My experience at beauty salons

My experience at beauty salons

Generally, time spent at the beauty salon is considered as ladies time somehow. If you often visit the beauty salon either to do your hair, makeup, manicure, pedicure, facials etc you would know that every discussion mostly revolves around beauty, men, money and fashion.

Recently, I visited a salon to do my hair and one of the hairdressers (a beautiful dark lady) there looked at me and said, “chai, black is fine.” “I want na dis kind fineee black” This prompted the lady whose hair she was doing to narrate a story of a guy who was so dark that some people thought he was wearing black socks. So, one of them decided to touch his leg, to confirm whether their thoughts were right or wrong. Of course, they were wrong. You can imagine how the dark guy must have felt.

Well I’ve been in his shoes. So many times people have touched my hands or face to see if my dark complexion will fade away. Like seriously, what nerve!!!! I was really impressed with the hairdresser, even after hearing the story, she still went on to say how much she loved that kind of black. Then she said, “ natural fair skin too is nice because we all are Africans. The only problem is when you see a light skinned girl, you would never know if it’s actually natural or bleached. But when you see a dark girl from afar, you’re hundred percent sure that it’s natural.

I really feel encouraged seeing other dark girls love their skin as much as I do

Then there’s this thing about colors. What color will fit a dark girl? Some say bright colors, what do you think ?

Speaking of beauty salons, what are your plans for your hair this festive season? If like me, you want something natural or braids, be sure to check out my post on braiding styles

Peculiar Hair Influencers Share Their Best Hair Tips (part 2)

Peculiar Hair Influencers Share Their Best Hair Tips (part 2)

Welcome back to this series: peculiar hair influencers share their best hair tips. I hope you learned something from the part 1. In case you missed it please do well to click here. Sometimes, the best way to get motivated is to listen or read success stories of others. That’s why I decided to write this article. The first part concentrated on just 3 of the influencers and in this next part, I will be continuing with the other 3.

Tchingi Prescilia

kinky me

#1: why did you decide to go natural?

I saw other people’s natural hair and I was so motivated by the texture and I knew that my hair could be same. I was so in love with its thick and kinky nature. So, 2 years ago I started my natural hair journey and I’ve never looked back.

#2: what motivates you despite the challenges

Other people! It has always been other people. Be it hair blogs, compliments, encouragement, appreciation and affirmation.

#3: what are your best hair tips

Moisture. I always sprinkle my hair with water from a spray bottle and do regular application of hair nutrients such as shea butter and homemade hair mayonnaise. Last but not the least, I do a lot of protective styling. I’m a huge fan of twist!

#4: advice to other naturals

Love your hair. No matter what people say, make up your mind to stay kinky. When you love something you take care of it. Take good care of your hair, research online for hair tips and ask questions from other naturals and hair influencers.

Naturally Elsie

naturally Elsie

#1: why did you decide to go natural?

Before, I didn’t bother much about natural hair. I preferred changing weaves from time to time until I moved to china and my hair started breaking off. It became more expensive to buy relaxers. Even after putting relaxers, managing my hair wasn’t still the easiest. So I decided to do the big chop let my hair grow afresh. Then I said to myself, “why don’t I just keep natural hair” after all, it would cost me nothing (so I thought). I started watching YouTube videos and reading hair articles which made me more interested in my hair. At first, I was only giving it a try but along the way I fell in love with my own hair. I felt more confident with my own hair than with weaves. For example, when someone compliments a weave I have on, in my mind I’m like it’s not my hair. Whereas, when someone compliments my natural hair, I feel more confident and proud because it’s my real hair.

#2: what motivates you despite the hair challenge?

The fact that I feel more confident in it motivates me. Then my hair goals… I wish to see my hair very long one day so that keeps me going. I see the hair growth of other naturals and it motivates me. Also, whenever I’ll have children, I’ll love to keep their natural hair, so I believe that I need to know how to maintain my own natural hair so that when the time comes, I’ll be able to maintain theirs.

#3: what are your best hair tips?

Tip 1: Moisture. Without moisture, hair tends to break a lot hence depriving growth. Also, I use olive oil as an additional moisturizer. Then I used other oils like coconut oil, castor oil, avocado oil to seal moisture in.

Tip 2: I don’t keep styles like braids for too long. They cause hair breakage. From time to time, I let my hair out so as to better care for it.

Tip 3: trim hair when necessary like when hair ends are death.

#4: what advice do you have for other naturals?

Genetics matters. Avoid comparing your hair with other naturals but instead enjoy your hair the way it is now. Be patient with your hair. Everybody’s hair grows just not at the same rate. Know your hair and what works for you. Avoid applying heat on your hair. Know your hair type and the kind of products that will work for your hair type. You can find that on youtube. Last but not least, be consistent.

check out her YouTube channel here

Molonga naturals

#1: why did you decide to go natural?

Actually my hair was damaged because I had kept relaxed hair for 3 years. So I went natural in 2015. I had been trimming my hair little by little. One day I asked my mum to help trim it and she went all the way down. I had no choice than to go to the barber. Actually I had been thinking of going natural but didn’t have the nerve to do it.

#2: what motivates you despite the hair challenge?

As at now, I don’t have any hair challenges but the beginning was quite challenging. What motivated me was the fact that I saw other girls who were able to cope with their hair. Also I believe there’s no way God will give us something that we can’t take care of. African hair is unique and beautiful. And it’s my hair, regardless of all the weaves and products. At the end of the day, you have to be able to look after your own hair. I believed I could do it without covering my hair and this is one of the reasons why I don’t wear extensions. Also keeping my natural hair builds my self esteem.

#3: what is your best hair tip?

