Saturday, 30 November 2013

Harumi's cute hairdo




Well what did you expect? She's my good friend and I had to do TWO posts about her! Lol. But seriously, I thought I should do this post because I am impressed at how seriously we are taking natural hair in Nigeria and also at how people are willing to flaunt their natural hair.

Harumi sent me these pics some days after I did the Hair Crush Feature on her. She recently had her hair done at the new O'Naturals Natural Hair Salon here in Lagos. When she told me this I immediately remembered Omozo's blog #natualhairbloggerjunkiethings# called O'Naturals. I checked it out and it checked out! So that's where Harumi got this LOVELY hairstyle done!

Here are more pics:


I am so gonna check out this salon soon-my hair is still too short for anything this fancy, so I will do small twist outs or bantu knot outs and rock my TWA, or just get my hair straightened. These are all things that are so time consuming for me and give me arm cramps! The salon is located at 54 Ogudu Road, near Ojota, Lagos and the website is: www.onaturalsbeauty.com

It's refreshing to know that there is such a thing as a natural hair salon in these parts!
 
 
 
Laterz
xoxo

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Style Crush Features: Sade




Hi guys,


You know that feeling you get when you encounter a true diva-that "how can one single person be so fab" feeling? Yep, that's exactly how I feel about Sade. From top to toe, she's just stunning. Her blog - inmysundaybest is more or less a style magazine. I can't get over how she manages to pair casual simplicity with the chic and classy.

- Please introduce yourself! What do you do?

I'm Sade, I'm an Architecture student and a blogger.
- Tell us a bit about your blog and why you started blogging.

My blog encompasses a little bit of everything, Fashion, Beauty, Lifestyle, and even Art. I started blogging in my second year of university due to sheer boredom and needing some sort of creative outlet that was a little bit more serious than tumblr.




- What are 5 fashion items (clothes, shoes, accessories, etc.) that describe your personal style?

-My cat eye or round glasses

-My signature red lip and winged liner

-A pair of loafers

-A breton tee

-Numerous thin golden rings!

- Please share about 2 or 3 style tips that you think would help people improve their style



The best style tip I can offer is to wear what YOU like and what YOU love, anyone else's opinion is irrelevant as long as you feel beautiful in what you're wearing!



- What advice do you have for low-budget fashion lovers?

Charity Shops are your best friends! There are so many hidden treasures in Charity Shops and I've gotten so many cool items of clothing from my local ones. Also, you can find some pretty cool stuff on Ebay too!

- What are your top 3 fave fashion stores or brands?

-Topshop

-ASOS

-&Other Stories



- What else would you like us to know about you?

Aside from fashion, I'm very interested in Art & Design, particularly in the realms of Architecture and Illustration and I aim to continue with it once I've graduated!

- Where can one find or follow you on the web?

I'm on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and of course, my blog www.inmysundaybest.com




The accessories- those glasses and the rings....the striped top on polka dot skirt, the monochromatic elegance, the lace collar on aztec print, the way she plays with several textures and layers, the way she glamorizes otherwise boring colours, the risk-taking, even the photography backdrop and even Sade's dainty pretty features....I am in love! Lol!


Laterz!
xoxo

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Must haves: Hand jewelry



Heylo!

I love jewelry. A LOT.
I love piercings and I cant wait to get more. I also like body jewelry, so I occasionally rock toe rings and anklets and stuff. I even recently ordered some midi rings from Asos and I can't wait to see em!

Anywho, I also am very artsy and am into DIYs, so I very recently brought out my craft kit, dug out some chains, some charms and other stuff and made me some cute hand harnesses.....


Doesn't the slipper just rhyme with my nail polish loool






I love me some brass/copper/bronze tones



I really LOVE these and I have been rocking them a lot lately. Stores where you can get hand jewelry like these are www.asos.com (delivery to Nigeria is free), www.shopdfl.com, www.lerevepieces.com (check the website for store address) and Accessories2DieFor outlets. Well those are the trendy jewelry stores I know of here in Lagos; let me know if I missed out any!



Laterz
xoxo

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Hair Crush Features: Harumi




Hello everyone!


