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.

 

natural hairstyles to try this July
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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.

Be hairspired series- Miriam's hair story

 

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

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Hair Lessons from Chimamanda’s Dear Ijeawele…

Hair Lessons from Chimamanda's Dear Ijeawele

One of my favorite award-winning Nigerian feminist authors, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has a new book loaded with awesome tips for Nigerian hair. She is the best-selling author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists. Her new book, Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions is written in form of a letter to a friend who asked the author about how to raise her girl child as a feminist. Of the fifteen suggestions in this book, the tenth suggestion contains valuable hair lessons for ladies on a healthy hair journey.

1. Try not to link hair with pain: Most ladies still link natural hair with pain. However, you should know that hair that is properly moisturized gives little or no pain. You can either use the L.O.C(Liquid,oil.cream) or L.C.O (Liquid, cream, oil) method to moisturize your hair.

Hair Lessons from Chimamanda's Dear Ijeawele
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2. Learn to do your own hair: Not only will this save you from inexperienced stylists who know little about managing natural hair, you will also learn new ways to style your hair.

3. Avoid tight hairstyles:  In Chimamanda’s words:

 I suggest that you redefine ‘neat.’ Part of the reason that hair is about pain for so many girls is that adults are determined to conform to a version of ‘neat’ that means Too Tight and Scalp-Destroying and Headache-Infusing.
We need to stop. I’ve seen girls in school in Nigeria being terribly harassed for their hair not being ‘neat,’ merely because some of their God-given hair had curled up in glorious tight little balls at their temples. Make Chizalum’s hair loose. And make that your definition of neat.

Hair Lessons from Chimamanda's Dear Ijeawele

4. Avoid tiny-teethed comb:  One of the hair lessons is that combing your hair with that popular tail comb is a no-no because the teeth of the comb are too tiny for the thickness of Nigerian hair. I have this comb, but I only use the tail to part my hair for style. Use wide-tooth combs for your hair instead.

5.Your Hair is Beautiful as it is: Whether you have chosen to go natural, or you still prefer to relax your hair, the choice you make concerning your hair is yours & you should embrace it.

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REFERENCES

http://chimamanda.com/books/dear-ijeawele-or-a-feminist-manifesto-in-fifteen-suggestions/

https://web.facebook.com/chimamandaadichie/posts/10154412708460944?_rdr

Chimamanda’s latest book: Dear Ijeawele, Or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

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Hair Wonder Treatment Cream Review

Hair Wonder Treatment Cream Review

Hello! I can only guess that as you are reading this post, you already have a jar of Hair Wonder Treatment Cream in your house. I had lots of friends who advertised this product to me. I have seen in on the major online stores in Nigeria. I went to the popular & ever-crowded Eko Idumota market over the weekend and I saw at least 2 women hawking this product. I became so curious that I bought one for myself. So, let’s move on to the Hair Wonder Treatment Cream review.

Ingredients: One of the reasons lots of ladies on a natural journey have been flocking towards this product is because it claims to have only natural ingredients in it. It contains Shea butter, coconut oil, lemon grass, etc. See the remaining ingredients below:

Hair Wonder Treatment Cream Review

Claims: They include hair growth, anti-dandruff, hair loss treatment, moisturizing, etc. See the rest below.

Hair Wonder Treatment Cream Review

Price: I purchased mine for N500, but i had to pay a delivery fee of N200. Total came to N700.

Consistency: This product is neither too thick or too runny. It is somewhere in the middle. It reminds me of the consistency of the regular hair creams you find in the supermarkets. However, it melts & becomes a bit runny when the weather is really warm.

Hair Wonder Treatment Cream Review

Smell: The smell is a bit hard to define. I could perceive lightly shea butter and a mix of most likely the other ingredients.

Does my hair love it? My hair has an open relationship with creams & butter generally. For the Hair Wonder Treatment Cream, I applied it very lightly on my scalp. For me, using too much of it makes my scalp too much.

Other uses: If I intend to use Hair Wonder Treatment Cream long term, I will most likely use it as a sealant during my wash days.

Reviews on Nigerian online shops:

Hair Wonder Treatment Cream Review

Have you used Hair Wonder Treatment Cream? Did you notice any improvement on your hair? Please share with so we can all learn.

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Transitioning Hairstyles for Beginners

Hello, how are you today? Finally, it seems like the rainy season has begun in Lagos already. Please keep warm & eat lots of fruits. Back to today’s topic! So many Nigerians now want to go natural, but they are stuck at whether or not they should ” cut their hair” a.k.a start afresh or they should transition. For those that are transitioning, they are not sure of how to style their hair. For me, when I started transitioning, I decided to cover up my hair with wigs, and that was when I discovered my love for wigs. However, there are actually so many transitioning hairstyles for beginners across the internet that you can try out.

These hairstyles are quite easy to do in no amount of time.

1. Buns with Accessories:

It’s super easy to pull up a bun, but make sure that edges are not pulled too tightly. Because you have two textures in your hair now (relaxed & natural hair) you can use Alice bands or scarfs to decorate or hide the new growth you have.

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2. Bantu Knots Out:

Thank God I discovered this style in my early transitioning days. It was really easy to learn & practice. Once you have moisturized your hair, you just need to roll each section around itself & unravel the next morning. Viola!

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3. Twists & Box Braids:

You can decide to twist just your own hair or add extensions to it. But bear in mind that your twists & braids should not be too tight so it does not cost you your edges.

Transitioning hairstyles for beginners

4. Crochet Braids:

As long as your plait beneath the crochet is not tight, crochet braids are really beautiful transitioning hairstyles for beginners.

Transitioning hairstyles - crochet braids

5. Flexi Rods:

Looking for a way to blend your relaxed hair and the new growth you have? Try Flexi rods. In Lagos, most people know Flexi rods as bending rollers. In case, you want to buy, you know what to call it.

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