natural hair meet up lagos nigeria

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Lagosians, it is time again! On the 22nd of November 2014 we will gather for another Hair Meet Up.

Anyone that is interested in a Healthy hair journey is invited.

Venue

The Social Place

33, Sinari Daranijo Street, Off Younis Bashorun, Off Ajose Adeogun, Victoria Island.

Date

22nd November, 2014

Time

1330hrs -1730hrs

More information coming soon!

NATURAL HAIR POMADE Pomade: /pəˈmād,pəˈmäd/Wikipedia describes Pomades as a scented ointment applied to the hair or scalp.

My friend asked me to make her a pomade recently (I make products on demand for friend and family – when I have time).  She wanted something that would help the hair on her temple grow. Something that would stimulate growth.

While I have never been of the school of thought that products are the no. 1 solution to hair growth, there are some ingredients that do help to stimulate hair growth and I made sure to include some.

More pictures and recipe below. (more…)

By now, you have seen the pictures and read the gist, but have you seen the Clip from Ebonylife TV? If you were unable to catch it when it aired last week Friday, here it is now.

Thanks to Arit of EbonyLife TV and her crew for being there and for uploading it for those of us that don’t have access to DSTV.

See if you can spot me!! This my anonymous status is going to the dogs sha, lol!

*Thanks, Chinwe, for the fine-girl earrings :)

Hair Mayonnaise made in a blender

If you love a quick and easy DIY, this post is for you.

This takes all of 10minutes to make (including wash up time) so it requires very little planning on your part.

All the ingredients are easy to get and you can pretty much substitute if you don’t have a particular ingredient that I have mentioned. As an example, my acid was Lime juice. You can substitute with either Apple Cider Vinegar or Lemon Juice.

The Essential Oil used was Rosemary Essential Oil but you can use any you wish to use. I used Rosemary Essential Oil because it is THE hair essential oil. It is anti-viral, anti-fungal, antiseptic, anti-microbial and much more. It is used in treating dandruff and soothing an itchy scalp. Rosemary Essential Oil also increasing circulation which helps hair grow.

If you are hypertensive or pregnant, please use another essential oil like Peppermint or Lavender. 

It is really that easy to make your own Hair Mayonnaise. Recipe is below. (more…)

The Naturals in Paradise in Calabar, meet up was this past Saturday. To say that I was immensely pleased with the entire event is an understatement.  Even the one disappointment for me (the Natural Nigerian products did not get to Calabar on time) was not enough to cloud over what a success the meet up was.

Not only did I get to finally eat locally prepared White soup, Afang and Ekpang Nkukwo, I met up with the natural/healthy hair community there – yes, relaxed hair people can also be on a healthy hair journey alongside naturals.

Ekene of The Kink & I  , my fellow organizer, was absolutely amazing. She literally handed out flyers on the road and made all the arrangements for the meet up. The success of the meet up was largely due to her. She also took really good care of me, making sure that I got the food I wanted to eat, saw the sights I wanted to see.

Natural Hair Meet Up Calabar, Nigeria

We began late. It rained quite a bit so people did not arrive early. However, when we did start,  our lovely compere, Lucy (who came all the way from Eket, Akwa Ibom!), got the crowd started by asking them to share their natural hair stories – why they went natural and how they achieved the style they were sporting.

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We are counting down the days now to the Calabar, Natural in Paradise meet-up and I just wanted to tell you what to expect.

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Learn

There will be talks from not 4 but 6 people! Lots to share so we are looking forward to starting nice and early.

One is a doctor who consults on hair matters.  She will be talking generally about hair loss (and ladies, you know we have a challenge with that). Ekene of the Kink and I will be speaking about being Natural on a budget in Nigeria. There will also be make up tips from a couple of professional Make-up Artists. Last on the roaster is moi, Natural Nigerian.

Awoof!

We have gift packs from Jessicurls and some items from Hairfinity up for grabs. You could walk away with either or both.

Mingle

Also, there will be vendors available there to bring you the hair care products that usually reside in far away Lagos. It is all coming to you this time! This will be a good opportunity for you to learn what resources you can get locally. After meet ups, a constant is that relationships are formed, with salon owners, hair care product supplier, with fellow healthy hair enthusiasts!

There are just so many reasons why you should ensure that you are there.

Today is Healthy Monday!! Let’s stop talking about food for a minute and talk instead about something that will help you exercise right.

A few years ago, while reading Gym instructor and personal trainer,  Adura’s blog, I came across a post that mentioned the importance of getting a gait analysis done when buying new running shoes. I had never gotten that done before but was immediately interested.

It is based on the fact that our foot arch or lack of it (in the case of those that have flat feet) determine the way our feet are aligned.

Arch Type

If you know your arc type, this is a pretty cool way of figuring out your foot alignment. If you don’t look at the bottom of the post for a link that will help you determine what your arch type is.

I wasn’t able to find a place that could conduct the test in Nigeria so I wound up getting it done in a shop that sells running equipment in the UK. I went with my cousin, Chinelo, and they soon had us running barefoot on a treadmill to see whether we overpronate, underpronate or have a normal gait while running. After they determined which category I fell into, they tested me running with shoes and we settled on one that gave me the most support.

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This shows the running gait of people that fall under the different categories.

Did it make a difference?…..Yep!! So much so that I haven’t since bought running shoes without getting a fit test or gait analysis done.

In case you are wondering about the results: I discovered that I overpronate (no surprise there as I have flat feet), and wound up buying a pair of ASICS with proper structural support. I absolutely love ASICS. So very comfortable, I could live in them.

Why is a Gait Analysis so important?

  • The right shoes can prevent injury while running. As a matter of fact, if you have a recurring injury, it may be down to your shoes not providing the right support.
  • Improves form and body alignment for better performance while running.
  • Even if you are not a runner, this is helpful in determining the sort of every day shoes you should be buying for every day shoes.

My last pair of running shoes came from New Balance. I went to a New Balance store and they conducted a professional fit analysis to get me the right shoes. No running involved. I simply stepped on an iSTEP scanner which mapped my feet and advised the fit specialist which shoes I would need for the right support.

Here is a picture of my scan, the bits in red are the places where I most apply pressure when standing.  This is what flat feet look like.

Natural Nigerian Running Shoes

Do you see me in the picture, taking the picture? Apparently I always shove my sunglasses on my head when I am indoors.

I bought a pair of shoes with built-in support. They also sold me orthotics which I no longer wear (they were too uncomfortable).

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