My Method for Hair Breakage and Shedding that Always Works (for me)

             Breaking and shedding are very common hair complaints. I have an easy hair treatment I do that solves it for me every single time and that's what I'm sharing in this post. Before you try it, let's figure out first if it is what you need.

 Many times, the answer to breakage is moisture because dryness is very common with our afro hair type (even if your hair is relaxed), and dry hair will break. But, if your deep conditioning and moisturising game have been on 100 and you're being gentle, sleeping with a satin scarf/bonnet and still your hair is rebelling; you may need to look deeper than moisture.

1. You might need a trim
 I talked all about the signs your hair needs a trim in this post, based off of my own experience. Seriously, read it. When your hair needs that trim, it doesn't matter if you use your holy grail product, a concoction of all the grocery items in your kitchen or some magic potion from the other end of the world; there will be no escaping the blade. Nothing can repair tattered ends. They just have to go.

That is why I started my last wash day with a much needed trim. I posted the process on my Insta story. It was a spontaneous decision; I didn't wake up that morning knowing I would trim my hair, but all the signs were there so I did it. It's just easy to pick up my phone and share on Instagram, so please follow me @naijagirlnextdoor if you aren't. And you really should read that post about the trim.

2. You need a Hard Reset
  That's what I call this because it gets my hair IN LINE no matter how crazy it tried to act before; like taking the battery out of a Blackberry and putting it back in. I've shared a whole wash day before featuring this method, but let me simplify it. My Hard Reset is two-pronged approach:

Caffeine on my scalp and Egg in my hair.

The caffeine stops shedding at the roots and the egg strengthens the hair shaft to stop breakage.
Usually I'd use instant coffee on my scalp but I was out so I used green tea which also has caffeine in it. My hair responds terribly to black tea but if your hair is fine with it, that's good too.
My hair was already sectioned and twisted from trimming.

 I just let the green tea brew like I was going to drink it, let it cool, then I put it in a spray bottle, and generously sprayed my scalp.
I let it do its thing while I cooked, then I beat an egg with a tablespoon of olive oil and applied it to my hair. My hair was still in twists so I scrunched the egg mixture in to make sure it got into every strand. 
With egg in my hair
Then I left it in for thirty minutes and washed out with Shanyi Organics Deep Cleansing Tea (you can read my review). After that I took out my twists to properly apply my deep conditioner and replenish moisture. I used Hairveda Deep Conditioning Masque.

 Let's talk about eggs for a minute.

The science says that the protein molecules in egg are too big to penetrate and bind to the hair shaft and that you need products with hydrolysed proteins for that. I agree. I'm all about science. You can read the Curly Nikki article

On the other hand, I started using eggs in my hair before I got to know about the size of their protein molecules, and I am glad because I would never have tried it, based on the science.
I cannot argue with the results I get from eggs, whether the molecules penetrate or not. I have used products with hydrolysed wheat, soy, keratin, collagen e.t.c. proteins and they're good, but none has given me the dramatic results of a N50 egg. Also, for all their penetrating and binding, protein treatments are temporary fixes just like the egg treatment. That's why they all need to be repeated every 4-6 weeks or when you assess that your hair needs one.

 Let me stress that everyone's hair is different. Some people have used the egg treatment and like me are die-hard fans. Others get a hard, tangly mess with eggs. It happened to one of my friends and I've read a few blog posts about the same thing. So I always tell people to test it on a small area of hair FIRST. 

 If your hair hates eggs, or you'd rather use something from a bottle, or you're vegan, or can't stand eggs or don't believe the hype... you can try the popular Aphogee. They make protein treatments with all the science-backed hydrolysed proteins. The girls of The Kink and I love them. Meemee had a testimony with the Aphogee two-step and AB loves the Keratin 2-Minute Reconstructor.

 I have never used either because the ingredient lists don't comply with my hippie organic/natural life. If you don't care about all that though, this could be your own Hard Reset.
 Always follow with a moisturising deep conditioner.

Alright, back to my wash day. I rinsed off the deep conditioner after about two hours and my hair was singing. The trim, the hard reset, the deep conditioning all came together and blessed my strands. I could cry...
My leave-in was Shanyi Organics Moisturising Milk Shake (also reviewed), and a dab of Special Me Organics Mint Burst Shea Butter Souffle to seal. 
 The next day I took down my twists and fluffed them out, It was hard to stop touching my soft healthy hair but I had to tuck in my ends for a quick updo. No way am I exposing my brand new ends to the elements. For now.

