- I tell u, when it comes to HAIRSTYLES, nigerians go ABOVE and BEYOND the call of duty, how COOL is this?? and this only took 2 HOURSSSS!!!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
- I tell u, when it comes to HAIRSTYLES, nigerians go ABOVE and BEYOND the call of duty, how COOL is this?? and this only took 2 HOURSSSS!!!
Monday, October 20, 2008
-courtesy of Sophisticates Black Hair.
Which of the following describes your personality?
A. I am energetic and bubbly! I’m up for anything at any time.
B. I’m a very friendly person, but I’m a little bit sassy, too. Watch out!
C. I’m very grounded and stable. Don’t get me wrong- I like to have fun, but I always remember to reign it in before things get out of control.
D. I’ve been told that I’m sophisticated and refined. And though I do love drama, I won’t blow things out of proportion.
Which best describes your role in a GROUP setting?
A. I love the limelight
B. You won’t forget about me, I don’t hesitate to make my opinions known
C. I’m not a wallflower but in a group conversation I just like to sit back and listen.
D. I’ll give my opinion if I feel strongly about it. I don’t always say much, but when I do, it’s worth listening to.
Which best describes your style of dress?
A. My clothes are what you might call “free-spirited”
B. More earth tones, beiges and chocolate browns and shimmering golds. I DON’T DO PURPLE AND PINKS
C. I have clothes that are every color of the rainbow-from bright pinks to sunny yellows.
D. I go from urban glam to a more sophisticated style; it varies
How would you describe your career?
A. Like every aspect of my life, my career is unique and very creative.
B. Non-traditional, NO 9-5 FOR ME.
C. Professional setting, I deal with the public, business casual.
D. Ms. CEO, I am the boss of my domain.
What’s the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?
A. When I decided to change my career, spur of the moment, and I’ve never regretted it.
C. Switched lunch order from Caesar salad to asian chicken salad.
D. Negotiated with my boss to get a raise.
How often are you visiting a SALON?
A. Love going to the salon, go once a week.
B. My stylist and I are best friends, and are always experimenting with new looks.
C. I am lax when it comes to takin care of my hair
D. I go to the salon regularly for new and FUNKY hair dos
How would u rate your confidence level?
A. I know I can tackle whatever comes my way, BRING it on WORLD.
B. I’m very confident, depending on the day.
C. I do have insecurities, but I am comfortable with the way I look and feel about myself
D. I have a quiet confidence, I’m not standing on rooftops bragging about myself. I am not completely withdrawn and self conscious.
mostly A’s your mane color is BLONDE: very sensous and sexy. A high-profile look.
mostly B’S you mane color is RED: very bold and adventurous.
mostly C’s your mane color is BRUNETTE: wants to have fun but look professional. High powered career woman
mostly D’S your mane color is BLACK: very regal, strong personality. She’s in control of things and still classy.
Is your Hair shedding more than you like?
Then you need to use a shampoo and conditioner that contains VITAMIN E. or Use a VITAMIN E. oil treatment after. Vitamin E helps in strengthening your hair. A really good product is Soft & Beautiful moisturizing complex that is great for dry hair and alleviating it from shedding. It is also very important to TRIM hair every 6 weeks as to prevent split ends.
Looking for a way to have shiny hair without dripping with Oil?
Try Motions at Home salon sheen, Oil sheen, and conditioning spray which is silicone based and makes hair shiny and easy to comb.
Hair-lossed is often most caused by lack of blood circulation due to a constant tuggin and pullin of hair. Remember to losen hairstyles and massage the scalp area to increase blood circulation
Looking for quality Hair products?
Be on the look out for panthenol: which is a vitamin B complex factor that has been shown to add strength and body to the air. Also if you have Natural hair be sure to look out for products with Shea butter, as they contain a lot of moisturing ingredient.
Using the same shampoo and conditioner for more than a YEAR?
It is important to switch your conditioner and shampoo every 6 months, because continuous use of these products can cause your hair to build up residue leaving it limp and dry.
KNOTTED up by your natural hair?
Then use a leave-in conditioner. Spray on hair till damp and then gently brush from tip to roots. Applying a leave-in conditioner between shampoos makes combing easier and reduces shedding and hair breakage.
