Natural Hair Feature – Meet Mentie

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Hi everyone! For today’s Be Hairspired series, it will be a natural hair feature of a Nigerian with amazing healthy and long hair. The Be Hairspired series was created to motivated other Nigerian women who still believe that Nigerian hair cannot grow long or be healthy. We usually run relaxed, transitioning or natural hair feature s. Let’s meet our hair inspiration for today.

Your Name and  location please?

My name is Mentie Jowho and I am currently in Lagos, Nigeria

When & why did you start a healthy hair journey?

 Well I started back in 2012 when I was contemplating getting a fancy haircut. That period, my hair was very healthy and was relaxed but I was bored. I spoke to my cousin and my sister who were both natural about it and they encouraged me to try it. I ended up transitioning for about 20 months before I finally chopped off the relaxed ends.

Our natural hair feature for today is Mentie. She is Nigerian with a healthy & long hair. She takes us through her set-backs as well as her top styles.

What are your future hair goals?

Well currently I am aiming to get to waist length but my major goal is to maintain at least mid-back length. I have thick strands but I have problem areas like the front of my hair. Hopefully it would flourish with constant care.

Advice for other Nigerian ladies on a hair journey?

Well, try different things. Don’t get stuck in a rut. That’s the only way to really know how to handle your hair and make it thrive. It took a while for me to realize what my hair likes and things it doesn’t. For instance, I can’t use coconut oil directly in my hair. I’ll end up having flakes and an itchy scalp.

Our natural hair feature for today is Mentie. She is Nigerian with a healthy & long hair. She takes us through her set-backs as well as her top styles.

Have you experienced setbacks on your hair journey? If yea, how did you bounce back?

Like I said earlier, I like trying different things until I find what works. I have tried most DIY methods and I sometimes end up with bad results. For instance, I did a banana DC with honey and Mayo and my hair was dry for weeks on end. I had to keep doing several moisture treatments to reverse the damage. But without this setback, I won’t have realized I can’t handle so much protein in my hair. So I think having setbacks is a good lesson as well.

What is your hair regimen?

I co wash or water only wash weekly and do a shampoo and DC once a month. If I’m extra lazy, I extend it to 6 weeks. I incorporate ACV rinses and water and tea tree mix rinses because they help with build-up. Since I hardly use styling products, I tend not to have really bad build-up. I make sure I sleep on a satin pillowcase and once in a while I use a silk or satin scarf.

Our natural hair feature for today is Mentie. She is Nigerian with a healthy & long hair. She takes us through her set-backs as well as her top styles.

What is the current length of your hair?

My hair is at mid back length and I think 16-18 inches depending on the area being measured.

What is your favourite way to style your hair?

When I’m not using extensions, twists and milk maid braids with flat twists.

Our natural hair feature for today is Mentie. She is Nigerian with a healthy & long hair. She takes us through her set-backs as well as her top styles.

Where can we find you on social media?

I’m active on IG: @jowhomentie

For a relaxed or natural hair feature, please send a mail to longnigerianhair@gmail.com

 

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3 Ways to Style Messy Senegalese Twists

Style messy Senegalese twists

Hello ladies. How are we doing today? A lot of us feel uncomfortable when our protective styles get old and messy. I feel that way too sometimes. I have had my Senegalese twists for almost three weeks now. I am already looking forward to this weekend when I will take it off. However, you can still style messy Senegalese twists in a fun way to make it look glam. Make sure your twists are well-moisturized before styling them. We do not want to cause any hair breakages.

Style 1: Uneven Double Twists

  1. Divide your hair into unequal halves. Make the front part smaller.
  2. Start to do a twist at the front part of your hair from the left side, down to the bottom of the right side. Secure the end with a band
  3. Do the above steps for the other half of your hair.
  4. Hold the ends of the right side and the left side with a band.
  5. Viola!

style messy Senegalese twists

Style 2: Double Sided braids.This is pretty easy!

  1. Divide your hair to two equal halves, from the forehead to the nape.
  2. Braid each side loosely.
  3. Tie the ends of both sides with a band.

style messy Senegalese twists

Style 3: Up do with a front base.

