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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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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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Blehdom

My hair is confused.

That’s the best way I can describe what’s going on right now. I just took out my braids and now my hair just looks like it doesn’t know what’s going on.

The relaxed part kinda looks scared like it knows what’s coming but feels that if its on its best behavior I’ll change my mind.

The natural bit, on the other hand, looks smug and satisfied. Like they know they’ve won this battle, its only a matter of time before the results are announced.

I feel bad about the relaxed bit. Victims of a war they had no choice but to partake in. They didn’t volunteer to be relaxed, they never had a choice. I (the dictator) made all the decisions and everyone had no choice but to follow orders. And now, their numbers are dwindling.

I should point out here that the place where natural hair meets relaxed is RLY fragile (I’ve read it, I’m seeing the proof). So my hair keeps breaking 😦 I can’t put up pics of the hair I’ve lost, its just too graphic for this site and tear-jerking. And so I’ve made my decision. A mercy killing. Let’s just get it over with and pick up the pieces and move on (in this case, throw them in the bin).

So I called Patrick. Tessy no longer works at the salon close to mine and Fela looks lyk the scary option (I keep imagining him with garden shears). Patricks number is switched off 😥

For a second i was really tempted to pick up a pair of scissors and wreak havoc but I simply had a lucid moment, put the scissors down and stepped very far away.

Decided to plait it instead. So bright and early tomorrow morning (by morning I mean whenever I wake up) I shall head to the salon and get my hair woven. ‘All back’ is the chosen style, obviously. And later on next week, I shall track Patrick down and he shall handle the scissors.

I can see u guys aren’t taking me seriously. No tips on how to avoid certain death from my mum if I cut my hair. This myt be my last post for all you know. You guys should help me. How do I break the news to her?

Braids

Aftermath of braids

Chopping Dilemma

June 2nd.

That’s the date I’ve chosen. That’s the day its going down. Literally. Lol I mean my hair. 17 days from now, I’ll be wearing a new look.

I’m so nervous. Haven’t had short hair since my first year of secondary school. That ws about 12/13 yrs ago.

Trying to decide on two important issues.

1. How low can I go

2. Who would have the honor

As to issue 1, its basically between majorly trimming my hair so I’ll have about 3/4 inches or a proper low cut.

Issue 2 is extremely extremely sensitive. I dnt wanna step out of a salon resembling a disease. So I’ve narrowed it down to 3 options.

Option 1- Tessy. She’s based at a salon near my house (shorter commute if it comes out wrong). She usually handles washing n braiding of my hair and she’s trimmed my hair a couple of tyms. Not sure about her cutting skills.

Option 2- Patrick. Some people may recognize this name. He’s based at a salon in ikeja, Bobbys (its something of a hair mecca 2 a lot of girls). He seems to know wt he’s doing. The closest to being a professional.

Option 3- Fela. No, I’m not referring to the famous music legend. This Fela is my brothers barber. So he obviously knows hw 2 cut hair. But as to whether he can only handle already cut hair, I’m clueless.

I also have to find a way to convince my mum not to chop off my head if I cut my hair. Ideas anyone?

By the way, who wants to buy my hair. 100% human hair. Can’t get realer than this. You can start bidding 🙂

How I'd look with an afro

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