Flax Seed Gel Tutorial + Gel Twist Out

Flax seed gel tutorial - long Nigerian hair

Having tried two styling products in the past which were not pleasant on my hair, I decided to go the natural route. There has been a lot of buzz about flax seed gel. I then watched Naptural85’s video on how she used it for her perm rod set which turned out really great. I also read about how to make the flax seed gel as well.

How To:

Step 1:  I put small amount of water in a pot and added one cap of flax seed to it.

Flax seed gel tutorial - long Nigerian hair

Step 2: After boiling for two minutes, I stirred it with a wooden cooking stick (omorogun) because it had started to thicken. I added some water to make it lighter.

Flax seed gel tutorial - long Nigerian hair

Step 3: I then tried to strain it when it cooled, but it was too thick for the sieve. This could be because the holes in the sieve were too tight.

Step 4: I added more water and put it back to boil. The gel was lighter time. I put the content in a bigger sieve and used a spoon to spread it so that the gel can come out.

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Flax seed gel tutorial - long Nigerian hair

How to use flax seed gel for twist outs

I applied the gel on my nearly dried hair. I then sealed it with olive + coconut oil mix and Shea butter.  I did this in small sections before twisting my hair.

Results: The curls of the twist outs were firm and not crunchy and dried out. It lasted for a week.

Flax seed gel tutorial - long Nigerian hair

 

Have you tried flax seed gel before? What were your results?

 

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NYSC Camp Hairstyles – Top 5

NYSC Camp Hairstyles

Twice a year, Nigerian university graduates below the age of 30 go for a one year compulsory service to the country called NYSC (National Youth Service Corps). Prior to commencing the service year, they must embark on a 21-day rigorous camp training. By Thursday, some graduates will go to a different state to begin their NYSC. You may not have the time to style your hair regularly, so you might have to make a style that is easy to maintain & moisturize. Don’t let the Khaki dull your swag, check out our NYSC camp hairstyles you can try out.

1. BOX BRAIDS: These tends to last for a while before it gets  rough. Hopefully, they should last for the period you will be in camp.

NYSC Camp Hairstyles

NYSC Camp Hairstyles

2.SENEGALESE TWISTS: You can do this with the regular extensions or you can do it with Marley hair. With Marley hair, even when the hair starts to get rough, it will still look beautiful.

NYSC Camp Hairstyles

3. FAUX LOCS: This is an easy maintenance style that you can style in a lot of creative ways. You can choose to ditch the regular faux locs & do goddess locs instead. 2-colored locs are always a winner.

NYSC Camp Hairstyles

4. WIGS: If you get bored easily with rocking one hairstyle, this one’s for you. You can switch your look with your favorite wigs. With wigs, you can have as many NYSC camp hairstyles as you want.

NYSC Camp Hairstyles
A popular wig in Lagos

5. CROCHET STYLES: You can do crochet braids or even weaves.

NYSC Camp Hairstyles

 

Despite your hair is in a protective style, it is important to moisturize it regularly. Don’t forget to deep condition your hair before installing of these style and also when you take down the style.

Also go along with your satin caps or scarfs, your spray bottle, moisturizing oils & butters, bobby pins & scrunchies, shampoo & conditioner as well as any other hair item of your choice.

Do enjoy yourself & have a fun-filled NYSC camp experience.

 

 

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Wash Day + LCO Moisturizing Method

wash day - lco moisturizing method

Hello! It`s another wash day experience. This wash day I tried a new leave-in conditioner plus I also tried the LCO moisturizing method. Harmattan is here and my hair needs a new strategy to boost its moisture level.

Tools

Shampoo: ORS invigorating Shampoo

Deep Conditioner: Creme of Nature Strengthening Milk Mask

Leave-in Conditioner: Jamaican Mango and Lime Coconut Leave-in conditioner

Sealants: Shea butter, Coconut oil + Olive oil mix

wash day - lco moisturizing method

The Wash Day Experience

Cleansing: I skipped the pre-poo session firstly because I was in a hurry and I had a lot of build-up on my hair and scalp already. After detangling and removing shed hair, I shampooed my hair in 8 sessions.

Deep Conditioning: I deep conditioned for about 2 hours, 30 minutes. My initial plan was to deep condition for 2 hours, but the never-ending house chores extended it. I rinsed off the product and soaked up excess water with a towel for a minute. I then wrapped my hair with the Magic Hair Drying Cap (See review here) for 45 minutes.

Moisturizing: It was time to try out my new leave-in conditioner. A little amount of this product actually goes a long way. I sprayed it on my palms before applying it to my damp hair. I then sealed in the moisture with Shea butter. To finalize the process, I sealed my strands with the coconut oil and olive oil mix. This is called the Liquid, Cream, Oil. LCO moisturizing method. I twisted my hair in about 8 sections for it to complete its drying.

The next day, I took out the twists and styled my hair into a bun for the week.

wash day - lco moisturizing method

wash day - lco moisturizing method

Did you wash your hair recently? How was your wash day experience?

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3 Ways Didi Plaits can Cause Hair Breakage

3 Ways Didi Plaits can Cause Hair Breakage

There is a current hair trend in Lagos with everyone rocking one beautiful wig or the other. Firstly, These women enjoy the pleasure of switching up their hairstyles easily by wearing different wig styles. They also enjoy letting their hair & scalp breathe as often as they like. Instead of the regular cornrows beneath those wigs, everyone now does didi plaits for a number of reason:

  • Didi plaits make the hair really flat so that the wig can fit perfectly without any bumps pointing out of the wig.
  • Lots of Lagos hair stylists recommend it because they claim “it makes your hair fuller” and “it makes it grow faster”. This is a hair myth. It has not been proven to be true. I once discussed it here.