Friday, October 17, 2008
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Sunday, October 12, 2008
2. CHAMOMILE can brighten and soften oily hair. Preferably use a satin scarf to cover the hair at bedtime.
3. Remember TOO MUCH STRESS can weaken the hair, causing it to break more.
4. Curl your hair without chemicals by using STRAW-SETS
Apply setting lotion and wrap small sections of the hair around a drinkin straw. Smaller hair sections equal tighter curls.
After drying the hair under a hooded dryer, gently unwrap it from the straws. Oil the curls and roll out with more “spring” in ur hair.
5. Use ALCHOL-FREE products to maintain shiny, healthy hair. For frizz-free curls, maximum volume and body use a diffuser with your blow dryer, set at its lowest temperature and speed.
6. Treat your hair to a HOT-OIL treatment twice a month.
7. you can ROD SET your braids fro more texture and volume. Apply oil sheen to brighten the look and finger-comb the curls to style
8. DETANGLE your hair with a LARGE-tooth comb.
9. You can now LOCK and TWIST your hail with ORGANIC root stimulator’s locs and twist gel, it holds and moisturizes naturally.
COCONUT MILK, SUCROSE and SOYBEAN work together to give you twists that stay put and moisture that doesn’t fade. Enjoy great styling without flakes and hardness from alcohol and synthetic products.
10. Maintaing a healthy diet for a HEALTHY hair, meaning, including proteins and vitamins to your diet.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
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Not exactly sure what extention will help u create a certain look? check out this guide from Braids magazine.
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so guess wat,
So like I have this friend at work, or so I thought, who when I first met her had the ubiqutous "RIHANNA" do right? and it was like Jet BLACK, so me on the other hand was rocking my signature color 4/27 braids, and so a friendship was born right...we went on assignments together, covered stories together, gisted about some of the pervs in this office...u know basically become like "works sisters". So anyways, I noticed last week she kept asking me, oh wat kind of extensions did u use? where did u get ur hair did? and my own braids are long and she was like, how can u stand LONG braids, isn't it annoying? oh my goodness I can't do long braids,...blah, blah, blah, anyways...
so yesterday morning, while I was typing away at my desk, in comes this EFFIN HEFA with my EFFIN HAIR-DO....exact HAIR-DO!!! I was effin HAIR JACKED IN BROAD DAYLIGHT!!!
Exact 4/27, Exact 18 inches, Exact extensions EVERYTHING!!!!
am sorry I am not one of those gurls that likes to do the same hair with everyone, forgive me but I like to look a tad bit different, but my work buddy torned out to be a BACKSTABBIN hefa that stole my hair-style, what next my IDENTITY????
lol, I just had to get that off my chest!
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Hey bloggers how is it going? so anyways yesterday I did something I have been dreading to do and that was going to the hair salon. Now you might ask why a hair enthusiast like myself would hate goin to the Hair salon, well that is because I am afraid of people judging me because of my shitty hair.
well....my hair is not that bad, its just that, I cut it myself (big mistake, but that was the only way I could comb it) so I have this un-even hair. And also Hair salons in Nigeria, is not the same with those in America for several reasons:
1. You will run into someone u know that u really don't want to talk to but they want to talk to u.
2. Everyone in the salon has opinion about the hair-style ur doing ( last time a woman at the salon told me not to do this curly hairstyle because I would be fired from my job, like she knew were I worked)
3. When u have shitty hair like I did that day ur stylists lets u know..."Madam u no get hair for front" like I didn't know I was baldin by the side...or my all time favorite, "madam this hair (as she points at ur hair) is not relaxed, it won't look fine". That brings me to another point, when did Natural hair become the ANTITHESIS of naija hair stylist...(stylist not braiders).
Anyways, as u can see I have my reasons to justify my hate for Hair salons. But as my favorite hair lady decided to have a life, I was left with no choice but to go to the salon and get my month old braids out..(remember they're like $15).
Anyways as I walked in and made my way through the eyes that were checkin out everything I had on from head to toe, my heart was beating because I would soon remove my wig and everyone will see what I had underneath. But luckily for me that day, I had to wait for a while so no one was lookin as I quickly pulled the wig off and painfully brushed out my fro.
