Oh Curl Challenge Day 11: Hair of the Day


Hello my lovelies,

This series is taking waaay too long. I’ve decided to make it a weekly affair, so you can expect to see a new post every Monday to Wednesday(I hope). I’m using this as a disciplinary and time management exercise so y’all are helping me get my life on track ha. Today’s post is about my hair of the day, I had in some two strand twists but they were kind of big and messy so a few days after I did them I re-twisted them into three strand twists. I used beautiful textures whipped curl cream as the styler and olive oil to seal the original twists and giovanni direct leave-in as a moisturiser for the newer twists. What you see below is the result……is what I would have said.

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Oh Curl Challenge Day: 10 Product Stash


I’m quite happy that i’m in Nigeria for this post because I was only able to bring a very limited amount of products with me. Since Nigeria (Lagos in this instance) has not really caught up with the rest of the world in the natural hair game, I haven’t really been able to restock my products like i would have liked. At home in London I have about 2 cardboard boxes full of half used products *hides head in shame* BUT I do use them once in a while when i’ve run out of my normal products.

I hate to waste things, so even though I may not be in love with the product i’ll use it unless it actually damages my hair. This is my current product situation, I always seem to be missing a deep conditioner? In fact at one point I had 9 conditioners, but no deep conditioners……I just never seem to find one.  However I was roaming around the casabella in Ikota, Ajah and found one that I quite like even though i’ve only used it once so far. I might just do a product review (maybe).

Current cleansers
Rhassoul clay shampoo bar
Lemon and honey black soap paste
As I am coconut co-wash
Herbal essences totally twisted conditioner
Elasta QP intense conditioner

Deep conditioner
Vitale Olive oil hair mayonnaise

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2 Year Anniversary Part 2: Length Check


Hello my lovelies,

Since today is Monday, my hair has already been washed for the week and styled already. Unfortunately, I didn’t sleep in my normal room and so didn’t use a silk scarf before bed to maintain the style. I did, however use a satin nightie on my head at night to preserve moisture but it left my hair very frizzy after humidity already left my hair looking very frizzy. It is very soft and moisturised though (olive oil baby!) so i’m not actually that bothered. Here’s my kind of defined frizzy ‘fro:

Side View
Side View
Back view
Back view
Front View
Front View

Beautiful isn’t it? hhahahahah. Well without further ado i present to you my first ever proper length check. I don’t think length checks are all that serious so I will not be using a length check T-shirt or a tape measure. I’m just going to measure it against my body for the time being, hopefully i’ll keep wearing the same clothes in any future length checks so we can really see how much it’s grown. I don’t think my hair grows particularly fast. I dyed my hair blonde in June last year, and looking at the dyed part its grown about 4 inches since then, meaning my growth rate is about 2/5 of an inch a month instead of 1/2, it’s not that much of a difference but it adds up.

Right side at the back
Right side at the back
Left side at the back
Left side at the back
Mid left side
Mid left side
Mid right
Mid right
Front at the top
Front at the top
About 1 1/2 inches above my bra strap.
About 1 1/2 inches above my bra strap.

There you have it, my side hair and back hair seem to be just about the same length (my middle hair has always been longer). And I think my left side is slightly longer than my right. Hopefully at the rate its growing next year i’ll have some thick, mid back length hair :D. Thanks for reading!

Simi

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2 Year Natural Anniversary Part 1: Photos


Happy Anniversary!!

To my hair….LOL. Today marks two years of fully natural hair, no relaxed or heat damaged ends. Just thick, kinky and healthy curls! The journey has not been easy, there have been so many times that I felt like giving up. So many failed products, failed hairstyles, money spent on tools I could have done without. I’m just glad i’ve lasted this long, and have even converted people over to the natural side (or at least given a helpful nudge). Special shout outs to Wendy, Henrietta, Missy, Ivy and all other people who have joined me on this journey (I cut Missy and Henrietta’s hair myself).

Since I didn’t do a one year anniversary post, i’ll show pictures from my BC till now just so you can see the difference in hair length.

Relaxed days:

Me and my fringe were tight (straightened to death)
Me and my fringe were tight (straightened to death)

My hairline used to be full *sobs*
My hairline used to be full *sobs*

BC!:

The BC that changed it all!
The BC that changed it all!