Moisture is my friend. I always section my hair before washing. That saves me a lot of time.

#4: what advice do you have for other naturals?

Learn to love your hair. Avoid complaining. When you look after your hair, you look after your entire self. Avoid covering your hair with weaves, braids etc for long, because you don’t get to treat it often. When washing your hair, section it. Keep your hair in stretched styles. Know your hair porosity. Always deep condition your hair every time you wash your hair.

Ok, I think we’ve had enough for now. As much as I wanted to, I couldn’t reach out to all hair influencers like you but please, feel free to drop your best hair tip or 2 in the comments section. Your tip might be just what someone else needs.

You can also ask questions. If I can’t answer, someone else will.

Remain beautiful and unique. Love from me!

World Afro Day: 6 Peculiar Hair Influencers Share Their Best Hair Tips (part 1)

World Afro Day: 6 Peculiar Hair Influencers Share Their Best Hair Tips (part 1)

Nowadays, Afro has become a very popular trend. Most women are doing the big chop and going natural. Some years back that was not the case. I for one, would have never imagined going natural someday. Just the thought of the pain… nah! I didn’t think it was worth it. But as I embarked on the journey to self discovery, I began to love my skin more alongside my hair. I started taking care of my hair using the best hair tips I got from some of the peculiar hair influencers on this post.

There’s still some stigma as concerns afro but thanks to World Afro day, which is celebrated on 15th September every year, many ladies like me are being encouraged to rock our afro because it is who we are. So I reached out to some peculiar hair influencers who have been consistent to hear how they do it. I hope as you read you get inspired to finally do the big chop if you’ve been planning to. But if you have afro, get a pen and paper and be ready to jot things down.

Besttsii

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Besttsii

Speaking of crownsssss! two and a half year natural and counting… Check out her blog at The Hairtress for more hair inspo.


#1: Why did you decide to go natural?

Besttsii: Using relaxers burnt my scalp every time. Then this one time I had a really bad relaxer experience and that was the last scalp burn I could take. I decided to stop using relaxers and perms. At first, my aim was to give my hair some time to recover from my previous relaxer since it burned my hair so bad and gave me bald spots in some places but later I fell in love with my natural hair and I didn’t want to go back to relaxing.

#2: what motivates you despite the hair challenge?

Besttsii: Honestly, I really love that natural hair can do different things, it’s very versatile. it can look really short today, but form a huge afro the next day. I can style it curly, straight or wavy and still revert to an afro . I didnt have that freedom with relaxed hair and my hair wasn’t this voluminous so i’d rather be natural. Going natural for me was like a journey to self discovery, it’s amazing how much learning you receive in the process.

#3: what hair tip works best for you?

Besttsii: Always do protective styles and stretch your hair before styling. It’s a game-changer for me because it keeps my ends from tangling up and breaking off, so am able to retain as much length as possible.  With how rough many Cameroonian hair stylists can be, It’s better to take precautions before any hair appointments. I always opt for heatless ways to stretch my hair so a simple banding method ( locally known as “long long”) or braid-out before any saloon visit goes a long way. Your stylist will no longer frown when she sees you coming and you won’t have to bother much about your ends breaking off during the braiding/styling process.

#4: What advice do you have for other naturals?

Besttsii: Be patient and love your hair texture. Your hair won’t get long overnight, but it’s growing. Natural hair takes a lot of care and maintenance, there’ll be a lot of setbacks too but being patient long enough to see results is the only way to reach your hair goal.


The mampey with locs (4 year natural)

Mampey

You’d be amazed at what her locs can do. She knows how to play with them. One day it might look like the locs are down( probably if she’s wearing a wig or having braids on) but the next day , BOOM! there they are, healthier than ever before.

#1: Why did you decide to keep locs?

Mampey : I found them beautiful. I’m a believer in the beauty of the African woman and locs are a means of keeping my hair natural, and at the same time ‘not regular’. Locs are quite unique.

#2: What motivates you despite the hair struggles ?

TMWL: My loc journey is one of self discovery. I have a personal attachment to each and every loc on my head. They’ve thought me a lot about myself. So I treat them like my babies. That alone, is more than enough motivation.

#3: Which hair tips works best for you?

TMWL: water!!!! Our kinky afro hair tends to get quite dry. Water seals in moisture and prevents breakage.

#4: What advice do you have for other naturals?

TMWL: Find what works for you and stick to it. Also, be dynamic with your hair. It’s beautiful. Play with it, show if off!

Pricekylon

Price

You need to see the way people look at her in public with so much awe. It’s been almost 2 years, no mesh, no ‘gref’, no wig… just locs!

#1: Why did you decide to keep locs?

Price:It expresses my personality. It makes me express myself freely and live an adjustable budget unlike other hairstyles. It makes me feel unique… lol.

#2: What motivates you despite the hair struggles ?

Price: Looking at my anciens like Bob Marley, I believe if he could get to that level successfully, then I’m no different. I also look at loc pages on IG and Youtube.

#3: Which hair tips works best for you?

Price: I wash my hair once a week with a good shampoo and vinegar, keeping it moist.

#4: What advice do you have for other naturals?

Price: Let your motivation be real. Be intentional!

Hope this inspired you one way or the other. When I decided to keep afro, someone told me I won’t be able and will give up. If you know someone who believes afro doesn’t grow or that it doesn’t last, please do well to share this post with them. I believe with determination you can do anything.

I would love to hear from you too, what are your best hair tips? We’re in the week of World Afro Day, inspire someone with your story by leaving a comment below.

Stay tuned for a part 2!

Meanwhile, if you’re looking for a protective style, check out my post on 5 protective styles for women of color

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