Be Hairspired – Meet longtime Naturalista Lisa

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Today, we have a unique hair story from Lisa. She has been a naturalista all her life…. yes from birth. So you can already start to imagine how long her hair is. Her mom also plays a vital role in her hair journey. Plus she has a way of stretching her long mane. Let me stop here. Let’s meet beautiful longtime naturalista, Lisa.

Please introduce yourself and your location

Hi! I’m Ekpei Lisa Ojorumi. I reside in Ogun State, Nigeria precisely at Ibafo.

When and why did you start a healthy hair journey?
My mum had embraced natural hair from start and made up her mind to allow her daughters enjoy such benefits. That, I am a product of and I’m not regretting her choice. So, it’s been from birth exactly sixteen years.

What are your future hair goals?
I hope to increase ladies’ levels of confidence with my natural hair styles. Most girls shy away from decorating their natural hair and admire the natural hair carriers at the same time. Attachments are beautiful but will never create that uniqueness.

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Advice for other Nigerian ladies on a hair journey
Discipline and consistency are the keys. Don’t be discouraged with your result. Your hair can be shorter but might be of a better quality than that long hair you compare with. No producer would badmouth his product. So, find the best cream and shampoo for your hair.
Finally, stand out with your natural hair irrespective of the length and texture and dress like real Africans. Drop your English wear if there’s a choice and be proud of your true identity.

Have you experienced setbacks on your hair journey? How did you bounce back?
Haaaah… So many ooo! #laughs My major setbacks were my hairdressers and dandruff. There were times when I washed my hair and dandruff set in. It was very costly for me then because I used various chemicals until it disappeared. Then, some hairdressers have ‘strong’ hands! I realized my hair loss increased after I invited them because my mum got tired for a while. During those periods, my edges pulled out until my mum took over. I really hail her. She nurtured it well.

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Lisa(left) with her mum(middle) & sister(right)

What is your hair regimen?
I don’t monitor my wash days. My hair doesn’t get soft with water as it does with most ladies. So, I wash only when it gets itchy. I used Vaseline for a long time which I believe caused my dark hair colour until I changed to Pears baby oil and Dax. I’m pretty not into most artificial hair care ladies do. I just let my hair grow naturally and give it attention when needed. Due to my hair texture, I personally thread it every night to get softer the next morning. That’s very stressful though but I’m consistent with it.
Finally, I take fruits as breakfast and balance my diet later in the day.

What is the current length of your hair?
It might amuse you but I don’t measure my hair. For me, measuring one’s hair can lead to desperation in making it longer at all costs or rather, the disappointment if it remains stagnant or gets shorter.

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What are your favorite hair styles?
Natural hair is really fun to style. I don’t use too many pins on my hair. So, my styles are always simple and puffy.

What social media channel(s) can we find you?
Facebook: Lisa Ekpei
Instagram: lisa_ekpei

Love to share your hair story to inspire others, please send a mail to longnigerianhair@gmail.com

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How to Use Onions to Grow your Edges in 3 Weeks

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Remember that one time you saw a lady with full & supple front hairline and you immediately wished that was your hair? You might have even walked up to her & asked her to reveal the secret formula for her gorgeous hairline. I can imagine the way you felt when she told you that her hair has always been that way. Aargghh. Don’t lose hope yet. You can still grow your hairline. Try an inexpensive method onion juice to grow your edges.

Why will onion juice work?

Onions contain certain kinds of sulfur which helps with hair growth. According to this source,

Methylsulfonylmethane is a highly absorbable source of sulfur, found abundantly in onions especially in its outer layers. It facilitates the formation of keratin for hair, resulting in hair growth. It also helps a great deal in autoimmune conditions of hair loss like Alopecia Aereata.

Also a study shared on The National Center for Biotechnology Information’s website, showed that a group of mice treated with onion juice started regrowth of hair within just two weeks when the treatment was started. By 4 weeks, 73.9% of the mice being treated had hair growth.

By now, you are probably wondering how to get onion juice. Very simple! All you need is right in your kitchen. With onions, blender & sieve, you are good to go! Blend the onions and use a sieve to squeeze out the juice. See how I did it here.

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How to use it to grow your edges

Massage the onion juice gently to your edges once or twice a day. I prefer to apply it nightly. I also created an e-pamphlet for how to use it. Download it below.

