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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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Faux Locs :-)

Guess who’s got locs now?

Meeeeeee!!!!! *jumping around excitedly*

Well they’re not real locs. These are tres cute faux locs. I spent the new year holiday in the home of my forefathers aka Ghana.

I was directed to a salon by the person I’d seen the style on (weirdest thing- I have NO CLUE the name of the salon. All I know it was in a Total filling station close to Spintex road).

I should mention I’d taken out kinky twists, washed and deep conditioned on the 30th of December and had been going around in 5 huge braids hidden under a scarf.
The night before my salon appointment, I dampened the braids and rubbed Shea butter through my hair. Then covered with a disposable shower cap which I didn’t remove till I got to the salon, at which point my hair was humid and easy to work with. I did this cos I wasn’t sure if the stylists knew how to handle natural hair so this sorta makes the job easier for them.

Back to the salon. I sat in a very comfy chair and the stylist got to work. She loosened each braid, spraying with water, combing through with a wide tooth comb and then stretching with a blow dryer set on low heat. All this was done with no input from me. I always find it so fascinating how all 4 salons I’ve visited in Ghana so far have stylists that know at least the basics of treating natural hair while their Nigerian counterparts are pretty clueless. That’s a story for another day.

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Yayyyyyy my hair has grown. Whooooop!!!!!
Lol

She then did ‘pick and drop’ and ‘zipped’ my hair using kinky extensions. Pick and drop is a popular style where hair extensions are braided with your hair only to a certain length of about 1 inch and the the rest of the extension is left loose. Zipping (a new concept I just learned) is when the stylist sorta compresses your hair while braiding with extensions so your hair length is much shorter than usual. More on that when I understand it.

Each braid was then wrapped in more kinky extensions (threading technique) until the full length is covered.

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Locs complete.

To style it, she basically freestyled it by twisting the locs over themselves and wrapping them securing by sewing them with a needle and thread.

Final result:

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I absolutely looove this style.
I’ve even got a number of people coming up to me to compliment me 🙂

Maintenance- the stylist said to use products sparingly in order to avoid build up and I should clean and change the style after a month. Seems its a long term kinda thing. Would see how it goes

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Spotted any interesting protective styles lately? Let me know.

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