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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Be Hairspired Series- Miriam’s Hair Story

Be hairspired series- Miriam's hair story

We love to celebrate ladies with amazing hair stories. Today, we have someone with a very exciting transitioning & natural hair journey. So grab a bowl of popcorn, a notepad & enjoy! Here’s Miriam’s hair story.

Name & Location:

My name is Miriam Nwanguma. A naturalista, makeup artist and a foodie based in Abuja, Nigeria.

When & why did you start a healthy hair journey(Miriam’s hair story)?

I have always been an ardent admirer of the African virgin hair. I loved its versatility and how eclectic and earthy it is. I also loved how refreshingly “African” it is in a society where all you see is long bouncy weaves and relaxed hair. However, I was hesitant in chopping off my retouched hair because I’m lucky to be blessed with long healthy and full hair. So, I transitioned for about 7 months and one faithful Friday evening in August 2014, I stood in front of my dressing mirror with scissors in one hand and chopped off all my relaxed hair (I still can’t believe I did that!). The next day I went to a barbing salon for a neater and more even cut. And so my natural hair journey began. Lol.

 

Be hairspired series- Miriam's hair story

What are your future hair goals?

My future goals are: achieving waist length hair ( my shakara will know no bounds), ability to manage and handle my 4b hair myself better because it’s soo full and dense and most times I just go to a salon. And also becoming a style guru cos I love to style my hair. I also hope to go into commercial production of natural hair products, I currently just produce for myself.

Advice for other Nigerian ladies on a hair journey?

My advice for other Nigerian ladies on a hair journey is please be patient with your hair, stop comparing your journey to others, understand your hair, know your hair and above all, love your hair, it’s all yours, so rock it!

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

Setbacks? Hmmm….. a lot of setbacks! I had issues like severe breakage and hair loss, dry and brittle hair. I had to take time and seriously study my hair and study how it reacts to products I use on it. I discovered that with 4b hair, it’s all about moisture, moisture, moisture!!! Also, the importance of detangling before washing cannot be over-emphasized as it makes washing 10 times easier. Also, I learned to wash in matted portions, this reduces breakages drastically and prevents knotting of the hair.

I have severe HIHS (hand-in-Hair Syndrome). Once my hair is out, I can’t keep my fingers off it. I tend to pull off and chop off the knots, especially at the edges and this has led to serious hair loss around my edges. I’m still battling with this…

What is your hair regimen?

My hair regime is pretty straightforward oo. On wash days, I start with hot oil treatment. I apply it on already portioned hair, cover with shower cap and leave it on for about 30mins. Then I wash with my liquid black soap and very warm water which helps in opening up the pores to absorb all the yummy goodness. lol. Then I apply my homemade deep conditioner (if I have the time to make it) or I use my preferred natural hair product which is WE Naturals. After applying the deep conditioner, I use a wide tooth comb to comb my hair gently then braid it in portions again and cover it with a shower cap for about 2-3 hours. I rinse off the deep conditioner with cold water to close the pores and keep the acquired goodness inside. lol. I then apply my conditioner and leave it on for 5 minutes then rinse off, dry my hair with an old t-shirt, apply my leave in conditioner, whipped hair butter, and a little hair oil, comb out the tips by holding it in a puff. Then I style as desired.

During the week, if I discover my hair feels dry, I do a quick co-wash, then style for the rest of the week before the next wash day.

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What is the current length of your hair?

My hair is currently shoulder length when stretched.

What is your favorite way to style your hair?

My favorite way to style my hair is a high puff with the tips stylishly tucked in. This style suits my face perfectly, can be accessorized with pretty bows, bands, and clips and can last for up to 2 weeks.

Be hairspired series- Miriam's hair story

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

my IG handle is @pouts_n_glitaz

Twitter is pouts_n_glitaz

Love Miriam’s hair story & ant to be featured on our Behairspired series,  please send a mail to longnigerianhair@gmail.com

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How to Make Unrefined Coconut Oil (Photos)

Whether your hair is relaxed or natural, you might have heard a lot about coconut oil. Lots of ladies swear by it as they use it for everything, from hair to skin to food & more. I can’t blame them, coconut oil is one of the healthiest oils on earth. Fact! So, if you have joined the train of coconut oil-loving ladies but not sure of how to make it, this post is for you! It is best to use matured coconuts as they yield the greater amount of oil when learning how to make unrefined coconut oil.

Pros of Making Coconut Oil yourself

  • With so many adulterated coconut oils in the market, you trust the source when you make it yourself.
  • You will have learned something new this year if you make it yourself too.

Cons of Making Coconut Oil yourself

  • It is time-consuming. Don’t have the time, get yours HERE.
  • It takes some physical strength too

You’ll Need:

Blender

Matured coconuts

A bowl

Cloth sieve & a small sieve

A pot & cooking spoon

How to Make Unrefined Coconut Oil in your Kitchen

1. Crack the coconuts. Remove the husks carefully so you don’t get hurt.

How to Make Unrefined Coconut Oil

2. Cut them into thin slices. Put them in small portions your blender with some water & blend till you have a fine paste.

3. Pour the blended content in the cloth sieve and squeeze out the coconut milk into a bowl. Add some water to the content in the sieve and squeeze again.

4. Cover the bowl for 16 hours so that the coconut oil can be separated from the water  & the cream.

5. After 16 hours, the oil & cream would have risen to the top of the bowl, while the water will be at the bottom.

How to Make Unrefined Coconut Oil

6. Harvest the cream & oil into the pot. Discard the water. On low heat, boil the cream & oil till it becomes dry.

How to Make Unrefined Coconut Oil

How to Make Unrefined Coconut Oil
The coconut cream gets drier
How to Make Unrefined Coconut Oil
Finally the cream is dried. See the oil floating at the top.

7. When cool, pour the oil in a small sieve to separate it from the dried cream. Voila!

How to Make Unrefined Coconut Oil

How to Make Unrefined Coconut Oil

Have you tried to make coconut oil before, share your experiences.

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