Grow your Edges Back in 30 Days

What to do avoid during the onion juice treatment period

1. Avoid tight hairstyles. They will make your hair loss worse due to the stress they cause on the edges

2. Avoid combing your edges with the rat tail comb. If possible, use your fingers to carefully smoothen your edges

3. Avoid styling your hair into a bun too often. It will reduce the strain on your edges.

Things to do Regularly during the treatment period

1.Shampoo & deep condition your hair regularly to maintain the health of your hair

2. Wear a satin cap to sleep to reduce breakage

3. Eat healthily & take lots of water. Healthy hair begins from the inside.

Don’t forget to visit a trichologist to help give medical advice on your hair growth.

 

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Be Hairspired- Meet Naturalista, Augusta

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On today’s edition of our Be Hairspired series, we have beautiful Augusta. Her hair journey has come a long way from thinning ends to now an afro. She will also share some of her favorite products with us. Let’s meet Augusta.

Please introduce yourself and your location.

Hello, my name is Zuokemefa Augusta and I stay in Lagos Nigeria.

When & why did you start a healthy hair journey?

I started my healthy hair journey in 2014 when I noticed my relaxed hair was too thin and tiny.

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What are your future hair goals?

My future hair goal is to increase the volume my hair.

Advice for other Nigerian ladies on a hair journey?

My advice to other Nigerian ladies on a hair journey is to focus more on the health of their hair and take out time to care for it.

Have you experienced setbacks on your hair journey? How did you bounce back?

Yes, I have experienced setbacks in my hair journey. It was in 2016 when my hair was breaking a lot and I believed it wasn’t growing anymore. I bounced back by taking out time to read on how to reduce hair breakage and carried out the regimens I learned properly.

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What is your hair regimen?

My hair regimen is carrying out my wash days properly; which includes prepooing, using black soap shampoo and a good deep conditioner ( I use Hills and Vine deep conditioner) because clean scalp makes my hair grow, using Jamaican black castor oil as my growth oil and wearing protective styles often.

What is the current length of your hair?

The current length of my hair is below my collarbone.

What is your favorite way to style your hair?

My favorite way to style my hair is in a big puff with my edges laid with Eco styler gel.

What social media channel(s) can we find you?

You can find me on:

Instagram: @augiie_x 

Twitter @Augiie_x 

Got a hair story to share and inspire others? Send an email to longnigerianhair@gmail.com for a feature. Cheers!

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How to Use Guava Leaves for Hair Growth

Guava Leaves for Hair Growth

In the natural hair world, you will learn every day how simple foods in your kitchen and be used to accelerate your hair growth. I’ve heard of hair drinking bottles of beer so they can look shiny afterward. I’ve heard of hair having a complete balanced diet of eggs, bananas & yogurt in order to remain strengthened. Recently, guava leaves have become the new trend. I was surfing over the internet when I saw the rave about Guavas for hair loss & hair growth. I deep dived & saw that this time around, it was not the guava fruit that was doing the magic, it was the leaves. What use are Guava leaves for hair growth I wondered?

Just like the guava fruit, its leaves are rich in vitamin B2 & C which helps repair the cells and tissues in your body. Apparently, this vitamin also helps to boost collagen activity required for hair growth. Guava leaves also contain Lycopene that gives hair protection from sun’s UV rays.

Guava Leaves for Hair Growth

How to Use Guava Leaves for Hair Growth

According to Hairlossable,

1. In order to reap the full benefits that guava has to offer, all you need to do is boil a handful of guava leaves in a liter of water for about 20 minutes.  At that time, set it aside to cool down to room temperature, before straining the water.Before applying the leaves, you must ensure that your hair is product free, so it might be best to use after showering.

2. When the water is at room temperature, apply it onto your hair from roots to tip, and then massaging into your scalp and hair root. The restorative properties that are found in the guava leaves are transferred within the water, once it is boiled. If you put the solution onto your hair shaft regularly, the mixture will work to help reduce your hair loss.

3. You can put on your shower & wrap your towel around it for up to two hours.  Then rinse your hair with lukewarm water. Remember to moisturize & seal afterward.

