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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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Inspiration- SOLANGE KNOWLES

The beautiful and multi talented Solange Knowles gets the spotlight today. Shes a musician, model, DJ and a mom.

She did the big chop in 2009 (Yes I had to google that) and has been rocking her natural hair since then her way.

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Inspiration- Erykah Badu

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This is one lady that isn’t afraid to stand out of the crowd.
Shes constantly mixing things up and trying new things. From her afros to locs to straight hair and buns… and her turbans!!!!
I absolutely love this beautiful multi award winning artist.

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.

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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