Category: Protective Styling

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!

natural hairstyles to try this July
Source

 

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.

natural hairstyles to try this July
Source

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.

natural hairstyles to try this July
Source

 

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
Source: Getty Images- Bertrand Rindoff Petroff

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

Share with friends Facebooktwitter
Facebooktwitter

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.

Transitioning hairstyles for beginners
Source

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!

Transitioning hairstyles for beginners
Source

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.

transitioning hairstyles - flexi rods
Source
Share with friends Facebooktwitter
Facebooktwitter

Lagos Floor Length Braids – Pros & Cons

Floor Length Braids

Hello! Who else has seen the floor length braids rocking the streets of Lagos? I was awed last week when I saw a lady on a bike with her floor length braids flying behind her. To add some color to this braids, some ladies make it two-toned, for example, black & gold, black & purple, brown & gold, etc. You might have been thinking of getting this style done, but first of all, let’s discuss the pros & cons.

Pros:

The style is beautiful, especially when it is two-toned. If you are looking to make a fashion statement, yes, this is definitely for you! Want to be a show stopper as well? Oh yes! This is your style.

Cons:

Maintenance & Care: When I do regular bra-length braids, it takes two days for me to adjust with the new “load” I have on my head. See what Naija Single Girl said about her knee-length braids:

No hair net could wrap it at night! I was wearing a flair skirt on my head to shower.
Sleeping nko? My corner was a top bunk and when I lie down, it dangled to the bottom bunk.

floor length braids - long nigerian braids
Source

Cost Factor: I heard it take about 10 packs of hair extensions to make these floor length braids. With the ongoing recession in the country, a pack costs N1,000. Well……… maybe we should reserve this style for “big girls”. *just saying*

floor length braids
Source

Hairline Check: We know that the more weight of extensions you put on your hair, the greater the chances of damaging your hairline. With the new craze of braid wigs, you can still rock your floor length braids with wigs instead.

Work/Social Life: Many work places in Lagos frown at such hairstyles as they claim it might distract your coworkers from concentrating at work. But if your workplace does not have such restrictions, you can rock it.

floor length braids - long nigerian hair
Erykah Badu. Photo Credit: Mindy Small/FilmMagic

Well, it seems the cons outweighed the pros for this floor-length braid style. But the choice still lies with you though.

See our very own Denrele rocking his.

floor length braids
Source

 

Share with friends Facebooktwitter
Facebooktwitter

Prepping your Hair for Wigs – How to

Prepping your Hair for wigs - long Nigerian hair

Hello. I’m back with my wig regimen. I intend to take a break from styling & manipulating my natural hair. As usual, my go-to is a wig. Some of us enjoying wigs for a variety of reasons. For me, when my schedule becomes crazy or I want to take a break of my hair, I resort to wigs. However, prepping your hair for wigs is important. You should do it at least a week before you start wearing the wig.

Prepping your Hair for Wigs

1.Deep Condition: This is very important especially if you are wearing your wigs for more than a week. I used Creme of Nature Masque to deep condition at least a week before I start to wear my wigs.

Prepping your hair for wigs - long Nigerian hair

2. Moisturize: You might already have moisturized & sealed your hair after deep conditioning it, but you have to check again to make sure there is no dry strand of hair anywhere. Because your hair will be hidden under a wig does not mean you should neglect moisturizing it.

3. Plait beneath the Wig: You should also consider the kind of plait that will be under your wig. If I am wearing a straight wig, I prefer to do Didi. This way there are no bumps protruding out of the wig & the wig sits well on the scalp. Yo can do flat twists if you want your wig to appear fuller.

Prepping your hair for wigs - long Nigerian hair

4.Daily Care: I prefer to spray a mixture of water & olive oil on the plaits every morning.

Prepping your hair for wigs - long Nigerian hair

The Wig(Find it here):

Prepping your hair for wigs - long Nigerian hair

Share with friends Facebooktwitter
Facebooktwitter

One Scarf, Tied 5 Different Ways

scarf styles - long Nigerian hair

Scarves add a “zing” to your outfit. They are also great for covering up a bad hair day. Have a scarf and not sure how to tie it? This post’s for you. For the 5 styles done in the post, I used a pashmina that is soft in texture. This allows for flexibility when trying to achieve a style.

1. The Top Knot: An amazing style when you want a chic look. It works well with casual & semi-formal outfits.

Steps:

i. Starting from the back, tie the two lengths of the pashmina in front once.

ii.Twist one length and turn it at the front part of your head. Do the same for the other length

iii. Tuck the ends of both ends into each other at the top. Viola!

scarf styles - long Nigerian hair

2. One-Sided Croissant: Not edible though, lol, its shape reminds you of croissant. You can pair this style with your casual tops & dresses.

Steps:

i. Start from the back of your head. Tie the two lengths in front once.

ii. Twist both lengths across each other to form the croissant.

iii. Wrap the length across one side of your head. Tuck it in at the back

scarf styles - long Nigerian hair

3. Iya Mi Leko: This style is popular among the women who sell fabrics on Lagos Island hence the name. You can do this style with an Ankara scarf on Fridays or Sundays to church.

Steps:

i. Start front the front part of your head & tie the two lengths at the back.

ii. Pass the right length over half part of your head to the left. Pass the left length to the right

iii. Tie both ends at the back.

scarf styles - long Nigerian hair

 

4. Double Twists: Inspired by Angelique Kidjo, this is one style that looks great when paired with denim.

Steps:

i. Tie both lengths of the scarf to the front

ii. Twist each individual lengths. Wrap the right length over to the left & vice versa

iii. Knot the ends of both lengths

5. Low-back Donut: One of my favorites. This can be put together in less than 3 minutes.

Steps:

i. Start from the back and tie the 2 lengths at the back.

ii. Create a halo at the back by wrapping the right length in circles. Do the same for the left length

iii. Tuck the ends into the created donut.

scarf styles - long Nigerian hair

Which is your favorite?

Share with friends Facebooktwitter
Facebooktwitter

How to Achieve the Wodaabe Hair Look

Wodaabe hair look - long Nigerian hair

Happy new year! 2017 is full of opportunities for us to learn & unlearn about life including our hair journeys of course. Last week, there was a post about the Wodaabe tribe in Nigeria and hair lessons we could use from them. I decided to try out some of their interesting hair styles on my hair. Prior to doing this, I already had my wash day where I fortified my hair with Aphogee Keratin Reconstructor. This protected my hair from breakage while I manipulated it to achieve the style. So, let’s see how to achieve the Wodaabe hair look.

1. I divided my hair into 4 unequal halves. I divided the sides in such a way that when I plait them, their braids will dangle in front. I also made middle front part bigger than the one at the back.

Wodaabe hair look - long Nigerian hair

2. I started off by doing didi plaits on both sides and at the back too.

4. For the front part, I did didi as well. Towards the ends where a braid should be, it was not braided. it was converted to a pompadour.

5. I finished off by using a string of blue beads to decorate the style.

Wodaabe hair look - long Nigerian hair

Pros of Wodaabe Hair Look

  • It is an amazing protective style with the ends of your hair tucked in.
  • Heavy manipulation of your hair is also not required.

Cons of Wodaabe Hair Look

  • You are going to receive a lot of stares from people the day you do this style. If you are the shy type, you may not want to do it.
  • If your skin is prone to acne, the full pompadour in front might rub against your skin and trigger break outs. You can raise the pompadour higher away from your skin to prevent this.
Share with friends Facebooktwitter
Facebooktwitter

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.

 

 

Share with friends Facebooktwitter
Facebooktwitter