.I know that here in Nigeria, you have to boil some herbs in order to reap their benefits. By massaging the guava leave extract into your scalp, this improves blood pressure, which helps the follicles receive more nutrition. You can do this Guava extra rinse on your wash days.

Remember to visit a trichologist if you have severe hair loss or scalp problems.

So tell us, have you ever tried using guava leaves for hair growth?

REFERENCES

http://food.ndtv.com/beauty/guava-leaves-for-hair-growth-how-to-use-this-ancient-beauty-remedy-1629193

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How to Keep Your Hair Moisturized Between Wash Days

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If you have natural hair, you’ve probably been wondering how to keep your hair moisturized between wash days. Maybe you have dry hair, and by the time you get to wash day, your natural curls are suffering breakage. Moisturization can even affect frizz and curl pattern definition during the week when you want to wear cute hairstyles to work and school.

As you probably know, curly hair thrives on moisture. It is always the first thing to check if you’re having a bad hair month. In this post, you’ll find helpful tips to keep your hair moisturized throughout the week so that you can rock your curls with minimal breakage.

Are You Moisturizing the Right Way on Wash Day?

The first step to keeping it moisturized between wash days is to make sure you layer products onto your hair. The LOC method was created for this purpose. When we layer products, we’re able to withstand harmful elements, like friction from a shirt collar or ponytail holder. And we can protect our hair strands from harsh elements like sun rays, wind, and pollution.

The basics of the LOC method are as follows:

– Liquid. Water is the best hydration on the planet. All aspects of our health need H2O to look and feel alive, including our hair and skin. You can choose to apply a detangler during this stage, for minimal breakage during the detangle process.

– Oil. Favorite oils for coilies include avocado, jojoba, and coconut oils. Avocado oil is excellent because its molecules are the perfect size for penetrating the hair shaft. Jojoba oil is ideal because the texture and composition closely resemble the oils found on your scalp.

Coily hair often gets too dry because the natural sebum cannot make its way around the tight coils each day. Using jojoba is an excellent way to help the natural process. Coconut oil is a marvelous oil, praised for its antiviral, antimicrobial, and antifungal attributes. It softens and conditions the hair.

-Cream. Using either a store-bought cream or a butter is the ideal way to coat the hair and protect against damage that could occur during the week.

For a store-bought cream, use either a light daily leave-in conditioner or a heavier curl cream. Plain shea butter works well at this stage because it is nutritional and does an excellent job of sealing in the oil layer from the second stage.

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What to do Between Wash Days

Now that you know exactly how to moisturize on wash day let’s discuss techniques to prolong the moisture. Avoid waiting until your hair is dried out to hydrate. If you keep it moisturized before it needs it, you won’t have gaps in your routine that put you into panic mode.

Remember the LOC method above? The LOC method is the exact technique you’ll use between wash days. Only, during the week you’ll skip the shower water and head straight for a water spray bottle instead.

Your water spray bottle doesn’t only need to consist of water. You can add 5-10 drops of wonderful smelling essential oils like lavender, peppermint, or eucalyptus. Also consider adding glycerin, agave nectar or honey if you live in a dry climate. Humectants like these help coily hair by drawing moisture from the air into your hair.

A water-based detangler like Kinky Curly Knot Today works well here because it will help to detangle while hydrating.

Your hair doesn’t need to be soaking wet to absorb moisture. The idea is to dampen it to get it softer and more manageable. Plus, dampening will help it to dry faster so that you can set a hairstyle for the following day.

How often should you moisturize between washes?

It depends on how much your hair needs it, or how fast it loses moisture. The coilier your hair, the more you’ll need moisture. You might try moisturizing every 2-3 days.

However, some kinky curly types do a moisturization method every night before they go to bed. Setting your hair at night will give you nicer curls in the morning. It may even save you time, considering you may spend more time fiddling with your hair when it’s dry and unmanageable.

Stretched and Protective Hairstyles Are Less Drying

Have you noticed that when you try a wash and go, your hair gets tangled and more dehydrated on the second day? That’s because it’s unprotected and exposed to the elements. The wind, sun, and everyday friction take a toll on kinky hair.

Stretching natural hair isn’t just for naturals who want to loosen their curls. It helps protect the hair by allowing sebum oils to coat and nurture the hair. It also helps prevent damaging tangles.