   Do you have a fail safe hair treatment you swear by?


There's a giveaway going on. Read my previous post for details.

Shanyi Organics Product Review and GIVEAWAY

Hello people, my blog was three years old in March!
              I'm really happy but I'm too aware that I need to do better. There's a giveaway at the end of this post so read through and see how you can win free hair products from Shanyi Organics.

Product Review

Shanyi Organics just did a relaunch with new improved versions of their existing products, and some new additions. They sent me two sets of two products: Deep Cleansing Herbal Tea and Moisturising Milk Shake. I couldn't wait to try them out and compare with the old versions which I had used for up to a year. Out of curiosity I bought a third one: the Anti-frizz Conditioning Yoghurt.
By the way, team #BuyNigerian.

Shanyi Organics Deep Cleansing Herbal Tea
Packaging: Simple white squeeze bottle with green labelling. Very handy compared to the large size and pump mechanism of their old shampoo (but the old one could hold a lot more product).
Smell: The stimulating scent of tea tree. Very nice and mint-like.
Colour and consistency: Dark and watery.
Comparing the old and the new shampoo. The new is watery but I prefer its performance


I'm very pleased with this ingredient list. It really is a tea. All-natural and herbal except for one preservative to keep it from going bad.

My Assessment
This shampoo is one of my favourite things ever for my hair. It lathers up real nice, cleans my scalp and makes it tingle gently which I LOVE because it feels really refreshing. It does not make my hair feel dry or stripped and one lather is enough. The first time I used it, I lathered twice and it was totally unnecessary because my scalp was already clean. My hair didn't fell stripped then but it did feel a little drier the next day. After that I stuck to one lather and it's been perfectly fine since. Generally you shouldn't lather up too much with curly/kinky hair.

Verdict: New favourite. Clean, non-stripped hair, tingly scalp, ingredients that make me happy and it costs N2500. No points for guessing if I will repurchase (heck yeah).

Shanyi Organics Anti-Frizz Conditioning Yoghurt
This is their rinse-out conditioner.
Packaging: Simple white squeeze bottle with red labelling.
Smell: Mostly raw honey
Colour and consistency: Beige; not too thick, flowy


Again, I'm so happy with this list.

My Assessment
Sinks right into my hair on application and softens it. It has some slip which helps with detangling but it is not the slippiest (bear with my neologism) conditioner you ever encountered. It completely rinses out with no residue and I'm left with hair that feels nice and soft, but once my hair dries it feels regular; like I can't tell that I put anything in it. So I still need to use a good leave-in after using this as a rinse-out conditioner.
On the other hand I like my co-wash conditioners to rinse clean, so I tried it as a co-wash and this is now my preferred way to use it. I put this on my hair with a little water, leave it in for a bit then use some more to work my scalp and hair. I rinse it all out and make sure to deep condition afterwards or at least use a favourite leave-in.

Verdict: Not a holy grail product for me but it's a nice co-wash. It also costs N2500 so I might repurchase. Shea Moisture ain't cheap.

Shanyi Organics Moisturising Milk Shake
This is their best selling product.
Packaging: White spray bottle with red labelling
Smell: Coconut milk and something flowery. Scrumptious.
Colour and consistency: light pink, runny. More liquid than the previous version hence the spray bottle.
Comparing old and new: The new one is thinner, pinker, more yummy smelling 


You already know I'm a fan.

My Assessment
First of all, it smells divine. I was spraying it on my hair one day and my friend who's a guy actually stopped me to see what I was using and said he wanted to eat it. Down side: the spray mechanism failed from the first day. I had to pour it into another spray bottle.
As for performance, I noticed that the way this product works for my hair depends on a couple of factors.

