conditioner, honey and avocado oil. Wrapped in cling film and left it on for about an hour. * Rinsed out, detangled in 6 sections
* Dried with an old t-shirt
* Applied Mane & Tail hair strengthner leave-in conditioner, some oil and shea butter in that order (the LOC method) * twisted my hair in 6 sections and allowed to air dry

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Cling Film

It recently came to my notice how awesome Cling Film is. For my hair.

I did a henna treatment last week (post coming up on that) and realised I’d run out of the disposable shower caps I usually use. I remembered seeing someone on YouTube using cling film so I trooped to the kitchen and wrapped my hair with the cling film.
It was gooood. Held really tight but not uncomfortable. Still had drippies but not so much.

Cling film is now the newest addition to my hair tools.

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MIA-ness

Once again I find myself stating the obvious fact that its been a while since I’ve been on here and the same reasons (excuses?) apply- super busy with work, studying, business, friends, life in general.
Its all true but what’s also true is that I pretty much got tired of my hair at some point. This wasn’t the first time I’d felt that way and the solution was usually a long term (1-2months) protective style such as braids with extensions. The problem this time was that I was already in braids.
So I wasn’t even seeing or handling my hair and I was fed up with it. Nothing seemed right with it. My hair isn’t ‘soft as a cloud’ no matter what I do or put in it. Its just never been and I really want soft, natural hair.
I also get dandruff once in a while and I have NO clue why. AND I’ve tried so many remedies to get rid of it but it always comes back.
The thought of my shrunken curls (kinks, more like) was also not helping things.
All in all, I got into the ‘natural hair isn’t for everyone’, everyone being me, frame of mind and decided to make a change.
I read all I could find on texturizing and texlaxing. I also watched videos on the application and results. In the end, I decided I’d texturize my hair and colour it.
Headed to some salon my mums been raving about and left there with my hair still natural. I couldn’t do it.
I love my hair natural. Its not perfect but its mine so I’m gonna stick with it.
So I’m back now. More posts coming up. I hope you find them useful and (dare I say?) entertaining.

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