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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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.

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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*

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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.

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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.

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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.

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One Scarf, Tied 5 Different Ways

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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.

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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?

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