  • When I have just used my favourite deep conditioner and my hair is damp, moisturised and soft as clouds, the Moisturising Milk Shake is perfect. It sort of potentiates the DC: sinks in, softens further, adds no grease and generally feels like a sweet dream. Then I seal in all that goodness with shea butter, and I know the next day gon be lit.
  • If I just shampoo or co-wash and I'm too lazy to DC, this is not the product to reach for. It's so light that it is just not enough. It will disappear into my damp hair and the next day, there's no evidence I used a leave-in. Definitely need something richer for this.
  • For dry hair, it's a wonderful refresher. It's a step up from using plain water because it softens and it works on tangles. It's not oily so I can use it everyday without annoying buildup. I do have to repeat daily.
Verdict: Really good light, non-greasy daily moisturiser that smells yummy. I will most likely repurchase.


I will be giving away these three products to two lucky winners on Instagram. Each person gets either the Deep Cleansing Herbal Tea or the Moisturising Milk Shake courtesy of Shanyi Organics; and one of these two persons gets my Anti-Frizz Conditioning Yoghurt as a bonus because I used a little bit of it (it's still almost full).
To enter: Follow @naijagirlnextdoor and @shanyiorganics on Instagram if you are not already.
               Leave a comment below the Insta giveaway picture that I post.

That's it! The giveaway will be on for two weeks and winners will be announced. You can also enter for someone else. Get your friends to enter too, then you can steal the stuff if they win. All's fair in love and war. *shrugs*


Soft, Natural-looking Crochet on a Budget

Hey guys!
I had a crochet breakthrough last year. I found long kinky hair for cheap that looked and felt close to my natural hair. I wanted a leave-out, so it was important to me that it blend with my real hair. I probably spent hours at Ebeano Supermarket in Lekki, looking at and feeling all kinds of hair (Don't ever agree to do any kind of shopping with me).
There were a few bulk hair extensions, but they were either for an afro look or very defined, silky curls (Freetress) that would never blend with mine.
 The logical option was to get crochet twists and unravel them.
You already know the variety of crochet extensions available;
 Havana, Krochet Kulture and some lesser-known ones were too silky for my natural texture. Noble, Xpression and Naomi Boom felt tougher or just different to my natural hair. So there I was having a Goldilocks moment, looking for porridge hair extensions that would be juuuust right.
This was for my next protective style. I actally used Colour 2 for this style.

I had never heard of Bella Crochet Twists before I found it.
The twists were really tight and firm so I thought the texture would be hard until I unraveled one and ran it through my fingers. It felt closer to my natural hair than any synthetic hair I'd ever used before. No wait, Janet Collection Noir is really good too. It wasn't there though, and because of the exchange rate it costs a lot more than it used to.

Price of Bella Crochet: N1500 each. I bought two. I also bought a detangling brush to help me brush out the hair.

My braid pattern was pretty basic. I left out hair for a centre part, side part and all around the perimeter so I could put my hair up or take it straight back.The rest of my hair went back in simple cornrows.

It was so big when I was done, I trimmed off uneven ends and shaped it up, then took a bunch of happy pictures tossing my head about. It was the best time to have all this hair because I had to be in England in late autumn and I don't like cold at ALL.

  Maintaining it was the same as you'd do for your own hair. If I don't moisturise and braid or twist my own hair before bed, I'm risking tangles and dry hair that's difficult to manage. It was the same with the extensions. I did it along with my leave-out and had the best results. Braiding/ twisting at night also helped tone down the volume in the morning. Big hair is cute but it's a lot to handle. I'm sure human hair would be easier to manage, but this hair was really good and at an unbelievable price.

My favourite thing was my big messy bun!

I had so many women complimenting me on my really long hair and I felt compelled to tell each one that it wasn't all mine. My friend Alex couldn't believe it. "Just say thank you! Must you tell them?" I don't know guys, I couldn't help myself. What do you think? Simply take a compliment or clear things up?

I had this hair in for 4 to 5 weeks I think. After the first two-and-half weeks I didn't want to bother with a leaveout anymore so I cornrowed by leaveout to the back, retaining the centre part. the braid at my nape was hidden so I let it be, then crocheted more hair to the front.

So ladies, whatcha think? Try or pass?


P.S My blog is 3 this month! I'm collaborating with Shanyi Organics for a giveaway. Meanwhile, you can check out their newly launched site: and on Instagram, @shanyiorganics

Wash Day: Stretching my 4C Hair with Flexi rods

 My last wash day with flexi rods was fantastic guys. It had a lot to do with the products I used, especially my new deep conditioner, but I'll get to that.
            Up until mid last year, my favourite method for stretching my 4c hair was threading. The problem was that even though it stretches my hair very well, it also makes it feel drier than usual and I end up having to do detangle all over again too. Flexi rods on the other hand leave me with hair that is not just stretched, but airy and bouncy as well. The kind of airy and bouncy that makes you record a slow mo hair commercial video. Not saying I did, not saying I didn't. Just keep reading, I'll show you how I did it (the flexi rod thing, not the video).