  1. Divide your hair into 2 unequal sections. The front part should be really small.
  2. Pack the hair at the back upwards and secure it with a band.
  3. You can either make it a bun or just let your hair free.
  4. For the front part, do a loose twist, then wrap the twist in a circular motion.
  5. You can accessorize this style with a scarf.

style messy Senegalese twists

style messy Senegalese twists

How do you style messy Senegalese twists?

 

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Eucalyptus Oil for Itchy Scalp Relief

Eucalyptus oil for itchy scalp - long Nigerian hair

Have you ever experienced an itchy scalp whereby you feel like taking off your scalp (if you could) and scratch the daylight out of it? Well, this was my situation last week. For one reason or the other, my scalp itches whenever I have Senegalese twists on. In last week’s post, we learnt that scratching your scalp can weaken your hair shaft. So it is not advisable to scratch your scalp. After surfing the internet for a few minutes, I found a remedy that gave me relief from my itchy scalp.

Tools:

Extra virgin olive oil

Silverbird Eucalyptus oil

Applicator bottle

Eucalyptus oil for itchy scalp - long Nigerian hair

Let’s get an insight to why eucalyptus oil worked for my itchy scalp. According to WiseGeek.com:

There are a number of benefits of eucalyptus oil for hair, including strengthening the hair follicles, improving the shine and overall health of the hair, and calming an itchy, inflamed scalp. The oil also has a number of anti-fungal properties that can help ward off infection and keep residue from building up and clogging pores on the head.

I mixed my eucalyptus oil to with olive oil because Eucalyptus oil is an essential oil which can be very potent. I did not know whether my scalp will react negatively to it or not. I mixed it to be on a safer side. I added about half the cap of the eucalyptus oil to two full caps of the olive oil in my applicator bottle.

Eucalyptus oil for itchy scalp - long Nigerian hair

Eucalyptus oil has a strong smell. So, I applied the mix overnight, so that by morning, the smell of the eucalyptus oil will be reduced. It is advised that you rinse your scalp the next morning. I skipped this because of my crazy work schedule. I intend to have a wash day this weekend anyways.

The day after applying the mixture, I had to remind myself that I had not scratched my scalp that day. The itchiness was gone.

Ever experienced itchy scalp, how did you treat it?

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5 Bad Hair Habits that can Damage your Edges

Bad hair habits that can damage your edges or hairline

Our edges are very important to us. Unfortunately, not everyone has the edges of their dreams. There are lot of reasons why your edges are disappearing or even disappeared. You can read some here. However, we sometimes regain our edges only for us to discover that we are back to square one again. If you keep gaining and losing your edges, it could be that you practice one of these bad hair habits:

Bad hair habits that can damage your edges or hairline

 

Braids & Weaves that are too TIGHT: For so many years, hair stylists convinced me that the tighter the braids are, the longer they will last. Whether this is true or false, it is not healthy for your hair. The tightness & pulling can cause a strain on your hair that can lead to traction alopecia. I had to speak to my stylists as regards how loose I want my braids to be.

Bad hair habits that can damage your edges or hairline

Excessive Use of Gels & Brushes: Having well laid back edges is the in-thing right now. Brushing your edges excessively can lead to over manipulation of your hair. Instead, you can apply a moisturizing gel, and then smooth it lightly on your edges with a soft brush, and tie a satin scarf of it. The scarf should not be tied to tightly too.

Scratching your scalp: According to Medical News Today, “Studies have shown that with only 90 minutes of continuous scratching by the fingernails, it is possible to remove all of the cuticular scale, a protective covering on individual hairs, off of a hair shaft. This loss leaves the hair shaft weakened and permanently damaged, making it easily susceptible to breakage and hair loss.”

Bad hair habits that can damage your edges or hairline

 

Tying your scarfs too tightly: It  is true that wearing satin scarfs and caps are god for your hair. But when your wear them too tightly, the tension can overtime lead to hair breakage.

Combing Dry Hair: This is one of the popular bad hair habits. Hair that is dry is already prone to breakage, combing, makes it worse. You hair should be slightly damp before you comb it.

Bad hair habits that can damage your edges or hairline

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Wash Day + Installing  Marley Twists

Installing Marley twists - long Nigerian hair

Once I realize that my weekend will be a very busy one, I come up with ways to spend less time washing my hair. This weekend was one of those busy ones. I brought out my deep conditioning cap to save time on deep conditioning and also preheated my conditioners before using them. Since I will be installing Marley twists this weekend as well, I made sure I used a protein treatment as well.

