Everyone has a weakness, for me it’s chocolate! Their heavenly taste is irresistible. From chocolate bars filled with nuts to those filled with caramel, coconut, etc, my love for chocolates will never wane. My favorite is dark chocolate. However, there is a small problem here. Ever since I went the fit fam route, I have been avoiding chocolates like a plaque. Last week I stumbled on a Pinterest pin that featured DIY healthy chocolate. I was so excited and started googling other recipes on 100% natural chocolate bars. Finally, I might just have my chocolates back.
These 100% natural chocolate bars are low in calories and high in antioxidants. The good thing is this entire recipe can be made in under 5 minutes.
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.
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.
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.
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*
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.
Well, it seems the cons outweighed the pros for this floor-length braid style. But the choice still lies with you though.
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.
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.
4.Daily Care: I prefer to spray a mixture of water & olive oil on the plaits every morning.
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.
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!
2. One-Sided Croissant: Not edible though, lol, its shape reminds you of croissant. You can pair this style with your casual tops & dresses.
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
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.
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.
4. Double Twists: Inspired by Angelique Kidjo, this is one style that looks great when paired with denim.
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.
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
Hello! Trust your week was awesome! You might have thought you stumbled on the wrong blog when you saw today’s blog post title. Fear not! We would be adding some flavor to your favorite blog this year. We understand that eating healthy can also help us positively on our healthy hair journeys. So, we would have fun posts on natural food items especially fruit & vegetables recipes. First up, we would learn vegetable drying with harmattan wind.
The vegetable dried with the harmattan wind was Clove Basil. It is known as Efirin in Yoruba, Daidoya in Hausa & Nchuanwu in Igbo. I decided to dry the leaves of this plant because I am not sure I would get them easily again in the next 3 months.
Vegetable Drying with Harmattan- How to
Preparing: I rinsed the leaves with running water to remove dust & dirt from the clove basil. I then spread them on a large tray. I used a a sieve cloth to cover the tray.This way, dirt & insects will not get on the leaves.
Drying: I put the tray out in the mornings when the harmattan breeze was at its driest, the sun at its peak at noon & brought it in the evening.
By the fifth day, the leave were already dry & brittle. I checked to make sure there was no moisture left. I then dried it for an extra day.
Storage: To store the dried leaves, i cleaned an air-tight glass bottle to remove moisture. Thankfully all the leaves entered in the bottle.
Usage: You might be wandering how I intend to use my dried clove basil leaves. Trust me, they add a delicious flavor to beans & yam porridge. I will also crush some between my fingers and add them to my smoothies.
Did I mention that the smell of the clove basil seems stronger when dried? You should try drying yours.
Ever dried a fruit or vegetable with harmattan or sunshine? Please share your experience.
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.
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.
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.
Happy New Year! Welcome to 2017. Today’s product is one of my favorite protein deep conditioners. I started using it at the beginning of my hair journey, and I have stuck with it since then. Anytime I noticed that my hair remained dull & lifeless no matter how often I deep conditioned, I quickly turn to my ApHogee Keratin treatment. As soon as I am done with it, my hair is restored to life. I use it every 6 weeks so that my hair does not become unnecessarily hard. Below is the Aphogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor Review.
ApHogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor Review.
Price: I bought 8oz at N2,800 last year. However, due to the current inflation, it is currently sold between N3,800- N4900 on online stores.
Product Claim from ApHogee’s Website:
ApHogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor is a powerful, one step treatment that should be used for home use, between salon visits. This concentrated blend of keratin amino acids, botanical oils, and vitamins does wonders to restore strength and softness to hair that requires a deep, penetrating treatment. It is recommended on tinted, bleached or relaxed hair. ApHogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor helps repair damage caused by chlorine and hard water. Apply on clean hair in shower and rinse to treat brittle hair with cuticle damage and moderate breakage. It soothes irritated scalp and may be applied following each shampooing until the healthy condition of the hair is restored.
Consistency: It is semi-thick & not runny.Little goes a long way with this product.
Does my hair love it? Ah! Of course. Only that I have to do a moisturizing deep conditioning session afterwards so that my hair is not to hard.
How long does the product last? I use this product every 6-8 weeks. Most times, I use an 8 oz bottle for an entire year.
Will I continue to use ApHogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor? It is officially my staple product for keratin treatment.