Faking an afro: Crochet with Noble Kinky Bulk Hair

01:29 Naija girl next door 24 Comments


     Hello my people! Been a while right? I think I burned out. Anyway...

      Noble Kinky bulk hair has been around for a while. It looks like natural hair- tight curls and kinks, with frizzy areas too.

       It is commonly used for twists and they turn out very bouncy and springy. In fact that's what I bought it for. When I took out the twists, I kept the hair for faux locs but then I got another idea.

      A stretched, undefined afro has to be my favourite way to wear my natural hair. It's not the best for the health of my strands though. The ends are left exposed and unprotected, and shrinkage inevitably happens. That equals dryness, knots, tangles and breakage. Nehi.

      Hence, crochet with kinky bulk hair. An afro without the consequences. Having my cake and eating it.

 I bought two packs in colour 1b/30. One by Noble, the more popular brand; and the other by Ladystar, because there was no other 1b/30 from Noble in the store.
       Because I had used it for twists before, the hair was tangled and tough.

A lot of it was lost during detangling (I almost gave up and dumped the whole thing), but eventually it was ready.
      I braided my hair in what looked like a beehive pattern- like the picture below but with a centre part, and I left out my hair at the parting and all around the entire perimeter so I could put it up.

Source: justmiblog.com
 Mine was so rough the pattern wasn't clear enough for a picture. When I cornrow for crochet, I do it more loosely than normal so it's not pretty. Welp.
When I was done, I trimmed it into shape.

       How I styled it
Mostly out as an afro, parted down the middle.

 I didn't like the difference in colour between the extensions and my real hair, so next time I'll try to match it more closely.

 I also wore it in a puff a number of times and the colour difference worked.

Ombre puff. Heyyyyy
 I did an updo once with bobby pins but I didn't love it.

About the hair
I got it for N800 or N900 per pack after much haggling at Waterside market, Apapa. Amazing, cos it used to be half that price . It's available in the hair section of most markets and supermarkets in Nigeria.
          I used two packs, minus hair lost during detangling.
   The hair is nowhere near as soft as real natural hair. It also tangles, so everyday when you let it out of the twists/braids/bantu knots you slept in, you need to have a pair of scissors handy to cut out tangles.
That was how I cut a section of my leave-out one morning. 😒
I kept it in for only 10 days even though I really liked the style.

      Would I repurchase? For kinky twists, yes. For a 'fro, maybe. I'd like to try something softer. I once used Janet Noir collection kinky hair and it was really good. I re-used it many, many times.

Would you try this style?



Black girl, natural blonde hair

14:47 Naija girl next door 11 Comments


 This little cutie is a full Nigerian girl from Chibok, and she's a natural blonde. Little Franca is also NGND's first feature, heyyyy💃

   Mom, Dad and Franca's twin brother all have dark brown hair, but Franca is Nigerian Goldilocks. Her mom washes and re-braids it with regular hair pomade every two weeks or when she's able. That's all.

Ombre ♡♡

    Her hair has never been chemically processed. Her mother is relaxed, but says she has no intention of relaxing her daughter's hair.
      Mom was quite tickled by my interest in her daughter's hair and helped her stay still for the pictures. I tried to make it fast, didn't want to keep her from her cheese balls.

       I had of course seen unusual hair on Nigerians before Franca. Starting from home:
My sister and one of my brothers have hair the colour of red earth (my brother dyes his black sometimes and my sister's is usually covered by weaves and wigs. Sigh)
I have a number of cousins with blonde hair as well - their hair colour matches their skin and eye colour.
My lil stunner cousin Jedd. He gets it from his Mama

My cousin Crystal, Jedd's momma. Her hair was very pale when we were little but years of relaxer have altered it. She is now transitioning and it's starting to come back.

      What struck me about Franca is she has glowing dark skin in contrast to her golden hair. She is well melanated (I've been itching to use that word).

       Kind of reminds of the Melanasians of the Solomon Islands; they have really dark skin and 10% of their population have very, very blonde hair. Some people thought it was due to some European ancestry but neauxp, scientific research was done and the experiments showed that it is their very own genetic heritage. It's the result of a mutation in a single gene and is a recessive trait, so both parents must carry the gene to have a child with blonde hair.
photo: SuneWendelboe/TrekEarth
You can see more about them here.

So much beauty in this world. All the skin and hair types and colours- so much diversity, it's amazing.

       I love blonde hair but I was hesitant to try it because I felt you have to be super light-skinned to pull it off. Seeing my little melanated slayer Franca in her blonde curls gave me the guts to do these styles last year:
Read here and here
These are extensions but maybe one day I'll actually dye my hair. Maybe.


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