YOU TOO CAN DIY

Knowing I won't always be around my junior sisters I taught all 3 of them the basics of hair care (washing, braiding, twisting, threading, safe flat ironing, deep conditioning etc) This has taken some of the responsibility for their hair off me. In the past I did everything for them even when it was not convenient. Now, I only help out when it is absolutely necessary.
Here are pictures showing their first twists which were done solo.
 
                   I was so proud to see both of them working in sections I had to  take pictures

Notice how stretched out their hair is? Well they both decided to use a hot iron. Being the over-saby that I am, I remember not being in support. But hey, its their hair so I held back on all the do's and don'ts and let them do their thing...while secretly monitoring them *.^
End Result


EXTRA BENEFITS
Last month, I had a cut on my finger and could not braid my hair that was already washed and ready for styling. So for the first time, I let one of my  students plait the braids for me while I watched a movie. Below are the results
Week one
  I wanted the twists to be loose and frizzy so I did  most of them by myself.



 

 Week 3 (playing around with my simple style)
I was really impressed with her work so when she comes back from school, I will try to get her to braid a bit more often so she can perfect her skills.

So what do you think? Good teacher, awesome student?

MAN-SHANU FOR HAIR GROWTH

 
Question: Can man-shanu grow my hair like the Fulani?

Answer: Man-shanu  is milk fat that has been separated from fresh milk. From what I have been told, the Fulani and other people of Northern Nigeria, eat it and use it to soften and retain moisture on the skin and hair. Due to the fact that most Fulani people have long soft curly hair, there is a myth in Nigeria that man-shanu is solely responsible for their beautiful hair.

True or false?

I have not been able to find research done on man-shanu (or ghee) to hair growth but I have found sites that claim that it does grow hair with one claiming that it has the magical ability to open up closed follicles. Don't take my word for it but I wouldn't advise you to get your hopes up based on that.


Afro Hair Growth
According to Audrey Davis-Sivasothy's book, The Science of Black Hair: A
Comprehensive Guide to Textured Hair Care, afro hair growth occurs through a

PREVENTING BREAKAGE DURING TAKE DOWN


Ever kept a style in for 3 weeks or more only to notice that your ends are breaking off as you loosen the braids? Well, you are not alone. To those of us who aim for length this could mean that you are loosing - instead or retaining - what little length you might have gained over time. A culprit for this could be dryness. Yes, you might spray with water and seal  frequently  but the water and oil combo sometimes does not properly enter the braid or twist.Thus, the surface of the braids might feel soft but the inside could be very dry.
Here's a simple way to moisturise your hair before take down to reduce breakage:

 You will need...
  1. Spray bottle
  2. Pick comb
  3. Castor oil or Shea butter
  4. Conditioner
  5. Water
Direction
A night before take down...
  1. Mix 5 parts of  water to 1 part conditioner in a spray bottle
  2. Since you are about to loosen your hair there is no need to worry about frizz. Spray the mix on braid/twist and smooth. Make sure the braid/twist is damp.
  3. Apply enough castor oil or Shea butter to the section. For this,think sealing. The only difference is that you'll need slightly more oil than you'll need for a normal styling session.
  4. Braid or twist braids together (if possible) and put on a plastic cap. If you are not comfortable sleeping with a plastic cap you can wear a satin bonnet and/or tie a satin scarf.
By the next morning you should wake up to braids that feel soft and are perfectly moisturised. As you loosen using your fingers or a pick comb (see pic. above) you should also notice minimal hair breakage (if any).

Possible question: Why can't I just loosen immediately after spraying with water?
Answer: Our hair is at its weakest when wet so you want to reduce the amount of damage that could come as result of pulling and detangling at this point. Note also that the thick oils mentioned help seal in moisture and give slip, making it easy for the hair strands to be separated from each other.
This method of of moisturizing before loosening afro hair can be useful during the hot-humid and dry harmattan weather in Nigeria.

YOUR HAIRLINE, YOUR RESPONSIBILITY

Compare Nigerian hair in the 60's with the unhealthy fluff that we see as normal today

If you spend one week in a salon in Nigeria, the number of women with hair and scalp related problems will surprise you. As Nigerians, we rather assign responsibility for a lot of things to other people than learn how to do it ourselves. When I speak to ladies with hair problems like traction alopecia, there is always a story of how the stylist used too much of this or added that other product wrongly. "He or she pulled my hair tightly" or "I was advised to plait my tender scalp so the hair can grow".
While I feel very sorry for them, my response usually is "are you not aware that there is no legislation covering hair care in Nigeria?" We all know that  most of us stylists learned by observing people who might not have  known better themselves. The rate of women with unhealthy hair on the streets can testify to that. So it is for this reason that I advise Nigerian ladies to know their hair first before trusting some else with it. That way, you can guide anyone styling your hair to do what works best for you.

