Do You Comb It?


‘This your hair, do you comb it?,’ the woman sneered as she dug painfully through my afro puff as if she was looking for gold, buried treasure, or who killed Tupac… If only my parents weren’t right in the other room, I would have the given the woman a piece of my mind.

In Nigeria, people have no qualms about invading your personal space. Your business easily becomes your next door neighbours’,  and they don’t really care if you know that they know or whether you want it discussed in public. My hair is definitely something people like to talk about, i’ve had mixed reactions which I expected. The younger generation (think mid thirties and younger) generally love it, they ask me for tips and advice and I don’t hesitate to tell them all I know. People older than this however have a more conservative approach.

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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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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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Oh Curl Challenge Day 8: Favourite Instagrammer


I told you that I would post a bit quicker this time hehe. This post is fairly simple my favourite instagrammer has to be @kinky_chicks1 I dont really follow hair blogs, this is the only one. But the the variety of hair and hairstyles is inspiring. I get a lot of ideas and sometimes just love to drool over other people’s hair.

photo courtesy of @kinky_chicks1
photo courtesy of @kinky_chicks1

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Oh Curl Challenge Day 6: Blue


First of all happy new year people!! It’s actually been ages since I last posted. In fact I think I was still in New York!!! 😮 My bad!

The theme of today’s post is supposed to be ‘blue’ and for the life of me I couldn’t work out what picture to post. So in the end I decided on a picture with a style I wouldn’t necessarily wear out, but one that is effective when I have things to do. Continue reading

Oh Curl Challenge Day 5: Curl friend


As corny and cheesy as it may sound, my main curl friend is my lil’ sis, the ever elusive Temi! Even though we were in different countries, we began transitioning not knowing the other was doing the same. I did my big chop first but she followed suit one or two months later.

Me and my nee-chan :D
Me and my nee-chan 😀 and our raggedy puffs

But apart from Temi my main curl friend is one of my uni besties Wendy. She is one of the few people i inspired to go natural and she is loving it! The funniest thing is that we both dyed our hair using the same box colour without the other knowing, but she dyed hers twice, so hers is lighter (kinda).

Me and Wendy at graduation
Me and Wendy at graduation

Simi

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Oh curl Challenge Day 4: My go-to style


If you currently know me, or have gotten to know me withing the past 2 years you would know that I have 1 style that I wear most of the time, that I could wear forever! MY PUFF!!!!!! It just so happens that i’m wearing one today after my awesome three strand twistout ( review soon come) got a bit too wild for work.

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Todays work hairstyle

The humble puff has saved me from many failed twist-outs, bantu-knot outs old wash-n-goes, and other various styles that look soooo much better on other people than on me. If the style still has definition to it, I just slap a large band or a scarf on it and call it a night. If the state of my hair is just wack, then I just spray a bit of water (the joys of springy hair) and it reverts back to a big fluffball, perfect for my signature poofy puff 😀 It’s so easy to achieve and can be done in under 30 seconds, why do any other style?

Here are pictures of my other puffs:

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imageToooo many pictures, i chose one a month for the past 6 and there are still loads more to show maybe in another post?

Simi

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Oh curl challenge Day 3: Favourite Products


This post is going to be fairly quick, well at least quicker than my previous ones. Hair products are such a big thing now, especially with every hair company and their mother bringing out a new ‘natural’ line. So many people (including me) get sucked into buying the latest curl defining products, or new oil, or new growth serum. Many don’t work in the way you want them to, or the way they worked for someone else but I have a few staples that have currently been good to me over the past year or so.

Shampoo: Elasta QP Creme Conditioning Shampoo, the only shampoo I feel comfortable using. It smells good, is really thick so a little goes a long way, and has mostly natural ingredients which is so good for your hair and body. It leaves your hair feeling clean, but not stripped, and very moisturised.

First 5 ingredients: Water (Aqua), Disodium Cocoamphodipropionate, Cocamide MEA, Polyquaternium-10, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil.

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Oh curl challenge Day 2: Transition/BC


I transitioned for 5/6 months, it would have been 9 but I was still researching being natural, it wasn’t something I had been fully committed to doing. But as soon, as i saw the relaxed hair, I knew I had made a mistake and immediately started intensifying my research. My first part of the transition was with a full head weave, it was December and winter was in full force and so I thought i’d just tuck away all my hair for a while. Unfortunately, even though I only left it on for two months, it totally DESTROYED my edges 😦

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