With the last reason given above, it is not unusual to find hair stylists physically trying to make the hair grow while making didi plaits. The plaits are tightly done and every single strand of hair is picked into the plaits, even those fragile temple hairs. Doing this can frequently can result in the following:

  • Traction Alopecia: This is caused primarily by pulling force being applied to the hair.
  • Hair breakage when you do not care for your own hair because it is in didi under a wig.
  • Hair breakage from rough handling the hair while plaiting it.
3 Ways Didi Plaits can Cause Hair Breakage
An example of didi

So, if you love wigs as much as I do, you can still do your favorite didi plaits only that:

  • Make sure your hair  has been deep conditioned & well moisturized before heading off to the salon. This protects your from breakage when doing the plaits.
  • Plead with your hair stylist not to make the plaits to tight.
  • Remember to take care of your hair even while it is in didi plaits.
  • Instead of doing the straight “all back” style all the time, you can switch it up by doing “center parting”, “side parting”, etc. This is to prevent frequent tension on the same spot all the time.
3 Ways Didi Plaits can Cause Hair Breakage
Source. Jada Pinkett Smith in didi plaits

Do you do didi plaits beneath your wigs?

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Product Review- Magic Hair Drying Cap

magic hair drying cap - long Nigerian hair

Ever heard of a magic hair drying cap? Well,  I was on the Jumia website when I stumbled on the Magic hair Drying cap. I was really curious to find out what was exactly magical about this product. I was not just sold on the word `magical`, I was attracted by the fact that it is a microfiber towel and it does not excessively dry out the hair. It has been said that regular towels can excessively dry out your hair and even the friction can cause hair breakage.

Material: Microfiber.

Price: The price was N580. I paid a shipping cost of N200. That is a total of N780.

Instructions:  These were provided on the back of the pack.They are quite easy to follow as well.

magic hair drying cap - long Nigerian hair

Does my hair love it? I wore the cap after rinsing out my leave in conditioner. I was surprised it covered the volume of my hair. It did not excessively dry out my hairl.

magic hair drying cap - long Nigerian hair

Concern: There were purple turfs coming out of the cap which stuck to my hair. I am not sure if this is normal with all microfiber fabrics.

Will I continue to use Magic Hair Drying Cap? I will most likely use it interchangeably with my cotton t-shirt.

Ever dried your hair with a microfiber fabric? Please share your thoughts.

 

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73 Weeks Post Relaxed- Wash Day + Twist Out

73 weeks post relaxed

I decided to transition for as long as I could for various reasons. I wanted to give my self a lot of time to get used to managing my natural hair. I am used to having my hair long, so a big chop might have been too shocking for me. Most wash days, I discover a new way to handle my hair. At 73 weeks post relaxed, I discovered that sectioning my hair into 8 places did a lot of good for it. The deep conditioner sank into every strand of my hair when I applied it. I was also able to detangle properly and easily.

My Wash Day Products

Pre-poo: Coconut oil & Olive Oil

Shampoo: ORS invigorating Shampoo

Deep Conditioner: Creme of Nature Strengthening Milk Mask, Honey and  Olive Oil

Sealant: Grape Seed Oil

How it Went

Prepoo & Cleansing: I applied a mix of coconut oil and olive oil to my hair in sections. i covered my hair with a shower cap for 40 minutes. I mixed my favorite shampoo with some water in a bottle and soaked my scalp in it. The minty feel is really amazing.

Deep Conditioning: I needed to pamper my 73 weeks post relaxed hair, so I added honey and olive oil to my deep conditioner. I applied my deep conditioning mix in 8 sections of my hair and covered with the shower cap for 2 hours. I rinsed it off and used my newly acquired microfiber head cap (review coming up shortly) to dry.

Leave-in conditioner: I am yet to buy a leave-in conditioner. So I used a DIY leave-in conditioner and sealed in the moisture with grape seed oil. I then twisted my hair into 8 chunky twists and silently prayed that the twists outs will come out well because I did not use any holding product.

The next day, I took out the twists, fluffed them out and styled them with hair pins. At 73 weeks post relaxed, my hair is long enough for me to hide the straight ends of the previously relaxed hair.

73 weeks post relaxed

 

What was your last wash day like?

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Overnight Hair Growth- Is it possible?

overnight hair growth - long Nigerian hair

Hi guys. Trust your week is going great. I was going through the web as usual for any useful content about hair care & growth. While at it, I saw Nadege’s blog post about how to grow your hair overnight. This is the kind of title that excites me. I opened it and there it was! With a simple pre-poo treatment, a lady achieved overnight hair growth by more than an inch. I couldn’t wait to see the ingredients she used. I prayed silently that it was not going to be any of those ingredients we don’t have in Lagos. My prayers were answered. She used 2 eggs,  grape seed oil and coconut oil. I am definitely trying this method this weekend. I can’t wait!.

Good thing about this is that coconut oil & eggs are actually protein that are quite good for the hair.  But you have to be careful about protein overload. Grape seed oil is also healthy too for the hair..

The steps she took:

1.Cracked the eggs & added 4 tablespoons of grape seed oil and mixed. Then applied it all over her hair.

2. She then put her hair up in a bun and wrapped a transparent kitchen foil on it & left it for 1 hour before rinsing it out.

3.She applied coconut oil all over her hair and wrapped the kitchen foil on it. She slept in this overnight.

When she checked the length of her hair the next day, she had grown more than an inch of hair. An inch of overnight hair growth is big deal because this is the growth most ladies will achieve in 2 months.

There were a number of testimonials from those that said it actually worked. See below:

overnight hair growth - long Nigerian hair

 

You can watch the video to see how she did it..

Nadege’s blog post: http://bit.ly/2dhccc6

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