I think I met Louisa at the perfect time. Just a few months before I leave for London, England. I am looking forward to suggestions of stores so I can update and upgrade my closet! We crossed paths on Twitter a few days ago and exchanged pleasantries. I checked out her blog and saw that we both have something in common; we are newly naturals! *yyyyay!*
Louisa is the creator of AfroBlush. Her vision it was to create space devoted to and in celebration of African diaspora, fashion, hair, beauty, culture, art, design and music and things that excite her. Be sure to add Afroblush to your blogroll.
LOCATION: London, England
DESCRIPTION OF YOUR HAIR: Well I recently cut my hair, it was relaxed shoulder length, and brown; often in an instant weave. Now it is short (about an inch) natural and red well sort of a maroon colour
PRODUCTS YOU USE ON YOUR NATURAL HAIR: My most preferable products are from Organics Root Stimulator. I am a big fan of virgin olive oil ; cooking with it as well as for skin and hair, most of their products are olive oil based. Otherwise, I like Elvive shampoos and sometimes mix some olive oil in a spray bottle with some hair mayonnaise. I find its quite light and doesn't have the heavy greasy texture that can make your hair dirty and your forehead shinny LoL.
DO YOU WEAR EXTENSIONS: When I had longer hair I was a big fan of instant weaves, I like that I could take it off and hang it up whilst I wrap my own hair or leave it out for some air. With full on weaves, your hair does not get a chance to come out and breath. I prefer synthetic to human hair simply because it is low maintenance and human hair had a way of getting tangled and out of shape quicker.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU GET YOUR HAIR DONE? With my current short hair I give it a mini treatment every 2 or 3 days, I can afford to do it more often because its a lot less hair to manage. With longer hair, it was every week and a half to two weeks.
PRODUCTS YOU USE ON YOUR HAIR EXTENSIONS: None really, no heavy hair moisterisers, just a home made spritz bottle with olive oil, water and hair mayonnaise to give it some hydration and shine.
Louisa speaks! THE IMPORTANCE OF PROPERLY GROOMED HAIR FOR WOMEN: I cannot stress the importance! hair is a big part of being a woman and feeling feminine. I love all the glamourous weaves and hair peices, but I also believe in neatness and keeping on top of your maintenance routine. I would rather see someone with a short simple hair cut, or a tied back pony tail, than to see someone with a long Brazillian weave that looks dirty and uncared for.
EXTRA! EXTRA! This is a link to a very important page of mine on my blog and I remind myself of these rules on a daily basis, 10 Rules for Natural Hair Care. Here is another link about my big chop and how and why it came about, Fortune favors the bald.
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The Corner Shop blog. The Corner Shop showcases Nigerian Small and Medium-scale Enterprises (SMEs) that exhibit creativity. She belives SMEs are the bloodline of any economy and has narrowed this excellent vision to Nigerians who are creative, hardworking, and persistent, and they totally deserve to have their businesses survive them.
LOCATION: Abuja, Nigeria
DESCRIPTION OF YOUR HAIR: My hair is texturized. I can't even remember when I first retouched (permed) it seems like forever. It barely reaches my shoulders and it's black with no streaks at all.
PRODUCTS YOU USE ON YOUR NATURAL HAIR: I'm not loyal to beauty and hair product brands actually but the milder the better. I keep telling myself to research components but I never get around to it. I use products with coconut or aloe vera. Lately, I prefer herbal relaxers.
DO YOUR WEAR HAIR ENTESIONS? I usually wear extensions. There was a time where I wouldn't do anything shorter than 12". I am yet to try a 'Rihanna' bob. I braid with extensions most of the time. I like it because I can just roll out of bed and not worry about styling my hair (yeah, I'm lazy like that LOL!). I usually use Expressions or Sensationnel Premium 2 hair extensions and weaves. When I've got extensions on, I rarely use products unless the hair starts 'crying out' I'll oil my scalp.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU GET YOUR HAIR DONE? I don't go to the salon very often to get my hair. If I'm rockin' my natural hair, I wash and blow dry it out. I don't like going under the hair dryer. Only a gun to my head would get me under there. I usually keep my braids for about 7-8 weeks (and never less than a month). Talk about protective style! When I take my extensions out, I wear my natural hair for about a month before trying something new.
Adiya Speaks! THE IMPORTANCE OF PROPERLY GROOMER HAIR FOR WOMEN: I think properly groomed hair is important because hair can change your whole look. It is an expression of your personality (classy, trendy, crazy, colorful, loud, understated etc.) It can make you look completely different. Healthy hair is easy to spot out, it just looks fantastic no matter what you're doing with it.
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Meet Precious! A natural hair blogger who is enjoying every bit of her kinks! She's currently documenting her hair journey and sharing helpful tips on her blog Precious Curls.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN NATURAL? I've been natural for about a year and a half now. I removed my relaxed ends in September 2009.
WHY DID YOU TRANSITION? I transitioned for many reasons. The first reason was because I was sick of the damage that relaxers were doing to my hair. I saw breakage everywhere - on my pillow, on my clothes, on my shoulders - everywhere. The second reason was because I was interested and mesmerized by the texture of natural hair. I definitely hated my natural hair when I was little, but as I got older, I became interested in it. I wondered how my hair would look natural again. I loved the look of a nice, thick, pony puff so I began my research on natural hair.
INSPIRATION: The first site I came across was Miss Teri Laflesh's site, Tightly Curly. Teri tells her story on how she transformed short, damaged permed hair into lovely, healthy, beautiful curls. I was sure that I too could transform my damaged permed hair into lovely natural hair. It was then that I decided to begin my transition.
