New Facebook Page


Hi there,

So we just opened up a new Facebook page, just to get our name out there a bit more I guess, please like it ;). Since we don’t have an instagram (way too much effort) we’ll most likely put our daily pictures on there instead. My lil sis seems to be back on board…we’ll see how long that lasts but she’s going to add a new dimension to the blog in form of beauty.

Now, we know that this blog is meant to be a hair blog, but I think a lil sprinkle of beauty here and there will be a nice change from the norm. I don’t particularly wear a lot of makeup, and neither does she, but we were appalled at just how much make-up some black women put on just to look a few shades lighter. One diva put on 9 different eye shadows, for a ‘neutral’ look…9!!! That’s ridiculous, so we’re going to focus on looking good, without caking it on.

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Hopefully, you’ll like it and any tips and suggestions are welcome and appreciated. 😀

Simi

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No more Marley Twists


Hello guys,

This is just a quick check in to say that I’ve taken out my marley twists.  Usually I’d have a protective style in for ay least 5 weeks but a) it was already starting to look rough and b) i did them myself  so i didnt feel any type of way about getting my money’s worth because i didnt pay.

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Oh Curl Challenge Day 22: Fave Accesory


Helllooo guys!

 

Its been too long, where have you been? hahah just playing wit ya, Lagos life has got me in a tizzy, so little time to work, play, blog and do hair all in 24 hours. Ah well, i’m trying.

 

So today i’m talking about my favourite accessory, I realised I don’t really have one, though I like to wear scarves and the like, I don’t really feel anything for them, so instead i’m showing you a wish list of all the accessories i’d like to have.

 

1. A Bow

From mommynoire.com

I actually have one of these but its in a colour that makes it hard to wear on most clothes.

 

2. A head scarf

From lifeofalyra.com

Technically I have scraps of fabric I could make this with, but technically, I suck at DIY sewing.

 

3. A hair band

 

From Nenonatural.com

 

I love pretty hairbands like these, but really nice ones are quite hard to find. The best part is that you can put them over almost any hair style and it won’t mess it up or get caught in between.

 

There you have it, some of my favourite accessories, are there any hair accessories on your wish list?

 

Simi

 

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Marley Twists


Hi guys!

 

After weeks of doing nothing but wash n go’s , mini twists and twist out, I was getting very bored with my hair. Wash days were becoming a pain, detangling was done very infrequently and not at all properly, deep conditioning was scarce and I was just losing all patience with anything hair-related (including this blog *hides face*).

Well, after I got off from work early, and found that there was no traffic, I decided to visit a shopping complex near me to maybe find a new product to inspire me. That’s when I got the flash of inspiration in the form of some kinky extensions, and I thought to myself, why not do some Marley twists? My initial problem was the colour, my hair isn’t black, more a dark brown but all the shops only seemed to stock colour 1 and colour 30, which is almost bright blonde.

Also I could only find kinky extensions, rather than Marley braiding hair which left me feeling discouraged. After visiting the 5th hair shop I was ready to go back home, but just as I was walking towards the car I saw a store that seemed to deal only in weaves and extensions and hoped to maybe find something to fill in the gap. Lo and behold she had Marley hair, but she too only had black hair, I was about to buy it when in the corner of my eye I saw kinky extensions in colour 4 which is my absolute favourite colour! Yay me. They also happened to be quite a bit cheaper than the Marley hair.

 

So I got home, washed and prepared my hair for braiding, and asked an aunt who is supposedly a hairdresser to help me attach the braids. The main reason I asked her was because I had started a bit late,hadn’t quite gotten the hang of twisting, and my parts weren’t quite right. She complained about the thickness and texture of my hair, even though hers is also natural and my hair was blow dried. Anyways, when she finished, I noticed that the hair looked like I had done it myself, and not that well either, which I thought was apalling for a self – proclaimed hairdresser. Thank goodness I didn’t have to pay, I’d have asked her to start all over again.

 

Well, I rocked the jacked up twists for a week and still got a lot of compliments, however those that knew better didn’t hesitate to tell me that I needed to refresh the twists, and that I did. Last night I properly learnt how to twist and redid every twist, to make sure they were all uniform and fresh looking. So now I can say look at my self-installed Marley twists! I used the invisible root method and didn’t cut the hair at all, which has them about boob length, you like?