April 2012-July 2012:

2 weeks post
2 weeks post

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The Salon Visit From Hell


I came back to Nigeria primarily to serve in the NYSC program which is compulsory for everyone who was under 30 at point of graduation. The first element of service is a 3 week long youth camp, which is the camp of the state that you are posted in. I like many other foreign graduates, found myself in Lagos :D. Because it’s an army style barracks there are only basic necessary amenities, meaning, I needed to get my hair did.

Unfortunately, that meant a trip to the salon since I was short on time and didn’t really have a trusted stylist around my area. And so it began. I freshly washed and sectioned my hair in the morning and wrapped a scarf around to make it look presentable for my other activities. Then I made my way to the salon.

The first thing the lady did was undo all the sections and try to start combing it dry. I had to look at her to make sure she understood that that doesn’t fly with my kinky hair. So I got her to put in some of my Giovanni Direct Leave-In before de-tangling with a ‘wide tooth comb’. The comb wasn’t so much a wide tooth comb as a huge comb that still managed to be quite small. She was gentle though, and it only hurt little bit, but she didn’t de-tangle fully, she said it wasn’t necessary. Continue reading

Oh Curl Challenge Day 9: Fierce Bun


Now the picture i’m about to show you is of a bun, it’s not necessarily fierce, but I love it because it’s probably the first bun picture i’ve taken with my hair. I have no idea why because my hair’s been bun-able for a while. In the pictures, my hair is in twists because I hardly ever leave my hair just out. I still haven’t washed it after taking down the twists from hell, maybe i’m still traumatised from the whole experience.

Not very clear, but you can see where my colour is growing out.
Not very clear, but you can see where my colour is growing out.
High bun
High bun

I apologise for the bad quality of the pictures, but i don’t have my trust camera with me at the moment, so these will have to do.

Simi

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I’m Back


Hello my lovelies,

This is me just checking in on you with a short post to tell you that i’m back from NYSC camp. For all those who don’t know what that is, don’t worry i’ll be explaining everything in a post coming up later this week. EVERYONE who is eligible should go for NYSC, especially the camp part (it’s definitely the most fun part).

I currently have some big kinky twists done by a hairdresser in Lekki, near my house and i’ll be posting on how i’m never going to a hairdresser again if I can help it (yes it was really that bad). And my natural hair anniversary is coming up on April 12th so I may do my first ever length check post soon.

All in all, expect quite a few more than usual posts from me so tune in frequently!

Simi

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Oh Curl Challenge Day 7 : Natural Texture


I’m sorry this is getting ridiculous guys, this ‘challenge’ is supposed to last 30 days, or 30 posts. It’s taken me three months just to get to a quarter of the posts! I’m definitely going to have to become more frequent with the posts 😀

Today’s post is my natural texture. I like to think that there are 3 separate areas on my head with different textures and curl patterns. For those who don’t really know about curl patterns (also known as hair types) see the picture below.

Hair types ranging from 1-4
Hair types ranging from 1-4

I have three main sections in my head the top section, upper crown + sides, lower crown + nape.

Top

The top section of my hair has a kinky texture and the curl pattern is of a mostly 4b type really small curls and coils that are mostly undefined with the diameter of a crotchet needle. This section also has the most colour on it so its the driest and shortest part, I give this section the most moisture and attention. It shrinks up a lot when wet and gets knotted easily so i like to flat twist the front to stop this from happening too much.

Looks more defined than usual ;)
Looks more defined than usual 😉

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Natural Hair Myths Busted: I Don’t Wash My Hair Daily *GASP*


Helloo my little munchkins,

I got the inspiration for this post whilst talking to some of my cheer friends (you know who you are). My cheer team is composed of a lot of people with a lot of different backgrounds and so we all have different opinions on various things. So we were on our way to a competition, when we started talking about hair (who would have guessed?). The general gist of it was wash day; the frequency, what products we used and how long it took.

My hair was out in a puff at the time and I explained that due to the kinky and dry nature of my hair, in winter I didn’t wash my hair more than once a week, even if I sweated more than usual that week. See some people just wash their hair everyday, and they forget that the main reason for washing so often is to get rid of excess grease in their hair. Continue reading