I wasn't kidding when I set my hair goals. Moisture is everything for my hair, and moisture was the plan for this wash day. I started with hair that had been in a protective style for weeks. It was dry so I spritzed with water + a little oil and worked it in to soften my hair enough to part into sections.

Pre-poo: I warmed the oils I used over a bowl of hot water. Hair trigger on my scalp, extra virgin olive oil on my hair. I actually massaged my scalp for up to five minutes. That's an improvement. I covered with a plastic cap and let it sit for a few hours. Normally I do 30 mins to an hour but it was a busy day. When I took off the cap, my hair was moist and soft so I detangled first with my fingers, and then with a wide tooth comb. This was one of those rare occassions when I actually use a comb. I needed to get out over a month's worth of shed hairs.

Shampoo: Diluted black soap. I've been experimenting with it. Two lathers got out all the oil I had in my hair, which was a lot. Perfect canvas for testing a new deep conditioner.

Deep condition: Hairveda Deep Conditioning Hair Masque. First impressions: Not much slip to aid detngling, but it sank into my hair immediately and softened it. It was already late so I kept it in my hair overnight and rinsed out the next morning. My hair was SOFT like buttahhh.

post rinse
 I'll save the rest for the review after I've used it a few more times. Meanwhile, it's currently on sale on for N2900 which is a steal in this economy.

Leave-in: Hairveda Whipped Creme Leave-in on damp hair, sealed with whipped shea butter. That just reminded me of desserts. I cut out all sugar from my diet after the first week of January and even though I'm not craving badly, there's Maltesers in the fridge tempting me, taunting me.

Stretch: flexi rods.
It's not the same as doing a flexi-rod set where you want actual curls. This one is easier because it's less precise, and you use fewer rods so it's better for sleep.

Instead of smaller, round sections, mine were long and thick.

Keeping the hair stretched and flat against my fingers, I wrapped it down and around the flexi rod.

Secure the top and bottom by bending the rod against itself. That's it. Repeat all over

My hair was so stretched and soft that it took no effort and no extra product to gather it into a low ponytail and braid it.
Flexi rods are my new favourite way to stretch, at least until another method comes and sweeps me off my feet. I'm romantic like that.

 I've really missed wash day posts. What have you been up to with your hair?

Hair Goals for 2017

Welcome to 2017!

I hope you're settling in nicely. Did you set any goals? I'm setting a few for my hair, my blog and my life.

 2016 ended on a high for me. Remember that exam I mentioned in my I'm Back post? I aced it! I just thank God for his direction and for answering my prayers. I had a lot on the line.

You know I haven't posted about my hair in a while. I'll be honest, I haven't exactly been on my best behaviour with my hair, I've done some good things and some bad things.