A FEW TIPS TO KEEP AWAY "IYA IYABO" (no hairline)
 Braids, twists and weave-on's are usually the styles of choice for most of us. Not only do they help us save time and money on daily styling ,they also help keep our hair from breaking and/or entangling as a result of over manipulation. While this is a good thing, it can be also be harmful to the hair at our edges. When braids are done too tightly, they can cause damage to your hair follicles leaving you bald in one spot (marginal alopecia) or all through your hair line for the rest of your life. Here are a few tips to remember:
My hair loose chunky twists
  1. As the stylist braids your hair, press down the beginning of the braid with your finger to reduce the amount of pressure to your hairline.
  2. Avoid plaiting the same style over and over again. If you take down a style like ghana braids, leave your scalp to rest for about 2-3 weeks and then do a different style. As for me, I like to do chunky, loose twists after taking down styles like Ghana-braids or havana twists. 
  3. If after braiding or twisting your hair you feel unbearable pain, take down the style. A lot of us think about the money spent but trust me, that amount isn't worth getting bald for.
  4. Notice the sores?
  5. The moment you notice little bumps around your hair line with  pus coming out, please loosen your hair immediately and see a specialist. And if you think that it is just hair and should not be taken that seriously, note that sores (like the one in the picture) have been known to cause infections. Where hairlines are concerned, safety should come before beauty.

Understanding Ahia Natural Nigerian Abuja


The Natural Nigerian hair and body line is produced and packaged by the owner of Natural Nigerian.com. When the brand was created, the first people to enjoy its goodness where those of us who lived in Lagos and its environs. At the time, NN, having a passion for healthy hair and a healthy life style in general took the products to her clients the best way she could; through Ahia Natural Nigerian online store. Thanks to the internet, all her early customers had to do then, was order online and for just an extra fee of 500-700, they could get their favorite hair/body products.
Seeing how Lagos curlies were getting all the good stuff, those of us in Abuja  refused to be left out. At that time, our only hope of getting good natural hair products was to save up and wait for a friend who was traveling out of the country. But listening to and being considerate of her growing audience, NN decided to bring the party closer to the people. ABJ ladies were then given the option of either ordering from Lagos and picking up their products or having them delivered to their doorsteps. This however came with a price that many of us tried, but could not afford to pay. 

What to do...
Once more, NN decided to bring her products even closer to her Abuja customers. We looked for and found 2 stores that belonged to women who understood Naturals and the difficulties they faced in understanding their hair, product labels, and techniques.

Why go through all that stress?
Well its simple, since you can not see Natural Nigerian all the time, you can visit any of the stores - not just to buy products but to also get good hair care advice from veteran naturals.

Is that all?
NO, these stores are strategically located. Keeks pharmacy is located in Jabi at Bright star plaza, No 50 Ebitu Ukiwe street. Apart from customers in Jabi Keeks pharmacy also serves customers from Utako district,Wuse and Maitama.
Next on the list is  Lumo Naturals Store and salon which is  located at Suite G8, Mbouty plaza, Marcus Garvey street , behind Emirates hotel, off 5th avenue, Gwarinpa. Lumo, apart from her gwarinpa customers also serves customers from Apo, Life camp, Kubwa and its environs. 

Isn't that great?! Of course but that is not all....
For those of you who prefer home delivery; you can place your orders by sending an email to orders@naturalnigerian.com to have your products delivered right at your doorstep for a fee of N500 (within AMAC)

So lets do the math...
Ordering from Lagos:
  • 1 NN leave in: :N2500
  • 1 NN coconut oil (4oz): N1000
  • Source: NaturalNigerian.com
  • 1 Tea Tree essential oil:N1500
  • 1 hemp seed oil:N1050
  • Total: N6050
  • Delivery:N1500
  • Grand Total: N7550

Buying from Lumo Naturals Abuja:
  • 1 NN leave in: N2500
  • 2 NN coconut oil:N1050
  • 1 tea tree essential oil:N1600
  • 1 Hemp seed oil:N1100
  • Total:N6250
  • Delivery:****
  • Grand Total: N6250
  • Savings: N1300 (a bottle of palm kernel or sweet almond oil + N350 change)
  • Awoof: Apart from your savings, you get to share your hair frustrations with the owner of the salon/store who will definitely share tried and trusted solutions.

Home Delivery:
You get to have all of the above while saving cost on transportation... after all N500 can not comfortably take you to your destination and back.

And before some of us start rioting for equal representation, know that we are still working hard to bring NN's products much-much closer to you. Ladies and gents in states like Kogi, Nassarawa, Kaduna, and Niger state, can also reach out to us and we would find a way of putting a smile on your face.

Much love to all our esteemed customers, we totally appreciate your support and always look forward to a serving you the best way we can:)
Thank you and stay Blessed!


Please NOTE that Abuja prices may slightly differ from online store prices.

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