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Simi

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Oh Curl Challenge 21: Natural Hair Idol


Hey guys,

 

Been away for a minute I know! I don’t know how some people do it, posting every other day and the like. Today’s post will be about my natural hair idol. I’ve been thinking about this one for a while, and only one name seems to pop out at me, no matter how I try to rationalize it. The one and only Naptural85!!

She went from this…..

 

 

…to much longer than this!!!

Seeing her grow from neck length to past waist length really gave me faith that I too could grow to waist length and beyond. However, we may have to see about that for now, because i’m having overwhelming urges to just cut my hair and start from the beginning. Maybe enjoying the shortness for a year or so, who knows?

Simi

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Blog Makeover + My birthday!!


Hey,

Regular readers of this blog and even those that come by once in a while would have noticed that the blog has had a complete transformation. I wanted a fresher and cleaner look for the blog and decided to go for this theme. I hope you like it! I also included a new logo and banner which I created myself, and I love them. But if there is anything you think I should change, please don’t hesitate to contact me 😀

Now to my birthday!

Last week Tuesday I turned a year older *cough * 16 *cough* haha and I initially went to celebrate with my close family at a Chinese restaurant in Victoria Island. My whole family loves Chinese food, so it was definitely a treat. I got a few nice presents and I went to bed feeling like the day was successful (apart from the fact my sister wasn’t there).

 

Went for the corporate look :D
Went for the corporate look 😀
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Me and my budding photographer hehehe

 

The next day however , I was blown away to find that my mum had secretly gone through my phone and invited my friends for a surprise birthday party! I had no idea whatsoever, in fact my aunt even tricked me into preparing some of the food for the party claiming it was for the house.

I arrived at the house thinking I was going to show face because my pastor was visiting, and I was met with some giggling smiley faces shouting SURPRISE!!!!! I was so shocked, and almost shed a tear or two because I was so happy :D. Unfortunately, because I wasn’t expecting anything glamorous I arrived in my trusty shirt and jeans combo, thankfully I had decided to put my hair up into a puff instead of leaving it like a lions mane, that could have been majorly embarrassing.

 

cake cake cake....
cake cake cake….
Cute look right?
Cute look right?
some of my NYSC buds
some of my NYSC buds

All in all my friends and family had a good time, and I had a good time 😀 and it more than made up for me having to spend a birthday away from my closest friends (like Wendy who I have celebrated my birthday with for the last 4 years 😦 )

I think I ate a bit too much though, post-birthday diet anyone??

Simi

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Savvy and Chic Garden Party


Hey!!

If you saw my post on sunday, you’d know that I went out somewhere exciting…or somewhere that I was excited about. Well, I was the lucky +1 of Ade of the LOCITUDE blog to the Savvy and Chic Garden Party organised by Dabs of the Savvy and Chic Beauty Hub. *Phew that was a mouthful* Well the lovely Dabs prepared for us a fun afternoon of tasty and light nibbles and hilarious conversation. I walked in and I was like wow!!

So Pretty!
So Pretty!

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Oh Curl Challenge Day 20: Twistout


Hello there my lovelies,

 

Today’s challenge is for a twisout pic, which is one of my favourite styles. There are just so many to choose from, flat twists, twist n curls, two strand twists and my favourite 3 strand twists. So here you go a picture of my 3 strand twists from back in the day ;). You like?

Same day, I was just bored lol
Same day, I was just bored lol

 

 

Simi

 

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Why is my Hair Not Growing Series: Episode 4 Retaining your length


Hii,

In this episode we’re going to talk about getting rid of those hair issues and retaining your length. We do a lot of things wrong when it comes to caring for our hair, whether its natural, relaxed, under a weave or in a jheri curl.

Detangling

If the various mothers in my life taught me one thing it was: you better comb all them kinks and naps out of your hair girl, or it’ll break off. Here in Nigeria it’s like a threat; relax your hair every 4 weeks or it will break off, use the smallest comb to make sure every hair is detangled or it will break off, sleep with a hairnet on or it will break off! I think the number one reason why all the ladies who ask me for advice have length retention issues is because they don’t detangle efficiently for their hair. There is no one size fits all to detangling and you have to figure out how detangled you need your hair to be and how you’re going to get it to that stage.