The Good

  • Low manipulation: My hair has been in protective styles lately; crochet braids, faux locs. They're good for keeping manipulation to a minimum so my hair doesn't break from too much touching, detangling, combing. Also, it's not exposed to the elements so it won't dry out as fast.
  • Paying attention to my protein needs: Every now and then my hair shows signs that it needs a protein shot. Even though I have used a couple of protein deep conditioners, good old egg is still what my hair best responds to. (Remember to do a strand test if you try it because one girl's go-to is another girl's no-no).
  • Snipping off single strand knots every time I see them.
The Bad
  • Slacking on moisture: This sums up everything bad I'm doing (and failing to do). I'm not moisturising as frequently as I should, which for my hair is daily. I kind of neglected my hair under the protective styles. There's also the problem of my all-time favourite moisture deep conditioner, Shea Moisture Purification masque, becoming such a scarce commodity in Nigeria. When I do find it, it costs N8,350- N8,450 (Girl, bye). I'm yet to find a satisfactory replacement. It's not every time I have the energy for DIY.
The Hair Goals
  1. Moisture, Moisture, Moisture: I'll be focusing on moisture primarily. During my relaxed and transitioning hair days, I retained a lot more length because my regimen was a very simple one centred on moisture. I'll be doing this by deep conditioning weekly and moisturising with water daily. I'll have to tweak the conditioners I now own to get more moisture into my hair. I'm also getting a heat cap to help them penetrate better.
  2. Length retention: If I'm really good with the moisture, this will naturally happen. I also have to continue to keep manipulation to a minimum; so styles like loose twists, cornrows, crochet braids, buns are my friends. I just have to remember to moisturise and keep my edges pressure-free.
  3. Scalp massages: This is the one I'm least likely to fulfill. My track record isn't the best. Hopefully my Hair Trigger oil will motivate me. Why have a growth stimulating product if you won't use it right, right?
  4. Straighten once this year: I haven't flat-ironed my hair in several years; even before I consciously started a healthy hair journey I knew direct heat was bad. However, it can be done safely if precautions are taken and it's not done too frequently. I plan to do it at Tasala HQ or Kemi Lewis's salon. Really want to see my hair straight.
Hey I got the Cassie Daves blog planner. I started lusting after it last year when I began falling behind with my blogging. I'm already motivated to do more. It really is money well spent. Shoutout to Cassie for this creation <3 <3

Do you have any hair goals this year? 


Weekends in Lagos; A review of Heartbeat: The Musical (a stage play)

                 Two weeks ago on a friday night I went to see Heartbeat: The Musical at Muson Centre, Onikan. It was my first time at Muson Centre (whaaaat) and my first time at a stage play in Lagos (whaaaaaaat), which is weird because it is exactly my kind of entertainment. Shoutout to D for taking me. The play ran from November 10 to December 18 and I saw it on December 9.

I love Lagos because there is always something to do, and not just late night drinks and dancing. That's OK and all but I find it a lot more enriching to be entertained by art. Remember Asa's concert?
 If you feel like there's nothing to do in Lagos, you're probably just not getting information about it. A good place to start is Dealdey because not only do you get to see when there are tickets to something like this, you get them at a discount. I also like for info.

Ok, Heartbeat. It was produced by Lufodo, a company owned by Olu Jacobs and Joke Silva so I knew it was going to be good. They were the first people I spotted when we walked into the ticketing area by 6:30pm. Kate Henshaw was there too.
So we sorted out our tickets and sat down to wait for 7:00pm when it was supposed to start. I was so impressed when just before 7 we were ushered to our seats and the play started exactly on schedule. No African time. We were allowed to take pictures without flash, but no videos. Phones were to be silenced of course.

The set was really simple, but the performances were so good you would think it was constantly changing. The story was layered, with a couple of flashbacks and turns that were very well executed so it was impossible not to follow every bit. At the centre was Grace House, a shelter in the heart of Lagos for the disadvantaged. It starts with the owner and its residents planning the 25th anniversary of Grace House, and then things start to happen outside the home and we are gradually shown just how much they affect the home and the lives of all the people that are somehow connected to it.

It was entertaining and it was real too. I felt like every Nigerian would relate; corruption, politics, family, riots, love, romance, betrayal and of course power failure (I wonder if there's light as you're reading this). It was a feel-good play though, last last.

  Since it was a musical I expected a lot of singing, but it was even better than I expected. There was very good dancing too. The songs were all original, and were performed along with a live orchestra. I couldn't even imagine the amount of rehearsing they'd had to do, in addition to their obvious talent, to have done it so beautifully.
The humour was on point too. they had everyone in the audience laughing.

 The one person in the cast I recognised was Femi Jacobs and I loved his portrayal of JD Dacosta, the ruthless politician.

There was someone who voice gave me chills and captivated D. Unfortunately I don't know her name and I can't even remember the name of her character (If you went to see this play, I mean Grace's daughter who became Fileoluwa's love interest).

Maybe some scenes were a little drawn-out, and maybe at some point the end was a little bit predictable, but that didn't make it any less captivating. There were times when a scene was over before I realised I wanted pictures of it. At the final curtain, I was on my feet applauding because they deserved it.
 Heartbeat; the Musical was a wonderful experience and I just may become a stage play junkie. If you ever want to go see one, holla at your girl and we can make a small group outing out of it.

my hairstyle for the day was a braidout. I used an afro pick to lift the roots

Enjoy the rest of your week!