Today my feature is on my good friend and fellow natural, sexy mommy, wife, entrepreneur etc etc etc!

Check it out!

-Please introduce yourself! What do you do?

My name is Harumi Gittens. Im currently working in a family business but I also have other things I do on the side. I make hand made wedding invitations and also about to start a gourmet desert business. I'm also a new mom to my beautiful son Rian. Yes! I said beautiful :-)

http://cherryblossomsng.com/

- Why did u decide to go or stay natural, and how long have you been natural for?

I've been natural now for two and a half years approximately. I decided to go natural because I messed my hair up with too much hair dyes. It really got damaged and I knew I needed to grow it out. I've been natural before so I knew what to expect when transitioning.

- What's your hair type, your regimen and staple hair products?

To be honest I don’t know what my hair type is. I don't really believe in hair types because I think all it does is show the curl pattern but not the texture. Different people can have the same curl pattern but have different textures. I have-I think- all the different curl patterns on my hair. Parts of it are almost straight and parts of it are wavy and other parts curly. It’s really something.

My regimen for now is to wash every week. I shampoo, condition and then I use a leave-in conditioner as well. And when it is almost dry I use a curling butter.

I don’t have any staple products because it’s not so easy to stick to one product in Nigeria; the only thing I make sure is my leave-in conditioner has to be cream-based not water-based. I have extremely dry hair and water based leave in doesn't do anything for me. Also the curling butter has to have shea butter. Right now im using Cantu Shea Butter Curling Cream and it's very good. Anyone that has dry hair will love this product.

- Please share a few tips and tricks for retaining length?

Always wash your hair. Initially I used to wash my hair twice a week. But now with baby it's just once. But I make sure I wash it weekly. I also trim my hair very often. I think these things helped me.

- What reactions did u get when u first went natural and/or what reactions do u get now?
I never did the big chop until my natural hair was long enough to put up in a bun. But once I cut it off I'd get a lot of people commenting on my hair and even some random people asking for hair tips.

It's still the same now. Especially if I decide to leave my hair out. Then I get a lot of stares.

Straightened

- How do you wear your hair to work or formal occasions?

At work it’s mostly in a bun but I’ve started experimenting with different hairstyles. If I’m going to a formal occasion I would usually do twist outs or straighten it.

- What's the best thing about going natural and what advice do you have for other wanna-be naturals out there?

For me the best thing is having healthy hair. And also the fact that I can wear my hair almost any way I want. I can have it straight one week and the next a big poof of curls.

My advice to any wanna be natural is don't give up. It’s a bit hard in the beginning especially trying to find products that work for your hair but it's worth it in the end. Just listen to your hair. Experiment as much as possible. Try to work on a hair regimen that you know you can stick to. 


- Where can one find and follow u on the web?

I'm about to start my own blog. It’s going to be about my journey through pregnancy and now as a new mom. Sharing my experience and tips, and my journey now to get back into shape after having a baby. It’s called yomymomy.blogspot.com 


So that's it guys.....
Harumi's hair is GORGEOUS- and I always tell her, her hair grows like a weed! I read a post by Cipriana of Urban Bush Babes that a clean scalp is a sure way of promoting fast hair growth. I know Harumi is almost obsessed with clean hair, so I wasn't surprised when she mentioned this as a tip towards retaining long hair length.

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Hair Crush Features: Berry Dakara



Berry Dakara is my natural hair feature for today. I really like her blog, she's funny, and has a lovely personality-and a lovely smile too!

Check it out:


- Please introduce yourself! What do you do?

Hello! My name is Berry Dakara. Apart from my regular 9-5 job (well, 7-4) I blog as well. I recently moved back to Nigeria after 14 years in the US. I call Atlanta, Boston, Lagos and Port Harcourt ‘home.’

- Why did u decide to go or stay natural, and how long have you been natural for?


I stopped relaxing my hair in 2006, because I wasn’t taking proper care of my hair and it was shedding. I figured that if I went natural, I would be forced to take care of it (in theory, true… in reality, it still took me a while to start taking care of it).



- What’s your hair type, your regimen and staple hair products?

My hair type would be a 4C, although I have different types all over my head. I’ve seen a perfectly straight strand on my head!

