How to Get Goddess Locs For Cheap

Goddess locs took faux locs to another level. They are faux locs with curly ends and tendrils all over, like Lisa Bonet's gorgeous hair. I had never seen faux locs look so soft, so curly, so sexy...

Some time last year, I saw goddess faux locs on Megan Good and got instant I-gotta-have-it! syndrome. So I went searching. Saw it on Tyra Banks and Eva Marcille and went on to discover that a Dr Kari Will created this look. Great, where can I get it? Well, you'd have to order the loc kit from her website for $477 (Cue me getting up off my naija behind and taking a walk) and that doesn't even cover the cost of installing the hair.
It is human hair so that's understandable, but also the hair is not reusable.

If you can afford this without breaking a sweat, awesome. I'll get there one day. But if like me, you're here for the (most) inexpensive option, lookee what I did.

I used synthetic kinky hair. Only. Most people use curly-wavy hair to braid/twist first, then wrap with kinky hair. That's a great way to achieve the look, but I personally think the curly hair looks a bit too silky compared to the kinky hair it is matched with. So I thought, why not curl the kinky hair instead?

I did single braids with my own hair.

Because I wanted the hair as soft as possible, I used the same Bella Crochet Twist hair from my most realistic crochet ever, in red ombre this time. I loosened and separated the hair.

With a crochet hook I pulled a piece of hair through the root of a single braid, keeping one end longer than the other. Then I used the shorter end to wrap my hair together with the longer piece. I hope the pictures help this to make more sense. We need that longer piece to curl later.

 I wrapped up until a few cm below where my own hair stopped, then made a knot. This left some hair hanging free.
Extra tip: With faux locs of any kind, I wrap the hair looser than most people do because it looks more authentic to me. It means the hair isn't as secure and won't last as long, but I don't like keeping in styles for any longer than 3 weeks anyway.

So I completed my whole head, then curled the ends and lower 1/3 of the wrapped part with flexi rods in two different, but close sizes. Same-sized curls all over do not look as natural in my opinion.

I dipped in hot water and the next day, I took out the flexi rods.
Et voila;

I absolutely loved this hair. I did it in December last year and will do it again soon.

The curls gradually lengthen out so you can curl again if you want to. I didn't though. I liked the chill vibe.
over a week old

Taking out the locs took less than an hour. All you need to do is cut the knot, separate your hair from the synthetic hair close to the root and cut that. Then you just slide it down and out.

Cost: N3000, the price of the extensions only

Shea Moisture Yucca & Plantain Anti-Breakage Strengthening Shampoo Review

Hello people, it's been a minute.

I tried the Shea Moisture Yucca & Plantain Anti-Breakage Strengthening Shampoo and I had to review it. I don't expect much from shampoos. There's only one way to use them: to wash. I only ask that they clean my hair and scalp and not cause any problems. When a shampoo steps out of this job description, then a review is necessary. See my glowing review of this Creme of Nature shampoo.
Packaging: Short, plump squeeze bottle, olive green label.
Price: N5800 - N7500, depending on where you're buying. Kinky Apothecary has the best price and it is currently on sale there for N4930. It's $10.99 on the Shea Moisture website.
Smell: Smells like a powder. Perfumey. Hard to describe but it is pleasant enough and not overpowering, at least to me.
Colour and Consistency: Cream. Pearlescent like many shampoos. Viscous enough to pour in a thin stream.
Ingredients: Free of nasties: no sulphates, parabens, phthalates, paraffin, mineral oil, DEA, petroleum, formaldehyde or propylene.
Contains: Water, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Glycol Stearate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Panthenol, Stearamide AMP, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Yucca Brevifolia Root Extract, Coriandrum Sativum (Coriander) Extract, Plantain (Musa Paradisiaca) Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Protei n, Glycerin (Vegetable), Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid

My Assessment
So how did it perform? My hair has never received such a shock in its life. See, my hair was oily and detangled before I started. I saturated with water and it felt soft and normal. As soon as the shampoo touched my strands, they froze. My hair suddenly got hard and tangled; and even working in the product felt like it was going to break my hair. I was alarmed but I hoped a deep conditioner would fix the mess.
It lathered very well and rinsed out well. My scalp was clean but my hair felt like steel wool.

The consolation for me was that I didn't buy it. My sister did. I'd never have bought myself a shampoo that said "Strengthening". If my hair needs strengthening, I know where to find it. I used it because it was there and I thought why not?
My hair did not feel much better after deep conditioning. The story of that deep conditioner is one for another day.  My leave-in step started to make things a little better but it wasn't enough to fix it.

My hair hated this shampoo but to give this review a fair chance, I used it again with the exact same results.