But I was shocked to see how healthy and strong EVERY WOMAN's hair (at that salon dat day) was, I mean I was expectin to see some real freaky hair show, u know really bad unhealthy hair that u see at some salons, but no. Everyone had hair coming out from their "forehead" to their "back" I mean, don't these people braid their hair? doesn't it CUT? where are the reciding or invisbile hair-line? am I the only person with shitty hair thanks to yrs of CONSTANT WEAVE, BRAIDS, RELAXERS!!!
is it in the food? the weather? WHAT? what are some nigerian women putting on their hair to make it HEALTHY AND STRONG!!! please tell me my heart is breaking of HAIR ENVY!!!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Speaking of EXPIRED HAIR-do's, I understand that this summer has been one of short hair-styles but some of the pictures of the female below show that there is such a thing as "too much" of a good thing!!
Anyways below are pictures of Hair do's that are "too late" in terms of the timing of the do, and too short in terms of Length.
1. Victoria Beckham:
-She probably was the one that "popularized" the BOB, from her days as a Spice Girl with that classic BOB, to now "overdone" BOB with long bangs that she used to have. But this one PIXIE-DO, well..I am not a big FAN of. It might just be my personal taste, but this hair looks like a BAD Beverly Johnson human hair wig. I just don't Like!
2) Natasha BeddingField:
- What more can I say? this Hair-cut makes her look like she is questioning her sexuality, or getting over a heartbreak. Too DRASTIC looking and just not nice!
3) Rihanna and Mary-J Blige
- Well good ole Ri-Ri, I have you to thank for the latest hair craze, but this thing ur sporting looks like a style-steal from "There is something about Mary" ....hmm..
-Speaking of Mary, I am so sick and tired of this hair of yours! please do something ELSE!!!
- I know it's a WIG, infact I am happy that it is a WIG. Now we are all know that you were not supposed to have Short Hair!! So next time you wear your "mammy-water" weaves I will smile because short hair is just not YOU!! (do you see her strong masculine neck?)
Thursday, September 4, 2008
I am doing my hair this Weekend and I am uber-excited, however I have a dilemma. For the past months I have been in the states I have be going on and off with Weaves and my real hair, and have become so attached to it, but now the heat and humidity in LAGOS is making it very uncomfortable for me to have hair anywhere close to my face.
I actually have broken out in rashes on my face because of all the strands of hair in my face that has been accomodating heat. I don’t know how the girls in my gossip magazines do it, with their 20 inch weaves and what not, but this is so Unbearable!!!
So my next option now is braids, but I have not braided my hair since..em…while…like forever!! Or wait am lying, I did micro braids last time I went to D.C and it completely cut all of my front hairline…..so much so that after takin out my braids (mind you I was crying as I was doing this) I SWORE OFF those suckers for life.
But now as I am looking around at the sexy cornrows, and “bob-marleys”, as well as the packets of “amina” in my mom’s room, I am craving the thought of putting my bum to sleep while sitting for 8hrs for some nice braids.
Infact, I think that’s what I’ll do because maintaining this weave is becoming unbearable!!
So I guess that’s it, good bye to my signature “superstar” weave, and Hello BRAIDS!! I am soo excited, I can't wait, As soon as I get them done, I’ll post pictures!!
Monday, September 1, 2008
I am very excited about being back home. I feel like am finally at peace, ironically considering the chaos everywhere (currently in Lagos). I don't know what it is but whenever I am home, I feel so much at peace with everything!! and am always more focused about what am doing, it's crazy.
I am also excited about this because Nigeria is def. a place to be inspired to talk about hair. Well one thing I don't understand about hair-styles in Nigeria is this: Why is it that when a HAIRSTYLE is POPULAR, everyone is not ashamed to be rocking it? I know that sounds dumb, cuz I mean everyone wants to be rocking the latest thing, but no really. I have seen women with the same hairstyle, hair color and everything, I just don't get, I hate doing the HAIR that everyone else is doing. It's so annoying. Like when I do braids, I have to do some funky colors, or when I do my weave my lengths have to be crzy. something diff. just so when am stuck in the elevator there is a high percentage that the lady beside me has a different hairstyle from mine. Its crazy, whenever a new style comes out, 80% of the female population will be sporting it!! remember the "hair Wrap" (u combed it upwards then folded it in on top) back in the '90's? that everyone was rocking from your mom, to your teachers, to your aunties to the ladies in "CHECKMATE" to the lady that was doing ur hair to basically everyone in the HAIR SALON!!!!lol..