Before I talk about my regimen, I must confess that I’m a “Lazy Natural.” This means that I do enough to get by, but I’m not religious with my hair care. I typically DC and wash my hair every 7-10 (sometimes 14) days. I have my spray bottle mix which includes water, leave-in conditioner, and a mix of oils. After my hair’s cleaned, I spray my mix in and seal everything off with a hair butter. I usually flat twist afterwards to keep my hair stretched. If I’m particularly lazy, I’ll do 4 single braids. I carry my spray bottle around with me, and if my hair starts to feel dry/crunchy, I whip it out and quench the thirst.

My staple hair products these days include Goya EVOO, and the hair care range from African Naturalistas.




- Please share a few tips and tricks for retaining length?


o Honestly, I’m not sure if I’m the best person to ask about length retention. I feel like my hair isn’t long at all – blame it on shrinkage and hair envy. I’ve read that protective styles work really well. I guess I do protect my hair because I wear wigs often, and when my hair’s out, it’s usually in a bun or flat twists with the ends hidden. I have to say though, that my hair’s growing, albeit slowly.

- What reactions did u get when u first went natural and/or what reactions do u get now?

My cousin was natural before me, so people around me already were used to it. However, some family members weren’t encouraging. I was asked constantly when I’ll relax. I’m still being asked if I’ll relax for my wedding (NO!!!). My mum has been so-so about it. She says I don’t wear my hair out enough to warrant staying natural. And apparently I don’t style it often either. LOL, I did a Grecian flat twist, and she said I looked like a house girl! She’s quite flashy and I’m more plain and un-fussy, so I think that’s why she has those reactions.



- How do you wear your hair to work or formal occasions?

Like I said, with styling, I usually bust out one of my wigs or I put my hair in a bun. I like the simplicity and elegance of a classic bun. Occasionally, I’ll do a flat twist out.

- What’s the best thing about going natural and what advice do you have for other wanna-be naturals out there?

The best thing about being natural is variety. There’s so much I can do with my hair, although I need to put it into practice more often. My advice would be to have fun with your hair! Try different styles, use accessories to your advantage, and while reading up and doing research on natural hair care, FIND OUT WHAT WORKS FOR YOU! All natural hair is NOT created equal.



- Where can one find and follow u on the web?

My personal blog, Berry Dakara (http://berrydakara.blogspot.com). I also blog regularly for African Naturalistas (http://www.africanaturalistas.com). You can find me on Twitter @BerryChocoLatte and Instagram @Berrydakara









Laterz!
xoxo

Friday, 22 November 2013

Gratitude




Gratitude.
It's hard being grateful when things are not looking good wouldn't you say? I read a post about how our minds are programmed to remember negative events or occurrences easily, when compared to positive events. It is actually not logical to have a positive, radiant attitude when one is going through crazy challenges and generally having a tough time.

However, many inspirational speakers and writers talk about how having a thankful look-on-the-bright-side attitude is the key to success. The Bible talks about how important being grateful is too. So I guess the real question is: WHY exactly should I be grateful all the time and HOW do I accomplish this?

1. It's less stressful: I personally hate to worry. It drains me and disorients me a lot. I can't help it though, it just creeps up on me sometimes. But I recall times when I decided not to worry about things and focus on the things I have-I look back at these 2 separate approaches and I realize worrying did not change much anyway.

2. You can find a solution faster: Way faster. When we refuse to focus on the negatives, we are able to think clearly and objectively.

3. You develop an appealing and success-oriented aura, and open yourself up to more opportunities.





How we can work on being grateful is by just taking that step! Decide today that being depressed will do NOTHING to change the situation. Begin to do a mental list of the blessings God has given you and try to focus on those instead. It may sound cheesy and might make you want to roll your eyes, but this truth is and will always be the key to a happy, successful life. If you really think about it, it makes sense.




So let's make a decision to begin to focus on the positives and be grateful to God, as much as can and as often as we can shall we?