My Black Friday Product Haul for 2017

    Hello beauts!
How's the long weekend going?

I want to share my amazing product haul today and how much I saved did not spend on them.

From Sizzelle Store
            A bunch of Nigerian brands were offering discounts for Black Friday, but literally broke the internet. They took a massive 70% off almost everything in store and online. I caught on a few days after they started which was quite late. By then, all my beloved Shea Moisture stuff were out of stock but there were still a lot of good products on sale. I tried not to overthink things, picked what I wanted and tried to check out. Then... the site went into maintenance mode. All the fast fingers and sharper shoppers than me had ordered so much they had to take the site down to deal.

My heart actually sank. Lol. I waited, called the next day and they said to wait so I did, but the site didn't come back up. I made a decision to go to their store before awoof passes me by and it was the best thing I did. Even while I was there, things were getting sold out. I picked the last two bottles of Macadamia oil a second before someone on the phone asked for it; and a lady picked the last pack of bentonite clay before I could make up my mind.
The store was a riot, with massive cartons ready to ship out, full of products I had wanted. *sob*
And I mean massive. I was shocked to learn that each one was going to one person! Then I figured they must be salon owners.

Here's the kicker- everything I bought was less than N2000, and some were even less than N1000!
Hairveda Whipped Creme Daily Hair Oil Moisturser.
Original price N3500 (x2)
 I tried a drop on a little hair at my nape and it felt really good so I picked up 2 bottles.

Hair Trigger Explosive Growth Elixir 8oz
Original price N4600
I struggled with this one because "explosive growth". There are things that can improve your growth rate but "explosive" might be overstating it a bit. I sat in the store and read reviews from bloggers I trust, and Jen of Just Grow Already said it really reduced her shedding. For 70% off, why not? I chose the Lavendar lemongrass scent because everyone online said the smell of the original is too much.

Apricot oil 
Original price: I would say N1500-N1600 because I got it for N460 or so.
 The reviews said it is light and smells nice.

Sunny Isle JBCO with ylang ylang 8oz
Original price: N5000

Simply Organic black seed oil 1oz
Original price: N3400
That's a lot for 30ml of an oil but with the sale, yay! I came across talk of this oil as a potent remedy when I had my recent acne attack, but I couldn't find it. People even drink it. I'll keep it for a rainy day.

Simply Organic Argan oil 1oz
Original price N4000 I kid you not.

Rhassoul clay 227g
Original price N2800

Not pictured: two bottles of Silk Elements pure macadamia oil 30ml
Original price: can't remember exactly because it is out of stock now but I think somewhere around N2000 each. This was for a friend with caucasian hair who asked for help finding it because it is the only oil his hair likes.

   At full price, I would have paid around N32,300.
My actual bill: N11,415 - about a third of the actual cost!
I am definitely covered for 2017 in the oils department.

From Beauty Boon
The sale on is actually still on. I think they're clearing stock. They still have a few Shea Moisture, Trader Joe's, Aunt Jackie's, Miss Jessie's, Taliah Waajid, Creme of Nature and other products on sale so maybe check it out. I found out by accident just looking through  their site at makeup.
I bought three Shea Moisture products: the Raw Shea Restorative Conditioner and African Black Soap Balancing Conditioners for N3000 each. Original price: N4500 each.
Third was the Coconut & Hibiscus Co-wash for N2500. Original price: N4000.
I paid N8500 as against N13000 I would have at full price. Not bad.

Natural Nigerian also had a 15% off sale in the Ahia, which was really neat but I was passing by Yellow Sisi's salon in Lekki and picked up the NN deep conditioner at full price: N3800. The shipping cost for ordering online would have negated the discount for me anyway, since I was buying only one product.

The last two products in the picture are from Holland & Barrett. I was in London when they had their sale and I picked up a 10ml bottle of lemon essential oil for and a  natural crystal deodorant for a little over a pound each. I've been using the crystal instead of my homemade deodorant. So far I really like it and I'll find time to do a review/comparison post. Natural Nigerian occassionally sells a similar one if you want to try out a natural deo for a change.

All my hair products joined my near-empties in this plastic box, and some are not even in here- which reminds me of all the reviews I'm owing. Slow and steady.

Were you able to get any good deals this sale season? Please share in the comments.

Enjoy your holiday!