Protective styling keeps some or all of the hair tucked in and preserved. Protective styles can be done with extensions, weaves, or wigs. Or you can do them with your natural hair only, by doing techniques like roll, tuck, pin and Bantu knots.

Most protective styles aim to cover the ends, which is the oldest part of the hair. You will retain length by covering the ends and not allowing them to be exposed to damage. It also prevents moisture from being sucked from the hair.

Keeping your hair moisturized between wash days will help you avoid tangles and dryness, two things that lead to breakage. If you keep your hair well-moisturized during the week, your natural curls will look and feel much healthier.

Have you tried any of these methods for keeping your hair moisturized between wash days?

Guest post was written by Patrina of NaturalHairQueen.net

Bio: Patrina is the founder of Naturalhairqueen.net; a blog to educate and inspire women with natural hair. Patrina just celebrated her 10-year natural hair anniversary and achieved her goal of waist length hair. With the knowledge she has learned over the years she is dedicated to sharing her knowledge, and experience to educate women who wish to have moisturized, healthy natural long hair.

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The Lazy Naturalista’s Guide for the Rainy Season

naturalista's guide for the rainy season

Hello! As we all know, the rains are here and the downpour has been serious. *shivers* My umbrella is now constantly in my bag just in case. Also, during the rainy season, it is common to see infections like common cold, cough, etc, so you need to take care of the food you eat and water you drink. *handing you an orange*. Besides it is important you take care of your hair this rainy season. Dirty rain water, raised levels of humidity might have an adverse effect on your hair & scalp. Here is a lazy naturalista’s guide for the rainy season:

Try to protect your hair from the rain: You might remember the last time your hair was caught in the rain and you had to endure that nasty damp smell that followed afterward. As part of the naturalista’s guide, always keep a shower cap in your bag always to keep your hair protected.

naturalista's guide for the rainy season

Shampoo to Remove Damp Smell: Truthfully, it’s a bit difficult not to get your hair wet this rainy season, but when you do, get it dried immediately. However, if u are unable to do so, u might need to shampoo after to get rid of the smell. Remember to deep condition after washing your hair.

 Consider Wig Styling: If for one reason or the other your hair gets wet by the rain multiple times in a week, shampooing all those times will be too excessive. You might want to try wigs. With wigs, you can pull them off to dry when they get wet by the rain.

naturalista's guide for the rainy season

Use Hand Dryers Sparingly: You might be tempted to use hand dryers to dry your hair. Do this as minimal as possible as too much of it can cause your hair to dry excessively which can lead to breakage.

Sealing in the Moisture: Yes, this is very important too. You would notice that the air conditioners in your home or office get colder during this season. You need to moisturize & seal your hair regularly so the ACs don’t dry them out.

 One last thing, don’t forget to drink lots of water this season.

Got more tips for us? Please share so we can learn & add to our naturalista’s guide.

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Ms. Adichie’s Natural Hairstyles to Try this July

Hello, beautiful people! The award winning Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has served us so many hair goals this year we can’t help but share a few here. I noticed that most of them look like protective styles while one showed off some of the current hair trends in Lagos. If you also love easy-to-make hairstyles, then check out her natural hairstyles to try this July.

1. The Haverford College 2017 Commencement Ceremony

Check out the side pompadour of Ms. Adichie as she delivers her speech at the commencement ceremony. Also, notice the twist she gave that ceremonial cap.  Love it!

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2.The Inaugural Downtown Columbia Book Festival. Columbia, Maryland.

Here, Ms. Adichie took the two-sided shuku hairstyle to another level. Instead of small cornrows to form the shuku, she did 2 big twists to perfect the style.It perfectly complimented her entire look to the event. Looks like a style that will be easy to pull off too. I’m super tempted to experiment with this style this weekend.

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3.Commencement Speech at Williams College:

Her hair-do for this event was a mix of twists & mini buns, or should we say twist & turns. This style is super elegant yet makes a bold style statement.

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4.At Dior’s Fall/Winter ’17 Coutre Runway Show at Paris Fashion Week

Beading is the new way to style braids. Everyone is in on this trend including Ms. Adichie. The braids together with her outfit gives her a chic look.

 

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Loved any of the natural hairstyles? Tell us your favorite!

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