"1 Thessalonians 5:18 in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus"

:-)



Laterz
xoxo

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Hair Crush Features: Eki


Hi!
I think I have right here a TRUE hair crush (and style crush for that matter). I find myself ogling her pics again and again! And that's simply because she is really pretty, has amazing hair, has a great personality, has plenty style and confidence. She's Eki, a fellow blogger I have been following  for a while-even on her former blog. She was actually one of the first set of ladies I asked to be featured on my blog and when she sent me her responses and pics I was like yippee! 
Check it out:

- Please introduce yourself! What do you do?

Hey everyone, my name is Eki Ogunbor and I’m a superhero. Lol, no actually I’m a blogger and designer living in Lagos Nigeria who loves God, sleep and the colour purple.

- Why did u decide to go or stay natural, and how long have you been natural for?

I’ve been natural for 3 years and I made the decision simply cuz I hated the process of relaxing my hair, I never thought it was something I could commit to for the rest of my life. Another important reason is the fact that I like BIG hair, you’d see that from my pictures.




- What’s your hair type, your regimen and staple hair products?

I think I’m 4b/c. My regimen is pretty simple because I listen to my hair and I know what it needs and when it needs it. I do a lot of protective styling for the most part of the month, either with braids, a weave or a wig. Before and after that I make sure my hair is washed with either Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk Shampoo or Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Shampoo, and properly conditioned with Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Conditioner (which I also use as a deep conditioner). I use a lot of oils such as coconut oil, castor oil, jojoba oil, olive oil and shea butter depending on what my hair needs. Sometimes I make a mixture of different oils and apply that with shea butter instead, not forgetting eucalyptus oil, which helps with itching. When I feel my hair needs it, I deep condition with yogurt or mayonnaise, and sometimes do an apple cider vinegar rinse.



- Please share a few tips and tricks for retaining length?

Protective styling goes a loooong way to be very honest. And please, don’t disturb your hair with combs, heat or even touching it all the time, hand in hair/afro syndrome is a length killer. Don’t use too many products as well, I’ve found that the more natural products I use, the better the health of my hair so keep it simple.

- What reactions did u get when u first went natural and/or what reactions do u get now?

My mum & my sister didn’t like it cuz I did the big chop after having really healthy long relaxed hair, but I knew it would grow back eventually. Other people just thought I was being weird or was trying to be more African and in touch with my ‘roots’… Come on people, it’s just hair! Someone actually asked if I was going to stop using make up and wear only Ankara… really? But these days I get a lot of compliments and questions about it so the reactions aren’t as bad as they used to be.




- How do you wear your hair to work or formal occasions?

If it’s not in protective styling then anything goes really, it just depends on how I feel. Sometimes when I go into a place I want people to see my hair before they see me lol, other times I could be really quiet and just go with a simple updo. Wherever the wind blows!

- What’s the best thing about going natural and what advice do you have for other wanna-be naturals out there?

The best thing would be being able to rock my own BIG hair. Most people wear wigs or weaves to achieve something God’s given me naturally, it’s a blessing. Another thing would be NOT having to relax my hair, I’ve always hated the process. It’s not like my scalp always got burns or my hair was unhealthy, I just hated it, so you see why I had to find an alternative way of life for my mane. For those who are thinking of going natural out there, it’s not an easy journey. Like any life changing decision you make, think it through and be sure it’s what you really want before you take the plunge. Don’t do it for the world, do it for you. And most of all… Patience. You need patience to listen to your hair and know what it wants, to be calm and let it grow at it’s natural pace (if some growth stimulants don’t work) and to take care of it for better and for worse. Some bad hair days have made me wish I still had my TWA, believe me! Please be aware that when you hair finally grows to your desires length, you know bra strap length and the rest that comes after, it gets a lot harder. Naptural85 on youtube will show you what that’s like!



- Where can one find and follow u on the web?

You can visit my blog http://www.thechameleonblogger.com/
Follow me on twitter @chameleonblgr
Follow me on instagram @_eki
Like my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/thechameleonblogger

Thank you so much for the feature! x





Yea I told you!
I really admire Eki's hair and I just hope my hair looks that good when it grows longer! I LOVE that look she had in the third pic from the top, I just love that dreadlock effect it had! And I love her twist out in the very first pic. Just fabulous.
For more deets on her hair care and particularly for style tips , check out her blog here.


Laterz