DESCRIPTION OF YOUR HAIR: My hair is 100% na-tu-ralle! My curl pattern ranges from finger-sized curls to teeny tiny little coils, and my hair is very thick and dense.
PRODUCTS YOU USE ON YOUR HAIR: Right now, I'm in love with my shea butter mix. I moisturize with either plain old water or Califia Moisturizing Spray from Komaza Care and apply my shea butter mix on top. My hair remains so soft and moist for the whole day! I've recently fallen in love with black soap. I am shampooing my hair with Original Black Soap Organic Shampoo from Eli's Body Shop. Check out my review here. I condition my hair weekly with Komaza Care's Califia Care Conditioner (this conditioner has been discontinued, I will soon be using their newest Moja Conditioner) As a light moisturizer before bed I recently began using the Eli's Body Shop's Shea Moisturizer.
Precious Speaks! THE IMPORTANCE OF PROPERLY GROOMED HAIR FOR WOMEN: From my own personal experience and observation, I find that properly groomed hair - hair that is clearly being taken good care of - will exude its own natural beauty and this makes a very good impression on people. When people look at you and your hair positively, it makes you feel good inside! It is also important and can be a source of a woman's (or even a man's) self-esteem and pride.
I just absolutely love the texture of my hair! Thanks to proper and gentle maintenance, its beauty has truly shown. I can't imagine ever going back to the 'creamy crack' - this mass of curls and coils that God has given me is just too precious to oppress with those harsh chemicals. My hair has completely reaped the benefits of being chemical and heat free. I have found freedom in becoming natural! Always remember that it is easier to embrace and love your natural texture than to fight against it. Our hair is our ornament, we should appreciate what God has given us.
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I came across Dorcas' blog and loved it. I was drawn to the neat, simple layout and her posts were short and sweet. I also noticed her hair and unique sense of style and didn't think twice about contacting her.
NAME: Dorcas Ola
LOCATION: Toronto, Canada
YOUR HAIR REGIMEN: The main part of my hair regimen is avoiding using direct heat. I stay away from blow dryers, flat irons & curling irons. I opt for braid outs & bantu knot outs to achieve heat free texture. I wash weekly & include a deep conditioner as well as a hot oil treatment with a natural oil. Daily, I moisturize my hair with a hair moisturizer and seal in the moisture with a light natural oil like Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
DESCRIPTION OF YOUR NATURAL HAIR: My hair in its natural state is a 4B curl pattern & extremely thick! I've been relaxed for about 9 years now & my hair is about bra strap length.
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EXTENSIONS? IF SO, WHAT LENGTHS: I've never had a weave or braids. But last summer I did get some clip in extensions. They're usually put in to the back to add some length. They're 16inches & not sure of the brand name. I don't use them very often. But I have been wanting to rock the 90s braids look à la Moesha. Products you use in your hair extensions, if any - Just heat protectant if they get curled to keep them looking decent.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU GET YOUR HAIR DONE: I wash & deep condition my hair weekly. I visit the hair dresser about every 3-4 months for a relaxer. But that is the extent of it. All other hair care I handle on my own.
Dorcas Speaks! THE IMPORTANCE OF PROPER GROOMED HAIR FOR WOMEN: Hair is important for women because it can add instant glam. Its the final touch to complete a look. A great hairstyle can make or break a look. The most important part of hair, at least for me is HEALTHY hair. No matter how you style damaged hair it won't look as fab as healthy hair.
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Crown Chronicles is pleased to feature Dynamix TV personality of the year 2010 and Producer for Silver Bird TV Nigeria, Yvonne Ekwere also known to many as Vixen. This style connoisseur, writer, entertainer, jeweller and ceo I-BLING accessories and Tees reveals her hair regimen.
NAME: Yvonne Ekwere
LOCATION: Lagos, Nigeria
HAIR REGIMEN: I wash my hair at least once a week if I don't have hair extensions on. I re-touch with kiddie relaxer every 2 months. I steam once every month. I trim the roots every time I wash and when it comes to drying my hair, I NEVER go under the hair dryer, I hate it! I'd rather use a hand dryer and curling iron! LoL
WHAT LIES BENEATH? Describe under hair underneath the extensions: Underneath my hair extension is texturized hair; styled into a Monica -type hair cut.
WHAT PRODUCTS DO YOU USE ON YOUR NATURAL HAIR: I don't use too many products on my hair but I'm a fan of the Beautiful Beginnings hair relaxer as it gives my hair a soft and fine texture. Organics Hair Mayonnaise is also a fave of mine. Any hair cream/wax that's got coconut oil, shea butter or marijuana (yup! I said it) in it works for me! Products I use vary depending on my hair style or directions my hair stylist gives
LENGTH OF YOUR EXTENSIONS: Extensions are very important to me because of the glam nature of my job so to keep me noticeable I do different styles with different extensions and their length and colours but I'm a big fan of extensions between 16" - 34" inches!
HOW OFTEN DO YOU GET YOUR HAIR DONE? Oooh! I get my hair done very often! I think the longest I've had a hairstyle on was a month and I had long early 90's inspired braids on
Yvonne Speaks! - WHAT IS YOUR VIEW ON THE IMPORTANCE OF PROPERLY GROOMED HAIR FOR WOMEN: It is very important to keep ones hair groomed because as we all a women hair is her crowning glory and tells a lot about her personality. Without the perfect hair texture and style, the "perfect look" can't be achieved! So find a great hair stylist and listen and obey to instructions given! :-)
Thanks for sharing Yvonne!