Products/ Tools Used

Pre-poo: Coconut Oil

Cleansing: ORS Invigorating Shampoo

Protein Treatment: Aphogee 2-mins Keratin Reconstructor

Moisturizing Deep Conditioner: Crème of Nature Intensive Conditioning Treatment

Sealant: Olive Oil

Leave- In: Hawaiian Silky Miracle Worker 14-in 1

Heat source: Hair Therapy Wrap

Installing Marley twists - long Nigerian hair

How it Went:

Started off by sectioning my hair into 3 parts and applying coconut oil to each for pre-poo. After 15 minutes, I shampooed my hair and proceeded to deep condition. I already put my conditioners in a bowl of hot water to heat them up.

I applied my protein treatment and wore my therapy cap for 10 minutes before rinsing out the treatment. I applied my moisture deep conditioner to each section of my hair and covered with the therapy cap for twenty minutes before rinsing it out.

I t-shirt dried overnight because I was feeling so sleepy by the time I was done. The next morning, I detangled my hair and applied my leave-in 7 olive oil. After this, I did a faux length check of my hair before installing Marley twists at the salon.

While at the hair salon, I asked that the twists should not be done too tightly so that I do not lose my hair in the process.

Results:

 

Installing Marley twists - long Nigerian hair

Installing Marley twists - long Nigerian hair

Did you wash your hair recently? How did it go?

installing marley twists

 

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Measuring my Current Hair Length (Photos)

hair length of natural/relaxed hair

Last week at the Ladies’ room at work, someone asked if all the hair on my head was mine. I replied yes with a grin. She then said that”If I had this kind of hair, I will flaunt it a lot. “I spend another minute explaining the benefit of protectively styling your hair. However she also asked about my hair length. It then occurred to me that I have not done a length check in a very long time.

So, I took out some time this past weekend for  hair length check. My hair was well moisturized before this length check. I did not straighten my hair, so this is not an accurate length check. I will do a better length check once I take out my Marley twists.

Tools

A measuring tape

Length check t-shirt

Front: My new growth (natural hair)  is about 5 inches while the entire length of my hair is 13 inches. The hair closer to my forehead is really soft and fragile compared to the remaining part of the front part.

hair length of natural/relaxed hair

Back: The texture of my natural hair is very soft at the back. I seemed to have acquired more new growth at the back of my head than anywhere else. The length as the natural hair is 6.5 inches while the entire length is 14.5 inches. When I pulled down my hair with my hands, it was somewhere around Bra Strap Length (BSL).

hair length of natural/relaxed hair

hair length of natural/relaxed hair

 

Side: I checked only the right side of my head. The natural hair is 5 inches while the entire length of it is 13.5 inches.

hair length of natural/relaxed hair

 

Ladies, what is the current length of your hair?

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June Hair Schedule

June hair schedule - long Nigerian hair

We are gradually entering into the second half of the year. I hope it’s not too late to say “Happy New Month!!!”. My hair schedule keeps me on track to know how well I am handling my hair. I usually plan bi-weekly in a month. This schedule is not rigid. It is flexible to accommodate the condition of my hair as well as my busy work schedule.  My hair schedule includes cleansing of my scalp, deep conditioning as well as protective styling. So let’s get to it:

June hair schedule - long Nigerian hair

Weeks 1 & 2 – Clean. Deep Condition. Protective Style

I will wash my hair by the end of week 2. I intend to use both a protein treatment and a moisturizing treatment. This is because I want to install Marley twists for weeks 3 & 4. My protective style for both week 1 and 2 will be a wig.

Weeks 3 &4– Protective Styling with Marley Twists

If my wash day goes as planned in week 2, I intend to install Marley twists which I will rock for the next two weeks. I promise to post photos of it

Week 5– Protective Styling & Wash Day

This is one of those months with five weeks. This week, I plan to continue to enjoy my Marley twists. If I notice that my scalp is clogged with sweat and product build-up, I will have my wash day by the end of this week.

I believe this hair schedule for June will work for my busy life style.

What is your hair schedule for his month?

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