anyways...be sure to checkout more..
take care :)
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Everything about the packaging was very simply and clear. So being the researcher I am, I had to look up the man or woman behind this line. Lo and Behold it's Kimberly Kimble one of my fav. celeb hair-stylist. Often featured on Allure magazine and recently on Oprah, Kimble is the lady behind the hair-styles of some of your favorite celebs like Vanessa Williams, Beyonce Knowles, and Kerry Washington.
Below is Kimberly Kimble talking about her Product Line.
"My products were all about finding a way to style your hair without damaging it. I wanted my products to give results- healthy hair that looks and feels good and has incredible shine. My clients always loved the way their hair looked after they came out of my salon and I wanted a way that they could achieve the same shine at home".
Kimberly's tip on Black Hair:
" For Black hair, you definitely want to keep it moist, don’t let it get dry and brittle because that’s what causes breakage".
" Many women are afraid to cut their hair- don’t be. It’s much healthier to keep your hair cut- it looks fresher and keeps the hair healthier"
" Hair maintenance is the most important- the key is to get the right maintenance products. Black hair needs a little bit more attention than most to stay healthy, so make sure you’re sleeping on silk"
For more information on her and her Hair product Line, check out her website: http://www.kimblehaircare.com/
Celebrity Comments on Kimble's products (courtesy of http://www.hairboutique.com/tips/tip000269.htm):
-Actress Taraji P. Henson has said "Kimble's Ginger Cream Conditioner smells so delicious you want to eat it."
-Garcelle Beauvais has said "I love Kimberly Kimble shampoo and conditioner. She's a hairstylist I've been working with forever. My favorites are her Peppermint (Cream) Shampoo and her Vanilla Leave-in Conditioner. I just love when you can smell your hair all day long
As much as I am a Big fan of experiments, I hate CRIMPED hair!! and Tyra what is this CRAP??
HAIR CHANGE ALERT!: Do you LIke Michelle's MANE Move?
Monday, August 18, 2008
anyways that was me last night, I have been trying to maintain my hair naturally since it has been breaking for a year now. So while I was taking off my weave, I noticed I could not comb my hair, it was sooo tangled that I had to chop the thing off!!! so am back at square one. But am not bothered, the most important thing for me is to have healthy, full hair, not necessarily long hair.
So anyways am trying to get my hair all healthy again, one of the things I learned is that hair grease like the one below, is not good for conditioning hair, especially if you are trying to nourish your hair, rather it is best to use natural oil.
If you check out my previous post, you will see when I blogged about Jojoba oil as a hair conditioner. Also while surfing the net to find helpful hints, I came across this youtube video of an oil based hair recipe for conditioning hair, I've not yet tried it but I want to get comments from those that have on whether this works.
In the past I've normally used olive oil and that worked well too.
One of my favorite shampoos especially for those that have hair like mine which is very weak and brittle, is DOO GRO's MEGA THICK anti-thinning shampoo.
According to the website: http://www.doogro.com/,:
-DOO GRO®Mega Thick Anti-Thinning Shampoo Thickens and strengthens.
-Helps repair weak and damaged hair.
-Moisturizes and cleanses with Shea Butter, vitamins & botanical thickeners.
-Promotes thick, strong, growing hair.
I personally like it because my hair does feel stronger after shampooing.
Well for more tips and advice on maintaining natural hair, checkout my new fav. site: http://naturalblackhaircare.com/
ON A RANDOM NOTE
For those of you that might have missed this (kinda old now), what do you think of the whole beyonce controversial. Here is the pic of the ad that was supposedly lightened by the products company.What do you think? Is it a big deal? why or why not? The question is why is everyone on Beyonce's case, it's not like alot of these stars know what the companies are going to do with their pics after taking them. Anyways you tell me!
Saturday, August 9, 2008
-Want to STRAIGHTEN your natural tresses without relaxing it?