Now I'm not saying it's a horrible shampoo, period. This was just my experience. You might use it and love it. There are mixed reviews for this shampoo. Some gave it five stars. That could be you. My sister has softer hair with finer strands and her hair didn't respond like this to it, to the best of her knowledge ( she gets her hair washed at a natural hair salon). It might be useful for people with thinner strands, limp hair, straight hair. Just a guess.

Will I repurchase?
Heavens No.

P.S: I'm probably the most inconsistent blogger ever but I deeply appreciate you guys who help me clear the cobwebs on here whenever I post again. I luuuuh you.

Deep Conditioning Heat Cap Review

As I promised on my Instagram some months ago, here's my review of that Deep Conditioning Heat Cap; also known as Thermal Cap, Electric Heating Cap or descriptively, "That pink heat cap that is everywhere".
This hair care tool seems to be the most affordable way to finally start deep conditioning with heat.

A quick note about deep conditioning with heat:
Deep conditioning with heat is great because it helps your deep conditioner penetrate better.
 Low porosity hair especially benefits from deep conditioning with heat because normally, the hair cuticles are shut so tight that products end up just sitting on top of the hair and getting rinsed away. That is just a waste of time and precious product. What heat does is it lifts up the hair cuticles so that your product can get where it needs to go- into the cortex, which is the core of your hair strands.

I have medium porosity hair, so most products sink into my hair pretty easily. Before I got this cap, I used my own body heat. That usually means covering my hair for a few hours with a plastic cap and a towel wrapped over that. My own body heat is trapped and does the good work. Nevertheless, using an external heat source can cut down hours of deep conditioning to 15 minutes, 30 minutes tops.
Cut down time spent on wash day? Yesss please.
The heat you are looking for is indirect heat from a steamer, a heat cap or a hair dryer while your hair is covered by a plastic cap.

Enter Le Heat Cap.
I got mine from Jumia. There are many sellers that carry this stuff so prices usually range from N3000 to above N6000. I got mine for N3000 I think, plus N500 shipping. However I just saw this one on Konga for N2500.

Details: It came in a cardboard box that had seen better days so I tossed the box without taking a picture, but it was obviously from China.
It consisted of a cap with two layers; one with concentric circles of plastic-coated wire on its inner surface. It is this wire that heats up. The next layer was the plastic cap that is in contact with your head. It is detachable to allow you wash it.

The cap functions were pretty obvious and straightforward: An off button O, and two heat levels I and II. You plug it in, choose between I (barely warm) and II (quite hot) and plop the cap on your head.

The cap fit over my head properly so it's safe to say it would fit most people because I have a big head.

The Experience

I used it for both deep conditioning and hot oil treatments. Heat level I was a joke so I moved up to II and it was great. In fact after about 10 minutes I'd turn it off and allow the heat already there to continue to do its magic. If I want to stay longer, I'd crank up the heat again after a few minutes.
I did a video call with my mom and she asked, "What's that on your head?"
Me: "It's a heat cap Mommy, for deep know, steaming"
Mom: "Is it electric?"
Me: "Yes"
Mom: "Don't go and electrocute your head o"
          See me laughing at my mother. If only I had shared her mistrust of that cap. Children, listen to your parents... Let me explain.

So the first couple of times were great. Heat really helps make wash day short and sweet; In 30 minutes my hair would have properly absorbed my deep conditioner, to the point that there was barely anything to rinse off. No kidding. When I use only body heat, I would have to leave in my DC overnight to get that result.

Then after I think 3 uses, I noticed when I took off the cap that the hair at my crown felt rough. I put it down to not using enough product there. Next wash day, same thing. Same area felt rough and a little crispy. That was when I examined the cap.
 FAM... the wire in the area of my crown had melted through its plastic coating and had melted streaks through the second layer: the detachable plastic cap. The only thing that had protected my hair from getting singed off was the shower cap I had on.
 I can't even think about having hot burning wire in direct contact with my head, which is what could have happened if I hadn't examined the cap.

I moisturised that area more diligently and thankfully averted heat damage. That rough, crispy area now feels just as soft and healthy as the rest of my hair.

As for the cap, I chucked it with the quickness. If I had known then that I would do this post, I would have taken pictures. I am not saying all of the heat caps are bad. Many women own them and haven't complained. In fact the one I linked on Konga has all good reviews so I dunno.
 The cap did a great job of helping me get more out of my deep conditioner and wash day, but I went on to have a really bad personal experience with it. I might replace it and give it another try with caution.

UPDATE: I found the cap in a bag of knick-knack outside the house waiting to be disposed of, so I got pictures:

Nah brah, I will not be repurchasing.
It looks like I will be saving up for an expensive tabletop steamer or perhaps one of those microwaveable caps.



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?