Products

Products and their ingredients are something I don’t really talk about. I didn’t think they were that important at the start of my journey, but now I have recognised the superiority of the natural ingredients over the synthetic ones. Now, i’m not saying go and burn all your shop bought products and bathe in rain water (lol), but i’m saying a lot of companies fill their products with crap and claim to have the best ingredients. meanwhile it’s filled with skin irritants like sulphates, cheap fillers like mineral oil and suspected carcinogens like parabens. Before you buy anything from now on, please look at your ingredients list. Even if you understand zilch, it’s best to at least know whats in your products (including things you might be allergic to). In addition, companies claim to have ‘olive oil’, ‘argan oil’ and ‘jojoba oil’ in their product, but you only see it way down the ingredients list, meaning you’ve probably inhaled more of that product in the air than the amount currently in your bottle of product.

Styling and Manipulation

In African countries, we are very guilty of putting hair length over health. You see someone with armpit length hair, but about 3 inches of that length is stringy and see through. If you suggest a trim to that lady she’ll assume you’re a jealous enemy of her progress. Hairdressers mostly care about how something looks and not how its done. A hair dresser once started snipping the frizzy hairs from the corn rows she had just done, which were done with NO EXTENSIONS. I lost all of my front hair after a stylist fixed my weave too tightly to the braids underneath. A stylist started trying to RIP the knots out of my hair because she didn’t have the patience to detangle it properly. I understand arguing with hairdressers just adds to the struggle, but allowing them to do what they do can cause us lengthy setbacks.

Another thing is we tend to manipulate our hair way too much. A hairstyle should not need to be adjusted multiple times in the day, I don’t even believe in retwisting hair at night any more because I found that the curl pattern the next morning looked better when it was more slept in. An out style for me usually lasts 3 days with definition and after that it can only be salvaged by a puff, updo or retwisting. You should aim to only manipulate your hair twice a week excluding putting on scarves and accessories etc.

Heat

We love to blow dry our hair and tend to do so before any major style but heat is so bad for your hair. I’ve never been one for hair science, but if you think of how it feels when your burn yourself with a straightener or have the dryer on one spot too long and you can imagine how your poor hair feels. Heat basically denatures the proteins in your hair and breaks them down. This causes your hair to be more fragile, lose its curl pattern and be less co-operative with your styling regime. Blow drying and straightening isnt too harmful once in a while, but you need to make sure you have a heat protectant and do the heat styling at a low temperature. It’s also best to have your hair in a really healthy state before any heat styling.

These are the main things to consider when trying to gradually increase the health of your hair, and now onto some health hair practices you should try and begin to ensure your hair stays healthy.

Washing

If you live in a humid climate like I do then i’m just gonna say it straight. Wash your hair woman (or man)! Even if you live in an air-conditioned world the humidity is going to get to you even a little bit, and I can’t believe people will go months without washing just to preserve a style. It happens frequently here, and frankly I would like to see it stop. You NEED to wash your hair as often as logistically possible, but by no means should you not wash your hair at all for more than a month. Whichever method of washing you choose, you need to get all of the oils, stylers and other gunk out of your hair so your scalp can be clean and fresh and so your products can be effective.

Treatments

Some people think treatments are for special things like birthdays and weddings, when really they should be more every other wash than every year. Protein treatments, deep conditioning, henna et al are all things you should do on a regular basis. Obviously not all will work for you and thats ok, but at least one of them will, and I think it’s necessary to give your hair an extra boost when you can. Something as small as adding a few oils to your regular conditioner and leaving it on for 20 mins can have a positive impact.

Protective styles and protection

Protective styles are kept in for longer periods of time than out styles are enable you to manipulate your hair less often. If, when you have a protective style in, you find yourself still manipulating your hair daily, you ain’t protecting nothing. A protective style can be anything from a week long updo, to a 6 week long weave.

Other things we many not know to do is protecting the hair, night scarves are an obvious example of this, but others are hats to protect from the sun and wind and hairband to protect your ends from you clothes.

This post was long!! But I hope you started to see what your regimen may be lacking, and you’ve picked up tips on how to make it better! This is the end of the theory part of the series for now! The next element I will be focusing on is an ask me segment where you can ask me any questions pertaning to any issues you may be having with your hair, and i’ll do my best to answer 😉 contact me at tnacurls@gmail.com for any questions you may have!!

EDIT: my email address is actually tnacurls@gmail.com my bad!!!

Simi

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