First start by using a light texturizer to soften hair. Shampoo hair with Moisturizing Hair Shampoo, then saturate hair with a HOT OIL TREATMENT to prevent breakage and aid in moisturizing. Cover hair with a plastic cap and sit under a dryer for 10mins (no more than). Afterwards, rinse hair and apply LEAVE-IN conditioner and HAIR CREAM. Blow dry hair and then using a FLAT IRON, carefully straighten hair to create a sleek chic look.
(Tip courtesy of HypeHair 2008)
a) ZIG-ZAG Waves
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
- call Bola A. of Laviva Hair extensions with 08059005927, if you are on Facebook be sure to check out the group LAVIVA Hair extensions, and send her a message. Website (Lavivaventures.com) on its WAY!!!
anyways these rollers are easy to put on, they stay on, you can sleep with them. I usually use them before I go to sleep, but in these pictures I put them on 5 hrs before I needed to roll my hair for the night. Hope u enjoy!
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Want LONGER hair?
below is an article from eHOW that will help advise you on what to do to grow out your hair.
Article courtesy of http://www.ehow.com/how_2038885_hair-natural-hair-growth-tips.html
Things You’ll Need:
Rosemary and Sage
Step1Step One: Buy a High Quality Hair Growth ProductI suggest you go all-natural. Unnatural hair care products are a no-no for someone who wants long-lasting, healthy hair growth. Find a hair growth product that contains powerful essential oils, natural herbs, and vitamin rich nutrients your hair needs to survive. Look for products with ingredients such as the aformentioned Aloe Vera, Citrus Fruits, Jojoba, Rosemary, and Sage. Make sure you stay away from all natural products that use natural extracts. Extracts are not as powerful as essentials oils. They are a cheap substitute for the real thing. Although there are several natural hair care products on the market, not all hair growth products are created equal. Make sure you read the fine print. Most “natural” products still contain phosphates, sodium lauryl sulfate, petroleum, mineral oil, and other lab created humectants that ultimately damage your hair. My advice---if you can’t read the ingredients, don’t buy the product. When I was searching for a natural hair growth product, I found one really great buy, Beauty 4 Ashes Super Hair Growth System. Finding this company took me awhile; but Beauty 4 Ashes pretty much gives you everything you need to make your hair grow. Foremost, I checked the ingredient listings and the products contained no artificial ingredients. The system also included hair growth vitamins, a great hair healthy eating plan, and even scalp stimulating hair growth exercise routine. At first, the system may seem a bit pricey, but, boy was I impressed with the results. In 9 months, I went from patches of hair to hair just above my shoulders. Now, I am no product junkie; but I have to tell you that this product is worth the money. It does not cost an arm and leg and it is worth every penny you pay. You can find it easily at www.discoverb4a.com. Also, check for it on Ebay. You may actually find a deal.
Step2Step Two: A Healthy Hair Eating PlanYour hair is all protein. Thus, you need a protein rich diet, chocked fill of B Vitamins and other hair-strengthening nutrients. Increase your intake of fish. It is full of healthy proteins and essential fatty acids and natural oils your hair needs. In addition, drink a protein supplement or shake everyday. If you follow this plan, not only will your hair grow, but you will also lose weight. That is, of course, if you lay off the junk food. Remember, I warned you too much junk food above.
Step3Step Three: Drink WaterEight to ten glasses of water is an absolute requirement. Drinking water flushes your body of toxins, chemicals, and impurities that stifle your hair growth and disrupt your hormone and enzyme imbalances. Water also transports the important nutrients your body needs throughout your body. Hate drinking water? Add lemon and Splenda to have a healthy, tasty alternative
HOW LONG IS TOOO LONG???
I was getting my hair done the other day, when a lady that was selling hair came up to me to tell me that she had the best hair extensions from italy (good hair comes from italy?), anyways when I asked about what colors she had, she went on to tell me that she had up to '26 inches, and I was thinking to myself: "WHAT DA HELL will I do with 26inches extension"??, what am I auditioning for Mamawater #3. People please help me understand this crazy need for ridiculously LONG EXTENSIONS.
I mean I am a big fan of long weave (mine is currently 16), 18 is my MAXIMUM, but 26???? REALLY that's down to half my a$$.
Tell me bloggers, am I over-reacting? HOW LONG IS TOO LONG!!!
Check out these following LONG WEAVE CULPRITS!!